2 Kings Chapter 3
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7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.
27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
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Matthew Henry's 2 Kings Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
Jehoram, king of Israel. (1-5) War with Moab, The intercession of Elisha. (6-19) Water supplied, Moab overcome. (20-27)1-5 Jehoram took warning by God's judgment, and put away the image of Baal, yet he maintained the worship of the calves. Those do not truly repent or reform, who only part with the sins they lose by, but continue to love the sins that they think to gain by.
6-19 The king of Israel laments their distress, and the danger they were in. He called these kings together, yet he charges it upon Providence. Thus the foolishness of man perverteth his way, and then his heart fretteth against the Lord, #Pr 19:3|. It was well that Jehoshaphat inquired of the Lord now, but it had been much better if he had done it before he engaged in this war. Good men sometimes neglect their duty, till necessity and affliction drive them to it. Wicked people often fare the better for the friendship and society of the godly. To try their faith and obedience, Elisha bids them make the valley full of pits to receive water. Those who expect God's blessings, must dig pools for the rain to fill, as in the valley of Baca, and thus make even that a well, #Ps 84:6|. We need not inquire whence the water came. God is not tied to second causes. They that sincerely seek for the dew of God's grace, shall have it, and by it be made more than conquerors.
20-27 It is a blessing to be favoured with the company of those who have power with God, and can prevail by their prayers. A kingdom may be upheld and prosper, in consequence of the fervent prayers of those who are dear to God. May we place our highest regard upon such as are most precious in his account. When sinners are saying Peace, peace, destruction comes upon them: despair will follow their mad presumption. In Satan's service and at his suggestion, such horrid deeds have been done, as cause the natural feelings of the heart to shudder; like the king of Moab's sacrificing his son. It is well not to urge the worst of men to extremities; we should rather leave them to the judgment of God.
Ekwe Fortune Chika's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment about verse 11 on 11/01/2013, 3:20am...
The way up is down. It is made known that there were many sons of prophets i.e students under the prophetic college of Elijah the prophet, but it was only Elisha the son of Shaphat that was recognized for his diligent service to the master. For any one to make an ompact in leadrship, you must have made an impact in followership. In followership, patience is a great and extra ordinary virtue needed. If an egg says that it has stayed too much under the incubation period of the mother hen and rolls away, it will neither be good for egg nor as a chicken.
Cletus Ekpo's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment about verse 17 on 10/22/2013, 1:15am...
GOD is faithful.HE makes a way even in the wilderness.He makes the imposible possible,Isaiah 43:19.HE only needs our faith even mustard seed size
Kate tan's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 9/27/2013, 10:58pm...
Faith and always seeking God first in whatever battle will bring victory . He never fails.
Mel monk's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 12/25/2012, 9:53am...
This same kind of problems we create for selves today. Demanding resources from other countries at our price and when they refuse, we make up lies about their leaders to justify our going to war, in the pretence of freeing its people from this or that dictator.
Anchang jaspa's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 7/10/2012, 3:30pm...
I LIKE TO HEAR OR SEE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TIME FOR THE BIBLE; IT IS ONLY WAY OF PEACE: WHO IS HE THAT CAN WIN WHEN THE LORD GOD FIGHT FOR U: I CALL HIM TO MY BATTLES ALL THE TIMES; HE HAS NEVER LOST ONE:BE BLESS ALL OF U WHO HAVE TIME FOR WORD OF LIFE:
RALPH M. WATERS's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 4/05/2012, 8:13am...
I KNOW I RESPONDED TO THIS CHAPTER, BUT "OOPS", I LOST MY PLACE.
TO SPEAK ON GOD'S WORD, IS NOT A CHORE, ITS A PLEASURE, SO FORGIVE ME.
THIS CHAPTER ONCE AGAIN, REMINDS ME OF 1JOHN 5, WHERE WE SEE HOW THE "BLOOD, SPIRIT AND THE WATER" ARE IN AGREEMENT AND IS ONE.
OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR TOUCHES OUR LIVES, JUST AS HE IS IN HEAVEN, HE IS ALSO ALWAYS PRESENT WITH US HERE ON EARTH.
RALPH M. WATERS's 2 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 4/04/2012, 11:36am...
THIS CHAPTER MAKES ME REFLECT ON HOW THE LORD CONTINUES TO FIGHT THE BATTLE FOR THOSE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. VERSE 22 REMINDS ME OF 1JOHN 5:8 - THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR WITNESS IN THE EARTH: THE SPIRIT,WATER, AND BLOOD AND THESE THREE IN ONE.
THE OLD TESTAMENT IS A RECORD OF THE PAST EVENTS, THAT MAKES US REALIZE THAT GOD WAS WORKING THEN AND HE IS STILL ON THE JOB, FIGHTING OUR BATTLES, IN THE FULFILLMENTS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
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