2 Kings 8:7-15

Hazael Murders Ben-hadad

7 Now Elisha came to 1Damascus. 2Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick. And when it was told him, "The man of God has come here,"
8 the king said to 3Hazael, 4"Take a present with you and go to meet the man of God, 5and inquire of the LORD through him, saying, 'Shall I recover from this sickness?'"
9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, all kinds of goods of Damascus, forty camel loads. When he came and stood before him, he said, 6"Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, 'Shall I recover from this sickness?'"
10 And Elisha said to him, 7"Go, say to him, 'You shall certainly recover,' but the LORD has shown me that 8he shall certainly die."
11 And he fixed his gaze and stared at him, 9until he was embarrassed. And the man of God wept.
12 And Hazael said, "Why does my lord weep?" He answered, "Because I know 10the evil that you will do to the people of Israel. You will set on fire their fortresses, and you will kill their young men with the sword 11and dash in pieces their little ones and rip open their pregnant women."
13 And Hazael said, "What is your servant, 12who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?" Elisha answered, 13"The LORD has shown me that you are to be king over Syria."
14 Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me 14that you would certainly recover."
15 But the next day he took the bed cloth[a] and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died. And Hazael became king in his place.

2 Kings 8:7-15 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 8

This chapter gives an account of some advice Elisha had formerly given to the Shunammite woman, and of the success of it, 2Ki 8:1-6 and of the sickness of the king of Syria, who sent to Elisha, then being at Damascus, by Hazael, to know whether he should recover; by whom a message was returned, and Hazael was told by the prophet he should be king of Syria, and exercise great cruelty in Israel, 2Ki 8:7-15 and of the bad reign of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, over Judah, 2Ki 8:16-24 and of the reign of his son Ahaziah, 2Ki 8:25-29.

2 Kings 8:7-15 In-Context

5 And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, "My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life."
6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, "Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now."
7 Now Elisha came to Damascus. Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick. And when it was told him, "The man of God has come here,"
8 the king said to Hazael, "Take a present with you and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD through him, saying, 'Shall I recover from this sickness?'"
9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, all kinds of goods of Damascus, forty camel loads. When he came and stood before him, he said, "Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, 'Shall I recover from this sickness?'"
10 And Elisha said to him, "Go, say to him, 'You shall certainly recover,' but the LORD has shown me that he shall certainly die."
11 And he fixed his gaze and stared at him, until he was embarrassed. And the man of God wept.
12 And Hazael said, "Why does my lord weep?" He answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel. You will set on fire their fortresses, and you will kill their young men with the sword and dash in pieces their little ones and rip open their pregnant women."
13 And Hazael said, "What is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?" Elisha answered, "The LORD has shown me that you are to be king over Syria."
14 Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me that you would certainly recover."
15 But the next day he took the bed cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died. And Hazael became king in his place.
16 In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign.
17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

Cross References 14

  • 1. [1 Kings 11:24]
  • 2. 2 Kings 6:24; 1 Kings 20:1
  • 3. 1 Kings 19:15, 17
  • 4. See 1 Samuel 9:7
  • 5. [2 Kings 1:2]
  • 6. [2 Kings 5:13]
  • 7. ver. 14
  • 8. ver. 15
  • 9. 2 Kings 2:17
  • 10. 2 Kings 10:32; 2 Kings 12:17; 2 Kings 13:3, 7, 22; Amos 1:3, 4
  • 11. Isaiah 13:16; Hosea 13:16; Nahum 3:10; [Psalms 137:9; Hosea 10:14]
  • 12. See 1 Samuel 17:43
  • 13. [1 Kings 19:15]
  • 14. ver. 10

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
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