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2 Kings 5:5

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5:5 The king of Syria said, “Go! I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman 1  went, taking with him ten talents 2  of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, 3  and ten suits of clothes.

1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Naaman) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 750 pounds of silver (cf. NCV, NLT, CEV).

3 tn Heb “six thousand gold […].” The unit of measure is not given in the Hebrew text. A number of English versions supply “pieces” (e.g., KJV, ASV, NAB, TEV) or “shekels” (e.g., NASB, NIV, NRSV).



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