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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-7

This is a short account of the reign of Azariah. 1. Most of it is general, and the same that has been given of others; he began young and reigned long (2 Kgs. 15:2), did, for the most part, that which was right, 2 Kgs. 15:3 (it was happy for the kingdom that a good reign was a long one), only he had not zeal and courage enough to take away the high places, 2 Kgs. 15:4. 2. That which is peculiar, 2 Kgs. 15:5 (that God smote him with a leprosy) is more largely related, with the occasion of it, 2... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 15:6

And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? In the history of the reigns of those kings; some of them are recorded in the canonical book of the Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 26:1 and some were written by the prophet Isaiah, 2 Chronicles 26:22 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-7

THE REIGN OF AZARIAH OVER JUDAS . The writer now more and more compresses his narrative. Into a single chapter he crowds the events of seven reigns, covering the space of nearly seventy years. He is consequently compelled to omit several most important historical events, which are however, fortunately supplied by the writer of Chronicles. Azariah's reign, which here occupies only seven verses, in Chronicles fills an entire chapter (twenty-three verses). (See 2 Chronicles 26:1-23 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-7

The leper-king a pattern and a warning. I. IN HIS EARLIER YEARS AZARIAH WAS A PATTERN KING . He "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord" ( 2 Kings 15:3 ); he "sought God" ( 2 Chronicles 26:5 ); he consorted with "Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God;" and the result was that "God made him to prosper," "God helped him against the Philistines and the Arabians and the Mehunim" ( 2 Chronicles 26:7 ), and he "was marvelously helped" ( 2... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-7

Prosperity and its dangers. The contrast between the opening and the close of Uzziah's reign—here so sharply set before us—has few parallels in history. There is, indeed, no lack of monarchs who have risen to proud positions of authority and power, and then suddenly have fallen ignominiously from their pinnacle of pride. Memory at once recalls such names as Nebuchadnezzar, one day surveying with pride great Babylon that he had made, and the next dwelling among the beasts of the field, his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-7

Another king beginning well, ending ill. It is remarkable that three kings of Judah in succession exhibited this characteristic. They begin well, serve God for a time and prosper, yet stumble and fail at last. We have seen the fates of Joash and Amaziah; and Azariah furnishes a third example. I. AZARIAH 'S REIGN . 1. His righteous rule . Azariah began to reign when only sixteen years of age; he reigned long—fifty-two years, and during the greater part of his reign he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-38

REIGNS OF AZARIAH AND JOTHAM OVER JUDAH ; AND OF ZACHARIAH , SHALLUM , MENAHEM , PEKAHIAH , AND PEKAH OVER ISRAEL . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-38

Some lessons from the history of kings. "In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam," etc. The mighty Governor of the universe is represented as saying to the Jewish nation, "I gave thee a king in mine anger" ( Hosea 13:2 ). And truly, with a certain number of exceptions here and there through the ages, kings have proved malific scourges of the race. In this chapter there are mentioned no less than seven of those men who are called kings, but who, instead of having one grain of moral... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 15:6

And the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah ? For Azariah's principal acts, see the commentary on the first clause of verse 5. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-7

Click image for full-size versionAn era of prosperity (14:23-15:7)During the long reigns of Jeroboam II in the north and Azariah (or Uzziah) in the south, Israel and Judah experienced political stability and economic development such as they had not known since the days of David and Solomon. This was possible partly because political conditions in the region were favourable to Israel and Judah.Syria had been used by God to punish Israel for its sins in following Baal. With the death of Hazael,... read more

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