2 Kings 11:12

12 Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and the people clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!”

Read 2 Kings 11:12 Using Other Translations

And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.
Then he brought out the king's son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, "Long live the king!"
Then Jehoiada brought out Joash, the king’s son, placed the crown on his head, and presented him with a copy of God’s laws. They anointed him and proclaimed him king, and everyone clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!”

What does 2 Kings 11:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 11:12

And he brought forth the king's son
Out of the apartment in the temple where he had been brought up:

and put the crown upon him;
the crown royal, which seems to have been kept in the temple:

and gave him the testimony;
the book of the law, which he was to read in all his days, and according to it govern the people; and which was a testimony of the will of God both to him and them: Kimchi and Ben Melech interpret it of royal garments put upon him:

and they made him king, and anointed him;
proclaimed and declared him king, and anointed him, for the confirmation of it, because of the pretension Athaliah made to the kingdom; otherwise, as the Jewish writers say, the son of a king was not anointed; and hence, they say, it was, that Solomon was anointed, because of the claim of Adonijah:

and they clapped their hands;
in token of joy:

and said, God save the king;
or, "let the king live"; or, "may he prosper", as the Targum; may health and prosperity attend him in his government. In ( 2 Chronicles 23:11 ) , it is said; "Jehoiada and his sons anointed him", and said those words; among whom must be Zechariah, whom this king afterwards slew, which was an instance of great ingratitude, ( 2 Chronicles 24:20-22 ) .

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