S E C O N D K I N G S
This chapter brings us again to the history of the
kings of Israel, and particularly of the family of Jehu. We have
here an account of the reign, I. Of his son Jehoahaz, which
continued seventeen years. 1. His bad character in general
(ver. 1, 2), the trouble
he was brought into (ver.
3), and the low ebb of his affairs, ver. 7. 2. His humiliation before God, and
God's compassion towards him, ver. 4, 5, and 23. 3. His continuance in
his idolatry notwithstanding, ver.
6. 4. His death, ver. 8,
9. II. Of his grandson Joash, which continued sixteen
years. Here is a general account of his reign in the usual form
(ver. 10-13), but a
particular account of the death of Elisha in his time. 1. The kind
visit the king made him (ver.
14), the encouragement he gave the king in his wars with
Syria, ver. 15-19. 2.
His death and burial (ver.
20), and a miracle wrought by his bones, ver. 21. And, lastly, the advantages
Joash gained against the Syrians, according to his predictions,
ver. 24, 25.