Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live: and if you restore her not, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.
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George Leo Haydock
A prophet. One under my particular care, to whom I reveal many things.
He shall pray for thee. Behold, God will sometimes grant, at the request of his saints, what he would deny even such as Abimelech or the friends of Job. Is not this sufficient encouragement for us, to have recourse to the intercession of the saints? And can any one be so foolish as to pretend this is making gods of them, and shewing them an idolatrous worship? (Haydock)
The reason why the good Lord inflicted this penalty on the king, guiltless though he was of sin, was that he might accede to the just man’s prayers and thus resolve the problem, thereby rendering the just man more famous and well known. You see, all God’s planning and each arrangement he makes have the purpose of rendering conspicuous those who serve him, just like lamps, and making their virtue obvious in every way.