He went in therefore, and shut the door on them two, and prayed to the LORD.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)He went in therefore.—Comp. the narrative of Elijah’s raising the widow’s son (1Kings 17:17-24), which is imitated in the present account.
Them twain.—Himself and the body.2 Kings 4:33-34. He shut the door upon them twain — Upon himself and the dead child, that he might pray to God without interruption, and might more freely use those means which he thought fit. And put his mouth, &c. —
One part upon another successively; for the disproportion of the bodies would not permit it to be done together. The flesh of the child grew warm — Not by any external heat, which could not be transmitted to the child’s body by such slight touches of the prophet’s body; but from a principle of life, which was already infused into the child, and by degrees enlivened all the parts of his body.James 5:16), though it did not exclude the use of other means 2 Kings 4:34. Upon them twain; upon himself and the dead child, that he might pray to God without distraction, and might more freely use all those gestures and means which he thought fit. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)33. shut the door upon them twain] There is to be no witness, no parade made of the child’s restoration. The act is in character like that enjoined above in verse 4.
and prayed unto the Lord] The whole narrative must be compared with the action of Elijah at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:17-23). There the words of the prophet’s prayer are given. It is to be noted that the prayer precedes every other action. Without that all else will be of no avail.Verse 33. - He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain - that he might not be interrupted during his efforts to restore the child's life (comp. ver. 4) - and prayed unto the Lord. Probably his heart had been lifted up in inarticulate prayer from the time that he realized the calamity which had befallen the Shunammite; but now he went down on his knees, and lifted up his voice in outspoken words of prayer.
(Note: All that we can infer from these last words with regard to the nature of prophecy, is that the donum propheticum did not involve a supernatural revelation of every event.)
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