8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou a canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
(a) Where you can find a convenient place to
dwell, where there is plenty.
8:3 And it came to pass at
the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the
Philistines: and she went forth b to cry
unto the king for her house and for her land.
(b) That is, to complain of them who had taken
her possessions while she was absent.
8:5 And it came to
pass, as he was telling c the king how
he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had
restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi
said, My lord, O king, this [is] the woman, and this [is] her son, whom Elisha
restored to life.
(c) God's wonderful providence appears in this,
that he caused the king to desire to hear him, whom before he contemned and
also hereby prepared an entrance to the poor widows suit.
8:6 And when the king asked the woman, she told
him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that
[was] hers, and all the d fruits of the
field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
(d) The king caused that to be justly restored
which was wrongfully withheld from her.
So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every e
good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him,
and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I
recover of this disease?
(e) Of all the chiefest and precious things of
8:10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him,
Thou mayest certainly f recover: howbeit
the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.
(f) Meaning that he would recover of this
disease: but he knew that this messenger Hazael would slay him to obtain the
And Hazael said, But what, [is] thy servant g
a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath
shewed me that thou [shalt be] king over Syria.
(g) That I should be without all humanity and
8:15 And it came to
pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped [it] in water, and h
spread [it] on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.
(h) Under pretence to refresh or ease him, he
suffocated him with his cloak.
8:16 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of
Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat [being] then king of Judah, i
Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
(i) Read (2 Kings
8:18 And he walked in the
way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the l
daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
(l) The Holy Spirit shows by this the danger of
joining with infidels.
8:20 In his days Edom
m revolted from under the hand of Judah,
and made a king over themselves.
(m) Which had been subject from David's time
until this time of Jehoram.
8:22 Yet Edom
revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then n
Libnah revolted at the same time.
(n) This was a city in Judah given to the
21:13) that later turned from king Jehoram, because of his idolatry.
o Two and twenty years old [was] Ahaziah
when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name [was] Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
(o) Which is to be understood, that he was made
king when his father reigned, but after his father's death he was confirmed
king when he was forty-two years old, as in (2 Chronicles
8:28 And he went with
Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in p
Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.
(p) Which was a city in the tribe of Gad beyond
8:29 And king Joram went back to be healed in q
Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought
against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went
down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
(q) This is a city belonging to the tribe of