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nurse, in the bed-chamber from Athaliah, so that he sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the was not slain.
house of the LORD about the king. 3 And he was with her hid in the house of the 8 And ye shall compass the king round about, Lord six years. And Athaliah did reign over the every man with his weapons in his hand: and he land.
that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain : 4 And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and and be ye with the king as he goeth out, and as he fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the captains, cometh in. and the guard, and brought them to him into the 9 And the captains over the hundreds did achouse of the Lord, and made a covenant with them, cording to all things that Jehoiada the priest comand took an oath of them in the house of the Lord, manded : and they took every man his men that and showed them the king's son.
were to come in on the sabbath, with them that 5 And he commanded them, saying, This is the should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada thing that ye shall do: A third part of you that the priest. enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the 10 And to the captains over hundreds did the watch 'of the king's house :
priest give king David's spears and shields, that 6 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; were in the temple of the Lord. and a third part at the gate behind the guard : so 11 And the guard stood, every man with his weashall ye keep the watch of the house, *that it be not pons in his hand, round about the king, from the broken down.
right fcorner of the temple to the left corner of the 7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the temple, along by the altar and the teniple. € 2 Chr. 23. 1, &c. dc. 16. 18. • or, from breaking up. t bands, or companies.
e I Chr. 26. 2. | 2 Sam. 8. 7. I vAoulder. the nurse's arms, was not missed, or not inquired after, or, feared that the house and lineage of David were quite cut off, however, not found: the person that delivered him, was his to find such a spark as this in the embers, own aunt, the daughter of wicked Joram; for those whom God 2. He posted the priests and Levites, who were more immewill have protected, he will raise up protectors; the place of diately under his direction, in the several avenues to the his safety was the house of the Lord, one of the chambers temple, to keep the guards, putting them under the command belonging to the temple, a place Athaliah seldom troubled; of the rulers of hundreds, v. 9. David had divided the priests his aunt, by bringing him hither, put him under God's special into courses, which waited by turns; every sabbath day mornprotection, and so hid him by faith, as Moses was hid; now ing, a new company came into waiting, but the company of the were David's words made good to one of his seed, (Ps. 27. 5,) foregoing week did not go out of waiting till the sabbaih evenIn the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me. With good ing, so that on the sabbath day, when double service was to be reason did this Joash, when he grew up, set himself to repair done, there was a double number to do it, both they that were to the house of the Lord, for it had been a sanctuary to him; now come in, and they that were to go out; those Jehoiada employed was the promise made to David bound up in one life, and yet to attend on this great occasion, he armed them out of the magait did not fail. Thus to the Son of David will God, according zines of the temple with David's spears and shields, either his to his promise, secure a spiritual seed, which, though sometimes own or those he had taken from his enemies, which he devoted reduced to a small number, brought very low, and seemingly to God's honour, v. 10. If they were old and unfashionable, lost, will be perpetuated to the end of time, hidden sometimes, yet they that used them, might, by their being David's, be and unseen, but hidden in God's pavilion, and unhurt. It was reminded of God's covenant with him, which they were now a special providence that Joram, though a king, a wicked king, acting in the defence of. married his daughter to Jehoiada a priest, a godly priest : some Two things they were ordered to do; (1.) To protect the perhaps thought it a disparagement to the royal family, to young king from being insulted; they must keep the watch of the marry a daughter to a clergyman, but it proved a happy mar- king's house, (v. 5,) compass the king, and be with him, (v. 8,) riage, and the saving of the royal family from ruin; for Jehoi- to guard him from Athaliah's partisans, for still there were ada's interest in the temple gave her an opportunity to preserve those that thirsted after royal blood. (2.) To preserve the the child, and her interest in the royal family gave him an op- holy temple from being profaned by the concourse of people portunity to set him on the throne: see the wisdom and care of that would come together on this occasion ; (v. 6,) Keep the Providence, and how it prepares for what it designs; and see watch of the house, that it be not either broken through or broken what blessings they lay up in store for their families, that down, and so strangers should crowd in, or such as were marry their children to those that are wise and good.
