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Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Kings 15:8-12

9. Zechariah’s evil reign in Israel 15:8-12Zechariah reigned only six months (753-752 B.C.) before his successor Shallum assassinated him. Zechariah was the fourth and last king of Jehu’s dynasty (2 Kings 15:12; cf. 2 Kings 10:30). The fact that the people made Shallum king after he killed Zechariah suggests that Zechariah was not popular."Zechariah’s reign also is noteworthy in that it begins an era of intrigue. Shallum becomes the first person of this current era to come to power through... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 15:1-38

Sundry brief AnnalsThis chapter relates the reigns of Azariah and Jotham of Judah, and of Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, and Pekah of Israel.1. In the twenty and seventh year] Since Jeroboam came to the throne in the fifteenth year of Amaziah (2 Kings 14:23), and Amaziah only reigned 29 years (2 Kings 14:2), his son must have succeeded him in Jeroboam’s fifteenth year. Azariah in 2 Kings 15:13, 2 Kings 15:30 is called Uzziah.5. The Lord smote the king] For the reason see 2 Chronicles... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 2 Kings 15:9

(9) As his fathers—i.e., the dynasty of Jehu, of which he was the last member. Like all his predecessors, he upheld the illicit worship established by Jeroboam I. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 15:8-12

9AMOS, HOSEA, AND THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL2 Kings 14:23-29; 2 Kings 15:8-12"In them is plainest taught and easiest learnt What makes a nation happy and keeps it so. What ruins kingdoms and lays cities flat."- MILTON, "Paradise Regained""We see dimly in the Present what is small and what is great, Slow of faith how weak an arm may turn the iron helm of Fate: But the soul is still oracular: amid the market’s din List the ominous Stern whisper from the Delphic cave within, ‘They enslave their... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 15:8-31

THE AGONY OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM2 Kings 15:8-31Shallum B. C. 740Menahem B. C. 740-737Pekahiah B. C. 757-735Pekah B. C.735-734"Blood toucheth blood."- Hosea 4:2"The revolters are profuse in murders."- Hosea 5:2"They have set up kings, but not by Me: they have made princes, and I knew it not."- Hosea 8:4"Non tam reges fuere quam lures, latrones, et tyranni."- WITSIUS, "Decaph.," 326.WITH the death of Zachariah begins the acute agony of Israel’s dissolution. Four kings were murdered in forty... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 2 Kings 15:1-38

CHAPTER 15 1. Reign and death of Azariah (Uzziah) (2 Kings 15:1-2 ; 2 Chronicles 26:0 ). 2. Reign and death of Zachariah (2 Kings 15:8-12 ) 3. Reign and death of Shallum (2 Kings 15:13-15 ) 4. Menahem, King of Israel (2 Kings 15:16-18 ) 5. Pul of Assyria and Menahem (2 Kings 15:19-20 ; 1 Chronicles 5:26 ) 6. Death of Menahem (2 Kings 15:21-22 ) 7. Pekahiah and his death (2 Kings 15:23-26 ) 8. Pekah and his death. Hoshea (2 Kings 15:27-31 ) 9. Jotham, King of Judah (2 Kings... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 15:1-38

AZARIAH'S REIGN IN JUDAH (vv.1-17) The reign of Azariah began after Jereboam had reigned 27 years in Samaria. We have seen Azariah (Uzziah) was only 16 years old when he began to reign, and reigned 52 years in Jerusalem (v.2). His mother (Jecholiah) must have been a believer, for Uzziah's reign generally was honouring to the Lord (v.3). It is noted, however, that he did not remove the high places of worship, where the people burned incense (v.4). Nothing more is said here of Azariah's... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 15:1-38

THE ASSYRIAN CAPTIVITY AZARIAH OF JUDAH (2 Kings 15:1-7 ) This king is called Uzziah in 2 Kings 15:13 ; 2 Kings 2:0 Kings 15 :2 Kings 15:30 , and in 2 Chronicles 26:0 . Read the last-named chapter for an enlargement of his history and an explanation of certain features not given here. Note his long reign, his generally good character, the cause of his failure, and the circumstance that his son reigned with him jointly for a short period. ISRAEL’S NEW ENEMY (2 Kings 15:8-31 ) Zachariah is... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - 2 Kings 15:1-38

2 Kings 15:0 1. In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. 2. Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem. 3. And he did that which was right [Azariah supported the legitimate worship, and lent his countenance to no foreign cultus] in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; 4. Save that the... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - 2 Kings 15:8-37

I bring the whole into this compass, not only for the sake of brevity, but because the observations which are suited to one reign more or less will suit them all. Short as this chapter is, the events of it include a period of near 70 years; in which we have a succession of monarchs short in their lives, short in their reign, and for the most part full of evil. If the Reader feels disposed to examine into the length of each, a short calculation will soon enable him to ascertain the whole. But... read more

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