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2st KINGS , 1
Or the Book of ELIJAH
Elijah kills unfaithful

1:1     After the death of Ahab, Moab made itself free from the authority of Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had a fall from the window of his room in Samaria, and was ill. And he sent men, and said to them, Put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, about the outcome of my disease, to see if I will get well or not. 3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Go now, and, meeting the men sent by the king of Samaria, say to them, Is it because there is no God in Israel, that you are going to get directions from Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron ? 4 Give ear then to the words of the Lord: You will never again get down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you. Then Elijah went away.
1:5     And the men he had sent came back to the king; and he said to them, Why have you come back ? 6 And they said to him, On our way we had a meeting with a man who said, Go back to the king who sent you and say to him, The Lord says, Is it because there is no God in Israel that you send to put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron ? For this reason, you will not come down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you. 7 And he said to them, What sort of a man was it who came and said these words to you ? 1:8 And they said in answer, He was a man clothed in a coat of hair, with a leather band about his body. Then he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.
1:9     Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men ; and he went up to him where he was seated on the top of a hill, and said to him, O man of God, the king has said, Come down. 10 And Elijah in answer said to the captain of fifty, If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven on you and on your fifty men, and put an end to you. Then fire came down from heaven and put an end to him and his fifty men.
1:11     Then the king sent another captain of fifty with his fifty men ; and he said to Elijah, O man of God, the king says, Come down quickly. 12 And Elijah in answer said, If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven on you and on your fifty men, and put an end to you. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and put an end to him and his fifty men.
1:13     Then he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men ; and the third captain of fifty went up, and falling on his knees before Elijah, requesting mercy of him, said, O man of God, let my life and the life of these your fifty servants be of value to you. 14 For fire came down from heaven and put an end to the first two captains of fifty and their fifties; but now let my life be of value in your eyes. 15 Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, Go down with him ; have no fear of him. So he got up and went down with him to the king. 16 And he said to him, This is the word of the Lord : Because you sent men to put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, for this reason you will never again get down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you.
1:17     So death came to him, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Elijah. And Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of the rule of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah ; because he had no son. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ?

2st KINGS , 2
Elijah taken up to heaven

2:1     Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a great wind, Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said to Elisha, Come no farther for the Lord has sent me to Beth-el. But Elisha said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not be parted from you. So they went down to Beth-el. 3 And at Beth-el the sons of the prophets came out to Elisha and said, Has it been made clear to you that the Lord is going to take away your master from over you today ? And he said, Yes, I have knowledge of it: say no more.
2:4     Then Elijah said to him, Come no farther, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. But he said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not be parted from you. So they went on to Jericho. 5 And at Jericho the sons of the prophets came up to Elisha and said to him, Has it been made clear to you that the Lord is going to take away your master from over you today ? And he said in answer, Yes, I have knowledge of it: say no more.
2:6     Then Elijah said to him, Come no farther, for the Lord has sent me to Jordan. But he said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not be parted from you. So they went on together. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went out and took their places facing them a long way off, while the two of them were by the edge of Jordan. 8 Then Elijah took off his robe, and, rolling it up, gave the water a blow with it, and the waters were parted, flowing back this way and that, so that they went over on dry land.
2:9     And when they had come to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, Say what you would have me do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, Be pleased to let a special measure of your spirit be on me. 10 And he said, You have made a hard request : still, if you see me when I am taken from you, you will get your desire ; but if not, it will not be so. 11 And while they went on their way, going on talking together, suddenly there were carriages and horses of fire separating them from one another and Elijah went up to heaven in a great wind. 12 And when Elisha saw it he gave a cry, My father, my father, the carriages of Israel and its horsemen ! And he saw him no longer ; and he was full of grief.
2:13     Then he took up Elijah's robe, which had been dropped from him, and went back till he came to the edge of Jordan. 14 And he took Elijah's robe, which had been dropped from him, and giving the water a blow with it, said, Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah ? and at his blow the waters were parted this way and that; and Elisha went over.
2:15     And when the sons of the prophets who were facing him at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha. And they came out to him, and went down on the earth before him. 16 And they said, Your servants have with us here fifty strong men ; be pleased to let them go in search of Elijah ; for it may be that the spirit of the Lord has taken him up and put him down on some mountain or in some valley. But he said, Do not send them. 17 But when they kept on requesting him, he was shamed and said, Send, then. So they sent fifty men ; but after searching for three days, they came back without having seen him. 18 And they came back to him, while he was still at Jericho ; and he said to them, Did I not say to you, Go not ?
2:19     Now the men of the town said to Elisha, You see that the position of this town is good ; but the water is bad, causing the young of the cattle to come to birth dead. 20 So he said, Get me a new vessel, and put salt in it; and they took it to him. 21 Then he went out to the spring from which the water came, and put salt in it, and said, The Lord says, Now I have made this water sweet ; no longer will it be death-giving or unfertile. 22 And the water was made sweet again to this day, as Elisha said.
2:23     Then from there he went up to Beth-el ; and on his way, some little boys came out from the town and made sport of him, crying, Go up, old no-hair ! go up, old no-hair ! 24 And turning back, he saw them, and put a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the wood and put forty-two of the children to death. 25 From there he went to Mount Carmel, and came back from there to Samaria.

