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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

4 Kings (2 Kings) Chapter 14

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:4

kg2 14:4

High places - It is hard to get clear of those corruptions, which by long usage have gained prescription.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:6

kg2 14:6

Slew not - Wherein he shewed faith and courage, that he would obey this command of God, though it was hazardous to himself, such persons being likely to seek revenge for their father's death.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:7

kg2 14:7

Joktheel - Which signifies, the obedience of God, that is, given him by God as a reward of his obedience to God's message by the prophet, Ch2 25:8-9.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:8

kg2 14:8

Sent - This challenge he sent, from self - confidence, and a desire of advancing his glory. But he that is fond either of fighting or going to law, will probably be the first that repents it.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:9

kg2 14:9

Saying, &c. - By the thistle, a low and contemptible, yet troublesome shrub, he understands Amaziah; and by the cedar, himself, whom he intimates to be far stronger than he, and out of his reach. Trod down - And with no less ease shall my soldiers tread down thee and thy forces.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:10

kg2 14:10

Glory - Content thyself with that glory, and let not thine ambition betray thee to ruin.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:12

kg2 14:12

Tents - Josephus says, when they were to engage, they were struck with such a terror, that they did not strike a stroke, but every man made the best of his way.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:13

kg2 14:13

Ahaziah - Amaziah's pedigree comes in somewhat abruptly, the son of Joash, the son of Ahaziah: Probably because he now smarted, for the iniquity of his ancestors.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:20

kg2 14:20

On horses - Or, with horses, in a chariot.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:21

kg2 14:21

Azariah - This Azariah is called Uzziah, Kg2 15:30, both names signifying the same thing for substance; that, God's help; and this, God's strength. But this was not done till twelve years after his father's death: so long the government was in the hands of protectors.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:25

kg2 14:25

The sea - Unto the dead sea, once a goodly plain, Gen 13:10, which was their southern border.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:26

kg2 14:26

Was bitter - Whereby he was moved to pity and help them, though they were an unworthy people. Nor any left - Both towns and country were utterly laid waste.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:27

kg2 14:27

Said not - Not yet; he had not yet declared this, as afterwards he did by the succeeding prophets.

4 Kings (2 Kings) 14:29

kg2 14:29

Jeroboam - It was in the reign of this Jeroboam, that Hosea began to prophesy, and he was the first that wrote his prophecies. At the same time Amos prophesied, soon after Micah, and then Isaiah in the days of Ahaz and Hezekiah. Thus God never left himself without witness, but in the darkest ages of the church, raised up some to be burning and shining lights, to their own age, by their preaching and living; and a few by their writings to reflect light upon us, on whom the ends of the world are come.

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