Notes on Fourth Book of Kings (Author Bishop Richard Challoner (ed.))

13:19 If thou hadst smitten, etc: By this it appears that God had revealed to the prophet that the king should overcome the Syrians as many times as he should then strike on the ground; but as he had not at the same time revealed to him how often the king would strike, the prophet was concerned to see that he struck but thrice.

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