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2 Kings 3:2

He did evil in the sight of the Lord , though not like his father and his mother; for he put away the sacred pillar of Baal which his father had made.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahab;   Baal;   Jezebel;   Rulers;   Thompson Chain Reference - Awakenings and Religious Reforms;   Idols;   Reforms, Religious;   Religious;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahab;   Jehoram;   Jezebel;   Miracles;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Idol;   Jehoram;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Baal (1);   Idol;   Jehoram;   Kings, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - High Place;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Lord;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Edom, Edomites;   Elisha;   Jehoshaphat;   Medeba;   Mesha;   Molech, Moloch;   Samaria;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Joram, Jehoram;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jehoram;   Kirharaseth;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Armor;   Arms;   Jehoshaphat;   Moab;   Samaria;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Israel, Kingdom of;   Jehoram;   Jehu;   Samaria, City of;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Baal;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Pillar;   Sacrifice;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He put away the image of Baal - He abolished his worship; but he continued that of the calves at Dan and Beth-el.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

On the “evil” done by Ahab, see especially 1 Kings 16:30-34. Jehoram, warned by the fate of his brother (2 Kings 1:4 note), began his reign by a formal abolition of the Phoenician state religion introduced by Ahab - even if he connived at its continuance among the people 2 Kings 10:26-27; and by a re-establishment of the old worship of the kingdom as arranged by Jeroboam.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-3.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he wrought evil in the sight of the Lord,.... Was guilty of idolatry:

but not like his father, and like his mother; his father Ahab, and his mother Jezebel:

for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made; he did not destroy it, only removed it from the temple of Baal where it was set, that it might not be worshipped, at least publicly, see 1 Kings 16:31 this he did, either moved to it by his own conscience, observing the sudden deaths of his father and brother, which he might suppose was for their idolatry; or in order to obtain success in his war with Moab he was entering into; or being instigated by Jehoshaphat to do it, or otherwise he might refuse to join him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-3.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 3:2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.

Ver. 2. But not like his father, and like his mother.] Not all out so bad; and yet not very much better than they. Optimi putantur si vel leviter mali sint, saith a Popish writer concerning the Popes of Rome, vel minus boni quam caeteri mortales esse solent. They are held very good popes if they be not grossly evil; or if somewhat less good than other men use to be. Think the same of the kings of Israel.

For he put away the image of Baal.] This was somewhat toward a reformation, and he was drawn to it by good Jehoshaphat’s persuasion likely, who hoping to work further with him, was content to be his confederate, as it followeth.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-3.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Kings 3:2. He put away the image of Baal, &c.— It is a little strange, that his mother Jezebel, who brought this worship with her from the Sidonians, should suffer him to remove the image of her favourite god. See 1 Kings 16:31. But perhaps she might be a little daunted by the many disasters which had befallen her family, and was content with the privilege of having her idolatrous worship in private; nor is it unlikely, that Jehoshaphat might refuse to assist him in his wars against the king of Moab, unless he would consent to renounce his idolatry. See what we have said on 1 Kings 12:28 respecting the sins of Jeroboam, 2 Kings 3:3.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-kings-3.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He put away the image of Baal; not from any principle of conscience (for that would have reached the calves also); but either because he was startled at the dreadful judgments of God inflicted upon his father and brother for Baal worship; or because he needed God’s help to subdue the Moabites, which he knew Baal could not do; or to gratify Jehoshaphat, whose help he meant to crave, which he knew he should never obtain without this; and for this reason, it seems, Jezebel was willing to connive at it, as a trick of state.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-3.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

2.He put away the image of Baal — Discountenanced, and at least partially abolished, the Baal worship that had gained such strength in Israel during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel. At what particular period of his reign he did this does not appear, but perhaps it was after the war with Moab, and in consequence of the rebuke of Elisha given at 2 Kings 3:13.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-3.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Baal. This happened after his victory over Moab, ver. 13. (Calmet) --- Salien thinks rather that Josaphat refused to assist him, except he would destroy what had been lately introduced by his parents, as the league with Achab had been blamed. See 2 Paralipomenon xix. 2. The golden calves were of an older standing, and could not be so easily taken from the people. (Menochius) --- Joram was not so wicked as might have been expected. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-3.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

evil = the evil. Hebrew. ra a. App-44.

his mother. Jezebel, who lived through the whole of his reign (2 Kings 9:30).

image = pillar, or statue (which Ahab had made. Compare 2 Kings 10:18). 1 Kings 19:18. Others remained (2 Kings 10:26, 2 Kings 10:27).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-3.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(2) Wrought evil.—Did the evil in the eyes, &c., i.e., maintained the illicit worship of the bullock at Beth-el (2 Kings 3:3).

Like his mother.—Jezebel lived throughout his reign (2 Kings 9:30), which explains why he did not eradicate the Baal-worship (2 Kings 10:18-28).

For he put away.—And he removed, scil., from its place in the temple of Baal. (Comp. 1 Kings 16:31-32.) It must have been afterwards restored, probably by the influence of Jezebel. (Comp. 2 Kings 10:26-27, and Notes.)

The image.—Pillar. (Comp. 2 Chronicles 34:4.) The LXX., Vulg., and Arabic read “pillars” (a different pointing); and the LXX. adds at the end, “and brake them in pieces.” This seems original. Ahab would be likely to set up more than one pillar to Baal.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.
wrought
6:31,32; 21:6,20; 1 Samuel 15:19; 1 Kings 16:19
but not
1 Kings 16:33; 21:20,25
and like
9:22,34; 1 Kings 21:5-15,25
image
Heb. statue. Baal.
10:18,26-28; 1 Kings 16:31,32
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 16:30 - above;  1 Kings 22:53 - he served Baal;  2 Kings 8:18 - in the way;  2 Kings 17:2 - but not as the kings

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-3.html.