Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 11:7

Two parts of you, even all who go out on the sabbath, shall also keep watch over the house of the Lord for the king.
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Nave's Topical Bible - Armies;   Church and State;   Citizens;   Conspiracy;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Levites;   Loyalty;   Orphan;   Usurpation;   Watchman;   Women;   Zeal, Religious;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;   Watch, a Guard;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Fatherless;   Kings;   Levites, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Joash or Jehoash;   King, Kings;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Fulfillment;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Judgments of God;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jehoiada;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Athaliah;   Canaan, History and Religion of;   High Priest;   History;   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;   Jealousy,;   Jehoiada ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Athaliah;   Joash;   Queen;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehoiada;   Joel (2);   Priest, High;   Priests and Levites;   Temple;   Watch;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath,.... The course that went out of service at the end of the sabbath; these were not suffered, not any of them, to go into the country, but were detained for the present purpose, and divided into two parts:

even they shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord about the king, these were placed in the temple where the king was, or where he should be brought forth, and be a guard on his right and left; this interpretation seems to be agreeably to the order of the text here, and is the sense of Jarchi; but there is this objection to it, that, by such a distribution of both courses, no provision is made for the services of the temple; wherefore Dr. LightfootF3Prospect of the Temple, c. 20. divides them into six parts, each into three, one third of the course that came in for service, the other to keep the watch at the king's house, and the other third at the gate Sur; and the course that went out, one third of them was placed at the gate behind the guard, and the other two to keep the watch of the house for the king's safety; but according to the account in 2 Chronicles 23:4, there were but three ranks or orders of them in all; wherefore the sense of Kimchi, Ben Gersom, and Abarbinel, seems most agreeable, that the first consisted of those that went in on the sabbath, not of all, but half of them, the other half being employed in the service of the sanctuary; and the other two of the course that went out, even all of them, they being entirely at leisure, who were divided into two parts, and disposed of as above.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-11.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And two parts of all you that h go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.

(h) Whose charge is ended.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-11.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.

That go, … — Who having finished their course, should have gone home, but were detained, 2 Chronicles 23:8.

Shall keep — While the rest guard the entrances into the temple; these shall have a special care of the king's person.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 11:7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.

Ver. 7. Shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord.] To keep the place from pollution, and the young king from danger.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". 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

You that go forth on the sabbath, i.e. who having finished their course and week, should have gone home, but were detained, 2 Chronicles 23:8.

They shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord about the king; whilst the rest guard the doors and entrances into the temple, these shall have a special care of the king’s person, part on his right, and part on his left hand.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". 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

7.Two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath — Those who went forth on the Sabbath were the course of Levites who were relieved on that day from their term of temple service by the coming in of another course. Instead of departing from the temple and returning home, as usual they were to form themselves into two parts or divisions, (literally, hands, ) and to be the immediate bodyguard of the youthful king. Their particular duty is more fully given in 2 Kings 11:8, and they are identical with the guard mentioned in 2 Kings 11:11.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-11.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Of you. Levites, who waited on the king's person alternately. (Calmet) --- They were divided into three parts, being in actual service, ver. 6. Those who went out of office were twice the number, and are here told what to do. Sa thinks that those who entered upon duty, and those who went out, formed two thirds of the Levites, ver. 9., and 2 Paralipomenon xxiii. 8. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-11.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.
parts
or, companies. Heb. hands. go forth.
5; 2 Chronicles 23:6
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 9:25 - seven

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 11:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-11.html.