|2 Kings 6 |
1 Now the company of prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us.
2 Let us go to the Jordan and each man get a beam from there, and let us build a place there where we may dwell." And Elisha answered, "Go."
3 Then one of then said, "Please go with your servants." And he answered, "I will go."
4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.
5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master! For it was borrowed."
6 And the man of God said, "Where did it fall?" And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick and threw it in there, and he made the iron float.
7 Then Elisha said, "Pick it up." And he put out his hand and took it.
8 Now the king of Syria was warring against Israel, and consulted with his servants, saying, "My camp will be in such and such a place."
9 And Elisha the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, "Beware that you do not pass that place, because the Syrians are going down there."
10 So the king of Israel sent someone to the place that the man of God had told him. And he saved himself there repeatedly because Elisha had warned him.
11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was very troubled about this thing. And he called his servants and said to them, "Will you show me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?"
12 And one of his servants said, "None, my lord, O king. But Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak even in your bedchamber."
13 And he said, "Go and find out where he is, that I may send and capture him." And it was told him, "Behold, he is in Dothan."
14 Therefore he sent horses, chariots, and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 And when the servant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army surrounded the city with both horses and chariots. And his servant said to Elisha, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
16 And he answered, "Fear not; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
17 Then Elisha prayed and said, "LORD, I pray you, 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 around Elisha.
18 And when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, "Strike this people with blindness, I pray you." And he struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked.
19 Then Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." But he led them to Samaria.
20 And when they had come into Samaria, 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 inside Samaria.
21 Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, "My father, shall I slay them? Shall I slay them?
22 And he answered, "You shall not slay them. Would you slay those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and return to their master."
23 So he prepared great provision for them, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Syria came no more into the land of Israel.
24 Now it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria.
25 So that there was a great famine in Samaria. And indeed, they besieged it until a donkey's head was sold for eighty pieces of silver, and about a cup of seed pods for five pieces of silver.
26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, a cried woman to him, saying," Help, my lord, O king."
27 And he said, "If the LORD does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?"
28 Then the king asked her, "What is the matter?" And she answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give your son so we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.'
29 So we boiled my son and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, 'Give your son so we may eat him,' but she has hidden her son."
30 Now when the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes. And as he went by upon the wall, the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth on his body.
31 Then he said, "God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him this day."
32 Now Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him. And the king sent a man ahead of him [to cut off his head]. But before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, "Do you see how this son of a murderer [Jezebel] has sent to cut off my head? When the messenger comes, shut the door and hold him fast at the door. Are not the sound of his master's footsteps just behind him?"
33 And while he was still talking with them, behold, the messenger came to him. And the king also came and said, "Surely this disaster is from the LORD. Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?"
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