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2 Kings 5:24

When he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and deposited them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Covetousness;   Falsehood;   Gehazi;   Joram;   Servant;   Worldliness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Covetousness;   Servants;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gehazi;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Covetousness;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ophel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jericho;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Gehazi;   Hill, Hill Country;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Ophel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Damascus;   Lie, Lying;   Naaman;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Gehazi ;   Naaman ;   Ophel ;   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 - Covetousness;   Elisha;   Gehazi;   Hill;   Lie;   Naaman;   Ophel;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

When he came to the tower - The Chaldee, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic understand the word עפל ophel, which we translate tower, as signifying a secret, dark, or hiding place. He was doing a deed of darkness, and he sought darkness to conceal it. He no doubt put them in a place little frequented, or one to which few had access besides himself. But the prophet's discerning spirit found him out.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-5.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The tower - Rather, “the hill,” the well-known hill by Elisha‘s house. The hill interrupted the view in the direction taken by Naaman, and Gehazi dismissed Naaman‘s servants at this point lest they should be seen from his master‘s residence.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "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 when he came to the tower,.... Of Samaria, or which was near it; a fortified place, and where was a watch, to whom he could safely commit the money and clothes:

he took them from their hand; not willing they should go any further with him, lest the affair should be discovered to his master:

and bestowed them in the house; deposited them there in the hands of some person whom he could trust; or laid them out, or ordered them to be laid out, in the purchase of houses, lands, vineyards, &c. see 2 Kings 5:26.

and he let the men go, and they departed; to their master.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-5.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And when he came to the tower, he took [them] from their hand, and bestowed [them] in the house: and he let the men go, and m they departed.

(m) Naaman's servants.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-5.html. 1599-1645.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

When Gehazi came to the hill ( העפל, the well-known hill before the city) he took the presents from the bearers, and dismissing the men, laid them up in the house. בּ פּקד, to bring into safe custody.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/2-kings-5.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 5:24 And when he came to the tower, he took [them] from their hand, and bestowed [them] in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.

Ver. 24: He took them from their hand.] A cunning thief; but his cunning deceived him, as familiars do witches, at the last, when they are in hold.

And they departed.] Quietly and quickly: sed Nemesis in tergo. Conscience and vengeance stuck to him.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". 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

The tower; a safe and private place which he chose for that purpose, and where possibly he hid and kept other things which he had got by such-like frauds and artifices.

He let the men go before they came within sight of his master.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". 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

24.Came to the tower — Rather, To the hill. העפל, the hill, here means either the hill on which Samaria was built, or the particular eminence on which Elisha’s house stood.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "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 5:24. When he came to the tower — A safe and private place, which he chose for the purpose, and where possibly he hid and kept other things, which he had got by such like frauds and artifices. And let the men go — Before they came within sight of his master.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-5.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Evening. Septuagint, Syriac, &c., seems to have read aupol, instead of the present Hebrew hopel, eminence," (Calmet) Protestants, "tower," (Haydock) at or near Samaria; when Giezi thought proper to take the burden himself to prevent detection. Eliseus would hardly dismiss the Syrians, when the night was so near at hand. (Calmet) --- It might however be found more eligible to travel in the evening, (Haydock) as it was now the spring or summer season, (Tirinus) or at least warm, ver. 10. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-5.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.

When he came to the tower [ haa`opel (Hebrew #6076), the hill, rising ground; some particular tumulus or eminence at the entrance into the city. The Septuagint has: eelthen eis to skoteinon, he came to the dark (secret) place].

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "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

(24) The tower.—Heb., the ’ôphel, the mound, on which the prophet’s house may have stood. There would be no window in the exterior wall from which Gehazi and his companions might have been observed approaching. Perhaps, however, a fortified hill, forming part of the system of defences surrounding Samaria, like the Ophel at Jerusalem, is to be understood. (Comp. 2 Chronicles 27:3.) Elisha’s house lay within the city wall (2 Kings 6:30, seq.). Keil explains the hill on which Samaria was built. (Comp. Isaiah 32:14, and Cheyne’s Note; Micah 4:8 : “And thou, O tower of the flock; O mound of the daughter of Zion.”) This note of place is also a note of historical truth.

Bestowed them in the house.—Stowed them away, laid them up carefully in the (prophet’s) house. LXX., παρέθετο.

Let the men go.—Before he “bestowed” their burdens in the house.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-5.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.
tower
or, secret place. and bestowed.
Joshua 7:1,11,12,21; 1 Kings 21:16; Isaiah 29:15; Habakkuk 2:6; Zechariah 5:3,4
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 7:8 - hid it;  Proverbs 9:17 - eaten in secret;  Micah 6:10 - the treasures

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 5:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-5.html.