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