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When he saw them, the king of Israel said to Elisha, “My father, should I strike them, should I strike them?” Bible

“the king of Israel.” Jehoram was reigning over Israel at this time (cp. 2 Kings 3:6).

“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 6:21