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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

2 Chronicles 16



Verse 1

In the, &c. This chapter is complementary to 1 Kings 15:17-24. six and thirtieth. The thirty-sixth year of the kingdom: i.e. from the disruption of the kingdom of Judah. This agrees with all the other dates and lengths of reigns. See App-50and note on p. 57.

reign. See note on 2 Chronicles 15:19.

came up against. There had been quiet between the two kingdoms as such (2 Chronicles 14:1; 2 Chronicles 15:19), though there had been border fighting (1 Kings 15:16, 1 Kings 15:32).

let none go out. This shows that there was a tide of population streaming into Judah from Israel. See note on 1 Kings 2 Chronicles 12:17.

Verse 2

treasures = treasuries.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 3

There is. Supply ellipsis (App-6) by "Let there be".

Verse 4

store cities = the storehouses of the cities. Septuagint reads "the surrounding cities".

Verse 7

Hanani. Compare 1 Kings 16:1, 1 Kings 16:7; 1 Kings 19:2; 1 Kings 20:34.

seer. Hebrew. ra"ah. See note on 1 Chronicles 29:29.

Because. Compare similar protests against resting on foreign alliances (Isaiah 30:1; Isaiah 31:1).

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

Verse 8

Were not. ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

Verse 9

the eyes of the LORD. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. Compare Proverbs 15:3. Job 34:21. Psalms 139:2. Jeremiah 16:17. Zechariah 4:10.

perfect = whole, as in Deuteronomy 27:6.

Verse 10

wroth with the seer. One of the eleven rulers offended with God"s servants. See note on Exodus 10:28.

Verse 11

behold . . . lo. Figure of speech Asterismos.

Verse 12

sought not. Contrast Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:2. Isaiah 38:2, Isaiah 38:3.)

physicians = healers. First occurrence of mention of them among the Hebrews. These belonged to the priestly tribe, with traditional knowledge, more or less superstitious. Compare Job 13:4. In NT. we have Luke (Colossians 4:14).

Verse 13

slept with his fathers. See note on Deuteronomy 31:16.

Verse 14

sepulchres = a great sepulchre. Plural of majesty.

made for himself. Not infrequently done. Compare Matthew 27:60. John 19:38-42.

sweet odours and divers kinds. Figure of speech Hendiadys (App-6), emphasizing the many kinds of odours. Omit "of spices".

very great burning: i.e. of the odours previously mentioned, but not of incense, or of the sin offering. Compare 2 Chronicles 21:19. Heb, saraph. App-43.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 16:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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