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2 Kings 11:16

So they seized her, and when she arrived at the horses' entrance of the king's house, she was put to death there.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Athaliah;   Conspiracy;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Joash;   Treason;   Usurpation;   Women;   Zeal, Religious;   Thompson Chain Reference - Athaliah;   Queens;   Women;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kill, Killing;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Judgments of God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Horse;   Jehoash;   Kidron;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   High Priest;   Kings, 1 and 2;   People of the Land;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Chronicles, I;   Government;   Horse;   Jehoash;   Jerusalem;   Marriage;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Athaliah ;   Guard;   Jehoiada ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Joash;   Kidron;   Queen;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Anoint;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehoiada;   Joel (2);   Kidron, the Brook;   Lay;   Priest, High;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

By the way - which the horses came - They probably brought her out near the king's stables. It has been supposed, from Ezekiel 46:1, Ezekiel 46:2, that the east gate of the inner court was that by which the king entered on the Sabbath day, whereas on all other days he entered by the south gate.

And there was another gate, called the horse gate, in the wall of the city, ( Jeremiah 31:40;), for the king's horses to go out at from the stables at Millo, which is therefore called, 2 Chronicles 23:15, the horse gate toward the king's house.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-11.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And they laid hands on her - Most modern critics render - “and they gave her space,” i. e., they cleared a way for her, and allowed her to walk out of the temple not only unharmed but untonched.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-11.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they laid hands on her,.... Or rather,"set a place for her',as the Targum; so Jarchi and Kimchi; made a space, opened a way for her to come out of the temple into their ranks, that she might be there taken and slain, and not in the temple:

and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king's house; either the high road in which the horses and carriages went to the palace, or the way to the king's stables near the palace: and there was she slain; they let her go so far, which was far enough from the temple, and then they slew her.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-11.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 11:16 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king’s house: and there was she slain.

Ver. 16. The way by the which the horses came.] So that she was trampled, haply, by the horses, as her mother had been; howsoever, she was slain among the stables and dunghills of the king’s house. Josephus saith that she was carried down to the town ditch, and there despatched.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-11.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Kings 11:16. And they laid hands on her Then they gave her room, or, They left her a free passage to depart out of the temple; so Houbigant, after the Chaldee.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-kings-11.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

They laid hands on her, or, they gave her space or room, to wit, to go out of the court of the temple, and did not keep her within it, as they could have done. Or, they appointed bands for her; they ordered two bands of the Levites to follow her, and kill her.

By the way by the which the horses came into the king’s house; by the great and public road in which horses and chariots went to the palace.

There was she slain; in an ignominious place and manner, as her mother Jezebel had been.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-11.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

16.The way by the which the horses came into the king’s house — The Chronicles calls the place “the entering of the horse gate, by the king’s house.” Some have inclined to identify this with “the horse gate” of Nehemiah 3:28, and Jeremiah 31:40. Its location is unknown, but seems to have been somewhere near the palace. Perhaps the design of slaying her at the entrance to the royal stables was, that, like her mother Jezebel, she might be also trampled under foot by horses. Compare 2 Kings 9:33.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-11.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 11:16. They laid hands on her — The Hebrew, ישׁמו לה ידים, Jashimu lah jadaim, may be properly rendered, Then they gave her room, or left her a free passage to depart out of the temple. Thus Houbigant, after the Chaldee. And she went by the way, &c. — By the great public road, by which horses and chariots went to the palace. And there was she slain —

In an ignominious place and manner, as her mother Jezebel had been.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-11.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Thrust. Hebrew, "and she went by the way by which the horses enter the king's house. When she was come within the horse-gate of the palace, they killed her there," 2 Paralipomenon xxiii. 15. Such was the ignominious end of this true daughter of Jezabel! (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-11.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

laid hands on her = made way for her.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-11.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king's house: and there was she slain.

She went the way by the which the horses came into the king's house. 'This is by no means the king's palace, as is generally supposed, but is evidently the royal stables, quite distant from the palace. The wicked usurper, Athaliah, was put to death at the Horse gate, near this edifice, by order of Jehoiada, the high priest. It would have been strange, indeed, after all the pains taken by Jehoiada to exclude her army from the temple, at the coronation of the young king, had they incurred the hazard of her rescue by sending her beck over the bridge to her army, instead of taking her for execution in the opposite direction-to the desecrated valley of Kidron. But that this view is correct, we have the testimony of Josephus ("Antiquities," b. 9:, ch. 7:, sec. 2), who informs us that "Jehoiada called for the captains of hundreds, and commanded and to bring Atbaliah to the valley of Kidron, and slay her there ... Wherefore those that the charge of her slaughter took hold of her, led her to the gate of the king's mules, and slew her there." The gate of the king's mules is, no doubt, the Horse gate of the Scripture; and the Hippodrome is probably the king's (horse's) house, though this term in its largest sense, would include the race-ground attached, as well as the, royal stable' (Barclay's 'City of the Great King,' pp. 173, 174).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "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

(16) They laid hands on her.—So the LXX. and Vulg. The Hebrew phrase means: and they made room for her on both sides—i.e., the crowd fell back, and a lane was formed for her exit (so the Targum and Rashi).

She went . . . king’s house.—She entered the palace by way of the entry of the horses. Athaliah was conducted to the royal stables which adjoined the palace, and there put to death.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king's house: and there was she slain.
by the which
2 Chronicles 23:15
there was she slain
Genesis 9:6; Judges 1:7; Matthew 7:2; James 2:13; Revelation 16:5-7
Reciprocal: Nehemiah 3:28 - the horse;  Jeremiah 31:40 - unto

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-11.html.