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burnt-offering nor sacrifice unto | laid them upon two of his serother gods, but unto the LORD. vants; and they bare them be

18 In this thing the Lord par- fore him. don thy servant, that when my 24 And when he came to the master goeth into the house of tower, he took them from their Rimmon to worship there, and hand, and bestowed them in the he leaneth on my hand, and I house: and he let the men go, bow myself in the house of and they departed. Rimmon: when I bow down 25 But he went in, and stood myself in the house of Rimmon, before his master : and Elisha the Lord pardon thy servant in said unto him, Whence comest this thing:

thou, Gehazi? and he said, Thy 19 And he said unto him, Go servant went no whither. in peace. So he departed from 26 And he said unto him, him a little way.

Went not mine heart with thee, 20 But Gehazi, the servant of when the man turned again from Elisha the man of God, said, his chariot to meet thee? Is it a Behold, my master hath spared time to receive money, and to Naaman this Syrian, in not re receive garments, and olive. ceiving at his hands that which yards, and vineyards, and sheep, he brought: but, as the LORD and oxen, and men-servants, liveth, I will run after him, and and maid-servants ? take somewhat of him.

27 The leprosy therefore of 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman shall cleave unto thee, Naaman. And when Naaman and unto thy seed for ever. saw him running after him, he || And he went out from his prelighted down from the chariot sence a leper as white as snow. to meet him, and said, Is all well?

CHAP. VI. 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there AND the sons of the prophets be come to me from mount said unto Elisha, Behold now, Ephraim two young men of the the place where we dwell with sons of the prophets: give them, thee, is too strait for us. I pray thee, a talent of silver, 2 Let us go, we pray thee, un. and two changes of garments. to Jordan, and take thence every

23 And Naaman said, Be con man a beam, and let us make us tent, take two talents. And he la place there, where we may urged him, and bound two ta dwell. And he answered, Go ye. lents of silver in two bags, with 3 And one said, Be content, I two changes of garments, and pray thice, and go with thy serv

A FAMINE IN SAMARIA.

ants. And he answered, I will in Israel, telleth the king of Isgo.

rael the words that thou speak4 So he went with them. And est in the bed-chamber. when they came to Jordan, they

13 And he said, Go, and spy cut down wood.

where he is, that I may send and 5 But as one was felling a fetch him. And it was told him, beam, the axe head fell into the saying, Behold, be is in Dothan. water: and he cried, and said, 14 Therefore sent he thither Alas, master! for it was borrow- horses, and chariots, and a great ed.

host: and they came by night, 6 And the man of God said, and compassed the city about. Where fell it? And he shewed 15 And when the servant of him the place. And he cut down the man of God was risen early, a stick, and cast it in thither; and gone forth, behold, an host and the iron did swim.

compassed the city, both with 7 Therefore said he, Take it horses and chariots. And his up to thee. And he put out his servant said unto him, Alas, my hand, and took it.

master! how shall we do? 8 Then the king of Syria war 16 And he answered, Fear not: red against Israel, and took coun- for they that be with us are more sel with his servants, saying, 'In than they that be with them. such and such a place shall be 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, my camp.

LORD, I pray thee, open his 9 And the man of God sent eyes, that he may see. And the unto the king of Israel, saying, LORD opened the eyes of the Beware that thou pass not such | young man; and he saw : and, a place ; for thither the Syrians behold, the mountain was full of are come down.

horses and chariots of fire round 10 And the king of Israel sent about Elisha. to the place which the man of 18 And when they came down God told him, and warned him to him, Elisha prayed unto the of, and saved himself there, not LORD, and said, Smite this peoonce nor twice.

ple, I pray thee, with blindness. 11 Therefore the heart of the | And he smote them with blindking of Syria was sore troubled |ness according to the word of for this thing; and he called his Elisha. servants, and said unto them, 19 And Elisha said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of This is not the way, neither is us is for the king of Israel ? this the city: follow me, and I

12 And one of his scrvants will bring you to the man whom said, None, my lord, O king; l ye seek. But he led them to but Elisha, the prophet that is Samaria.

20 And it came to pass, when || 27 And he said, If the LORD they were come into Samaria, do not help thee, whence shall that Elisha said, LORD, open I help thee? out of the barnthe eyes of these men, that they floor, or out of the wine-press? may see. And the LORD opened 28 And the king said unto her, their eyes, and they saw; and, What aileth thee ? and she anbehold, they were in the midst swered, This woman said unto of Samaria.

me, Give thy son, that we may 21 And the king of Israel said eat him to-day, and we will eat unto Elisha, when he saw them, my son to-morrow. My father, shall I smite them? 29 So we boiled my son, and shall I smite them?

did eat him: and I said unto 22 And he answered, Thou her on the next day, Give thy . shalt not smite them : wouldest son, that we may eat him: and thou smite those whom thou she hath hid her son. hast taken captive with thy 30 And it came to pass, when sword and with thy bow? set the king heard the words of the bread and water before them, woman, that he rent his clothes: that they may eat and drink, and he passed by upon the wall, and go to their master.

and the people looked, and, be23 And he prepared great pro- hold, he had sackcloth within vision for them: and when they upon his flesh. had eaten and drunk, he sent 31

31 Then he said, God do so, them away, and they went to and more also to me, if the head. their master. So the bands of of Elisha the son of Shaphat Syria came no more into the shall stand on him this day. land of Israel.

