2 Kings 3:15
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New International Version
But now bring me a harpist." While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha

New Living Translation
Now bring me someone who can play the harp." While the harp was being played, the power of the LORD came upon Elisha,

English Standard Version
But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the LORD came upon him.

New American Standard Bible
"But now bring me a minstrel." And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

King James Bible
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now, bring me a musician." While the musician played, the LORD's hand came on Elisha.

International Standard Version
Now bring me a musician." As the musician played, the hand of the LORD rested on Elisha,

NET Bible
But now, get me a musician." When the musician played, the LORD energized him,

New Heart English Bible
But now bring me a minstrel." It happened, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came on him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But get me someone to play some music." While the musician was playing, the LORD's power came over Elisha.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But now bring me a minstrel.' And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

New American Standard 1977
“But now bring me a minstrel.” And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But now bring me a minstrel. And when the minstrel played, the hand of the LORD came upon him;

King James 2000 Bible
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

American King James Version
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came on him.

American Standard Version
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of Jehovah came upon him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But now bring me hither a minstrel. And when the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord came upon him, and he said:

Darby Bible Translation
And now fetch me a minstrel. And it came to pass when the minstrel played, that the hand of Jehovah was upon him.

English Revised Version
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

World English Bible
But now bring me a minstrel." It happened, when the minstrel played, that the hand of Yahweh came on him.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, bring to me a minstrel; and it hath been, at the playing of the minstrel, that the hand of Jehovah is on him,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:6-19 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.
Study Bible
Jehoram Overcomes Moab's Revolt
14Elisha said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you. 15"But now bring me a minstrel." And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. 16He said, "Thus says the LORD, 'Make this valley full of trenches.'…
Cross References
1 Samuel 10:5
"Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.

1 Samuel 16:16
"Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well."

1 Samuel 16:23
So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.

1 Kings 18:46
Then the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he girded up his loins and outran Ahab to Jezreel.

2 Kings 3:16
He said, "Thus says the LORD, 'Make this valley full of trenches.'

1 Chronicles 25:1
Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals; and the number of those who performed their service was:

Psalm 49:4
I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.

Ezekiel 1:3
the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)

Ezekiel 3:14
So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me.
Treasury of Scripture

But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came on him.

bring me This was evidently intended to soothe and tranquillize the prophet's mind, which had been agitated and discomposed with holy indignation by the presence of the idolatrous king, and the recollection of his abomination. The soothing influence of music is generally acknowledged in every civilized nation.

1 Samuel 10:5 After that you shall come to the hill of God, where is the garrison …

1 Samuel 16:23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was on Saul, that …

1 Samuel 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God …

1 Chronicles 25:2,3 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, …

Ephesians 5:18,19 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…

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1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, …

Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son …

Ezekiel 3:14,22 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, …

Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the …

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, …

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