unclean. He was not so zealous for the projected revolution, V. 4–12. Six years Athaliah tyrannised ; we have not a as to forget his religion; in times of the greatest hurry, care particular account of her reign, no doubt, it was of a piece must be taken, Ne detrimentum capiat ecclesia–That the holy withthe beginning; while Jehu was extirpating the worship of things of God be not trenched upon. It is observable that Baal in Israel, she was establishing it in Judah, as appears, Jehoiada appointed to each his place as well as his work, 2 Chr. 24. 7. The court and kingdom of Judah had been (v. 6,7,) for good order coniributes very much to the expediting debauched by their alliance with the house of Abab, and now and accomplishing of any great enterprise ; let every man one of that house is a curse and plague to both; sinful friend-know, and keep, and make good, his post, and then the work ships speed no better: all this while, Joash lay hid, entitled to will be done quickly. a crown, and intended for it, and yet buried alive in obscurity. 3. When the guards were fixed, then the king was brought Though the sons and heirs of heaven are now hidden, the world forth, v. 12. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, for even in knows them not, (! John 3. 1;) but the time is fixed when they thy holy mountain thy king appears, a child indeed, but not shall appear in glory, as Joash in his seventh year; by that such a one as brings a wo upon the land, for he was the son time, he was ready to be showed, not a babe, but, having of nobles, the son of David, Éc. 10. 17. A child indeed, but served his first apprenticeship to life, and being arrived at his he had a good guardian, and, which was better, a good God, first climacterical year, he had taken a good step toward man to go to. Jehoiada, without delay, proceeded to the coronation nood; by that time, the people were grown weary of Athaliah's of this young king; for though he was not yet capable of detyranny, and ripe for a revolution; how that revolution was spatching business, he would be growing up toward it by effected, we are told :
degrees; this was done with great solemnity, v. 12. (1.) In I. The manager of this reat affair was Jehoiada the priest, token of his being invested with kingly power, he put the crown probably, the high priest, or, at least, the sagan, (as the upon him, though it was yet too large and heavy for his head; Jews called him,) or suffragan to the high priest; by his birth the regalia, it is probable, were kept in the temple, and so the and office, he was a man in authority, whom the people were crown was ready at hand. (2.) In token of his obligation to bound by the law to observe and obey, especially when there govern by law, and to make the word of God his rule, he gave was no rightful king upon the throne, Deut. 17. 12. By mar- him the testimony, put a bible into bis hand, which he must riage, he was allied to the royal family, and if all the seed royal read in, all the days of his life, Deut. 17. 18, 19. (3.) in were destroyed, his wife, as daughter to Joram, had a better token of his receiving the Spirit, to qualify him for this great title to the crown than Athaliah had. By his eminent gifts and work to which he before was called, he anointed him; though graces, he was fitted to serve his country, and better service he notice is taken of the anointing of their kings only in case of could not do it, than to free it from Athaliah's usurpation : and interruption, as here, and in Solomon's case, yet I know not we have reason to think he did not make this attempt, till he but the ceremony might be used to all their kings, at least had first asked counsel of God, and known his mind, either by those of the house of David, because their royally was typical prophets, or Urim, or both.
of Christ's, who was to be anointed above his fellows, above all II. The management was very discreet, and as became so the sons of David. (4.) In token of the people's acceptance wise and good a man as Jehojada was.
of him and subjection to his government, they clapped their 1. He concerted the matter with the rulers of hundreds and hands for joy, and expressed their hearty good wishes to him, the captains, the men in office, ecclesiastical, civil, and military: Let the king live; and thus they made him king, made him he got them to him to the temple, consulied with them, laid their king, consented to, and concurred with, the divine ape before them the grievances they at present laboured under, pointment. They had reason to rejoice in the period now put gave them an oath of secrecy, and, finding them free and to Athaliah's tyranny, and the prospect they had of the restoraforward to join with bim, showed them the king's son, (v. 4;) tion and establishment of religion, by a king under the tuition and so well satisfied were they with his fidelity, that they saw of so good a man as Jehoiada ; they had reason to bid him no reason to suspect an imposition. We may well think what welcome to the crown, whose right it was, and to pray, Lel * pleasing surprise it was to the good people
among them, who him live, who came to them as life from the dead, and in whom
m c. 23. 3. 2 Chr. 34. 31.
12 And he brought forth the king's son, and house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and put the crown upon him, and "gave him the tes- his images ubrake they in pieces thoroughly, and timony: and they made him king, and anointed slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. ihim; and they clapped their hands, and said, "God And the priest appointed officers over the house of 'save the king.
the LORD. 13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the 19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and guard and of the people, she came to the people the captains, and the guard, and all the people of the into the temple of the LORD.
land ; and they brought down the king from the 14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood house of the LORD, and came by the way of the mby a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes gate of the guard to the king's house. And he sat and the trumpeters by the king; and all the people on the throne of the kings. of the land rejoiced, and blew "with trumpets: and 20 And all the people of the land rejoiced," and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, treason! the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with
15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the cap- the sword beside the king's house.
