The servant of Elisha did not start out totally blind, did he not see the host Syria, and feared?
II Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
Then didn't Elisha pray that the LORD would open his eyes?Was this not for increased vision, to see more than he saw before?
II Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
So, when Elisha prayed that the LORD smite them with blindness, was that not for decreased vision, to see less than they saw before, and not for total blindness?And especially considering that the entire host were all able to follow Elisha as he "led" them to Samaria?
II Kings 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.
However, with their reduced vision, weren't they unable to perceive all that was going on, that they had followed Elisha right into Samaria?
II Kings 6:20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
So, when Elisha prayed to have their eyes open, isn't the wording similar to that used for the servant of Elisha, in line 17?That it is describing an increase in vision, that they could then see more than they did a few minutes earlier?