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6:8 king of Syria. As in ch. 5, the kings of Syria and Israel (v. 9) are unnamed. They are most likely Ben-hadad II (8:7; 13:3; 1 Kin. 20:1) and Jehoram (1:17; 3:1; 9:24).
warring against Israel. Despite the ratification of a treaty between Israel and Syria (1 Kin. 20:34; 22:1), the two nations continued to fight.