But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, in which the LORD commanded, saying,
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
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George Leo Haydock
Sin. This is the rule for human tribunals, to which God is not restrained. (Salien) (Ezechiel xviii. 20.) (Menochius)
The action of Amasias is commended as something unusual (Calmet) among princes, who are but too apt to exceed the bounds of moderation (Haydock) to revenge their murdered parents. (Calmet)