And the king said to Hazael ,.... The captain general of his army:
take a present in thine hand, and go and meet the man of God , who, perhaps, was not as yet come into the city, only into the region of Damascus: or rather "with thee"; so the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions; and which Noldius F6 Ebr. Concord. Part. p. 189. No. 362. approves of, since a burden of forty camels, 2 Kings 8:9 could not be carried in the hand:
and inquire of the Lord by him, saying, shall I recover of this disease ? he did not desire him to pray the Lord that he might recover, only was curious to know whether he should or not, see 2 Kings 1:2 .
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