2 Kings 2:9
Text Analysis
Strong'sHebrewEnglishMorphology
1961 [e]וַיְהִ֣י
way-hî
And so it wasConj-w | V-Qal-ConsecImperf-3ms
5674 [e]כְעָבְרָ֗ם
ḵə-‘ā-ḇə-rām,
when they had crossed overPrep-k | V-Qal-Inf | 3mp
452 [e]וְאֵ֨לִיָּ֜הוּ
wə-’ê-lî-yā-hū
that ElijahConj-w | N-proper-ms
559 [e]אָמַ֤ר
’ā-mar
saidV-Qal-Perf-3ms
413 [e]אֶל־
’el-
toPrep
477 [e]אֱלִישָׁע֙
’ĕ-lî-šā‘
ElishaN-proper-ms
7592 [e]שְׁאַל֙
šə-’al
AskV-Qal-Imp-ms
4100 [e]מָ֣ה
māh
whatInterrog
6213 [e]אֶֽעֱשֶׂה־
’e-‘ĕ-śeh-
may I doV-Qal-Imperf-1cs
  לָּ֔ךְ
lāḵ,
for youPrep | 2fs
2962 [e]בְּטֶ֖רֶם
bə-ṭe-rem
beforePrep-b | Adv
3947 [e]אֶלָּקַ֣ח
’el-lā-qaḥ
I am taken awayV-Nifal-Imperf-1cs
5973 [e]מֵעִמָּ֑ךְ
mê-‘im-māḵ;
from youPrep-m | 2fs
559 [e]וַיֹּ֣אמֶר
way-yō-mer
and saidConj-w | V-Qal-ConsecImperf-3ms
477 [e]אֱלִישָׁ֔ע
’ĕ-lî-šā‘,
ElishaN-proper-ms
1961 [e]וִֽיהִי־
wî-hî-
let beConj-w | V-Qal-ConjImperf.Jus-3ms
4994 [e]נָ֛א
pleaseInterjection
6310 [e]פִּֽי־
pî-
a portionN-msc
8147 [e]שְׁנַ֥יִם
šə-na-yim
doubleNumber-md
7307 [e]בְּרוּחֲךָ֖
bə-rū-ḥă-ḵā
of your spiritPrep-b | N-csc | 2ms
413 [e]אֵלָֽי׃
’ê-lāy.
upon mePrep | 1cs









Hebrew Texts
מלכים ב 2:9 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
וַיְהִ֣י כְעָבְרָ֗ם וְאֵ֨לִיָּ֜הוּ אָמַ֤ר אֶל־אֱלִישָׁע֙ שְׁאַל֙ מָ֣ה אֶֽעֱשֶׂה־לָּ֔ךְ בְּטֶ֖רֶם אֶלָּקַ֣ח מֵעִמָּ֑ךְ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלִישָׁ֔ע וִֽיהִי־נָ֛א פִּֽי־שְׁנַ֥יִם בְּרוּחֲךָ֖ אֵלָֽי׃

מלכים ב 2:9 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
ויהי כעברם ואליהו אמר אל־אלישע שאל מה אעשה־לך בטרם אלקח מעמך ויאמר אלישע ויהי־נא פי־שנים ברוחך אלי׃

מלכים ב 2:9 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
ויהי כעברם ואליהו אמר אל־אלישע שאל מה אעשה־לך בטרם אלקח מעמך ויאמר אלישע ויהי־נא פי־שנים ברוחך אלי׃

מלכים ב 2:9 Hebrew Bible
ויהי כעברם ואליהו אמר אל אלישע שאל מה אעשה לך בטרם אלקח מעמך ויאמר אלישע ויהי נא פי שנים ברוחך אלי׃

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken from you." So Elisha answered, "Please, let me inherit two shares of your spirit."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ask what

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Elisha said

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a double portion This probably refers to the law respecting the first-born, who had a double portion of the property of his father. As Elisha may have considered himself as the first-born of Elijah, so he requested a double portion of his spiritual influence.

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Deuteronomy 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, …

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do …

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and …

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

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