Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 14:17

Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived fifteen years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Valleys;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Amaziah;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoash;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amaziah ;   Jehoahaz ;   Jeroboam (2) ;   Joash ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Amaziah;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jeho'ash;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Amaziah;   Chronology of the Old Testament;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE CONCLUSION OF THE REIGN OF AMAZIAH KING OF JUDAH

"And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there. And they brought him upon horses; and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David. And all the people of Judah took Azariah (Uzziah), who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with is fathers."

The big thing here is the conspiracy against Amaziah. There is no evidence whatever that the conspiracy was either led or encouraged by the children of the murderers of Amaziah's father whom Amaziah had spared on the basis of God's commandment mentioned in 2 Kings 14:6. 2 Chronicles 25:27 reveals that the element of Judah that was faithful to the worship of Jehovah was the center of that conspiracy. We read that, "From the time that Amaziah departed from the Lord, they formed a conspiracy against him." Thus, it was Amaziah's apostasy from the Lord in bringing in those pagan deities from Edom that precipitated the opposition that took his life. Keil did not believe that such a conspiracy could possibly have lasted fifteen years,[11] but to this writer it seems possible enough, even probable.

Amaziah evidently became aware of the conspiracy and fled to Lachish, probably on his way to Egypt. That town was the second largest in Judah and was located some 35 miles southwest of Jerusalem.

"They brought him upon horses" (2 Kings 14:20). Keil suggested that this means the hearse in which they brought him to Jerusalem was drawn by horses; but the text seems to indicate that his body was merely thrown over a horse, or conveyed on a stretcher resting upon a pair of horses, and thus transported to Jerusalem.

The next paragraph relates the accession of Jeroboam. It is related in 2 Kings 13:5 that Jehovah gave Israel `a saviour'; and it would appear that this ruler was indeed that `saviour.' However, he was an evil saviour.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-kings-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. Which, with the fourteen he reigned contemporary with him, made the twenty nine years he reigned, 2 Kings 14:2. The Vulgate Latin version is, "twenty five years".

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-14.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

2 Kings 14:17-20. He is slain by a conspiracy.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-14.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 14:17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

Ver. 17. Lived … fifteen years.] But it was a kind of a lifeless life. Mortis habet vices quae trahitur vita gemitibus. He lay all the while under the hatred and contempt of his subjects; being forced also by conspirators to flee to Lachish, and there to live as an exile, till they thought good to take away his life. Our Edward II, called Carnatron, his case was not unlike. Edvardum occidere nolite timere bonum est.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-14.html. 1865-1868.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

fifteen years: i.e. from 729-714. See App-50.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-14.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) Fifteen years.—He came to the throne in the second year of Jehoash, who reigned sixteen years (2 Kings 13:10), and reigned twenty-nine years (2 Kings 14:2). The different data are thus self-consistent. Jehoash appears to have died very soon after his victory—perhaps in the following year.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-14.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
A. M. 3179-3194. B.C. 825-810. Amaziah
1,2,23; 13:10; 2 Chronicles 25:25-28
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 15:1 - In the;  2 Kings 15:8 - the thirty

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-14.html.