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The Story of Elisha and the Shunammite.
(From the 4th Chapter of 2 Kings.)
And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, “Behold, now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick : And it shall be, when he cometh to us that he shall turn iu thither.” And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber and lay there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, “ Call this Shunammite.” And when he had called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, “Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee?”
But she asked for nothing: And Gehazi, Elisha's servant, said, “She has no child.”
Then Elisha promised her a son from the Lord.
child was grown, it fell on a day that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, “ My head, my head.” And he said to a lad, “ Carry him to his mother.” And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, “ Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.” So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass that when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, “ Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, “Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband ? is it well with the child ?” And she answered, “It is well.” And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet : but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, “ Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.” Then she said, “ Did I desire a son of my lord ? did I not say, Do not deceive me?” Then he said to Gehazi, “ Gird up thy lions, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again : and lay my staff upon the face of the child.” And the mother of the child said, “ As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.” And he arose and followed her. And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was
ELISHA AND THE SHUNAMMITE.
neither voice nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, “ The child is not awaked.” And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands; and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him : and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, “ Take up thy son.” Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
The Story of Naaman the Syrian.
(From the 5th Chapter of 2 Kings.)
NAAMAN, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable. He was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.
And the Syrians had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, “Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria ; for he would recover him of his leprosy.” And one went in and told his lord the words of the little maid. So the king of Syria said, “I will send Naaman with a letter unto the king of Israel.” And he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment, and brought the letter unto the king of Israel. Now these words were in the letter, “ Behold, I have sent Naaman my servant unto thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy."
And it came to pass when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, “ Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to re
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cover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me." And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “ Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes ! let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, “Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean." But Naaman was wroth, 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 strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, 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. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean ?"" Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God : and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, “Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a