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2 Kings 9:10

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9:10 Dogs will devour Jezebel on the plot of ground in Jezreel; she will not be buried.’” 1  Then he opened the door and ran away.

2 Kings 9:15

Context
9:15 But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 2  when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. 3  Jehu told his supporters, 4  “If you really want me to be king, 5  then don’t let anyone escape from the city to go and warn Jezreel.”

1 sn Note how the young prophet greatly expands the message Elisha had given to him. In addition to lengthening the introductory formula (by adding “the God of Israel”) and the official declaration that accompanies the act of anointing (by adding “the Lord’s people”), he goes on to tell how Jehu will become king (by a revolt against Ahab’s dynasty), makes it clear that Jehu will be an instrument of divine vengeance, and predicts the utter annihilation of Ahab’s family and the violent death of Jezebel.

2 tn Heb “which the Syrians inflicted [on] him.”

3 sn See 2 Kgs 8:28-29a.

4 tn The words “his supporters” are added for clarification.

5 tn Heb “If this is your desire.” נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) refers here to the seat of the emotions and will. For other examples of this use of the word, see BDB 660-61 s.v.



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