32 But Elisha sat in his house, 24 And it came to pass after and the elders sat with him; this, t hat Ben-hadad king of and the king sent a man from Syria gathered all his host, and before him: but ere the messenwent up, and besieged Samaria. ger came to him, he said to the

25 And there was a great fa- elders, See ye how this son of a mine in Samaria : and, behold, murderer hath sent to take away they besieged it, until an ass's mine head ? look, when the head was sold for fourscore pieces messenger cometh, shut the of silver, and the fourth part of a door, and hold him fast at the cab of dove's dung for five door: is not the sound of his pieces of silver.

master's feet behind him? 26 And as the king of Israel 33 And while he yet talked was passing by upon the wall, with them, behold, the messenthere cried a woman unto him, ger came down unto him : and saying, Help, my lord, O king: | he said, Behold, this evil is of

the LORD; what should I wait part of the camp of Syria, befor the Lord any longer? hold, there was no man there.

6 For the LORD had made the CHAP. VII.

host of the Syrians to hear a

noise of chariots, and a noise PLENTY IN SAMARIA.

of horses, even the noise of a THEN Elisha said, Hear ye great host : and they said one the word of the LORD ; Thus to another, Lo, the king of Issaith the LORD, To-morrow rael hath hired against us the about this time shall a measure kings of the Hittites, and the of fine flour be sold for a shekel, kings of the Egyptians, to come and two measures of barley for upon us. * a shekel, in the gate of Sama 7 Wherefore they arose, and ria.

fled in the twilight, and left 2 Then a lord, on whose hand their tents, and their horses, the king leaned, answered the and their asses, even the camp man of God, and said, Behold, as it was, and fled for their if the LORD would make win- life. dows in heaven, might this 8 And when these lepers came thing be? And he said, Be to the uttermost part of the hold, thou shalt see it with camp, they went into one tent, thine eyes, but shalt not eat and did eat and drink, and carthereof.

ried thence silver, and gold, 3 And there were four leprous and raiment, and went and hid men at the entering in of the ity and came again, and entergatc : and they said one to ano ed into another tent, and carried ther, Why sit we here until we thence also, and went and hid die?

it. 4. If we say, We will enter 9 Then they said one to anointo the city, then the famine is ther, We do not well : this day in the city, and we shall die is a day of good tidings, and there : and if we sit still here, we hold our peace : if we tarry we die also. Now therefore i till the morning light, some come, and let us fall unto the mischief will come upon us : host of the Syrians : if they now therefore, come, that we save us alive, we shall live ; may goand tell the king's houseand if they kill us, we shall but hold. die.

10 So they came and called 5 And they rose up in the unto the porter of the city : and twilight, to go unto the camp they told him, saying, We of the Syrians: and when they came to the camp of the Syri

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man there, neither voice of rians. So a measure of fine man, but horses tied, and as- flour was sold for a shekel, and ses tied, and the tents as they two measures of barley for a were.

shekel, according to the word 11 And he called the porters ; of the LORD. and they told it to the king's 17 And the king appointed house within.

the lord on whose hand he lean12 And the king arose in the ed, to have the charge of the night, and said unto his ser gate : and the people trode upvants, I will now shew you on him in the gate, and he died, what the Syrians have done to as the man of God had said, us. They know that we be hun- who spake when the king came gry; therefore are they gone down to him. out of the camp, to hide them 18 And it came to pass as the selves in the field, saying, man of God had spoken to the When they come out of the king, saying, Two measures of city, we shall catch them alive, barley for a shekel, and a meaand get into the city.

sure of fine flour for a shekel, 13 And one of his servants shall be to-morrow about this answered and said, Let some time in the gate of Samaria. take, I pray thee, five of the 19 And that lord answered the horses that remain, which are man of God, and said, Now, left in the city, (behold, they are behold, if the Lord should as all the multitude of Israel make windows in heaven, might that are left in it: behold, I say, such a thing be? And he said, they are even as all the multi. Behold, thou shalt see it with tude of the Israelites that are thine eyes, but shalt not eat consumed,) and let us send and thereof.

20 And so it fell out unto 14 They took therefore two him: for the people trode upon chariot horses ; and the king him in the gate, and he died. sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go, and see.

CHAP. VIII. 15 And they went after them unto Jordan : and, lo, all the

BEN-HADAD KILLED. way was full of garments and THEN spake Elisha unto the vessels, which the Syrians had woman, whose son he had recast away in their haste. And stored to life, saying, Arise, the messengers returned, and and go thou and thine housetold the king

hold, and sojourn wheresoever 16 And the people went out, thou canst sojourn : for the and spoiled the tents of the Sy- Lord hath called for a famine ;

see.

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