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Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible

2 Chronicles 21



Verses 1-20

2 Chronicles 21:1-20. The Reign of Jehoram (see notes on 1 Kings 22:50, 2 Kings 8:17-22).—A large part of this section has nothing corresponding to it in 1 and 2 K.

2 Chronicles 21:1. Cf. 1 Kings 22:50.

2 Chronicles 21:5-7. Cf. 2 Kings 8:17-22.

2 Chronicles 21:7. a lamp to him and . . . : the "lamp" is an expression symbolic of a man's life commemorated and thus continued in his posterity; cf. the "torch of life" illustrated by the Lampadephoria of the Greeks.

2 Chronicles 21:8-10. Cf. 2 Kings 8:20-22; in 2 Chronicles 21:9 the Chronicler omits the words of 2 Kings 8:21 b, "and the people fled to their tents," which refer to Jehoram's army.

2 Chronicles 21:11-15. This supposed letter of Elijah can scarcely be historical; he was a prophet of the northern kingdom. It is probably due to the Chronicler, who wished to emphasize the fact that Jehoram's disease was the work of Yahweh (2 Chronicles 21:18) by making the prophet of Yahweh foretell it; cf. the case of Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:4).

2 Chronicles 21:16 f. the Arabians . . . : cf. notes on 2 Chronicles 14:9 ff.—Jehoahaz: Ahaziah (see. 2 Chronicles 22:1).—the burning: see note on 2 Chronicles 16:14.—without being desired: for the idea see Jeremiah 22:18.


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Peake, Arthur. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 21:4". "Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible ". 1919.

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