This chapter gives us the history of the reign of Joash, which does not answer to
that glorious beginning of it, which we had an account or in the foregoing chap16 And they laid hands on her: and she went ter; he was not so illustrious at forty years old as he was at seven, yet his reign
is to be reckoned one of the better sort, and appears much worse in Chronicles by the way by the which the horses came into than it does here, (2 Chr. 24.) for there we find the blood of one of God's prothe king's house: and there was she slain.
phela luid at his door ; here we are only tola, I. That he d d well, while Jebo
iada lived, v 1-3. 11. That he was caretul and active lo repair the temple, Y. 17 And Jehoiada made a covenant rbetween the 4-16. 11. That after a mean composition with Hazael, (v. 17, 18,) he died Lord and the king and the people, that they should
ingloriously, v. 19–21. be the bed's' people; between the king alsu and I reithe seventh year of Jebu, Jehoash began to
18 And all the people of the land went into the and his mother's nanie was Zibiah of Beer-sheba. & P, 21. 3. A Deut. 17. 18-D. i 2 Sam. 2. 4, 7. & Ps. 17. 1. Let the king Geo. 9. 6. 2 Sam. 5. 3. Neh. 9. 8. 10. 28, 29. o llor. 8. 5. 16. 10.26, 27. lice. I 1 Sam. 10. 21. 1 Kings 1. 31.
n Num. 10. u Deut. 12. 3. v Zech. 13. 2, 3. t offices. Prov. 11. 10. 29. 2. 2 Chr. 24. 1-10. Ex. 21. 14. p Ez. 9.7
1, &c. the house of David was to live. With such acclamations of joy each other, that they might rightly understand their duty both and satisfaction must the kingdom of Christ be welcomed into to God and to one another, and be firmly bound to it. our hearts, when his throne is set up there, and Satan the 1. He endeavoured to seltle and secure the interests of reliusurper is deposed; Hosanna, blessed is he that comes : clap gion among them, by a covenant between them and God. King hands and say, “Let King Jesus live, for ever live and reign, and people would then cleave most firmly to each other, when in my soul, and in all the world;" it is promised, (Ps. 72. 15,) both had joined themselves to the Lord. God had, already, on He shall live, and prayer shall be made for him, and his king- bis part, promised to be their God; (Jehoiada could show them dom, continually.
that in the book of the testimony ;) now the king and people on V. 13–16. We may suppose it was designed, when they had their part must covenant and agree that they will be the Lord's finished the solemnity of the king's inauguration, to make a visit people: in this covenant, the king stands upon the same level to Athaliah, and call her to an account for her murders, usur-with his subjects, and is as much bound as any of them to serve pations, and tyranny ; but, like her mother Jezebel, she saved the Lord. By this engagement they renounced Baal, whom them the labour, went out to meet them, and hastened her own many of them had worshipped, and resigned themselves to God's destruction.
government. It is well with a people, when all the changes that
2. Seeing what was done, she cried out for help: she saw in all relations, for the parties to understand one another fully,
would lend a hand to pull down Baal's temple, his altars, and
refer to Jehojada to give answers to, and to give judgment upon. V. 17–21. Jehojada has now got over the hardest part of his (2.) The people rejoiced, and Jerusalem was in quiet, (v. 20:) work; when by the death of Aihaliah, his young prince had his and Josephus says, they kept a feast of joy many days, making way to the throne cleared of all opposition, he is now to improve good Solomon's observation, (Prov. 11. 10,) When it goes well his advantages for the perfecting of the revolution, and the set- with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish, tling of the government.
there is shouting.
NOTES TO CHAPTER XII.
Ex. 35. 5.
2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the therefore, receive no more money of your acquaintsight of the Lord all his days wherein Jeloiada the ance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. priest instructed him.
8 And the priests consented to receive no more 3 But the high places were not taken away: the money of the people, neither to repair the breaches people still sacriticed and burnt incense in the high of the house. places.
9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored 4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on of the "dedicated things that is brought into the the right side as one cometh into the house of the house of the Lord, even the money of every one Lord: and the priests that kept the #door put that passeth the account, the money that every man therein all the money that was brought into the hou e is set at, and all the money that icometh into any of the LORD. min's heart dto bring into the house of the LORD, 10 And it was so, when they saw that there was
5 Let the priests take it to them, every man of much money in the chest, that the king's 'scribe and his acquaintance; and let them repair the breaches the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found. and told ihe money that was found in the house of
6 But it was so, that, sin the three and twentieth the LORD. year of king Jehoash, the priests had not repaired 11 And they gave the money, being told, into the the breaches of the house.
hands of them that did the work, that had the over7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the sight of the house of the Lord: and they haid it priest, and the other priests, and said unto then), out to the carpenters and builders that wrought Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? Now, upon the house of the LORD, B! Kings 15. 14. 22. 43. c. 14. 4. Jer. 2. 20. • hrinesses, or, holy things. upen the heart of a man.
