Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Kings 8:6

When the king asked the woman, she related it to him. So the king appointed for her a certain officer, saying, "Restore all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now."
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Elisha;   Judge;   King;   Land;   Petition;   Property;   Thompson Chain Reference - Restitution;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gehazi;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Shunem;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Chamberlain;   Court Systems;   Gehazi;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Restitution;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Medicine;   Poverty;   Shunem;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Ramothgilead;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elisha;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Agrarian Laws;   Eunuch;   Gehazi;   Government;   King;   Relationships, Family;   Shunammite;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Chamberlain;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

A certain officer - literally, “a certain eunuch” (margin). Eunuchs were now in common use at the Samaritan court (compare 2 Kings 9:32). They are ascribed to the court of David in Chronicles 1 Chronicles 28:1; and we may conjecture that they were maintained by Solomon. But otherwise we do not find them in the kingdom of Judah until the time of Hezekiah Isaiah 56:3-4.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "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 when the king asked the woman, she told him,.... The whole affair; how that she had a son according to the word of Elisha, when she had been barren, and her husband old; that this child was struck with sickness, and died; and that the prophet, through his prayers, restored it to life:

so the king appointed unto her a certain officer; the word signifies an "eunuch": him he ordered to attend upon her, and assist her, and see to it that she was put into the possession of her house and land:

saying, restore all that was her's, and all the fruits of the field, since the day that she left the land, even till now; not only her house and land, but all the rent, profits, and dues arising from thence during the time of her absence: the Jews except the rent of her house.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-8.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that [was] hers, and all the d fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

(d) The king caused that to be justly restored which was wrongfully withheld from her.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-8.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 8:6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that [was] hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

Ver. 6. Restore all that was hers.] Now the Shunammite thinks her table and stool, her bed and her candlestick, well bestowed. He is a niggard to himself that scants his beneficence to a prophet, whose very "cold water" shall not go unrewarded.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". 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

The king asked the woman concerning the truth of Gehazi’s relation.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-8.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Restore all that was hers — Her estate was of no small value, for, according to 2 Kings 4:8. she was a great, that is, a wealthy and influential person at Shunem.

All the fruits of the field — All the produce that her land had yielded for the seven years, whether it were more or less. She was thus reimbursed according to the yield of the land.

On the above narrative Dr. Thomson has the following: “It is still common for even petty sheiks to confiscate the property of any person who is exiled for a time, or who moves away temporarily from his district. Especially is this true of widows and orphans, and the Shunammite was now a widow. And small is the chance to such of having their property restored, unless they can secure the mediation of some one more influential than themselves. The conversation between the king and Gehazi about his master is also in perfect keeping with the habits of Eastern princes; and the appearance of the widow and her son so opportunely, would have precisely the same effect now that it had then. The thing happened just as recorded.

It is too natural to be an invention or fabrication.”

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-8.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Restore. "Restituere est possessorem facere fructusque reddere." (Caius.) --- Some think that the lands had been confiscated to the king, as being abandoned; or his authority was requisite, at least, to make the present occupiers give them up.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-8.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

fruits = produce.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-8.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) Told.—Related to him, i.e., the story. So in 2 Kings 8:4-5.

Officer.—Literally, eunuch (sârîs). (Comp. Note on Genesis 37:36; 1 Chronicles 28:1.)

Fruits.—Literally, revenues, produce in kind, which must have been paid out of the royal stores. This seems to imply that her land had been annexed to the royal domains.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
officer
or, eunuch.
9:32; Genesis 37:36; 1 Chronicles 28:1; *margins
Restore all
Deuteronomy 22:2; Judges 11:13; 2 Samuel 9:7; Proverbs 16:7; 21:1
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 8:3 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 8:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-8.html.