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2 Kings 11:1

    2 Kings 11:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now when Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she had all the rest of the seed of the kingdom put to death.

    Webster's Revision

    Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

    World English Bible

    Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Kings 11:1

    Athaliah - This woman was the daughter of Ahab, and grand-daughter of Omri, and wife of Joram king of Judah, and mother of Ahaziah.

    Destroyed all the seed royal - All that she could lay her hands on whom Jehu had left; in order that she might get undisturbed possession of the kingdom.

    How dreadful is the lust of reigning! it destroys all the charities of life; and turns fathers, mothers, brothers, and children, into the most ferocious savages! Who, that has it in his power, makes any conscience

    "To swim to sovereign rule through seas of blood?"

    In what a dreadful state is that land that is exposed to political revolutions, and where the succession to the throne is not most positively settled by the clearest and most decisive law! Reader, beware of revolutions; there have been some useful ones, but they are in general the heaviest curse of God.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Kings 11:1

    Athaliah, as wife of Joram and mother of Ahaziah, had guided both the internal and the external policy of the Jewish kingdom; she had procured the establishmeut of the worship of Baal in Judaea 2 Kings 8:18, 2 Kings 8:27, and had maintained a close alliance with the sister kingdom 2 Kings 8:29; 2 Kings 10:13. The revolution effected by Jehu touched her nearly. It struck away from her the support of her relatives; it isolated her religious system, severing the communication with Phoenicia; and the death of Ahaziah deprived her of her legal status in Judaea, which was that of queen-mother (the 1 Kings 15:13 note), and trausferred that position to the chief wife of her deceased son. Athaliah, instead of yielding to the storm, or merely standing on the defensive, resolved to become the assailant, and strike before any plans could be formed against her. In the absence of her son, hers was probably the chief anthority at Jerusalem. She used it to command the immediate destruction of all the family of David, already thinned by previous massacres 2 Kings 10:14; 2 Chronicles 21:4, 2 Chronicles 21:17, and then seized the throne.