One of the Better Older Commentary. 2. Study 2 Kings 3 using Wesley’s Explanatory Notes to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. This expedition, begun without consulting God, soon landed the allies in dire straits. And when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to bear arms and older were gathered; and they stood at the border. Commentary on 2 Kings 3:20-27 (Read 2 Kings 3:20-27) It is a blessing to be favoured with the company of those who have power with God, and can prevail by their prayers. 1. The three kings go to Elisha to inquire of the Lord; who promises them water, and a complete victory, 11-19. The failure of water. (2Ki 3:21-25) The Moabites attack the camp of the three kings. Mesha, king of Moab, rebels against Israel, 4, 5. To propitiate his god, Chemosh (1 Kings 11:7, 33; 2 Kings 23:13), Mesha offered his firstborn son, the heir to his throne, as a human sacrifice on top of the city wall.” 34 See also 2 Kings 16:3; Jeremiah 7:31; Numbers 21:29; Jeremiah 48:7, 46. ROBERT JAMIESON, A. R. FAUSSET AND DAVID BROWN PUBLISHED 1871. It does not analyze the text based on so-called "higher criticism," but is thoroughly conservative and evangelical. Jehoram, Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom join against the Moabites, and are brought into great distress for want of water, 6-10. Man's extremity is God's opportunity. THE STRAITS OF THE ARMY. 2 Kings 3:9-17, 2 Kings 3:20. A kingdom may be upheld and prosper, in consequence of the fervent prayers of those who are dear to God. The statement, “And there came great wrath against Israel,” is difficult and is viewed differently. Tends to be more conservative and literal. 2 KINGS COMMENTARY CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE. The reign and idolatry of Jehoram, king of Israel, 1-3. I. The host must have been a large one, and they had much cattle with them for sustenance.