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2 Kings 14:25-27

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14:25 He restored the border of Israel from Lebo Hamath in the north to the sea of the Arabah in the south, 1  in accordance with the word of the Lord God of Israel announced through 2  his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher. 14:26 The Lord saw Israel’s intense suffering; 3  everyone was weak and incapacitated and Israel had no deliverer. 4  14:27 The Lord had not decreed that he would blot out Israel’s memory 5  from under heaven, 6  so he delivered them through Jeroboam son of Joash.

1 tn The phrases “in the north” and “in the south” are added in the translation for clarification.

2 tn Heb “which he spoke by the hand of.”

3 tc Heb “for the Lord saw the very bitter affliction of Israel.” This translation assumes an emendation of מֹרֶה (moreh), which is meaningless here, to ַהמַּר (hammar), the adjective “bitter” functioning attributively with the article prefixed. This emendation is supported by the LXX, Syriac Peshitta, and Vulgate. Another option would be מַר הוּא (mar hu’), “it was bitter.”

4 tn Heb “[there was] none but the restrained, and [there was] none but the abandoned, and there was no deliverer for Israel.” On the meaning of the terms עָצוּר (’atsur) and עָזוּב (’azur), see the note at 1 Kgs 14:10.

5 tn Heb “name.”

6 tn The phrase “from under heaven” adds emphasis to the verb “blot out” and suggest total annihilation. For other examples of the verb מָחָה (makhah), “blot out,” combined with “from under heaven,” see Exod 17:14; Deut 9:14; 25:19; 29:20.



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