2 Kings 7:7
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New International Version
So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

New Living Translation
So they panicked and ran into the night, abandoning their tents, horses, donkeys, and everything else, as they fled for their lives.

English Standard Version
So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents and their horses and their donkeys, even the camp just as it was, and fled for their life.

King James Bible
Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they had gotten up and fled at twilight, abandoning their tents, horses, and donkeys. The camp was intact, and they had fled for their lives.

International Standard Version
So the Arameans got up and ran away in the gathering darkness. They left behind their tents, horses, and donkeys just as they were—and fled for their lives!

NET Bible
So they got up and fled at dusk, leaving behind their tents, horses, and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So at dusk they fled. They abandoned the camp as it was with its tents, horses, and donkeys and ran for their lives.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore they had arisen and fled at the beginning of the night and had left their tents and their horses and their asses, even the camp as it was, and had fled for their lives.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their donkeys, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

American King James Version
Why they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

American Standard Version
Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore they arose, and fled away in the dark, and left their tents, and their horses and asses in the camp, and fled, desiring to save their lives.

Darby Bible Translation
And they rose up and fled in the dusk, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

English Revised Version
Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

World English Bible
Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their donkeys, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

Young's Literal Translation
And they rise and flee in the twilight, and forsake their tents, and their horses, and their asses -- the camp as it is -- and flee for their life.
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

Verse 7. Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight. At the very time when the lepers were drawing off from the gate of Samaria to fall away to them (see ver. 5). And left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was. Partly, perhaps, in mere panic; partly to induce a belief on the part of the enemy that they had not quitted their camp. So Darius Hystaspis, when he began his retreat from Scythia (Herod., 4:135), left his camp standing, and the camp fires lighted, and the asses tethered (see ver. 10), that the Scythians, seeing the tents and hearing the noise of the animals, might be fully persuaded that his troops were still in the same place. Asses were the chief baggage-animals in many ancient armies. And fled for their life. Thinking that, if they waited till dawn, the Israelite allies, Hittites and Egyptians, would exterminate them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight,.... Or in the dark, as the Targum; when the twilight was going off; so that the lepers came very quickly after they were gone, 2 Kings 7:5.

and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses; such was their fright, that they could not stay to loose their cattle, with which they might have made greater speed, but ran away on foot: and they left

even the camp as it was; took nothing away with them, either money or provisions:

and fled for their life; which they imagined to be in great danger.



2 Kings 7:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Syrians Flee
6For the Lord had caused the army of the Arameans to hear a sound of chariots and a sound of horses, even the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, "Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us." 7Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents and their horses and their donkeys, even the camp just as it was, and fled for their life. 8When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid them; and they returned and entered another tent and carried from there also, and went and hid them.…
Cross References
Judges 7:21
While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.

1 Kings 10:29
They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Psalm 48:4
When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together,

Proverbs 28:1
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Treasury of Scripture

Why they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.

they arose

Job 18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Psalm 48:4-6 For, see, the kings were assembled, they passed by together…

Psalm 68:12 Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: …

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Jeremiah 48:8,9 And the spoiler shall come on every city, and no city shall escape: …

their horses

Psalm 20:7,8 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

Psalm 33:17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any …

Amos 2:14-16 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong …

and fled for their life

Numbers 35:11,12 Then you shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; …

Proverbs 6:5 Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird …

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of …

Matthew 24:16-18 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains…

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

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