2 Kings 2:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.'"

New Living Translation
Then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, "This is what the LORD says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility."

English Standard Version
Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.”

New American Standard Bible
He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.'"

King James Bible
And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Elisha went out to the spring of water, threw salt in it, and said, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. No longer will death or unfruitfulness result from it.'"

International Standard Version
Elisha went out to the springs, threw the salt into them, and declared, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have purified these waters. Neither death nor barrenness is to flow from them anymore.'"

NET Bible
He went out to the spring and threw the salt in. Then he said, "This is what the LORD says, 'I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or fail to produce crops."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He went to the spring and threw the salt into it. Then he said, "This is what the LORD says: I have purified this water. No more deaths or crop failures will come from this water."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he went forth unto the springs of the waters and cast the salt in there and said, Thus hath the LORD said, I have healed these waters; there shall be no more death or barrenness in them.

King James 2000 Bible
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 there any more death or barren land.

American King James Version
And he went forth to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus said the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from there any more death or barren land.

American Standard Version
And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast salt therein, and said, Thus saith Jehovah, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or miscarrying.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He went out to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt into it, and said: Thus saith the Lord: I have healed these waters, and there shall be no more in them death or barrenness.

Darby Bible Translation
And he went forth to the source of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith Jehovah: I have healed these waters: there shall not be from thence any more death or barrenness.

English Revised Version
And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast salt therein, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or miscarrying.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he went forth to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.

World English Bible
He went out to the spring of the waters, and threw salt into it, and said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'I have healed these waters. There shall not be from there any more death or miscarrying.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and he goeth out unto the source of the waters, and casteth there salt, and saith, 'Thus said Jehovah, I have given healing to these waters; there is not thence any more death and sterility.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:19-25 Observe the miracle of healing the waters. Prophets should make every place to which they come better for them, endeavouring to sweeten bitter spirits, and to make barren souls fruitful, by the word of God, which is like the salt cast into the water by Elisha. It was an apt emblem of the effect produced by the grace of God on the sinful heart of man. Whole families, towns, and cities, sometimes have a new appearance through the preaching of the gospel; wickedness and evil have been changed into fruitfulness in the works of righteousness, which are, through Christ, to the praise and glory of God. 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. If the Holy Spirit had not directed Elisha's solemn curse, the providence of God would not have followed it with judgment. The Lord must be glorified as a righteous God who hates sin, and will reckon for it. Let young persons be afraid of speaking wicked words, for God notices what they say. Let them not mock at any for defects in mind or body; especially it is at their peril, if they scoff at any for well doing. Let parents that would have comfort in their children, train them up well, and do their utmost betimes to drive out the foolishness that is bound up in their hearts. And what will be the anguish of those parents, at the day of judgment, who witness the everlasting condemnation of their offspring, occasioned by their own bad example, carelessness, or wicked teaching!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there. The "spring" intended is supposed to be that now called Ain-es-Sultan, "the spring of the Sultan," which is the only copious source near the site of the ancient Jericho. The modern town lies at a distance of two miles from it. Ain-es-Sultan is described as "a large and beautiful fountain of sweet and pleasant water" (Robinson, 'Researches,' vol. 2. p. 384), and as "scattering, even at the hottest season, the richest and most grateful vegetation over what would otherwise be a bare tract of sandy soft." The other springs of the neighborhood are mostly brackish. And said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence - i.e., from the waters - any more death or barren land; rather, or miscarrying.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he went forth unto the spring of the waters,.... The fountain from whence they flowed, the head of them:

and cast the salt in there; which was an unlikely means of making bad water good, since that makes it brackish, and not so drinkable, and what makes ground barren; but this method, contrary to nature, was taken, that the miracle might appear the greater; or, as the Jews express it, be a miracle within a miracle:

and said, thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; he did not pretend to heal them in his own name, and by his own power, but in the name and by the power of the Lord, to whom he would have it ascribed:

there shall not be from thence any more death, or barren land; or miscarrying; no more noxious and mortal diseases should be got by drinking them, nor any abortions occasioned by them in women, cattle, and fruit trees, as had been.



2 Kings 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elisha Heals Jericho's Waters
20He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him. 21He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.'" 22So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
Cross References
Exodus 15:25
Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.

Exodus 15:26
He said, "If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you."

2 Kings 2:20
"Bring me a new bowl," he said, "and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.

2 Kings 2:22
And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.

2 Kings 4:41
Elisha said, "Get some flour." He put it into the pot and said, "Serve it to the people to eat." And there was nothing harmful in the pot.

2 Kings 6:6
The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float.
Treasury of Scripture

And he went forth to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus said the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from there any more death or barren land.

cast

2 Kings 4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he …

2 Kings 6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. …

Exodus 15:25,26 And he cried to the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when …

Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of your meat offering shall you season with salt…

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and …

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, with which …

John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of …

I have healed

Ezekiel 47:8-11 Then said he to me, These waters issue out toward the east country, …

1 Corinthians 1:18-28 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

Revelation 22:2,3 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, …

there shall

Psalm 107:33-38 He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the springs into dry ground…

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall …

Jump to Previous
Barren Cast Casteth Cause Death Death-Giving Forth Healed Healing Henceforth Longer Miscarriage Miscarrying Purified Salt Source Spring Sweet Thence Therein Threw Unfertile Unproductive Water Waters Wholesome
Jump to Next
Barren Cast Casteth Cause Death Death-Giving Forth Healed Healing Henceforth Longer Miscarriage Miscarrying Purified Salt Source Spring Sweet Thence Therein Threw Unfertile Unproductive Water Waters Wholesome
Links
2 Kings 2:21 NIV
2 Kings 2:21 NLT
2 Kings 2:21 ESV
2 Kings 2:21 NASB
2 Kings 2:21 KJV

2 Kings 2:21 Bible Apps
2 Kings 2:21 Bible Suite
2 Kings 2:21 Biblia Paralela
2 Kings 2:21 Chinese Bible
2 Kings 2:21 French Bible
2 Kings 2:21 German Bible

Alphabetical: again and any be cause death from have he healed I in into is it land longer' LORD make Never not of or out purified said salt saying says shall spring the Then there these This threw Thus to unfruitfulness unproductive' water waters went what will

OT History: 2 Kings 2:21 He went forth to the spring (2Ki iiKi ii ki 2 kg 2kg) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
2 Kings 2:20
Top of Page
Top of Page