And the city was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.2 Chronicles 24:7 — "that wicked woman." This is an alliteration which the grammarian might detest, the rhetorician avoid as a vice in eloquence, but which the moralist must look at with a sense of ineffable shame. "Wicked woman" — it is impossible! It ought to be an affront to the very genius of creation; say dark sun, say waterless sea, say flowerless summer, and the irony might be tolerated, for it might be only a discord in words; but "wicked woman" indicates a possibility that makes all hell easy of belief. This is the moral explanation of the physical disaster. Athaliah was slain with the sword — cry, Murder then! Arrest the homicide, the regicide! But wait; you know not all; the explanatory word found in the context — "that wicked woman."
(J. Parker, D.D.).