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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Chronicles 35:20-27

It was thirteen years from Josiah's famous passover to his death. During this time, we may hope, thing went well in his kingdom, that he prospered, and religion flourished; yet we are not entertained with the pleasing account of those years, but they are passed over in silence, because the people, for all this, were not turned from the love of their sins nor God from the fierceness of his anger. The next news therefore we hear of Josiah is that he is cut off in the midst of his days and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 35:26-27

His piety towards God, and liberality to the people; of these two verses; see Gill on 2 Kings 23:28 . read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Chronicles 35:27

And his deeds , first and last - "The former things which he did in his childhood, and the latter things which he did in his youth; and all the judgments which he pronounced from his eighth year, when he came to the kingdom, to his eighteenth, when he was grown up, and began to repair the sanctuary of the Lord; and all that he brought of his substance to the hand of judgment, purging both the house of Israel and Judah from all uncleanness; behold, they are written in the book of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 35:20-27

The lamentations for Josiah's death. Some cloud of mystery, but, so far as we can see, none of shame, hangs over the closing events of Josiah's reign and life. His determined resolution to oppose Necho King of Egypt, when he came to "Charchemish by Euphrates," with the view of engaging in battle with the forces of Babylon or Assyria, had no doubt some strong motive, It is not at all impossible to imagine and even to assign some alternative motives as those most probably at work. One... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 35:20-27

The death of Josiah. I. JOSIAH 'S MILITARY EXPEDITION . ( 2 Chronicles 35:20 .) Seemingly the only expedition in his reign. 1 . When it took place. "After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple;" i.e. after the eighteenth year of his reign, in point of fact, thirteen years after ( 2 Chronicles 34:1 ). 2 . Against whom it was directed. Necho King of Egypt; in Egyptian, Neku, son of Psammatik I the illustrious founder of the Saitic or twenty-sixth dynasty, and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 35:1-27

The final reform (34:1-35:27)Another reform swept Judah during the reign of Josiah (34:1-33; see notes on 2 Kings 22:1-23:20). As with the reform of Hezekiah, the climax in the eyes of the Chronicler was a great Passover Feast in Jerusalem.After returning the ark to its rightful place in the temple, the priests and Levites prepared themselves for their duties. Josiah arranged them in divisions as Hezekiah had done earlier, so that the music, singing, sacrifices and other rituals could be... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Chronicles 35:1-27

P. Josiah chs. 34-35Like Amon’s death (2 Chronicles 33:24), Josiah’s was unnecessarily premature. However, unlike Amon, Josiah was one of Judah’s reformers."Josiah instituted the most thorough of all the OT reforms . . ." [Note: Idem, "1, 2 Chronicles," p. 549.] "Despite this, however, Josiah is not so significant a monarch overall for the Chronicler as he is for the earlier historian [i.e., the writer of Kings]. Much that he records is now to be understood as recapitulation of Hezekiah’s work,... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Chronicles 35:20-27

3. Josiah’s death 35:20-27Josiah died at Megiddo, in 609 B.C., when he interrupted Pharaoh Neco’s military advance against the Babylonians."Fearing the advance of the Babylonians, Pharaoh Neco and the Egyptian army were on their way to assist the Assyrians. Josiah, who apparently was an ally of the Babylonians (or at least an opponent of the Assyrians), attempted to impede the march of Neco." [Note: Thompson, p. 385.] This is similar to what Ahab had done years earlier, when he and Jehoshaphat... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Chronicles 35:1-27

Reign of Josiah (concluded)This chapter contains an account of how Josiah celebrates the Passover, and how he provoked Necho the king of Egypt, and was slain at Megiddo.1. On the fourteenth day] Josiah’s passover, unlike Hezekiah’s, was kept at the prescribed time.3. Put the holy ark, etc.] The following words suggest that during the repair of the Temple, it had been removed and committed to the care of the Levites.4. According; to the writing, etc.] The reference is to the arrangements... read more

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