Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 8:2

So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God, and she went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Elisha;   Judge;   King;   Land;   Property;   Ramoth-Gilead;   Thompson Chain Reference - Philistia;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Famine;   Judgments;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Famine;   Gehazi;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Famine;   Gehazi;   Shunem;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Elisha;   Palestine;   Philistia;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Court Systems;   Gehazi;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Uriah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Poverty;   Shunem;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Famine;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elisha;   Famine;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sephe'la,;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Daniel, Book of;   Gehazi;   Judah, Territory of;   Relationships, Family;   Shunammite;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The country of the Philistines - the rich low grain-growing plain along the seacoast of Judah - was always a land of plenty compared with the highlands of Palestine. Moreover, if food failed there, it was easily imported by sea from the neighboring Egypt.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-8.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God,.... Whose words she had reason to believe; she having a son given to her according to his word, and this restored to life, when dead, through his intercession:

and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines; which was not far from her native place, and where there was plenty of food, and she could have as free an exercise of her religion as in the idolatrous kingdom of Israel.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-8.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

she … sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years — Their territory was recommended to her from its contiguity to her usual residence; and now that this state had been so greatly reduced, there was less risk than formerly from the seductions of idolatry; and many of the Jews and Israelites were residing there. Besides, an emigration thither was less offensive to the king of Israel than going to sojourn in Judah.

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

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 8:2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

Ver. 2. And sojourned in the land of the Philistines.] Their fields flourish, while the soil of Israel yieldeth nothing but weeds and barrenness. Not that Israel was more sinful, but that the sin of Israel was more intolerable, saith a great divine. No pestilence is so contagious as that which hath taken the purest air.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-8.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Either because that was near her lands and dwelling, which she thought she might have an eye to, when occasion required; or because there was more plenty than in Judah; or because she knew that her going to dwell in Judah would be very displeasing to the king of Israel, whose favour she was like to need hereafter. Nor was there now that danger of idolatry from the Philistines as there had been formerly, because their power and influence was now grown inconsiderable, and probably many of the Jews and Israelites lived among them. And this land, though bordering upon Israel, was free from this famine, that it might appear that this was a special hand and judgment of God upon the Israelites for their idolatry, and for their unprofitableness under all the means of grace which now they plentifully enjoyed by Elisha and many other prophets; which the Philistines not enjoying, their sin was much less, and therefore their present condition was better.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-8.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 8:2. The woman arose, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines — Which, though bordering upon Israel, was free from the famine: by which it appeared, that the special hand of God was in that calamity, and that it was a judgment from him upon the Israelites for their idolatry, and abuse of the means of grace, which they now enjoyed in such abundance through Elisha and many other prophets.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-8.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

man of God. See App-49.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-8.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

Sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. Their territory was recommended to her from its contiguity to her usual residence; and now that this state had been so greatly reduced, there was less risk than formerly from the seductions of idolatry, and many of the Jews and Israelites were residing there. Besides, an emigration there was less offensive to the king of Israel than going to sojourn in Judah.

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

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(2) After the saying.—According to the word.

In the land of the Philistines.—The lowlands of the coast were not so subject to droughts as the limestone highlands of Israel. (Comp. Genesis 12:10; Genesis 26:1.) The Philistines, besides, dealt with foreign traders who put in to their shores. (Comp. Joel 3:4-6.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
with
1 Timothy 5:8
land
Judges 3:3; 1 Samuel 27:1-3
Reciprocal: Genesis 12:10 - went;  Ruth 1:1 - a famine;  Jeremiah 35:4 - a man;  Acts 11:28 - great

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-8.html.