Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty men. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of a hill. And he spoke unto him, You man of God, the king has said, Come down.
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George Leo Haydock
Under him; his own guards. The captain was to request him to pray for the king's recovery; (Calmet) or rather, (Haydock) to punish him for what he had said to the messengers. (Calmet)
Of God. Procopius and others think that he spoke contemptuously, and was therefore punished. (Menochius)
Down. The prophets are not bound to obey kings, in the exercise of their ministry. (Grotius)
Elias complies as soon as he had orders from God. (Calmet)