2st KINGS , 3
Elijah purifies water

3:1     And Jehoram, the son of Ahab, became king over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of the rule of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah ; and he was king for twelve years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord ; but not like his father and his mother, for he put away the stone pillar of Baal which his father had made. 3 But still he did the same sins which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do ; he went on in them.
3:4     Now Mesha, king of Moab, was a sheep-farmer ; and he gave regularly to the king of Israel the wool from a hundred thousand lambs and a hundred thousand sheep. 5 But when Ahab was dead, the king of Moab got free from the authority of the king of Israel. 6 At that time, King Jehoram went out from Samaria and got all Israel together in fighting order. 7 And he sent to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab has got free from my authority : will you go with me to make war on Moab ? And he said, I will go with you : I am as you are, my people as your people, and my horses as your horses. 8 And he said, Which way are we to go ? And he said in answer, By the waste land of Edom.
3:9     So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom by a roundabout way for seven days : and there was no water for the army or for the beasts they had with them. 10 And the king of Israel said, Here is trouble : for the Lord has got these three kings together to give them into the hands of Moab. 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may get directions from the Lord ? And one of the king of Israel's men said in answer, Elisha, the son of Shaphat, is here, who was servant to Elijah. 12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
3:13     But Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? go to the prophets of your father and your mother. And the king of Israel said, No; for the Lord has got these three kings together to give them up into the hands of Moab. 14 Then Elisha said, By the life of the Lord of armies whose servant I am, if it was not for the respect I have for Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, I would not give a look at you, or see you. 15 But now, get me a player of music, and it will come about that while the man is playing, the hand of the Lord will come on me and I will give you the word of the Lord : and they got a player of music, and while the man was playing, the hand of the Lord was on him. 16 And he said, The Lord says, I will make this valley full of water-holes. 17 For the Lord says, Though you see no wind or rain, the valley will be full of water, and you and your armies and your beasts will have drink. 18 And this will be only a small thing to the Lord : in addition he will give the Moabites into your hands. 19 And you are to put every walled town to destruction, cutting down every good tree, and stopping up every water-spring, and making all the good land rough with stones. 20 Now in the morning, about the time when the offering was made, they saw water flowing from the direction of Edom till the country was full of water.
3:21     Now all Moab, hearing that the kings had come to make war against them, got together all who were able to take up arms and went forward to the edge of the country. 22 And early in the morning they got up, when the sun was shining on the water, and they saw the water facing them as red as blood. 23 Then they said, This is blood : it is clear that destruction has come on the kings; they have been fighting one another : now come, Moab, let us take their goods. 24 But when they came to the tents of Israel, the Israelites came out and made a violent attack on the Moabites, so that they went in flight before them ; and they went forward still attacking them; 25 Pulling down the towns, covering every good field with stones, stopping up all the water-springs, and cutting down all the good trees ; they went on driving Moab before them till only in Kir-hareseth were there any Moabites ; and the fighting-men went round the town raining stones on it. 26 And when the king of Moab saw that the fight was going against him, he took with him seven hundred men armed with swords, with the idea of forcing a way through to the king of Aram, but they were not able to do so. 27 Then he took his oldest son, who would have been king after him, offering him as a burned offering on the wall. So there was great wrath against Israel; and they went away from him, back to their country.

