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1 Kings 16:7

Moreover, the word of the Lord through the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani also came against Baasha and his household, both because of all the evil which he did in the sight of the Lord , provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he struck it.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Anger;   Baasha;   Elah;   Hanani;   Jehu;   Thompson Chain Reference - Doers, Evil;   Evil;   Evildoers;   Leaders;   Prophets;   Religious;   Sight, in God's;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Prophets;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Hanani;   Jehu;   Zimri;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Palestine;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Hanani;   Jehu;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Baasha;   Hanani;   Jehu;   Samaria;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Elah;   Hanani;   Jehu;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Baasha ;   Elah ;   Hanani ;   Jehu ;   Tirzah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nimshi;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Baasha;   Jehu;   Kings;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Hana'ni;   Je'hu;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Chronicles, Books of;   Elah (2);   Hanani;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jehu;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And because he killed him - This the Vulgate understands of Jehu the prophet, put to death by Baasha: Ob hanc causam occidit eum, hoe est. Jehu filium Hanani prophetam; "On this account he killed him, that is, Jehu the prophet, the son of Hanani." Some think Baasha is intended, others Jeroboam, and others Nadab the son of Jeroboam. This last is the sentiment of Rab. Sol. Jarchi, and of some good critics. The order is here confused; and the seventh verse should probably be placed between the 4th and 5th.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-16.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The natural position of this verse would be after 1 Kings 16:4 and before 1 Kings 16:5. But it may be regarded as added by the writer, somewhat irregularly, as an afterthought; its special force being to point out that the sentence on Baasha was intended to punish, not only his calf-worship, but emphatically his murder of Jeroboam and his family. Though the destruction of Jeroboam had been foretold, and though Baasha may be rightly regarded as God‘s instrument to punish Jeroboam‘s sins, yet, as he received no command to execute God‘s wrath on the offender, and was instigated solely by ambition and self-interest, his guilt was just as great as if no prophecy had been uttered. Even Jehu‘s commission 2 Kings 9:5-10 was not held to justify, altogether, his murder of Jehoram and Jezebel.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-16.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu, the son of Hanani, came the word of the Lord against Baasha, and against his house,.... Which is here repeated, as Abarbinel thinks, because in the former prophecy the threatening was on account not of his own sin, but because he made Israel to sin; but here it is because of his own evil works, as it follows:

even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam: worshipping the golden calves as they did:

and because he killed him; either Jeroboam; for, according to Dr. LightfootF2Works, vol. 1. p. 79. , he was alive this year; rather Nadab the son of Jeroboam, who it is certain was slain by Baasha; though it may refer, as Abarbinel thinks, to the whole house of Jeroboam; though it was agreeable to the will of God, yet was not done by Baasha with any regard to it, but to gratify his malice and ambition, and therefore punishable for it.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-16.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And also c by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed d him.

(c) That is, the prophet did his message.

(d) Meaning, Nadab Jeroboam's son.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-16.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

also by the hand of the prophet Jehu — This is not another prophecy, but merely an addition by the sacred historian, explanatory of the death of Baasha and the extinction of his family. The doom pronounced against Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:9), did not entitle him to take the execution of the sentence into his own hands; but from his following the same calf-worship, he had evidently plotted the conspiracy and murder of that king in furtherance of his own ambitious designs; and hence, in his own assassination, he met the just reward of his deeds. The similitude to Jeroboam extends to their deaths as well as their lives - the reign of their sons, and the ruin of their families.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-kings-16.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.

Came, … — The meaning is, the message which came from the Lord to Jehu, verse1, etc. was here delivered by the hand, the ministry of Jehu, unto Baasha. Jehu did what God commanded him in this matter, tho' it was not without apparent hazard to himself.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "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 16:7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.

Ver. 7. And because he killed him.] Him, that is, his lord Nadab, the son of Jeroboam; not Jehu the prophet, as the Latin translator doateth, and with him A. Lapide and others.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-16.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

1 Kings 16:7

Notice:—

I. The prophet who denounced the altar and the sacrifices in Bethel (chap. 1 Kings 13:1-7). Such men as this prophet are said to speak the word of the Lord, or sometimes in the word of the Lord. He testifies to Jeroboam that the juices and springs of life are renewed from an invisible source, that it is Another than the dead thing he is worshipping who can dry them up or give them their natural flow. The withering of the king's arm was a protest on behalf of regularity and law and for a God of regularity and law, with whom are the issues of daily life and death. The other part of the sign is precisely of the same kind. The altar is rent, and the ashes are poured out from the altar, as a sure and everlasting testimony that law and order shall not be violated with impunity by any ruler under any religious pretext.

II. The yielding of the prophet to the temptation of the old prophet to eat bread with him teaches us: (1) that even a true prophet, a prophet of God, might be deceived; and (2) that he must be deceived if he yielded to any pretences of inspiration on the part of any man when what he said went against a sure witness and conviction as to his own duty; (3) that a prophet not habitually a deceiver might on a certain occasion wilfully deceive, in the plain language of Holy Writ might lie. The characteristic quality of the prophet when he is true is obedience. If he once forgets the invisible Ruler and Lawgiver, no one will commit such flagrant errors, such falsehood, such blasphemy.

