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2 Kings 5:16

But he said, "As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Elisha;   Joram;   Miracles;   Naaman;   Prophets;   Thompson Chain Reference - Business Life;   Elisha;   Honesty;   Incorruptibility of Leaders;   Integrity;   Leaders;   Reformers, Incorruptible;   Religious;   Temptation;   Virtues;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Prophets;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Abraham;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Evangelism;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Damascus;   Elisha;   Naaman;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Naaman ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Naaman;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Elisha;   Gehazi;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Eli'sha;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Naaman;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

I will receive none - It was very common to give presents to all great and official men; and among these, prophets were always included: but as it might have appeared to the Syrians that he had taken the offered presents as a remuneration for the cure performed, he refused; for as God alone did the work, he alone should have all the glory.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-5.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

I will receive none - The prophets were in the habit of receiving presents from those who consulted them 1 Samuel 9:7-8; 1 Kings 14:3, but Elisha refused. It was important that Naaman should not suppose that the prophets of the true God acted from motives of self-interest, much less imagine that “the gift of God might be purchased with money” Acts 8:20.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-5.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But he said, as the Lord liveth, before whom I stand,.... Whose minister and prophet he was, and by whom he swears:

I will receive none: to let him know that this cure was not to be attributed to him, but the Lord only; and that what concern he had in it was not for the sake of money, but for the glory of the God of Israel:

and he urged him to take it, but he refused it; Naaman was very pressing upon him to receive a gift from him, but he could not be prevailed upon to accept it.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-5.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

But he said, [As] the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take [it]; h but he refused.

(h) So the Lord commands that they that receive freely, should also give freely.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-5.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

He refused - Not that he thought it unlawful to receive presents, which he did receive from others, but because of the special circumstances of the case; this being much for the honour of God that the Syrians should see the generous piety, and kindness of his ministers and servants, and how much they despised all that worldly wealth and glory, which the prophets of the Gentiles so greedily sought after.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-5.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 5:16 But he said, [As] the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take [it]; but he refused.

Ver. 16. Before whom I stand.] As his menial servant, being θεοφορος, i.e., carrying God in him, as Isidor Pelusiot was called, full of God. Particeps Dei est vir sapiens, saith a philosopher, a wise man is a partaker of God, and therefore holds everything else worthless: as Abraham, when once assured that God, "the possessor of heaven and earth," was his "shield and exceeding great reward," would not take of the king of Sodom anything, to a shoelatchet. [Genesis 14:23; Genesis 15:1]

I will receive none.] Lest I should seem covetous, or to be thy beneficiary, or pensioner engaged. This made also Abraham so resolute. [Genesis 14:22-23] Epaminondas, the famous Theban, though very poor, would by no means accept of a great mass of money sent him by the king of Persia; et ut mea fert sententia, magnificentior fuit is qui non aurum accepit, quam qui donavit, (a) saith Aelian, and it was very bravely done of him. It was God’s glory that the prophet in this refusal aimed at, and Naaman’s soul’s good: that he might give all the honour of his cure to God alone; and learn to set light by earthly property, and pomp of the world.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-5.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Not that he thought it simply unlawful to receive gifts or presents, which he did receive from others, 2 Kings 4:42, but because of the special circumstances of the present case; this being much for the honour of the true God and religion, that the Syrians should see the generous piety, and charity, and kindness of his ministers and servants, and how much they despised all that worldly wealth and glory which the priests or prophets of the Gentiles so greedily sought after; and that hereby Naaman might be much confirmed in that good religion which he had embraced, and others might be brought to a love and liking of it.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-5.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

16.I will receive none — It seems to have been a custom for the prophets to receive presents from those who consulted them, (1 Samuel 9:7,) and it would appear from 2 Kings 8:8-9 that on another occasion Elisha himself received a present from the king of Syria; why, then, did he refuse to accept one from Naaman? Some say because Naaman did not offer his present until after his cure, and thereby showed no little disrespect to the prophet; but a better reason is found in Elisha’s own words, 2 Kings 5:26, “Is it a time to receive money and garments,” etc. It was a time of hypocrisy and avarice among the professed prophets and priests in the northern kingdom, and this fact brought the sacred office into disrepute and contempt among the people. It was wise, therefore, for Elisha, in connexion with this great miracle of healing, to decline the rich present of Naaman, so that all might know that the mighty works of God’s grace were free, and that avarice dwelt not in the heart of the true prophet of Jehovah.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-5.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 5:16. He said, As the Lord liveth, I will receive none — Not that he thought it unlawful to receive presents, which he did receive from others; but because of the special circumstances of the case, it being much for the honour of God that the Syrians should see the generous piety and kindness of his ministers and servants, and how much they despised all that worldly wealth and glory, which the prophets of the Gentiles so greedily sought after.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-5.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

before, &c. A phrase referring to priesthood, for the sacrifices Naaman speaks of (2 Kings 5:17).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-5.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-5.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(16) But.—And (both times).

I will receive none.—Theodoret compares our Lord’s “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). (Comp. Acts 8:20.) Such may have been Elisha’s feeling. His refusal, strongly contrasting with the conduct of ordinary prophets, Israelite and heathen (comp. 1 Samuel 9:6-9), would make a deep impression upon Naaman and his retinue.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-5.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
As the Lord
3:14; 1 Kings 17:1; 18:15
I will receive
20,26; Genesis 14:22,23; 1 Kings 13:8; Daniel 5:17; Matthew 10:8; Acts 8:18-20; Acts 20:33-35; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:32,33; 2 Corinthians 11:9,10; 12:14
Reciprocal: Genesis 33:11 - urged him;  1 Kings 1:29 - As the;  1 Kings 8:41 - cometh out;  2 Kings 5:23 - And he urged him;  Acts 8:20 - thou;  2 Corinthians 8:4 - that;  2 Corinthians 12:17 - GeneralPhilippians 4:15 - in the;  3 John 1:7 - taking

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-5.html.