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Elisha

salvation of God

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Elisha

(God his salvation), son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah; the attendant and disciple of Elijan, and subsequently his successor as prophet of the kingdom of Israel. The earliest mention of his name is in the command to Elijah in the cave at Horeb. (1 Kings 19:16,17) (B.C. about 900.) Elijah sets forth to obey the command, and comes upon his successor engaged in ploughing. He crosses to him and throws over his shoulders the rough mantle --a token at once of investiture with the prophet's office and of adoption as a son. Elisha delayed merely to give the farewell kiss to his father and mother and preside at a parting feast with his people, and then followed the great prophet on his northward road. We hear nothing more of Elisha for eight years, until the translation of his master, when he reappears, to become the most prominent figure in the history of his country during the rest of his long life. In almost every respect Elisha presents the most complete contrast to Elijah. Elijah was a true Bedouin child of the desert. If he enters a city it is only to deliver his message of fire and be gone. Elisha, on the other hand, is a civilized man, an inhabitant of cities. His dress was the ordinary garment of an Israelite, the beged , probably similar in form to the long abbeyeh of the modern Syrians. (2 Kings 2:12) His hair was worn trimmed behind, in contrast to the disordered locks of Elijah, and he used a walking-staff, (2 Kings 4:29) of the kind ordinarily carried by grave or aged citizens. (Zechariah 8:4) After the departure of his master, Elisha returned to dwell at Jericho, (2 Kings 2:18) where he miraculously purified the springs. We next meet with Elisha at Bethel, in the heart of the country, on his way from Jericho to Mount Carmel. (2 Kings 2:23) The mocking children, Elisha's curse and the catastrophe which followed are familiar to all. Later he extricates Jehoram king of Israel, and the kings of Judah and Edom, from their difficulty in the campaign against Moab arising from want of water. (2 Kings 3:4-27) Then he multiplies the widow's oil. (2 Kings 4:5) The next occurrence is at Shunem, where he is hospitably entertained by a woman of substance, whose son dies, and is brought to life again by Elisha. (2 Kings 4:8-37) Then at Gilgal he purifies the deadly pottage, (2 Kings 4:38-41) and multiplies the loaves. (2 Kings 4:42-44) The simple records of these domestic incidents amongst the sons of the prophets are now interrupted by an occurrence of a more important character. (2 Kings 5:1-27) The chief captain of the army of Syria, Naaman, is attacked with leprosy, and is sent by an Israelite maid to the prophet Elisha, who directs him to dip seven times in the Jordan, which he does and is healed, (2 Kings 5:1-14) while Naaman's servant, Gehazi, he strikes with leprosy for his unfaithfulness. ch. (2 Kings 5:20-27) Again the scene changes. It is probably at Jericho that Elisha causes the iron axe to swim. (2 Kings 6:1-7) A band of Syrian marauders are sent to seize him, but are struck blind, and he misleads them to Samaria, where they find themselves int he presence of the Israelite king and his troops. (2 Kings 6:8-23) During the famine in Samaria, (2 Kings 6:24-33) he prophesied incredible plenty, ch. (2 Kings 7:1-2) which was soon fulfilled. ch. (2 Kings 7:3-20) We next find the prophet at Damascus. Benhadad the king is sick, and sends to Elisha by Hazael to know the result. Elisha prophesies the king's death, and announces to Hazael that he is to succeed to the throne. (2 Kings 8:7,15) Finally this prophet of God, after having filled the position for sixty years, is found on his death-bed in his own house. (2 Kings 13:14-19) The power of the prophet, however, does not terminate with his death. Even in the tomb he restores the dead to life. ch. (2 Kings 13:21)

ATS Bible Dictionary
Elisha

The pupil and successor of Elijah, a prophet of Israel during the reign of Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Joash, B. C. 903-838. He was a native of Abel-meholah, where he was at work ploughing when Elijah called him to become a prophet, 1 Kings 19:16. Some years afterwards he witnessed the miraculous ascension of Elijah, divided the Jordan with his mantle, and took his place at the head of the schools of the prophets. During his long ministry he acted an important part in the public affairs of Israel. Many miracles also were wrought at his word; some of these were, healing the waters of Jericho; supplying the widow's cruse with oil, and the allied armies of Judah, Israel, and Edom with water; gaining a son for the woman of Shunem, and restoring him to life; healing the leprosy of Naaman; detecting and punishing Ghazi. His history is recorded in 2 Kings 2:1-9:37 13:14-21. He died lamented by king Joash and the people; and a year afterwards, a corpse deposited in the same sepulchre was at once restored to life.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
God his salvation, the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, who became the attendant and disciple of Elijah (1 Kings 19:16-19). His name first occurs in the command given to Elijah to anoint him as his successor (1 Kings 19:16). This was the only one of the three commands then given to Elijah which he accomplished. On his way from Sinai to Damascus he found Elisha at his native place engaged in the labours of the field, ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen. He went over to him, threw over his shoulders his rough mantle, and at once adopted him as a son, and invested him with the prophetical office (Comp. Luke 9:61, 62). Elisha accepted the call thus given (about four years before the death of Ahab), and for some seven or eight years became the close attendant on Elijah till he was parted from him and taken up into heaven. During all these years we hear nothing of Elisha except in connection with the closing scenes of Elijah's life. After Elijah, Elisha was accepted as the leader of the sons of the prophets, and became noted in Israel. He possessed, according to his own request, "a double portion" of Elijah's spirit (2 Kings 2:9); and for the long period of about sixty years (B.C. 892-832) held the office of "prophet in Israel" (2 Kings 5:8).

After Elijah's departure, Elisha returned to Jericho, and there healed the spring of water by casting salt into it (2 Kings 2:21). We next find him at Bethel (2:23), where, with the sternness of his master, he cursed the youths who came out and scoffed at him as a prophet of God: "Go up, thou bald head." The judgment at once took effect, and God terribly visited the dishonour done to his prophet as dishonour done to himself. We next read of his predicting a fall of rain when the army of Jehoram was faint from thirst (2 Kings 3:9-20); of the multiplying of the poor widow's cruse of oil (4:1-7); the miracle of restoring to life the son of the woman of Shunem (4:18-37); the multiplication of the twenty loaves of new barley into a sufficient supply for an hundred men (4:42-44); of the cure of Naaman the Syrian of his leprosy (5:1-27); of the punishment of Gehazi for his falsehood and his covetousness; of the recovery of the axe lost in the waters of the Jordan (6:1-7); of the miracle at Dothan, half-way on the road between Samaria and Jezreel; of the siege of Samaria by the king of Syria, and of the terrible sufferings of the people in connection with it, and Elisha's prophecy as to the relief that would come (2 Kings 6:24-7:2).

We then find Elisha at Damascus, to carry out the command given to his master to anoint Hazael king over Syria (2 Kings 8:7-15); thereafter he directs one of the sons of the prophets to anoint Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, instead of Ahab. Thus the three commands given to Elijah (9:1-10) were at length carried out.

We do not again read of him till we find him on his death-bed in his own house (2 Kings 13:14-19). Joash, the grandson of Jehu, comes to mourn over his approaching departure, and utters the same words as those of Elisha when Elijah was taken away: "My father, my father! the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof."

Afterwards when a dead body is laid in Elisha's grave a year after his burial, no sooner does it touch the hallowed remains than the man "revived, and stood up on his feet" (2 Kings 13:20-21).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ELISHA

e-li'-sha 'elisha`, "God is salvalion"; Septuagint Eleisaie; New Testament Elisaios, Eliseus, (Luke 4:27 the King James Version):

Contents

I. HIS CALL AND PREPARATION

1. His Call 2. His Preparation 3. The Parting Gift of Elijah

II. His PROPHETIC CAREER

1. Record of His Career 2. His Ministry in a Private Capacity 3. His Ministry in a Public and National Capacity 4. Characteristics of His Ministry

(1) In Comparison with Elijah

(2) General Features of His Ministry

III. GENERAL ESTIMATE LITERATURE

A prophet, the disciple and successor of Elijah. He was the son of Shaphat, lived at Abel-meholah, at the northern end of the Jordan valley and a little South of the Sea of Galilee. Nothing is told of his parents but the father's name, though he must have been a man of some wealth and doubtless of earnest piety. No hint is given of Elisha's age or birth-place, and it is almost certain that he was born and reared at Abel-meholah, and was a comparatively young man when we first hear of him. His early life thus was spent on his father's estate, in a god-fearing family, conditions which have produced so many of God's prophets. His moral and religious nature was highly developed in such surroundings, and from his work on his father's farm he was called to his training as a prophet and successor of Elijah.

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I. His Call and Preparation.

The first mention of him occurs in 1 Kings 19:16. Elijah was at Horeb, learning perhaps the greatest lesson of his life; and one of the three duties with which he was charged was to anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, as prophet in his stead.

1. His Call:

Elijah soon went northward and as he passed the lands of Shaphat he saw Elisha plowing in the rich level field of his father's farm. Twelve yoke of oxen were at work, Elisha himself plowing with the twelfth yoke. Crossing over to him Elijah threw his mantle upon the young man (1 Kings 19:19). Elisha seemed to understand the meaning of the symbolic act, and was for a moment overwhelmed with its significance. It meant his adoption as the son and successor of Elijah in the prophetic office. Naturally he would hesitate a moment before making such an important decision. As Elijah strode on, Elisha felt the irresistible force of the call of God and ran after the great prophet, announcing that he was ready to follow; only he wished to give a parting kiss to his father and mother (1 Kings 19:20). Elijah seemed to realize what it meant to the young man, and bade him "Go back again; for what have I done to thee?" The call was not such an urgent one as Elisha seemed to think, and the response had better be deliberate and voluntary. But Elisha had fully made up his mind, slew the yoke of oxen with which he was plowing, boiled their flesh with the wood of the implements he was using, and made a farewell feast for his friends. He then followed Elijah, making a full renunciation of home ties, comforts and privileges. He became Elijah's servant; and we have but one statement describing their relationship (2 Kings 3:11): he "poured water on the hands of Elijah."

2. His Preparation:

They seem to have spent several years together (1 Kings 22:1 2 Kings 1:17), for Elisha became well known among the various schools of the prophets. While ministering to the needs of his master, Elisha learned many deep and important lessons, imbibed much of his spirit, and developed his own religious nature and efficiency until he was ready for the prophetic service himself. It seems almost certain that they lived among the schools of the prophets, and not in the mountains and hills as Elijah had previously done. During these years the tie between the two men became very deep and strong. They were years of great significance to the young prophet and of careful teaching on the part of the older. The lesson learned at Horeb was not forgotten and its meaning would be profoundly impressed upon the younger man, whose whole afterlife shows that he had deeply imbibed the teaching.

3. The Parting Gift of Elijah:

The final scene shows the strong and tender affection he cherished toward his master. Aware that the end was near, he determined to be with him until the last. Nothing could persuade him to leave Elijah. When asked what should be done for him, before his master was taken away, he asks for the elder son's portion, a double portion, of his master's spirit (2 Kings 2:9). He has no thought of equality; he would be Elijah's firstborn son. The request shows how deeply he had imbibed of his master's spirit already. His great teacher disappears in a whirlwind, and, awestruck by the wonderful sight, Elisha rends his clothes, takes up the garment of Elijah, retraces his steps to the Jordan, smites the waters to test whether the spirit of Elijah had really fallen upon him, and as the water parts, he passes over dry shod. The sons of the prophets who have been watching the proceedings from the hills, at once observe that the spirit of Elijah rested upon Elisha, and they bowed before him in reverence and submission (2 Kings 2:12-15). Elisha now begins his prophetic career which must have lasted 50 years, for it extended over the reign of Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz and Joash. The change in him is now so manifest that he is universally recognized as Elijah's successor and the religious leader of the prophetic schools. The skepticism of the young prophets regarding the translation of Elijah found little sympathy with Elisha, but he is conciliatory and humors them (2 Kings 2:16-18).

II. His Prophetic Career.

1. Record of His Career:

As we study the life of Elisha we look first at the record of his career. The compiler of these records has followed no strict chronological order. Like other scripture writers he has followed the system of grouping his materials. The records in 2 Kings 2:19-5:27 are probably in the order of their occurrence. The events in chapters 6-9 cannot be chronologically arranged, as the name of the king of Israel is not mentioned. In 6:23 we are told that the Syrians came no more into the land of Israel, and 6:24 proceeds to give an account of Ben-hadad's invasion and the terrible siege of Samaria. In chapter 5 Gehazi is smitten with leprosy, while in chapter 8 he is in friendly converse with the king. In chapter 13 the death of Joash is recorded, and this is followed by the record of his last interview with Elisha (2 Kings 13:14-19) which event occurred some years previously.

2. His Ministry in a Private Capacity:

When he began his career of service he carried the mantle of Elijah, but we read no more of that mantle; he is arrayed as a private citizen (2 Kings 2:12) in common garmerits (beghadhim). He carries the walking-staff of ordinary citizens, using it for working miracles (2 Kings 4:29). He seems to have lived in different cities, sojourning at Bethel or Jericho with the sons of the prophets, or dwelling in his own home in Dothan or Samaria (2 Kings 6:24, 32). He passed Shunem so frequently on foot that a prophet's chamber was built for his special use (2 Kings 4:8-11).

(1) Elijah's ministry began by shutting up the heavens for three and a half years; Elisha's began by healing a spring of water near Jericho (2 Kings 2:21). One of these possessed certain noxious qualities, and complaint is made to Elisha that it is unfit for drinking and injurious to the land (2 Kings 2:19). He takes salt in a new vessel, casts it into the spring and the waters are healed so that there was not "from thence any more death or miscarrying" (2 Kings 2:21).

(2) Leaving Jericho, `a pleasant situation,' he passes up to the highlands of Ephraim, doubtless by the Wady Suweinit, and approaches Bethel, a seat of Baal worship and headquarters of idolatry. The bald head, or perhaps closely cropped head, of Elisha, in contrast with that of Elijah, provoked the ridicule of some "young lads out of the city" who called after him Go up, thou baldhead,' their taunt manifesting the most blatant profanity and utter disregard of God or anything sacred. Elisha, justly angered, turned and cursed them in the name of Yahweh. Two bears soon break forth from the woods of that wild region and make fearful havoc among the boys. Elisha may have shown severity and a vindictiveness in this, but he was in no way to blame for the punishment which overtook the boys. He had nothing to do with the bears and was in no way responsible for the fate of the lads. The Septuagint adds that they threw stones, and the rabbis tell how Elisha was himself punished, but these attempts to tone down the affair are uncalled for and useless (2 Kings 2:23, 14).

(3) From Bethel Elisha passed on to Mt. Carmel, the home of a school of the prophets, spent some time there and returned to Samaria the capital (2 Kings 2:25). His next deed of mercy was to relieve the pressing needs of a widow of one of the prophets. The name of the place is not given (2 Kings 4:1-7)

(4) On his many journeys up and down the country, he frequently passed by the little village of Shunem, on the slopes of "Little Hermon." The modern name is Solam. It was about three miles from Jezreel. Accustomed to accept hospitality of one of the women of the place, he so impressed her with his sanctity that she appealed to her husband to build a chamber for the "holy man of God, that passeth by us continually." This was done, and in return for this hospitality a son was born to the woman, who suddenly dies in early boyhood and is restored to life by the prophet (2 Kings 4:8-37).

(5) Elisha is next at Gilgal, residing with the sons of the prophets. It is a time of famine and they are subsisting on what they can find. One of them finds some wild gourds (paqqu`oth), shreds them into the pot and they are cooked. The men have no sooner begun to eat than they taste the poison and cry to Elisha, "O man of God, there is death in the pot." Throwing in some meal, Elisha at once renders the dish harmless and wholesome (2 Kings 4:38-41).

(6) Probably at about the same time and place and during the same famine, a man from Baal-shalishah brought provisions as a present to Elisha-twenty loaves of fresh barley bread and fresh ears of grain. Unselfishly Elisha commands that it be given to the people to eat. The servant declared it was altogether insufficient for a hundred men, but Elisha predicts that there will be enough and to spare (2 Kings 4:42-44). This miracle closely resembles the two miracles of Jesus.

(7) The next incident is the healing of Naaman, the leprous commander of the Syrian army (2 Kings 5:1-19). He is afflicted with the white leprosy, the most malignant kind (2 Kings 5:27). A Jewish maiden, captured in one of their numerous invasions of Eastern Palestine, and sold into slavery with a multitude of others, tells her mistress, the wife of Naaman, about the wonder-working Elisha. The maiden tells her mistress that Elisha can heal the leprosy, and Naaman resolves to visit him. Through the king he obtains permission to visit Elisha with a great train and rich presents. The prophet sends his servant to tell him to dip seven times in the Jordan and he will be healed. Naaman is angered at the lack of deference on the part of Elisha and turns away in a rage to go home. Better counsels prevail, and he obeys the prophet and is cured. Elisha absolutely refuses the rich presents Naaman offers, and permits the Syrian to take some earth from Yahweh's land, that he may build an altar in Syria and worship Yahweh there. The idea was that a God was localized and could be worshipped only on his own land. Elisha grants Naaman permission apparently to worship Rimmon while avowedly he is a worshipper of Yahweh. The prophet appreciates the difficulties in Naaman's path, believes in his sincerity, and by this concession in no way proves that he believes in the actual existence of a god named Rimmon, or that Yahweh was confined to his own land, or in any way sanctions idolatrous worship. He is conciliatory and tolerant, making the best of the situation.

(8) An act of severity on the part of Elisha follows, but it was richly deserved. Gehazi's true character now manifests itself. He covets the rich presents brought by Naaman, runs after him, and by a clever story secures a rich present from the general. Elisha divines his trick and dooms him and his family to be afflicted with Naaman's leprosy forever (2 Kings 5:20-27).

(9) A group of the sons of the prophets, probably at Jericho, finding their quarters too small, determine to build new quarters near the Jordan. While felling the timber the ax-head of one, a borrowed tool, fell into the water and disappeared. It would have been useless to have attempted to search for it in that swift and muddy stream, so he cries in distress to the prophet. Elisha breaks off a stick, casts it in the spot where the ax fell, and makes the iron swim on the surface (2 Kings 6:1-7).

3. His Ministry in a Public and National Capacity:

Elisha's services to his king and country were numerous and significant.

(1) The first one recorded took place during the attempt of Jehoram to resubjugate Moab which had revolted under King Mesha. In company with Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom, his southern allies, the combined hosts found themselves without water in the wilderness of Edom. The situation is desperate. Jehoram appeals to Jehoshaphat, and on discovering that Elisha was in the camp all three kings appeal to him in their extremity. He refuses any help to Jehoram, bidding him appeal to the prophets of his father Ahab and his mother Jezebel. For Jehoshaphat's sake he will help, calls for a minstrel, and under the spell of the music receives his message. He orders them to dig many trenches to hold the water which shall surely come on the morrow from the land of Edom and without rain. He moreover predicted that Moab would be utterly defeated. These predictions are fulfilled, Mesha is shut up in his capital, and in desperation sacrifices his firstborn son and heir on the walls in sight of all Israel. In great horror the Israelites withdraw, leaving Mesha in possession (2 Kings 3:4-27).

(2) His next services occurred at Samaria. The king of Syria finds that his most secret plans are divulged in some mysterious way, and he fails more than once to take the king of Israel. He suspects treachery in his army, but is told of Elisha's divining powers. Elisha is living at Dothan; and thither the king of Syria sends a large army to capture him. Surrounded by night, Elisha is in no way terrified as his servant is, but prays that the young man's eyes may be opened to see the mountains full of the chariots and horses of Yahweh. Going forth to meet the Syrians as they close in, Elisha prays that they may be stricken with blindness. The word canwerim is used only here and in Genesis 19:11 and probably means mental blindness, or bewilderment, a confusion of mind amounting to illusion. He now tells them that they have come to the wrong place, but he will lead them to the right place. They follow him into the very heart of Samaria and into the power of the king. The latter would have smitten them, but is rebuked by Elisha who counseled that they be fed and sent away (2 Kings 6:8-23). Impressed by such mysterious power and strange clemency the Syrians ceased their marauding attacks.

(3) The next incident must have occurred some time previous, or some time after these events. Samaria is besieged, the Israelites are encouraged to defend their capital to the last, famine prices prevail, and mothers begin to cook their children and eat them. The king in horror and rage will wreak vengeance on Elisha. The latter divines his purpose, anticipates any action on the king's part, and predicts that there will be abundance of food on the morrow. That night a panic seized the Syrian host. They imagined they heard the Hittires coming against them, and fled in headlong rout toward the Jordan. Four lepers discover the deserted camp and report the fact to the king. He suspects an ambuscade, but is persuaded to send a few men to reconnoiter. They find the camp deserted and treasures strewing the path right to the Jordan. The maritans lose no time in plundering the camp and Elisha's predictions are fulfilled to the letter (2 Kings 6:24-7).

(4) The prophet's next act was one of great significance. It was the carrying out of the first order given to Elijah at Horeb, and the time seemed ripe for it. He proceeds north to Damascus and finds Benhadad sick. Hearing of his presence the king sends a rich present by the hands of his chief captain Hazael and inquires whether he will recover. Elisha gives a double answer. He will recover, the disease will not be fatal, yet he will die. Fixing his eyes on Hazael, Elisha sees a fierce and ruthless successor to Benhadad who will be a terrible scourge to Israel. The man of God weeps, the fierce captain is ashamed, and when told of what he shall do, represents himself as a dog and not able to do such things. But the prospect is too enticing; he tells Benhadad he will recover, and on the morrow smothers him and succeeds to the throne (2 Kings 8:7-15).

(5) The next, move of Elisha was even more significant. It is the fulfilling of the second order given Elijah at Mt. Horeb. The Israelites are fighting the Syrians in defense of Ramoth-gilead. The king, Jehoram, is wounded and returns home to Jezreel to recover. Elisha seizes on the opportune moment to have the house of Ahab avenged for its many sins. He dispatches one of the young prophets with a vial of oil to Ramoth-gilead with orders to anoint Jehu, one of the captains of the army, as king over Israel. The young prophet obeys, delivers his message and flees. Jehu tries to conceal the real nature of the interview, but is forced to tell, and is at once proclaimed king. He leaps into his chariot, drives furiously to Jezreel, meets the king by the vineyard of Naborb, sends an arrow through his heart, tramples to death the queen Jezebel, butchers the king's sons and exterminates the royal family. He then treacherously murders the priests of Baal and the revolution is complete; the house of Ahab is destroyed, Baal worship overthrown and an able king is upon the throne (2 Kings 9; 2 Kings 10).

(6) Elisha retains his fervent and patriotic spirit until the last. His final act is in keeping with his long. life of generous deeds and faithful patriotic service. He is on his death bed, having witnessed the fearful oppressions of Israel by Hazael who made Israelites as dust under his feet. The young king Joash visits him, weeps over him, calling him, "My father, the chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof." The dying prophet bids him take his bow and arrow and shoot eastward, an act symbolic of his victory over Syria. Being then commanded to smite upon the ground, he smites three times and stops. The prophet is angry, tells him he should have smitten many times, then he would have smitten Syria many times, but now he shall smite her only thrice (2 Kings 13:14-19).

(7) The last wonder in connection with Elisha occurs after this death. His bones were reported to have vitalizing power (2 Kings 13:20-21). Tradition says that the man thus restored to life lived but an hour; but the story illustrates something of the reverence held for Elisha.

4. Characteristics of His Ministry:

(1) In Comparison with Elijah.

In many respects Elisha is a contrast to his great predecessor. Instead of a few remarkable appearances and striking events, his was a steady lifelong ministry; instead of the rugged hills his home was in the quiet valley and on the farm; instead of solitariness he loved the social life and the home. There were no sudden appearances add disappearances, people always knew where to find him. There were no long seasons of hiding or retirement, he was constantly moving about among the people or the prophetic schools. There were no spectacular revolutions, only the effect of a long steady ministry. His career resembled the latter portion of Elijah's more than the earlier. Elijah had learned well his lesson at Horeb. God is not so much in the tempest, the fire and the earthquake, as in the "still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12). Elijah was a prophet of fire, Elisha more of a pastor. The former called down fire out of heaven to consume those sent to take him; Elisha anticipates the king when he comes to take him (2 Kings 6:32, 33) and gives promises of relief. He merely asks for blindness to come upon the army which surrounded him at Dothan, and spares them when the king would have smitten them (2 Kings 6:21-23). Elijah was austere and terrible, but Elisha was so companionable that the woman at Shunera built him a chamber. His prophetic insight could be helped more by the strains of music than by the mountain solitude (2 Kings 3:15). Some of his miracles resemble Elijah's. The multiplication of the oil and the cruse is much like the continued supply of meal and oil to the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:10-16), and the raising of the Shunammite's son like the raising of the widow's son at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:17-24).

(2) General Features of His Ministry.

His services as a pastor-prophet were more remarkable than his miracles. He could be very severe in the presence of deliberate wrongdoing, stern and unflinching when the occasion required. He could weep before Hazael, knowing what he would do to Israel, yet he anointed him king of Syria (2 Kings 8:11-15). When the time was ripe and the occasion opportune, he could instigate a revolution that wiped out a dynasty, exterminated a family, and caused the massacre of the priests of Baal (2 Kings 8; 2 Kings 9). He possessed the confidence of kings so fully that they addressed him as father and themselves as sons (2 Kings 6:21; 2 Kings 13:14). He accompanied an army of invasion and three kings consult him in extremity (2 Kings 3:11-19). The king of Syria consults him in sickness (2 Kings 8:7, 8). The king of Israel seems to blame him for the awful conditions of the siege and would have wreaked vengeance on him (2 Kings 6:31). He was something of a military strategist and many times saved the king's army (2 Kings 6:10). The king of Israel goes to him for his parting counsel (2 Kings 13:14-19). His advice or command seemed to be always taken unhesitatingly. His contribution to the religious life of Israel was not his least service. Under Jehu he secured the destruction of the Baal worship in its organized form. Under Hazael the nation was trodden down and almost annihilated for its apostasy. By his own ministry many were saved from bowing the knee to Baal. His personal influence among the schools of the prophets was widespread and beneficial. He that escaped the sword of Hazael was slain by Jehu, and he that escaped Jehu was slain by Elisha. Elisha finished the great work of putting down Baal worship begun by Elijah. His work was not so much to add anything to religion, as to cleanse the religion already possessed. He did not ultimately save the nation, but he did save a large remnant. The corruptions were not all eradicated, the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat were never fully overcome. He passed through a bitter and distressing national humiliation, but emerged with hope. He eagerly watched every turn of events and his counsels were more frequently adopted than those perhaps of any other prophet. He was "the chariots of Israel and tire horsemen thereof" (2 Kings 13:14). No condemnation of calf-worship at Dan and Bethel is recorded, but that does not prove that he fully sanctioned it. His was a contest between Yahweh worship and Baal worship. The corrupted form of Yahweh worship was a problem which Amos and Hosea had to face nearly a century later.

III. General Estimate.

His character was largely molded by his home life. He was friend and benefactor of foreigner as well as of Israelite. He was large-hearted and generous, tolerant to a remarkable degree, courageous and shrewd when the occasion required, a diplomat as well as a statesman, severe and stern only in the presence of evil and when the occasion demanded. He is accused of being vindictive and of employing falsehood with his enemies. His faults, however, were the faults of his age, and these were but little manifested in his long career. His was a strenuous pastor's life. A homeloving and social man, his real work was that of teaching and helping, rather than working of miracles. He continually went about doing good. He was resourceful and ready and was gifted with a sense of humor. Known as "the man of God," he proved his right to the title by his zeal for God and loving service to man.

LITERATURE.

Driver, LOT, 185; W. R. Smith, Prophets of Israel, 85; Cornill, Isr. Prophets, 14, 33; Farrar, Books of Kings; Kuenen, Religions of Israel, I, 360; Montefiore, Hibbert Lectures, 94; Maurice, Prophets and Kings, 142; Liddon, Sermons on Old Testament Subjects, 195-334.

J. J. Reeve

Greek
1666. Elisaios -- Elisha, an Israelite prophet
... Elisha, an Israelite prophet. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Elisaios
Phonetic Spelling: (el-is-sah'-yos) Short Definition: Elisha Definition ...
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Strong's Hebrew
477. Elisha -- "God is salvation," a well-known Isr. prophet
... 476, 477. Elisha. 478 . "God is salvation," a well-known Isr. prophet.
Transliteration: Elisha Phonetic Spelling: (el-ee-shaw') Short Definition: Elisha. ...
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1522. Gechazi -- perhaps "valley of vision," servant of Elisha
... perhaps "valley of vision," servant of Elisha. Transliteration: Gechazi or Gechazi
Phonetic Spelling: (gay-khah-zee') Short Definition: Gehazi. ...
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65. Abel Mecholah -- Elisha's birthplace in Palestine
... Abel Mecholah. 66 . Elisha's birthplace in Palestine. Transliteration: Abel Mecholah
Phonetic Spelling: (aw-bale' mekh-o-law') Short Definition: Abel-meholah. ...
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Library

The Expedition against Elisha
... STORIES V THE EXPEDITION AGAINST ELISHA. Now ... And Elisha prayed, and said,
LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And ...
/.../select masterpieces of biblical literature/v the expedition against elisha.htm

The Call of Elisha
... Prophets of the Northern Kingdom Chapter 17 The Call of Elisha. God had bidden Elijah
anoint another to be prophet in his stead. "Elisha the son of Shaphat . ...
/.../white/the story of prophets and kings/chapter 17 the call of.htm

Of Elijah and Elisha Crossing the Jordan.
... Sixth Book. 27. Of Elijah and Elisha Crossing the Jordan. Another point
which we must not fail to notice is that when Elijah was ...
/.../origen/origens commentary on the gospel of john/27 of elijah and elisha.htm

Elijah's Translation and Elisha's Deathbed
... THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS ELIJAH'S TRANSLATION AND ELISHA'S DEATHBED. And Elisha
saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot ...
/.../expositions of holy scripture f/elijahs translation and elishas deathbed.htm

Elisha's Closing Ministry
... Prophets of the Northern Kingdom Chapter 21 Elisha's Closing Ministry. Called
to the prophetic office while Ahab was still reigning ...
/.../white/the story of prophets and kings/chapter 21 elishas closing ministry.htm

Fragment xxxv. If the Corpse of Elisha Raised a Dead Man...
... Fragment XXXV. If the corpse of Elisha raised a dead man� If the corpse
of Elisha raised a dead man, [4857] how much more shall ...
/.../fragments from the lost writings of irenaeus/fragment xxxv if the corpse.htm

Elisha Healing the Sick Boy
... THE OLD TESTAMENT ELISHA HEALING THE SICK BOY. One day Elisha went over to Shunem
where a rich woman lived, and she asked him to be her guest. ...
/.../sherman/the childrens bible/elisha healing the sick boy.htm

Elisha's Way of Treating Enemies
... THE OLD TESTAMENT ELISHA'S WAY OF TREATING ENEMIES. Once while the king of
Aram was at war with Israel, he said to his officers, "In ...
/.../sherman/the childrens bible/elishas way of treating enemies.htm

How virtuous and Useful was that which Elisha Did. ...
... Book III. Chapter XIV. How virtuous and useful was that which Elisha
did.� How virtuous and useful was that which Elisha did. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter xiv how virtuous and.htm

After the Terrible Siege of Samaria was Ended in Accordance with ...
... Book III. Chapter XX. After the terrible siege of Samaria was ended in
accordance with Elisha's prophecy� After the terrible siege ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter xx after the terrible.htm

Thesaurus
Elisha's (4 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Elisha's (4 Occurrences). 2 Kings 5:9 So Naaman, with
all his horses and his carriages, came to the door of Elisha's house. (BBE NIV). ...
/e/elisha's.htm - 7k

Elisha (70 Occurrences)
... On his way from Sinai to Damascus he found Elisha at his native place engaged
in the labours of the field, ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen. ...
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Elisha'phat (1 Occurrence)
Elisha'phat. Elishaphat, Elisha'phat. Elisha's . Multi-Version
Concordance Elisha'phat (1 Occurrence). 2 Chronicles ...
/e/elisha'phat.htm - 6k

Shunem (3 Occurrences)
... Jezreel and south of Mount Gilboa (Joshua 19:18), where the Philistines encamped
when they came against Saul (1 Samuel 28:4), and where Elisha was hospitably ...
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Eli'sha (52 Occurrences)
Eli'sha. Elisha, Eli'sha. Elishah . Multi-Version Concordance Eli'sha
(52 Occurrences). Luke 4:27 and many lepers were in the time ...
/e/eli'sha.htm - 22k

Shaphat (8 Occurrences)
... (2.) The father of Elisha (1 Kings 19:16-19). ... (2) The father of the prophet
Elisha (1 Kings 19:16 2 Kings 3:11, Septuagint Saphath). ...
/s/shaphat.htm - 10k

Gehazi (14 Occurrences)
... Valley of vision, Elisha's trusted servant (2 Kings 4:31; 5:25; 8:4, 5). He appears
in connection with the history of the Shunammite (2 Kings 4:14, 31) and of ...
/g/gehazi.htm - 19k

Naaman (19 Occurrences)
...Elisha the prophet hearing of this, sent for Naaman, and the strange interview which
took place is recorded in 2 Kings 5. The narrative contains all that is ...
/n/naaman.htm - 15k

Geha'zi (11 Occurrences)
... 2 Kings 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said: 'Behold, my
master hath spared this Naaman the Aramean, in not receiving at his hands that ...
/g/geha'zi.htm - 9k

Prayeth (28 Occurrences)
... 2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayeth, and saith, 'Jehovah, open, I pray Thee, his eyes,
and he doth see;' and Jehovah openeth the eyes of the young man, and he seeth ...
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Concordance
Elisha (70 Occurrences)

Luke 4:27
There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian."
(WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Kings 19:16
You shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah to be prophet in your place.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Kings 19:17
It shall happen, that he who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Kings 19:19
So he departed there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed over to him, and cast his mantle on him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:1
It happened, when Yahweh would take up Elijah by a whirlwind into heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:2
Elijah said to Elisha, "Please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me as far as Bethel." Elisha said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:3
The sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that Yahweh will take away your master from your head today?" He said, "Yes, I know it; hold your peace."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:4
Elijah said to him, "Elisha, please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to Jericho." He said, "As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:5
The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that Yahweh will take away your master from your head today?" He answered, "Yes, I know it. Hold your peace."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:7
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 2:9
It happened, when they had gone over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be on me."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:12
Elisha saw it, and he cried, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" He saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and tore them in two pieces.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:14
He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and struck the waters, and said, "Where is Yahweh, the God of Elijah?" When he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha went over.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS)

2 Kings 2:15
When the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho over against him saw him, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:16
And they said, Your servants have with us here fifty strong men; be pleased to let them go in search of Elijah; for it may be that the spirit of the Lord has taken him up and put him down on some mountain or in some valley. But he said, Do not send them.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 2:18
They came back to him, while he stayed at Jericho; and he said to them, "Didn't I tell you,'Don't go?'"
(See NIV)

2 Kings 2:19
The men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold, please, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land miscarries."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 2:22
So the waters were healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 3:11
But Jehoshaphat said, "Isn't there here a prophet of Yahweh, that we may inquire of Yahweh by him?" One of the king of Israel's servants answered, "Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 3:13
Elisha said to the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father, and to the prophets of your mother." The king of Israel said to him, "No; for Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 3:14
Elisha said, "As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward you, nor see you.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 3:15
But now bring me a minstrel." It happened, when the minstrel played, that the hand of Yahweh came on him.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 4:1
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 4:2
Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me: what do you have in the house?" She said, "Your handmaid has nothing in the house, except a pot of oil."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 4:8
It fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman; and she persuaded him to eat bread. So it was, that as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat bread.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 4:16
And Elisha said, At this time in the coming year you will have a son in your arms. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not say what is false to your servant.
(BBE NIV)

2 Kings 4:17
The woman conceived, and bore a son at that season, when the time came around, as Elisha had said to her.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 4:31
Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Therefore he returned to meet him, and told him, saying, "The child has not awakened."
(See NIV)

2 Kings 4:32
When Elisha had come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid on his bed.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 4:38
Elisha came again to Gilgal. There was a famine in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, "Set on the great pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 4:42
A man from Baal Shalishah came, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. He said, "Give to the people, that they may eat."
(See NIV)

2 Kings 4:43
His servant said, "What, should I set this before a hundred men?" But he said, "Give the people, that they may eat; for thus says Yahweh,'They will eat, and will have some left over.'"
(See NIV)

2 Kings 5:8
It was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 5:9
So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 5:10
Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 5:19
He said to him, "Go in peace." So he departed from him a little way.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 5:20
But Gehazi the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought. As Yahweh lives, I will run after him, and take something from him."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 5:25
But he went in, and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, "Where did you come from, Gehazi?" He said, "Your servant went nowhere."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:1
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell before you is too small for us.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:3
One said, "Please be pleased to go with your servants." He answered, "I will go."
(See NIV)

2 Kings 6:6
The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" He showed him the place. He cut down a stick, threw it in there, and made the iron float.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 6:10
The king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of; and he saved himself there, not once nor twice.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 6:12
One of his servants said, "No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:17
Elisha prayed, and said, "Yahweh, please open his eyes, that he may see." Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:18
When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, and said, "Please strike this people with blindness." He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:19
Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, neither is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." He led them to Samaria.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:20
It happened, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, "Yahweh, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." Yahweh opened their eyes, and they saw; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:21
The king of Israel said to Elisha, when he saw them, "My father, shall I strike them? Shall I strike them?"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:31
Then he said, "God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stay on him this day."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 6:32
But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. Then the king sent a man from before him; but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, "Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? Behold, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold the door shut against him. Isn't the sound of his master's feet behind him?"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 7:1
Elisha said, "Hear the word of Yahweh. Thus says Yahweh,'Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.'"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 7:2
Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, "Behold, if Yahweh made windows in heaven, could this thing be?" He said, "Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it."
(See NIV)

2 Kings 8:1
Now Elisha had spoken to the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, "Arise, and go, you and your household, and stay for a while wherever you can; for Yahweh has called for a famine. It shall also come on the land seven years."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 8:4
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, "Please tell me all the great things that Elisha has done."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 8:5
It happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored to life him who was dead, that behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. Gehazi said, "My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 8:7
Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick. It was told him, saying, "The man of God has come here."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 8:9
So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, "Your son Benhadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying,'Will I recover from this sickness?'"
(See NIV)

2 Kings 8:10
Elisha said to him, "Go, tell him,'You shall surely recover;' however Yahweh has shown me that he shall surely die."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 8:13
Hazael said, "But what is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?" Elisha answered, "Yahweh has shown me that you will be king over Syria."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 8:14
Then he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" He answered, "He told me that you would surely recover."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 9:1
Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, "Gird up your waist, and take this vial of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 10:17
And he cometh in to Samaria, and smiteth all those left to Ahab in Samaria, till his destroying him, according to the word of Jehovah that He spake unto Elisha.
(YLT)

