2 Kings 21:19-26
Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Meshullemeth…
Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. This is a short account of the brief and wicked reign of Amon the son of Manasseh.
I. HIS REIGN WAS VERY SHORT. "He reigned two years," etc. The wonder is that such a man should have been permitted to breathe the breath of life. The sooner a bad king dies the better.
1. The better for his own sake. It restrains his own responsibilities and the aggravation of his guilt.
2. The better for his race. A fountain of moral poison has been dried up for him; the social air is less poisonous.
II. HIS REIGN WAS VERY WICKED. "And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them." Of the wickedness of kings we have had abundant examples in these sketches. It is, indeed, a fire that burns athwart the ages.
III. THE REIGN WAS VERY TRAGICAL. "And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house." How tragic the end of this man! His "servants," who should have guarded him, murdered him. "His own house," that should have been his castle of defense, was the place of his execution. In this verse the people:
1. Did justice to the traitors who murdered their king.
2. Did kindness to themselves in preparing the way for Josiah. - D.T.
Parallel VersesKJV: Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.