2 Kings 3:16
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New International Version
and he said, "This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.

New Living Translation
and he said, "This is what the LORD says: This dry valley will be filled with pools of water!

English Standard Version
And he said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools.’

Berean Study Bible
and he said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Dig this valley full of ditches.’

New American Standard Bible
He said, "Thus says the LORD, 'Make this valley full of trenches.'

King James Bible
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

Christian Standard Bible
Then he said, "This is what the LORD says: 'Dig ditch after ditch in this wadi.'

Contemporary English Version
The LORD says that this dry riverbed will be filled with water.

Good News Translation
and he said, "This is what the LORD says: 'Dig ditches all over this dry stream bed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he said, "This is what the LORD says: 'Dig ditch after ditch in this wadi.'

International Standard Version
so he said, "This is what the LORD says: 'Fill this valley with trench after trench!'

NET Bible
and he said, "This is what the LORD says, 'Make many cisterns in this valley,'

New Heart English Bible
He said, "Thus says the LORD, 'Make this valley full of trenches.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said, "This is what the LORD says: Make this valley full of ditches.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Thus saith the LORD: Make this valley full of trenches.

New American Standard 1977
And he said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he said, Thus hath the LORD said, Make this valley full of ditches.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Thus says the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

American King James Version
And he said, Thus said the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

American Standard Version
And he said, Thus saith Jehovah, Make this valley full of trenches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord: Make the channel of this torrent full of ditches.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Thus saith Jehovah: Make this valley full of ditches.

English Revised Version
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of trenches.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

World English Bible
He said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Make this valley full of trenches.'

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'Thus said Jehovah, Make this valley ditches -- ditches;
Study Bible
Joram Overcomes Moab's Rebellion
15But now, bring me a harpist.” And while the harpist played, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha 16and he said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Dig this valley full of ditches.’ 17For the LORD says, ‘You will not see wind or rain, but the valley will be filled with water, and you will drink—you and your cattle and your animals.’…
Cross References
2 Kings 3:15
But now, bring me a harpist.” And while the harpist played, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha

2 Kings 3:17
For the LORD says, ‘You will not see wind or rain, but the valley will be filled with water, and you will drink—you and your cattle and your animals.’

Treasury of Scripture

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(16) Make.--Right (infinitive, equivalent to an energetic imperative).

Valley.--Nahal, wady, torrent-bed, gully. According to Thenius, "the brook Zered" of Deuteronomy 2:13 is meant; the present Wady el-Ahsy, (or el-Hasa) which forms the natural southern boundary of Moab, and from which several gorges lead up into the Moabite highlands. (See Isaiah 15:7.)

Full of ditches.--Literally, pits, pits. (Comp. Genesis 14:10 : "Wells, wells of bitumen.") The pits were to gather the water, which otherwise would soon have run away in the bed of the torrent (Jeremiah 14:3-4). The style of the oracle is stamped with the liveliness and originality of historic truth.

Verse 16. - And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches; rather, full of pits (βοθύβους, LXX.). The object was to detain the water which would otherwise have all run off down the torrent-course in a very little time. And he said, thus saith the Lord, make this valley full of ditches. In which the allied army lay encamped, that they might be ready to receive large quantities of water, sufficient for the whole army and cattle, when it came. 16. Make this valley full of ditches—capable of holding water.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.



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