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Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Tuck your cloak under your belt and take this vial of oil in your hand and go to Ramoth-gilead. Bible other translations

“Elisha the prophet called.” Years before this, Elijah the prophet had been instructed to anoint Jehu as king of Israel (1 Kgs 19:16). It was accomplished through his disciple and agent, Elisha,

“Tuck your cloak under your belt.” The literal Hebrew is “belt up your loins.” This refers to the custom of a man tying up his long clothing so he could move more quickly. See commentary on 2 Kings 4:29.

“go to Ramoth-gilead.” The combined armies of Israel and Judah were not able to conquer Ramoth-gilead, but they were fighting there, which is why Jehu, a commander in the army of Israel, was there. Joram was the current king of Israel, but the fighting over Ramoth-gilead had been on and off for years. A previous king, Ahab, had been mortally wounded there (1 Kings 22:35)


Commentary for: 2 Kings 9:1