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 2 Kings 7
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   Book of 2 KingsClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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Elisha Promises Food

1 Then Elisha said, "Listen to the word of the LORD; thus says the LORD, `Tomorrow R162 about this time a measure F78 of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.' " 2 The R163 royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, "Behold, if R164 the LORD should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?" Then he said, "Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of F79 it."

Four Lepers Relate Arameans' Flight

3 Now there were four leprous R165 men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, "Why do we sit here until we die? 4 "If we say, `We will enter the city,' then the famine is in the city and we will die there; and if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us go F80 over to the R166 camp of the Arameans. If they spare us, we will live; and if they kill us, we will but die." 5 They arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Arameans; when they came to the outskirts of the camp of the Arameans, behold, there was no one there. 6 For the R167 Lord had caused the army of the Arameans to hear a sound of chariots and a sound of horses, even the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, "Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the R168 kings of the Hittites and the R169 kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us." 7 Therefore they arose R170 and fled in the twilight, and left their tents and their horses and their donkeys, even the camp just as it was, and fled for their life. 8 When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried R171 from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid them; and they returned and entered another tent and carried from there also, and went and hid them.

9 Then they said to one another, "We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake F81 us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king's household." 10 So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and they told them, saying, "We came to the camp of the Arameans, and behold, there was no one there, nor the voice of man, only the horses tied and the donkeys tied, and the tents just as they were." 11 The gatekeepers called and told it within the king's household. 12 Then the king arose in the night and said to his servants, "I will now tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we R172 are hungry; therefore they have gone from the camp to R173 hide themselves in the field, saying, `When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and get into the city.' " 13 One of his servants said, "Please, let some men take five of the horses which remain, which are left in F82 the city. Behold, they will be in any case like all the multitude of Israel who are left in it; behold, they will be in any case like all the multitude of Israel who have already perished, so let us send and see." 14 They took therefore two chariots with horses, and the king sent after the army of the Arameans, saying, "Go and see."

The Promise Fulfilled

15 They went after them to the Jordan, and behold, all the way was full of clothes and equipment which the Arameans had thrown away in their haste. Then the messengers returned and told the king.

16 So the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. Then a measure F83 of fine flour was sold for a shekel and two measures F83 of barley for a shekel, according R174 to the word of the LORD. 17 Now the king appointed the R175 royal officer on whose hand he leaned to F84 have charge of the gate; but the people trampled on him at the gate, and he died just as the man of God had said, who R176 spoke when the king came down to him. 18 It happened just as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, "Two R177 measures F85 of barley for a shekel and a measure F85 of fine flour for a shekel, will be sold tomorrow about this time at the gate of Samaria." 19 Then the royal officer answered the man of God and said, "Now behold, if R178 the LORD should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?" And he said, "Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of F86 it." 20 And so it happened to him, for the people trampled on him at the gate and he died.


FOOTNOTES:
F78: Hebrew seah
F79: Lit from there
F80: Lit fall
F81: Lit find
F82: Lit in it
F83: Hebrew seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts
F83: Hebrew seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts
F84: Lit over the gate
F85: Hebrew seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts
F85: Hebrew seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts
F86: Lit from there

CROSS REFERENCES:
R162: 2 Kings 7:18
R163: 2 Kings 5:18; 7:17,19
R164: Genesis 7:11; Malachi 3:10
R165: Leviticus 13:45,46; Numbers 5:2-4; 12:10-14
R166: 2 Kings 6:24
R167: 2 Samuel 5:24
R168: 1 Kings 10:29
R169: 2 Chronicles 12:2,3; Isaiah 31:1; 36:9
R170: Psalms 48:4-6; Proverbs 28:1
R171: Joshua 7:21
R172: 2 Kings 6:25-29
R173: Joshua 8:4-12
R174: 2 Kings 7:1
R175: 2 Kings 7:2
R176: 2 Kings 6:32
R177: 2 Kings 7:1
R178: 2 Kings 7:2

 
 

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