And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And at the king’s commandment they made.—Literally, And the king said (commanded), and they made. (Comp. 2Kings 12:9 : “And Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in its lid;” details characteristic of a more original account.)
And set it without—i.e., outside of the Temple proper. The chest stood in the court, just inside the gate.2 Chronicles 24:8-9. And set it at the gate of the house, &c. — That is, of the court of the people, whither all manner of persons might come to offer. To bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses laid upon Israel — That is, a collection answerable to it. 2 Kings 12:4 that Joash had assigned to the restoration-fund two other payments also. 2 Kings 12:9. And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)8. And at the king’s commandment] R.V. So the king commanded, and.…
a chest] Heb. a single chest (to receive all contributions).Verse 8. - A chest; Hebrew, אֲרון אֶחָד, "one chest." This is more accurately described in ver. 9 of the parallel. Without at the gate of the house of the Lord; i.e. in the court opposite the porch, and, as we learn from the parallel, by the side of the altar of burnt offering. Now, not the priests generally, but simply those who kept the door (probably the north door, Ezekiel 11:35), receiving the contributions of the people at their hands, into their own hands deposited them in the one chest. 2 Kings 12. - In both accounts only two main events in Joash's reign of forty years are narrated at any length, - the repair of the temple, and the campaign of the Syrian king Hazael against Jerusalem. Besides this, at the beginning, we have a statement as to the duration and spirit of his reign; and in conclusion, the murder of Joash in consequence of a conspiracy is mentioned. Both accounts agree in all essential points, but are shown to be extracts containing the most important part of a more complete history of Joash, by the fact that, on the one hand, in 2 Kings 12 single circumstances are communicated in a more detailed and more exact form than that in which the Chronicle states them; while, on the other hand, the account of the Chronicle supplements the account in 2 Kings 12 in many respects. To these latter belong the account of the marriage of Joash, and his many children, the account of the death of Jehoiada at the age of 130 years, and his honourable burial with the kings, etc.; see on 2 Chronicles 24:15.
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