2 Kings 6:14
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New International Version
Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

New Living Translation
So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.

English Standard Version
So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

New American Standard Bible
He sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

King James Bible
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
he sent horses, chariots, and a massive army there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

International Standard Version
So the king of Aram sent out horses, chariots, and an elite force, and they arrived during the night and surrounded the city.

NET Bible
So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army. They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the king sent horses and chariots and a large fighting unit there. They came at night and surrounded the city.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So he sent horsemen and chariots there and a great host, who came by night and compassed the city about.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore sent he there horses, and chariots, and a great army: and they came by night, and surrounded the city.

American King James Version
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

American Standard Version
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore he sent thither horses and chariots, and the strength of an army: and they came by night, and beset the city.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent thither horses and chariots, and a great host, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

English Revised Version
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore he sent thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and encompassed the city.

World English Bible
Therefore he sent horses, chariots, and a great army there. They came by night, and surrounded the city.

Young's Literal Translation
And he sendeth thither horses and chariot, and a heavy force, and they come in by night, and go round against the city.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:13-23 What Elisha said to his servant is spoken to all the faithful servants of God, when without are fightings, and within are fears. Fear not, with that fear which has torment and amazement; for they that are with us, to protect us, are more than they that are against us, to destroy us. The eyes of his body were open, and with them he saw the danger. Lord, open the eyes of our faith, that with them we may see thy protecting hand. The clearer sight we have of the sovereignty and power of Heaven, the less we shall fear the troubles of earth. Satan, the god of this world, blinds men's eyes, and so deludes them unto their own ruin; but when God enlightens their eyes, they see themselves in the midst of their enemies, captives to Satan, and in danger of hell, though, before, they thought their condition good. When Elisha had the Syrians at his mercy, he made it appear that he was influenced by Divine goodness as well as Divine power. Let us not be overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. The Syrians saw it was to no purpose to try to assault so great and so good a man.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host; rather, and a strong force. The expression, חַיִל כָּבֵד, is used by the historical writers with a good deal of vagueness-sometimes of a really great army, sometimes merely of a large retinue (1 Kings 10:2) or of a moderate force (2 Kings 18:17). We must assign it its meaning according to the context. And they came by night, and compassed the city about. A night march was made, to take the prophet by surprise, and the city was encompassed, that it might be impossible for him to escape.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore sent he thither horses and chariots, and a great host,.... To terrify the inhabitants from attempting to defend the prophet, but deliver him up at once:

and they came by night; that they might come upon them unawares, and their design not be discovered, so as to have timely help from Samaria, which was not far off:

and compassed the city about; that the prophet might not make his escape out of it.



2 Kings 6:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elisha Captures Blinded Syrians
13So he said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send and take him." And it was told him, saying, "Behold, he is in Dothan." 14He sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"…
Cross References
Luke 21:20
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.

2 Kings 1:9
Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down!'"

2 Kings 6:13
"Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." The report came back: "He is in Dothan."

2 Kings 6:15
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?" the servant asked.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

sent he thither horses It is strange the Syrian monarch did not think, that he who could penetrate his secrets with respect to the Israelitish army, could inform himself of all the machinations against his own life.

2 Kings 1:9-13 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And …

1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men …

1 Samuel 24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went …

Matthew 26:47,55 And while he yet spoke, see, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and …

John 18:3-6 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief …

great [heb] heavy

2 Kings 18:17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from …

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