2 Kings 3:16-17

16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.
17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.

2 Kings 3:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
ESV
16 And he said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I will make this dry streambed full of pools.'
NLT
16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: This dry valley will be filled with pools of water!
MSG
16 He then said, "God's word: Dig ditches all over this valley.
CSB
16 Then he said, "This is what the Lord says: 'Dig ditch after ditch in this wadi.'

2 Kings 3:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 3

This chapter gives the character of Jehoram king of Israel, 2Ki 3:1-3, relates the rebellion of the king of Moab against him, 2Ki 3:4,5, the war that he and his allies entered into on that account, 2Ki 3:6-9 the distress the combined army were in for want of water, their application upon this to Elisha, who promised them water, and they had it in a wonderful manner, 2Ki 3:10-20 and the chapter is concluded with the rout of the Moabites, and the barbarity of their king to his eldest son, 2Ki 3:21-27.

2 Kings 3:16-17 In-Context

14 Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.
15 But now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha
16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.
17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.
18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.
19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 107:35; Isaiah 12:3; Isaiah 32:2; Isaiah 35:6; Isaiah 41:18; Isaiah 65:13
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