Does it make you any more of a king that you outstrip everyone else in 1 building with cedar? Just think about your father. He was content that he had food and drink. 2 He did what was just and right. 3 So things went well with him.
De 4:40; 2Sa 8:15; 1Ki 4:20-23; 1Ki 10:9; 2Ki 22:2; 2Ki 23:25; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 34:2; 2Ch 35:7,8,12-18; Ps 128:1,2; Pr 20:28; Pr 21:3; Pr 25:5; Pr 29:4; Pr 31:9; Ec 2:24; Ec 9:7-10; Ec 10:17; Isa 3:10; Isa 9:7; Isa 33:16; Jer 21:12; Jer 22:3; Jer 22:18; Jer 23:5; Jer 42:6; Lu 11:41; Ac 2:46; 1Co 10:31
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1 tn For the use of this verb see Jer 12:5 where it is used of Jeremiah “competing” with horses. The form is a rare Tiphel (see GKC 153 §55.h).
2 tn Heb “Your father, did he not eat and drink and do justice and right.” The copulative vav in front of the verbs here (all Hebrew perfects) shows that these actions are all coordinate not sequential. The contrast drawn here between the actions of Jehoiakim and Josiah show that the phrase eating and drinking should be read in the light of the same contrasts in Eccl 2 which ends with the note of contentment in Eccl 2:24 (see also Eccl 3:13; 5:18 [5:17 HT]; 8:15). The question is, of course, rhetorical setting forth the positive role model against which Jehoiakim’s actions are to be condemned. The key terms here are “then things went well with him” which is repeated in the next verse after the reiteration of Josiah’s practice of justice.