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2 Kings 14:6

But the sons of the slayers he did not put to death, according to what is written in the book of the Law of Moses, as the Lord commanded, saying, "The fathers shall not be put to death for the sons, nor the sons be put to death for the fathers; but each shall be put to death for his own sin."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Edomites;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Thompson Chain Reference - Justice;   Justice-Injustice;   The Topic Concordance - Execution;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Joash or Jehoash;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Punishment;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Deuteronomy;   Jehoash;   Law of Moses;   Pentateuch;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Hilkiah;   Kings, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Amaziah;   Torah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ten Commandments;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Amaziah ;   Joash ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Amaziah;   Avenger of blood;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Blood, Revenger of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Amaziah;   Deuteronomy;   Goel;   Guilt;   Judah, Kingdom of;   Kings, Books of;   Teach;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Avenger of Blood;   Torah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But the children of the murderers he slew not - Here he showed his conscientious regard for the law of Moses; for God had positively said, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin, Deuteronomy 24:16.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The children of the murderers he slew not - This seems to be noted as a rare instance of clemency (compare 2 Kings 9:26 note). It is strange at first sight, that, when the Law contained so very plain a prohibition (marginal references), the contrary practice should have established itself. But we must remember, first, that the custom was that of the East generally (see Daniel 6:24); and secondly, that it had the sanction of one who might be thought to have known thoroughly the mind of the legislator, namely, Joshua (see Joshua 7:24-25).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "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

But the children of the murderers he slew not,.... Which is an instance of his clemency and goodness, and of his strict regard to justice, and to the law of God; though he might fear, these, being spared, would one time or other revenge their fathers' deaths:

according to that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, see Deuteronomy 24:16,

wherein the Lord commanded, saying, the fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children, &c. to which command Amaziah was obedient.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-14.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

But the children of the murderers he b slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

(b) Because they neither consented nor were partakers with their fathers in that act.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "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

But the children of the murderers he slew not — This moderation, inspired by the Mosaic law (Deuteronomy 24:16), displays the good character of this prince; for the course thus pursued toward the families of the regicides was directly contrary to the prevailing customs of antiquity, according to which all connected with the criminals were doomed to unsparing destruction.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-14.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Slew not — Wherein he shewed faith and courage, that he would obey this command of God, though it was hazardous to himself, such persons being likely to seek revenge for their father's death.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-14.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 14:6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Ver. 6. But the children of the murderers he slew not.] Which yet carnal policy would have prompted him to do. See on 2 Kings 10:6.

Nor the children be put to death, &c.] This was a law for man to follow; but God, the supreme Lord of life and death, is above law. [Jeremiah 3:1]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". 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

The children of the murderer he slew not; wherein he showed some faith and courage, that he would obey this command of God, though it was very hazardous to himself, such persons being likely to seek revenge for their father’s death.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". 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

6.The children of the murderers he slew not — In this he evidenced his desire to do right in the sight of God. He allowed judgment and reason to triumph over the passion for vengeance, at the same time that he showed respect for the law of God.

Book of the law of Moses — The passage referred to is found in Deuteronomy 24:16, and this reference and quotation conclusively prove the existence and authority of the Pentateuch in the time of Amaziah.

Put to death for his own sin — Personal guilt is neither transmissive nor transferable. Compare marginal references.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "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 14:6. But the children of the murderers he slew not — In this he acted like a good man, and showed both faith and courage, in that he would obey the command of God, though it might be attended with great hazard to himself, and was not moved to cut off the children, through fear lest they should raise a faction against him, and take revenge for their fathers’ death. Very different is the custom pursued in many kingdoms, in which, if any one be guilty of high treason, not only he, but his children likewise, who neither partake nor are conscious of his traitorous practices, are equally devoted to destruction.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-14.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Sin. This is the rule of human tribunals, to which God is not restrained. (Salien) (Ezechiel xviii. 20.) (Menochius) --- The action of Amasias is commended as something unusual (Calmet) among princes, who are but too apt to exceed the bounds of moderation (Haydock) to revenge their murdered parents. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-14.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

children = sons.

written in the book of the law of Moses. See note on Exodus 17:14, and App-47.

every man. Hebrew. "ish. App-14.

sin. Hebrew. chata". App-44.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "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

But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

But the children of the murderers he slew not. This moderation, inspired by the Mosaic law (Deuteronomy 24:16), displays the good character of this prince, for the course thus pursued toward the families of the regicides was directly contrary to the prevailing customs of antiquity according to which all connected with the criminals were doomed to unsparing destruction.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "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

(6) Even with the kings of Israel.—Probably some words have fallen out, and the original text was. “and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.” (Comp, 2 Kings 14:16.) The Syriac and Arabic have, “and was buried.”

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-14.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
The fathers
Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:4,20
Reciprocal: Joshua 8:31 - as it is;  2 Chronicles 25:4 - as it is written;  Daniel 6:24 - their children

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 14:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-14.html.