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Bible Commentaries

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

2 Chronicles 12

Verse 1


We have an awful sequel to the life of Rehoboam in this chapter. The lustful king forsaking God is left in the hand of the king of Egypt. His death.

2 Chronicles 12:1

The Reader would do well to consult the parallel history, 1 Kings 14:0 . From the entrance of Rehoboam on his government to the close of it, nothing can be more evident than that his heart was not right in the sight of God. Towards the close of his reign he gave more awful proofs of his corruption.

Verses 2-4

How gracious is the Lord in raising up instruments of correction!

Verses 5-6

It is lovely always to see souls humbled under afflictions.

Verses 7-16

What a poor trifling, uninteresting character was this man! alas! what can make any character respectable but a life of piety and obedience towards God.

Verse 16


READER! what evidences do the whole earth afford of the reality of grace. We see men like Rehoboam, filling up a place in history, and the sum total of their lives is this, they lived, and eat, and drank, and then died. But is this the end of man's existence? Oh! for distinguishing grace to live all our days to the glory of God. To live for Jesus; and to live to Jesus. What can be sweeter than the precious testimony that we have fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. Lord! grant that this may be my portion. Let nothing call off my attention from thee, the one grand object of all desire. In thee, Lord, I shall possess all things. And if thou art mine, I shall be truly happy in time, and happy to all eternity.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 12". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". 1828.