$ in the fuentieth year and third year. « Ex. 30. 13. c. 22. 4. t of the souls of his eatimatin, lev, 27, 2. ascende h 2 Chr. 24. 5, c. ll threshold, lor, secreiary. "* boured up: 11 brough! it for:A. tinued much longer, for he was cut off when he was but 47 years repairs, and to take care that the work was done; the king had old, v. I.
the affairs of his kingdom to mind, and could not bimsell inspect 2. That he did that which was right, as long as Jehoiada lived this affair, but he employed the priests to manage it, the billest to instruct him, v.2. Many young men have come too soon to persons, and most likely, one would think, to be hearty in it. an estate, have had wealth, and power, and liberty, before they i. He gave them orders for the levying of the money of the knew how to use them, and it has been of bad consequence to dedicated things; they must not stay till it was paid in, but them; but against this danger Joash was well guarded, (1.) By they must call for it where they knew it was due in iheir having such a good director as Jehoiada was, so wise, and respective districts, either as redemption money, by virtue of experienced, and faithful to him. (2.) By having so much wis- the law, (Ex. 30. 13,) or as estimation money, hy virtue of the doin as to hearken to him and be directed by him, even when law, (Lev. 27. 2, 3,) or as a free-will offerina, (v. 4;) this he was grown up. Note, It is a great mercy to young people, they were to gather every man of his acqnain ance, and it was and especially to young princes, and all young men of conse- supposed that there was no man but had acquain'ance with quence, to be under good direction, and to have those about them sotne or other of the priests. Note, We should take the opporthat will instruct them to do that which is right in the sight of tunity that God gives us of exciting those we have a particular the Lord; and they then do wisely and well for themselves, when acquaintance wiih, to that which is good., 2. He gave them they are willing to be counselled and ruled by such: a chill left orders for laying out the money they had levied, in repairing to himself, brings his mother to shame, but a child left to such a the breaches of the house, v. 5. tuition, may bring himself to honour and comfort,
IV. This method did not answer the intention, v. 6. Lillle 3. That the high places were not taken away, v. 3. Up and money was raised; either the priests were careless, and did down the country, they had altars both for sacrifice and incense, not call to the people to pay in their dues, or the people had so to the honour of the God of Israel only, but in competition with little confidence in the priests' management, that whey were and at least in implicit contempt of, his altar at Jerusalem. These backward to pay money into their hands: if they were disprivate altars, perhaps, had been more used in the late bad reigns trusted without cause, it was the people's shame; is with, it ihan formerly, because it was not safe to go up to Jerusalem, nor was more theirs. But what money was raised, was not applied was the temple service performed as it should have been; and, to the proper use; the breaches of the house were not repairer; it may be, Jehoiada connived at them, because some well-mean- the priests thought it might serve as well as it had done, and ing people were glad of them when they could not have better, therefore put it off from time to time. Church work is usually and he hoped thai the reforming of the temple, and putting things slow work, but it is pi y that churchmen, of all men, should be into a good posture there, would, by degrees, draw people from slow at it. Perhaps, what little money they raised, they their high places, and they would dwindle of themselves; or thought it necessary to use for the maintenance of the priests, perhaps neither the king nor the priest had zeal enough to carry which must needs fall much short, when ten tribes were wbolly on their reformation so far, nor courage and strength enough to revolied, and the other two wretchedly corrupted. encounter such an inveterate usage.
