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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 10:1-14

We left Jehu in quiet possession of Jezreel, triumphing over Joram and Jezebel; and we must now attend his further motions. He knew the whole house of Ahab must be cut off, and therefore proceeded in this bloody work, and did not do it deceitfully, or by halves, Jer. 48:10. I. He got the heads of all the sons of Ahab cut off by their own guardians at Samaria. Seventy sons (or grandsons) Ahab had, Gideon's number, Jdg. 8:30. In such a number that bore his name his family was likely to be... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 10:13

Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah ,.... At the above place; these were the sons of his brethren, called his brethren, as Lot was called Abraham's brother, being his brother's son; for as for his brethren, they had been slain by the Arabians before he was made king, 2 Chronicles 22:1 , and said, who are ye ? though perhaps he knew who they were: and they answered, we are the brethren of Ahaziah ; the sons of his brethren: and we go down to salute the children of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 10:14

And he said, take them alive ,.... Gave orders to his guards to seize them, and make them captives: and they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house ; where they washed the sheep when they sheered them: even forty and two men, neither left he any of them ; they being, by their grandmother's side, of the house of Ahab, and so within the commission of Jehu to slay them, at least as he thought; though his chief view might be, lest they should make any... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 10:13

The brethren of Ahaziah - The relatives of his family; for it does not appear that he had any brethren, properly so called: but we know that the term brethren among the Jews signified the relatives of the same family, and especially brothers' and sisters' children: and that these were such, see 2 Chronicles 22:8 . We go down to salute , etc. - So promptly had Jehu executed all his measures, that even the nearest relatives of the murdered kings had not heard of their... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 10:14

The pit of the shearing house - Probably the place where they washed the sheep previously to shearing, or the fleeces after they were shorn off. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 10:1-14

Destruction of Ahab's house. Jehu was not a man to do things by halves. Whatever matter he had in hand, he pushed with unhesitating feet to his goal. His motto was, "If it were then done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly." This vigorous determination is a feature in his character worthy of commendation It is not so clear that the craft and guile he employed in securing his ends were, even from an Old Testament standpoint, justifiable. I. THE CRAFTY MESSAGE . No... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 10:1-28

The revolution initiated by the destruction of Joram and Jezebel is here traced through its second and its third stages. The immediate question, after Joram's death, was—Would any member of his family rise up as a claimant of the throne, and dispute the succession with Jehu? Ahab had seventy male descendants, all of them resident in Samaria: would there be any one among their number bold enough to come forward and assert his hereditary fight? Jehu regarded this as the most pressing and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 10:12-14

Ahaziah's brethren put to death. Fresh from the scene of retribution and bloodshed at Jezreel, Jehu is now on his way to Samaria. At the shearing-house on the way he meets the brethren of Ahaziah King of Judah. Ahaziah himself had already perished at Jehu's hands for his companionship with Jehoram. And now his brethren, not warned by Ahaziah's fate, go down "to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen." Jehu's vengeance on Ahab's house was searching and complete. He had... read more

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