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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 22:11-20

We hear no more of the repairing of the temple: no doubt that good work went on well; but the book of the law that was found in it occupies us now, and well it may. It is not laid up in the king's cabinet as a piece of antiquity, a rarity to be admired, but it is read before the king. Those put the truest honour upon their Bibles that study them and converse with them daily, feed on that bread and walk by that light. Men of honour and business must look upon an acquaintance with God's word to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 22:20

Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers ,.... To his godly ancestors, to share with them in eternal life and happiness; otherwise it could be no peculiar favour to die in common, as his fathers did, and be buried in their sepulchres: and thou shall be gathered into thy grave in peace ; in a time of public peace and tranquillity; for though he was slain in battle with the king of Egypt, yet it was what he was personally concerned in, and it was not a public war between the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 22:20

Thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace - During thy life none of these calamities shall fall upon the people, and no adversary shall be permitted to disturb the peace of Judea, and thou shalt die in peace with God. But was Josiah gathered to the grave in peace? Is it not said, 2 Kings 23:29 , that Pharaoh-nechoh slew him at Megiddo? On this we may remark, that the Assyrians and the Jews were at peace; that Josiah might feel it his duty to oppose the Egyptian king... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 22:1-20

ACCESSION OF JOSIAH . REPAIR OF THE TEMPLE . RECOVERY OF THE BOOK OF THE LAW . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 22:1-20

A monarch of rare virtue, and a God of retributive justice. "Josiah was eight years old," etc. There are two subjects in this chapter that arrest our attention, and which are fertile with suggestions. I. A MONARCH OF RARE VIRTUE . "Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem," etc. In this monarch we discover four distinguished merits. 1. Religiousness of action . "He did that which was right in the sight of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 22:8-20

The finding of the Law-book. The finding of the book of the Law by Hilkiah in the temple marks a distinct turning-point in Josiah's reformation It is admitted generally that this Law-book included, if it did not exclusively consist of, the Book of Deuteronomy. As it is further allowed that some of the main narrative documents of our present Pentateuch, and the book of the covenant ( Exodus 21:1-36 .-23.), if not also collections of priestly laws, were then in existence, and had long been,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 22:15-20

The prophecy of Huldah . The word of the Lord comes to Huldah with the arrival of the messengers, or perhaps previous to it, and she is at once ready with her reply. It divides itself into two parts. In 2 Kings 22:15-17 the inquiry made is answered—answered affirmatively, "Yes, the fiat is gone forth; it is too late to avert the sentence; the anger of the Lord is kindled, and shall not be quenched ." After this, in 2 Kings 22:18-20 , a special message is sent to the king, granting... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 22:20

Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace. There is a seeming contradiction between these words and the fact of Josiah's violent death in battle against Pharaoh-Nechoh ( 2 Kings 23:29 ). But the contradiction is not a real one. Huldah was commissioned to assure Josiah that, though the destruction of his kingdom and the desolation of Judaea and Jerusalem, threatened in the Law, were at hand, yet they would not come in his day.... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Kings 22:20

In peace - The death of Josiah in battle 2 Kings 23:29 is in verbal contradiction to this prophecy, but not in real opposition to its spirit, which is simply that the pious prince who has sent to inquire of the Lord, shall be gathered to his fathers before the troubles come upon the land which are to result in her utter desolation. Now those troubles were to come, not from Egypt, but from Babylon; and their commencement was not the invasion of Necho in 608 B.C., but that of Nebuchadnezzar three... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Kings 22:20

2 Kings 22:20. Behold, therefore, I will gather thee to thy fathers It is justly observed here by Henry, that the saints in those days had doubtless a comfortable prospect of happiness on the other side of death, otherwise the being gathered to their fathers would not have been so often made the matter of a promise as we find it was. Josiah could not prevail to prevent the judgment itself, but God promised him he should not live to see it; which, especially considering that he died in the... read more

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