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2 Kings 13:20

    2 Kings 13:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And death came to Elisha and they put his body into the earth. Now in the spring of the year, armed bands of Moabites frequently came, overrunning the land.

    Webster's Revision

    And Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    World English Bible

    Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the hands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Kings 13:20

    And Elisha died - The two prophets, Elijah and Elisha, were both most extraordinary men. Of the former, it is difficult to say whether he was a man, or an angel in a human body. The arguments for this latter opinion are strong, the objections against it very feeble. His being fed by an angel is no proof that he was not an angel incarnate, for God manifest in the flesh was fed by the same ministry. Of him the following from Ecclesiasticus (chap. 48:1-11) is a nervous character: -

    1. Then stood up Elias the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp.

    2. He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished their number.

    3. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and also three times brought down fire.

    4. O Elias, how wast thou honored in thy wondrous deeds! and who may glory like unto thee!

    5. Who didst raise up a dead man from death, and his soul from the place of the dead, by the word of the Most High:

    6. Who broughtest kings to destruction, and honorable men from their bed:

    7. Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of vengeance:

    8. Who anointedst kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after him:

    9. Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses:

    10. Who wast ordained for reproofs in their times to pacify the wrath of the Lord's judgment, before it brake forth into fury; and to turn the heart of the father unto the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.

    11. Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept in love; for we shall surely live.

    Elisha was not less eminent than Elijah; the history of his ministry is more detailed than that of his master, and his miracles are various and stupendous. In many things there is a striking likeness between him and our blessed Lord, and especially in the very beneficent miracles which he wrought. Of him the same author gives this character, Ecclus. 48:12-14: Elisha was filled with his spirit: whilst he lived he was not moved with the presence of any prince; neither could any bring him into subjection. Nothing could overcome him; and after his death his body prophesied, i.e., raised a dead man to life, as we learn from the following verse. He did wonders in his life, and at his death there his works marvellous; perhaps referring to his last acts with Joash.

    The bands of the Moabites - Marauding parties; such as those mentioned 2 Kings 5:2.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Kings 13:20

    The bands of the Moabites invaded the land - The Moabites had been increasing in strength ever since their revolt from Ahaziah 2 Kings 1:1. The defeat which they suffered at the hands of Jehoram and Jehoshaphat 2 Kings 3:24 did not affect their subjugation. They spread themselves into the country north of the Arnon Isaiah 16:2, and thence proceeded to make plundering expeditious year by year into Samaria, in Spring. This was the natural season for incursions, as then in Palestine the crops began to be ripe.