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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible - Old Testament

Second Chronicles 14 (Chapter XIV Study)

 

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In this and the two following chapters we have the history of the reign of Asa, a good reign and a long one. In this chapter we have, I. His piety, ver. 1-5. II. His policy, ver. 6-8. III. His prosperity, and particularly a glorious victory he obtained over a great army of Ethiopians that came out against him, ver. 9-15.

Asa King of Judah. (b. c. 955.)

1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. " alt="St-Takla.org Image: Asa wanted to do what was right in God’s eyes and ordered that sacred stones used to worship false gods be smashed to pieces. (1 Kings 15: 9-12) (2 Chronicles 14: 2-5) - "King Asa trusts god for victory and peace" images set (1 Kings 15:9-15, 2 Chronicles 14:1-15:19): image (2) - 1 Kings, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: "وفي السنة العشرين ليربعام ملك إسرائيل، ملك آسا على يهوذا. ملك إحدى وأربعين سنة في أورشليم، واسم أمه معكة ابنة أبشالوم. وعمل آسا ما هو مستقيم في عيني الرب كداود أبيه، وأزال المأبونين من الأرض، ونزع جميع الأصنام التي عملها آباؤه" (الملوك الأول 15: 9-12) - "وعمل آسا ما هو صالح ومستقيم في عيني الرب إلهه. ونزع المذابح الغريبة والمرتفعات، وكسر التماثيل وقطع السواري، وقال ليهوذا أن يطلبوا الرب إله آبائهم وأن يعملوا حسب الشريعة والوصية. ونزع من كل مدن يهوذا المرتفعات وتماثيل الشمس، واستراحت المملكة أمامه" (أخبار الأيام الثاني 14: 2-5) - مجموعة "الملك آسا يثق في الله للنصر والسلام" (ملوك الأول 15: 9-15, أخبار الأيام الثاني 14 :1 - 15: 19) - صورة (2) - صور سفر الملوك الأول، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا" width="640" height="480">

St-Takla.org Image: Asa wanted to do what was right in God’s eyes and ordered that sacred stones used to worship false gods be smashed to pieces. (1 Kings 15: 9-12) (2 Chronicles 14: 2-5) - "King Asa trusts god for victory and peace" images set (1 Kings 15:9-15, 2 Chronicles 14:1-15:19): image (2) - 1 Kings, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: "وفي السنة العشرين ليربعام ملك إسرائيل، ملك آسا على يهوذا. ملك إحدى وأربعين سنة في أورشليم، واسم أمه معكة ابنة أبشالوم. وعمل آسا ما هو مستقيم في عيني الرب كداود أبيه، وأزال المأبونين من الأرض، ونزع جميع الأصنام التي عملها آباؤه" (الملوك الأول 15: 9-12) - "وعمل آسا ما هو صالح ومستقيم في عيني الرب إلهه. ونزع المذابح الغريبة والمرتفعات، وكسر التماثيل وقطع السواري، وقال ليهوذا أن يطلبوا الرب إله آبائهم وأن يعملوا حسب الشريعة والوصية. ونزع من كل مدن يهوذا المرتفعات وتماثيل الشمس، واستراحت المملكة أمامه" (أخبار الأيام الثاني 14: 2-5) - مجموعة "الملك آسا يثق في الله للنصر والسلام" (ملوك الأول 15: 9-15, أخبار الأيام الثاني 14 :1 - 15: 19) - صورة (2) - صور سفر الملوك الأول، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا

Here is, I. Disturbance given to the peace of Asa's kingdom by a formidable army of Ethiopians that invaded them, v. 9, 10. Though still they sought God, yet this fear came upon them, that their faith in God might be tried, and that God might have an opportunity of doing great things for them. It was a vast number that the Ethiopians brought against him: 1,000,000 men; and now he found the benefit of having an army ready raised against such a time of need. That provision which we thought needless may soon appear to be of great advantage.

II. The application Asa made to God on occasion of the threatening cloud which now hung over his head, v. 11. He that sought God in the day of his peace and prosperity could with holy boldness cry to God in the day of his trouble, and call him his God. His prayer is short, but has much in it. 1. He gives to God the glory of his infinite power and sovereignty: It is nothing with thee to help and save by many or few, by those that are mighty or by those that have no power. See 1 Sam. xiv. 6. God works in his own strength, not in the strength of instruments (Ps. xxi. 13), nay, it is his glory to help the weakest and to perfect strength out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. "We do not say, Lord, take our part, for we have a good army for thee to work by; but, take our part, for without thee we have no power." 2. He takes hold of their covenant-relation to God as theirs. O Lord, our God! and again, "Thou art our God, whom we have chosen and cleave to as ours, and who hast promised to be ours." 3. He pleads their dependence upon God, and the eye they had to him in this expedition. He was well prepared for it, yet trusted not to his preparations; but, "Lord, we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude, by warrant from thee, aiming at thy glory, and trusting to thy strength." 4. He interests God in their cause: "Let not man" (mortal man, so the word is) "prevail against thee. If he prevail against us, it will be said that he prevails against thee, because thou art our God, and we rest on thee and go forth in thy name, which thou hast encouraged us to do. The enemy is a mortal man; make it to appear what an unequal match he is for an immortal God. Lord, maintain thy own honour; hallowed by thy name."

III. The glorious victory God gave him over his enemies. 1. God defeated the enemy, and put their forces into disorder (v. 12): The Lord smote the Ethiopians, smote them with terror, and an unaccountable consternation, so that they fled, and knew neither why nor whither. 2. Asa and his soldiers took the advantage God gave them against the enemy. (1.) They destroyed them. They fell before the Lord (for who can stand before him?) and before his host, either an invisible host of angels that were employed to destroy them or the host of Israel, called God's host because owned by him. (2.) They took the plunder of their camp, carried away very much spoil from the slain and from the baggage. (3.) They smote the cities that were in league with them, to which they fled for shelter, and carried off the spoil of them (v. 14); and they were not able to make any resistance, for the fear of the Lord came upon them, that is, a fear which God struck them with to such a degree that they had no heart to withstand the conquerors. (4.) They fetched away the cattle out of the enemy's country, in vast numbers, v. 15. Thus the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

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Other commentaries and interpretations on the Book of Second Chronicles:
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