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But his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had asked you do some great thing, would not you have done it? How much more then when he says to you, ‘Wash and be clean?’” Bible

“his servants.” In this context, Naaman’s “servants” are the officers under him, just as earlier in the chapter Naaman himself was called the “servant” of the king of Syria.

my father.” Here used as “mentor” and “guide.” [For more information on the uses of “father” in the Bible, see commentary on Genesis 4:20. For information on the disciples of a Rabbi being called his “sons,” see commentary on Matthew 12:27. For information on the disciples of a Rabbi being called “orphans” if the Rabbi died or left the area, see commentary on John 14:18, “orphans”].


Commentary for: 2 Kings 5:13