Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 2 Kings
Book: 2 Kings
Chapter: 10

Ahab's sons and Ahaziah's brethren Put to Death. (1-14) Jehu
destroys the worshippers of Baal. (15-28) Jehu follows
Jeroboam's sins. (29-36)

1-14 In the most awful events, though attended By the basest
crimes of Man, the Truth and Justice of God are to be noticed;
and he never did nor can command any thing unjust or
unreasonable. Jehu destroyed all that remained of the House of
Ahab; all who had been partners in his wickedness. When we think
upon the sufferings and miseries of mankind, when we look
forward to the resurrection and last Judgment, and think upon
the vast number of the wicked waiting their awful sentence of
Everlasting Fire; when the whole sum of Death and misery has
been considered, the solemn question occurs, Who slew all these?
The answer is, Sin. Shall we then harbour Sin in our bosoms, and
seek for happiness from that which is the cause of all misery?

15-28 Is thine Heart right? This is a question we should often
Put to ourselves. I make a fair profession, have gained a
reputation among men, but, is my Heart right? Am I sincere with
God? Jehonadab owned Jehu in the work, both of revenge and of
reformation. An upright Heart approves itself to God, and seeks
No more than his acceptance; but if we aim at the applause of
men, we are upon a false foundation. Whether Jehu looked any
further we cannot Judge. The Law of God was express, that
idolaters were to be Put to Death. Thus Idolatry was abolished
for the present out of Israel. May we desire that it be rooted
out of our hearts.

29-36 It is justly questionable whether Jehu acted from a good
principle, and whether he did not take some false steps in doing
it; yet No services done for God shall go unrewarded. But true
Conversion is not only from gross Sin, but from all Sin; not
only from false gods, but from false worships. True Conversion
is not only from wasteful sins, but from gainful sins; not only
from sins which hurt our worldly interests, but from those that
support and befriend them; in forsaking which is the great trial
whether we can deny ourselves and trust God. Jehu showed great
care and zeal for rooting out a false religion, but in the true
religion he cared not, took No heed to please God and do his
duty. Those that are heedless, it is to be feared, are
graceless. The people were also careless, therefore it is not
strange that in those days the Lord began to cut Israel short.
They were short in their duty to God, therefore God cut them
short in their extent, wealth, and power.