And he said, Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it. And they brought it to him.
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George Leo Haydock
Put salt. He removes every suspicion of imposture: if the waters were already saline, the remedy would seem contrary to his design, but it would display the miracle in a stronger light; and if they were only fetid and muddy, (Calmet) though (Haydock) salt might rectify a small quantity, (Palladius tit. 9. Vales) it could never correct the bad qualities of such a fountain for a length of time, by the mere force of nature. (Haydock)
Josephus (Jewish Wars iv. 8.) represents Eliseus acting like a magician, being desirous to please the pagan readers with various embellishments. (Calmet)