Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Moreover he provided him cities.—And he made him watch-towers. The word rendered “cities” (ārîm) appears in this connection to mean watch-towers j or forts for the protection of the flocks and herds. Isaiah 1:8 (“a besieged city “); 2Kings 17:9; 2Chronicles 26:10.
Substance.—Wealth in kind, especially cattle (2Chronicles 31:3).2 Chronicles 32:29. He provided him cities — He repaired, fortified, and beautified them, for the honour and safety of his kingdom. And possessions of flocks and herds in abundance — The riches of those countries consisted chiefly in abundance of cattle.Micah 3:12 is by some referred to the earlier part of the reign of Hezekiah; but there is nothing to show that it was not delivered about this time.
27-29. he had exceeding much riches and honour—(compare 2Ki 20:13; Isa 39:2). A great portion of his personal wealth, like that of David and Uzziah, consisted in immense possessions of agricultural and pastoral produce. Besides, he had accumulated large treasures in gold, silver, and precious things, which he had taken as spoils from the Philistines, and which he had received as presents from neighboring states, among which he was held in great honor as a king under the special protection of Heaven. Much of his great wealth he expended in improving his capital, erecting forts, and promoting the internal benefit of his kingdom.He provided him cities, Heb. he made, &c. Either he purchased them to himself by his gold or silver; or he repaired, and fortified, and beautified them for the honour and safety of his kingdom. But the former sense seems to agree better with the following words.
and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance; in which the riches of men, and even of kings, lay in those times:
for God had given him substance very much; for all was owing to his disposing providence, let it come which way it might.Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)29. cities] The context suggests that these cities were meant chiefly as places of refuge for the flocks and herds in time of war.
substance very much] R.V. very much substance.
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