Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 9:32

Then he lifted up his face to the window and said, "Who is on my side? Who?" And two or three officials looked down at him.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Decision;   Elijah;   Homicide;   Jehu;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Naboth;   Usurpation;   Wife;   Women;   Thompson Chain Reference - Elijah;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jehu;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Phoenicia;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Eunuch;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Eunuch;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ahab;   Architecture in the Biblical Period;   Chamberlain;   Elijah;   Jezebel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Eunuch;   Government;   Jehu;   Jezebel;   Medicine;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Eunuch;   Hosea ;   Jezebel ;   Jezreel ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jehu;   Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Eunuch;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jez'ebel;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Eunuch;   Government;   Jehu;   Jezebel;   Lift;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Eunuch;   Numbers and Numerals;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he lifted up his face to the window,.... On hearing the above words:

and said, who is on my side, who? and will assist in taking vengeance on this haughty, imperious, and abusive woman:

and there looked out to him two or three eunuchs; who used to wait on her, as such did on women of quality, and attend them in their bedchambers; these, by their looks, signified they were ready to do any thing Jehu should direct them, Jezebel having been, perhaps, a very cruel mistress to them, and so was hated by them; and they might hope, by pleasing Jehu, to be continued at court in their office.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". "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 9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who [is] on my side? who? And there looked out to him two [or] three eunuchs.

Ver. 32. There looked out to him two or three eunuchs.] Those rats of the court, as a certain emperor called them: these were active in their lady’s death, all hope of further advantage by her being taken away.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-9.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Kings 9:32. There looked out—two or three eunuchs According to the custom of the eastern nations, the business of this sort of people was to attend upon queens in their chambers. By their great fidelity and obsequiousness they generally gained the esteem, and were admitted to the confidence of those whom they served; and so, very often into places of great trust and profit. It is remarkable, however, of Jezebel's eunuchs, that they were far from being faithful to her. Some of the Jewish doctors look upon Jezebel's as a punishment according to the Lex talionis; for, as she had done, so she suffered. She had caused Naboth to be stoned, and she is now condemned to be stoned herself: for there were two ways of stoning, either by throwing stones at malefactors till they were knocked down and killed, or by throwing them down upon the stones from a high place, and so dashing them to pieces. See Patrick and Calmet. The words, he trod her under foot, at the close of the 33rd verse, Houbigant renders they, that is, the horses trod her under foot.

REFLECTIONS.—Long had this hateful monster of a woman, big with mischief, dispensed her baleful influence around, defying God, and tempted by long impunity to think that she should ever reign as a queen, and see no sorrow. But vengeance, though slow, is sure.

1. Her pride and insolence endured to the last. Unhumbled under the scourge now fallen upon her house, and decked with paint and jewels, she would still act the queen, and from her window dares insult the conquering Jehu. Note; (1.) When God in just judgment gives up the sinner to his hardened heart, then he rushes on ruin as the horse into the battle. (2.) A painted face is the devil's mask. Like Jezebel, whom such imitate, their pride will have a fall. (3.) They who would act with zeal for God, will be often insulted and threatened; but, like Jehu, they will not be intimidated.

2. Jehu, mocking her impotent rage, calls out hastily, Who is on my side? who? and some eunuchs appearing at the summons, he bids them throw her down, which out of fear of Jehu they instantly complied with, and her blood besmeared the walls of the palace, and was sprinkled on Jehu's horses, as he drove over her corpse. Note; (1.) There is no standing neuter between Christ and Belial. If we are on the Lord's side, we must appear for him. (2.) Wickedness and wretchedness are inseparable. Though for a time the sinner lifts his head high, it will be laid shortly low in the dust, and still lower in hell.

3. Having taken possession of the palace, and refreshed himself after his march, in respect for her royal descent, Jehu designs Jezebel a grave, forgetting the denunciation pronounced upon her; but God had fulfilled his own word. The dogs had devoured her carcase, and only a few scattered fragments remained; of which when Jehu was informed, he reflected on the word of Elijah, and admired its awful accomplishment. She who alive was so imperious, cruel, and arrogant, is devoured as carrion, and denied even a grave. Note; (1.) Whether we intend it or not, the word of the Lord will have its exact accomplishment. (2.) Not only the corpse, but the very memory of the wicked shall rot. (3.) Let Jezebel's fate be a warning against her sins.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-kings-9.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

For such used to attend upon queens in their chambers.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-9.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

This. "Who dares address me with such provoking language?" Hebrew, "Who with me, who?" will punish the wretch? The eunuchs, who had hitherto waited upon Jezabel, immediately shewed their readiness to take part with her enemy: so little dependence can be placed on servants in the hour of adversity, when they have long been witnesses of their masters' crimes. --- Hoofs. Hebrew, "and the horses, and he trod her under foot." (Haydock) --- Jehu shewed the example. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-9.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(32) Who is on my side? who?—This hardly implies, as Thenius thinks, that Jezebel had made preparations for resistance. Jehu knew that the imperious and cruel queen was well hated by the palace officials. The “two or three eunuchs,” who a moment before had crouched in servile dread before Jezebel, would now be eager to curry favour with the regicide, and, at the same time, wreak their malice upon their former tyrant. (The repetition, “Who is on my side? who?” accords well with Jehu’s character. The LXX. has the strange reading, “he saw her, and said, Who art thou? Come down with me.” Josephus adopts this; but Thenius shows clearly that it has originated in easy corruptions of the present Hebrew text.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.
Exodus 32:26; 1 Chronicles 12:18; 2 Chronicles 11:12; Psalms 118:6; 124:1,2
eunuchs
or, chamberlains.
Esther 1:10; 2:15,21; Acts 12:20
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 20:11 - for David;  1 Kings 22:9 - officer;  2 Kings 8:6 - officer;  2 Kings 9:7 - at the hand;  2 Kings 10:6 - If ye be mine;  2 Chronicles 23:12 - she came;  Esther 4:4 - chamberlains;  Esther 7:9 - one of the chamberlains;  Psalm 94:16 - rise up;  Jeremiah 29:2 - eunuchs

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:32". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-9.html.