2 Kings 14:25

25 1He restored the border of Israel 2from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of 3the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant 4Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from 5Gath-hepher.

2 Kings 14:25 Meaning and Commentary

2 Kings 14:25

He restored the coast of Israel
The cities upon it, which had been taken away from them by their enemies:

from the entering of Hamath;
which was the northern border of the land of Canaan, the entrance into it from Syria, see ( Numbers 34:8 ) ,

unto the sea of the plain:
of Jordan, called sometimes the salt sea and the Dead Sea; the lake Asphaltites, as Josephus F11, where formerly stood Sodom and Gomorrah:

according to the word of the Lord God of Israel, which he spake by the
hand of his servant Jonah the son of Amittai;
the same with him whose prophecy among the small prophets bears this name; and though his prophecy concerning Jeroboam's success and victories is not there, nor anywhere else, recorded at length, yet needed not to be doubted of; this is the first of the prophets spoken of whose books are extant:

which was of Gathhepher;
a city in the tribe of Zebulun, ( Joshua 19:13 ) , which contradicts a notion of the Jews, that no prophet came out of Galilee, when the very first of those that were the penmen of the books of prophecies was from thence, see ( John 7:52 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F11 Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 9.) c. 10. sect. 1.

2 Kings 14:25 In-Context

23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, began to reign in Samaria, and he reigned forty-one years.
24 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin.
25 He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher.
26 For the LORD saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter, for there was none left, bond or free, and there was none to help Israel.
27 But the LORD had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

Cross References 5

  • 1. [2 Kings 10:32; 2 Kings 13:25]
  • 2. See 1 Kings 8:65
  • 3. See Deuteronomy 3:17
  • 4. Jonah 1:1; [Matthew 12:39, 40]
  • 5. Joshua 19:13