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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
2 Kings 5

 

 


Verses 1-27

2 Kings 5:1-27 — The Healing of Naaman the Syrian - 2 Kings 5:1-27 records the story of the healing of Naaman the Syrian. Note the proposed acrostic outline for this passage of Scripture:

2 Kings 5:1-7 — Naaman's leprosy

2 Kings 5:8-14 — Naaman's lesson

2 Kings 5:15-19 — Naaman's Lord (YHWH)

2 Kings 5:20-27 — Gehazi's lie and leprosy

2 Kings 5:5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

2 Kings 5:5Comments- Note that when this military general wanted to enter the land of Israel, he had the wisdom to follow protocol. Had Naaman went directly to Elisha, the king of Israel might have been suspicious and confronted him in battle; but the act of a Syrian general bringing gifts unto the king testified to a friendly visit.

2 Kings 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

2 Kings 5:10"seven times" - Comments- Note that the Mosaic Law requires that a leper be sprinkled seven times as a part of the cleansing process ( Leviticus 14:7).

Leviticus 14:7, "And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field."

2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

2 Kings 5:11Comments- Because Naaman was a proud Prayer of Manasseh , God chose to give him something that was humbling as an act of obedience. Humility is the first step towards obedience.

2 Kings 5:11Word Study on "wroth" - Strong says the Hebrew word "wroth…rage" ( קָצַף) (H 7107) literally means, "to crack off," and figuratively, it means, "to burst out in rage." The Enhanced Strong says it is used 34times in the Old Testament, being translated in the KJV as, "wroth 22, wrath 5, displeased 3, angry 2, angered 1, fret 1."

2 Kings 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

2 Kings 5:12Word Study on "rage" - Strong says the Hebrew word "rage" ( חֵמָא) (H 2534) literally means, "heat," and figuratively, "anger, poison." The Enhanced Strong says it is used 124times in the Old Testament, being translated in the KJV as, "fury 67, wrath 34, poison 6, furious 4, displeasure 3, rage 2, anger 1, bottles 1, furious + 011671, furiously 1, heat 1, indignation 1, wrathful 1, wroth 1." Strong says it comes from the primitive root ( יָחַם) (H 3179) meaning, "to be hot, to conceive."

Comments- Naaman was angry when he began to speak and he was in a rage when he was finished speaking. He was displeased and angry when he began to speak and "hot" after he had finished speaking. How often have we experienced how our words often fuel our emotions rather than bringing them under control. We learn that it is often best to hold our peace when our emotions are stirred and deal with the situation when our emotions are under control.

2 Kings 5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

2 Kings 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

2 Kings 5:14 — "seven times" - Comments- To bow down to someone seven times was a typical Eastern response the represented complete submission. Jacob bowed seven times to Esau his brother in a desperate act of submission ( Genesis 33:3).

Genesis 33:3, "And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother."

2 Kings 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

2 Kings 5:20Comments- Gehazi was covetous in his heart and could not bear to see this gain be refused by Elisha.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/2-kings-5.html. 2013.

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