2st KINGS , 4
The widow's oil

4:1     Now a certain woman, the wife of one of the sons of the prophets, came crying to Elisha and said, Your servant my husband is dead ; and to your knowledge he was a worshipper of the Lord ; but now, the creditor has come to take my two children as servants in payment of his debt. 2 Then Elisha said to her, What am I to do for you ? say now, what have you in the house ? And she said, Your servant has nothing in the house but a pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go out to all your neighbours and get vessels, a very great number of them. 4 Then go in, and, shutting the door on yourself and your sons, put oil into all these vessels, putting on one side the full ones. 5 So she went away, and when the door was shut on her and her sons, they took the vessels to her and she put oil into them. 6 And when all the vessels were full, she said to her son, Get me another vessel. And he said, There are no more. And the flow of oil was stopped. 7 So she came to the man of God and gave him word of what she had done. And he said, Go and get money for the oil and make payment of your debt, and let the rest be for the needs of yourself and your sons.
    4:8 Now there came a day when Elisha went to Shunem, and there was a woman of high position living there, who made him come in and have a meal with her. And after that, every time he went by, he went into her house for a meal. 9 And she said to her husband, Now I see that this is a holy man of God, who comes by day after day. 10 So let us make a little room on the wall ; and put a bed there for him, and a table and a seat and a light ; so that when he comes to us, he will be able to go in there.
    4:11 Now one day, when he had gone there, he went into the little room and took his rest there. 12 And he said to Gehazi, his servant, Send for this Shunammite. So in answer to his voice she came before him. 13 And he said to him, Now say to her, See, you have taken all this trouble for us ; what is to be done for you? will you have any request made for you to the king or the captain of the army ? But she said, I am living among my people. 14 So he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi made answer, Still there is this, she has no son and her husband is old. 15 Then he said, Send for her. And in answer to his voice she took her place at the door. 16 And Elisha said, At this time in the coming year you will have a son in your arms. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not say what is false to your servant. 17 Then the woman became with child and gave birth to a son at the time named, in the year after, as Elisha had said to her.
    4:18 Now one day, when the child was older, he went out to his father to where the grain was being cut. 19 And he said to his father, My head, my head ! And the father said to a servant, Take him in to his mother. 20 And he took him in to his mother, and she took him on her knees and kept him there till the middle of the day, when his life went from him. 21 Then she went up and put him on the bed of the man of God, shutting the door on him, and went out. 22 And she said to her husband, Send me one of the servants and one of the asses so that I may go quickly to the man of God and come back again. 23 And he said, Why are you going to him today ? it is not a new moon or a Sabbath. But she said, It is well. 24 Then she made the ass ready and said to her servant, Keep driving on ; do not make a stop without orders from me. 25 So she went, and came to Mount Carmel, to the man of God.
    And when the man of God saw her coming in his direction, he said to Gehazi, his servant, See, there is the Shunammite ; 26 Go quickly to her, and on meeting her say to her, Are you well ? and your husband and the child, are they well ? And she said in answer, All is well. 27 And when she came to where the man of God was on the hill, she put her hands round his feet ; and Gehazi came near with the purpose of pushing her away; but the man of God said, Let her be, for her soul is bitter in her; and the Lord has kept it secret from me, and has not given me word of it. 28 Then she said, Did I make a request to my lord for a son ? did I not say, Do not give me false words ? 29 Then he said to Gehazi, Make yourself ready, and take my stick in your hand, and go : if you come across anyone on the way, give him no blessing, and if anyone gives you a blessing, give him no answer. And put my stick on the child's face. 30 But the mother of the child said, As the Lord is living and as your soul is living, I will not go back without you. So he got up and went with her. 31 And Gehazi went on before them and put the stick on the child's face; but there was no voice, and no one gave attention. So he went back, and meeting him gave him the news, saying, The child is not awake.
    4:32 And when Elisha came into the house he saw the child dead, stretched on his bed. 33 So he went in, and shutting the door on the two of them, made prayer to the Lord. 34 Then he got up on the bed, stretching himself out on the child, and put his mouth on the child's mouth, his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands ; and the child's body became warm. 35 Then he came back, and after walking once through the house and back, he went up, stretching himself out on the child seven times ; and the child's eyes became open. 36 And he gave orders to Gehazi, and said, Send for the Shunammite. And she came in answer to his voice. And he said, Take up your son. 4:37 And she came in, and went down on her face to the earth at his feet ; then she took her son in her arms and went out.
    4:38 And Elisha went back to Gilgal, now there was very little food in the land; and the sons of the prophets were seated before him. And he said to his servant, Put the great pot on the fire, and make soup for the sons of the prophets. 39 And one went out into the field to get green plants and saw a vine of the field, and pulling off the fruit of it till the fold of his robe was full, he came back and put the fruit, cut up small, into the pot of soup, having no idea what it was. 40 Then they gave the men soup from the pot. And while they were drinking the soup, they gave a cry, and said, O man of God, there is death in the pot ; and they were not able to take any more food. 41 But he said, Get some meal. And he put it into the pot, and said, Now give it to the people so that they may have food. And there was nothing bad in the pot.
    4:42 Now a man came from Baal-shalishah with an offering of first-fruits for the man of God, twenty barley cakes and garden fruit in his bag. And he said, Give these to the people for food. 43 But his servant said, How am I to put this before a hundred men ? But he said, Give it to the people for food ; for the Lord says, There will be food for them and some over. 44 So he put it before them, and they had a meal and there was more than enough, as the Lord had said.

