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2 Kings 14:19

They conspired against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Citizens;   Conspiracy;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Lachish;   Regicide;   Thompson Chain Reference - Conspiracy;   Lachish;   Plotting;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Lachish;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Amaziah;   Burial;   Jehoash;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Lachish;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amaziah ;   Jeroboam (2) ;   Joash ;   Lachish ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Amaziah;   Lachish;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Amaziah;   Make;   Uzziah (Azariah);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Amaziah, King of Judah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

They made a conspiracy against him - His defeat by Jehoash, and the consequent pillaging of the temple, and emptying the royal exchequer, and the dismantling of Jerusalem, had made him exceedingly unpopular; so that probably the whole of the last fifteen years of his life were a series of troubles and distresses.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-14.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem,.... Against Amaziah; the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the principal men of it; perhaps those whose sons the king of Israel had carried away as hostages, which they imputed to the ill conduct of Amaziah, as well as the breaking of the wall of Jerusalem, and the pillaging of the temple, and the king's palace:

and he fled to Lachish; a fortified city in the tribe of Judah, Joshua 15:39 but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there; in a private manner, as JosephusF7Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 9. c. 9. sect. 3.) relates.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-14.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to h Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

(h) Which Rehoboam built in Judah for a fortress, (2 Chronicles 11:9).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-14.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 14:19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

Ver. 19. Now they made a conspiracy.] The people generally did, because he had, by challenging Jehoash, subjected them to so much misery, and did, after that overthrow, spend his time idly and basely, serving false gods, &c. That he repented, is very uncertain, and upon weak grounds concluded.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-14.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Kings 14:19. Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, &c.— What provoked the people of Jerusalem, more than those of any other part of the nation, against their king, was, their seeing their city spoiled of its best ornaments, exposed to reproach on account of the great breach that was made in their wall, and several of their children carried away as hostages for their good behaviour, 2 Kings 14:13-14 all which they imputed to their king's mal-administration; whereupon they entered into a conspiracy against him, which makes some commentators say, that he lived in a state of exile at Lachish the space of twelve years, not choosing to continue in Jerusalem after the defeat which Jehoash had given him. But our learned Usher has placed this conspiracy in the last year of Amaziah's reign; and Capellus supposes, that it was set on foot by the great men of Jerusalem upon the specious pretence of being guardians to the young prince, and taking better care of him than his father was likely to do.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-kings-14.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

They, i.e. the people, or the princes and chief men among them, possibly those whose sons he had delivered up as hostages to Jehoash, with the connivance, if not approbation, of the people; as appears, because the design was carried on openly, and steadily, and irresistibly, as the following words show.

Lachish; a strong city in Judah, towards the Philistines; of which see Joshua 10:31 15:39 2 Kings 19:8.

They sent after him; either secret murderers; or rather, bands of soldiers; for this rebellion was carried on by strong hand and open force. Compare 2 Kings 12:20 15:10,15.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-14.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

19.A conspiracy against him — His turning after the gods of Edom, (see 2 Chronicles 25:27,) his defeat by Jehoash, the hostages taken of him, and the spoliation of the temple, all served to make the last half of his reign unpopular. The discontent of the kingdom culminated in conspiracy. So he perished like his father. 2 Kings 12:20.

Lachish — Probably the modern Um Lakis, about thirty-five miles southwest of Jerusalem. See on Joshua 10:3. It is chiefly noted in connexion with the siege of Sennacherib. See on 2 Kings 18:14; 2 Kings 19:8.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-14.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Lachis, in the tribe of Dan. Some say that the kings resided there twelve years, in a kind of exile. (Malvenda) --- But the conspiracy only took place in the last year of his reign. (Usher, the year of the world 3194.) --- Some powerful men rose up against him, and the people were displeased with his conduct. (Menochius) --- But the majority did not approve of his death, so that they granted him the funeral honours, and appointed his son to succeed. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-14.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Lachish. On the Philistine border in Judah (Joshua 15:39). Now Tel-el-Hesy, and recently excavated with important results.

slew him there. See note on 2 Kings 8:26.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-14.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

They made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem. Amaziah's apostasy (2 Chronicles 25:27) was followed by a general mal-administration, especially the disastrous issue of the war with Israel-the ruinous condition of Jerusalem, the plunder of the temple, and the loss of their children, who were taken as hostages-lost him the respect and attachment, not of the grandees only, but of his subjects generally, who were in a state of rebellion. The king fled in terror to Lachish, frontier-town of the Philistines where however, he was traced and murdered. His friends had his corpse brought, without any pomp or ceremony, in a chariot to Jerusalem, where he was interred among his royal ancestors.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-14.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(19) Now . . . but.—And . . . and.

They made a conspiracy.—The fact that no individual conspirators are mentioned appears to indicate that Amazialı’s death was the result of a general disaffection; and this inference is strengthened by the other details of the record. Thenius supppses that he had incensed the army in particular by some special act. Probably his foolish and ill-fated enterprise against Israel had something to do with it.

Lachish.—Now Um Lâkis. Of old it was a strong fortress. (Comp. 2 Chronicles 11:9; 2 Kings 18:14; 2 Kings 19:8.) Amaziah’s flight thither seems to indicate either a popular rising in Jerusalem, or a military revolt.

They sent after him to Lachish.—This, too, may point to a military outbreak.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-14.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.
A. M. 3194. B.C. 810. they made
12:20,21; 15:10,14,25,30; 21:23; 2 Chronicles 25:27,28
fled to Lachish
Joshua 10:31; Micah 1:13
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 9:28 - General2 Chronicles 24:25 - his own servants

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-14.html.