New Living Translation
Elisha said, "Bring me a new bowl with salt in it." So they brought it to him.
King James Bible
And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt in it. And they brought it to him.
World English Bible
He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." They brought it to him.
Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Bring to me a new dish, and place there salt;' and they bring it unto him,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:20 A new cruse - That there might be no legal pollution in it which might offend God, and hinder his miraculous operation. Put salt - A most improper remedy; for salt naturally makes waters brackish, and lands barren. Hereby therefore he would shew, that this was effected solely by the Divine power, which could work either without means, or against them.
We read, that this city was not only wasted by Joshua with fire and sword, but cursed also. "Cursed be he before the Lord, who shall rise up and build that city Jericho," Joshua 6:26. "Nor was another city to be built (says the Talmudists), which was to be called by the name of Jericho: nor was Jericho itself to be built, although to be called by another name." And yet I know not by what chance this city crept out of dust and rubbish, lived again, and flourished, and became the second city to Jerusalem. …
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica
Consolations against the Fear of Death.
The Healing of the Waters
The Country of Jericho, and the Situation of the City.
2 Kings 2:19
One day the leaders of the town of Jericho visited Elisha. "We have a problem, my lord," they told him. "This town is located in pleasant surroundings, as you can see. But the water is bad, and the land is unproductive."
2 Kings 2:21
Then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, "This is what the LORD says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility."
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