SEV Biblia, Chapter 13:18 Y le volvió a decir: Toma las saetas. Y luego que el rey de Israel las hubo tomado, le dijo: Hiere la tierra. Y él hirió tres veces, y cesó.
Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 13:18 Verse 18. Smite upon the ground] As he was ordered to take his arrows, the smiting on the ground must mean shooting arrows into it.
He smote thrice, and stayed.] The prophet knew that this shooting was emblematical: probably the king was not aware of what depended on the frequency of the action; and perhaps it was of the Lord that he smote only thrice, as he had determined to give Israel those three victories only over the Syrians. Elisha's being wroth because there were only three instead of five or six shots does not prove that God was wroth, or that he had intended to give the Syrians five or six overthrows.
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 18. And he said, take the arrows, and he took them , etc.] The rest of them: and he said unto the king of Israel , smite upon the ground; the floor of the room in which the prophet lay: and he smote thrice, and stayed ; made a stop, ceased smiting; he might think this action trifling, and beneath him, only was willing to please the prophet, but did not do it with a good will, and therefore smote no more; though this was an emblem of his smiting the Syrians, which he might not understand.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 10-19 - Jehoash, the king, came to Elisha, to receive his dying counsel an blessing. It may turn much to our spiritual advantage, to attend the sick-beds and death-beds of good men, that we may be encouraged in religion by the living comforts they have from it in a dying hour Elisha assured the king of his success; yet he must look up to God for direction and strength; must reckon his own hands not enough, but go on, in dependence upon Divine aid. The trembling hands of the dyin prophet, as they signified the power of God, gave this arrow more forc than the hands of the king in his full strength. By contemning the sign, the king lost the thing signified, to the grief of the dyin prophet. It is a trouble to good men, to see those to whom they wis well, forsake their own mercies, and to see them lose advantage against spiritual enemies.
Original Hebrew ויאמר 559 קח 3947 החצים 2678 ויקח 3947 ויאמר 559 למלך 4428 ישׂראל 3478 הך 5221 ארצה 776 ויך 5221 שׁלשׁ 7969 פעמים 6471 ויעמד׃ 5975