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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

2 Kings 11

Verse 1

Athaliah. For genealogy see App-55 .

she arose, &c. Another of the ten occasions of deaths being caused by a woman. See note on Judges 4:21 .

destroyed: or thought she did. They were left for dead.

Verse 2

Jehosheba. She was the wife of Jehoiada, the high priest (2 Chronicles 22:11 ); Jehoiada being brother-in-law to Ahaziah (2 Chronicles 22:11 ), and therefore uncle to Joash.

from among. Expressive words, pointing to our Joash, raised from the dead and now hidden in the house of God on high; and we with Him (Colossians 3:1-3 ).

Verse 3

hid in the house of the LORD. This was the safest possible place: for it had been broken up, and everything removed to the house of Baal (2 Chronicles 24:7 ) The Temple courts were deserted. Hence, Jehoiada and the priests were plotting for the restoration of the rightful heir. See note on Libnah, 2 Kings 8:22 .

six years. The number of man's defiance and disorder. See App-10 .

Verse 4

Jehoiada. See note on Jehosheba, 2 Kings 11:2 .

rulers. For their names see 2 Chronicles 23:1 .

the king's son. Compare 2 Chronicles 23:3 .

Verse 5

that enter in = must come inside.

shall even be = and must be.

Verse 6

shall be = must be.

Verse 10

king David's. All prepared by him against such a day as this (2 Samuel 8:7 ).

Verse 12

gave him. The Figure of speech Zeugma ( App-6 ), by which the second verb has to be thus supplied.

testimony. See note on Exodus 17:14 , and App-47 .

Verse 14

a pillar = the pillar.

Treason, Treason . Figure of speech Epizeuxis, for great emphasis.

Verse 16

laid hands on her = made way for her.

Verse 20

land rejoiced. When? When the usurper had

city was in quiet. been cast out, and slain. So shall it be when judgment shall be executed on the "prince" and "god" of this world (Revelation 19:1 , Revelation 19:2 , Revelation 19:7 ).

beside the king's house = in the king's house.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.