2 Kings 7:3

The Siege Lifted

3 Now there were four men with leprosya at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die?

Read 2 Kings 7:3 Using Other Translations

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
Now there were four men who were lepersat the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, "Why are we sitting here until we die?
Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other.

What does 2 Kings 7:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 7:3

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate,
&c.] Of the city of Samaria; lepers, according to the law, being obliged to be without the city and camp, ( Leviticus 13:46 ) these might have a dwelling assigned them near the gate; or they might get as near to it as they could, partly to obtain relief from the city, and partly for fear of the Syrians; these, the Jews say F24, were Gehazi and his three sons, see ( 2 Kings 5:27 )

and they said one to another, why sit we here until we die?
being ready to perish with hunger.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 T. Bab. Sotah, fol. 47. 1. & Sanhedrin, fol. 107. 2.
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