V. Another method was therefore taken; the king has his V. 4-16. We have here an account of the repairing of the heart much upon it, to have the breaches of the house repaired, temple in the reign of Joash.
v. 7. His apostacy, at last, gives us cause to question whether 1. It seems, the temple was gone out of repair ; though he had as good an affection for the service of ihe temple as lie Solomon built it very strong, of the best materials, and in the had for the structure; many have been zealous for building and best manner, yet, in time, it went to decay, and there were beautifying churches, and for other forms of godliness, who yet breaches found in it, (v. 5:) in the roofs, or walls, or floors, have been strangers to the power of it: however, we commend the ceiling, or wainscoting, or windows, or the partitions of the his zeal, and blame him not for reproving even his tutor Jehoiada courts: even temples themsrlves are the worse for the wear himself when he saw him remiss; and so convincing was his inz; the heavenly temple will never wax old. Yet it was not reproof, that the priests owned themselves unworthy to be any only the teeth of time, that made these breaches, the sons of longer employed, and consented to the taking of some other A haliah had broken up the house of God, (2 Chr. 24.7,) and, measures, and ihe giving up of the money they had received, out of enmity to the service of the temple, had damaged the into other hands, v. 8. It was honestly done, when they found buildings of it, and the priests had not taken care to repair the they had not spirit to do it themselves, not to hinder other probreaches in time, so that they went worse and worse. Un-ple from doing it. Another course was taken, worthy were those husban imen to have this valuable vineyard 1. For raising money, v. 9, 10. The money was not paid let out to them upon such easy terms, who could not afford to into private hands, but put into a public chest, and then people keep the wine-press in due and tenan'able repair, (Matt. 21. brought it in readily, and in great abundance, not only their 33 :) justly did their great Lord sue them for this permissive dues, but their free-will offerings for so good a work. The waste, and by his judgmen's recover locum vastntum- for dila- high priest and the secretary of state counted the money out pilations, (as the law speaks,) when this neglected temple was of the chest, and laid it by in specie for the use to which it was lait even with the ground.
appropriated. When public distributions are made faithfully, II. The king himself was (as it should seem) the first and public contributions will be made cheerfully. The money that forwardest man that took care for the repair of it ; we do not was given, (1.) Was dropped into the chest through a hole imhe find that the priests complained of it, or that Jehoiada himself lid, past recall, to intimate that wha has been once resigned !o was active in it, but the king was zealous in the matter; God, must never be resumed : every man, as he purpuerth in 1. Because he was king, and God expects and requires from his heart, so let him give. (2.) The chest was put on the right those who have power, that they use it for the maintenance hand as they went in, which, some think, is alluded to in that and support of religion, the redress of grievances, and repara- rule of charity which our Saviour gives, Let not thy left hand tion of decays, for the exciting and engaging of ministers to do know what thu right hand doeth. But while they were gelling their part, and people theirs. 2. Because the temple had been all they could, for the repair of the temple, they did not break bo'h his nursery and his sanctuary, when he was a child, in a in upon that which was the stated maintenance of the priests, grateful remembranre of which, he now appeared zealous for (v. '16;) the trespass money and the sin money which were the hono'r of it. They who have experienced the comfort and given to them by that law, Lev. 5. 15, 16, were reserved 10 benefit of religious assemblies, will make the reproach of them them. Let not the servants of the temple be starved, under their burden, (Zeph. 3. 18,) the support of them their care, colour of repairing the breaches of it. and the prosperity of them their chief joy.
2. For laying ont the money that was raised. (1.) They II. The priests were ordered to collect money for those did not put it into the hands of the priests, who were not versed
12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to
CHAPTER XIII. buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches This chapter bring us again to the history of the kings of Tarael, and particularly of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.
hoabaz, which continued 17 years. His bad character in general, v. 1, 2. The
trouble he was brought into, (v. 3.) and the low ebb of his atlairs, v. 7. His 13 Howbeit, there were not made for the house humiliation before God, and God's compassion toward him, Y.4, 5, and again,
v. 23. Hin continuance in his idolatry notwithstanding, v. 6. His death, v. of the Lord bowls of silver, snuffers, basins, trum 8, 9. II. Of his grandson Joash, which continued 16 years. Here is a general pets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the
account of his reigo in the usual form, (. 11-13,) but a particular account of
the death of Elisha in his time. The kind visit the king made him, (v. 14,) and money that was brought into the house of the LORD: the encouragement he gave the king in his wars with Syria, v. 15—19. His death
and burial (v. 20,) and a miracle wrought by his bones, v. 21. And, lastly, 14 But they gave that to the workmen, and re The advantages Joash gained against the Syrians, according to his predictions, paired therewith the house of the Lord.
v. 24, 25.
N the three and into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully. of Jehu, began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and
16 The trespass money fand sin money was not reigned seventeen years. brought into the house of the LORD: it was the 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight priests'.
of the LORD, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the 19. Then Hazael king of Syria went up and son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he defought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set parted not therefrom. his face to go up to Jerusalem.
