2 Kings 2:10

“And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: neuerthelesse, if thou see me, when I am taken from thee, it shall be so vnto thee: but if not, it shall not be so.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He said, "You have asked a hard thing. {Nevertheless,} if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be {so.}"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: `nevertheless', if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said, You have made a hard request: still, if you see me when I am taken from you, you will get your desire; but if not, it will not be so.
- Basic English Bible

And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so to thee; but if not, it shall not be [so].
- Darby Bible

And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou shalt see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so to thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
- Webster's Bible

He said, "You have asked a hard thing. If you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so."
- World English Bible

and he saith, `Thou hast asked a hard thing; if thou dost see me taken from thee, it is to thee so; and if not, it is not.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he said: 'Thou hast asked a hard thing; nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Kings 2:10


2:10 A hard thing - A rare and singular blessing, which I cannot promise thee, which only God can give; and he gives it only when, and to whom he pleaseth. If thou seest - This sign he proposed, not without the direction of God's Spirit, that hereby he might engage him more earnestly to wait, and more fervently to pray for this mercy.


Discussion for 2 Kings 2

  • Eric
    Maybe the prophet needs some guidence. He might be lost.
  • Eric
    The children of Israel.
  • Michael L. Felton Sr.
    The man of God and all saints should serve the Lord with an aim to beget spiritual children who would accomplish far greater than he has in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

    These are the days of Elijah: Preparing the way of the LORD.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Elijah has been taken up to heaven. His "apprentice" Elisha has now mounted the rostrum of a prophet. He was persistent in his request and he got double portion of his master's endowment. This is a message that if we persist in prayers to God our Master and Maker, He will hearken unto our plea according to His will.
  • Harriet maunda
    2 kings 2 its teaching me so main things in life. at time I feel like giving up but kings through Elisha is telling me not to in any situation I should have faith like Elisha.
  • LeeAnne
    "children" means anyone younger than the main person being talked about i.e. Elisha. These were young men, adults, not preteens as many might think when someone says "little children". The she bears "tare" this word means to frighten (like scared to death, but not literally die) not maim or kill. The others in the group probably ran as well with a healthy fear of bears.

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