2st KINGS , 5
Cure of Naaman's leprosy

5:1     Now Naaman, chief of the army of the king of Aram, was a man of high position with his master, and greatly respected, because by him the Lord had given salvation to Aram; but he was a leper. 2 Now the Aramaeans had gone out in bands, and taken prisoner from Israel a little girl, who became servant to Naaman's wife. 3 And she said to her master's wife, If only my lord would go to the prophet in Samaria, he would make him well. 4 And someone went and said to his lord, This is what the girl from the land of Israel says. 5 So the king of Aram said, Go then ; and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. And he went, taking with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 And he took the letter to the king of Israel, in which the king of Aram had said, See, I have sent my servant Naaman to you to be made well, for he is a leper. 7 But the king of Israel, after reading the letter, was greatly troubled and said, Am I God, to give death and life ? why does this man send a leper to me to be made well ? is it not clear that he is looking for a cause of war?
    5:8 Now Elisha, the man of God, hearing that the king of Israel had done this, sent to the king, saying, Why are you troubled ? send the man to me, so that he may see that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman, with all his horses and his carriages, came to the door of Elisha's house. 10 And Elisha sent a servant to him, saying, Go to Jordan, and after washing seven times in its waters your flesh will be well again and you will be clean. 11 But Naaman was angry and went away and said, I had the idea that he would come out to see such an important person as I am, and make prayer to the Lord his God, and with a wave of his hand over the place make the leper well. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel ? may I not be washed in them and become clean ? So turning, he went away in wrath. 13 Then his servants came to him and said, If the prophet had given you orders to do some great thing, would you not have done it? how much more then, when he says to you, Be washed and become clean ? 14 Then he went down seven times into the waters of Jordan, as the man of God had said ; and his flesh became like the flesh of a little child again, and he was clean.
    5:15 Then he went back to the man of God, with all his train, and, taking his place before him, said, Now I am certain that there is no God in all the earth, but only in Israel : now then, take an offering from me. 16 But he said, By the life of the Lord whose servant I am, I will take nothing from you. And he did his best to make him take it but he would not. 17 Then Naaman said, If you will not, then let there be given to your servant as much earth as two beasts are able to take on their backs ; because from now on, your servant will make no offering or burned offering to other gods, but only to the Lord. 18 But may your servant have the Lord's forgiveness for this one thing: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon for worship there, supported on my arm, and my head is bent in the house of Rimmon ; when his head is bent in the house of Rimmon, may your servant have the Lord's forgiveness for this thing. 19 And he said to him, Go in peace.
    And he went from him some distance. 20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, said, Now my master has taken nothing from Naaman, this Aramaean, of what he would have given him : by the living Lord, I will go after him and get something from him. 21 So Gehazi went after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from his carriage and went back to him and said, Is all well ? 22 And he said, All is well: but my master has sent me, saying, Even now, two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill-country of Ephraim ; will you give me a talent of silver and two changes of clothing for them? 23 And Naaman said, Be good enough to take two talents. And forcing him to take them, he put two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and gave them to his two servants to take before him. 24 When he came to the hill, he took them from their hands, and put them away in the house; and he sent the men away, and they went. 25 Then he came in and took his place before his master. And Elisha said to him, Where have you come from, Gehazi ? And he said, Your servant went nowhere. 26 And he said to him, Did not my heart go with you, when the man got down from his carriage and went back to you? Is this a time for getting money, and clothing, and olive-gardens and vine-gardens, and sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants ? 27 Because of what you have done, the disease of Naaman the leper will take you in its grip, and your seed after you, for ever. And he went out from before him a leper as white as snow.

