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{2 Kings 9:13} Then they hasted, 4116 z8762 and took 3947 z8799 every man 376 his garment, 899 and put 7760 z8799 [it] under x8478 him on x413 the top 1634 of the stairs, 4609 and blew 8628 z8799 with trumpets, 7782 saying, 559 z8799 Jehu 3058 is king. 4427 z8804
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 these cases being used for carpets. In the Agamemnon of Aschylus, 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. "And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set [him] thereon. ... And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed [them] in the way." {Mtt 21:7-8} + "And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. ... And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed [them] in the way." {Mrk 11:7-8}
on the top:
The ancient fortified cities were generally strengthened with a citadel ("And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard [that], they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith." {Jdg 9:46} + "But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut [it] to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower." {Jdg 9:51}), commonly built on an eminence, to which they ascended by a flight of stairs ("But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David." {Neh 3:15}). 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:
"But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron." {2Sm 15:10} + "And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon." {1Kg 1:34} + "And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon." {1Kg 1:39} + "God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. ... For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding." {Psa 47:5-7} + "With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King." {Psa 98:6}
is king:
Heb. reigneth

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