A A A A A
Bible Book List

2 Kings 13:14-25 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Elisha Makes One Final Prophecy

14 Now Elisha had a terminal illness.[a] King Jehoash of Israel went down to visit him.[b] He wept before him and said, “My father, my father! The chariot[c] and horsemen of Israel!”[d] 15 Elisha told him, “Take a bow and some arrows,” and he did so.[e] 16 Then Elisha[f] told the king of Israel, “Aim the bow.”[g] He did so,[h] and Elisha placed his hands on the king’s hands. 17 Elisha[i] said, “Open the east window,” and he did so.[j] Elisha said, “Shoot!” and he did so.[k] Elisha[l] said, “This arrow symbolizes the victory the Lord will give you over Syria.[m] You will annihilate Syria in Aphek!”[n] 18 Then Elisha[o] said, “Take the arrows,” and he did so.[p] He told the king of Israel, “Strike the ground!” He struck the ground three times and stopped. 19 The prophet[q] got angry at him and said, “If you had struck the ground five or six times, you would have annihilated Syria![r] But now, you will defeat Syria only three times.”

20 Elisha died and was buried.[s] Moabite raiding parties invaded[t] the land at the beginning of the year.[u] 21 One day some men[v] were burying a man when they spotted[w] a raiding party. So they threw the dead man[x] into Elisha’s tomb. When the body[y] touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man[z] came to life and stood on his feet.

22 Now King Hazael of Syria oppressed Israel throughout Jehoahaz’s reign.[aa] 23 But the Lord had mercy on them and felt pity for them.[ab] He extended his favor to them[ac] because of the promise he had made[ad] to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has been unwilling to destroy them or remove them from his presence to this very day.[ae] 24 When King Hazael of Syria died, his son Ben Hadad replaced him as king. 25 Jehoahaz’s son Jehoash took back from[af] Ben Hadad son of Hazael the cities that he had taken from his father Jehoahaz in war. Jehoash defeated him three times and recovered the Israelite cities.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 13:14 tn Heb “Now Elisha was ill with the illness by which he would die.”
  2. 2 Kings 13:14 tn Heb “went down to him.”
  3. 2 Kings 13:14 tn Though the noun is singular here, it may be collective, in which case it could be translated “chariots.”
  4. 2 Kings 13:14 sn By comparing Elisha to a one-man army, the king emphasizes the power of the prophetic word. See the note at 2:12.
  5. 2 Kings 13:15 tn Heb “and he took a bow and some arrows.”
  6. 2 Kings 13:16 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  7. 2 Kings 13:16 tn Heb “Cause your hand to ride on the bow.”
  8. 2 Kings 13:16 tn Heb “and he caused his hand to ride.”
  9. 2 Kings 13:17 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  10. 2 Kings 13:17 tn Heb “He opened [it].”
  11. 2 Kings 13:17 tn Heb “and he shot.”
  12. 2 Kings 13:17 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  13. 2 Kings 13:17 tn Heb “The arrow of victory of the Lord and the arrow of victory over Syria.”
  14. 2 Kings 13:17 tn Heb “you will strike down Syria in Aphek until destruction.”
  15. 2 Kings 13:18 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  16. 2 Kings 13:18 tn Heb “and he took [them].”
  17. 2 Kings 13:19 tn Heb “man of God.”
  18. 2 Kings 13:19 tn Heb “[It was necessary] to strike five or six times, then you would strike down Syria until destruction.” On the syntax of the infinitive construct, see GKC 349 §114.k.
  19. 2 Kings 13:20 tn Heb “and they buried him.”
  20. 2 Kings 13:20 tn Heb “entered.”
  21. 2 Kings 13:20 tc The MT reading בָּא שָׁנָה (baʾ shanah), “it came, year,” should probably be emended to בְּבָא הַשָּׁנָה (bevaʾ hashanah), “at the coming [i.e., ‘beginning’] of the year.” See M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 148.
  22. 2 Kings 13:21 tn Heb “and it so happened [that] they.”
  23. 2 Kings 13:21 tn Heb “and look, they saw.”
  24. 2 Kings 13:21 tn Heb “the man”; the adjective “dead” has been supplied in the translation for clarity.
  25. 2 Kings 13:21 tn Heb “the man.”
  26. 2 Kings 13:21 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the dead man) has been specified in the translation for clarity. Otherwise the reader might think it was Elisha rather than the unnamed dead man who came back to life.
  27. 2 Kings 13:22 tn Heb “all the days of Jehoahaz.”
  28. 2 Kings 13:23 tn Or “showed them compassion.”
  29. 2 Kings 13:23 tn Heb “he turned to them.”
  30. 2 Kings 13:23 tn Heb “because of his covenant with.”
  31. 2 Kings 13:23 tn Heb “until now.”
  32. 2 Kings 13:25 tn Heb “from the hand of.”
New English Translation (NET)

NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2017 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://netbible.com All rights reserved.

  Back

1 of 1

You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more

Viewing of
Cross references
Footnotes