9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the
prophets, and said unto him, a Gird up thy loins, and take
this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:
(a) Prepare yourself to go diligently about your business
for in those countries they used long garments which
they tucked up when they went about earnest business.
9:6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil
on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, I have b anointed thee king over the people of the
LORD, [even] over Israel.
(b) This anointing was for kings, priests and prophets
which were all figures of Messiah, in whom these three
offices were accomplished.
9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the c servants of his lord: and
[one] said unto him, [Is] all well? wherefore came this d
mad [fellow] to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the
man, and his communication.
(c) That is, the rest of the army, whom he called his
brethren before, (2Ki 9:2).
(d) The world always holds the ministers of God is this
estimation and has always slandered the children of God
(they called the Son of God a deceiver, and said he had
the devil) therefore they should not be discouraged.
9:16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram
lay there. And e Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to
(e) God had thus ordained as in (2Ch 12:7), that this
wicked and idolatrous king, who was more ready to please
wicked Joram than to obey the will of God, would perish
with him, by whose means he thought to have been
9:20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and
cometh not again: and the driving [is] like the driving of
Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth f furiously.
(f) As one that went earnestly about his business.
9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, [Is
it] g peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long
as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts
[are so] many?
(g) Meaning, since God is their enemy because of their
sins, he will always stir up someone to avenge his
9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the
blood of his h sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite
thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take [and]
cast him into the plat [of ground], according to the word
of the LORD.
(h) By this it is evident that Jezebel caused both Naboth
and his sons to be put to death, that Ahab might enjoy
his vineyard more quietly: else his children might have
9:27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw [this], he fled by
the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him,
and said, Smite him also in the chariot. [And they did so]
at the going up to Gur, which [is] by Ibleam. And he fled
to i Megiddo, and died there.
(i) After he was wounded in Samaria, he fled to Megiddo, a
city of Judah.
9:29 And in the k eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began
Ahaziah to reign over Judah.
(k) That is, eleven whole years: for in (2Ki 8:25) when
he said he began to reign in the twelfth year of Joram,
he takes a partial year for a whole.
9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard [of it];
and she painted her face, and tired her head, and l
looked out at a window.
(l) Being of a harsh and cruel nature, she would still
retain her royal state and dignity.
9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, [Had] m
Zimri peace, who slew his master?
(m) As if to say, "Can a traitor or anyone who rises
against his superior succeed?", see (1Ki 16:10).
9:33 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: n
and [some] of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on
the horses: and he trode her under foot.
(n) This he did by the moving of the Spirit of God, that
her blood would be shed, who had shed the blood of
innocents, to be a spectacle and example of God's
judgment for all tyrants.
9:34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said,
Go, see now this cursed [woman], and bury her: for she [is]
a o king's daughter.