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2 Kings 7:18-19

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7:18 The prophet told the king, “Two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel, and a seah of finely milled flour for a shekel; this will happen about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria.” 7:19 But the officer replied to the prophet, “Look, even if the Lord made it rain by opening holes in the sky, could this happen so soon?” 1  Elisha 2  said, “Look, you will see it happen with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of the food!” 3 

1 tn Heb “the Lord was making holes in the sky, could this thing be?” See the note at 7:2.

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

3 tn Heb “you will not eat from there.”

tn In the Hebrew text vv. 18-19a are one lengthy sentence, “When the man of God spoke to the king…, the officer replied to the man of God, ‘Look…so soon?’” The translation divides this sentence up for stylistic reasons.



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