2 Kings 10 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of 2 Kings 10)

Verse 5

[5] And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.

The house — The chief governor of the kings palace.

City — The chief magistrate or military governor.

Verse 7

[7] And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.

Sent them — Jehu justly required this, because the sovereign lord of all mens lives commanded it, but the Samaritans wickedly obeyed it, without any knowledge of, or regard to God's command.

Verse 11

[11] So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.

Left none — In that place and kingdom; for he did leave some of the royal seed of Judah.

Verse 15

[15] And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.

Rechab — A Kenite, 1 Chronicles 2:55, and a man of singular prudence and piety.

Coming — To congratulate with him, for the destruction of that wicked family; and to encourage him to proceed in fulfilling the will of God.

Him — Jehu saluted Jehonadab.

Is, … — Dost thou heartily approve of me, and my present proceedings.

Verse 18

[18] And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.

Jehu said — The words being manifestly false, and spoken with a design to deceive, cannot be excused, this being an unmovable principle, That we must not do the least evil, that the greatest good may come.

Verse 25

[25] And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.

City — To some buildings belonging to this house of Baal, which may be here called the city; because they were very numerous and capacious. For as there were divers chambers and rooms built without the temple, belonging to it, for the use of the priests, and Levites. So it may probably be conceived, That this famous temple of Baal had many such buildings; in some of which, the priests of Baal, or of the groves, (whereof there were great numbers belonging to the king's court, 1 Kings 18:19,) peradventure might dwell; and others of them might be for divers uses belonging to the house, and service of Baal.

Verse 27

[27] And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

Draught-house — A sink or common shore.

Verse 29

[29] Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.

Jehu departed not — So that it is plain, his religion was but superficial: otherwise it would not have given way to his policy.

Verse 30

[30] And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

Done well — In part, and so far as is here expressed.

Verse 31

[31] But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.

Took no heed — Sin, clearly shewed that his heart was not right with God.