Biblical Commentary

  • INTRODUCTION to 1-2 Kings

    Christian readers today usually classify 1-2 Kings as books of Old Testament history, reflecting the fact that they include a good deal of history and read like history accounts. However, the Jewish canon classified them as the fifth and sixth books of the Former Prophets (which also include Joshua, Judges, and 1-2 Samuel), reflecting the emphasis on the work of prophets in these books.

  • 2 Kings 2:1-14

    Elijah said, "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." Elijah said, "You have asked a hard thing. If you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so."

  • 2 Kings 4:42-44

    His servant said, "Should I set twenty loaves before a hundred men?" But he said, "Thus says Yahweh, 'They will eat, and will have some left over.'" So he set it before them, and they ate, and left some of it, according to the word of Yahweh.

  • 2 Kings 5:1-15

    Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him Yahweh had given victory to Syria: he was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.