2 Kings 6:16-17

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

2 Kings 6:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
ESV
16 He said, "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
NLT
16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”
MSG
16 He said, "Don't worry about it - there are more on our side than on their side."
CSB
16 Elisha said, "Don't be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them."

2 Kings 6:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 6

In this chapter are recorded other wonders of Elisha, as causing iron to swim, 2Ki 6:1-7 having knowledge of the secret counsels of the king of Syria, which he disclosed to the king of Israel, 2Ki 6:8-12 smiting the Syrian army with blindness sent to take him, and which he led into the midst of Samaria, 2Ki 6:13-23, and the chapter is closed with an account of the siege of Samaria, and a sore famine in it, 2Ki 6:24-33.

2 Kings 6:16-17 In-Context

14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Genesis 15:1
  • 2. 2 Chronicles 32:7; Psalms 55:18; Romans 8:31; 1 John 4:4
  • 3. S 2 Kings 2:11,12; Psalms 68:17; Zechariah 6:1-7
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