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2Ki 7:1-16. ELISHA PROPHESIES INCREDIBLE PLENTY IN SAMARIA.
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
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 courtier present.
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.
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 city.
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 precipitate flight.
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 respects accomplished.