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2 Kings 10:30

The Lord said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel."
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Inconsistency;   Intolerance, Religious;   Jehu;   Prophecy;   Religion;   Zachariah;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Samaria, samaritans;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gods and Goddesses, Pagan;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Hezekiah;   Old Testament;   Shallum;   Zachariah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Generation;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jehu ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;   Zachariah;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Je'hu;   Zachari'ah;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Calf;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehu;   Zechariah (2);  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Thy children of the fourth generation - These four descendants of Jehu were Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam the second, and Zechariah; see 2 Kings 14 and 15. This was all the compensation Jehu had in either world, as a recompense of his zeal for the Lord.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-10.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And the Lord said unto Jehu - Probably by the mouth of Elisha. To a certain extent Jehu‘s measures were acts of obedience, for which God might see fit to assign him a temporal reward.

Thy children … - This was accomplished in the persons of Jehoahaz, Joash, Jeroboam, and Zachariah, the son, grandson, great-grandson, and great-great-grandson of Jehu (compare the marginal references). No other family sat upon the throne of Israel so long. The house of Omri, which furnished four kings, held the crown for three generations only and for less than 50 years - that of Jehu reigned for five generations and for more than 100 years.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "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

And the Lord said unto Jehu,.... By a prophet, he not being one himself; and this is generally supposed, by the JewsF23Seder Olam Rabba, c. 19. , to be Jonah the son of Amittai:

because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes: in rooting out the idolatry of Baal, which was right in the sight of God, and was materially a good work, though it might not be done from a good principle, nor every step taken in doing it justifiable:

and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart: that he had decreed within himself should be done, and had foretold by his prophets would be done, the doing of which was acceptable and well pleasing to him:

thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel; as they did, namely, Jehoahaz, Joash, Jeroboam, and Zachariah, though the last reigned but six months, just enough to fulfil this promise.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing [that which is] right in mine eyes, [and] hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that [was] in mine heart, thy l children of the fourth [generation] shall sit on the throne of Israel.

(l) Thus God approves and rewards his zeal, in executing God's judgment, though his wickedness was later punished.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-10.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

Done well — In part, and so far as is here expressed.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-10.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 10:30 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing [that which is] right in mine eyes, [and] hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that [was] in mine heart, thy children of the fourth [generation] shall sit on the throne of Israel.

Ver. 30. And the Lord said unto Jehu,] sc., By some prophet, but by whom, it skilleth not.

Because thou hast done well.] Well in its kind, for the matter not amiss; but for the motive, manner, and end, no whit well. To speak properly, Bonum non fit nisi ex integra causa, malum ex quolibet defectu.

The children of the fourth generation.] This was a favour not vouchsafed to any other king of Israel, since the division of the kingdom. God will not be indebted to any man; nor shall those that do or suffer aught for him, complain of a hard bargain.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". 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

The Lord said unto Jehu; by some prophet, as above, 2 Kings 9:7.

Executing that which is right in mine eyes, i.e. in part, and so far as is here expressed, these actions were good and right, though his heart was not so.

Thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel; and so they did; namely, Jehoahaz, below, 2 Kings 10:35; Joash, 2 Kings 13:10 Jeroboam, 2 Kings 14:24; and Zachariah, 2 Kings 5:8.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". 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

30.The Lord said unto Jehu — Probably by one of the prophets of the time.

Children of the fourth generation — Jehu’s son Jehoahaz reigned seventeen years; Jehoash, sixteen; Jeroboam, forty-one; and Zachariah, six months. Zachariah, of the fourth generation, was slain by Shallum, and thus was this word of the Lord fulfilled; (compare 2 Kings 15:12;) and thus, too, according to the prophecy of Hosea, (Hosea 1:4,) did the Lord “avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu.” For when the minister of Divine judgment himself turned to idolatry, the very blood of his guilty victims might well call for vengeance on him for doing the same things for which be had executed the Divine judgment on them. Romans 2:1.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-10.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 10:30. The Lord said unto Jehu — By some prophet. Because thou hast done well, &c. — That is, in part. The extirpating of idolaters and idolatry was a thing so far right in God’s eyes, idolatry being an iniquity which he visits as surely and severely as any other, and which is a source of a variety of other abominations. Thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne — Which they did, namely, Jehoahaz, Joash, Jeroboam, and Zachariah. This was more than took place in any of the other royal families of that kingdom. Of the house of Ahab, indeed, there were four kings, but the last two, namely, Ahaziah and Joram, were brothers, so that its reign reached only to the third generation, and that whole family continued but about forty-five years in all: whereas Jehu’s house continued in power for four generations after himself, and in all about a hundred and twenty years: for no services done for God shall go unrewarded.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-10.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Generation. So Joachaz, Joas, Jeroboam II, and Zacharias, succeeded to the throne. This small temporal reward he obtained for the little good which he had done; while, on the other hand, he was punished for his manifold transgressions. Osee (i. 4,) reproaches him even for the blood which he had spilt in Jezrahel; for, though Achab and Joram were guilty, was Jehu innocent? Can this murder of Ochozias be justified? (Calmet) --- "What advantage was it to him that he received some little transitory reward of a temporal kingdom, for his obedience in exterminating the house of Achab; which he indeed exhibited to gratify his own lust of dominion?" (St Augustine, contra mend. ii. c. 2.) This holy doctor observes, that moral good works are thus rewarded. (Worthington)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

fourth generation. See 2 Kings 15:12. These were Jehoahaz, Joash, Jeroboam II, and Zachariah. Jehu"s dynasty was the longest in all Israel.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-10.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(30) And the Lord said.—Perhaps through Elisha.

And hast done.—So the Syriac and Arabic versions. The Hebrew wants the and.

Thy children of the fourth generation.—The fulfilment of this oracle is noticed in 2 Kings 15:12. (Comp. the words of the commandment, “visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation;” Exodus 20:5.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
Because thou hast
1 Kings 21:29; Ezekiel 29:18-20; Hosea 1:4
according to all that
1 Samuel 15:18-24; 1 Kings 20:42; 21:22
thy children
35; 13:1,10; 14:23; 15:8-12
Reciprocal: Numbers 31:3 - avenge the Lord;  Deuteronomy 17:20 - right hand;  Deuteronomy 21:9 - when thou shalt;  1 Kings 16:7 - because he killed him;  1 Kings 21:21 - Behold;  2 Kings 15:12 - the word;  Jeremiah 34:15 - ye;  Ezekiel 29:20 - served;  Matthew 20:14 - thine

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:30". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-10.html.