Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 10:14

He said, "Take them alive." So they took them alive and killed them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two men; and he left none of them.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahaziah;   Enthusiasm;   Homicide;   Jehu;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kill, Killing;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Shearing-House;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jezreel (1);   Shearing House;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Beth-Eked;   Shearing House;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;   Shearing-House, the;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Shearing-House;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Shearing-House, the,;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehu;   Judah, Kingdom of;   Shearing House;   Sheep-Shearing;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The pit of the shearing house - Probably the place where they washed the sheep previously to shearing, or the fleeces after they were shorn off.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-10.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he said, take them alive,.... Gave orders to his guards to seize them, and make them captives:

and they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house; where they washed the sheep when they sheered them:

even forty and two men, neither left he any of them; they being, by their grandmother's side, of the house of Ahab, and so within the commission of Jehu to slay them, at least as he thought; though his chief view might be, lest they should make any pretensions to the crown, being descended from that house, or should hereafter attempt to avenge the death of their relations; but by the judgment of God they were cut off as idolaters.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, [even] two and forty men; f neither left he any of them.

(f) Thus God's vengeance is on them who have any part or familiarity with the wicked.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-10.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 10:14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, [even] two and forty men; neither left he any of them.

Ver. 14. And slew them at the pit.] Because they also were of the house of Ahab, [2 Chronicles 22:8] and lest they should revenge the death of Ahaziah. See on 2 Kings 10:6.

Neither left he any of them.] See on 2 Kings 10:11.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-10.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

They took them alive, and slew them; partly in compliance with God’s command, 2 Kings 9:8, for these were of the house of Ahab by the mother’s side, 2 Kings 8:18; and partly that they might neither claim the kingdom of Israel in right of their grandmother; as they might well have done, if God had not given it to Jehu; nor revenge the deaths of their near relations.

At the pit of the shearing-house, where he intended to bury them.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-10.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

14.Take them alive — So that none may escape, as might have been the case had they proceeded to slay them as they took them one by one.

At the pit of the shearing house — Rather, at the pit of Beth-eked. See note on 2 Kings 10:12. This pit was some well-known cistern or well belonging to the town.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-10.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Alive. That they might not attempt to defend themselves, (Menochius) as they might hope that Jehu would, at least, spare their lives. (Haydock) --- Of them, as they were in some degree related to Achab, (Menochius) or might endeavour to obstruct his dominion. (Tirinus)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-10.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.

Slew them at the pit of the shearing house, [ 'el (Hebrew #413) bowr (Hebrew #953)] - at the pit (Genesis 37:20) of Beth-heked-rohim.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-10.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) Take them alive.—Perhaps they made some show of resistance. Jehu slew them because of their connection with the doomed house of Ahab. Keil thinks he dreaded their conspiring with the partisans of the fallen dynasty in Samaria.

Slew them at the pit of the shearing house.—Literally, slaughtered them into the cistern of Betheked. Either they cut their throats over the cistern, or threw the corpses into it.

Two and forty.—Curiously parallel with 2 Kings 2:24; and perhaps a definite for an indefinite number.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.
Take them alive
6,10,11; 1 Kings 20:18
neither left
8:18; 11:1; 2 Chronicles 22:8,10
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 22:6 - to see Jehoram;  Psalm 109:14 - let not;  Jeremiah 41:5 - came;  Hosea 7:7 - devoured

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-10.html.