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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 3:6-19

Jehoram has no sooner got the sceptre into his hand than he takes the sword into his hand, to reduce Moab. Crowns bring great cares and perils to the heads that wear them; no sooner in honour than in war. Now here we have, I. The concerting of this expedition between Jehoram king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah. Jehoram levied an army (2 Kgs. 3:6), and such an opinion he had of the godly king of Judah that, 1. He courted him to be his confederate: Wilt thou go with me against Moab? And... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 3:17

For thus saith the Lord, ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see the rain ,.... Neither perceive the south wind blow, which usually brings rain, nor clouds gathering in the heavens, as portending it, nor any filling from thence: yet that valley shall be filled with water ; and all the ditches dug in it: that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle, and all your beasts ; there would be such a quantity as would be enough for them all, the soldiers, the horses they rode on, and the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 3:17

Ye shall not see wind - There shall be no wind to collect vapours, and there shall be no showers, and yet the whole bed of this river, and all the new made canals, shall be filled with water. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:1-27


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:4-27

THE WAR WITH MOAB . The historian goes back to the origin of the war. He had already, in 2 Kings 1:1 , mentioned the revolt of Moab at the death of Ahab; but he now recalls his readers' attention to the fact, and to some extent explains it and accounts for it. Moab had been treated oppressively—had been forced to pay an extraordinarily heavy tribute—and was in a certain sense driven into rebellion ( 2 Kings 1:4 , 2 Kings 1:5 ). Jehoram, when he came to the kingdom, determined to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:9-20

Man's extremity is God's opportunity. This expedition, begun without consulting God, soon landed the allies in dire straits. I. THE STRAITS OF THE ARMY . 1. The failure of water . The host must have been a large one, and they had much cattle with them for sustenance. For some reason, the journey occupied seven days, and the desert was waterless. They were in the same distress that the Israelites were in centuries before under Moses ( Exodus 17:1-3 ; Numbers 20:1-5 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:13-19

The servant of God in the presence of the great of the earth. Three lessons may be learnt from the conduct of Elisha before the confederate kings. I. A LESSON OF ZEAL FOR GOD . Elisha does not allow himself to be abashed by the earthly grandeur and dignity of his visitors, or to be rendered yielding and complaisant by the compliment which they have paid him in seeking him out, instead of summoning him to their presence. As the servant and minister of God, he is always in a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:13-27

Aspects of a godly man. "And Elisha said unto the King of Israel, What have I to do with thee?' etc. Elisha was confessedly a godly man of a high type, and these verses reveal him to us in three aspects. I. AS RISING SUPERIOR TO KINGS . When these three kings—Jehoshaphat the King of Judah, Jehoram the King of Israel, and the King of Edom—approached Elisha, was he overawed by their splendor? or was he elated by their visit? No. He was no flunkey ; no true man ever is. Here... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:16-25

The valley full of ditches. Two troubles had come upon Israel at this time. The kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom were gone forth to battle against the King of Moab. Strife is an evil between nations or individuals. It takes years for a nation to recover from the devastating effects of war. Terrible is the destruction of life and property which war causes. To the horrors and perils of war in this case was added a fresh difficulty. Their armies, passing through the desert, had no water to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:17

For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see —i.e; perceive— wind, neither shall ye see rain. Wind and rain usually go together in the East, especially when there is sudden heavy rain after a time of drought. What Elisha promises is a heavy storm of wind accompanied by violent rain, which, however, will be at such a distance that the Israelites will see nothing of it, but whereof they will experience the effects when the torrent-course that separates them from the Moabite country suddenly... read more

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