Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 10:5

And the one who was over the household, and he who was over the city, the elders, and the guardians of the children, sent word to Jehu, saying, "We are your servants, all that you say to us we will do, we will not make any man king; do what is good in your sight."
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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;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Children;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Administration;   Guardian;   Letter;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Elder;   Government;   Jehu;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jezreel ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elder;   Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Eliakim;   House;   Relationships, Family;   Ruler;   Shebna;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Education;   Eliakim;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He that was over the house, etc. - Thus all the constituted authorities agreed to submit.

Will do all that thou shalt bid us - They made no conditions, and stood pledged to commit the horrid murders which this most execrable man afterwards commanded.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-10.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The officer who had the charge of the place (1 Kings 4:6 note) and the governor of the town (1 Kings 22:26 note) seem to correspond to the “rulers” of 2 Kings 10:1.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "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 he that was over the house,.... The king's palace in Samaria, who had the custody, care, and government of it:

and he that was over the city; the commander and governor of it, that had the highest post in it under the king;

the elders also all other subordinate officers and magistrates:

and the bringers up of the children; who had the education of the king's sons committed to them:

sent to Jehu, saying, we are thy servants, and will do all that thou shall bid us. They were ready to do homage, and swear allegiance to him as their king, and obey all his commands as faithful subjects:

we will not make any king; or set up any on the throne, no, not any of the sons or grandsons of Ahab:

do thou that which is good in thine eyes, we will never oppose thee.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-10.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

he that was over the house — the governor or chamberlain of the palace.

the bringers-up of the children — Anciently, and still also in many Eastern countries, the principal grandees were charged with the support and education of the royal princes. This involved a heavy expense which they were forced to bear, but for which they endeavored to find some compensation in the advantages of their connection with the court.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-10.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.

The house — The chief governor of the kings palace.

City — The chief magistrate or military governor.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "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 10:5 And he that [was] over the house, and he that [was] over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up [of the children], sent to Jehu, saying, We [are] thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou [that which is] good in thine eyes.

Ver. 5. We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us, &c.] Surely it is meet to be said thus unto God, and to him alone. "Be not ye the servants of men" in St Paul’s sense. [1 Corinthians 7:23]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". 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

He that was over the house; the chief governor of the king’s palace or castle there.

He that was over the city; the chief magistrate or military governor.

We will do all that thou shalt bid us; they make no delays or conditions, but submit all to his mercy.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". 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

5.He that was over the house — That one of the supreme princes or rulers who, like Ahishar in Solomon’s time, (1 Kings 4:6,) was the king’s chamberlain.

He that was over the city — The marshal, or, like Amon in the time of Ahab, (1 Kings 22:26,) the chief military governor of the city.

We will not make any king — They at once acknowledge Jehu as king, and pledged submission to his will.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "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 10:5. He that was over the house — The chief governor of the king’s palace. He that was over the city — The chief magistrate, or military governor. We will do all that thou shalt bid us — They propose no conditions or delays, but submit all to his mercy.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-10.html. 1857.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.

He that was over the house - the governor or chamberlain of the palace.

The bringers-up of the children. Anciently, and still, also, in many Eastern countries, the principal grandees were charged with the support and education of the royal princes. This involved a heavy expense, which they were forced to bear, but for which they endeavoured to find some compensation in the advantages of their connection with the court.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "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

(5) He that was over the house.—The prefect of the palace, or major-domo. A similar official is mentioned on the Egyptian monuments. His position and influence would resemble that of the great chamberlain of the Byzantine court.

He that was over the city.—The prefect or governor of the city, called in 1 Kings 22:26 “the prince (sar) of the city.” These two are the “rulers” (sârîm) of 2 Kings 10:1.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.
We are thy servants
18:14; Joshua 9:11,24,25; 1 Kings 20:4,32; Jeremiah 27:7,8,17; John 12:26
Reciprocal: Joshua 9:8 - General1 Samuel 23:20 - our part;  1 Chronicles 12:18 - came upon Amasai;  Isaiah 22:15 - which;  Luke 14:32 - and desireth

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 10:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-10.html.