2 Kings 9:13
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They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, "Jehu is king!"

King James Bible
Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.

Darby Bible Translation
Then they hasted and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the very stairs, and blew with trumpets, and said, Jehu is king!

World English Bible
Then they hurried, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew the trumpet, saying, "Jehu is king."

Young's Literal Translation
And they haste and take each his garment, and put it under him at the top of the stairs, and blow with a trumpet, and say, 'Reigned hath Jehu!'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Took every man his garment - This was a ceremony by which they acknowledged him as king; and it was by such a ceremony that the multitudes acknowledged Jesus Christ for the Messiah and King of Israel, a little before his passion: see Matthew 21:7 (note), and the note there. The ceremony was expressive: "As we put our garments under his feet, so we place every thing under his authority, and acknowledge ourselves his servants."

On the top of the stairs - The Chaldee, the rabbins, and several interpreters, understand this of the public sun-dial; which in those ancient times, was formed of steps like stairs, each step serving to indicate, by its shadow, one hour, or such division of time as was commonly used in that country. This dial was, no doubt, in the most public place; and upon the top of it, or on the platform on the top, would be a very proper place to set Jehu, while they blew their trumpets, and proclaimed him king. The Hebrew מעלות maaloth is the same word which is used 2 Kings 20:9-11, to signify the dial of Ahaz; and this was probably the very same dial on which that miracle was afterwards wrought: and this dial, מעלות maaloth, from עלה alah, to go up, ascend, was most evidently made of steps; the shadows projected on which, by a gnomon, at the different elevations of the sun, would serve to show the popular divisions of time. See the notes on 2 Kings 20:9 (note), etc.

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and took every The spreading of garments in the street, before persons to whom it was intended to shew particular honour, was an ancient and very general custom; the garments in this case being used for carpets. In the Agamennon of AEschylus, the hypocritical Clytemnestra commands the maids to spread carpets before her returning husband, that on his descending from his chariot he may place his foot on `a purple-covered path.' We also find this custom among the Romans. Plutarch relates, that when Cato of Utica left the Macedonian army, where he had become legionary tribune, the soldiers spread their clothes in the way.

Matthew 21:7,8 And brought the donkey, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon...

Mark 11:7,8 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat on him...

on the top The ancient fortified cities were generally strengthened with a citadel, (Ju

9:46,51) commonly built on an eminence, to which they ascended by a {flight of stairs}, (

Nehemiah 3:15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it...

) It is extremely probable, therefore, that Ramoth-gilead, being a frontier town of Israel and Syria, had a tower of this nature; and that Jehu was proclaimed king on the {top of the stairs} by which they ascended the hill on which the tower stood, i.e, in the area before the door of the tower, and consequently the most public place in the city.

blew with trumpets

2 Samuel 15:10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say...

1 Kings 1:34,39 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow you with the trumpet, and say...

Psalm 47:5-7 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet...

Psalm 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

is king [heb] reigneth

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The Fall of the House of Ahab
[This chapter is based on 1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 1.] The evil influence that Jezebel had exercised from the first over Ahab continued during the later years of his life and bore fruit in deeds of shame and violence such as have seldom been equaled in sacred history. "There was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up." Naturally of a covetous disposition, Ahab, strengthened and sustained in wrongdoing by Jezebel, had followed
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Matthew 21:7
They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.

Matthew 21:8
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Mark 11:7
When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.

Mark 11:8
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.

2 Samuel 15:10
Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron.'"

1 Kings 1:34
There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, 'Long live King Solomon!'

1 Kings 1:39
Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon!"

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