|2 Kings 5 |
1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and highly honored because by him the LORD had given deliverance to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.
2 Now the Syrians had gone out by companies and had taken captive a little maid from the land of Israel, and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3 And she said to her mistress, "Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy."
4 Then Naaman went in and told his king, saying, "Thus and thus said the maid who is from the land of Israel."
5 And the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand pieces of gold, and ten sets of clothing.
6 So he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, "When this letter comes to you, with it I will have sent my servant Naaman, that you may heal him of his leprosy."
7 And when the king of Israel had read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore consider and see how he seeks a quarrel with me."
8 And so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
9 So Naaman came with his horses and his chariot and stopped at the door of Elisha's house.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean."
11 But Naaman was angry and went away and said, "Behold, I thought 'He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and heal the leprosy.'
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage.
13 Then his servants came near and said to him, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he said to you, 'Wash and be cleansed?'"
14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, as the man of God had said, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 Then Namaan returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him and said, "Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. Now therefore, I pray you, accept a gift from your servant."
16 But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will accept nothing." And even though he urged him to take it, he refused.1
17 So Naaman said, "If not then, I pray you, let your servant be given as much earth as two mules can carry, for your servant will from this time forward offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to any other god but the LORD.
18 In one thing only may the LORD pardon your servant: that when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there and is leaning on my arm and I bow myself there in the house of Rimmon also — when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, may the LORD pardon your servant this thing."
19 And Elisha said to him, "Go in peace." Now after he had traveled a little way,
20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said [to himself], "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, by not accepting from him what he brought. But as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him and said, "Is all well?"
22 And Gehazi said, "All is well. My master has sent me to say, 'Behold, just now two young men of the company of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. I pray you, give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.'"
23 So Naaman said, "Be pleased to take two talents." And he urged him, and tied up the two talents of silver in two bags with two sets of clothing, and gave them to two of his servants; and they carrid them before him.
24 And when Gehazi came to the hill, he took them from their hands and put them in the house; and he let the men go, and they departed.
25 Then he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, "Where have you been, Gehazi?" And he said, "Your servant did not go anywhere."
26 And Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to receive money, garments, olive orchards, vineyards, sheep, oxen, menservants, and maidservants?
27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you and to your offspring forever." And Gehazi went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
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1 Elisha, like a true man of God, refused the money offered to him for the healing. But Gehazi, like all the ministers in Christendom, went for the money. And he suffered, he and his offspring covered with leprosy forever. And the ministers of Christendom will suffer too: Blackest darkness is reserved for those who love their wages, pretending to speak for Christ, leading their followers to the ditch, the deep ditch. The first will be last, and the last will be first; the world honors the ministers as first today, but they will be last in the next life. The world hates and persecutes the Spirit of Christ, wherever it has been resurrected in the holy followers of the lamb wherever he goes, but they will be first in the next life.
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