Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 8:29

So King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Arameans had inflicted on him at Ramah when he fought against Hazael king of Aram. Then Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel because he was sick.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahaziah;   Friendship;   Hazael;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Jezreel;   Joram;   Ramoth-Gilead;   Thompson Chain Reference - Sick, Visitation of;   Social Duties;   Social Life;   Visitation;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Syria;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ramah;   Ramoth;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Hazael;   Jehoram;   Jehu;   Jezreel;   Ramoth-gilead;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoram;   Jehu;   Rama;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Kings, the Books of;   Rama;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Azariah;   Hazael;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Ramah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Hazael;   Jezreel;   Ramoth-Gilead, Ramoth in Gilead;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahaziah ;   Hazael ;   Jezreel ;   Joram, Jehoram;   Ramah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elisha;   Hazael;   Ramoth;   Samaria;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jeho'ram;   Jo'ram;   Ra'mah;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ahaziah;   Jehu;   Jezebel;   Joram;   Moab;   Physician;   Ramah;   Sick;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Kings, Books of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Went back to be healed in Jezreel - And there he continued till Jehu conspired against and slew him there. And thus the blood of the innocents, which had been shed by Ahab and his wife Jezebel, was visited on them in the total extinction of their family. See the following chapters, where the bloody tale of Jehu's conspiracy is told at large.

I Have already had to remark on the chronological difficulties which occur in the historical books; difficulties for which copyists alone are responsible. To remove them by the plan of reconciliation, is in many cases impracticable; to conjectural criticism we must have recourse. And is there a single ancient author of any kind, but particularly those who have written on matters of history and chronology, whose works have been transmitted to us free of similar errors, owing to the negligence of transcribers?

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-8.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

From Ramoth, having taken it, and left his army there:

to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah; the same with Ramothgilead:

when he fought against Hazael king of Syria; for Benhadad being dead, he was now king in his room, 2 Kings 8:15.

and Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick; of the wounds which he had received, which might occasion a feverish disorder; and so it was brought about in Providence that Ahaziah should here meet with the destruction appointed for him, of which in the following chapter. See 2 Chronicles 22:7.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-8.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And king Joram went back to be healed in q Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

(q) This is a city belonging to the tribe of Issachar.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-8.html. 1599-1645.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

REFLECTIONS

READER! let us pause over our review of this chapter, for many are the gospel instructions we may take home to our own hearts under the Holy Ghost's gracious teachings. In the restoration of the Shunammite's land, let us recollect with holy joy that our Jesus hath effectually secured our inheritance, notwithstanding there hath been for many a seven year a famine and poverty indeed in our souls. Jesus our king will restore the whole, and infinitely more than we lost, by the apostacy of our first Father, Yes! thou dearest Lord, thou hast accomplished the redemption of all our mortgaged possession, and it is thou which will finally put us into the enjoyment of them again; thou art indeed thyself our inheritance, our portion, our joy forever.

In the account of Hazael, Reader, let us not overlook the general character of all men by the fall. That you and I perpetrate not such crimes, is not from any difference in nature, but wholly from the preventing and restraining grace of our God. Oh! blessed Jesus, teach me by such views how to appreciate thy great salvation more and more, and with the greatest thankfulness of soul, give thee all the glory, that I am kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. And Reader, let the view which the Holy Ghost hath here given us in the character of Hazael, when by a change from an humble station to the highest, the seeds of iniquity were thus ripened, and brought forward to the production of its deadly fruit, Oh! let it teach us how much wiser and more gracious the Lord is than we are ourselves, in choosing the lowest stations for his people, to keep them from evil. Yes! dearest Lord, I thank thee for the very place thy wisdom hath appointed me. I know it must be the best because thou hast ordained it. Thy love, as well as thy wisdom, was in it. Bring me therefore, Lord, according to thy promise, as a poor, blind, ignorant creature, in a way that I knew not; leave me not to my own understanding, but give me grace to be always committing my ways unto the Lord, and to acknowledge thine hand in all; for thou hast said thou wilt direct my paths.

One thought more, Reader, before we quit this chapter, in that precious account which is given us concerning Judah, that the Lord would not destroy Judah for David's sake. Oh! the blessed thought! oh! the soul-reviving consideration, amidst all the discouragements of sin, and the feats of unbelief! Judah's Lord still lives, still reigns, and the efficacy of his blood and righteousness is of everlasting duration. Learn, my soul, henceforth to live out of thyself upon this covenant God in Christ. In him is all thy fullness and sufficiency. And in so improving and using Christ, according to God the Father's gift and design concerning him, all happiness and security must be found. In thy name, blessed Jesus, would I rejoice all the day, and in thy righteousness may my soul be exalted.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-kings-8.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

Ramah — The same place with Ramoth, or Ramoth-Gilead.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "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 8:29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

Ver. 29. To be healed in Jezreel.] Which is said to be twenty-four miles from Ramothgilead, and was looked upon as a place of more security.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-8.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The same place with Ramoth, or Ramoth-gilead.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

29.Joram went back to be healed — Not, however, until after he had taken possession of Ramoth, which he left in charge of Jehu.

Ramah — The same with Ramoth-gilead.

Ahaziah’ went down to see Joram’ in Jezreel — He was led there by a punitive arrangement of Divine Providence to meet his doom. Compare 2 Kings 9:27, and 2 Chronicles 22:7.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-8.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Ramah = Ramoth-gilead.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "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

(29) Joram went back.—With a few personal attendants. He left the army at Ramoth (2 Kings 9:14) under the command of the generals, and perhaps of Ahaziah.

In Jezreel.—The seat of the court at this time. (Comp. 2 Kings 10:11; 2 Kings 10:13.) To reach Samaria, moreover, Joram would have had to cross a mountainous country, while he could be carried to Jezreel by an easier route through the valley of the Jordan.

Which the Syrians had gıven.—The verb is imperfect. Ewald suggests that the Hebrew letters may indicate a dialectic pronunciation of the perfect. It is more likely that the imperfect is here used in the sense of repetition, implying that Joram was wounded on more than one occasion.

Ramah.—Height. The same as Ramoth, heights.

And Ahaziah . . . went down.—Or, now Ahaziah had gone down—scil., when the following events happened. The Hebrew construction indicates the beginning of a new paragraph. The division of chapters is again at fault, there being no real break in the narrative between this verse and what follows in chapter 9.

Ahaziah went down either from Ramoth or from Jerusalem; probably from the former, as no mention is made of his having left the seat of war and returned to Jerusalem.

Because he was sick.—The same verb as in 2 Kings 1:2. The margin here is wrong.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
Joram
9:15
which the Syrians had given
Heb. wherewith the Syrians had wounded. Ramah. "Called Ramoth, ver. 28."
Ahaziah
9:16; 2 Chronicles 22:6,7
sick
Heb. wounded.
1 Kings 22:34 Reciprocal: Joshua 19:18 - Jezreel;  2 Kings 9:27 - Ahaziah;  2 Kings 10:13 - the brethren;  2 Chronicles 35:23 - wounded

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:29". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-8.html.