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2 Kings 8

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 1 Now Elisha said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, "Arise and go with your household and sojourn wherever you can, for the LORD has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years."

 2 So the woman arose and did as the man of God had said. She went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines for seven years.

 3 And at the end of the seven years, the woman returned from the land of the Philistines and went to appeal to the king for her house and land.

 4 Now the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done."

 5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, that behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land. And Gehazi said, "My lord O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life."

 6 And when the king asked the woman about it, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer to her, saying, "Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land even until now."

 7 Then Elisha went to Damascus, and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and he was told, "The man of God has come here."

 8 And the king said to Hazael, "Take a gift and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD by him, saying, 'Shall I recover from this disease?'"

 9 So Hazael went to meet Elisha and took a gift with him, forty camel loads of every good thing of Damascus. And he came and stood before Elisha and said, "Your son Benhadad king of Syria has sent me to you, asking, 'Shall I recover from this disease?'"

 10 And Elisha said to him, "Go, say to him, 'You shall certainly recover.' However, the LORD has shown me that he will in fact die.

 11 Then Elisha stared fixedly at Hazael's face until he was embarrassed. And then the man of God began to weep.

 12 And Hazael said, "Why do you weep, my lord?" And he answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel. You will set fire to their strongholds, slay their young men with the sword, dash their little ones to pieces, and rip open their pregnant women."

 13 And Hazael said, "What is your servant — a dog — that he should do this monstrous thing?" And Elisha answered, "The LORD has shown me that you will become king over Syria."

 14 Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me that you would certainly recover."

 15 But the next day Hazael took a thick cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over king's face, so that he died. And Hazael reigned in his place.

 16 Now in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat then being king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.

 17 He was thirty two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

 18 And he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD.

 19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake. For he had promised to give David and his descendants a lamp always before Him.

 20 Now in his days, Edom rebelled against Judah and set up a king over themselves.

 21 So Jehoram of Judah went over to Zair with all his chariots. And he and the commanders of his chariots rose up at night and slew the Edomites who had surrounded them; and his army escaped to their homes.

 22  Thus Edom has been in revolt against Judah to this day. And at the same time Libnah also revolted.

 23 The rest of the acts of Jehoram, and all that he did, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.

 24 So Jehoram slept with his fathers and was buried with them in the city of David. And Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.

 25 Now in the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.

 26  Ahaziah was twenty two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri king of Israel.

 27 And he walked in the ways of the house of Ahab and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab, for his father [Jehoshaphat] was the son in law of Ahab.

 28 Now he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.

 29 Then King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds that the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he had been wounded.


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