2st KINGS , 6
Ben-hadad besieges Samaria

6:1     Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, There is not room enough for us in the place where we are living under your care ; 2 So let us go to Jordan, and let everyone get to work cutting boards, and we will make a living-place for ourselves there. And he said to them, Go, then. 3 And one of them said, Be pleased to go with your servants. And he said, I will go. 4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they got to work cutting down trees. 5 But one of them, while cutting a board, let the head of his axe go into the water ; and he gave a cry, and said, This is a bad business, my master, for it is another's. 6 And the man of God said, Where did it go in ? and when he saw the place where it had gone into the water, cutting a stick, he put it into the water, and the iron came up to the top of the water. 7 Then he said, Take it up. So he put out his hand and took it.
    6:8 At that time the king of Aram was making war against Israel ; and he had a meeting with the chiefs of his army and said, I will be waiting in secret in some named place. 9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, Take care to keep away from that place, for the Aramaeans are waiting there in secret. 10 So the king of Israel sent to the place where the man of God had said there was danger, and kept clear of it more than once.
    6:11 And at this, the mind of the king of Aram was greatly troubled, and he sent for his servants and said to them, Will you not make clear to me which of us is helping the king of Israel? 12 And one of them said, Not one of us, my lord king ; but Elisha, the prophet in Israel, gives the king of Israel news of the words you say even in your bedroom. 13 Then he said, Go and see where he is, so that I may send and get him. And news came to him that he was in Dothan. 14 So he sent there horses and carriages and a great army ; and they came by night, circling the town.
    6:15 Now the servant of the man of God, having got up early and gone out, saw an army with horses and carriages of war all round the town. And the servant said to him, O my master, what are we to do? 16 And he said in answer, Have no fear ; those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 17 Then Elisha made a prayer to the Lord, saying, Lord, let his eyes be open so that he may see. And the Lord made the young man's eyes open ; and he saw that all the mountain was full of horses and carriages of fire round Elisha. 18 Now when the Aramaeans came down to Elisha, he made a prayer to the Lord saying, Lord, make this people blind. And he made them blind at Elisha's request. 19 And Elisha said to them, This is not the way, and this is not the town : come after me so that I may take you to the man you are searching for. And he took them to Samaria.
    6:20 And when they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, Lord, let the eyes of these men be open so that they may see. And the Lord made their eyes open, and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria. 21 And the king of Israel, when he saw them, said to Elisha, My father, am I to put them to the sword ? 22 But he said in answer, You are not to put them to death; have you any right to put to death those whom you have not taken prisoner with your sword and your bow ? put bread and water before them, so that they may have food and drink and go to their master. 23 So he made ready a great feast for them, and when they had had food and drink, he sent them away and they went back to their master. And no more bands of Aramaeans came into the land of Israel.
    6:24 Now after this, Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got together all his army and went up to make an attack on Samaria, shutting the town in on all sides with his forces. 25 And they became very short of food in Samaria ; for they kept it shut in till the price of an ass's head was eighty shekels of silver, and a small measure of doves' droppings was five shekels of silver. 26 And when the king of Israel was going by on the wall, a woman came crying out to him, and said, Help ! my lord king. 27 And he said, If the Lord does not give you help, where am I to get help for you? from the grain-floor or the grape-crusher ? 28 And the king said to her, What is troubling you ? And she said in answer, This woman said to me, Give your son to be our food today, and we will have my son tomorrow. 29 So, boiling my son, we had a meal of him ; and on the day after I said to her, Now give your son for our food ; but she has put her son in a secret place. 30 Then the king, hearing what the woman said, took his robes in his hands, violently parting them; and, while he was walking on the wall, the people, looking, saw that under his robe he had haircloth on his flesh. 31 Then he said, May God's punishment come on me if Elisha, the son of Shaphat, keeps his head on his body after this day.
    6:32 But Elisha was in his house, and the responsible men were seated there with him; and before the king got there, Elisha said to those who were with him, Do you see how this cruel and violent man has sent to take away my life ? 33 While he was still talking to them, the king came down and said, This evil is from the Lord ; why am I to go on waiting any longer for the Lord?

