2 Kings 1:12 "fire of God" occurs only here and Job 1:16.
2 Kings 2:16 Here, they already questioned that Elisha had Elijah's authority.
2 Kings 3:11 East. "poured water on the hands of Elijah" In the East, a task is to
pour water over the hands of the family at a meal. In rich families, a servant
does it, in poor, the eldest son. It is considered a most humiliating task.
The last initiation to priesthood for a disciple is to wash the hands of the
high priest - signifying utter humility.
2 Kings 4:23 East. “new moon, sabbath” Belief that better revelation on auspicious
days. [Pillai #746]
2 Kings 4:29 East. “salute him not” Typical Eastern greeting is a barrage of
questions about one's personal life. [Pillai #773]
2 Kings 6:10 East. "not once nor twice" Idiom for many times.
2 Kings 8:9 East. "every good thing" The amount of treasure could be put on one.
Forty used to show off power and wealth. [Pillai #746]
2 Kings 13:17 East. "and he shot" Oriental declaration of war. Fifteen days given to
reply. [Pillai #746]
2 Kings 14:9 East. "thistle cedar" Thistle symbolic of bad person. Cedar symbolic of
good person. The thistle trodden down because he asked for something not
deserved. [Pillai #709]
2 Kings 18:17 East. "names" These names are not proper names, but titles. Tartin was chief attorney; Rabsaris was chief of the eunuchs; Rabshakeh was head of the
army. [Pillai #769]
2 Kings 19:3 East. "children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to
bring forth" All resources (the army) are there, but lack of strength to
demonstrate its power. [Pillai #769]
2 Kings 19:26 East. "grass on the housetops" Grass grows on dirt roofs. Little water
is there so it quickly dies. Symbol of the curse of God. [Pillai #703]