Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 10:3

select the best and fittest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahab;   Children;   Enthusiasm;   Government;   Homicide;   Jehu;   Massacre;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezreel;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahab;   Jehu;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jezreel;   Writing;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Letter;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jezreel ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Meet;   Throne;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Jehu, placing his adversaries‘ advantages before them in the most favorable light, called upon them to decide what they would do. The unscrupulous soldier shows shrewdness as well as courage, a sharp wit as well as a bold heart.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-10.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons,.... Most fit for government, whether on account of age or proper qualifications, and wisdom, courage, &c.

and set him on his father's throne; proclaim him king:

and fight for your master's house; that the crown may continue in his family; all which he did not desire might be, but in this sarcastic and sneering manner dares them to do it.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and b set [him] on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

(b) He wrote this, to prove them whether they would take his side or not.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-10.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 10:3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master’s sons, and set [him] on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.

Ver. 3. Look even out the best, &c.] All this Jehu speaketh ironice, or, at least, tentative: that he might feel their pulses and find how they stood affected.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". 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

Thus he speaks, either because he had some notice of their intentions thus to do; or to make trial of them, whether they would do so, or would be true to him and his designs; or to signify to them his intentions of fighting against them, if they did so, that by the terror hereof he might bring them to a compliance with him.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-10.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 10:3. Fight ye for your master’s house — This he said, because, perhaps, he had received notice of their intentions to do so, and that they were consulting about a successor to Joram: or to try them, whether they would do so, or would be true to him and his designs: or, which is still more likely, he insults over them, and denounces war against them with scorn and derision, being secure of the event, and knowing that they were not able to oppose him.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-10.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Master. Jehu would lead them into a snare, and insultingly challenges them to battle, shewing how little he feared their power. (Calmet) --- He speaks ironically. (Du Hamel)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-10.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(3) The best and meetest—i.e., the one you think best qualified in every sense (not merely in the moral sense).

Your master’s sons.—“Your master” need not mean Jehoram. The story relates to Ahab (2 Kings 10:1).

His father’s throne—i.e., Ahab’s throne. (Comp. 2 Chronicles 17:3; 2 Chronicles 21:12; 2 Chronicles 29:2, where David is called the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Hezekiah in turn.)

Fight for your master’s house.—Jehu thus declares his own warlike intentions, leaving the nobles, whom his prompt and decisive action had taken by surprise, no choice between improvised resistance and instant submission. Knowing Jehu’s character as a soldier, they chose the latter.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.
Look even
Deuteronomy 17:14,15; 1 Samuel 10:24; 11:15; 2 Samuel 2:8,9; 1 Kings 1:24,25; 12:20
fight for
2 Samuel 2:12-17; 1 Kings 12:21; John 18:36
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 18:16 - master

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-10.html.