2 Kings 6:1
New International Version
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us.

New Living Translation
One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, "As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small.

English Standard Version
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us.

Berean Study Bible
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Please take note that the place where we meet with you is too small for us.

New American Standard Bible
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us.

King James Bible
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

Christian Standard Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "Please notice that the place where we live under your supervision is too small for us.

Contemporary English Version
One day the prophets said to Elisha, "The place where we meet with you is too small.

Good News Translation
One day the group of prophets that Elisha was in charge of complained to him, "The place where we live is too small!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "Please notice that the place where we live under your supervision is too small for us.

International Standard Version
One day the Guild of Prophets told Elisha, "Notice how the place where we are living is too small for us.

NET Bible
Some of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too cramped for us.

New Heart English Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell before you is too small for us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples of the prophets said to Elisha, "The place where we're staying is too small for us.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha: 'Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

New American Standard 1977
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too tight for us.

King James 2000 Bible
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us.

American King James Version
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too strait for us.

American Standard Version
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisaie, Behold now, the place wherein we dwell before thee is too narrow for us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sons of the prophets said to Eliseus: Behold the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

Darby Bible Translation
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

English Revised Version
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell before thee is too strait for us.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too narrow for us.

World English Bible
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell before you is too small for us.

Young's Literal Translation
And sons of the prophet say unto Elisha, 'Lo, we pray thee, the place where we are dwelling before thee is too strait for us;
Study Bible
The Axhead Floats
1Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Please take note that the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2Please let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a log so we can build ourselves a place to live there.” “Go,” said Elisha.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:34
quenched the raging fire, and escaped the edge of the sword; who gained strength from weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.

2 Kings 2:3
Then the sons of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and said, "Do you know that the LORD will take your master away from you today?" "Yes, I know," he replied. "Do not speak of it."

2 Kings 6:2
Please let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a log so we can build ourselves a place to live there." "Go," said Elisha.

Treasury of Scripture

And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with you is too strait for us.

the sons

2 Kings 2:3
And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

1 Kings 20:35
And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him.

the place

2 Kings 4:38
And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.

1 Samuel 19:20
And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

too strait for us

Joshua 17:14
And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto?

Joshua 19:47
And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.

Job 36:16
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.







Lexicon
Now the sons
בְנֵֽי־ (ḇə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

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

said
וַיֹּאמְר֥וּ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Elisha,
אֱלִישָׁ֑ע (’ĕ·lî·šā‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 477: Elisha -- 'God is salvation', a well-known Israelite prophet

“Please
נָ֣א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

take note
הִנֵּֽה־ (hin·nêh-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

that the place
הַמָּק֗וֹם (ham·mā·qō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

where
אֲשֶׁ֨ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

we
אֲנַ֜חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 587: We

meet
יֹשְׁבִ֥ים (yō·šə·ḇîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

with you
לְפָנֶ֖יךָ (lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

is too small
צַ֥ר (ṣar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent

for us.
מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ (mim·men·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of
VI.

THE HISTORY OF ELISHA'S MIGHTY WORKS CONTINUED.

(1-7) The prophet causes an iron ax-head to float ?n the Jordan.

(1) And the sons of the prophets said.--The form of the verb implies connection with the preceding narrative; but as the section refers to Elisha's activity among the sons of the prophets, it was probably connected originally with 2Kings 4:44. The compiler may have transferred it to its present position in order, as Thenius suggests, to indicate the lapse of some time between the events described here and there; and further, to separate the account of the renewed warfare between Syria and Israel (2Kings 6:8, seq.) from that of Elisha's good deed to Naaman the Syrian.

The place where we dwell with thee.--Rather, the place where we sit before thee: scil., habitually, for instruction. The phrase occurred in 2Kings 4:38. The common hall is meant; whether that at Gilgal or at Jericho is uncertain. Jericho was close to the Jordan (2Kings 6:2), but that does not prove that it is meant here. The prophet's disciples did not live in a single building, like a community of monks. Their settlement is called "dwellings" (n?yoth) in the plural (1Samuel 19:18); and they could be married (2Kings 4:1).

Too strait.--Their numbers had increased. (Comp. 2Kings 4:43.)

Verse 1. - 2 Kings 7:20. - FURTHER MIRACLES WROUGHT BY ELISHA. The historian relates first a (comparatively) private miracle wrought by Elisha in the vicinity of Jericho, for the benefit of one of the "sons of the prophets" (vers. 1-8). He then tells us briVerse 1.
- And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee - literally, before thee - is too strait for us. The scene of this miracle is probably the vicinity of Jericho, since both Gilgal and Bethel were remote from the Jordan. The "school of the prophets" at Jericho, whereof we heard in 2 Kings 2:5, 19, had increased so much, that the buildings which hitherto had accommodated it were no longer sufficient. A larger dwelling, or set of dwelling, was thought to be necessary; but the scholars would make no change without the sanction of their master. When he comes on one of his circuits, they make appeal to him. 6:1-7 There is that pleasantness in the converse of servants of God, which can make those who listen to them forget the pain and the weariness of labour. Even the sons of the prophets must not be unwilling to labour. Let no man think an honest employment a burden or a disgrace. And labour of the head, is as hard, and very often harder, than labour with the hands. We ought to be careful of that which is borrowed, as of our own, because we must do as we would be done by. This man was so respecting the axe-head. And to those who have an honest mind, the sorest grievance of poverty is, not so much their own want and disgrace, as being rendered unable to pay just debts. But the Lord cares for his people in their smallest concerns. And God's grace can thus raise the stony iron heart, which is sunk into the mud of this world, and raise up affections, naturally earthly.
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