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2 Kings 11:20

So all the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet. For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king's house.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Athaliah;   Joash;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Judgments of God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Jehoash;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Kings, 1 and 2;   People of the Land;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Chronicles, I;   Government;   Jehoash;   Jerusalem;   Marriage;   Priests and Levites;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Am Ha'arez ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Athaliah ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Joash;   Queen;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Anoint;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehoiada;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The people - rejoiced - They were glad to get rid of the tyranny of Athaliah.

And the city was in quiet - She had no partisans to rise up and disturb the king's reign.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-11.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

They slew Athaliah with the sword - This is one of the many little repetitions which mark the manner of the writer, and which generally contain some little point which has not been mentioned before (compare 2 Kings 11:16).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "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 all the people of the land rejoiced,.... That one of the house of David was set upon the throne, which they might fear was extinct, as it very near was; the lamp of David was almost quenched, only this single life left, from whom a line of kings proceeded, and the King Messiah; the promise of God cannot fail see Psalm 132:11, this occasioned great joy:

and the city was quiet: was very easy at, yea, pleased with, the dethroning and death of Athaliah; there was no tumult on account thereof, nor such disturbances as she occasioned in her life:

and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house; as related in 2 Kings 11:16 where she was buried, or what became of her carcass, is not said; some have thought she was cast into the brook Kidron, because Josephus saysF8Antiqu. l. 9. c. 7. sect. 3. Jehoiada ordered her to be had into that valley, and there slain.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-11.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: t and they slew Athaliah with the sword [beside] the king's house.

(t) Who by his cruelty and persecution had troubled the whole land.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-11.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 11:20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword [beside] the king’s house.

Ver. 20. And they slew Athaliah with the sword] This being done by the consent of the whole people, or of the greater part, Deo fiebat auspice, saith Zuinglius, had God’s approbation; seeing she was both a usurper and a tyrant.

Beside the king’s house.] Congrue ibi caeditur ubl peccarat; she suffereth where she had most sinned.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-11.html. 1865-1868.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

land rejoiced. When? When the usurper had

city was in quiet. been cast out, and slain. So shall it be when judgment shall be executed on the "prince" and "god" of this world (Revelation 19:1, Revelation 19:2, Revelation 19:7).

beside the king"s house = in the king"s house.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-11.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(20) All the people of the land . . . the city.—Thenius calls this an “evident contrast between the soldiery and the. citizens; the former exulting in their work, the latter not lifting a finger while the idolatrous tyrant was being put to death “ (connecting the first half of the verse with the second; after Ewald). But his assumption that “all the people of the land,” here and in 2 Kings 11:14, means “the soldiery” (“die ganze in Jerusalem anwesende Kriegerische Landesmannschaft—Die Kriegsmannschaft”) is certainly wrong. “The people of the land” are plainly opposed to the royal guards—“the Praetorians”—who effected the revolution, as civilians to soldiers.

The city was in quiet.—The citizens of Jerusalem accepted the revolution without attempting any counter movement. No doubt there was a strong element of Baal-worshippers and partisans of Athaliah in the capital. “The people of the land” (i.e., probably, the people whom the centurions had called together from the country, at the instance of Jehoiada, according to 2 Chronicles 23:2) are contrasted with the burghers of Jerusalem. The phrase, “the city was in quiet” (or “had rest,” Judges 5:31), may, however, possibly refer to the deliverance from the tyranny of Athaliah.

And they slew Athaliah.—Rather, and Athaliah they had slain; an emphatic recurrence to the real climax of the story (2 Kings 11:16), by way of conclusion.

Beside.—Rather, in, i.e., within the palace enclosure.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house.
rejoiced
14; 2 Chronicles 23:21; Proverbs 11:10; 29:2
slew Athaliah
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 1:40 - rejoiced;  1 Chronicles 12:40 - there was joy

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:20". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-11.html.