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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Chronicles 32:1-8

Here is, I. The formidable design of Sennacherib against Hezekiah's kingdom, and the vigorous attempt he made upon it. This Sennacherib was now, as Nebuchadnezzar was afterwards, the terror and scourge and great oppressor of that part of the world. He aimed to raise a boundless monarchy for himself upon the ruins of all his neighbours. His predecessor Shalmaneser had lately made himself master of the kingdom of Israel, and carried the ten tribes captives. Sennacherib thought, in like manner,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 32:4

So there was gathered much people together ,.... At the instance of Hezekiah, his nobles and officers: who stopped all the fountains ; perhaps by laying planks over them, and earth upon them, so that it could not be discerned there were any fountains there: and the brook that ran through the midst of the land ; which, according to Kimchi, was Gihon, 2 Chronicles 32:30 , which was near Jerusalem; the stream of this very probably they turned into channels under ground, whereby it was... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Chronicles 32:4

Stopped all the fountains - This was prudently done, for without water how could an immense army subsist in an arid country? No doubt the Assyrian army suffered much through this, as a Christian army did eighteen hundred years after this. When the crusaders came, in a.d. 1099, to besiege Jerusalem, the people of the city stopped up the wells, so that the Christian army was reduced to the greatest necessities and distress. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 32:1-8

In face of the enemy. We do not know how long "after these things, and the establishment thereof," occurred the events which are here narrated; but the connection of the two in the record of the Chronicler may suggest to us— I. THAT TROUBLE MAY FOLLOW FAITHFULNESS AS IT DOES FOLLOW SIN . We never read of Israel's serious departure from their loyalty to Jehovah without reading of appropriate penalty coming in due course. Suffering always waits on sin—suffering in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 32:1-8

An Assyrian invasion of Judah. I. THE DATE , 1 . Indefinitely. "After these things, and this faithfulness" ( 2 Chronicles 32:1 ); i.e. after the great Passover, which terminated in the destruction of the symbols of idolatry throughout the land, with the restoration of the true worship of Jehovah in Connection with the reopened and purified temple ( 2 Chronicles 30:1-27 ; 2 Chronicles 31:1-21 .), and after the singular display of zeal and piety on the part of Hezekiah in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 32:1-23

The weakness that bodes strength; the defiant strength that bodes shame efface. One of the most fruitful sources of strength in the individual character is according to the trustfulness that may be in it-the absence, or all but entire absence, of it on the one hand, and the larger or lesser bulk of it on the other. Trustfulness is a sure turning-point—a determining feature in the original shaping and in the growing formation of any character. The direction in which that trustfulness goes... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 32:4

The brook that ran through the midst of the land . Compare the Septuagint, which has it, "through the midst of the city; " and compare foregoing verse and note; and see again above reference to Courier's 'Handbook' at length. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Chronicles 32:4

The “brook” intended is probably not the Kidron, but the natural water-course of the Gihon, which ran down the Tyropoeon valley (compare the 1 Kings 1:3 note). read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Chronicles 32:3-4

2 Chronicles 32:3-4. To stop the waters of the fountains To fill them up with earth and other things cast into them, that it might not be known there was any water there, and withal to draw the waters by secret passages and pipes to Jerusalem . And the brook that ran through the midst of the land The brook Kidron, which being but small, except when much rain fell, they easily filled up the spring of it. Saying, Why should the kings of Assyria find much water Which was scarce in that... read more

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