2 Kings 15:25

25 One of his chief officers, Pekah son of Remaliah, conspired against him. Taking fifty men of Gilead with him, he assassinated Pekahiah, along with Argob and Arieh, in the citadel of the royal palace at Samaria. So Pekah killed Pekahiah and succeeded him as king.

Read 2 Kings 15:25 Using Other Translations

But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
And Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him with fifty men of the people of Gilead, and struck him down in Samaria, in the citadel of the king's house with Argob and Arieh; he put him to death and reigned in his place.
Then Pekah son of Remaliah, the commander of Pekahiah’s army, conspired against him. With fifty men from Gilead, Pekah assassinated the king, along with Argob and Arieh, in the citadel of the palace at Samaria. And Pekah reigned in his place.

What does 2 Kings 15:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 15:25

But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his
The word signifies a "third" man, the third to the king, as some think; Josephus


FOOTNOTES:

F1 calls him a "chiliarch", one that had the command of a thousand men:

conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the
king's house;
Josephus F2 says it was at a banquet:

with Argob, and Arieh;
whom, according to Abarbinel, Pekah slew with the king, being mighty men, who were always about him; but they seem rather to be conspirators with Pekah, and assisting to him in smiting the king; the former of these, Ben Gersom thinks, was governor of Argob, a country on the other side Jordan, and the latter had his name from his fortitude, which signifies a lion:

and with him fifty men of the Gileadites;
which may seem to strengthen the above notion concerning Argob, since the Gileadites were of the same side of Jordan, and were near Argob, see ( Deuteronomy 3:13 )

and he killed him, and reigned in his room,
as his father killed Shallum, and reigned in his stead.


F1 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 9. c. 11. sect. 1.)
F2 Ibid.

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