2st KINGS , 7
Syranis flee

7:1     Then Elisha said, Give ear to the word of the Lord : the Lord says, Tomorrow, about this time, a measure of good meal will be offered for the price of a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the market-place of Samaria. 2 Then the captain whose arm was supporting the king said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible ? And he said, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food.
    7:3 Now there were four lepers seated at the doorway into the town : and they said to one another, Why are we waiting here for death ? 4 If we say, We will go into the town, there is no food in the town, and we will come to our end there; and if we go on waiting here, death will come to us. Come then, let us give ourselves up to the army of Aram : if they let us go on living, then life will be ours ; and if they put us to death, then death will be ours. 5 So in the half light they got up to go to the tents of Aram; but when they came to the outer line of tents, there was no one there. 6 For the Lord had made the sound of carriages and horses, and the noise of a great army, come to the ears of the Aramaeans, so that they said to one another, Truly, the king of Israel has got the kings of the Hittites and of the Egyptians for a price to make an attack on us. 7 So they got up and went in flight, in the half light, without their tents or their horses or their asses or any of their goods ; they went in flight, fearing for their lives. 8 And when those lepers came to the outer line of tents, they went into one tent, and had food and drink, and took from it silver and gold and clothing, which they put in a secret place ; then they came back and went into another tent from which they took more goods, which they put away in a secret place.
    7:9 Then they said to one another, We are not doing right. Today is a day of good news, and we say nothing: if we go on waiting here till the morning, punishment will come to us. So let us go and give the news to those of the king's house. 10 So they came in, and, crying out to the door-keepers of the town, they gave them the news, saying, We came to the tents of the Aramaeans, and there was no one there and no voice of man, only the horses and the asses in their places, and the tents as they were. 11 Then the door-keepers, crying out, gave the news to those inside the king's house. 12 Then the king got up in the night and said to his servants, This is my idea of what the Aramaeans have done to us. They have knowledge that we are without food; and so they have gone out of their tents, and are waiting secretly in the open country, saying, When they come out of the town, we will take them living and get into the town. 13 And one of his servants said in answer, Send men and let them take five of the horses which we still have in the town ; if they keep their lives they will be the same as those of Israel who are still living here ; if they come to their death they will be the same as all those of Israel who have gone to destruction: let us send and see. 14 So they took two horsemen ; and the king sent them after the army of the Aramaeans, saying, Go and see. 15 And they went after them as far as Jordan ; and all the road was covered with clothing and vessels dropped by the Aramaeans in their flight. So those who were sent went back and gave the news to the king.
    7:16 Then the people went out and took the goods from the tents of the Aramaeans. So a measure of good meal was to be had for the price of a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, as the Lord had said. 17 And the king gave authority to that captain, on whose arm he was supported, to have control over the doorway into the town; but he was crushed to death there under the feet of the people, as the man of God had said when the king went down to him. 18 So the words of the man of God came true, which he said to the king: Two measures of barley will be offered for the price of a shekel and a measure of good meal for a shekel, tomorrow about this time in the market-place of Samaria. 19 And that captain said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible ? And he said to him, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food. 20 And such was his fate ; for he was crushed to death under the feet of the people, in the doorway into the town.

