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2 Kings 6:16-18

6:16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” 1  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 2  the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 6:18 As they approached him, 3  Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike these people 4  with blindness.” 5  The Lord 6  struck them with blindness as Elisha requested. 7 

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

2 tn Heb “and he saw, and look.”

3 tn Heb “and they came down to him.”

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

5 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.”

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

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

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