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2 Kings 3:16

    2 Kings 3:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he said, Thus said the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he said, Thus saith Jehovah, Make this valley full of trenches.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he said, The Lord says, I will make this valley full of water-holes.

    Webster's Revision

    And he said, Thus saith Jehovah, Make this valley full of trenches.

    World English Bible

    He said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Make this valley full of trenches.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of trenches.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Kings 3:16

    Make this valley full of ditches - The word נחל nachal may be translated brook, as it is by the Vulgate and Septuagint. There probably was a river here, but it was now dry; and the prophet desires that they would enlarge the channel, and cut out various canals from it, and reservoirs, where water might be collected for the refreshment of the army and of the cattle; and these were to be made so wide that the reflection of the sun's rays from this water might be the means of confounding and destroying the Moabites.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Kings 3:16

    Ditches - Or "pits" Jeremiah 14:3. They were to dig pits in the broad valley or wady, wherein the water might remain, instead of flowing off down the torrent course.