F. D. Maurice, The Prophets and Kings of the Old Testament, p. 107.


References: 1 Kings 16:21-34.—Parker, Fountain, Jan. 18th, 1877. 1 Kings 16:25.—Homiletic Magazine, vol. xii., p. 147. 1 Kings 16:30.—J. Baines, Sermons, p. 154. 1 Kings 16:34.—J. R. Macduff, Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 132. 1Ki 16—Expositor, 3rd series, vol. v., p. 47.



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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/1-kings-16.html.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

By the hand of the prophet Jehu came the word of the Lord: the meaning is, the message which came from the Lord to Jehu, 1 Kings 16:1, &c., was here delivered by the hand, i.e. the ministry, of Jehu, unto Baasha. Jehu did what God commanded him in this matter, though it was not without apparent hazard to himself.

And because he killed him, i.e. Nadab; who, though he be not expressed, yet is sufficiently understood:

1. By the manifest reference which these words have to the murder committed by Baasha, which was done upon Nadab only, 1 Kings 15:28.

2. By the foregoing words,

the house of Jeroboam, i.e. his posterity, which was Nadab.

Quest. Why doth God punish him for doing God’s work?

Answ. 1. Though God appointed that Jeroboam’s family should be cut off, yet he did not give Baasha commission to do it, nor had declared how or by whom he would do it.

2. Baasha did this not to fulfil God’s will, but his own lusts. See Poole "1 Kings 16:2".

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

7.Also — Further reason why the word of the Lord came to Baasha by Jehu.

And because he killed him — That is, killed Jeroboam. That assassination (1 Kings 15:27) was a dark and bloody crime, which, though foreseen and foretold by Jehovah, was still wrought by wicked hands. God’s prescience of his act took not from the daring Baasha the guilt of murder; and therefore, besides the oracles of judgment which Jehu uttered in 1 Kings 16:2-4. he also uttered other words of the Lord against Baasha, because he had killed Jeroboam.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "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 16:7. And also by the hand of the Prophet Jehu — The order of the narrative seems to be here much confused, to restore which Houbigant places this seventh verse before the fifth and sixth. Came the word of the Lord against Baasha — The meaning is, the message which came from the Lord to Jehu, (1 Kings 16:1-4,) was here delivered by the hand, that is, the ministry of Jehu unto Baasha. Jehu did what God commanded in this matter, though it was not without apparent hazard to himself. And because he killed him — That is, Nadab; who though he be not expressed, is sufficiently understood. But why is he punished for doing God’s work? Because, 1st, Though God appointed that Jeroboam’s family should be cut off, yet he did not give Baasha commission to do it. 2d, Baasha did this not to fulfil God’s will, but his own lusts. See on 1 Kings 16:2.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-16.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

The evil, to punish it. (Menochius) --- He, God, slew him, Baasa, (Calmet) or "because the latter slew" Nadab, &c. (Grotius) --- God punished his usurpation and murders. (Calmet) --- That is, &c., is not found in Hebrew, Chaldean, Septuagint, nor in some Latin copies. (Estius) --- Hence Jehu might survive to admonish Josaphat, ver. 1. (Calmet)

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.

Also by the hand of the prophet Jehu. This is not another prophecy, but merely an addition by the sacred historian, explanatory of the death of Bussha and the extinction of his family. The doom pronounced against Jeroboam, 1 Kings 14:9, did not entitle him to take the execution of the sentence into his own hands; but from his following the same calf-worship he had evidently plotted the conspiracy and murder of that king, in furtherance of his own ambitious designs, and hence, in his own assassination, he met the just reward of his deeds. The similitude to Jeroboam extends to their deaths as well as their lives, the reign of their sons, and the ruin of their families.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "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

(7) And also.—This second reference to the prophecy of Jehu seems to be a note of the historian—perhaps added chiefly for the sake of the last clause, which shows that Baasha’s act, though foretold, was not thereby justified.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.
the hand
1,2
and against his house
Exodus 20:5
in provoking
with the work
Psalms 115:4; Isaiah 2:8; 44:9-20
because he killed him
This the Vulgate understands of Jehu the prophet; some think Baasha is intended; others Nadab the son of Jeroboam; and others Jeroboam, whom Baasha destroyed in his posterity by cruelly murdering them all.
14:14; 15:27-29; 2 Kings 10:30,31; Isaiah 10:6,7; Hosea 1:4; Acts 2:23; 4:27,28
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:15 - Therefore;  1 Kings 15:26 - he did evil;  1 Kings 16:12 - by Jehu the prophet;  1 Kings 16:19 - in doing;  1 Kings 16:26 - he walked;  1 Kings 20:16 - Benhadad;  1 Kings 22:53 - provoked;  2 Kings 9:14 - conspired;  2 Chronicles 19:2 - And Jehu;  2 Chronicles 20:34 - Jehu the son of Hanani;  Jeremiah 37:2 - the prophet

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 16:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-16.html.