John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 12 (2 Kings 8:12)

And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord ?.... Imagining it was for the death of Benhadad he had predicted, for which he could see no reason; of the title, "my lord", see 1 Kings 18:7 .

and he answered, because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel ; which he foresaw by a spirit of prophecy; and Israel being his own people, he sympathized in their calamities before they came:

their strong holds wilt thou set on fire ; which should be taken by him, see 2 Kings 10:32

and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword ; in battle:

and wilt dash their children ; against rocks and stones, or stone walls, or upon the ground, floor, or pavement, as was usual in war F7 Vid. Homer. Iliad. 22. ver. 63, 64. , see Psalm 137:9 ,

and rip up their women with child : which was the height of barbarity and cruelty. Ben Gersom and Ben Melech interpret this of breaking down the walls of fortified cities, built strong, like hills and mountains; but this is supposed in the first clause.

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary