New Defender's Study Bible Notes
7:3 the gate. The law forbade lepers to go inside the city (Leviticus 13:46).
7:6 to hear a noise of chariots. God had enabled Elisha’s servant to see the great host of the Lord, and the horses and chariots of fire (II Kings 6:17). The Syrians only got to hear them, and that was enough to cause them to flee in panic, leaving all their supplies and equipment.
7:17 as the man of God had said. See II Kings 7:2. It can be a dangerous thing to question God’s sure word of prophecy.
7:20 And so it fell out. This Samaritan official scoffed at God’s word through Elisha (see II Kings 7:1,2), and Elisha’s prophetic warning was quickly fulfilled (II Kings 7:16-19). It is dangerous to scoff at the inspired word of God (I Thessalonians 5:3; II Peter 3:3-7,10).