New International Version
Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan.
King James Bible
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
Darby Bible Translation
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite afar off; and they two stood by the Jordan.
World English Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan.
Young's Literal Translation
-- and fifty men of the sons of the prophets have gone on, and stand over-against afar off -- and both of them have stood by the Jordan.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets - They fully expected this extraordinary event, and they could have known it only from Elijah himself, or by a direct revelation from God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
to view afar off [heb] in sight, or over against
LibraryThe Translation of Elijah and the Ascension of Christ
'And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.'--2 KINGS ii. 11. 'And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.'--LUKE xxiv. 51. These two events, the translation of Elijah and the Ascension of our Lord, have sometimes been put side by side in order to show that the latter narrative is nothing …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Gentleness Succeeding Strength
Formation and History of the Hebrew Canon.
The Call of Elisha
2 Kings 2:15
The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
2 Kings 2:16
"Look," they said, "we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley." "No," Elisha replied, "do not send them."
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