Henry Allen Ironside

Jehoshaphat

(He whom Jehovah judges) (1 Kings 15:24; 22:41-50; 2 Kings 8:16; 2 Chron. 17:1—21:3) Contemporary Prophets: Jehu Son Of Hanani; Jahazeel The Levite; Eliezer Soa Of Dodavah. “Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.”—Proverbs 20:28 The first thing recorded of Jehoshaphat is that he “strengthened himself against Israel. And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, whic...

Jehoram

(Exalted by Jehovah) (1 Kings 22:50; 2 Kings 8:16-24; 2 Chron. 21) “Give not thy…ways to that which destroyeth kings.”—Proverbs 31:3 Of the seven sons of Jehoshaphat, Jehoram was the eldest; and to him his father gave the kingdom, “because he was the first-born.” It would seem, from 2 Kings 8:16, that he associated Jehoram with him on the throne during his lifetime. He probably foresaw and feared what was likely to occur after his death; and to avert, if possible, any such d...

Ahaziah

(Sustained by Jehovah) (Also Called, Jehoahaz, Or Azariah) (2 Kings 8:24; 9:29; 2 Chron. 22:1-9) “For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.”—Psalm 48:4 Ahaziah must have reigned as his father’s viceroy during the last year of the latter’s sickness. This is evident from a comparison of 2 Kings 8:25 with 9:29. He was the youngest and only remaining son of Jehoram (2 Chron. 21:17). “Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign.” (“Forty an...

Jehoash (Or Joash)

(Jehovah-gifted) (2 Kings 11, 12; 2 Chron. 22:10—24:27.) Contemporary Prophet, Zechariah, son of Jehoiada. “It is He that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David His servant from the hurtful sword.”— Psalm 144:10 “And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.” Chronicles adds, “of the house of Judah” (we quote from Kings). “But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joas...

Amaziah

(Strength of Jah) (2 Kings 14:l-20; 2 Chron. 25) Contemporary Prophets: Several unnamed (two in 2 Chron. 25). “A king ready to the battle.”—Job 15:24 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan ( Jehovah-pleased) of Jerusalem.” He evidently reigned a year jointly with his father (comp. 2 Kings 13:10; 14:1; 2 Chron. 24:1) during the latter’s last sickness, when the

Preface

By C. Knapp With An Introduction By H. A. Ironside Loizeaux Brothers, Publishers:New York Preface The field covered by the present volume has been practically unworked hitherto. The author knows only of a brochure of less than a hundred pages on the Hebrew kings, and treating but of the kings of Judah as types of Christians when the subject permitted. The volume in hand was begun several years ago, but laid aside in the hope that some one better qualified might take up the work. As no...

Pekah

(Watch) 2 Kings 15:27-31 Contemporary Prophet: Oded. “Righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.”—Proverbs 11:19 “In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah (Uzziah) king of Judah, Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.” How painfully this oft-recu...

Hoshea

(Deliverer) 2 Kings 15:30; 17:1-6 “Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.”—Proverbs 29:8 “In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.” He was the last of the nineteen kings who ruled (or, rather, misruled) Israel. An interregnum of at least eight years (see Hezekiah) occurred between the murder of Pekah, his predecessor, and his actual assumption of the throne. Why this kingle...

Jehu

(Jehovah is He) 2 Kings 9—10 Contemporary Prophet: Elisha. “The great God that formed all things both reward-eth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.”—Proverbs 26:10 “And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thy hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead: and when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his bre...

Jehoahaz

(Jehovah-seized) 2 Kings 13:1-9 Contemporary Prophets: Elisha, Jonah. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”—Proverbs 29:2 “In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which mad...
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