|2 Kings 7 |
1 Then Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD, 'Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria.'"
2 Then the officer on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, "If the LORD should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?" And Elisha said, "Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it!"
3 Now four leprous men were at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, "Why do we sit here until we die?
4 If we say, 'We will enter the city,' then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit still here, we will also die. Now therefore come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they spare us, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die."
5 So they rose up in the twilight and went to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the outskirts of the camp of Syria, there was no one there.
6 For the LORD had made the Syrian army hear a noise of chariots and horses, even the noise of a great army. And they said to one another, "Look, the king of Israel has hired the kings of the Hittites and the Egyptians to come against us."
7 Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight and left their tents, horses, donkeys, even the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.
8 And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold, and clothing, and went and hid them. Then they came again and entered into another tent and carried some from there also and hid it.
9 Then they said to one another, "We are not doing well. This day is a day of good news and we remain silent. If we wait until morning, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king's household."
10 So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and they told them, "We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one there, not a sound of anyone — only the horses and donkeys tied, and the tents left as they were."
11 And the gatekeeper called out and told it to the king's household within.
12 Then the king arose in the night and said to his servants, "I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry; therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, 'When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.'"
13 Then one of his servants said, "Let some men take five of the horses that remain in the city, they will be no worse than all the multitude of Israel that are left in the city; behold, I say, they will be like all the multitude of the Israelites who have perished. So let us send and see what has happened."
14 Therefore they took two chariot horses, and the king sent after the army of the Syrians, saying, "Go and see what has happened."
15 So they went after them to the Jordan. And all the way was strewn with clothing and equipment, which the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. So the messengers returned and told the king.
16 Then the people went out and plundered the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
17 Now the king had appointed the officer on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house.
18 It came to pass just as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, "A measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria."
19 And that officer had said to the man of God, "If the LORD should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?" And Elisha had replied, "Behold, you shall see it with your eyes, but shall not eat of it."
20 And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate, and he died.
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