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2 Kings Chapter 5

2 Kings 5:1
5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a
    great man with his master, and honourable, because by him
    the LORD had given {a} deliverance unto Syria: he was also a
    mighty man in valour, [but he was] a leper.

    (a) Here it appears that among the infidels God has his, and
        also that the infidels esteem those who do good to their
        country.

2 Kings 5:3
5:3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord [were]
    with the {b} prophet that [is] in Samaria! for he would
    recover him of his leprosy.

    (b) Meaning Elisha.

2 Kings 5:4
5:4 And {c} [one] went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and
    thus said the maid that [is] of the land of Israel.

    (c) That is, Naaman told it to the king of Syria.

2 Kings 5:5
5:5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a
    letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and {d}
    took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand
    [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

    (d) To give this as a present to the prophets.

2 Kings 5:8
5:8 And it was [so], when Elisha the man of God had heard that
    the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the
    king, saying, {e} Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let
    him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a
    prophet in Israel.

    (e) The prophet rebukes the king because he did not consider
        that God was true in his promise, and therefore would
        not leave his Church destitute of a prophet, whose
        prayers he would hear, and to whom others could have
        recourse for comfort.

2 Kings 5:11
5:11 But Naaman was {f} wroth, and went away, and said, Behold,
     I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and
     call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand
     over the place, and recover the leper.

     (f) Man's reason murmurs when it considers only the signs
         and outward things, and has no regard for the word of
         God, which is contained there.

2 Kings 5:13
5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said,
     {g} My father, [if] the prophet had bid thee [do some]
     great thing, wouldest thou not have done [it]? how much
     rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

     (g) This declares that servants should reverence and love
         their masters as children their fathers, and likewise
         masters toward their servants, must be affectioned as
         toward their children.

2 Kings 5:16
5:16 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.

2 Kings 5:18
5:18 In this thing the LORD {i} pardon thy servant, [that] when
     my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there,
     and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of
     Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the
     LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.

     (i) He feels his conscience is wounded by being present at
         idols service, and therefore desires God to forgive
         him, lest others by his example might fall to idolatry:
         for as for his own part he confesses that he will never
         serve any but the true God.

2 Kings 5:19
5:19 And he said unto him, {k} Go in peace. So he departed from
     him a little way.

     (k) The prophet did not approve his act, but after the
         common manner of speech he bids him farewell.

2 Kings 5:21
5:21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw [him]
     running after him, {l} he lighted down from the chariot to
     meet him, and said, [Is] all well?

     (l) Declaring by it, the honour and affection he bore to
         the prophet his master.

2 Kings 5:24
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 {m} they departed.

     (m) Naaman's servants.

2 Kings 5:26
5:26 And he said unto him, {n} Went not mine heart [with thee],
     when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee?
     [Is it] a time to receive money, and to receive garments,
     and {o} oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and
     menservants, and maidservants?

     (n) Was I not present with you in spirit?
     (o) That is, money to buy possessions with: meaning that it
         is detestable in the servants of God to have covetous
         minds.

2 Kings 5:27
5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and
     unto thy {p} seed for ever. And he went out from his
     presence a leper [as white] as snow.

     (p) To be an example to all, by whose covetousness God's
         word might be slandered.



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