Now therefore thus saith the Lord
Jehovah, the only true God:
thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but
shall surely die;
this sickness should be unto death, and the bed he had betaken himself to should be his deathbed. The phrases of going up to bed, and coming down, are used with great propriety; for in the eastern countries, in their bedchambers, they had a gallery raised four or five feet above the floor, with a balustrade on the front F4, and steps leading up to it; or ladders, which had more or fewer rounds, according as the beds were higher or lower F5:
and Elijah departed;
having met the messengers, and delivered his message from the Lord unto them.
F4 See Dr. Shaw's Travels, p. 209. Ed. 2.
F5 Vid. Isidor. Origin. l. 20. c. 11. & Alstorph. de Lect. Vet. c. 2.