2 Kings 13:17

17 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The LORD’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”

Read 2 Kings 13:17 Using Other Translations

And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
And he said, "Open the window eastward," and he opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot," and he shot. And he said, "The LORD's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria! For you shall fight the Syrians in Aphek until you have made an end of them."
Then he commanded, “Open that eastern window,” and he opened it. Then he said, “Shoot!” So he shot an arrow. Elisha proclaimed, “This is the LORD ’s arrow, an arrow of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.”

What does 2 Kings 13:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 13:17

And he said, open the window eastward
Syria lying east of the land of Israel, as the Jewish commentators in general observe, and for which they quote ( Isaiah 9:12 ) , but it lay northeast, or rather more to the north; wherefore this may respect the eastward part of the land of Israel, which the Syrians had got possession of, and should be recovered, as this sign showed, see ( 2 Kings 10:33 ) ,

and he opened it: then Elisha said, shoot, and he shot;
the arrow, out of the window, being opened:

and he said, the arrow of the Lord's deliverance, and the arrow of
deliverance from Syria;
meaning, that that arrow was a sign of the Lord's deliverance of Israel from the Syrians, by whom they had been sadly oppressed, and reduced very low:

for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek till thou hast consumed
them;
not the whole nation, but that army they should bring thither; which was a city in the land of Israel, where the Syrians were routed in Ahab's time; 100,000 were slain near it on one day, and 27,000 by the fall of the wall of it, ( 1 Kings 20:26 1 Kings 20:29 1 Kings 20:30 ) hence some read the words here, "as in Aphek."

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