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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 19:8-19

Rabshakeh, having delivered his message and received no answer (whether he took this silence for a consent or a slight does not appear), left his army before Jerusalem, under the command of the other generals, and went himself to attend the king his master for further orders. He found him besieging Libnah, a city that had revolted from Judah, 2 Kgs. 8:22. Whether he had taken Lachish or no is not certain; some think he departed from it because he found the taking of it impracticable, 2 Kgs.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 19:1-37

And it came to pass, when King Hezekiah heard it ,.... The report of Rabshakeh's speech, recorded in the preceding chapter: that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth ; rent his clothes because of the blasphemy in the speech; and he put on sackcloth, in token of mourning, for the calamities he feared were coming on him and his people: and he went into the house of the Lord; the temple, to pray unto him. The message he sent to Isaiah, with his answer, and the threatening... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:1-35

The wisdom of trust in God, and the foolishness of trust in self. The contrast between the devout, God-fearing, God-trusting Hezekiah, and the proud, self-trusting, self-asserting Sennacherib is one of the most striking and instructive in Scripture. The two are set one over against the other in the most graphic way. I. THE PICTURE OF HEZEKIAH shows him: 1. Jealous of God ' s honor. Sennacherib's words against God strike him with horror, appear to him such shocking... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:1-37

SECOND EXPEDITION OF SENNACHERIB AGAINST HEZEKIAH ( continued ). The chapter falls into four portions: read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:1-37

A nation's calamities, counselor, and God. "And it came to pass, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes," etc. Our purpose in our sketches on this book has not allowed us to inquire into all the minute particulars of the characters or events recorded, or into the authorship of the book, or into the right of the prophet or prophets so frequently to say, "Thus saith the Lord," but simply in the briefest way to develop for practical purposes the truths either expressed or... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:8-19

Sennacherib's letter. While the foregoing events were taking place, Rabshakeh had returned to his royal master. The siege of Lachish had been concluded—adding another to the score of victories—and Sennacherib was now at Libnah, Here the news came that Tirhakah was on his march against him, and naturally Sennacherib wished to secure the capitulation of Jerusalem before the Ethiopian could arrive. To this end he sent another message to Hezekiah—this time in the form of a letter—renewing the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:8-37

Our difficulties, and how to deal with them. We have seen that Hezekiah was a man distinguished by his trust in God. We have seen how his trust in God led him to act in times of peace. His trust in God led to personal religion , to practical effort , and to prosperity in life . We see here how he acted when troubles came. Depend upon it, the man who makes his peace with God when all is going well with him—he will have peace within his spirit when the time of trouble comes . ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:9-14

Sennacherib ' s letter to Hezekiah . Sennacherib seems to have been induced to write to Hezekiah by the fact that he could not march against him at once. A forward movement on the part of Tirhakah was reported to him ( 2 Kings 19:9 ), and he thought it necessary to meet, or at least watch it. But he must vent his anger on the rebel Judaean monarch in some way. He sends a letter, therefore, as more weighty and impressive than a mere message. He warns Hezekiah against being himself... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 19:12

Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed? The Assyrian kings always speak of all their predecessors as their ancestors. In point of fact, Sennacherib bad had only one "father" among the previous kings, viz. Sargon. As Gozan (see the comment on 2 Kings 17:6 ). It is uncertain at what time Gozan was finally conquered and absorbed. It was frequently overrun by the Assyrians from the reign of Tiglath-pileser I.; but it was probably not absorbed until about... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Kings 19:12

Haran - Harran, the Carrhae of the Greeks and Romans Genesis 11:31, was among the earliest conquests of the Assyrians; being subject to them from the 12th century. Its conquest would have naturally followed that of Gozan (Gauzanitis, 2 Kings 17:6), which lay between it and Assyria proper.Rezeph - Probably the Rozappa of the Assyrian inscriptions, a city in the neighborhood of Haran.The children of Eden - Or, “the Beni-Eden,” who appear from the Assyrian inscriptions to have inhabited the... read more

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