3 And the anger of the Lord was kindled 18 And Jehoash king of Judah tookk all the hal- against Israel; and he delivered them into the hand lowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of BenAhaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, hadad the son of Hazael, all their days. and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that 4 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, LORD hearkened unto him ; for he dsaw the opand in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king pression of Israel, because the king of Syria opof Syria : and he went taway from Jerusalem. pressed them.
19 And the rest of the acts of Jehoash, and all 5 (And the LORD gave Israel a "saviour, so that that he did, are they not written
in the book of the they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: chronicles of the kings of Judah?
and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as 20 And his servants 'arose, and made a con- beforetime. spiracy, and slew Jehoash in fthe house of Millo, 6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins which goeth down to Silla.
of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but 21 For Jozacharm the son of Shimeath, and Swalked therein: and there remained the grove Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote also fin Samaria.) him, and he died; and they buried him with his 7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoafathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son haz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten reigned in his stead.
thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had dewene forth. sc. 22. 7. Lev. 5. 15, 18. Lev. 7. 7. Num. 18.9. 1. c. 8. the trentieth year and third year. I walked after & Judg. 2. 14. c. 8. ki Kings 15. 18. c. 18. 15, 16. 1 up. 1 c. 14. 5. 1 or, Bethmillo.
e ver. 25. 1 yesterday and * 2 Chr. 24. 28, Zabad. S or, Shimrith.
third day. She walked. || stood. s 1 Kings 16. 33. in affairs of this nature, having other work to mind, but into the conspired against him, and slew him, (v. 20, 21;) not aiming hands of those that did the work, or, at least, had the oversight at his kingdom, for they opposed not his son's succeeding him, of it, v. 11. They were fittest to be intrusted with this busi- but to be avenged on him for some crime he had committed ness, whose employment lay that way; Tractant fabrilia fabri and we are told in Chronicles, that his murdering of the pro-every artist has his trade assigned; but let not those who are phet, Jehoiada's son, was the provocation. In this, how called to war, the holy warfare, entangle themselves in the unrighteous soever they were, (vengeance was not theirs, nor affairs of this life. They that were thus intrusted, did the did it belong to them to repay,) God was righteous; and this business, [1.] Carefully; purchasing materials, and paying was not the only time that he let even kings know that it was workmen, v. 12. Business is done with expedition, when those at their peril, if they touched his anointed, and did his prophets are employed in it that understand it, and know which way to any harm; and that when he comes to make inquisition for go about it. [2.] Faithfully; such a reputation they got for blood, the blood of prophets will run the account very high. honesty, that there was no occasion to examine their bills, or Thus fell Joash, who began in the spirit, and ended in the audit their accounts ; let all that are intrusted with public money, Alesh. God usually sets marks
displeasure upon aposor public work, learn hence to deal faithfully, as those that tates, even in this life ; for they, of all sinners, do most reproach know God will reckon with them, whether men do or no; those the Lord. that think it is no sin to cheat the government, cheat the country, or cheat the church, will be of another mind, when God shali
NOTES TO CHAPTER XIII,
V. 17–21. When Joash had revolted from God, and was profaned, and its honour laid in the dust!
1. His wealth and honour became an easy prey to his neigh- rules, by which to worship him, of his own appointment; but
hands. We find here
that the king followed defence, on account of its sinfulness, was departed. Joash had the sins of Jeroboam, (v. 2,) and the people departed not from neither spirit nor strength
to make head against him, but gave them, but walked therein, v. 6. There could not be a greater him all the hallowed things, and all the gold that was found reproach than these two idolized calves were to a people that both in his exchequer and in the treasures of the temple, (v. 18,) were instructed in the service of God, and intrusted
with the to hire him to march another way. If it were lawful to do this lively oracles. In all the history of the ten tribes we never find for the public safety, better part with the gold of the temple the least shock given to that idolatry, but in every reign, still than expose the temple itself; yet, (1.) If he had not forsaken the calf was their god, and they separated themselves to that God, and forfeited his protection, his affairs had not been shame. brought to this extremity, but he might have forced Hazael to 2. It was the honour of Israel, that they were taken under the retire. (2.) He diminished himself, and made himself very special protection of Heaven; God himself was their Defence, mean, lost the honour of a prince and a soldier, and of an the Shield of their help, and the Sword of their excellency. Israelite too, in alienating the dedicated things. (3.) He Happy wast thou, O Israel, upon this account. But here, as impoverished himself and his kingdom. And, (4.) He tempted often before, we find them
stripped of this glory, and exposed to Hazael to come again, when he could bring home so rich a the insults of all their neighbours. They, by their sins, probooty without striking a stroke. And it had this effect, for, voked God to anger, and then he delivered them into the hands the next year, the host of Syria came up against Jerusalem, of Hazael and Ben-hadad, v. 3. Hazael oppressed Israel, v. 22. destroyed the princes, and plundered the city, 2 Chr. 24. Surely never was any nation so often plucked
and pillaged by 23, 24,
their neighbours as Israel was. This they brought upon them2. His life became an easy prey to his own servants. They selves by sin; when they had provoked God to pluck up their VOL. I.-114
stroyed them, and had made them like the dust by ten in the book of the chronicles of the kings of thrashing..
