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2 Kings 23:37

He did evil in the sight of the Lord , according to all that his fathers had done.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jehoiakim;   Rulers;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jeremiah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Canon of the Old Testament;   Habakkuk;   Hexateuch;   Idolatry;   Temple;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Raca;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jehoiakim;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jeho-I'akim;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord - He was a most unprincipled and oppressive tyrant. Jeremiah gives us his character at large, Jeremiah 22:13-19, to which the reader will do well to refer. Jeremiah was at that time in the land, and was an eyewitness of the abominations of this cruel king.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-23.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done. Amon and Manasseh; see 2 Kings 23:32.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-23.html. 1999.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

REFLECTIONS

How interesting to good Josiah appeared the law of God! With what peculiar delight did he convene all the people to attend the reading of it! And with what holy joy did he celebrate the passover, and renew the covenant God had made with their fathers. Think, Reader! I charge you what should be your joy and mine in receiving the gospel, the precious, blessed gospel of the ever blessed God! How should we delight to attend the public assemblies, and gather others to attend also! And if the mere celebration of the paschal feast in commemoration was so interesting, which after all was but a type of better things, founded upon better promises, how should our joy burst forth at the feast of Christ our Passover, and with what holy rapture should we attend Jesus at his supper! Oh! thou Lamb of God! oh! thou who art both the Passover, the sacrifice, the High Priest, and the golden Altar on which the sacrifice was offered! Be thou my joy, my sacrifice, my righteousness, the whole of the covenant, and my all in all. Let it be said indeed, that surely there never was holden such a passover, as when Christ was sacrificed for his people. And never was my soul really, and truly feasted, until by happy faith, I ate of his flesh, and drank of his blood, by which I have eternal life abiding in me.

Let us not take our farewell of Josiah without gathering one improvement more from the view the Holy Ghost is pleased to give of him. Though it be not always becoming to cull out the shades of good men, yet if the soul be led to improve such views as show the universal imperfection of nature, in order to lead to Jesus, then we may not only with safety do it, but also derive much advantage from it. Yes, blessed Lord Jesus! wherever I look, to whomsoever I direct my attention, I find frailty and imperfection mark them all. But in thee I behold all perfection, all glory. Oh, then! on thee let my soul unceasingly look. Let me behold thee as God my Father beholds thee; and as far as a poor finite creature can imitate infinite delight, let my ravished soul say in humble breathings, this is my beloved Jesus in whom I am well pleased for salvation. I count all things else but dung and dross that I may know thee. Be thou my joy and my portion forever.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-kings-23.html. 1828.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 23:37 And he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

Ver. 37. And he did that which was evil.] To all his former evils he added this, that he slew Urijah the prophet. [Jeremiah 26:20; Jeremiah 26:23]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-23.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

By idolatry, the oppression of his people, and the persecution of the prophets, and other good men, Jeremiah 26:21 Ezekiel 19:5-7.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-23.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 23:37. He did that which was evil, &c. — By idolatry, the oppression of his people, and the persecution of the prophets and other good men. For he killed the Prophet Urijah, and was at the charge to fetch him out of Egypt, whither he fled to save his life, Jeremiah 26:20-21, &c. And if it had not been for Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, who had been a great man in his father Josiah’s courts, he would have served Jeremiah in the same manner, 2 Kings 23:24. And from hence it is evident, that the reformation of the people, in general, was not sincere in the time of Josiah, but that they dissembled in obedience to the king’s command; otherwise it cannot be supposed that this young king would have immediately set at naught, and gone directly contrary to, all his father had done: but, Josiah being dead, it is likely the people threw off their mask, and showed how vehemently they were inclined to idolatry, and this young king was thereby soon induced to join with them in it.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-23.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Fathers, or ancestors, not his immediate father Josias, ver. 32. (Haydock) --- Joakim chose to imitate the wicked, and was not deterred by the chastisement of his brother. (Calmet) --- His character was marked with avarice and cruelty. He slew the prophet Urias, Jeremias xxii. 13., and xxvi 23. (Haydock) --- St. Matthew (i. 11.) calls him Jechonias, (Menochius) 1 Paralipomenon iii. 15.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-23.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

did that which was evil. See 2 Chronicles 36:5-8. Jeremiah 22:17; Jeremiah 24:8; Jeremiah 26:22-23. N.B. Jeremiah chapters 13-20, and probably Jeremiah chapters 22 ; 26 ; 35 ; 36 ; belong to this period.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-23.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.
he did
Jeremiah 22:13-17; 26:20-23; 36:23-26,31; Ezekiel 19:5-9
all that
2 Chronicles 28:22-25; 33:4-10,22,23 Reciprocal: 2 Kings 24:19 - And he did;  2 Chronicles 36:5 - Jehoiakim;  Jeremiah 1:2 - in the days;  Zephaniah 1:1 - in the days

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 23:37". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-23.html.