2st KINGS , 8
Hazael becomes Syrian king

8:1     Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had given back to life, Go now, with all the people of your house, and get a living-place for yourselves wherever you are able ; for by the word of the Lord, there will be great need of food in the land ; and this will go on for seven years. 2 So the woman got up and did as the man of God said ; and she and the people of her house were living in the land of the Philistines for seven years. 3 And when the seven years were ended, the woman came back from the land of the Philistines and went to the king with a request for her house and her land. 4 Now the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Now, give me an account of all the great things Elisha has done. 5 And while he was giving the king the story of how Elisha had given life to the dead, the woman whose son had come back to life came to the king with a request for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, My lord king, this is the woman and this is her son, whose life Elisha gave back to him. 6 And in answer to the king's questions, the woman gave him all the story. So the king gave orders to one of his unsexed servants, saying, Give her back all her property, and all the produce of her fields from the day when she went away from the land up till now.
    8:7 And Elisha came to Damascus ; and Ben-hadad, king of Aram, was ill ; and they said to him, The man of God has come. 8 Then the king said to Hazael, Take an offering with you, and go to see the man of God and get directions from the Lord by him, saying, Am I going to get better from my disease ? 9 So Hazael went to see him, taking with him forty camels with offerings on their backs of every sort of good thing from Damascus; and when he came before him, he said, Your son Ben-hadad, king of Aram, has sent me to you, saying, Will I get better from this disease? 10 And Elisha said to him, Go, say to him, You will certainly get better; but the Lord has made it clear to me that only death is before him. 11 And he kept his eyes fixed on him till he was shamed, and the man of God was overcome with weeping. 12 And Hazael said, Why is my lord weeping ? Then he said in answer, Because I see the evil which you will do to the children of Israel : burning down their strong towns, putting their young men to death with the sword, smashing their little ones against the stones, and cutting open the women who are with child. 13 And Hazael said, How is it possible that your servant, who is only a dog, will do this great thing? And Elisha said, The Lord has made it clear to me that you will be king over Aram. 14 Then he went away from Elisha and came in to his master, who said to him, What did Elisha say to you? And his answer was, He said that you would certainly get well. 15 Now on the day after, Hazael took the bed-cover, and making it wet with water, put it over Ben-hadad's face, causing his death : and Hazael became king in his place.
    8:16 In the fifth year of Joram, the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, became king. 17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king ; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for eight years. 18 He went in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the family of Ahab did : for the daughter of Ahab was his wife ; and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 19 But it was not the Lord's purpose to send destruction on Judah, because of David his servant, to whom he had given his word that he would have a light for ever. 20 In his time, Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah, and took a king for themselves.
    8:21 Then Joram went over to Zair, with all his war-carriages ; ... made an attack by night on the Edomites, whose forces were all round him, ... the captains of the war-carriages ; and the people went in flight to their tents. 22 So Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah to this day. And at the same time, Libnah made itself free. 23 Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah ? 24 And Joram went to rest with his fathers and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David: and Ahaziah his son became king in his place.
    8:25 In the twelfth year that Joram, the son of Ahab, was king of Israel, Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, became king ; 26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for one year. His mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri, king of Israel. 27 He went in the ways of the family of Ahab, and did evil in the eyes of the Lord as the family of Ahab did, for he was a son-in-law of the family of Ahab.
    8:28 He went with Joram, the son of Ahab, to make war on Hazael, king of Aram, at Ramoth-gilead : and Joram was wounded by the Aramaeans. 29 So King Joram went back to Jezreel to get well from the wounds which the bowmen had given him at Ramah, when he was fighting against Hazael, king of Aram. And Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Joram, the son of Ahab, in Jezreel, because he was ill.

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