Elisha Prophesies Incredible Plenty in
1. Hear ye the word of the Lord—This
prediction, though uttered first to the assembled elders, was intimated
to the king's messengers, who reported it to Jehoram (2Ki 7:18).
To-morrow about this time shall a measure of
fine flour be sold for a shekel, &c.—This may be
estimated at a peck of fine flour for 2s. 6d., and two
pecks of barley at the same price.
in the gate of Samaria—Vegetables,
cattle, all sorts of country produce, are still sold every morning at
the gates of towns in the East.
2. a lord on whose hand the king
leaned—When an Eastern king walks or stands abroad in the
open air, he always supports himself on the arm of the highest
if the Lord would make windows in
heaven—The scoffing infidelity of this remark, which was a
sneer against not the prophet only, but the God he served, was justly
and signally punished (see 2Ki 7:20).
3. there were four leprous men—The
account of the sudden raising of the siege and the unexpected supply
given to the famishing inhabitants of Samaria, is introduced by a
narrative of the visit and discovery, by these poor creatures, of the
extraordinary flight of the Syrians.
leprous men at the entering in of the
gate—living, perhaps, in some lazar house there (Le 13:4-6; Nu
5. they rose up in the twilight—that is,
the evening twilight (2Ki 7:12).
the uttermost part of the camp of
Syria—that is, the extremity nearest the city.
6, 7. the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to
hear a noise of chariots—This illusion of the sense of
hearing, whereby the besiegers imagined the tramp of two armies from
opposite quarters, was a great miracle which God wrought directly for
the deliverance of His people.
8-11. these lepers … did eat and
drink—After they had appeased their hunger and secreted as
many valuables as they could carry, their consciences smote them for
concealing the discovery and they hastened to publish it in the
10. horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as
they were—The uniform arrangement of encampments in the East
is to place the tents in the center, while the cattle are picketed all
around, as an outer wall of defense; and hence the lepers describe the
cattle as the first objects they saw.
12-15. the king … said unto his servants, I
will now show you what the Syrians have done—Similar
stratagems have been so often resorted to in the ancient and modern
wars of the East that there is no wonder Jehoram's suspicions were
awakened. But the scouts, whom he despatched, soon found unmistakable
signs of the panic that had struck the enemy and led to a most
2Ki 7:17-20. The Unbelieving
Lord Trodden to Death.
17. the king appointed the lord on whose hand he
leaned,—&c. The news spread like lightning through the
city, and was followed, as was natural, by a popular rush to the Syrian
camp. To keep order at the gate, the king ordered his minister to keep
guard; but the impetuosity of the famishing people could not be
resisted. The lord was trodden to death, and Elisha's prophecy in all