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city, and shall fell every good 26 And when the king of tree, and stop all wells of water, Moab saw that the battle was and mar every good piece of too sore for him, he took with land with stones.

him seven hundred men that 20 And it came to pass in the drew swords, to break through morning, when the meat-offer- even unto the king of Edom: ing was offered, that, behold, but they could not. there came water by the way

of 27 Then he took his eldest Edom, and the country was son that should have reigned in filled with water.

his stead, and offered him for a 21 And when all the Moabites burnt-offering upon the wall. heard that the kings were come And there was great indignaup to fight against them, they tion against Israel: and they gathered all that were able to departed from him, and returned put on armour, and upward, and to their own land. stood in the border. 22 And they rose up early in

CHAP. IV. the morning, and the sun shone

THE WIDOW'S OIL MULupon the water, and the Moab. ites saw the water on the other side as red as blood :

NOW there cried a certain 23 And they said, This is woman of the wives of the sons blood : the kings are surely of the prophets unto Elisha, slain, and they have smitten one saying, Thy servant my husanother: now therefore, Moab, band is dead; and thou knowto the spoil.

est that thy servant did fear the 24 And when they came to the LORD: and the creditor is come camp of Israel, the Israelites to take unto him my two sons rose up and smote the Moabites, to be bondmen. so that they fed before them: 2 And Elisha said unto her, but they went forward smiting What shall I do for thee? tell the Moabites, even in their me, what hast thou in the house? country

And she said, Thine handmaid 25 And they beat down the hath not any thing in the house, cities, and on every good piece save a pot of oil. of land cast every man his stone, 3 Then he said, Go, borrow and filled it; and they stopped | thee vessels abroad of all thy all the wells of water, and felled neighbours, even empty vessels; all the good trees: only in Kir- borrow not a few. haraseth left they the stones 4. And when thou art come in, thereof; howbeit the slingers thou shalt shut the door upon went about it, and smote it. thee, and upon thy scns, and


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shalt pour out into all those ves- And when he had called her, sels, and thou shalt set aside | she stood before him. that which is full.

13 And he said unto him, Say 5 So she went from him, and now unto her, Behold, thou shut the door upon her and upon hast been careful for us with all her sons, who brought the ves- this care; what is to be done sels to her: and she poured out. for thee? wouldest thou be spo

6 And it came to pass, when ken for to the king, or to the the vessels were full, that she captain of the host? And she said unto her son, Bring me yet answered, I dwell among mine a vessel. And he said unto her, own people. There is not a vessel more. And 14 And he said, What then is the oil stayed.

to be done for her? And Ge7 Then she came and told the hazi answered, Verily she hath man of God. And he said, Go, no child, and her husband is sell the oil, and pay thy debt, old. and live thou and thy children 15 And he said, Call her. And of the rest.

when he had called her, she 8 And it fell on a day that stood in the door. Elisha passed to Shunem, where 16 And he said, About this was a great woman; and she season, according to the time of constrained him to eat bread. life, thou shalt embrace a son. And so it was, that as oft as he || And she said, Nay, my lord, passed by, he turned in thither thou man of God, do not lie to eat bread.

unto thine handmaid. 9 And she said unto her hus. 17 And the woman conceived, band, Behold now, I perceive and bare a son at that scason that this is an holy man of God, that Elisha had said unto her, which passeth by us continually. according to the time of life.

10 Let us make a little cham- 18 And when the child was ber, I pray thee, on the wall; grown, it fell on a day, that he and let us set for him there a went out to his father to the bed, and a table, and a stool, reapers. and a candlestick: and it shall 19 And he said unto his father, be, when he cometh to us, that My head, my head. And he he shall turn in thither.

said to a lad, Carry him to his 11 And it fell on a day, that mother. he came thither, and he turn. 20 And when he had taken ed into the chamber, and lay him, and brought him to his there.

mother, he sat on her knees till 12 And he said to Gehazi his 1000, and then died. servant, Call this Shunammite. 21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of a son of my lord? Did I not God, and shut the door upon say, Do not deceive me? him, and went out.

29 Then he said to Gehazi, 22 And she called unto her Gird up thy loins, and take my husband, and said, Send me, I staff in thine hand, and go thy pray thee, one of the young way: if thou meet any man, men, and one of the asses, that salute him not; and if any saI may run to the man of God, lute thee, answer him not again: and come again.

and lay my staff upon the face 23 And he said, Wherefore of the child.

wilt thou go to him to-day? it 30 And the mother of the

is neither new moon, nor sab-child said, As the LORD liveth, bath. And she said, It shall be and as thy soul liveth, I will well.

not leave thee. And he arose, 24 Then she saddled an ass, and followed her. and said to her servant, Drive, 31 And Gehazi passed on beand go forward; slack not thy fore them, and laid the staff riding for me, except I bid upon the face of the child; but thee.

