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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

2 Kings 6

 

 

Verses 1-33

2 Kings 6:10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

2 Kings 6:10 — "not once nor twice" - Comments- This phrase is used to mean that Elisha warned the king of Israel "a number of times," or "on many occasions." The number "two" represents a few in the Hebrew language. Note 1 Kings 17:12, where the widow woman is gathering "two sticks" before she dies. The phrase "two sticks" means "a few sticks."

1 Kings 17:12, "And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my Song of Solomon , that we may eat it, and die."

2 Kings 6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

2 Kings 6:12"the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber" - Comments- This phrase represents a person's most intimate secrets. What we say in our beds with our spouses at night is usually things that we would never say to anyone outside that room. God knows our most intimate thoughts and He revealed to Elisha some of these thoughts from the king of Israel.

2 Kings 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

2 Kings 6:16Comments- The prophets in the Old Testament had the boldness to stand against armies because they had seen the revelation of God"s mighty power and presence in his life. They had crossed over and learned to live in the heavenly realm, where no fear can dwell. These prophets saw God"s entire heavenly host standing with them.

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

2 Kings 6:17Scripture References- Note similar verses:

2 Samuel 5:24, "And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines."

2 Kings 7:6, "For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us."

2 Kings 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

2 Kings 6:18Comments- Elisha asked God to blind the Syrians in contrast to opening the eyes of his servant.

2 Kings 6:21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them?

2 Kings 6:21Comments- This sounds like the disciples of Jesus when they were rejected by the villages of Samaria ( Luke 9:54).

Luke 9:54, "And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?"

2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass"s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove"s dung for five pieces of silver.

2 Kings 6:25Comments- We find a similar verse in Revelation 6:6, which very likely describes a famine also.

Revelation 6:6, "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 2 Kings 6:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/2-kings-6.html. 2013.

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