| 1 ¶ Then Elisha said,
Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this
time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures
of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
.2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
| Context is important here.
Elisha is responding to the king's doubt and his plan to kill him 2ki0630ff.
1 - The word of the Lord Often we see no way that the Lord can work things out according to His promises. If we didn't know the end of this story, we might be tempted to doubt.
2 - A lord Literally a "third" [man]. He was the king's close assistant.
¶ And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate:
and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
|A logical plan.|
| 5 And they rose up in
the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come
to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
.6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
| 5 -
As darkness came, they could go into the camp without undue attention and
get to the head officer before being shot with an arrow by the guards.
5 - Uttermost Farthest from the center. That is, the very edge.
6 - Hear the noise Perhaps angels in human form or with human sounds were revealed. Compare 2ki0616.
| 9 Then they said one
to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold
our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come
upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within.
| 12 ¶ And the king arose
in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the
Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they
gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they
come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.
14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
|1 - Those who wish to doubt may find a way even with the clearest evidence.|
And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure
of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel,
according to the word of the LORD.
17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.
18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria:
|16 - Measure of flour for a shekel According to the Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, a shekel was a weight and, when coins began to be minted, a coin. The temple shekel in New Testament times weighed from 1/3 to 1/2 ounce. From what I see on the Internet (2003) an ounce is worth about $3.50 bullion or $7.50 as a coin. As far as wages and property values in Bible times is concerned, it was worth much more. The 30 pieces of silver from Judas purchased a burial field for the poor.|
| 19 And that lord answered
the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows
in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it
with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.
|20 - And he died According to his vow! 2ki0631.|