2 Kings 4:3
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English Standard Version
Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.

King James Bible
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

American Standard Version
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to her: Go, borrow of all thy neighbours empty vessels not a few.

English Revised Version
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

2 Kings 4:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Israelites followed the fugitives into their own land and laid it waste, as Elisha had prophesied (2 Kings 3:25 compared with 2 Kings 3:19). The Chethb ויבו־בהּ is to be read בהּ ויּבו (for ויּבוא as in 1 Kings 12:12): and (Israel) came into the land and smote Moab. The Keri ויּכּוּ is a bad emendation. הכּות is either the infinitive construct used instead of the infin. absolute (Ewald, 351, c.), or an unusual form of the inf. absol. (Ewald, 240, b.). עד־השׁאיר, till one ( equals so that one only) left its stones in Kir-chareseth. On the infinitive form השׁאיר see at Joshua 8:22. The suffix in אבניה probably points forward to the following noun (Ewald, 309, c.). The city called חרשׂת קיר here and Isaiah 16:7, and חרשׂ קיר in Isaiah 16:11 and Jeremiah 48:31, Jeremiah 48:36, i.e., probably city of potsherds, is called elsewhere מואב קיר, the citadel of Moab (Isaiah 15:1), as the principal fortress of the land (in the Chaldee Vers. דמואב כרכּא), and still exists under the name of Kerak, with a strong castle build by the Crusaders, upon a lofty and steep chalk rock, surrounded by a deep and narrow valley, which runs westward under the name of Wady Kerak and falls into the Dead Sea (vid., Burckhardt, Syr. pp. 643ff., C. v. Raumer, Pal. pp. 271,272). This fortress the allied kings besieged. "The slingers surrounded and smote it," i.e., bombarded it.

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empty vessels

2 Kings 3:16 And he said, Thus said the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

John 2:7 Jesus said to them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

borrow not a few [heb] scant not

2 Kings 13:18,19 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, Smite on the ground. And he smote thrice...

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

John 16:24 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Cross References
2 Kings 4:2
And Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?" And she said, "Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil."

2 Kings 4:4
Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside."

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