2 Kings 14:9
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English Standard Version
And Jehoash king of Israel sent word to Amaziah king of Judah, “A thistle on Lebanon sent to a cedar on Lebanon, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son for a wife,’ and a wild beast of Lebanon passed by and trampled down the thistle.

King James Bible
And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

American Standard Version
And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trod down the thistle.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Joas king of Israel sent again to Amasias king of Juda, saying: A thistle of Libanus sent to a cedar tree, which is in Libanus, saying: Give thy daughter to my son to wife. And the beasts of the forest, that are in Libanus, passed and trod down the thistle.

English Revised Version
And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son for a wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trod down the thistle.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Amaziah reigned twenty-nine years in the same theocratical spirit as his father Joash, only not like his ancestor David, i.e., according to the correct explanation in 2 Chronicles 25:2, not with שׁלם לבב (see at 1 Kings 11:4), since Amaziah, like his father Joash (see at 2 Kings 12:3), fell into idolatry in the closing years of his reign (cf. 2 Chronicles 25:14.). - Only the high places were not taken away, etc.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The thistle

Judges 9:8-15 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said to the olive tree, Reign you over us...

2 Samuel 12:1-4 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him, There were two men in one city; the one rich...

1 Kings 4:33 And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall: he spoke also of beasts...

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

The word {choach}, which is rendered here, and in

2 Chronicles 25:18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon...

Job 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)

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1 Samuel 13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves...

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34:13, {bramble},and in

2 Chronicles 33:11 Why the LORD brought on them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns...

Proverbs 26:9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

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Proverbs 2:2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

Hosea 9:6 For, see, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them...

thorn, is probably the black thorn, or sloe tree, the prunus spinosa of Linnaeues, as the same word signifies in Arabic. There is a vast deal of insolent dignity in this remonstrance of Jehoash; but it has nothing conciliatory; no proposal of making amends for the injury his army had done to the unoffending inhabitants of Judah.

2 Chronicles 25:10-13 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again...

The comparatively useless thorn, which may by chance lacerate the incautious passenger, is made the emblem of the house of Judah and David, while the house of Jehu is represented by the stately cedar.

Cross References
Exodus 3:2
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.

Judges 9:8
The trees once went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over us.'

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