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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 11:17-21

Jehoiada had now got over the harlot part of his work, when, by the death of Athaliah, the young prince had his way to the throne cleared of all opposition. He had now to improve his advantages for the perfecting of the revolution and the settling of the government. Two things we have an account of here:? I. The good foundations he laid, by an original contract, 2 Kgs. 11:17. Now that prince and people were together in God's house, as it should seem before they stirred, Jehoiada took care that... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 11:19

And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard ,.... Of which 2 Kings 11:4 and all the people of the land; as many as were assembled together on this occasion: and they brought down the king from the house of the Lord ; the temple, which was built on an eminence: and came by the way of the gate to the king's house ; the gate of the royal palace, where the king's guards were placed, and did their duty: and he sat on the throne of the kings: where the kings of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:1-21

REVOLUTION IN JUDAH , FOLLOWING THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS IN ISRAEL . REIGN OF ATHALIAH OVER JUDAH . CONSPIRACY OF JEHOIADA , AND DEATH OF ATHALIAH . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:1-21

The history of Athaliah. "And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead," etc. Among the blackest names in the long roll of the world's infamy are those of kings and queens, and amongst them Athaliah is not the least abhorrent and revolting. She was the daughter of Ahab King of Israel, and of Jezebel, his notorious wife. She married Joram (or Jehoram) King of Judah. She was the mother of Ahaziah, and advised him in his wickedness. After Jehu had slain him, she resolved to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:4-19

Jehoiada an example of a faithful and wise high priest under trying circumstances . The history of the Jewish kingdom from the time of Saul to the Captivity furnishes but few examples of remarkable high priests. Zadok and Abiathar were personages of some importance in the time of David, and left behind them a name for zeal and fidelity; but otherwise no man of eminence had arisen among the high priests until Jehoiada. This may be partly accounted for by the fact that the high priesthood... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:4-21

The coronation of Joash. For six years Athaliah was dominant in Israel. Jehoiada meanwhile kept his secret well. Least of all did the usurping queen suspect that a legitimate heir to the throne was in hiding in the temple almost at her own palace door. Her reign must have grown well-nigh unendurable to the people, when they were so willing as the event proved to throw it off. At the six years' end Jehoiada prepared for his coup d'etat . I. JEHOIADA 'S PREPARATIONS . 1. Joash... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:17-21

Further doings of Jehoiada . The king being at present a mere puppet in his hands, Jehoiada had to determine the next steps which were necessary to be taken. These, in his judgment, were three. 1. A solemn covenant must be made between the king and the people; and another between the king, the people, and God—the latter pledging the king and people to maintain the worship of Jehovah, and never again to apostatize; the former pledging the king to govern according to law, and the people... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:17-21

The covenant and its results. Jehoiada was faithful to God. All that he had hitherto done was but the work of a pioneer, preparing the way for the restoration of God's worship and God's Law in the land. We have here— I. THE COVENANT MADE . Very early in the history of God's people we find them entering into covenants with him. When Jacob had that comforting vision at Bethel, he entered into a covenant. "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go … so that I... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 11:19

And he took the rulers —literally, princes — over hundreds — i.e. the five centurions of 2 Chronicles 23:2 — and the captains —rather, and the Carites (see the comment on 2 Chronicles 23:4 )— and the guard — i.e. the "runners," the other division of the guard— and all the people of the land— those who had flocked to his standard either originally ( 2 Chronicles 23:2 ) or since— and they brought down the king from the house of the Lord. They escorted Joash from the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Kings 11:19

They conducted the king down from the temple hill, across the valley of the Tyropoeum, and up the opposite hill to the royal palace, entering it not by the “horse-gate” 2 Kings 11:16, where Athaliah had just been slain, but by the “gate of the guard” 2 Kings 11:6, which was probably the main gate of the palace on the eastern side (see 2 Chronicles 23:20). read more

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