2 Kings 8:10

10 Elisha answered, “Go and say to him, ‘You will certainly recover.’ Nevertheless,a the LORD has revealed to me that he will in fact die.”

Read 2 Kings 8:10 Using Other Translations

And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.
And Elisha said to him, "Go, say to him, 'You shall certainly recover,' but the LORD has shown me that he shall certainly die."
And Elisha replied, “Go and tell him, ‘You will surely recover.’ But actually the LORD has shown me that he will surely die!”

What does 2 Kings 8:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 8:10

And Elisha said unto him, go, say unto him, thou mayest
certainly recover
That is, of the disease; and there was not only a probability that he might recover of it, it not being a mortal one, but a certainty that he should not die of it, as he did not, but die a violent death, which the prophet predicts in the next clause; though some take these words not as a command, what he should say, but as a prediction of what he would say; that he would go and tell him he should certainly recover, because he would not discourage him, though the prophet assures him in the next clause that he should die: there is a various reading of these words; we follow the marginal reading, but the textual reading is, "say, thou shall not certainly recover", or "in living live"; which agrees with what follows:

howbeit
or "for"

the Lord hath showed me, that he shall surely die;
though not of that sickness, nor a natural death, but a violent one, and that by the hand of this his servant, though he does not express it.

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