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19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Look, this city is in a pleasant place, as my lord [Elisha] sees; but the water is bad and the land [a]is barren.” 20 He said, “Bring me a new jar, and put [b]salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then Elisha went to the spring of water and threw the salt in it and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I [not the salt] have purified and healed these waters; there shall no longer be death or barrenness because of it.’” 22 So the waters have been purified to this day, in accordance with the word spoken by Elisha.

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  1. 2 Kings 2:19 Or causes miscarriages.
  2. 2 Kings 2:20 Salt was sometimes considered a symbol of God’s faithfulness and His purifying power.

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