Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 16:14

The bronze altar, which was before the Lord , he brought from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of the Lord , and he put it on the north side of his altar.
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahaz;   Altar;   Church and State;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Temple;   Urijah;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Altar of Burnt-Offering, the;   Kings;   Temple, the First;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Temple;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Damascus;   Nahum;   Priest;   Temple;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gods and Goddesses, Pagan;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Altar;   Tiglath-Pileser Iii.;   Urijah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Altar;   High Priest;   Tiglath Pileser;   Uriah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Altar;   Damascus;   Hezekiah;   High Priest;   King, Kingship;   Uriah;   Urijah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahaz;   Alliance;   Damascus;   Temple;   Uriah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahaz ;   Uriah ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sea, Molten;   Uri'ah;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Altar;   Forefront;   Isaiah;   Priest, High;   Temple;   Uriah;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Altar;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Temple of Solomon;   Uriah, Urijah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Put it on the north side - He seems to have intended to conform every thing in the Lord's house as much as possible to the idolatrous temples which he saw at Damascus, and to model the Divine worship in the same way: in a word to honor and worship the gods of Syria, and not the God of heaven. All the alterations specified here were in contempt of the true God. Thus he provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers, 2 Chronicles 28:25.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-16.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Hereto the “Brasen altar” (marginal reference) had, it would seem, occupied a position directly in front of the temple porch, which it exactly equalled in width. Now Ahaz removed it from this place, and gave the honorable position to his new altar, which he designed to supersede the old far all ordinary purposes 2 Kings 16:15.

From between the altar … - Urijah, having received no official directions, had placed the new altar in front of the old, between it and the eastern gate of the court. Ahaz consequently on his arrival found the brasen altar “between the (new) altar and the house of the Lord.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-16.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he brought also the brasen altar which was before the Lord,.... That which Solomon made, 2 Chronicles 4:1, which stood in the court by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord, Leviticus 1:5 from the forefront of the house; the frontispiece of the temple, which was at the eastern gate of it:

from between the altar and the house of the Lord for it seems Urijah had placed the new altar behind the old one, more out of sight; the brasen altar standing between that and the eastern gate, or entrance into the temple; wherefore he removed the brasen altar, and put his new one in the room of it:

and put it; that is, the brasen altar of Solomon:

on the north side of the altar; of the new altar, at the right hand as they went into the temple; where it was as in a corner, in greater obscurity, and the new altar more in view as they came into the temple.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-16.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And he brought also the brasen altar, which [was] before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the i north side of the altar.

(i) That is, at the right hand, as men went into the temple.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-16.html. 1599-1645.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

Soon after this Ahaz went still further, and had “the copper altar before Jehovah,” i.e., the altar of burnt-offering in the midst of the court before the entrance into the Holy Place, removed “from the front of the (temple-) house, from (the spot) between the altar (the new one built by Urijah) and the house of Jehovah (i.e., the temple-house(, and placed at the north side of the altar.” הקריב does not mean removit, caused to be taken away, but admovit, and is properly to be connected with הם על־ירך, notwithstanding the fact that אתו ויּתּן is inserted between for the sake of greater clearness, as Maurer has already pointed out.

(Note: There is nothing in the text to support the view of Thenius, that Urijah had the brazen altar of burnt-offering erected by Solomon moved farther forwards, nearer to the temple-house, and the new one put in its place, whence it was afterwards shifted by Ahaz and the new one moved a little farther to the south, that is to say, that he placed the two altars close to one another, so that they now occupied the centre of the court.)

On the use of the article with המּזבּח in the construct state, see Ewald, §290, d .

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-kings-16.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.

Brazen attar — Of burnt-offerings, made by Solomon, and placed there by God's appointment.

From between, … — His new altar was at first set below the brazen altar, and at a farther distance from the temple. This he took for a disparagement to his altar; and therefore impiously takes that away, and puts his in its place.

And put, … — So he put God's altar out of its place and use! A bolder stroke than the very worst of kings had hitherto given to religion.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-16.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 16:14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which [was] before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.

Ver. 14. And put it on the north side.] As it were, in a corner out of the way. (a)

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-16.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The brazen altar of burnt-offerings, made by Solomon, and placed there by God’s appointment. Which was before the Lord, i.e. from before the Lord’s house: See Poole "Leviticus 1:3". From between the altar and the house of the Lord; or rather, from between his altar, &c., or, that altar, &c. His new altar was at first set below the brazen altar, and at a further distance from the temple. This he took for a disparagement to his altar; and therefore most impiously and audaciously takes that away, and puts his in its place.

On the north side of the altar; or, of that altar; or, of his altar; as before. So he put God’s altar out of its place and use.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-16.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

14.The brazen altar — This stood in the midst of the inner court, the court of the priests. See cut, page 68. It was, according to 2 Chronicles 4:1, twenty cubits square and ten cubits high. Its position is described as before the Lord, that is, in front of the holy place.

Brought’ from the forefront of the house — Moved from its old sacred place in front of the temple, and placed, as the sequel shows, nearer to the north side of the court, so as not to stand between the (new) altar and the house of the Lord. In the spot where Urijah had placed it, the new altar was not properly before the Lord, inasmuch as the brazen altar stood between it and the holy place. So the king changed the position of both altars, placing the new one nearer to the temple, and the brazen altar on the north side of it. He would not have the new altar occupy a secondary place. So, says Wordsworth, “the new altar became the principal central object, and the brazen altar was only an adjunct and appendage to it.”

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-16.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

And from. Hebrew, "from between the new altar and the house of," &c. (Haydock) --- Achaz had placed his altar before that of Solomon: but he afterwards removed the latter from the right-hand of the sanctuary, to a corner of the court, on the north side. (Calmet) --- In the midst of his distress, he despised God; sacrificed to the gods of the Syrians, as more powerful and victorious than the Lord; pillaged the temple, which he shut up during the remainder of his reign, (Haydock) and erected altars for himself in all the corners of Jerusalem, 2 Paralipomenon xxviii. 24.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-16.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

brasen altar. Compare 1 Kings 8:64.

the altar: i.e. the new altar.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-16.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) And he brought also the brasen altar . . .—Literally, And as for the brasen altar, he brought it near (to the new one), away from the front of the house, to wit, from between the (new) altar, and the house of Jehovah; and put it at the side of the (new) altar northward. The brasen altar used to stand “before the Lord,” i.e., in the middle of the court of the priests, and in front of the Temple proper. The verse seems to imply that Urijah had pushed it forward nearer to the sanctuary, and set the new Syrian altar in its place. Ahaz, not satisfied with this arrangement, which appeared to confer a kind of precedence on the old altar, drew it back again, and fixed it on the north side of his new altar.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-16.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.
the brasen
Exodus 40:6,29; 2 Chronicles 1:5; 4:1; Matthew 23:35
the altar
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 15:8 - the altar of the Lord;  2 Chronicles 29:3 - opened;  Ezekiel 8:3 - to the door;  Ezekiel 8:16 - at the door;  Ezekiel 43:8 - setting

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-16.html.