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Bible Commentaries
2 Kings 9

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy ScripturesEverett's Study Notes

Verses 1-37

2 Kings 9:1-13 The Anointing of Jehu as King Over Israel - 2 Kings 9:1-13 was a fulfilment of God's command to Elijah on Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:16).

1 Kings 19:16, “And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.”

2 Kings 9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

2 Kings 9:30 Comments - Proverbs 7:21 teaches us that a woman overcomes a man by seduction. In 2 Kings 9:30 we have evidence of how Jezebel was a woman who controlled by seduction; for she painted her face and fixed her hair in an effort to take control of the dire situation she was facing. She ruled over her husband Ahab in a similar manner.

2 Kings 9:36-37 Comments The Purpose of Recording Elijah-Elisha Miracles - The purpose of the narrative material that describes the miracles of Elijah and Elisha is to serve as testimonies to the fulfilment of God’s Word in their ministries, thus, qualifying them as genuine prophets of the Lord God of Israel. For example, 1 Kings 17:24 closes its narrative story with the widow of Zarephath testifying that Elijah was truly a prophet of God. In a similar manner, the Elijah-Elisha narrative material will close with a final declaration of the fulfilment of Elijah’s word (2 Kings 9:36-37).

Comments Elijah’s Prophesy Against Jezebel - Elijah made this prophesy in 1 Kings 21:23 after King Ahab kills Naboth and takes his vineyard. However, Jehu’s citation of Elijah’s prophecy is longer than the one given in 1 Kings 21:23.

1 Kings 21:23, “And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.”

It is important to note that the fulfilment of this prophecy ends the ministries of Elijah and Elisha, serving as a testimony that all of their prophetic words came to pass, verifying their divine callings.

Bibliographical Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/2-kings-9.html. 2013.
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