Verse 34. "Are they not written in the book of the chronicles" - We have no chronicles in which there is any thing farther spoken of this bad man. His reign was long, twenty-eight years; and yet we know nothing of it but the commencement.
FOR barbarity and hypocrisy Jehu has few parallels; and the cowardliness and baseness of the nobles of Samaria have seldom been equalled. Ahab's bloody house must be cut off; but did God ever design that it should be done by these means? The men were, no doubt, profligate and wicked, and God permitted their iniquity to manifest itself in this way; and thus the purpose of God, that Ahab's house should no more reign, was completely accomplished: see 1 Kings xxi. 19, 21, 29. And by this conduct Jehu is said to have executed what was right in God's eyes, 2 Kings x. 30. The cutting off of Ahab's family was decreed by the Divine justice; the means by which it was done, or at least the manner of doing, were not entirely of his appointing: yet the commission given him by the young prophet, chap. ix. 7, was very extensive. Yet still many things seem to be attributed to God, as the agent, which he does not execute, but only permits to be done.