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Amaziah revenges his father's death, ver. 1 - 4.
Obeys the command of God and dismisses the Israelites, 5 - 10.
Conquers the Edomites, ver. 11 - 13.
Turns idolater and despises reproof, ver. 14 - 16.
Challenges the king of Israel and suffers for it, ver. 17 - 24.
Ends his days ingloriously, ver. 25 - 28.
2: But not, &c. - He was not an enemy to religion, but a cool and
indifferent friend. He was not a man of serious piety; for his heart
was not whole with God.
7: Let not, &c. - It is comfortable to employ those, who we have
reason to hope, have an interest in heaven, but dangerous associating
with those from whom the Lord is departed.
8: Do it - It is an ironical concession like that,
go, and prosper.
10: Anger kindled - Because they were both disgraced by this
rejection, and disappointed of that spoil which they hoped to gain,
whereas now they are sent away empty; for the hundred talents probably
were given to their officers only to raise men for this service.
13: Cities of Judah - Thus God chastised those cities of Judah
for their idolatries which were found most in the parts next to Israel.
The men of Israel had corrupted them, and now are a plague to them.
16: Art thou, &c. - Who art thou that presumest to direct my affairs,
without my commission? The secure sinner perhaps values himself on having
silenced his reprovers and monitors. But what comes of it? It is a plain
indication he is marked out for ruin. They that are deaf to reproof, are
ripening apace for destruction.
17: Advice - About the injury which the Israelites had done to
his people, and how he should repair it. He took advice. But with whom?
Not with the prophet, but with his flattering statesmen. It is good to
take advice: but it should be of them who are fit to advise us.
20: Of God - Who gave him up to his own error and passion, in order
to his ruin.
24: Obed - edom - With Obed - edom's posterity, to whom the custody
of the sacred treasures was committed.