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2 Kings 3:8

    2 Kings 3:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way of the wilderness of Edom.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he said, Which way are we to go? And he said in answer, By the waste land of Edom.

    Webster's Revision

    And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way of the wilderness of Edom.

    World English Bible

    He said, "Which way shall we go up?" He answered, "The way of the wilderness of Edom."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way of the wilderness of Edom.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Kings 3:8

    Through the wilderness of Edom - Because he expected the king of Edom to join them, as we find he did; for, being tributary to Judah, he was obliged to do it.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Kings 3:8

    The readiest and most natural "way" was across the Jordan near Jericho into the Arboth-Moab, and then along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea to Moab proper, the tract south of the Arnon. But the way chosen was that which led to the Edomite country, namely, round the southern extremity of the Dead Sea, and across the Arabah, or continuation of the Jordan and Dead Sea valley. Thus would be effected a junction with the forces of Edom, which had resumed its dependence on Judah, though the year before it had been in alliance with Moab 2 Chronicles 20:22; and they would come upon the Moabites unprepared.