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2 Kings 9:24

And Jehu drew his bow with his full strength and shot Joram between his arms; and the arrow went through his heart and he sank in his chariot.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahaziah;   Church and State;   Conspiracy;   Decision;   Homicide;   Jehu;   Jezreel;   Joram;   Naboth;   Regicide;   Usurpation;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bows;   Jehoram, or Joram;   Jehu;   Joram or Jehoram;   Weapons;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Arrows;   Bow, the;   Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Naboth;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahaziah;   Jehoram;   Jehu;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Phoenicia;   Weapons;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoram;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Arms;   Jezebel;   Naboth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Arms and Armor;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Arm;   Government;   Jehu;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahaziah ;   Jehu ;   Jezebel ;   Jezreel ;   Joram, Jehoram;   Naboth ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jehu;   Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jehu;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Chariot,;   Je'hu;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Battle-Bow;   Chariot;   Jehoram;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Archer, Archery;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Drew a bow with his full strength - The marginal reading is correct: He filled his hand with a bow. That is, "He immediately took up his bow, set his arrow, and let fly." This is the only meaning of the passage.

Between his arms - That is, between his shoulders; for he was now turned, and was flying from Jehu.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-9.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Jehu drew a bow … - literally, as in the margin, i. e., “Jehu took a bow in his hand.” The arrow struck Jehoram‘s back, between his two shoulders, as he fled.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-9.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

2 Kings 9:24

And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength.

Aimlessness

The frivolous, purposeless lives of this world are like ships at the mercy of the wind and tide. Hail one of them, and ask, “Whither are you bound?” and the answer will be, “I don’t know.” “What cargo do you carry?” “Nothing.” “Well, what are you doing out here on the ocean of life?” “Only drifting.” “Ah! but you don’t know what a sorry spectacle you make only drifting when there is so much to be done.” It is said that Carlyle, on one of his daily walks, met a young man, and, falling into conversation with him, inquired about his purpose in life. “I haven’t any particular purpose,” came the reply. “Then get one,” exclaimed the stern old man, striking his cane on the pavement--“get one quick.” (Homiletic Review.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "2 Kings 9:24". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/2-kings-9.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength,.... To give the arrow all the force he could:

and smote Jehoram between his arms; that is, between his shoulders, his back being turned to him, and the chariot an open one:

and the arrow went out at his heart: quite through him:

and he sunk down in his chariot; and died immediately.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-9.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.

The arrow — It was one of God's arrows, which he ordained against the persecutor.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-9.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 9:24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.

Ver. 24. And the arrow went out at his heart.] Jehu was an excellent marksman; but it was God that guided his hand, strengthened his arm, [Ezekiel 30:24] and ordered his arrow. [Jeremiah 50:9]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". 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

Between his arms; between his shoulders, when he was turned or turning back, the chariot being probably open behind, as many times they were.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-9.html. 1685.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

between his arms: i.e. between his shoulders.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "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

And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.

Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, [ milee' (Hebrew #4390) yaadow (Hebrew #3027) baqeshet (Hebrew #7198), filled his hand with the bow] - i:e., drew it out to its utmost bent, to give greater impetus to the arrow (cf. Zechariah 9:13).

And smote Jehoram between his arms, [Septuagint, ana meson toon brachionoon autou, between the shoulders]. Many of the ancient chariots were open behind. The king was wounded in the heart, and expired immediately.-All well-informed and observant travelers have been impressed with the manifest accuracy of the sacred historian; the localities and distances being such as seem naturally to be required by the incidents related, affording just time for the transactions to have occurred in the order in which they are recorded.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "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

(24) And Jehu drew . . . strength.—See margin, which, however, is not quite accurate. Rather it should be, And Jehu had filled his hand (with an arrow) on the bow—i.e., had meanwhile put an arrow on his bow ready to shoot. Keil explains, “filled his hand with the bow,” i.e., seized the bow. The phrase “to fill a bow” means to stretch it, both in Hebrew (Zechariah 9:13) and in Syriac (Psalms 11:2). In Psalms 64:4. Symmachus renders the Hebrew, “they have aimed their arrow,” by the Greek, ἐπλήρωσαν τὸ τόξον, “they have filled the bow.”

Between his arms—i.e., between the shoulders, as he was flying; Vulg., “inter scapulas.”

The arrow went out at his heart.—Or, came out from his heart. It struck him obliquely between the shoulders, and went right through the heart. (The word for “arrow” is hĕçî, an ancient form, occurring thrice in 1 Samuel 20:36-38.) Ewald, on this account, refers both passages to the oldest narrator of the history of the kings.

Sunk down.—See margin (Isaiah 46:1).

In his chariot.—LXX., “on his knees,” owing to a partial obliteration of one letter in their Hebrew text.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.
drew a bow with his full strength
Heb. filled his hand with a bow. smote.
1 Kings 22:34; Job 20:23-25; Psalms 50:22; Proverbs 21:30; Ecclesiastes 8:12,13; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
sunk
Heb. bowed.
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 17:49 - smote;  2 Kings 8:15 - so that he died;  2 Kings 10:4 - Behold;  2 Kings 15:10 - slew him;  2 Chronicles 35:23 - the archers;  Hosea 1:4 - and I;  Hosea 7:7 - devoured

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-9.html.