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2 Kings 6:15-19

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6:15 The prophet’s 1  attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, 2  “Oh no, my master! What will we do?” 6:16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” 3  6:17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that 4  the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 6:18 As they approached him, 5  Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike these people 6  with blindness.” 7  The Lord 8  struck them with blindness as Elisha requested. 9  6:19 Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the right road or city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you’re looking for.” He led them to Samaria. 10 

1 tn Heb “man of God’s.”

2 tn Heb “his young servant said to him.”

3 tn Heb “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

4 tn Heb “and he saw, and look.”

5 tn Heb “and they came down to him.”

6 tn Or “this nation,” perhaps emphasizing the strength of the Syrian army.

7 tn On the basis of the Akkadian etymology of the word, M. Cogan and H. Tadmor (II Kings [AB], 74) translate “blinding light.” HALOT 761 s.v. סַנְוֵרִים suggests the glosses “dazzling, deception.”

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

9 tn Heb “according to the word of Elisha.”

10 map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.



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