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

2 Kings 7

 

 

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2 Kings 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

2 Kings 7:3Comments- Jewish tradition says that Gehazi and his three sons were these four lepers that delivered the city of Samaria.

"Now there were four leprous menhttp://www.come-and-hear.com/sotah/sotah 47.html- 47a 17#47a 17— R. Johanan said: This refers to Gehazi and his three sons." 61]

61] Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sotah, Folio 47a, trans. I. Epstein [on-line]; accessed 11August 2009; available from http://www.come-and-hear.com/sotah/sotah 47.html; Internet.

"And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate. R. Johanan said: They were Gehazi and his three sons." 62]

62] Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin, Folio 107b, trans. I. Epstein [on-line]; accessed 11August 2009; available from http://www.come-and-hear.com/sotah/sotah 47.html; Internet.

Elisha had judged him with the curse of leprosy in 2 Kings 5:27.

2 Kings 5:27, "The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow."

This view is supported by the fact that in the next chapter, Gehazi is standing before the king ( 2 Kings 8:4). We know that no leper would stand serving in the court of the king.

2 Kings 8:4, "And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done."

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 7:6 — "to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host" - Comments- This was the army of the Lord going forth to fight ( 2 Samuel 5:24, 2 Kings 6:17).

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 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."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 2 Kings 7:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/2-kings-7.html. 2013.

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