Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 9:4

So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Church and State;   Enthusiasm;   Jehu;   Ramoth-Gilead;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezebel;   King, Kings;   Ramoth;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Jehu;   Ramoth-gilead;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Elijah;   Prophet;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Jehu;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Ramoth-Gilead;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Jehu;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jehu ;   Ramoth Gilead ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jehu;   Ramothgilead;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehu;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jehu;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The young man the prophet - This should be translated, The servant of the prophet; that is, the servant which Elisha now had in place of Gehazi.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-9.html. 1832.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE PROPHETIC ACT OF ANOINTING JEHU AS KING

"So the young man, even the young man the prophet went to Ramoth-gilead. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of us all? And he said, To thee, O captain. And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, I have appointed thee king over the people of Jehovah, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of the servants of Jehovah, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; and I will cut off from Ahab every man-child, and him that is shut up, and him that is left at large in Israel. And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door and fled."

"And Jehu said, Unto which of us all" (2 Kings 9:5)? The fact of Jehu's responding to the prophet's addressing a group of men as, "O captain," instead of some other doing so apparently corroborates the statement of Josephus that, when Joram left Ramoth-gilead because of his wound, he left Jehu as "his general in charge"[8] of the entire army at Ramoth-gilead.

It is evident from this that only a summary of Elisha's instructions to the young prophet was given in 2 Kings 9:1-3. The entire charge of Elisha is revealed in the words of the young prophet to Jehu (2 Kings 9:7-10).

"Him that is shut up, and him that is at large in Israel" (2 Kings 9:8). These words are somewhat ambiguous, but they apparently mean infant children as well as those old enough to be out on their own. "It is the intention of these words to include all of Ahab's posterity,"[9] in God's order to destroy them.

"I will make the house of Ahab like that of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah" (2 Kings 9:9). The destruction of the house of Jeroboam is recorded in 1 Kings 15:29, and that of Baasha in 1 Kings 16:9-12. "Thus the house of Ahab had been given a double warning of the fate of those who deserted the religion of Jehovah."[10]

Also, Ahab had received a strong personal and specific warning of what would happen to his dynasty in 1 Kings 21;21-26. The extermination of Ahab and his posterity would have occurred much sooner than it did, if it had not been delayed by Ahab's repentance (for a season). Because of that change of heart, God brought the punishment upon him, not during his lifetime, but in that of his son Joram (1 Kings 21:29).

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". "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 the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead. It is repeated, that it might be observed that it was a young man that went, who was more fit for this service than Elisha, partly because of his age, and partly because he would be less known; as also his age is remarked, this being a bold and daring action in a young man to anoint a new king, as well as it was honourable; and moreover, he was not only one of the sons of the prophets, but was a prophet himself, though young, and still a more fit person for such a service; though the Targum is, a young man, a disciple of the prophets.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". "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 9:4 So the young man, [even] the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.

Ver. 4. So the young man, even the young man went,] q.d., Young though he were, yet he did his business exactly and boldly, disposing of a kingdom according to that, "I have set thee over kingdoms and nations, to plant and to root up." [Jeremiah 1:10]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". 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

Which is here noted as an eminent act of obedience, whereby he run into a manifest hazard of his life.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-9.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 9:4. So the young man went to Ramoth-gilead — It argued great faith in this young prophet that he undertook so readily the execution of this command. For there was no small danger in anointing a new king, as Elisha himself plainly intimated, when he ordered him to flee away as fast as he could, as soon as he had performed his office.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-9.html. 1857.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead.

So the young man ... went to Ramoth-gilead. His ready undertaking of this delicate and hazardous mission So the young man ... went to Ramoth-gilead. His ready undertaking of this delicate and hazardous mission was an eminent proof of his piety and obedience.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". "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

(4) Even the young man the prophet.—Rather, the young man of the prophet—i.e., Elisha’s minister. The construction, however, is unusual, and some MSS., the LXX. and the Syriac, omit the young man in the second place. This gives the suitable reading: “So the young man, the prophet, went,” &c.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.
the young man
Hannäâr hannavee, not as some would render, "the servant of the prophet," but, as correctly rendered by our venerable translators, "the young man, the prophet;" for [hn`r] hannäâr, "the young man," is not in regimine, but in appositione, with [hnby'] hannavee, "the prophet."
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-9.html.