Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 16:4

He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahaz;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - High Places;   Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Pekah;   Temple;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Assyria;   Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gods and Goddesses, Pagan;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Altar;   Pekah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Micah;   Samuel, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Assyria, History and Religion of;   High Place;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahaz;   Alliance;   Damascus;   Uriah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahaz ;   Assyria ;   Baal, Baalim ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Pekah;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Idolatry,;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Color;   High Place;   Hill;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Groves and Sacred Trees;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He sacrificed … - Other kings of Judah bad allowed their people to do so. Ahaz was the first, so far as we know, to countenance the practice by his own example.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". "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 sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills,.... Which none of the kings of Judah before him ever did; for though they connived at this practice in the people, they never encouraged it by their own example; and very probably he offered sacrifices there to idols, see 2 Chronicles 28:25 whereas the people sacrificed to the true God, though at a wrong place:

and under every green tree; and which is never said of the people, and seems to confirm it, that Ahaz sacrificed to other gods, since the Heathens used to place idols under green trees, and worship them, whom the Jews imitated, Jeremiah 2:2.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-16.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

Ver. 4. And he sacrificed, &c.] He "did evil with both hands earnestly," [Micah 7:3] as if afraid to be outdone by any other; he took long strides toward hell, which was but a little afore him, and did even gape for him.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". 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

After the manner of the heathens: See Poole "Deuteronomy 12:2"; See Poole "Jeremiah 2:20"; See Poole "Hosea 4:13".

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". 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

4.High places’ hills’ every green tree — Compare Hosea 4:13. To all this Chronicles adds that he “made molten images for Baalim.”

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-16.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 16:4. He sacrificed, &c., in the high places — If his father had but had zeal enough to take them away, it might have prevented the corrupting of his sons. They that connive at sin, know not what dangerous snares they lay for those that come after them.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-16.html. 1857.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-16.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) In the high places.—These are evidently distinguished from “the hills,” two different prepositions being used in the Hebrew as in the English. A bâmâh, or “high-place,” was a local sanctuary, and it appears that a sacred pillar or altar might be called a bâmâh. Mesha king of Moab speaks of his pillar as “this bâmath” (See Note on 2 Kings 1:1.)

Under every green tree.—Comp. 1 Kings 14:23; Hosea 14:8. Thenius says not so much a green as a thick-foliaged and shadow-yielding tree. “They burn incense . . . under oaks, and poplars, and teil trees, because the shadow thereof is good” (Hosea 4:13).

THE SYRO-EPHRAIMITIC WAR, AND THE INTERVENTION OF TIGLATH PILESER. (Comp. Isaiah 7:1 to Isaiah 9:7, “an epitome of the discourses delivered by the prophet at this great national crisis.”—Cheyne.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-16.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
on the hills
Deuteronomy 12:2; 1 Kings 14:23; Isaiah 57:5-7; 65:4; 66:17; Jeremiah 17:2; Ezekiel 20:28,29
Reciprocal: Leviticus 17:5 - in the open;  2 Kings 17:10 - they set;  2 Chronicles 28:4 - GeneralIsaiah 65:7 - burned;  Ezekiel 6:13 - upon;  Micah 1:5 - they;  Micah 1:13 - for

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-16.html.