Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 3:14

Elisha said, "As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Armies;   Moabites;   Reproof;   Thompson Chain Reference - Courage;   Courage-Fear;   Courageous Reformers;   Jehoshaphat;   Leaders;   Reformers, Courageous;   Religious;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Mesha;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Moab;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Jehoram;   Jehoshaphat;   Moabite Stone;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dibon;   Elisha;   Jehoram;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Kir-Hareseth;   Mesha;   Oracles;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Edom, Edomites;   Jehoshaphat;   Medeba;   Mesha;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Joram, Jehoram;   Mesha ;   Moab, Moabites ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Kirharaseth;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Armor;   Arms;   Jehoshaphat;   Mesha;   Moab;   Samaria;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Eli'sha;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Urim and Thummim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Elisha;   Prophecy;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Anger;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat - He worshipped the true God; Jehoram was an idolater.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-3.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Elisha said, as the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand,.... Whose minster and prophet he was, to whom he prayed, and whose service he was ready to perform:

surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah; revere him not only as a king, but as a pious prince, and a worshipper of the true God:

I would not look toward thee, nor see thee; give him no countenance at all, pay no regard to his request, not so much as to look at him in a civil way; but turn away his face from him with contempt and disdain, as unworthy to be conversed with by a prophet of the Lord.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-3.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And Elisha said, [As] the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would k not look toward thee, nor see thee.

(k) God suffers his word to be declared to the wicked because of the godly that are among them.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-3.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

Jehoshaphat — Whom I reverence and love for his piety. It is good being with those who have God's favour, and the love of his people. Wicked men often fare the better, for the friendship and society of good men.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-3.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 3:14 And Elisha said, [As] the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

Ver. 14. As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand.] As his servant; and therefore may not fear the face of any mortal wight, be he never so great a king or kaiser.

Surely, were it not that I regard the presence.] So saith the Lord to the world of wicked ones, concerning his saints and servants mixed among them. The scaffold standeth but only for the building’s sake; the hedge for the grain’s sake: when the building is finished, the scaffold is taken down; when the grain is ripe, the hedge is burned; so here.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, whom I reverence and love for his virtue and piety.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-3.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 3:14. Were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat — Whom I reverence and love for his piety, and therefore for his sake will inquire of the Lord for you all. It is good being with those who possess God’s favour and the love of his people. Wicked men often fare the better for the friendship and society of good men.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-3.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Reverence, (erubescerem) "blush at," may imply a degree of censure at Josaphat's being again found in such bad company, ver. 2. (Haydock) --- Hebrew, "If I did not receive (Calmet) or regard the face." (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-3.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

before, &c. Implying Elisha"s priesthood.

not look. Jehoram was wicked in himself (2 Kings 3:2), as well as being the son of Ahab. Elisha less austere later (2Ki 6).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-3.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-3.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) Before whom I stand.—As a minister. (Comp. 1 Kings 17:1; 1 Kings 18:15.)

Surely.—Kî (for); used as in 2 Kings 3:10 (“I cry, alas!” “I thus swear,” for, &c.). Jehoshaphat is accepted because of his faithful dependence on Jehovah (2 Kings 3:11). Jehoram still maintained or tolerated the cultus of Bethel and Dan. (See 2 Kings 3:3.)

Regard the presence.—Literally, lift the face. (Comp. Genesis 19:21; Genesis 32:21.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
As the Lord
5:16; 1 Kings 17:1; 18:15
I regard
2 Chronicles 17:3-9; 19:3,4; Psalms 15:4
I would not look
1 Samuel 15:26-31; 1 Kings 14:5-18; 21:20; Jeremiah 1:18; Daniel 5:17-23; Matthew 22:16
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 8:4 - all the great;  Proverbs 28:4 - but;  Ezekiel 20:31 - and shall

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-3.html.