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5 ( He walked also after their counsel, and went with A.C. 885.
7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming ch. xxi. 17.
2 KINGS IX. PART OF ver. 27.
riah, ver. ).
** This passage refers to the death of Joram, who was slain when he went out to meet Jehu accompanied by Ahaziah, 2 Kings ix. 23. The abruptness of this division is unavoidable, as the death of Ahaziah is related by the inspired writers in intimate connection with that of Joram : but in this arrangement it was absolutely necessary to separate them, that the account of Ahazial's death might be given with his life and reign.
The circumstances attending on the death of this king, as they are related in
The chief cause of the apparent inconsistency lies in the expression (2 Chron.
dom of Samaria.
2 CHRONICLES XXII. VER. 8, AND PART OF VER. 9. A.C. 884.
8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that minis
tered to Ahaziah, he slew them.
2 KINGS IX. PART OF VER, 27, AND ver. 28.
the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which
lem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the
2 CHRONICLES XXII. PART OF VER. 9.
2 KINGS IX. ver. 29.
2 KINGS VIII. VER. 26, TO THE END. his sickness, 2
26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reiga; and he
of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house
28 9 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael
as Viceroy to his father in
ch. viii. 25.
In so doing, Jehu sees him, and immediately gives the order," smite him also
On consulting the map of the tribe of Manasseh, in which these events took
* Heb. where
29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds * which A.C. 884.
+ Called, Ra
moth. CHAPTER VI.
1 Heb. wound
Erents in the kingdom of Israel, contemporary with the reign
2 KINGS VIII. Ver. 7-16.
8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine
9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present & with Hel. in his
10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou
11 And he settled his countenance || stedfastly, until he ! Heb. and set was ashamed: and the man of God wept.
12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
This passage has been much misunderstood. The most probable meaning seems to be, " Tell the king that his disease is not mortal, and therefore he might recover from it.” The prophet, however, who foresaw that Hazael would murder the king, adds in a reproachful and significant manner, howbeit the Lord hath shewed me he shall surely die ;” intimating, by these words, " The king will die, but he would have recovered, had he not been prevented by your
violence and treachery."
13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master ; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that thou shouldest surely recover.
15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died : and Hazael reigned in his stead.
ber in a chamber.
2 KINGS IX. ver. 1–14.
2 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the
him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an Heb. cham- * inner chamber;
3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and a 1 Kings xix.
say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over
4. So the young man, even the young man the prophet,
5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.
6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.
7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand
cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and
9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of a 1 Kings xiv. d Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha e i Kings xvi. the son of Ahijah:
10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.
b) Kings xviii. 4. & xx1. 15.
10. & xxi. 21.
11 © Then Jebu came forth to the servants of his lord : A.C. 884. and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.
12 And they said, It is false ; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with
, saying, Jehu * is king.
escaper go, &c.
Death of Jehoran. 2 KINGS IX. PART OF VER. 14-27, (Now Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria. 15 But 'king + Joram was returned to be healed in Jez- fch. vii.
29. reel of the wounds which the Syrians # had given him, when there. Scho. be fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If+
Heb, smole. it be your minds, then § let none go forth nor escape out of , Heb. let no the city to go to tell it in Jezreel. 16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel,
18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said,
he cometh not again.
19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jeku answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee
20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again : and the || driving is like the || Or, marck. driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi ; for he driveth * fu- "Hich, in
21 And Joram said, + Make ready. And his chariot was + Hcb. Dind. made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out