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2 Kings 3:24

But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites arose and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they went forward into the land, slaughtering the Moabites.
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Moabites;   Thompson Chain Reference - Jehoshaphat;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Moabites;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Mesha;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Moab;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jehoshaphat;   Kir-Haraseth;   Moabite Stone;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dibon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kings, 1 and 2;   Kir-Hareseth;   Mesha;   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;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Forward;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when they came to the camp of Israel,.... Not in an orderly regular manner, in rank and file, as an army should march, but in a confused manner, everyone striving who should get thither first, and have the largest share of the booty:

the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them; being prepared for them, they fell upon them sword in hand, and soon obliged them to flee:

but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country; they pursued them closely, and slew them as they fled, and followed them not only to their borders, but into their own country: though SchultensF13De Defect. Hod. Ling. Heb. sect. 26. , from the use of the word נבה in the Arabic language, renders the passage, "and they blunted their swords in it (in that slaughter), even by smiting the Moabites".

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-3.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they p went forward smiting the Moabites, even in [their] country.

(p) Meaning, they followed them into the towns.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-3.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 3:24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in [their] country.

Ver. 24. And when they came to the camp of Israel.] Ordinibas non servatis et acie non instructa, disranked and disordered. Their misconceit undid them, as it still doth many.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". 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

They pursued them to their own country, and entered it with and after them; the passes, which before the Moabites defended, being now open for them.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". 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 3:24. They went forward, smiting the Moabites, even in their country They pursued them to their own country, and entered it with and after them; the passes, which the Moabites had before defended, being now open to them.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-3.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Moab. Hebrew adds, "even in the country."

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-3.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

went forward. Some codices, &c, add "still further", and connect this with entering. Other codices, with six early printed editions, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, connect these words with the smiting, and read "still further smote", or "went on smiting".

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-3.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) Smote the Moabites.—Who were unprepared for resistance.

But they went forward smiting . . . country.—The Hebrew text (Kethib) has, and he went (way-yâbô, spelt defectively, as in 1 Kings 12:12) into it (i.e., the land of Moab), and smote (literally, smiting an infinitive for a finite form) Moab. This is better than the Hebrew margin (Qeri), and they smote it (i.e. Moab), or the reading of some MSS. and the Targum and Syriac, “and they smote them, and smote Moab,” which is tautologous. The original reading is perhaps represented by that of the LXX., καὶ ἐπάταξαν εἰσπορευόμενοι καὶτύπτοντες τὴν ΄ωαβ, “and they entered the country, destroying as they went on.” (In Hebrew the participles would be infinitives.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
smote the
Joshua 8:20-22; Judges 20:40-46; 1 Thessalonians 5:3,4
went forward
or, smote in it even.
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 20:21 - went out;  2 Kings 13:20 - the Moabites

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 3:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-3.html.