Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 17:36

But the Lord , who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Nave's Topical Bible - Arm;   Fear of God;   God Continued...;   Judgments;   Samaria;   Worship;   Thompson Chain Reference - Samaritans;   Worship;   Worship, True and False;   The Topic Concordance - Fear;   Idolatry;   Remembrance;   Service;   Worship;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Sacrifices;  
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Egypt;   Samaritans;   Shalmaneser;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Exodus;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Jews, Judaism;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Samaritans;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Kings, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Haggai;   Idolatry;   Israel;   Palestine;   Samaria;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Jew, Jewess;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Samaritans;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Sepharvaim;   Shalmanezer;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hezekiah;  
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But the Lord - Jehovah, the supreme, self-existent, and eternal Being; author of all being and life. This was to be the sole object of their adoration.

Who brought you up - This was a strong reason why they should adore Him only: he had saved them from the hands of their enemies, and he did it in such a way as to show his power to be irresistible; in such a Being they might safely confide.

Him shall ye fear - Here is the manner in which he is to be worshipped. Him ye shall reverence as your Lawgiver and Judge; ye shall respect and keep all his commandments; doing what he has enjoined, and avoiding what he has forbidden.

Him shall ye worship - Before Him ye shall bow the knee; living in the spirit of obedience, and performing every religious act in the deepest humility.

And to him shall ye do sacrifice - Ye shall consider that, as ye have sinned, so ye deserve death; ye shall therefore bring your living victims to the altar of the Lord, and let their life's blood be poured out there, as an atonement for your souls. We see in this verse three important points:

  1. The object of their worship.
  • The reasons of that worship; and,
  • The spirit and manner in which it was to be performed: viz.,
  • 1. In fear,

    2. Humility; and,

    3. By sacrifice.

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    Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 17:36". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 1832.

    John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

    But the Lord, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt, with a great power, and a stretched out arm,.... Which is observed, to show the obligations they lay under, in point of gratitude, to serve the Lord:

    him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice: and him only, and not other gods; none but he being the object of religious fear and divine worship, and to whom sacrifices should be offered.

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    Bibliographical Information
    Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 17:36". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". 1999.

    Scofield's Reference Notes


    (See Scofield "Psalms 19:9").

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    Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on 2 Kings 17:36". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". 1917.

    Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

    But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
    a stretched
    Exodus 6:6; 9:15; Deuteronomy 5:15; Jeremiah 32:21; Acts 4:30
    him shall ye fear
    Leviticus 19:32; Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20; 12:5,6,11,12; Matthew 10:28; Revelation 15:4
    Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:42 - thy strong hand;  2 Kings 17:39 - the Lord;  Revelation 19:10 - worship;  Revelation 22:9 - worship God

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    Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 17:36". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".