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2 Kings 20:4

Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blessing;   Disease;   Faith;   Hezekiah;   Isaiah;   Prayer;   Rulers;  
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Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Healing;   Hezekiah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Heal, Health;   Miracle;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Court;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Dial;   Gehazi;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Prophecy, Prophets;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Isaiah, Book of;   Israel;   Text, Versions, and Languages of Ot;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Hezekiah;   Manasseh;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hezekiah;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Hezeki'ah;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Urim and Thummim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Temple;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Into the middle court - הצר hatstser, the court. This is the reading of the Masoretic Keri: העיר haair, "of the city," is the reading of the text, and of most MSS.; but the versions follow the Keri.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-20.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The middle court - i. e., of the royal palace. This is preferable to the marginal reading.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-20.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court,.... Of the king's palace, which is called the other court within the porch, 1 Kings 7:8 so it is according to the marginal reading, which we follow; but the textual reading is, "the middle city"; Jerusalem was divided into three parts, and this was the middle part Isaiah was entering into: but before he did, so it was:

that the word of the Lord came to him, saying; as follows.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-20.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court — of the royal castle.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-20.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

Court — Of the king's palace. This is noted to shew God's great readiness to hear the prayers of his children.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-20.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 20:4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

Ver. 4. Before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court.] So the Chetib. Or, Into the middle of the city; so the Cheri, or margin, hath it. It is probable that the king’s court was like a city. The Turk’s seraglio or palace is in circuit more than two miles. Before Isaiah was gone out into the court within the porch, [1 Kings 7:8] he was sent again with this countermand. Oh, the power of prayer!

Flectitur iratus voce rogante Deus.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-20.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Into the middle court, to wit, of the king’s palace; of which See Poole "1 Kings 7:8". Or, into the middle city, as it is in the Hebrew. For some observe that there were three cities, or three parts of this city; one called the city of David in Zion; another called Jebus, or Salem; and a third, which was betwixt these two parts, and united them all into one city, called Jerusalem. This is noted to show God’s great readiness to hear the sincere and fervent prayers of his children.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-20.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.The middle court — So the Keri and the ancient versions; but the Kethib seems to be the more ancient reading, the middle of the city, that is, the central part of Jerusalem. So this word of the Lord came to him soon after he had left the king’s presence.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-20.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Court. Hebrew her, "city:" but in the margin, (Calmet) etsor. Septuagint Greek aule, "hall," or court, is retained, and followed by the Chaldean. (Calmet) --- Protestants, "the middle court." (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-20.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

came. The only occurrence of this in the case of Isaiah. Compare Genesis 15:1.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-20.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

Afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court - of the royal castle.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-20.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) Into the middle court.—This is the reading of some Heb. MSS., and of all the versions. The Hebrew text (city; see margin) is wrong. Before Isaiah had left the precincts of the palace, he was bidden to return. (Keil says that here, as in 2 Kings 10:25, the word rendered “city” denotes “castle,” i.e., the royal residence.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-20.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
court
or, city.
22:14; 1 Kings 7:8
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 32:24 - gave him a sign;  Psalm 107:20 - He sent;  Jeremiah 28:12 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-20.html.