Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 13:15

Elisha said to him, "Take a bow and arrows." So he took a bow and arrows.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Arrow;   Elisha;   Jehoash;   Symbols and Similitudes;   Thompson Chain Reference - Arrows;   Bows;   Elisha;   Weapons;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Syria;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ben-Hadad;   Elisha;   Joash or Jehoash;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Jehoash;   Weapons;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Zeal;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ben-Hadad;   Damascus;   Jonah;   Judah, Kingdom of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Aphek;   Damascus;   Joash;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Elisha;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Lots;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Damascus;   Elisha ;   Jehoahaz ;   Joash ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Joash;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Eli'sha;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Augury;   Elisha;   Jehoash;   Kings, Books of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Take bow and arrows - The bow, the arrows, and the smiting on the ground, were all emblematical things, indicative of the deliverance of Israel from Syria.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 13:15". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-13.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Elisha said unto him, take bow and arrows,.... The usual instruments of war in those days: and he took unto him bow and arrows; which though they might not be had in the house of the prophet, he could have some from his guards that attended him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 13:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-13.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 13:15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.

Ver. 15. And Elisha said, Take bow and arrows.] Chria quadam tanquam signo externo victoriam praedicit: The prophet, moved by the king’s tears and profession, foretelleth victory by this outward sign:

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 13:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-13.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

15.Take bow and arrows — To make his last oracle more impressive, the prophet uses a memorable symbol.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 13:15". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-13.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.

Take bow and arrows. Hostilities were usually proclaimed by a herald, sometimes by a king or general making a public and formal discharge of an arrow into the enemy's country. Elisha directed Joash to do this, as a symbolical act designed to intimate more fully and significantly the victories promised to the king of Israel over the Syrians. His laying his hands upon the king's hands was to represent the power imparted to the bow-shot as coming from the Lord through the medium of the prophet. His shooting the first arrow eastward-to that part of his kingdom which the Syrians had taken, and which were east of Samaria-was a declaration of war against them for the invasion. His shooting the other arrows into the ground was in token of the number of victories be was to gain; but his stopping at the third betrayed the weakness of his faith; for as the discharged arrow signified a victory over the Syrians, it is evident that the more arrows be shot, the more victories he would gain; and as he stopped so soon, his conquests would be incomplete.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 13:15". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-13.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(15) Take bow and arrows.—From one of the royal attendants.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 13:15". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-13.html. 1905.