Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 12:6

But it came about that in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash the priests had not repaired the damages of the house.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Church and State;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Jehoiada;   Joash;   Liberality;   Temple;   Treasure-Houses;   Zeal, Religious;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Temple, the First;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jehoash;   Temple;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Zeal;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jerusalem;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Jerusalem;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Joash ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Joash;   Temple;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jeho'ash;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Breach;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Parashiyyot, the Four;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

In the three and twentieth year - In what year Jehoash gave the orders for these repairs, we cannot tell; but the account here plainly intimates that they had been long given, and that nothing was done, merely through the inactivity and negligence of the priests; see 2 Chronicles 24:6.

It seems that the people had brought money in abundance, and the pious Jehoiada was over the priests, and yet nothing was done! Though Jehoiada was a good man, he does not appear to have had much of the spirit of an active zeal; and simple piety, without zeal and activity, is of little use when a reformation in religion and manners is necessary to be brought about. Philip Melancthon was orthodox, pious, and learned, but he was a man of comparative inactivity. In many respects Martin Luther was by far his inferior, but in zeal and activity he was a flaming and consuming fire; and by him, under God, was the mighty Reformation, from the corruptions of popery, effected. Ten thousand Jehoiadas and Melancthons might have wished it in vain; Luther worked, and God worked by him, in him, and for him.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-12.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

No money had for some time been brought in (marginal reference “g”). Perhaps it was difficult for the priests and Levites to know exactly what proportion of the money paid to them was fairly applicable to the temple service and to their own support; and what, consequently, was the balance which they ought to apply to the repairs.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-12.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But it was so, that in the twenty and third year of King Jehoash, the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house. Either the people being backward to pay in the money, or the priests converted it to their own use: or, however, were negligent of doing the work enjoined them by the king, either in collecting the money, or in using it as they were directed.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-12.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 12:6 But it was [so, that] in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.

Ver. 6. The priests had not repaired.] Perhaps because themselves should have no benefit thereby; they should have but their labour for their pains; receiving the money with one hand and paying it out with another. We love to see somewhat coming toward us of our labour; which else hath little life in it.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-12.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Either because the people were generally corrupt and backward to the worship of God, especially where it cost them any thing; or because the persons employed in making the collections were negligent, or unfaithful, perverting the money received to their own uses, as may seem probable from the contrary character of other persons, of whom it is noted that they dealt faithfully, below, 2 Kings 12:15; or because the people did not like this way of collection, and had no good opinion of the collectors’ faithfulness.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-12.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Temple. It is not known when the king gave his orders; but they were executed with negligence, as they seemed to interfere (Calmet) with the emoluments assigned by the law to the Levites, 2 Paralipomenon xxiv. 5. (Haydock) --- The latter Jews were obliged to pay half a sicle towards the repairs of the temple. (Tirinus)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-12.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) In the three and twentieth year.—Jenoash may have ordered the restoration in his twentieth year, when he came of age. It is noticeable that he and not Jehoiada takes the initiative in the matter. The chronicler states that the king had ordered the priests and the Levites “to hasten the matter,” but that “the Levites hastened it not.”

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.
three and twentieth year
Heb. twentieth year and third year. the priests.
1 Samuel 2:29,30; 2 Chronicles 29:34; Isaiah 56:10-12; Malachi 1:10; Philippians 2:21; 1 Peter 5:2
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 24:5 - Howbeit

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 12:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-12.html.