New International Version
Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, "Why stay here until we die?
King James Bible
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
Darby Bible Translation
And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate, and they said one to another, Why do we abide here until we die?
World English Bible
Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. They said one to another, "Why do we sit here until we die?
Young's Literal Translation
And four men have been leprous, at the opening of the gate, and they say one unto another, 'What -- we are sitting here till we have died;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There were four leprous men - The Gemara in Sota, R. Sol. Jarchi, and others, say that these four lepers were Gehazi and his three sons.
At the entering in of the gate - They were not permitted to mingle in civil society.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'Then they said one to another, We do not well; this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace; if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us; now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.'--2 KINGS vii. 9. The city of Samaria was closely besieged, and suffering all the horrors of famine. Women were boiling and eating their children, and the most revolting garbage was worth its weight in silver. Four starving lepers, sitting by the gate, plucked …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Elisha's Closing Ministry
"Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, 'Unclean! Unclean!'
As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.
"Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has a defiling skin disease or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body.
When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam's skin was leprous --it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease,
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