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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Chronicles 20:31-37

We are now drawing towards the close of the history of Jehoshaphat's reign, for a further account of which those who lived when this book was published were referred to an authentic history of it, written by Jehu the prophet (2 Chron. 19:2), which was then extant, 2 Chron. 20:34. This was the general character of his reign, that he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, kept close to the worship of God himself and did what he could to keep his people close to it. But two things are... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 20:33

Howbeit, the high places were not taken away ,.... The high places, where idols were worshipped, were taken away, 2 Chronicles 17:6 , but not those where sacrifices were offered to the true God: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers ; to seek and serve him wholly, according to his will, to offer sacrifices to him only at Jerusalem, as the law required, Deuteronomy 12:5 , they could not as yet be prevailed upon to relinquish the high places,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Chronicles 20:33

The high places were not taken away - The idolatry, as we have seen, was universally suppressed; but some of the places where that worship had been performed were not destroyed. Some of them still remained; and these, to such a fickle people, became the means of idolatry in reigns less propitious to truth and religion. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 20:1-37

The last chapter in Jehoshaphat's career. The aspects in which the character of Jehoshaphat offers itself to our view, in the last seen of him, are now to be considered. Few men there are who bear themselves well in prosperity, especially if the prosperity be great; and many there are who fail to submit well to the discipline of adversity. Of this latter weakness of human nature it can scarcely be said that Jehoshaphat was an illustration. The punishment that had been foretold, that solemn... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 20:23-37

At and after the battle: lessons. Armed with a holy trust in God, the king and his people advanced to meet their multitudinous enemies with bounding heart and tuneful lip. Nor were they unwarranted in so doing; the event completely justified their hopes. We learn— I, THAT OUR ENEMIES SOMETIMES DISPOSE OF ONE ANOTHER . ( 2 Chronicles 20:23 .) We sometimes find that the enemy is best "left well alone." Let Shimei "cast stones" at us; even though they be words of false... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 20:31-37

The biography of Jehoshaphat. I. JEHOSHAPHAT 'S PARENTAGE . 1 . His father. Asa, a good king who enjoyed a long and honoured reign. Though good fathers have sometimes bad sons, as in the case of Jehoshaphat himself, yet there is a presumption in favour of a parent's piety being reproduced in the son. "Lord! I find the genealogy of my Saviour strangely checkered with four remarkable changes in four immediate generations. I see, Lord, from hence that my father's piety cannot be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 20:33

Howbeit the high places … the people had not prepared. The statements so precisely made in this verse evidently serve the purpose of distinguishing between the wishes and orders of the king and the unequal conduct of his people. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Chronicles 20:33

The latter clause of this verse helps to reconcile the first clause with the statement that Jehoshaphat “took away the high places” (see 2 Chronicles 15:17 note). read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Chronicles 20:33

2 Chronicles 20:33. Howbeit, the high places were not taken away Not universally; the fault was not in Jehoshaphat, but in the people, who, though they did worship the true God, yet would not be confined to the temple; but, for their own convenience, or from their affection to their ancient customs, chose to worship him in the high places. read more

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