7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, a 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.
(a) The godly are always assured of God's help
in their necessity, but the times and hours are only revealed by God's
7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king b
leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, [if] the LORD would make c
windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see [it]
with thine eyes, but shalt not d eat
(b) To whom the king gave the charge and
oversight of things as in (2 Kings
(c) He mocked at the prophets words saying, that if
God rained down corn from heaven, yet this could not come to pass.
(d) Your infidelity will be punished in this when
you see this miracle, and yet not partake of it.
7:3 And there were four leprous men at the e
entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we
(e) For it was commanded in the law that they
should dwell apart, and not among their brethren, (Leviticus
For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a f
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.
(f) Thus God needs no great preparation to
destroy the wicked. Though they are many he can scatter them with a small
noise, or shaking of a leaf.
7:7 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 g fled for their life.
(g) The wicked need no greater enemy than their
own conscience to pursue them.
And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, h
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
(h) He mistrusted the prophets words, and
therefore could believe nothing, as they who are more prudent than godly
always cast more doubt than is needed.
7:13 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 i
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.
(i) There are no more left, but they, or the rest
are consumed by the famine, as the rest of the people.
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, k
according to the word of the LORD.
(k) Which he spoke by the mouth of Elisha, (2 Kings
7:17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand
he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people l
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.
(l) As the people pressed out of the gate to run
to the Syrian's tents, where they had heard meat and great spoil was left.