2 Kings 7:3
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New International Version
Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, "Why stay here until we die?

New Living Translation
Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. "Why should we sit here waiting to die?" they asked each other.

English Standard Version
Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die?

New American Standard Bible
Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, "Why do we sit here until we die?

King James Bible
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Four men with a skin disease were at the entrance to the gate. They said to each other, "Why just sit here until we die?

International Standard Version
Now there happened to be four lepers who were at that very moment at the entrance to the city gate. As they were talking with one another, they said, "Why are we sitting here waiting to die?

NET Bible
Now four men with a skin disease were sitting at the entrance of the city gate. They said to one another, "Why are we just sitting here waiting to die?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Four men with skin diseases were at the entrance of the city gate. One of them asked, "Why are we sitting here waiting to die?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate, who said one to another, Why shall we stay here until we die?

King James 2000 Bible
And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

American King James Version
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

American Standard Version
Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there were four lepers, at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another: What mean we to stay here till we die?

Darby Bible Translation
And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate, and they said one to another, Why do we abide here until we die?

English Revised Version
Now there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

Webster's Bible Translation
And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

World English Bible
Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. They said one to another, "Why do we sit here until we die?

Young's Literal Translation
And four men have been leprous, at the opening of the gate, and they say one unto another, 'What -- we are sitting here till we have died;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:3-11 God can, when he pleases, make the stoutest heart to tremble; and as for those who will not fear God, he can make them fear at the shaking of a leaf. Providence ordered it, that the lepers came as soon as the Syrians were fled. Their consciences told them that mischief would befall them, if they took care of themselves only. Natural humanity, and fear of punishment, are powerful checks on the selfishness of the ungodly. These feelings tend to preserve order and kindness in the world; but they who have found the unsearchable riches of Christ, will not long delay to report the good tidings to others. From love to him, not from selfish feelings, they will gladly share their earthly good things with their brethren.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 3-16. - The mode in which Elisha's prophecy of relief and deliverance was fulfilled is now set forth. Four lepers, excluded from the city, and on the point of perishing of hunger, felt that they could be no worse off, and might better their condition, if they deserted to the Syrians. They therefore drew off from the city at nightfall, and made for the Syrian camp. On arriving, they found it deserted. The entire host, seized with a sudden panic, had fled, about the time that they began their journey. The lepers' first thought was to enrich themselves by plunder, but after a while it occurred to them that, unless they hastened to carry the good news to Samaria, inquiry would be made, their proceedings would be found out, and they would be severely punished. So they returned to the capital, and reported what they had discovered. Jehoram, on receiving the news, feared that the Syrians had prepared a trap for him, and declined to move. He consented, however, to send out scouts to reconnoiter. The scouts found evident proof that the entire army had actually fled and was gone, whereupon there was a general raid upon the camp and its stores, which were so abundant that Elisha's prophecy was fulfilled ere the day ended. Verse 3. - And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate; or, at the entrance to the gate-house. Lepers were forbidden by the Law to reside within cities (Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:3). They were thrust out when the disease developed itself, and forced to dwell without the walls. No doubt their friends within the city ordinarily supplied them with food; and hence they congregated about the city gates. And they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? In the extreme scarcity, it is probable that no food was brought to them, the inmates of the city having barely enough wherewith to sustain themselves (2 Kings 6:25). Thus they were on the point of perishing.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate,.... Of the city of Samaria; lepers, according to the law, being obliged to be without the city and camp, Leviticus 13:46 these might have a dwelling assigned them near the gate; or they might get as near to it as they could, partly to obtain relief from the city, and partly for fear of the Syrians; these, the Jews say (x), were Gehazi and his three sons, see 2 Kings 5:27.

and they said one to another, why sit we here until we die? being ready to perish with hunger.

(x) T. Bab. Sotah, fol. 47. 1. & Sanhedrin, fol. 107. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. there were four leprous men—The account of the sudden raising of the siege and the unexpected supply given to the famishing inhabitants of Samaria, is introduced by a narrative of the visit and discovery, by these poor creatures, of the extraordinary flight of the Syrians.

leprous men at the entering in of the gate—living, perhaps, in some lazar house there (Le 13:4-6; Nu 5:3).

2 Kings 7:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Syrians Flee
3Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, "Why do we sit here until we die? 4"If we say, 'We will enter the city,' then the famine is in the city and we will die there; and if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us go over to the camp of the Arameans. If they spare us, we will live; and if they kill us, we will but die."…
Cross References
Leviticus 13:45
"Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, 'Unclean! Unclean!'

Leviticus 13:46
As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.

Numbers 5:2
"Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has a defiling skin disease or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body.

Numbers 12:10
When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam's skin was leprous --it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease,
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And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?

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2 Kings 8:4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, …

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Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the …

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