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8:12 set on fire . . . rip open. Such atrocities were common in ancient wars (Gen. 34:29; Ps. 137:9; Is. 13:16; Hos. 10:14; 13:16; Amos 1:13; Nah. 3:10). Elisha does not approve of such actions; he mourns them.