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2 Kings 9:14

So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. Now Joram with all Israel was defending Ramoth-gilead against Hazael king of Aram,
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Church and State;   Conspiracy;   Decision;   Enthusiasm;   Hazael;   Jehoshaphat;   Jehu;   Joram;   Ramoth-Gilead;   Usurpation;   Thompson Chain Reference - Hazael;   Jehoram, or Joram;   Joram or Jehoram;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Ramoth;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jehoram;   Jehu;   Palestine;   Phoenicia;   Ramoth-gilead;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoram;   Jehoshaphat;   Jehu;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Chronology;   Kings, the Books of;   Ramoth Gilead;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Hazael;   Jehoshaphat;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Nimshi;   Ramoth-Gilead;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Hazael;   Jehoshaphat;   Jehu;   Nimshi;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Roads;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Hazael ;   Jehoshaphat ;   Jehu ;   Jezebel ;   Jezreel ;   Joram, Jehoram;   Nimshi ;   Ramoth Gilead ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jehu;   Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hazael;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jeho'ram;   Jehosh'aphat;   Jo'ram;   Ra'moth-Gil'ead;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ahaziah;   Hazael;   Jehoshaphat (1);   Jehu;   Nimshi;   Ramoth-Gilead;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead - The confederate armies appear to have taken this city; but they were obliged to watch their conquests, as they perceived that Hazael was determined to retake it if possible.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-9.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Had kept - Rather, “was keeping watch.” The city had been taken: but the war continuing, and there being a danger of the Syrians recovering it, Joram and all Israel (i. e., the whole military force) were guarding the recent conquest, while Hazael threatened it.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-9.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

JEHU RUSHED TO JEZREEL TO KILL KING JORAM

"So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram was keeping Ramoth-gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria, but king Joram was returned to be healed of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael, king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If this be your mind, then let none escape and go forth out of the city, to go to tell it in Jezreel. So Jehu rode in a chariot; and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram."

Apparently, the purpose of the long parenthesis in 2 Kings 9:15 is to stress the fact that "all Israel," that is, the entire armed forces of Israel were stationed there under the command of Jehu.

"If this be your mind, let none escape" (2 Kings 9:15). Once any man was proclaimed king during the reign of another king, that automatically meant the death of one of them, or the engagement of a long war. Jehu said, in effect. "All right, you have made me king; now, whatever you do, do not let anyone leave here with that kind of information to be told in Jezreel." And Jehu took a detachment of the troops and headed for Jezreel to kill the king.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/2-kings-9.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram,.... He and the captains with him entered into a confederacy to depose Joram, and set him up as king:

now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria; having taken it, he left his army in it, under the command of his captains, of which Jehu was the chief, to keep it from the king of Syria; which gave Jehu a fairer opportunity, having the army at his command, and at a distance from Joram, of forming a conspiracy against him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "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 9:14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.

Ver. 14. Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead.] Which he had newly won from the Syrians in this expedition, but had somewhat to do to hold it.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". 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

Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead; which interpreters conclude to have been taken by Joram before this time, though the taking of it be not mentioned. This they gather, first, from the mention of the inner chamber, 2 Kings 9:2, and of the top of the stairs here; secondly, from 2 Kings 9:15, Let none go forth out of the city. But these arguments seem not to be cogent. Not the former, because there might be some suburbs or outbuildings belonging to the city, or not far from it, which the Israelite might have in their possession. Nor the latter, as we shall there see. And if it was taken, why should all Israel be there to keep it, for which a strong garrison was sufficient? The words therefore may be otherwise rendered, exactly according to the Hebrew,

Joram had kept, or did keep, (to wit, by his army left there,) or put guards, or laid siege at, or to, (for so the particle beth is oft used,)

Ramoth-gilead. And therefore he had all Israel, i.e. all the military force of Israel, with him, that he might both maintain the siege, and withal oppose Hazael, who sought to relieve it.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". 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

DEATH OF JEHORAM, 2 Kings 9:14-26.

14.Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead — Rather, was keeping watch in Ramoth-gilead. He had forcibly taken it out of the hands of the Syrians, and now had all the army there to guard it lest it should be retaken by Hazael. The king himself, as we have already seen, (2 Kings 8:28,) had been wounded during the siege by the Syrian archers, but after having taken it, he left it in charge of the army under command of Jehu, and returned to Jezreel to be healed of his wounds.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-9.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Conspired, with the captains. (Menochius) -- Besieged, as it is observed above, chap. xxviii. 29. Hebrew, "had kept (Haydock) or observed;" watching the motions of Hazael, lest he should return, or succour the citadel.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-9.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

had kept = had been keeping.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-9.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.

Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead - rather, was keeping, guarding, or besieging it, with the greater part of the military force of Israel, which, owing to his wounds having compelled the king's retirement from the scene of action, was left in command of Jehu.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-9.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.
conspired
31; 8:12-15; 10:9; 15:30; 1 Kings 15:27; 16:7,9,16
kept Ramoth-gilead
8:28; 1 Kings 22:3
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 4:13 - Ramothgilead;  1 Kings 19:15 - Hazael;  1 Kings 19:17 - the sword of Jehu;  2 Kings 9:2 - Jehu;  2 Kings 15:25 - conspired

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-9.html.