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and he said, "This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.
King James Bible
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
American Standard Version
And he said, Thus saith Jehovah, Make this valley full of trenches.
Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'Thus said Jehovah, Make this valley ditches -- ditches;
2 Kings 3:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Make this valley full of ditches - The word נחל nachal may be translated brook, as it is by the Vulgate and Septuagint. There probably was a river here, but it was now dry; and the prophet desires that they would enlarge the channel, and cut out various canals from it, and reservoirs, where water might be collected for the refreshment of the army and of the cattle; and these were to be made so wide that the reflection of the sun's rays from this water might be the means of confounding and destroying the Moabites.
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2 Kings 3:17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.