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2 Kings 5:23

Naaman said, "Be pleased to take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of clothes and gave them to two of his servants; and they carried them before him.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Covetousness;   Falsehood;   Gehazi;   Joram;   Naaman;   Servant;   Worldliness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Talents;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Covetousness;   Money;   Silver;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gehazi;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Covetousness;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bag;   Changes of Raiment;   Crisping-Pin;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Bags;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bag;   Elisha;   Festal Garments, Festal Robes;   Gehazi;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bag, Purse, Wallet;   Damascus;   Lie, Lying;   Naaman;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Crisping Pins;   Gehazi ;   Moth,;   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 - Bag;   Eli'sha;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Bag;   Covetousness;   Crisping, Pins;   Elisha;   Gehazi;   Lie;   Naaman;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Bag;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He - bound two talents of silver - It required two servants to carry these two talents, for, according to the computation above, each talent was about 120lbs. weight.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-5.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Be content - i. e. “consent.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "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

And Naaman said, be content,.... Or be pleased; do not object to it:

take two talents: a talent for each young man, which amounted to between three hundred and four hundred pounds apiece:

and he urged; pressed him hard, insisted upon his taking them, who might pretend a great deal of modesty, and a strict regard to his master's orders:

and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments; for each young man:

and laid them upon two of his servants, the servants of Naaman, not choosing to burden Elisha's servant with them; for such a quantity of money and clothes was pretty heavy:

and they bare them before him; both for his ease, and for his honour.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-5.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

in two bags — People in the East, when travelling, have their money, in certain sums, put up in bags.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-5.html. 1871-8.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

But Naaman forced him to accept two talents ( קח הואל, be pleased to take; and כּכּרים, with the dual ending, ne pereat indicium numeri - Winer) in two purses, and two changes of raiment, and out of politeness had these presents carried by two of his servants before Gehazi.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-kings-5.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

Urged him — Who at first refused it upon a pretence of modesty.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "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 5:23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid [them] upon two of his servants; and they bare [them] before him.

Ver. 23. Be content, take two talents.] Which amount to seven hundred and fifty pounds sterling. God saith as much in effect to his suitors, pressing and heaping mercies upon them. [John 16:24]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". 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

He urged him, who at first refused it upon a pretence of modesty and obedience to his master’s command.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". 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

23.Naaman said’ take two talents — Worth about three thousand three hundred and twenty dollars.

Upon two of his servants — Naaman’s servants. Comp. 2 Kings 5:24. The gift was a weight which one could not well carry.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-5.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Him. The weight must have been considerable, (6000 sicles, ver. 26., and Exodus xxxviii. 25.; Haydock) otherwise Giezi would have preferred carrying them himself, that his master might not know. (Calmet) --- He had pretended a reluctance to take more than one talent, not to swerve from his master's injunctions. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-5.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

take = accept. Some codices, with one early printed edition, read "and accept".

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "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

And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

In two bags. People in the East, when traveling, have their money, in certain sums, put up in bags.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "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

(23) Be content.—Be willing, consent to take. The Vatican LXX. omits; the Alexandrian renders αὐτοῦ, owing to a transposition of the Hebrew letters (hălô’ for hô’êl).

Bound.—Deuteronomy 14:25.

Bags.—Only here and in Isaiah 3:22, where it means “purses.”

Laid them upon two.—Gave them to two of his (i.e., Naaman’s) young men. The courtesy of the act is obvious.

Before him.—Gehazi.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-5.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.
Be content
1 Kings 20:7; Luke 11:54
And he urged him
16; 2:17
bound
12:10; *marg:
and they bare
Isaiah 30:6
Reciprocal: Genesis 33:11 - urged him;  Genesis 45:22 - each;  2 Kings 6:3 - Be content;  Micah 6:10 - the treasures

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:23". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-5.html.