Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 24:16

All the men of valor, seven thousand, and the craftsmen and the smiths, one thousand, all strong and fit for war, and these the king of Babylon brought into exile to Babylon.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Babylon;   Captivity;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Jehoiachin;   Jerusalem;   Prophecy;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Babylon;   Jews, the;   Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Egypt;   Jehoiachin;   Nebuchadnezzar;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Babylon;   Jehoiachin;   Jeremiah;   Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Zedekiah;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ezekiel;   Jehoiachin;   Smith;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Captivity;   Jehoiachin;   Nebuchadnezzar;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Exile;   Ezekiel;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Mesopotamia;   Zerubbabel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Dispersion;   Israel;   Jeremiah;   Medicine;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Babylon ;   Craftsman;   Smith;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jehoiachin;   Nebuchadnezzar;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Apt;   Captivity;   Jehoiachin;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Captivity;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And all the men of might, even seven thousand,.... The particulars of the 10,000 carried captive are here given; 7000 of which were the principal men of the land:

and craftsmen and smiths one thousand; which made 8000:

all that were strong, and apt for war; of these consisted the other 2000; so Abarbinel reckons them; but, according to the Jewish chronologerF20Seder Olam Rabba, c. 25. , which Jarchi and other Jewish commentators follow, the 7000 were out of the tribe of Benjamin and the rest of the tribes, and the 3000 out of the tribe of Judah, which are supposed to be those Jeremiah speaks of, Jeremiah 52:28,

even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon; among these were Ezekiel the prophet, and Mordecai, the uncle of Esther.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 24:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-24.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 24:16 And all the men of might, [even] seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all [that were] strong [and] apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.

Ver. 16. Craftsmen, &c.] Eighteen thousand in all; this was the second captivity.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 24:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-24.html. 1865-1868.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

men. Hebrew. "enosh. App-14.

smiths = armourers.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 24:16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-24.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(16) And all the men of might.—“The mighty men of valour” of 2 Kings 24:14. (The words depend on the verb, “he carried away,” in 2 Kings 24:14.) As there were 7,000 of these, and 1,000 “craftsmen and smiths,” and the total number of the exiles was 10,000, there were 2,000 belonging to the aristocratic classes. Jeremiah 52:28 gives a total of 3,023. Thenius explains his discrepancy as resulting from a transcriber’s confusion of a large y, i.e. 10, with g, i.e. 3. Josephus has made his total of 10,832 out of the 832 of the second deportation (Jeremiah 52:29) added to the 10,000 here assigned.

All that were strong and apt for war.—Literally, the whole, warriors and doers of battle. This clause refers to both those which precede, and it states that the 8,000 were all men in their prime, and trained in the use of weapons (Thenius). But may not the term “strong” (gibbôrûm, “heroes,” “warriors”) refer to the 7,000 as actual fighting men; and the phrase “makers of war” denote the craftsmen as employed in forging weapons and constructing defences? (The Syriac reads, and all the men that made war.)

Even them the king of Babylon brought.—Literally, and the King of Babylon brought them.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 24:16". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-24.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
seven thousand
Jeremiah 29:2; 52:28
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 22:25 - I;  Ezekiel 17:13 - he hath also

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 24:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-24.html.