there was neither voice, nor 25 So she went, and came unto hearing. Wherefore he went the man of God to mount Car- again to meet him, and told mel. And it came to pass, when him, saying, The child is not the man of God saw her afar off, awaked. that he said to Gehazi his ser- 32 And when Elisha was come vant, Behold, yonder is that into the house, behold, the child Shunammite:

was dead, and laid upon his 26 Run now,


pray thee, to bed. meet her, and say unto her, Is 33 He went in therefore, and it well with thee? Is it well shut the door upon them twain, with thy husband? Is it well and prayed unto the LORD. with the child? And she an- 34 And he went up, and lay swered, It is well.

upon the child, and put his 27 And when she came to the mouth upon his mouth, and his man of God to the hill, she eyes upon his eyes, and his caught him by the feet: but hands upon his hands: and he Gehazi came near to thrust her stretched himself upon the child; away. And the man of God said, and the flesh of the child waxed Let her alone; for her soul is warm. vexed within her: and the LORD 35 Then he returned, and hath hid it from me, and hath walked in the house to and fro; not told me.

and went up, and stretched him. 28 Then she said, Did I desire self upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the || fruits, twenty loaves of barley, child opened his eyes.

and full ears of corn in the 36 And he called Gehazi, and || husk thereof. And he said, said, Call this Shunammite. Give unto the people, that they So he called her. And when may eat. she was come in unto him, he 43 And his servitor said, What, said, Take up thy son.

should I set this before an hun37 Then she went in, and felldred men? He said again, Give at his feet, and bowed herself | the people, that they may eat: to the ground, and took up her for thus saith the LORD, They son, and went out.

shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 38 And Elisha came again to 44 So he set it before them, Gilgal: and there was a dearth and they did eat, and left therein the land; and the sons of the of, according to the word of the prophets were sitting before LORD. him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and

CHAP. V. seethe pottage for the sons of

NAAMAN CLEANSED. the prophets.


39 And one went out into the now Naaman, captain of

field to gather herbs, and found the host of the king of Syria, a wild vine, and gathered thereof was a great man with his maswild gourds his lap full, and ter, and honourable, because by came and shred them into the him the LORD had given delipot of pottage : for they knew verance unto Syria : he was also them not.

a mighty man in valour, but he 40 So they poured out for the was a leper. men to eat. And it came to 2 And the Syrians had gone pass, as they were eating of the out by companies, and had pottage, that they cried out and brought away captive out of the said, O thou man of God, there land of Israel a little maid; and is death in the pot. And they she waited on Naaman's wife. could not eat thereof.

3 And she said unto her mis41 But he said, Then bring tress, Would God my lord were meal. And he cast it into the with the prophet that is in Sapot; and he said, Pour out for maria! for he would recover him the people, that they may eat. of his leprosy.“ And there was no harm in the 4 And one went in, and told his pot.

lord, saying, Thus and thus 42 And there came a man from said the maid that is of the land Eaal-shalisha, and brought the of Israel. man of God bread of the first- 5 And the king of Syria said,

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Go to, go, and I will send a let- thought, He will surely come

a ter unto the king of Israel. And out to me, and stand, and call on he departed, and took with him the name of the Lord his God, ten talents of silver, and six and strike his hand over the thousand pieces of gold, and ten place, and recover the leper. changes of raiment.

12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, 6 And he brought the letter to rivers of Damascus, better than the king of Israel, saying, Now all the waters of Israel? may

I when this letter is come unto not wash in them, and be clean! thee, behold, I have therewith So he turned, and went away in sent Naaman my servant to a rage. thee, that thou mayest recover

13 And his servants came near, him of his leprosy.

and spake unto him, and said, 7 And it came to pass, when My father, if the prophet had the king of Israel had read the bid thee do some great thing, letter, that he rent his clothes, wouldest thou not have done it? and said, Am I God, to kill and how much rather then, when he to make alive, that this man saith to thee, Wash, and be doth send unto me to recover a clean ? man of his leprosy? wherefore, 14 Then went he down, and consider, I pray you, and see dipped himself seven times in how he seeketh a quarrel against Jordan, according to the saying

of the man of God: and his flesh 8 And it was so, when Elisha came again like unto the flesh of the man of God had heard that a little child, and he was clean. the king of Israel had rent his 15 And he returned to the man clothes, that'he sent to the king, of God, he and all his company, saying, Wherefore hast thou and came, and stood before rent thy clothes ? let him come him: and he said, Behold, now now to me, and he shall know I know that there is no God in that there is a prophet in Israel. all the earth, but in Israel: now

9 So Naaman came with his therefore, I pray thee, take a horses, and with his chariot, and blessing of thy servant. stood at the door of the house of 16 But he said, As the LORD Elisha.

liveth before whom I stand, I 10 And Elisha sent a messen- will receive none. And he urged ger unto him, saying, Go and him to take it; but he refused. wash in Jordan seven times, and 17 And Naaman said, Shall thy flesh shall come again to thee, there not then, I pray thee, be and thou shalt be clean.

given to thy servant two mules 11 But Naaman was wroth, and burden of earth? for thy servant went away, and said, Behold, I will henceforth offer neither



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