6:21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Should I strike them down, 1 my master?” 2 6:22 He replied, “Do not strike them down! You did not capture them with your sword or bow, so what gives you the right to strike them down? 3 Give them some food and water, so they can eat and drink and then go back to their master.”
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.
3 tn Heb “Are [they] ones you captured with your sword or your bow (that) you can strike (them) down?”