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Elisha Demonstrates His Authority

19 The men of the city said to Elisha, “Look, the city has a good location, as our[a] master can see. But the water is bad and the land doesn’t produce crops.”[b] 20 Elisha[c] said, “Get me a new jar and put some salt in it.” So they got it. 21 He went out to the spring and threw the salt in. Then he said, “This is what the Lord has said, ‘I have purified[d] this water. It will no longer cause death or fail to produce crops.’”[e] 22 The water has been pure to this very day, just as Elisha prophesied.[f]

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  1. 2 Kings 2:19 tn Heb “my.”
  2. 2 Kings 2:19 tn Heb “miscarries” or “is barren.”
  3. 2 Kings 2:20 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  4. 2 Kings 2:21 tn Or “healed.”
  5. 2 Kings 2:21 tn Heb “there will no longer be from there death and miscarriage [or, ‘barrenness’].”
  6. 2 Kings 2:22 tn Heb “according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.”