Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made
Israel to sin
Which is the common character given of that king, a blot never to be wiped off:
Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were
in Bethel, and that were in Dan:
he did not abstain from the worship of them, partly because he might not think it idolatry, because God was worshipped in them; hence he calls the worshippers of the calves the servants of the Lord, ( 2 Kings 10:23 ) , and partly that he might not displease the princes of the people of Israel, who generally gave in to the worship of them; but chiefly lest the kingdom of Israel should return to the house of David, the worship of the calves being a piece of state policy, to keep them from going to Jerusalem to worship, lest thereby they should be drawn off from their allegiance to the king of Israel.