Famine in Samaria: God's interposition
The iniquity of Israel
plunges the nation again into distress; and Samaria is
desolated by famine. The judgment produces indignation
against Jehovah's testimony; for, although Jehoram did
not worship Baal, his heart was unchanged. Then comes the
despair which considers it useless to wait any longer
upon Jehovah .
This is the result of professing Jehovah's name, when
there is no faith in Him. It was so with Israel in the
wilderness: "Wherefore hath Jehovah brought us up
hither to destroy all this people?"
Elisha appears here again
as saviour, or, at least, as proclaiming Jehovah's
salvation. The unbelief of the king's attendant, who
considered this deliverance impossible, is punished at
the moment when he sees the abundance. When all is
impossible to man, Jehovah interposes; and in a moment
the whole scene is changed.
 It may be doubted
whether what is said in verse 33 be not the words of