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About 2Kings

2Kings 1:1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

2Kings 1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria.(Samaria was in the land of Israel and so Ahaziah here is the Israelite king; there was also a different Ahaziah who was king of Judah).and was sick and he sent messengers and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

2Kings 1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that you go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?

2Kings 1:4 Now therefore thus says the LORD, You shall not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed..(God sends such solemn messages to wicked people, hoping that they will think and change from the way they have been that has caused it all; God could just as easily not sent the message and Ahaziah would have died anyway; God is kind to the wicked and always leaves a door open for change of mind:.Deuteronomy 5:29; one can open the door to change a little more with music (2Kings 3:15); what kind of music?)

2Kings 1:5-9 And when the messengers turned back unto him.(came back to Ahaziah), he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back? And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which you are gone up, but shall surely die. And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you and told you these words? And they answered him, He was an hairy man and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite. Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he.(the captain).went up to him and behold, he.(Elijah).sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, You man of God, the king has said, Come down.

2Kings 1:10-15 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Again also he.(Ahaziah the king).sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up and came and fell on his knees before Elijah and besought him and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. Behold, there came fire down from heaven and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties. Therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight. And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him. Be not afraid of him. And he arose and went down with him unto the king. 

2Kings 1:16 And he said unto him, Thus says the LORD, Forasmuch as you have sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel.(speaking of the ancient physical nation of Israel way back then; today the word 'Israel' applies to those of a spiritual nation, being those of the high consciousness of love {1Peter 2:9; Romans 8:9; 1Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 12:22} and this is the spiritual nation, not the physical nation, God wants all now to be part of:.1Corinthians 15:46).to enquire of his word? Therefore you shall not come down off that bed on which you are gone up to, but shall surely die..(the way of those who remain in an ordinary low consciousness)

2Kings 1:17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son.

2Kings 1:17 So he.(Ahaziah {verse 2 above}, the king of.Israel).died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram.(the Jehoram of Israel, who was son to Ahab, the brother of Ahaziah).reigned in his.(Ahaziah, verse 2 above; always read the context if there's a question).stead in the second year of Jehoram.(the Jehoram/Joram of Judah).the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he.(Ahaziah, Jehoram/Joram's son king of Israel).had no son.

2Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

2Kings 2:2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

2Kings 2:3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2Kings 2:4-7 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here, for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood to view afar off and they two stood by Jordan.

2Kings 2:8 And Elijah took his mantle and wrapped it together and smote the waters and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

2Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 

2Kings 2:10-12 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. And it came to pass, as they still went on and talked, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire and parted them both asunder and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces.

2Kings 2:13 He took up also the mantle.(original word for 'mantle' means 'a large over-garment', probably sheepskin which was a common, yet highly prized covering back then:.1Kings 19:13,19; 2Kings 2:8,13).of Elijah that fell from him and went back and stood by the bank of Jordan; 

2Kings 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and smote the waters and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither and Elisha went over.

2Kings 2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah does rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him.

2Kings 2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters and cast the salt in there and said, Thus says the LORD, I have healed these waters. There shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.

2Kings 2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel.(Amos 7:10-17). And as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city and mocked him and said unto him, Go up, you bald head, go up, you bald head..(paraphrased 'Hey baldy! Is God going to take you up to heaven, like he did your friend Elijah? c'mon, c'mon, let's see you go up; can't you do it you bald idiot'?);.Matthew Henry's Commentary:."here is a curse on the youths of Bethel, enough to destroy them; it was not a curse causeless, for it was Elisha's character as God's prophet that they abused; they bade him "go up", reflecting on the taking up of Elijah into heaven; the prophet acted by divine impulse, for if the Holy Spirit had not directed Elisha’s solemn curse, the providence of God would not have followed it with judgment."; comprised with Matthew Poole's Commentary: only idolatrous parents could have produced such impudent children or teenagers with such great petulancy and vehemency, as the conjugation of the Hebrew verb signifies; deriding both his person and ministry and that from a profane.contempt of the true religion back then and a passionate love to their idolatry which they knew he opposed.)

2Kings 2:24 And he turned back and looked on them and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood and tare forty and two children of them.

2Kings 3:1-3 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah and reigned twelve years. And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD, but not like his father and like his mother, for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam I the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

2Kings 3:4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.

2Kings 3:5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.

2Kings 3:6-8 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time and numbered all Israel. 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. And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.

2Kings 3:9 So the king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom went and fetched a compass of seven days' journey.(their journey was in a circle as they looked for water). And there was no water for the host and for the cattle that followed them.

2Kings 3:10-20 And the king of Israel said, Alas! That the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab! 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. And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. 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. And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. 

2Kings 3:15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

2Kings 3:16,17 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, You shall not see wind, neither shall you see rain, yet that valley shall be filled with water that you may drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD. And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that behold, there came water by the way of Edom and the country was filled with water.

2Kings 3:18-20 He will also deliver the Moabites also into your hand. And ye shall smite every fenced city and every choice city and shall fell every good tree and stop all wells of water and mar every good piece of land with stones. 

2Kings 3:21-26 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour and upward and stood in the border. And they rose up early in the morning and the sun shone upon the water and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood. And they said, This is blood! The kings are surely slain and they have smitten one another. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.(they killed one another; let's go get all the stuff that's left). And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them, but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country. 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.(Barnes Notes:."Kirharaseth resisted all the attempts to dismantle it; but the slingers found places on the hills which surrounded it, from where they could throw their stones into it and harass the garrison, though they could not take the town"). Howbeit the slingers went about it and smote it. And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom, but they could not.

2Kings 3:27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall.(shows how much into idolatry the pagans back then were). And there was great indignation against Israel and they departed from him and returned to their own land.

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