And there cometh in unto him a writing from Elijah the prophet, saying, 'Thus said Jehovah, God of David thy father, Because that thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, and in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
2 Chronicles 21:12 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet - From 2 Kings 2:11, it is evident that Elijah had been translated in the reign of Jehoshaphat, the father of Jehoram. How then could he send a letter to the son? Some say he sent it from heaven by an angel; others, that by the spirit of prophecy he foresaw this defection of Jehoram, and left the letter with Elisha, to be sent to him when this defection should take place; others say that Elijah is put here for Elisha; and others, that this Elijah was not the same that was translated, but another prophet of the same name. There are others who think that, as Elijah was still in the body, for he did not die, but was translated, he sent this letter from that secret place in which he was hidden by the Almighty. All the versions have Elijah, and all the MSS. the same reading. Dr. Kennicott contends that Elisha was the writer; for Elijah had been taken up to heaven thirteen years before the time of this writing. Our margin says, the letter was written before his assumption, and refers to 2 Kings 2:1.
These are all conjectures; and I could add another to their number, but still we should be where we were. I should adopt the conjecture relative to Elisha, were not every Hebrew MS., and all the Oriental versions, against it; to which may be added, that the author of this book does not once mention Elisha in any part of his work. It is certainly a possible case that this writing might have been a prediction of Jehoram's impiety and miserable death, delivered in the time of the prophet, and which was now laid before this wicked king for the first time: and by it the prophet, though not among mortals, still continued to speak. I can see no solid reason against this opinion.
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a writing `Which was writ before his assumption.'
2 Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
Jeremiah 36:2,23,28-32 Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, and against Judah...
Ezekiel 2:9,10 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent to me; and, see, a roll of a book was therein...
Daniel 5:5,25-29 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand...
Elijah the prophet If the account of the translation of Elijah be given in the order in which it happened, then it occurred in the reign of Jehoshaphat, the father of Jehoram. Hence, it is probable that he wrote it before his assumption, and left it to be delivered by Elisha or one of the prophets.
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire...
in the ways of Jehoshaphat
2 Chronicles 17:3,4 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not to Baalim...
1 Kings 22:43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD...
in the ways of Asa
2 Chronicles 14:2-5 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God...
1 Kings 15:11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.
2 Chronicles 21:12 Parallel CommentariesAsa David Elijah Jehoshaphat Judah Letter Prophet Walked Ways WritingAsa David Elijah Jehoshaphat Judah Letter Prophet Walked Ways WritingTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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