Israel? 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all 13 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jerothat he did, and his might, are they not written in boam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and 14 Now Elisha was fallen sick, of his sickness they buried him in Samaria : and Joash “his son whereof he died., And Joash the king of Israel reigned in his stead.
came down unto him, and wept over his face, and 10 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king said, O my father, my father! the chariot rof Israel, of Judah began Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, to and the horsemen thereof! reign kover Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen 15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and years.
arrows: and he took unto him bow and arrows. 11 And he did that which was evil in the sight 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put * thine of the LORD; he departed not from all the sins of hand upon the bow: and he put his hand upon it; Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin; and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. but he walked therein.
17 And he said, Open the window eastward : 12 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all and he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot: and that he did, and his might wherewith he fought he shot. And he said, "The arrow of the Lord's magainst Amaziah king of Judah, are they not writ- deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from
k In consort with his father,
* c. 2. 12.
• Make thine hand to ride.
& Am. 1. 3. h ver. 10, Jehoash. c. 14. 1. 1 c. 14. 15, 25.
mc. 14. 9, &c. 2 Chr. 25. 17, &c.
hedge, the goodness of their land did but tempt their neighbours He might be useful to the last, and yet not so famous as he had to prey upon them. So low was Israel brought in this reign by sometimes been. The time of his fourishing was less than the the many depredations which the Syrians made upon them, time of his living. Let not old people complain of obscurity, but that the militia of the kingdom, and all the force they could rather be well pleased with retirement.. (3.) The Spirit of bring into the field, were but fifty horsemen, len chariots, and Elijah rested on Elisha, and yet he is not sent for to heaven in ten thousand footmen, a despicable muster, v. 7. Are the thou- a fiery chariol, as Elijah was, but goes the common road out of sands of Israel come to this? How is the gold become dim! The the world, and is visited with the visitation of all men. ir God debauching of a nation, will certainly be the debasing of it. honour some above others, who yet are not inferior to them in
II. Some sparks of Israel's ancient honour appearing in these gifts or graces, who shall find fault? May he not do what he will ashes. It is not quite forgotten, notwithstanding all these quar- with his own? rels, that this people is the Israel of God, and he the God of 2. King Joash visited him in his sickness, and wept over him, Israel. For,
v. 14. This was an evidence of some good in him, that he had 1. It was the ancient honour of Israel, that they were a pray- a value and affection for a fajthful prophet; so far was he from ing people: and here we find somewhat of that honour revived; hating and persecuting him as a troubler of Israel, that he loved for Jehoa haz their king, in his distress, besought the Lord, (0,4;) and honoured him as one of the greatest blessings of his kingapplied himself for help, not to the calves, (what help could they dom, and lamented the loss of him. There have been those give hin?) but to the Lord. It becomes kings to be beggars at who would not be obedient to the word of God, and yet have God's door; and the greatest of men to be humble petitioners had the faithful ministers of it so manifested in their consciences, at the footstool of his throne. Need will drive them to it. that they could not but have an honour for them. Observe here,
2. It was the ancient honour of Israel, that they had God nigh (1.) When the king heard of Elisha's sickness, he came to visit unto them in all that which they called upon him for, (Deut. 4.7,) him, and to receive his dying counsel and blessing; and it was and so he was here. Though ho might justly have rejected the no disparagement to him, though a king, thus to honour one prayer, as an abomination to him, yet the Lord hearkened unto whom God honoured. Note, It may turn much to our spiritual Jehouhaz, and to his prayer for himself and for his people, (v. 4,) advantage, to attend the sick-beds and death-beds of good miand he gave Israel a saviour, (v. 5;) not Jehoahaz himself, for, nisters and other good men, that we may learn to die, and may all his days, Hazael oppressed Israel, (v. 22,) but his son, to be encouraged in religion by the living comforts they have from whom, in answer to his father's prayers, God gave success it in a dying hour. (2.) Though Elisha was very old, had been against the Syrians, so that he recovered the cities which they a great while useful, and, in the course of nature, could not conhad taken from his father, v. 25. This gracious answer God tinue long; yet the king, when he saw him sick and likely to gave to the prayer of Jehoahaz, not for his sake, or the sake of die, wept over him. The aged are most experienced, and therethat unworthy people, but in remembrance of his covenant with fore can worst be spared. In many causes, one old witness is Abraham, (v. 23,) which, in such exigencies as these, he had worth len young ones. (3.) He lamented bim in the same long since promised to have respect to, Lev. 26. 42. See how words with which Elisha had himself lamented the removal of swift God is to show mercy; how ready to hear prayers; how Elijah, My father, my father. It is probable he had heard or willing to find out any reason to be gracious! else he would not read them in that famous story. Note, Those that give just look so far back as that ancient covenant which Israel had so honours to the generation that goes before them, are often reoften broken, and forfeited all the benefit of. Let this invite compensed with the like from the generation that comes afier and engage us for ever to him; and encourage even those that them. He that watereth, that watereth with tears, shall be have forsaken him, to return and repent; for there is forgiveness watered, shall be so watered also himself, when it comes to his with him, that he may be feared.
