Chapter 12 (2 Kings 12)

This chapter gives us the history of the reign of Joash, which does not answer to that glorious beginning of it which we had an account of in the foregoing chapter; he was not so illustrious at forty years old as he was at seven, yet his reign is to be reckoned one of the better sort, and appears much worse in Chronicles (2 Chron. 24:1-27) than it does here, for there we find the blood of one of God?s prophets laid at his door; here we are only told, I. That he did well while Jehoiada lived, 2 Kgs. 12:1-3. II. That he was careful and active to repair the temple, 2 Kgs. 12:4-16. III. That after a mean compact with Hazael (2 Kgs. 12:17, 18) he died ingloriously, 2 Kgs. 12:19-21.

- Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary