NASB — 2 Kings 7 — KJV

Elisha Promises Food

1 Then Elisha said, “Listen to the word of the LORD; thus says the LORD, ‘aTomorrow about this time a Imeasure of fine flour will be [sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.’” 2 aThe royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, “Behold, bif 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 Iof it.”

[1] IHeb seah a2K 7:18
[2] ILit from there a2K 5:18; 7:17, 19 bGn 7:11; Mal 3:10

Four Lepers Relate Arameans’ Flight

3 ¶ Now there were four aleprous 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 Igo over to athe 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 athe 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 bthe kings of the Hittites and cthe kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.” 7 Therefore they aarose 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 acarried 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].

[3] aLv 13:45, 46; Nu 5:2-4; 12:10-14
[4] ILit fall a2K 6:24
[6] a2S 5:24 b1K 10:29 c2Ch 12:2, 3; Is 31:1; 36:9
[7] aPs 48:4-6; Pv 28:1
[8] aJsh 7:21

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 Iovertake 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 awe are hungry; therefore they have gone from the camp bto 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 Iin 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.”

[9] ILit find
[12] a2K 6:25-29 bJsh 8:4-12
[13] ILit in it

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 Imeasure of fine flour [was sold] for a shekel and two Imeasures of barley for a shekel, aaccording to the word of the LORD. 17 Now the king appointed athe royal officer on whose hand he leaned Ito 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, bwho spoke when the king came down to him. 18 It happened just as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, “aTwo Imeasures of barley for a shekel and a Imeasure 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, aif 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 Iof it.” 20 And so it happened to him, for the people trampled on him at the gate and he died.

[16] IHeb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts a2K 7:1
[17] ILit over the gate a2K 7:2 b2K 6:32
[18] IHeb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts a2K 7:1
[19] ILit from there a2K 7:2


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Elisha prophesieth incredible plenty in Samaria.

1 ¶ Then Elisha said,¬ Hear¬ ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith¬ the LORD, To morrow about this time [shall] a measure of fine flour [be sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. 2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned¬ answered¬ the man of God, and said,¬ Behold, [if] the LORD would make¬ windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said,¬ Behold, thou shalt see¬ [it] with thine eyes, but shalt not eat¬ thereof.

[1] Ex 8:23; 9:5; 14:13; 16:12; Jsh 3:5; 1S 11:9; 1K 22:19; 2K 4:42; 6:25, 33; 7:18; 20:16; Ps 46:5; Is 1:10; Ezk 37:4; Jn 6:9; Rv 6:6.
[2] Gn 7:11; 18:12; Nu 11:21; Dt 3:27; 2K 5:18; 7:17; 2Ch 20:20; Ps 78:19, 41; Is 7:9; Mal 3:10; Ro 3:3; 2Ti 2:13; He 3:17.

Four lepers, venturing on the host of the Syrians, bring tidings of their flight.

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?¬ 4 If we say,¬ We will enter¬ into the city, then the famine [is] in the city, and we shall die¬ there: and if we sit still¬ here, we die¬ also. Now therefore come,¬ and let us fall¬ unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive,¬ we shall live;¬ and if they kill¬ us, we shall but die.¬ 5 And they rose up¬ in the twilight, to go¬ unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come¬ to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, [there was] no man there. 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. 7 Wherefore they arose¬ and fled¬ in the twilight, and left¬ their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it [was], and fled¬ for their life. 8 And when these lepers¬ came¬ to the uttermost part of the camp, they went¬ into one tent, and did eat¬ and drink,¬ and carried¬ thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went¬ and hid¬ [it]; and came again,¬ and entered¬ into another tent, and carried¬ thence [also], and went¬ and hid¬ [it]. 9 Then they said¬ one to another, We do¬ not well: this day [is] a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace:¬ if we tarry¬ till the morning light, some mischief will come¬ upon us: now therefore come,¬ that we may go¬ and tell¬ the king's household. 10 So they came¬ and called¬ unto the porter of the city: and they told¬ them, saying,¬ We came¬ to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, [there was] no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied,¬ and asses tied,¬ and the tents as they [were]. 11 And he called¬ the porters; and they told¬ [it] to the king's house within.

[3] Lv 13:46; Nu 5:2; 12:14; 2K 5:1; 7:4; 8:4; Jr 8:14; 27:13.
[4] 2S 14:14; 1Ch 12:19; Es 4:16; Jr 8:14; 14:18; 37:13; Jna 3:9; Lk 15:17; He 9:27.
[5] Lv 27:8, 26; Dt 28:7; 32:25, 30; 1S 30:17; Ezk 12:6, 12.
[6] 2S 5:24; 1K 10:29; 2K 3:22, 23; 19:7; 2Ch 12:2; Jb 15:21; Ps 14:5; Is 31:1; 36:9; Jr 20:3; Ezk 10:5; Rv 6:15; 9:9.
[7] Nu 35:11; Jb 18:11; Ps 20:7; 33:17; 48:4; 68:12; Pv 6:5; 21:1; 28:1; Is 2:20; Jr 48:8; Am 2:14; Mt 24:16; He 6:18.
[8] Jsh 7:21; 2K 5:24; Jr 41:8; Mt 13:44; 25:18.
[9] Nu 32:23; 2K 5:26; 7:3, 6; Pv 24:16; Is 41:27; 52:7; Na 1:15; Hg 1:4; Lk 2:10; Php 2:4.
[10] 2S 18:26; 2K 7:6, 11; Ps 127:1; Mk 13:34.

The king, finding by spies the news to be true, spoileth the tents of the Syrians.

12 ¶ And the king arose¬ in the night, and said¬ unto his servants, I will now shew¬ you what the Syrians have done¬ to us. They know¬ that we [be] hungry; therefore are they gone out¬ of the camp to hide¬ themselves in the field, saying,¬ When they come out¬ of the city, we shall catch¬ them alive, and get¬ into the city. 13 And one of his servants answered¬ and said,¬ Let [some] take,¬ I pray thee, five of the horses that remain,¬ which are left¬ in the city, (behold, they [are] as all the multitude of Israel that are left¬ in it: behold, [I say], they [are] even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:)¬ and let us send¬ and see.¬ 14 They took¬ therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent¬ after the host of the Syrians, saying,¬ Go¬ and see.¬ 15 And they went¬ after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way [was] full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away¬ in their haste.¬ And the messengers returned,¬ and told¬ the king. 16 And the people went out,¬ and spoiled¬ the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was [sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.

[13] 2K 5:13; 6:33; 7:4; Jr 14:18; Lm 4:9.
[15] Es 1:7; Jb 2:4; Is 2:20; 10:3; 22:24; 31:7; Ezk 18:31; Mt 16:26; 24:16; Php 3:7; He 12:1.
[16] Nu 23:19; 1S 17:53; 2K 7:1; 2Ch 14:12; 20:25; Jb 27:16; Ps 68:12; Is 33:1, 4, 23; 44:26; Mt 24:35.

The lord, who would not believe the prophecy of plenty, having charge of the gate, is trodden to death in the press.

17 ¶ And the king appointed¬ the lord on whose hand he leaned¬ to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode¬ upon him in the gate, and he died,¬ as the man of God had said,¬ who spake¬ when the king came down¬ to him. 18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken¬ to the king, saying,¬ Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: 19 And that lord answered¬ the man of God, and said,¬ Now, behold, [if] the LORD should make¬ windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said,¬ Behold, thou shalt see¬ it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat¬ thereof. 20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode¬ upon him in the gate, and he died.¬

[17] Jg 20:43; 2K 7:2; 9:33; Is 25:10; Mi 7:10; He 10:29.
[18] Gn 18:14; 2K 6:32; 7:1.
[20] Nu 20:12; 2Ch 20:20; Jb 20:23; Is 7:9; Jr 17:5; He 3:18.


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