2 Kings 23:30

30 1And his servants carried him dead in a chariot from 2Megiddo and brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. 3And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's place.

2 Kings 23:30 Meaning and Commentary

2 Kings 23:30

And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo,
&c.] They took him out of the chariot in which he was wounded, and put him into another, where he died of his wounds by the way; being mortally wounded, he is said to be dead, or a dead man, see ( 2 Chronicles 35:24 )

and brought him to Jerusalem;
which, according to Bunting F2, was forty four miles from Megiddo:

and buried him in his own sepulchre;
which either he had provided for himself in his lifetime, or which in common belonged to the kings of Judah, see ( 2 Chronicles 35:24 )

and the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and
anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead;
though he was not the eldest son, Jehoiakim, who was afterwards placed in his room, being two years older, as appears from ( 2 Kings 23:31 2 Kings 23:36 ) and this is the reason, as the Jewish commentators in general agree, that he was anointed; which they say was never done to the son of a king, unless there was a competitor, or some objection to, or dispute about, the succession, as in the case of Solomon and others.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Travels p. 188.

2 Kings 23:30 In-Context

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
29 In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went to meet him, and Pharaoh Neco killed him at Megiddo, as soon as he saw him.
30 And his servants carried him dead in a chariot from Megiddo and brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's place.
31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
32 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

Cross References 3

  • 1. [2 Kings 9:28]
  • 2. [See ver. 29 above]
  • 3. For ver. 30-34, see 2 Chronicles 36:1-4