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2 Kings 6:21

6:21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Should I strike them down, 1  my master?” 2 

2 Kings 13:14

Elisha Makes One Final Prophecy

13:14 Now Elisha had a terminal illness. 3  King Joash of Israel went down to visit him. 4  He wept before him and said, “My father, my father! The chariot 5  and horsemen of Israel!” 6 

1 tn Heb “Should I strike them down? I will strike them down.” In the Hebrew text the first person imperfect form is repeated; the first form has the interrogative he prefixed to it; the second does not. It is likely that the second form should be omitted as dittographic or that the first should be emended to an infinitive absolute.

2 tn Heb “my father.” The king addresses the prophet in this way to indicate his respect. See 2 Kgs 2:12.

3 tn Heb “Now Elisha was ill with the illness by which he would die.”

4 tn Heb “went down to him.”

5 tn Though the noun is singular here, it may be collective, in which case it could be translated “chariots.”

6 sn By comparing Elisha to a one-man army, the king emphasizes the power of the prophetic word. See the note at 2:12.

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