own turn, Prov. 11. 25. (4.) This king was herein selfish, he V. 10-19 We have here Jehoash, or Joash, the son of lamented the loss of Elisha, because he was the chariots and Jehoahaz, and grandson of Jehu, upon the throne of Israel. horsemen of Israel, and therefore could be ill spared, when IsProbably, the house of Jehu intended some respect to the house rael was so poor in chariots and horsemen, as we find they were, of David, when they gave this heir-apparent to the crown, the (v. 7,) when they had in all but fifty horsemen and ten chariots. same name with him that was then king of Judah.
They who consider how much good men contribute to the deI. The general account here given of him and his reign, is fence of a nation, and the keeping off of God's judgments, will much the same with what we have already met with, and has see cause to lament the removal of them. little in it remarkable, v. 10–13. He was none of the worst, 3. Elisha gave the king great assurances of his success against and yet, because he kept up that ancient and politic idolatry of the Syrians, Israel's present oppressors, and encouraged him the house of Jeroboam, it is said, He did that which was evil in to prosecute the war against him with vigour. Elisha was the sight of the Lord. That one evil was enough to leave an aware that therefore he was loath to part with him, because he indelible mark of infamy upon his name; for, how little evil looked upon him as the great bulwark of the kingdom against soever men saw in it, it was, in the sight of the Lord, a very that common enemy, and depended much upon his blessings and wicked thing, and we are sure that his judgment is according prayers in his designs against them. “Well," says Elisha,"if to truth. It is observable, how lightly the inspired penman thai be it that makes thee thus sad, let noi that trouble thee, passes over his acts, and his might wherewith he warred, leaving thou shall be victorious over the Syrians, when I am in my it to the common historians to record them, while he takes grave: I die, but God will surely visit you, He has the residue notice only of the respect he showed to Elisha. One good ac. of the Spirit, and can raise up other prophets to pray for you." tion shall make a better figure in God's book, than 20 great ones; God's grace is not tied to one hand; he can bury bis workmen, and, in his account, it gains a man a much better reputation to and yet carry on his work. honour a prophet, than to conquer a king and his army.
To animate the king against the Syrians, he gives him a II. The particular account of what passed between him and sign: orders him to take bow and arrows, (v. 15,) to intimate to Elisha, has several things in it remarkable.
him that, in order to the deliverance of his kingdom from the 1. Elisha fell sick, v. 14. Observe, (1.) He lived long, for it Syrians, he must put himself into a military posture, and rewas now about 60 years since he was first called to be a prophet. solve to undergo the perils and fatigues of war; God would be It was a great mercy to Israel, and especially to the sons of the the Agent, but he must be the instrument. And that he should prophets, that he was continued so long, a burning and shining be successful, he gives him a token, by directing him, light. Elijah finished his testimony in a fourth part of that (1.) To shoot an arrow loward Syria, «. 16, 17. The king, time. God's prophets have their day set them, some longer, no doubt, knew how to manage a bow better than the prophet others shorter, as Infinite Wisdom sees fit
. (2.) All the laiter did, and yet, because the arrow now to be shot, was to have its part of his time, from the anointing of Jehu, which was 45 years significancy from the divine institution, as if he were now to be before Joash began his reign, we find no mention made of him, disciplined, he receives the words of command from
the prophet. or of any thing he did, till we find him here upon his death-bed.' Put thy hand upon the bow : Open the window : Shoot. Nay,