2 Chronicles 21:14 Commentary - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole
The Lord will smite thy people.
Quest. Why the people for his sin?
Answ. 1. Because the generality of them sinned in complying with his wicked and idolatrous commands through fear, 2Ch 21:11.
2. Because he suffered in his people’s destruction: for as the honour, and safety, and strength of a king lies in the multitude and prosperity of his people, Pro 14:28; so when they are diminished and destroyed, the king is very much weakened and endangered by it.
Thy children and thy wives; whose lives shall go for the lives of thy brethren, 2Ch 21:4.
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English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole
Matthew Poole (1624–1679) wrote English Annotations on the Holy Bible, completing the chapters as far as Isaiah 58 before his death in 1679. The rest of the Annotations were completed by friends and colleagues among his Nonconformist brethren. The first printing of the completed edition was in 1685, 2 volumes folio, followed by editions in 1688, 1696 (with valuable chapter outlines added by the editors, Samuel Clark and Edward Veale), and the 4th and definitive edition in 1700, the basis of all others.