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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 9:16-29

From Ramoth-Gilead to Jezreel was more than one day's march; about the mid-way between them the river Jordan must be crossed. We may suppose Jehu to have marched with all possible expedition, and to have taken the utmost precaution to prevent the tidings from getting to Jezreel before him; and, at length, we have him within sight first, and then within reach, of the devoted king. I. Joram's watchman discovers him first at a distance, him and his retinue, and gives notice to the king of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 9:18

So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, thus saith the king, is it peace ?.... Are things well in the army, or any disturbance in the kingdom? are you come as friends or enemies? and Jehu said, what hast thou to do with peace ? or to ask such a question: turn thee behind me ; which he was obliged to do, Jehu having such a company of soldiers with him; and this he did, that he might carry no tidings to Joram, that he might not know as yet who he and his company were: ... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 9:18

What hast thou to do with peace ? - "What is it to thee whether there be peace or war? Join my company, and fall into the rear." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 9:1-37

THE ANOINTING OF JEHU . His MURDER OF JEHORAM AND AHAZIAH . THE DEATH OF JEZEBEL . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 9:1-37

The deaths of Jehoram and Jezebel; or, the Divine law of retribution. King Jehoram was lying sick at Jezreel of the wounds he had received in battle from the Syrians. Ahaziah King of Judah had come down to visit him, and, as they conversed together, the watchman upon the city wall brought tidings of an armed company approaching. Jehu, at the head of them, was by-and-by recognized by his furious driving. He had already been proclaimed king in Ramoth-Gilead, but Jehoram knew nothing of this.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 9:11-24

Political revolutions justifiable under certain circumstances. In a general way, revolution, resistance to constituted authority, rebellions, risings against the civil power, seem to be condemned, or at any rate discountenanced, by the teaching of Scripture, whether in the Old Testament or the New. They arise, for the most part, from human ambitions, from lust of power, from greed, from unrestrained passions, from selfishness; they involve in their course untold sufferings to large numbers;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 9:14-37

Jehu as avenger. No sooner is Jehu proclaimed king than, with characteristic decision, he gives orders that no one be permitted to leave the city to carry news to Jehoram; then, mounting his chariot, he drives off furiously to Jezreel. Whatever Jehu did, he did "with all his might" ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ). It is this vigorous decision of character which made him so suitable an instrument in executing God's vengeance on the house of Ahab, I. JEHU 'S APPROACH TO JEZREEL . 1. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 9:18

So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace! turn thee behind me. Jehu chooses to accept the messenger's words as if they were his own, and not those of the king. "What does it matter to such a one as thee, a mere common man, whether my tidings are peaceful or the contrary? I shall not tell thee my errand. Turn and follow in my train." The messenger had no choice but to obey. An attempt at flight would... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Kings 9:18

What hast thou to do with peace? - i. e., “What does it matter to thee whether my errand is one of peace or not?” read more

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