2 Kings 13:14
Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness of which he died: and Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over him, and said, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 13:15
Elisha said to him, "Take bow and arrows;" and he took to him bow and arrows.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 13:16
He said to the king of Israel, "Put your hand on the bow;" and he put his hand on it. Elisha laid his hands on the king's hands.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 13:17
He said, "Open the window eastward;" and he opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot!" and he shot. He said, "Yahweh's arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Syria; for you shall strike the Syrians in Aphek, until you have consumed them."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 13:18
He said, "Take the arrows;" and he took them. He said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground;" and he struck three times, and stopped.
(See NIV)

2 Kings 13:20
Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Kings 13:21
It happened, as they were burying a man, that behold, they spied a band; and they cast the man into the tomb of Elisha: and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Chronicles 1:7
The sons of Javan: Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Subtopics

Elisha

Elisha: Bones of, Restore a Dead Man to Life

Elisha: Called by Elijah

Elisha: Causes the King to Restore the Property of the Hospitable Shunammite Woman

Elisha: Death of

Elisha: Elijah Instructed to Anoint

Elisha: Instructs That Jehu be Anointed As King of Israel

Elisha: Life of, Sought by Jehoram

Elisha: Ministers Unto Elijah

Elisha: Miracles of Brings Blindness Upon the Army of Syria

Elisha: Miracles of Divides the Jordan

Elisha: Miracles of Heals Naaman the Leper

Elisha: Miracles of Increases the Bread to Feed One-Hundred Men

Elisha: Miracles of Increases the Oil of the Woman Whose Sons Were to be Sold for Her Debt

Elisha: Miracles of Neutralizes the Poison of the Stew

Elisha: Miracles of Opens the Eyes of his Servant to See the Hosts of the Lord

Elisha: Miracles of Purifies the Waters of Jericho by Casting Salt Into the Fountain

Elisha: Miracles of Raises the Son of the Shunammite Woman from the Dead

Elisha: Miracles of Recovers the Ax That had Fallen Into a Stream by Causing It to Float

Elisha: Miracles of Reveals the Counsel of the King of Syria

Elisha: Miracles of Sends Naaman's Leprosy Upon Gehazi As a Judgment

Elisha: Mocked by the Young Men of Beth-El

Elisha: Prophecies of Bounty to the Starving People in Samaria

Elisha: Prophecies of Elevation of Hazael to the Throne

Elisha: Prophecies of Seven Years of Famine in the Land of Canaan

Elisha: Prophecies of The Birth of a Son to the Shunammite Woman

Elisha: Prophecies of The Death of Ben-Hadad, King of Syria

Elisha: Prophecies of The Death of the Unbelieving Prince

Elisha: Prophecies of The Victory of Jehoash Over Syria

Elisha: Witnesses Elijah's Transporting, Receives a Double Portion of his Spirit

Select Readings: Elisha and the Widow's Oil

Related Terms

Elisha (70 Occurrences)

Elisha'phat (1 Occurrence)

Shunem (3 Occurrences)

Eli'sha (52 Occurrences)

Shaphat (8 Occurrences)

Gehazi (14 Occurrences)

Naaman (19 Occurrences)

Geha'zi (11 Occurrences)

Prayeth (28 Occurrences)

Carriages (34 Occurrences)

Abel-meholah (3 Occurrences)

Abelmeholah (3 Occurrences)

Jehoahaz (22 Occurrences)

Openeth (48 Occurrences)

Na'aman (15 Occurrences)

Jehoram (27 Occurrences)

Raiders (12 Occurrences)

Hazael (23 Occurrences)

Joram (26 Occurrences)

Eli'jah (93 Occurrences)

Benhadad (24 Occurrences)

Jehoash (28 Occurrences)

Carmel (33 Occurrences)

Sama'ria (102 Occurrences)

Recover (37 Occurrences)

Aramaeans (49 Occurrences)

Kings (350 Occurrences)

Passeth (100 Occurrences)

Restored (77 Occurrences)

Joash (49 Occurrences)

Chariots (118 Occurrences)

Tarry (62 Occurrences)

Kittim (8 Occurrences)

Revived (14 Occurrences)

Eli'sha's (1 Occurrence)

Dothan (2 Occurrences)

Burying (22 Occurrences)

Bear (425 Occurrences)

Spied (14 Occurrences)

Syrian (12 Occurrences)

Shunammite (8 Occurrences)

Beth-el (65 Occurrences)

Gilgal (39 Occurrences)

Prayed (97 Occurrences)

Double (49 Occurrences)

Parted (67 Occurrences)

Famine (99 Occurrences)

Servant's (29 Occurrences)

Jehosh'aphat (75 Occurrences)

Crossed (65 Occurrences)

Shewn (46 Occurrences)

Jehu (63 Occurrences)

Ben (40 Occurrences)

Pot (46 Occurrences)

Jericho (59 Occurrences)

Farther (33 Occurrences)

Wouldest (66 Occurrences)

Hither (84 Occurrences)

Haz'ael (21 Occurrences)

Mantle (35 Occurrences)

Shouldest (79 Occurrences)

Ramothgilead (19 Occurrences)

Bones (98 Occurrences)

Suddenly (87 Occurrences)

Ramoth-gilead (20 Occurrences)

Prophets (270 Occurrences)

Hadad (38 Occurrences)

Chariot (102 Occurrences)

Syrians (63 Occurrences)

Blindness (7 Occurrences)

Dog (19 Occurrences)

Silent (120 Occurrences)

Bethel (67 Occurrences)

Thither (119 Occurrences)

Prophecy (37 Occurrences)

Elijah (104 Occurrences)

Intercession (12 Occurrences)

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