And all this she did with by far the most zealous perseverance and relentless cruelty. Notwithstanding Ahab had constructed a temple, and produced an altar for Baal, and setup the worship of Asherah, the Sidonian Venus, which we, , have transformed into a grove; yet so well-known was the hostility of Jezebel to all excellent, that his marrying her was esteemed the very best pitch of vice, and an act one of the most provoking to God, and harmful towards the prosperity from the kingdom. Verse 33
Elijah the Tishbite - The background of the terrific person is released pretty abruptly; his origin is enveloped in fantastic obscurity. He's in this article said to become a Tishbite. Tishbeh, says Calmet, is really a city over and above Jordan, while in the tribe of Gad, and from the land of Gilead. Who was his father, or from what tribe he sprang, will not be intimated; he appears to are actually the prophet of Israel peculiarly, as we never discover him prophesying in Judah. Numerous apocryphal writers have trifled at big about his parentage, miraculous birth, of his continual celibacy, his academy from the prophets, etc., etc., all equally worthy of credit. Just one viewpoint, which to start with view appears Weird, bears much more resemblance to real truth than any of the above, viz., that he had no earthly parentage recognised to any man; that he was an angel of God, united for a time to a human body, in order to call Males back to perfect purity, each in doctrine and manners, from which they had totally swerved. His Hebrew name, which we have corrupted into Elijah and Elias, is אליהו Alihu, or, in accordance with the vowel details, Eliyahu; and signifies He's my God. Does this give countenance to your supposition this wonderful personage was a manifestation within the flesh on the Supreme Remaining? He could not be the Messiah; for we discover him with Moses within the mount of transfiguration with Christ.
Solomon prays that God may well not permit a Bogus oath to be taken, but that he will explore the truth, so which the wicked shall be condemned, and the righteous justified. Verse 33
Shall Elisha slay - We don't see that Elisha either made use of the sword, or commissioned it for use, though he sent solemn prophecies from this disobedient men and women: and this might be the sense through which this should be recognized, as Elisha was prophet ahead of Hazael was king, and Hazael was king just before Jehu; and the weighty famine which he brought over the land passed off ahead of the reign both of Jehu or Hazael.
She wrote letters in Ahab's identify - She counterfeited his authority by his possess consent; and he lent his signet to stamp that authority. Verse nine
And for Jerusalem's sake - As David was a kind of the Messiah, so was Jerusalem a variety of the genuine Church: as a result the Previous Jerusalem needs to be preserved from the fingers of the tribe of Judah, until the real David ought to create the New Jerusalem in the identical land, and in the same city. And what a series of providences did it have to have to carry out all these things! Verse fourteen
Give me thy winery - The ask for of Ahab seems at first see honest and honorable. Naboth's vineyard was nigh towards the palace of Ahab, and he wished to incorporate it to his very own for the kitchen area garden, Or maybe a grass-plat, גן ירק gan yarak; and he offers to give him possibly a greater vineyard for it, or to offer him its worthy of in revenue. Naboth rejects the proposal with horror: The Lord forbid it me, that I should really give the inheritance of my fathers to thee. No man could ultimately alienate any Section of the parental inheritance; it would be offered or mortgaged till the jubilee, but at that time it must revert to its original operator, Otherwise redeemed in advance of; for this God experienced specially enjoined ,  : thus Naboth appropriately explained, , The Lord forbid it me, to provide the inheritance of my fathers. Ahab most evidently wished him to alienate it ultimately, and this is what God's regulation experienced expressly forbidden; thus he couldn't, persistently together with his obligation to God, indulge Ahab; and it absolutely was significant iniquity in Ahab to tempt him to do it; and also to covet it confirmed the depravity of Ahab's soul.
Make his throne greater compared to throne of - David - A want of this type a king will undergo in behalf of his son, however it is under no circumstances in everyday conditions viewed as a compliment to convey, "I hope this child will make a greater guy than his father," since it seems to insinuate some reflections on his father's conduct or character. Quite a few foolish persons deal in these types of compliments, and They might be confident, for the reasons specified previously mentioned, that they are considerably from getting possibly welcome or agreeable.
King Solomon shall be blessed - He appears to believe that, even though such terrible Gentlemen remained unpunished, the country could not prosper; that it absolutely was an act of justice which God demanded him to accomplish, so as to the institution and perpetuity of his throne. Verse 46
In the spot wherever pet dogs licked, etcetera. - It is in vain to search for a literal fulfillment of this prediction. Therefore it might have been fulfilled, although the humiliation of Ahab induced the merciful God to convey, I will not bring the evil in his days, but in the days of his son, . Now canines did lick the blood of Ahab; but it had been with the pool of Samaria, wherever his chariot and his armor were being washed, following he had acquired his Demise wound at Ramoth-gilead; but some Imagine this was the location in which Naboth was stoned: see . And just how basically the prediction about his son was fulfilled, see , where we realize that your body of Jehoram his son, just then slain by an arrow that experienced passed by means of his coronary heart, was thrown into your portion of the sector of Naboth the Jezreelite; and there, doubtless, the canine licked his blood, if they didn't even devour his body.
For the wilderness of Damascus - He isn't going to motivation him to have a highway by which he could possibly be very likely to fulfill Jezebel, or another of מכוני ליווי באשקלון his enemies. Anoint Hazael - For what reason the Lord was about to make all these revolutions, we are told in .
This can be in line with all the declarations which went right before. God stirred up the persons to revolt from the guy who had neither talent nor humanity to manipulate them. We had this kind of סבה revolution in these nations in 1688; and, thank God, we haven't considering that essential Yet another. None of our ancient translations recognized the term as our current version does: they have it possibly the Turning Absent was in the Lord, or it was the Lord's Ordinance; viz., that they must switch far from this silly king. Verse sixteen
Conceal thyself because of the brook Cherith - This brook, as well as valley through which it ran, are imagined to are already to the western facet of Jordan, and not far from Samaria. Other individuals suppose it to are already to the jap facet, because the prophet is commanded to go eastward, . It was required, soon after this kind of declaration to this wicked and idolatrous king, that he should really immediately hide himself; as, on the initial drought, Ahab would without doubt search for his everyday living.
And Establish thee a certain property - He would've continued his posterity within the throne of Israel, experienced he not by his wickedness forfeited the claims of God, and thrown himself out in the defense of quite possibly the most Higher. Verse 39