Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 9:5

When he came, behold, the captains of the army were sitting, and he said, "I have a word for you, O captain." And Jehu said, "For which one of us?" And he said, "For you, O captain."
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Bible Study Resources

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;   Jehu;   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;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The chief officers - the generals - were assembled together in Jehu‘s quarters, perhaps holding a council of war. The place of assembly seems to have been the great court. Hence, Jehu “went into the house” 2 Kings 9:6 entered, that is, one of the rooms opening into the court.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-9.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting,.... Either at a table, being at dinner, or at a council of war:

and he said, I have an errand unto thee, O captain; looking and directing his speech to Jehu; or, "I have a word to thee"F12דבר לי אליך "verbum mihi ad te", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus. ; something to say to thee, intimating that he desired to speak to him alone:

and Jehu said, unto which of all us? not perhaps at first thoroughly understanding who he meant; or however was willing to have it repeated and explained, that it might be manifest to the whole company that he was intended:

and he said, to thee, O captain; and to him only.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". "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 9:5 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 all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.

Ver. 5. To thee, O captain.] Jehu was captain general of all Jehoram’s forces, and so had the fairer opportunity of taking the kingdom.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-9.html. 1865-1868.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 9:5. Jehu said, Unto which of us all? — It does not appear that Jehu aimed at the government, or that he ever thought of it, but the commission given him was a perfect surprise to him. Some indeed think he had been anointed before by Elijah, but privately, and with an intimation that he must not act till he received further orders, as Samuel anointed David long before he was to come to the throne. But this is not at all probable.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-9.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". "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 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 all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.

He said, I have an errand to thee, O captain, [ hasaar (Hebrew #8269), prince, leader; Septuagint, ho (Greek #3588) archoon (Greek #758)]. The words used here, both in the Hebrew text and in the Septuagint, are different from what is rendered "captain," 2 Kings 9:25. The act of anointing being done through a commissioned prophet was a divine intimation of his investiture with the sovereign power; but it was sometimes done long prior to the actual possession of the throne (1 Samuel 16:13); and in like manner the commission had in this instance been given also a long time before to Elijah, who, for good reasons, left it in charge to Elisha, and he waited God's time and command for executing it.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". "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

(5) And when he came, behold.—Rather, And he went in, and behold. He went into Jehu’s headquarters.

The captains of the host were sitting.—In council with Jehu.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.
I have an errand
Judges 3:19
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 9:27 - that 1may;  2 Kings 4:13 - to the captain;  2 Kings 9:2 - among his brethren;  2 Kings 15:25 - a captain

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 9:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-9.html.