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2 Kings 8:19

However, the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David His servant, since He had promised him to give a lamp to him through his sons always.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   God;   Intercession;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Jehoram;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Joram or Jehoram;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - David;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoram;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Kings, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Jehoram;   Lamp;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Hazael ;   Joram, Jehoram;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ahaziah;   Elisha;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehoram;   Servant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jehoram (Joram);   Kings, Books of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

To give him alway a light - To give him a successor in his own family.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-8.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake,.... Not for his merits, but for the mercy he assured him of:

as he promised him to give to him always a light, and to his children; or a kingdom, as the Targum; therefore he would not utterly destroy the tribe, nor suffer the sceptre or government to depart from it till the Messiah came, see Psalm 132:11.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-8.html. 1999.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

I pray the Reader not hastily to pass over this sweet verse. Judah must not, cannot indeed, be destroyed for Jesus's sake. Our Lord sprang out of Judah. So that there is a blessing in it, and he that looketh on saith, destroy it not. Oh! precious, precious consideration! Isaiah 65:8-9.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-kings-8.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

Alway — Until the coming of the Messiah: for so long, and not longer, this succession might seem necessary for the making good of God's promise and covenant made with David. But when the Messiah, was once come, there was no more need of any succession, and the scepter might and did without any inconvenience depart from Judah, and from all the succeeding branches of David's family, because the Messiah was to hold the kingdom forever in his own person, though not in so gross a way as the carnal Jews imagined.

A light — A son and successor.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-8.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 8:19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, [and] to his children.

Ver. 19. To give him alway a light.] i.e., A successor, till Shiloh should come. [Luke 1:31] For although the Maccabees, who were of another tribe, bore sway for a season; yet at the same time, as Calvin well observeth, sat the Synedrium, who were of David’s posterity, exercised chief authority, and lasted till Christ’s nativity in great power.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-8.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Kings 8:19. To give him alway a light, and to his children That he should always have a light in his children. Houbigant.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-kings-8.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Alway, Heb. all days, until the coming of the Messiah, as it is elsewhere limited and explained; for so long, and not longer, this succession might seem necessary for the making good of God’s promise and covenant made with David. But when the Messiah was once come, there was no more need of any succession, and the sceptre might and did without any inconvenience depart from Judah, and from all the succeeding branches of David’s family, because the Messiah was to hold the kingdom for ever in his own person, though not in so gross a way as the carnal Jews imagined, but in a spiritual manner.

A light, i.e. a son and successor. Of this phrase, See Poole "1 Kings 11:36".

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-8.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 8:19. To give him always a light — A son and successor, until the coming of the Messiah: for so long, and not longer, this succession might seem necessary for the making good of God’s promise and covenant made with David. But when the Messiah was once come, there was no more need of any succession, and the sceptre might and did without any inconvenience depart from Judah, and from all the succeeding branches of David’s family, because the Messiah was to hold the kingdom for ever in his own person, though not in so gross a way as the carnal Jews imagined.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-8.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Light, or lamp, posterity and regal power, 3 Kings xi. 36. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-8.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

as He promised. Compare 1 Samuel 7:13.

light. Compare 1 Kings 11:36. See note on Genesis 15:17. Hebrew. ner. Found only four times, and always of David (2 Samuel 21:17. 1 Kings 11:36. 1 Kings 8:19. 2 Chronicles 21:7).

and to his children. Many codices, and five early printed editions, read "for his children": i.e. sons.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-8.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(19) To give him alway a light.—Comp. 1 Kings 15:4; 1 Kings 11:36; and for the promise to David, 2 Samuel 7:12-16.

And to his children.—The reading of many Heb. MSS., the LXX., Vulg., and Targum. Thenius calls this a reading devised for the removal of a difficulty, and asserts that the promise was made to David alone. He would omit the conjunction, and render, “To give him alway a lamp in respect of (i.e., through) his sons.” (See 2 Chronicles 21:7, Note.) Keil adopts the same reading, but translates, “To give him, that is, his sons, a lamp,” making “to his sons” an explanatory apposition.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.
for David
19:34; 2 Samuel 7:12,13,15; 1 Kings 11:36; 15:4,5; 2 Chronicles 21:7; Isaiah 7:14; 37:35; Jeremiah 33:25,26; Hosea 11:9; Luke 1:32,33
light
Heb. candle, or lamp.
1 Kings 11:36
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 11:2 - they hid him

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-8.html.