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Commentary on 2 Kings

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1.1–18 :

The death of Ahaziah.

1 :

This verse anticipates the story in 3.4–27 and may be out of place here.

2 :

The lattice was decorative, but also functional in the sense of admitting light and air while providing some privacy. It was not strong enough to keep a person from falling, as this story shows. Ahaziah sent messengers to inquire, a technical term for divination. Baal-zebub, * meaning “lord of the fly,” is a deliberate mocking distortion of the name Baal-zebul, * “Baal * the prince.”

3 :

The Hebrew word for angel also means messenger.

8 :

A hairy man, literally “a man of hair,” may refer to a coarse garment that was the mantle of prophets * (Zech 13.4 ).

10, 12 :

The fire of God from heaven was probably lightning.

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