Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 9:12

They said, "It is a lie, tell us now." And he said, "Thus and thus he said to me, ‘Thus says the Lord , "I have anointed you king over Israel."'"
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Anointing;   Church and State;   Decision;   Enthusiasm;   Jehu;   Usurpation;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezebel;   Ramoth;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Phoenicia;   Ramoth-gilead;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Jezebel;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Jehu;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jehu ;   Jezebel ;   Jezreel ;   Ramoth Gilead ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jehu;   Ramothgilead;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Je'hu;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   Kingdom of Judah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

They said, It is false - Or, as the Chaldee has it, Thou liest. Or, perhaps, it might be thus understood, "We know he has said nothing but folly and lies, nevertheless, let us hear what he has said.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-9.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they said, it is false, tell us now,.... They did not believe he spoke truth, but concealed from them the real matter; which they concluded to be of some importance, by the hastiness of the messenger, the privacy between them, the countenance of Jehu, which discovered thoughtfulness and concern, and the trifling answer he sought to put them off with; all which increased their curiosity, and made them urgent and importunate to know the truth of the matter: and he said:

thus and thus spake he to me; such and such words as above: and particularly

saying, thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee king over Israel; and no doubt told them that he poured oil on his head, and anointed him, and he might show them the oil.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-9.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 9:12 And they said, [It is] false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.

Ver. 12. And they said, It is false.] It is no ordinary errand that he cometh on to thee; and this they might gather by the prophet’s calling Jehu into an inner chamber, and perhaps by Jehu’s troubled thoughts appearing in his countenance.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-9.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

It is false: there is something extraordinary and of great importance in his message, as we plainly perceive by his calling thee into an inner chamber, by his great expedition, and by his gesture and carriage.

Tell us now: his concealment of the thing made them more greedy to know it.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-9.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

12.False; tell us now — Though they had contemptuously called him a madman, their better nature told them that this was false, and now, as they notice Jehu’s disposition to evade their question, they insist on knowing the prophet’s mission.

Thus and thus spake he to me — He at once decides to tell them just that part of the prophet’s discourse and action which referred to his being made king, thinking, possibly, that they might consider that declaration further evidence of his being crazy. Of his commission to destroy the house of Ahab he said nothing.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-9.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

False. We know not who he was, or what he said; though, from his conduct, we judge that he was one of the prophets. Hence they so readily acquiesced in saluting Jehu king. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-9.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-9.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(12) It is false.—This is rather too strong, and does not convey the exact force of the reply. The captains reply to Jehu’s “Oh, you know all about it!” with the one word, “trickery!” i.e., “you are pretending!” “mere evasion!” They then assume a tone of persuasion: “Do tell us.” Even if they had really guessed the import of the prophet’s visit, their manner now convinced Jehu that he might safely trust them.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-9.html.