John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- The reign of Azariah, verse 1-7.
- Of Zachariah, verse 8-12.
- Of Shallum, verse 13-15.
- Of Menahem, verse 16-22.
- Of Pekahiah, verse 23-26.
- Of Pekah, verse 27-31.
- Of Jotham, verse 32-38.
To reign - Solely and fully to exercise his regal power.
A leper - The cause whereof see 2 Chronicles 26:16.
Six months - After the throne had been vacant several years, thro' the dissentions that were in the kingdom.
Full moon - That dominion seldom lasts long, which is founded in blood and falsehood.
Twentieth year - The meaning is, that he began his reign in the twentieth year after the beginning of Jotham's reign; or, which is the same thing, in the fourth year of Ahaz, son of Jotham.
To reign - Alone: for he had reigned before this, as his father's deputy.
Gate - Not of the temple, but of one of the courts of the temple, probably that which led to the king's palace.