2 Kings 6:1
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New International Version
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us.

New Living Translation
One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, "As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small.

English Standard Version
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us.

New American Standard Bible
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us.

King James Bible
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "Please notice that the place where we live under your supervision is too small for us.

International Standard Version
One day the Guild of Prophets told Elisha, "Notice how the place where we are living is too small for us.

NET Bible
Some of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too cramped for us.

New Heart English Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell before you is too small for us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples of the prophets said to Elisha, "The place where we're staying is too small for us.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha: 'Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

New American Standard 1977
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too tight for us.

King James 2000 Bible
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us.

American King James Version
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too strait for us.

American Standard Version
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sons of the prophets said to Eliseus: Behold the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

Darby Bible Translation
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

English Revised Version
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too narrow for us.

World English Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell before you is too small for us.

Young's Literal Translation
And sons of the prophet say unto Elisha, 'Lo, we pray thee, the place where we are dwelling before thee is too strait for us;
Study Bible
The Axe Head Floats
1Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us. 2"Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a place there for ourselves where we may live." So he said, "Go."…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:34
quenched the raging fire, and escaped the edge of the sword; who gained strength from weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.

2 Kings 2:3
Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, "Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?" And he said, "Yes, I know; be still."

2 Kings 6:2
"Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a place there for ourselves where we may live." So he said, "Go."
Treasury of Scripture

And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too strait for us.

the sons

2 Kings 2:3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, …

1 Kings 20:35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor …

the place

2 Kings 4:38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; …

1 Samuel 19:20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company …

too strait for us

Joshua 17:14 And the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you …

Joshua 19:47 And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: …

Job 36:16 Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad …

Isaiah 49:19,20 For your waste and your desolate places, and the land of your destruction, …

Isaiah 54:2,3 Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains …

VI.

THE HISTORY OF ELISHA'S MIGHTY WORKS CONTINUED.

(1-7) The prophet causes an iron ax-head to float ?n the Jordan.

(1) And the sons of the prophets said.--The form of the verb implies connection with the preceding narrative; but as the section refers to Elisha's activity among the sons of the prophets, it was probably connected originally with 2Kings 4:44. The compiler may have transferred it to its present position in order, as Thenius suggests, to indicate the lapse of some time between the events described here and there; and further, to separate the account of the renewed warfare between Syria and Israel (2Kings 6:8, seq.) from that of Elisha's good deed to Naaman the Syrian.

The place where we dwell with thee.--Rather, the place where we sit before thee: scil., habitually, for instruction. The phrase occurred in 2Kings 4:38. The common hall is meant; whether that at Gilgal or at Jericho is uncertain. Jericho was close to the Jordan (2Kings 6:2), but that does not prove that it is meant here. The prophet's disciples did not live in a single building, like a community of monks. Their settlement is called "dwellings" (n?yth) in the plural (1Samuel 19:18); and they could be married (2Kings 4:1).

Too strait.--Their numbers had increased. (Comp. 2Kings 4:43.)

Verse 1. - 2 Kings 7:20. - FURTHER MIRACLES WROUGHT BY ELISHA. The historian relates first a (comparatively) private miracle wrought by Elisha in the vicinity of Jericho, for the benefit of one of the "sons of the prophets" (vers. 1-8). He then tells us briVerse 1.
- And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee - literally, before thee - is too strait for us. The scene of this miracle is probably the vicinity of Jericho, since both Gilgal and Bethel were remote from the Jordan. The "school of the prophets" at Jericho, whereof we heard in 2 Kings 2:5, 19, had increased so much, that the buildings which hitherto had accommodated it were no longer sufficient. A larger dwelling, or set of dwelling, was thought to be necessary; but the scholars would make no change without the sanction of their master. When he comes on one of his circuits, they make appeal to him. And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha,.... Or the disciples of the prophets, as the Targum:

behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us: their numbers were so increased, that there was not room enough for them in the house they dwelt in with the prophet; which increase was owing, the Jews (z) say, to the departure of Gehazi last mentioned, who was a bad man, and used the disciples so ill, that they could not stay in the college; but, when he was gone, they flocked in great numbers; but rather it was owing to the very instructive ministry and wonderful miracles of Elisha: the place where the prophet and his disciples now dwelt seems to be Gilgal, 2 Kings 4:38.

(z) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 107. 2.CHAPTER 6

2Ki 6:1-7. Elisha Causes Iron to Swim.

1. the place where we dwell with thee—Margin, "sit before thee." The one points to a common residence—the other to a common place of meeting. The tenor of the narrative shows the humble condition of Elisha's pupils. The place was either Beth-el or Jericho, probably the latter. The ministry and miracles of Elisha brought great accessions to his schools.6:1-7 There is that pleasantness in the converse of servants of God, which can make those who listen to them forget the pain and the weariness of labour. Even the sons of the prophets must not be unwilling to labour. Let no man think an honest employment a burden or a disgrace. And labour of the head, is as hard, and very often harder, than labour with the hands. We ought to be careful of that which is borrowed, as of our own, because we must do as we would be done by. This man was so respecting the axe-head. And to those who have an honest mind, the sorest grievance of poverty is, not so much their own want and disgrace, as being rendered unable to pay just debts. But the Lord cares for his people in their smallest concerns. And God's grace can thus raise the stony iron heart, which is sunk into the mud of this world, and raise up affections, naturally earthly.
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