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1 Kings 16:1

Now the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Baasha;   Government;   Hanani;   Ingratitude;   Jehu;   Promotion;   Thompson Chain Reference - Jehu;   Magistrates;   Nation, the;   Rebuke;   Rulers;   Wicked, the;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Prophets;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Hanani;   Jehu;   Zimri;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Baasha;   Jehu;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Baasha;   Hanani;   Samaria;   Zimri;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Hanani;   Jehu;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Baasha ;   Hanani ;   Jehu ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nimshi;   Samaria;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Baasha;   Jehu;   Kings;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Hana'ni;   Je'hu;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Baasha;   Chronicles, Books of;   Hanani;   Prophecy;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu - Of this prophet we know nothing but from this circumstance. It appears from 2 Chronicles 16:7-10, that his father Hanani was also a prophet, and suffered imprisonment in consequence of the faithful discharge of his ministry to Asa.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-16.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Hanani, the father of Jehu, was seer to Asa in the kingdom of Judah 2 Chronicles 16:7-10. His son Jehu, who here discharges the same office in the kingdom of Israel, appears at a later date as an inhabitant of Jerusalem where he prophesied under Jehoshaphat, whom he rebuked on one occasion. He must have lived to a great age, for he outlived Jehoshaphat, and wrote his life (marginal references).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-16.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

BAASHA; ELAH; ZIMRI; OMRI; AND AHAB - ALL MORE REPROBATE KINGS OF ISRAEL;

GOD'S REJECTION OF THE WICKED BAASHA

"And the word of Jehovah came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, Forasmuch as I elevated thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel, and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; behold, I will utterly sweep away Baasha and his house; and I will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the field shall the birds of the heavens eat."

"Jehu the son of Hanani" (1 Kings 16:1). Jehu, a prophet, was also the son of a prophet; and he is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:34 as being the author of a history which was "inserted into the book of the kings of Israel." The importance of this fact should be stressed. The sacred author of Kings, living long after some of the events recorded, had no need whatever to rely upon his imagination, nor upon the biased report of some imaginary Deuteronomist in order to produce the records which have come down to us. No indeed! There were available authentic, inspired records by true prophets of God such as Jehu and his father. No editor, compiler, redactor, interpolator or any other mythical person would have dared to contradict anything that such prophets said. The whole tradition of the people of Israel was adamantly set against such a thing.

This same prophet later moved to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 16:7-10), "Where he prophesied under Jehoshaphat, whom he rebuked on one occasion; he must have lived to a great age, for he outlived Jehoshaphat and even wrote his life (2 Chronicles 20:34)."[1]

WHO ACTUALLY WROTE THE OLD TESTAMENT?

The books of the O.T. are founded upon the writings of the prophets of God, as stated by Josephus, who declared that, "After the death of Moses, the prophets that were after Moses wrote down what was done in their times in thirteen books (Josephus identified these as including all of the historical books)."[2]

Josephus also stressed the truth that no Jew who ever lived would have dared to change even a syllable of what the holy prophets had written. "During so many ages which have already passed, no one has been so bold as either to add anything to them, take anything from them, or to make any change in them."[3]

The O.T. is itself the incontrovertible proof of what Josephus wrote. If any Jew who ever lived could indeed have succeeded in changing a single line of the writings of the prophets, who can believe that the vulgar, sordid, unbelievably wicked deeds of even the most beloved of Jewish heroes would have remained in the full, stark, and ugly records as they stand? Such things as God's cursing the priesthood of Israel, that terrible chapter of Hosea (Hosea 9) in which God flatly declared that He would cease to love Israel, and half a thousand other derogatory and shameful records of Israel's apostasy stand in the O.T. as a perpetual embarrassment to Israel; and yet not a line of all that was ever edited, omitted, deleted or changed in any manner! If any such person as "the Deuteronomist" had ever existed, WHY were no changes ever made in things like these?

Where, on the face of the earth, were all of those imaginary editors, redactors, and compilers, who are alleged by critics to have done this or that to the text? And as for that imaginary angel of the critical scholars, "the Deuteronomist," why, for heaven's sake, did he not do something to improve the Biblical picture of Israel's reprobate priesthood (of which he was allegedly numbered), which was condemned and cursed by God himself (Malachi 2:2)? When an intelligent person seeks the answers to such questions as these, and hundreds of others just like them, he can at once see why the sacred text of the Holy Bible should be received, as is, without any regard whatever for the insinuations of evil men who would like to change it.

This writer appreciates true scholarship and is willing to honor the significant and helpful contributions to Biblical knowledge which have resulted, but we cannot, in true conscience, allow the crooked, unscientific, and ridiculous postulations of certain writers who do not believe the Bible, who deny any such things as predictive prophecy, miracles, Divine intervention in human history, the virgin birth of Christ, his resurrection from the dead or anything else that speaks of the supernatural - we cannot allow that kind of Biblical misinterpretation to stand unchallenged!

Regarding the Book of Kings, a vital part of the Bible, we remember the words of the apostle Peter, "Men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit," (2 Peter 1:21), and he was not talking about "the Deuteronomist"!

"Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat" (1 Kings 16:4). "Baasha, having chosen to share in the iniquity of the house of Jeroboam, likewise shared in the severe penalty thereof, even to being eaten by dogs."[4] "This prophecy is remarkably like that which Ahijah had spoken regarding Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:7-11); but that is not sufficient reason to reject either account."[5]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-kings-16.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani,.... The seer that reproved Asa, 2 Chronicles 16:7, so that this man was the son of a prophet then living, and was a young man; for we hear of him several years after reproving Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 19:2, and as a writer of history, 2 Chronicles 20:34, the prophecy that came to him from the Lord was

against Baasha; king of Israel:

saying; as follows.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-16.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

1 Kings 16:1-8. Jehu‘s prophecy against Baasha.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu — This is the only incident recorded in the life of this prophet. His father was also a prophet (2 Chronicles 16:7).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-kings-16.html. 1871-8.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

CONTENTS

This chapter relates nothing of the history of Judah but wholly concerns the kingdom of Israel. Jehu comes with an alarming message from the Lord to Baasha. His ruin and death; the reign of his son Elah; the conspiracy of Zimri; the division of Israel after the death of Zimri between Tibni and Omri; the beginning also of the reign of Ahab; and more especially the rebuilding of Jericho which fulfilled the curse of Joshua.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/1-kings-16.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,

Hanani — He was sent to Asa, king of Judah. But the son, who was young and more active, was sent on this longer and more dangerous expedition to Baasha, king of Israel.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-16.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 16:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,

Ver. 1. Came to Jehu the son of Hanani.] Who was also a prophet, and had, by good education, fitted him for the office.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-16.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

1 KINGS CHAPTER 16

Jehu prophesieth against Baasha, 1 Kings 16:1-7, Elah succeedeth him: him Zimri slayeth and succeedeth: he, besieged by Omri, burneth himself, 1 Kings 16:8-20. Omri prevaileth against Tibni, and is king; buildeth Samaria; followeth the sins of Jeroboam, and dieth, 1 Kings 16:21-28. Ahab his son succeedeth him: he is more wicked than his predecessors, 1 Kings 16:29-33. Hiel buildeth Jericho; and Joshua’s curse is fulfilled in him, 1 Kings 16:34.

Jehu, a prophet, of whom see more 2 Chronicles 19:2 20:34. Hanani also was a prophet, 2 Chronicles 16:7.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

1.Jehu the son of Hanani — The Hanani here mentioned was, probably, the seer who reproved Asa for seeking help from the king of Syria. 2 Chronicles 16:7. His son Jehu was early called to the same divine work which distinguished his father, and some thirty years after this we find him reproving Jehoshaphat, (2 Chronicles 19:2,) whose acts he afterwards wrote in a book. 1 Kings 19:34. This prophecy (1 Kings 16:2-4) is substantially the same as that which Ahijah uttered against Jeroboam, (1 Kings 14:7-11,) and it should be observed that Jehu utters it against the very “king over Israel” whom Ahijah foretold as the instrument raised up by God to “cut off the house of Jeroboam.” 1 Kings 14:14. But that prophecy of Jeroboam’s fate gave Baasha no authority to massacre him and his house; and those bloody deeds exposed him further to the rebukes of Jehu. 1 Kings 16:7.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-16.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 16:1. The word of the Lord came to Jehu — This Jehu was a prophet, and the son of a prophet. His father Hanani, who was a prophet before him, was sent to reprove Asa king of Judah for hiring Benhadad king of Syria to assist him against Baasha and for relying on the Syrians, instead of relying on the Lord, 2 Chronicles 16:7. But Jehu, Hanani’s son, who was young and more active, was sent on this longer and more dangerous expedition to Baasha, king of Israel. It appears, he continued long in his usefulness; for we find him reproving Jehoshaphat, above forty years after, and writing the annals of that prince, 2 Chronicles 19:2; 2 Chronicles 20:24. The gift of prophecy, thus happily entailed, and descending from the father to the son, was worthy of so much the more honour. It seems there was not wanting a succession of prophets, during the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, as Abarbinel has observed, their names being preserved in the Holy Scriptures.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-16.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Jehu was different from one of the same name and parentage, who came to Josaphat; (2 Paralipomenon xix. 2.; Du Hamel; Tirinus) though, if Baasa did not put him to death, as there is some reason to doubt, he might be the same, ver. 7. (Calmet) --- Hanani had been sent to Asa, 2 Paralipomenon xvi. 7. (Abulensis, q. 3.)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Jehu the son of Hanani. Compare 2 Chronicles 16:7-10; 2 Chronicles 19:2.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,

Then the word of the Lord came to Jehu. This is the only incident recorded in the life of this prophet. His father was also a prophet (2 Chronicles 16:7).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:1". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-16.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(1) Jehu the son of Hanani—probably of Hanani the seer of Judah in the reign of Asa (2 Chronicles 15:7). Jehu must have been now young, for we find him rebuking Jehoshaphat after the death of Ahab, and writing the annals of Jehoshaphat’s reign (2 Chronicles 19:2; 2 Chronicles 20:34).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
A. M. 3073. B.C. 931. Jehu
7; 2 Chronicles 19:2; 20:34
Hanani
15:33; 2 Chronicles 16:7-10
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 16:12 - according;  Jeremiah 32:18 - recompensest

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