And the king said to Hazael
The captain general of his army:
take a present in thine hand, and go and meet the man of God,
who, perhaps, was not as yet come into the city, only into the region of Damascus: or rather "with thee"; so the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions; and which Noldius F6 approves of, since a burden of forty camels, ( 2 Kings 8:9 ) could not be carried in the hand:
and inquire of the Lord by him, saying, shall I recover of this
he did not desire him to pray the Lord that he might recover, only was curious to know whether he should or not, see ( 2 Kings 1:2 ) .
F6 Ebr. Concord. Part. p. 189. No. 362.