And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of the LORD, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king's house. And he sat on the throne of the kings.
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George Leo Haydock
Phelethi. In the Hebrew of the books of Kings we read nothing of these bands after the reign of David. The same expressions occur here as ver. 4., "the centurions, the rams, (or captains) and the runners "(Calmet) or guards. (Protestants) (Haydock)
Gate, on the west. Athalia had probably entered by the south.
Kings. It was made of ivory, 3 Kings x. 18. (Calmet)