Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 11:13

When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people in the house of the Lord .
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Athaliah;   Church;   Conspiracy;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Joash;   Usurpation;   Women;   Zeal, Religious;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Judgments of God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoash;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jehoiada;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   High Priest;   Kings, 1 and 2;   People of the Land;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Chronicles, I;   Government;   Jehoash;   Jerusalem;   Marriage;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Athaliah ;   Guard;   Jehoiada ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Joash;   Queen;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Footman,;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Anoint;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Holy Place;   Jehoiada;   Joel (2);   Post;   Priest, High;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE EXECUTION OF ATHALIAH

"And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people in the house of Jehovah: and she looked, and, behold, the king stood by the pillar, as the manner was, and the captains and the trumpets by the king; and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew trumpets. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason! treason! And Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of hundreds that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth between the ranks; and him that followeth her slay with the sword. For the priest said, Let her not be slain in the house of Jehovah. So they made way for her; and she went by way of the horses' entry to the king's house: and there she was slain."

Josephus tells us that she stormed out of the palace with her army;[16] but she rushed into the temple courts totally unaware of the fully armed troops within it. Once she did that, she was totally separated from her armed escort. She heard the ringing sound of the trumpets, saw the young king standing by one of the pillars, perhaps Jachin or Boaz, and the multitude shouting, "Long live the king!" There was absolutely nothing that she could do except rend her clothes and scream "Treason! Treason"! "She had realized, all too late, what was happening,"[17] and had inadvertently already delivered herself into the hands of those who were determined to put her to death.

"Her hour had come, and her doom was sealed. Thus in the Southern Israel as in the Northern, we behold the end of the house of Ahab. Here it reached its termination in the death of his daughter Athaliah who incarnated in her nature alike the superb abilities and utter moral depravity of her parents. Was there ever a more dramatic illustration of the eternal law, `The soul that sinneth, it shall die' (Ezekiel 18:4)"?[18]

This, of course, was a great victory; but the Chosen People were by no means at that time ready to repudiate finally and completely the orgiastic fertility rites of the licentious paganism that characterized the worship of the Baalim. The continual drift of the whole nation (in both kingdoms) into paganism was hindered only slightly and temporarily. Eventually, God would destroy both kingdoms and carry the Southern kingdom into Babylon, from which only a remnant would return to Palestine, where, in the fullness of time, the Messiah would be born to the posterity of the patriarchs as God had promised. There is nothing in human history that matches the epic tragedy of God's chosen people!

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-kings-11.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard, and of the people,.... Their acclamations and shouts at the coronation of the king; for by this time the people had some knowledge of the affair, and ran, and came flocking to see the new king, and express their joy on this occasion, and whom they greatly praised, 2 Chronicles 23:12.

she came to the people into the temple of the Lord; the outward court, where the people were assembled; and she seems to come alone, unattended, in great surprise and consternation, and was admitted to pass the guards, being the queen, and alone, and perhaps by the particular order of Jehoiada, though contrary to the general orders he gave, 2 Kings 11:8.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-11.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

2 Kings 11:13-16. Athaliah slain.

Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people — The profound secrecy with which the conspiracy had been conducted rendered the unusual acclamations of the vast assembled crowd the more startling and roused the suspicions of the tyrant.

she came  …  into the temple of the Lord — that is, the courts, which she was permitted to enter by Jehoiada‘s directions (2 Kings 11:8) in order that she might be secured.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-11.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 11:13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard [and] of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.

Ver. 13. And when Athaliah heard.] See on 2 Kings 11:1.

She came to the people.] Without any mistrust or fear; but not without a special providence, that the warders might have her in their power.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-11.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The noise of the people, who came thither upon the hearing of the noise and tidings of what was done.

She came to the people, to inquire into the cause of this great noise; being hitherto kept in deep ignorance; partly because it wits managed with so much secrecy, and in the temple; and partly because the people universally hated her, and wished her downfall.

Into the temple of the Lord, i.e. into the courts; whither by Jehoiada’s direction she was permitted to enter, though contrary to his general order, 2 Kings 11:8, that so he might draw her into his net.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-11.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 11:13. She came to the people — To inquire into the cause of this great noise; being hitherto kept in deep ignorance, because the affair was managed with so much secrecy, and in the temple; and because the people universally hated her, and wished her downfall. Into the temple of the Lord That is, into the courts, into which, being a queen, she was permitted to enter, though contrary to the general order, 2 Kings 11:8. She seems, in her fright, to have come alone, or with but few attendants.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-11.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Going in. She must have been attended by a strong guard, to force the passage through the Levites at the door. (Haydock)

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.

Athaliah heard the noise. The profound secrecy with which the conspiracy had been conducted rendered the unusual acclamations of the vast assembled crowd the more startling, and roused the suspicious of the tyrant into the temple of the Lord - i:e., the courts, which she was permitted to enter by Jehoiada's direction (2 Kings 11:8), in order that she might be secured.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-11.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(13) Of the guard and of the people.—This is correct. The and has fallen out of the Hebrew text.

The guard.—The Aramaic form of the plural, rare in prose, occurs here. (Comp. 1 Kings 11:33.) In 2 Chronicles 23:11 the words are transposed. This gives a different sense—viz., “of the people running together” to which is added, “and acclaiming the king.” The chronicler may have found this in the work he followed, but the text before us seems preferable, as the word “runners” (Couriers) throughout the account means the royal guard.

The people.—See Note on 2 Kings 11:14.

She came . . . into the temple.—Evidently, therefore, the palace was hard by the Temple. (See Note on 2 Kings 11:16.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 23:12-15
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 8:26 - Athaliah

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-11.html.