2 Kings 2:18
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New International Version
When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"

New Living Translation
Elisha was still at Jericho when they returned. "Didn't I tell you not to go?" he asked.

English Standard Version
And they came back to him while he was staying at Jericho, and he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”

Berean Study Bible
When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, “Didn't I tell you not to go?”

New American Standard Bible
They returned to him while he was staying at Jericho; and he said to them, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not go '?"

King James Bible
And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

Christian Standard Bible
When they returned to him in Jericho where he was staying, he said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"

Contemporary English Version
They returned to Jericho, and Elisha said, "I told you that you wouldn't find him."

Good News Translation
Then they returned to Elisha, who had waited at Jericho, and he said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they returned to him in Jericho where he was staying, he said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"

International Standard Version
By the time they returned, Elisha was living in Jericho. Then Elisha asked them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"

NET Bible
When they came back, Elisha was staying in Jericho. He said to them, "Didn't I tell you, 'Don't go'?"

New Heart English Bible
They came back to him, while he stayed at Jericho; and he said to them, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not go?'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They returned to Elisha in Jericho, where he was waiting. He said, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they came back to him, while he tarried at Jericho; and he said unto them: 'Did I not say unto you: Go not?'

New American Standard 1977
And they returned to him while he was staying at Jericho; and he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they came again to him (for he tarried at Jericho), he said unto them, Did I not tell you to not go?

King James 2000 Bible
And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

American King James Version
And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said to them, Did I not say to you, Go not?

American Standard Version
And they came back to him, while he tarried at Jericho; and he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they came back to him: for he abode at Jericho, and he said to them: Did I not say to you: Do not send?

Darby Bible Translation
And they came again to him (now he was staying at Jericho); and he said to them, Did I not say to you, Go not?

English Revised Version
And they came back to him, while he tarried at Jericho; and he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said to them, Did I not say to you, Go not?

World English Bible
They came back to him, while he stayed at Jericho; and he said to them, "Didn't I tell you, 'Don't go?'"

Young's Literal Translation
and they turn back unto him -- and he is abiding in Jericho -- and he saith unto them, 'Did I not say unto you, Do not go?'
Study Bible
Elisha Succeeds Elijah
17But when they pressed him to the point of embarrassment, he said, “Send them.” And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find Elijah. 18When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, “Didn't I tell you not to go?”
Cross References
2 Kings 2:17
But when they pressed him to the point of embarrassment, he said, "Send them." And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find Elijah.

2 Kings 2:19
Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Please note, our lord, that the city's location is good, but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful."

Treasury of Scripture

And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said to them, Did I not say to you, Go not?







(18) For he tarried.--Now he (emphatic) was abiding in Jericho (while they were searching).

Did I not say.--Or, command. Elisha could now fairly remind them of his authority. So the phrase "Go not" is, in the Hebrew, imperative. (Comp. "Ye shall not send," 2Kings 2:16.) With these words, the history of Elijah significantly closes. "Elias resembled Moses in courage and eloquence, and no other prophet was his equal. But when he withdrew from the world, that Providence which guided the destinies of Israel did not, therefore, forsake His people. A portion of Elijah's spirit passed to his disciples; and they are forbidden to seek their departed master in the desert: they must find among themselves the means of carrying on his work" (Reuss).

Thenius considers the entire section (2Kings 1:2 to 2Kings 2:18) to be a distinct fragment of a lost history of Elijah. Its contents, he says, betray the same poetical (?) spirit as 1 Kings 17-19.

Verse 18. - And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not? The prophet was not above vindicating the propriety of his past conduct. He waited at Jericho until the fifty men returned from their vain search, and then reminded them that his advice to them had been not to start on a useless errand. The ministers of God have to vindicate themselves, because God's honor is concerned in their being without reproach. And when they came again to him, for he tarried at Jericho,.... Waiting their return to hear the report they made: which when they had:

he said unto them, did I not say unto you, go not? assuring them it would be fruitless, and to no purpose; though this search of theirs served both to confirm the assumption of Elijah, and the truth of Elisha being a prophet of the Lord. 2:13-18 Elijah left his mantle to Elisha; as a token of the descent of the Spirit upon him; it was more than if he had left him thousands of gold and silver. Elisha took it up, not as a sacred relic to be worshipped, but as a significant garment to be worn. Now that Elijah was taken to heaven, Elisha inquired, 1. After God; when our creature-comforts are removed, we have a God to go to, who lives for ever. 2. After the God that Elijah served, and honoured, and pleaded for. The Lord God of the holy prophets is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever; but what will it avail us to have the mantles of those that are gone, their places, their books, if we have not their spirit, their God? See Elisha's dividing the river; God's people need not fear at last passing through the Jordan of death as on dry ground. The sons of the prophets made a needless search for Elijah. Wise men may yield to that, for the sake of peace, and the good opinion of others, which yet their judgment is against, as needless and fruitless. Traversing hills and valleys will never bring us to Elijah, but following the example of his holy faith and zeal will, in due time.
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