2 Kings 2:7
New International Version
Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan.

New Living Translation
Fifty men from the group of prophets also went and watched from a distance as Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River.

English Standard Version
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.

Berean Study Bible
Then a company of fifty of the sons of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing Elijah and Elisha as the two of them stood by the Jordan.

King James Bible
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

New King James Version
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

New American Standard Bible
Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

NASB 1995
Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

NASB 1977
Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

Amplified Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood opposite them [to watch] at a distance; and the two of them stood by the Jordan.

Christian Standard Bible
Fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood observing them at a distance while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood facing them from a distance while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

American Standard Version
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off: and they two stood by the Jordan.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And fifty men of the sons of the Prophets went, and they stood across at a distance, and the two stood on the edge of Jordan.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went also, and they stood opposite afar off: and both stood on the bank of Jordan.

Contemporary English Version
Fifty prophets followed Elijah and Elisha from Jericho, then stood at a distance and watched as the two men walked toward the river.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets followed them, and stood in sight at a distance: but they two stood by the Jordan.

English Revised Version
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

Good News Translation
and fifty of the prophets followed them to the Jordan. Elijah and Elisha stopped by the river, and the fifty prophets stood a short distance away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fifty disciples of the prophets stood at a distance as Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan River.

International Standard Version
accompanied by 50 men from the Guild of Prophets, who stood at a short distance from them while they were both standing by the Jordan.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off; and they two stood by the Jordan.

Literal Standard Version
and fifty men of the sons of the prophets have gone on, and stand opposite [them] far off—and both of them have stood by the Jordan.

NET Bible
The fifty members of the prophetic guild went and stood opposite them at a distance, while Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan.

New Heart English Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan.

World English Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan.

Young's Literal Translation
-- and fifty men of the sons of the prophets have gone on, and stand over-against afar off -- and both of them have stood by the Jordan.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elijah Taken to Heaven
6And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.” But Elisha replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7Then a company of fifty of the sons of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing Elijah and Elisha as the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8And Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up, and struck the waters, which parted to the right and to the left, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.…

Cross References
2 Kings 2:15
When the sons of the prophets who were facing him from Jericho saw what had happened, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed down to the ground before him.

2 Kings 2:16
"Look now," they said to Elisha, "we your servants have fifty valiant men. Please let them go and search for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and put him on one of the mountains or in one of the valleys." "Do not send them," Elisha replied.


Treasury of Scripture

And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

fifty men

2 Kings 2:17
And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.

1 Kings 18:4,13
For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) …









(7) And fifty . . . went.--Now fifty . . . had gone.

Stood to view.--Taken their stand opposite, i.e., directly opposite the place where the two were standing by the brink of the river, yet at some distance behind. They wished to see whether and how the companions would cross the stream at a point where there was no ford.

Verse 7. - And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view. It is a harsh judgment to blame the "sons of the prophets" for an idle and shallow curiosity in merely "standing" at a distance "to view" the wonderful event, which Elisha was determined to witness as closely, and associate himself with as intimately, as possible. For the sons of the prophets to have approached nearer, and hung on the skirts of Elijah, would have been an impertinence, Elisha's persistence is only justified by his strong affection, and the special office which he held, of attendant minister. The fifty students showed a courteous sense of what was due to the prophet's desire of seclusion by not pressing on his footsteps, and at the same time a real interest in him, and a reasonable curiosity, by quitting their college and "standing to view" on some eminence which commanded a prospect of the lower Jordan valley. There were many such eminences within a short distance of Jericho. And they two stood by Jordan. At length all other human companionship was shaken off - "they two" stood, side by side, on the banks of the sacred stream, which had played so important a part, and was still to play so far more important a part, in the theocratic history. All the world, except their two selves, was remote - was beyond their ken; the master and the servant, the prophet of the past and the prophet of the coming generation, were together, with none to disturb them, or interfere between them, or separate them. Jordan rolled its waters before their eyes, a seeming barrier to further advance; and Elisha may naturally have looked to see the final scene transacted in that "plain below a plain," the Jordan bed, sunk beneath the general level of the Ghor, green with lush grass and aquatic plants, and with beds of reeds and osiers, but squalid with long stretches of mud and masses of decaying vegetation, brought down from the upper river, and with rotting trunks of trees torn from the banks higher up. But the end was not yet. Jordan was to be crossed, and the ascension to take place from the plain whence Moses, when about to quit earth, had made his ascent to Pisgah.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then a company
אִ֜ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 582: Man, mankind

of fifty
וַחֲמִשִּׁ֨ים (wa·ḥă·miš·šîm)
Conjunctive waw | Number - common plural
Strong's 2572: Fifty

of the sons
מִבְּנֵ֤י (mib·bə·nê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of the prophets
הַנְּבִיאִים֙ (han·nə·ḇî·’îm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

went
הָֽלְכ֔וּ (hā·lə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

and stood
וַיַּעַמְד֥וּ (way·ya·‘am·ḏū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

at a distance,
מִנֶּ֖גֶד (min·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

facing [Elijah and Elisha]
מֵרָח֑וֹק (mê·rā·ḥō·wq)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious

as the two
וּשְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם (ū·šə·nê·hem)
Conjunctive waw | Number - mdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

of them stood
עָמְד֥וּ (‘ā·mə·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

by
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the Jordan.
הַיַּרְדֵּֽן׃ (hay·yar·dên)
Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3383: Jordan -- the principal river of Palestine


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