And the prophet came to the king of Israel
The same that came to him before:
and said unto him, go, strengthen thyself;
exhorted him to fortify his cities, especially Samaria, and increase his army, that he might be able to oppose the king of Syria:
and mark, and see what thou doest:
observe his moral and religious actions, and take heed that he did not offend the Lord by them, as well as make military preparations:
for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against
about the same time in the next year, at the spring of the year, when kings go out to war, see ( 2 Samuel 11:1 ) .