“Open-eyed, the son of Remaliah a captain in the army of” “Pekahiah, king of Israel, whom he slew, with the aid of a band” “of Gileadites, and succeeded (B.C. 758) on the throne (2 Kings” 15:25). Seventeen years after this he entered into an alliance “with Rezin, king of Syria, and took part with him in besieging” “Jerusalem (2 Kings 15:37; 16:5). But Tiglath-pilser, who was in” “alliance with Ahaz, king of Judah, came up against Pekah, and” carried away captive many of the inhabitants of his kingdom (2 “Kings 15:29). This was the beginning of the “Captivity.” Soon” “after this Pekah was put to death by Hoshea, the son of Elah,” who usurped the throne (2 Kings 15:30; 16:1-9. Comp. Isa. 7:16; “8:4; 9:12). He is supposed by some to have been the “shephard” mentioned in Zech. 11:16.

“The Lord opened his eyes, the son and successor of Menahem on” the throne of Israel. He was murdered in the royal palace of “Samaria by Pekah, one of the captains of his army (2 Kings” “15:23-26), after a reign of two years (B.C. 761-759). He “did” “that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”

Definition of Pekah: “he that opens; that is at liberty”

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