2 Chronicles 35:23
And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
(23) And the archers shot.—Comp. the death of Ahab (2Chronicles 18:33, and of Saul, 1Chronicles 10:3).

Have me away.—LXX., Ἐξαγάγετέ με. “Take me out” (of the war-chariot).

For I am sore wounded.—So Ahab. (2Chronicles 18:33).

35:20-27 The Scripture does not condemn Josiah's conduct in opposing Pharaoh. Yet Josiah seems to deserve blame for not inquiring of the Lord after he was warned; his death might be a rebuke for his rashness, but it was a judgment on a hypocritical and wicked people. He that lives a life of repentance, faith, and obedience, cannot be affected by the sudden manner in which he is removed. The people lamented him. Many mourn over sufferings, who will not forsake the sins that caused God to send them. Yet this alone can turn away judgments. If we blame Josiah's conduct, we should be watchful, lest we be cut down in a way dishonourable to our profession.Disguised himself - Compare the marginal reference. But most modern critics are dissatisfied with this sense in this place, and prefer to render "equipped himself;" or - with the Septuagint - adopt another reading, and render "took courage."

The words of Necho from the mouth of God - The author apparently regarded Necho's words as actually prophetic - a warning to which Josiah ought to have listened - sent him by God to make him pause - though not spoken by divine inspiration, or in consequence of any supernatural revelation of the divine will to the Egyptian king. Compare the "prophecy" of Caiaphas, John 11:51.

21, 22. But he sent ambassadors … What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah?—Not wishing to spend time, or strength in vain, Necho informed the king of Judah that he had no intention of molesting the Jews; that his expedition was directed solely against his old Assyrian enemy; and that he had undertaken it by an express commission from God. Commentators are not agreed whether it was really a divine commission given him through Jeremiah, or whether he merely used the name of God as an authority that Josiah would not refuse to obey. As he could not know the truth of Necho's declaration, Josiah did not sin in opposing him; or, if he sinned at all, it was a sin of ignorance. The engagement took place. Josiah was mortally wounded [2Ch 35:23]. No text from Poole on this verse. And the archers shot at King Josiah,.... For, though disguised, he appeared to be a general officer, and indeed chief commander, and therefore aimed at him, and pressed him hard:

and the king said to his servants, have me away, for I am wounded; as Ahab said, when in the like case, 1 Kings 22:34.

And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)
23. the archers shot] Cp. the death of Ahab, 2 Chronicles 18:33. 1Es 1:29 has an inferior reading, viz. “the princes came down against king Josias.”The duration of the festival. The Israelites who had come kept the passover "at that time (that is, according to 2 Chronicles 35:1, on the fourteenth day of the first month), and the Mazzoth seven days," i.e., from the 15th to the 21st of the same month.
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