And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Eliseus the prophet.—The original gives, as was natural, the Greek form of Elisha, as before of Elijah.
Saving Naaman.—Better, but Naaman. as before.Matthew 8:1.
Time of Eliseus - Time of Elisha. The word "Eliseus" is the Greek way of writing the word Elisha, as Elias is of Elijah.
Saving Naaman the Syrian - The account of his cure is contained in 2 Kings 5.
Sarepta—"Zarephath" (1Ki 17:9), a heathen village between Tyre and Sidon. (See Mr 7:24.)See Poole on "Luke 4:26" Leviticus 13:1 and it seems by this account, that it was very prevalent,
in the time of Eliseus the prophet; that is, the prophet Elisha; who, by the Septuagint, in
1 Kings 19:16 and, in other places, is called "Elisaie": and none of them was cleansed; from their leprosy, by any direction of the prophet,
saving Naaman, the Syrian: or but Naaman, who was not an Israelite, but a Syrian: he was cleansed and cured of his leprosy, being ordered by Elisha to dip himself seven times in Jordan, which he did, and was healed, 2 Kings 5:14.And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 4:27. See 2 Kings 5:14.
ἐπί] at the time, Luke 3:2.Luke 4:27. ὁ Σύρος. Naaman and the widow of Sarepta both Gentiles: these references savouring of universalism were welcome to Lk., but there is no reason to suspect that he put them into Christ’s mouth. Jesus might have so spoken (vide Matthew 8:11).27. saving Naaman the Syrian] 2 Kings 5:1-14. Thus both Elijah and Elisha had carried God’s mercies to Gentiles.Luke 4:27. Πολλοὶ λεπροὶ, many lepers) For instance those, concerning whom 2 Kings 7:3, treats.—ἐπὶ) Ἐπὶ denotes an epoch: so high is the account in which a prophet is held in the eyes of God [that his name marks an epoch].
Wyc. renders meselis, the middle-English word for a leper, and derived from misellus, a diminutive of the Latin miser, wretched.
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