Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 14:22

He built Elath and restored it to Judah after the king slept with his fathers.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Uzziah;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Elath;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Edom;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Elath;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Edom;   Elath;   Israel;   Jehoahaz;   Uzziah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Edom;   Elath;   Ezion-Geber;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Elath;   Uzziah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amaziah ;   Elath, Eloth ;   Jeroboam (2) ;   Joash ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elath;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Edom;   Elath;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Amaziah;   Chronology of the Old Testament;   Edom;   Elath;   Red Sea;   Uzziah (Azariah);  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He built Elath - This city belonged to the Edomites; and was situated on the eastern branch of the Red Sea, thence called the Elanitic Gulf. It had probably suffered much in the late war; and was now rebuilt by Uzziah, and brought entirely under the dominion of Judah.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Elath, or Eloth (marginal reference 1 Kings 9:26), was near Ezion-Geber, in the Gulf of Akabah. It had been lost to the Jews on the revolt of Edom from Joram 2 Kings 8:22. Uzziah‘s re-establishment of the place, rendered possible by his father‘s successes 2 Kings 14:7, was one of his first acts, and seems to imply a desire to renew the commercial projects which Solomon had successfully carried out, and which Jehoshaphat had vainly attempted 1 Kings 22:48.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-14.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He built Elath,.... A port which belonged to Edom, Deuteronomy 2:8 which very probably David took from them when he made them tributary, and which they retook when they revolted, and Amaziah got again when he defeated them; and this his son rebuilt and fortified:

and restored it to Judah; annexed it to the kingdom of Judah, as in the days of David and Solomon:

after that the king slept with his fathers; after the death of his father Amaziah.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-14.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

He built k Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

(k) Which is also called Elanon or Eloth.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-14.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

He built Elath — fortified that seaport. It had revolted with the rest of Edom, but was now recovered by Uzziah. His father, who did not complete the conquest of Edom, had left him that work to do.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "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 14:22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

Ver. 22. He built Elath.] A place of great importance, as being a port town, say some, near the Red Sea.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-14.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He built Elath, i.e. repaired and fortified it; for it was built before, Deuteronomy 2:8.

Restored it to Judah; from whom it had revolted with the rest of Edom, in which land this place was upon the Red Sea.

The king, i.e. his father Amaziah; who did not perfect his conquest of Edom, but left some work for his son.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". 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

22.Built Elath, and restored it to Judah — This fragmentary notice of the chief triumph of Judah during Azariah’s reign seems to have been thrown in here to show that the son of Amaziah was chiefly distinguished, like his father, for his work in the territories of Edom. Elath, which Azariah is here said to have built — that is, repaired and fortified — is first mentioned in connexion with the journey of Israel through the desert, (Deuteronomy 2:8,) and again at 1 Kings 9:26, where see note. It was situated at the head of the eastern arm of the Red Sea, and the ancient site is now marked by extensive mounds of rubbish.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-14.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 14:22. He built Elath — Repaired and fortified it; for it was built before, Deuteronomy 2:8. And restored it to Judah — From whom it had revolted with the rest of Edom, in which land it lay, upon the Red sea. After that the king — Namely, his father Amaziah; slept with his fathers — The meaning is, that Amaziah did not perfect his conquest of Edom, but left some work there for his son to do.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-14.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Built, or rebuilt Elath; which gives its name to the eastern branch of the Red Sea. David had possession of all Idumea. Amasias had reconquered a great part, and his son pushed his conquests still further.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-14.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

built = rebuilt or fortified. This implies the subjugation of Edom.

Elath. On the Red Sea. Compare 1 Kings 9:26, and, for its eventual loss, 2 Kings 16:6.

slept with his fathers. See note on Deuteronomy 31:16.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "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

He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

He built Elath - fortified that seaport. It had revolted with the rest of Edom, but was now recovered by Uzziah, his father, who did not complete the conquest of Edom, having left him that work to do.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "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

(22) He built Elath.—The pronoun is emphatic; he, in contrast with his father. “Built,” either rebuilt or fortified. The verse is in close connection with the preceding narrative. Amaziah perhaps had not vigorously prosecuted the conquest of Edom, having been greatly weakened by his defeat in the struggle with Jehoash. He may even have suffered some further losses at the hands of the Edomites; and this, as Thenius supposes may have led to the conspiracy which brought about his death and the accession of his son. The warlike youth Uzziah took the field at once, and pushed his victorious arms to the southern extremity of Edom, the port of Elath (2 Kings 9:26), and thus restored the state of things which had existed under Solomon and Jehoshaphat.

After that the king slept—i.e., immediately after the murder of Amaziah. Thenius explains the verse with most success, but this clause is still somewhat surprising.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-14.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
Elath
Elath, the Æla or Elana of the Greek and Roman writers, was a celebrated port situated at the extremity of the eastern branch of the Red Sea, hence called the Elanitic Gulf, ten miles east from Petra, according to Eusebius, and 150 Roman miles from Gaza, according to Pliny, but 1,260 stadia, or 157 miles, according to Strabo and Marcianus Herecleota. It is now called Akaba, and is nothing but a tower or castle, surrounded by a large grove of date trees, the residence of a governor, dependent on him of Grand Cairo.
16:6; Deuteronomy 2:8; 1 Kings 9:26; 2 Chronicles 26:2
Eloth
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 8:17 - Eloth

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:22". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-14.html.