2 Kings 5

CHAPTER 5

Naaman's Leprosy

And Naaman. the ruler of the force of the king of Syria was [2man 1a great] before his master, and being an admired person, for through him the  lord gave deliverance to Syria. And the man was mighty in strength, but leprous. And the Syrians went forth in armed bands and they captured from out of the land of Israel [2young woman 1a small]; and she was in the presence of the wife of Naaman. And she said to her lady, Ought that my master was in the presence of the prophet in Samaria, then he shall cure him from his leprosy. And she entered and reported it to her master, and she said, Thus and thus says the young woman from out of the land of Israel. And [4said 1the 2king 3of Syria], Come, enter! and I will send out a scroll to the king of Israel. And he went and took in his hand ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of apparels. And he brought the scroll to the king of Israel, saying, And now when ever [3should come 2scroll 1this] to you, behold, I sent to you Naaman my servant, and you shall cure him from his leprosy. And it came to pass as [4read 1the 2king 3of Israel] the scroll, that he tore his garments, and said, Am I God, the one putting to death and restoring to life, that this one sends to me to cure a man from his leprosy? For besides, you know and see that this one makes an excuse towards me. And it came to pass as [4heard 1Elisha 2the man 3of God] that [3tore 1the 2king] his garments, that he sent to the king of Israel, saying, Why do you tear your garments? Let [3come 1indeed 4to 5me 2Naaman]! and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. And Naaman came by horse and chariot, and he stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent to him a messenger, saying, In going, bathe in the Jordan seven times, and [2shall return 1your flesh] to you, and you shall be cleansed. 11 And Naaman was enraged, and went forth, and said, Behold, I said, he will come forth to me, and he shall stand and shall call in the name of the  lord his God, and shall place his hand upon the place, and shall cure the leper. 12 Are not [6good 1the Abana 2and 3Phaphar 4rivers 5of Damascus] over the Jordan, and all the waters of Israel? Shall I not go bathe in them, and be cleansed? And he turned aside, and went forth in rage. 13 And [2approached 1his servants], and they said to him, If [4a great 5word 3spoke 1the 2prophet] to you, would you not have done in so far as he said to you? Bathe and be cleansed!

Naaman Immerses in the Jordan

14 And Naaman went down, and he immersed in the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God. And [2returned 1his flesh] as the flesh [2boy 1of a small], and he was cleansed. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and his camp. And he came, and stood before him, and said, Behold, now I know that there is not a God in all the earth, but only in Israel. And now, receive a blessing from your servant! 16 And Elisha said, As the  lord lives in whom I stand before him, shall I take it? And he pressed him to take, but he resisted persuasion. 17 And Naaman said, And if not, let there be given indeed to your servant a cargo team of mules of earth, for [2shall not offer 3any longer 1your servant] a whole burnt-offering and sacrifice [2gods 1to other]; but only to the  lord alone. 18 And concerning this matter, [2shall deal kindly 3with me 1the  lord], to your servant in the entering of my master into the house of Rimmon to do obeisance there, for he shall rest upon my hand. And I shall do obeisance in the house of Rimmon, in his doing obeisance in the house of Rimmon. And [2shall deal kindly 3with me 1the  lord] to your servant over this matter. 19 And Elisha said to Naaman, Go in peace! And he went forth from him into Havratha the land. 20 And [2said 1Gehazi], the servant of Elisha the man of God, Behold, [2spared 1my master] Naaman this Syrian, so as to not take from his hand of what he brought. As lives the  lord, that I shall run after him, and I shall take something from him. 21 And Gehazi pursued after Naaman. And [2saw 3him 1Naaman] running after him, and he leaped down from the chariot for meeting him. And he said, Peace. 22 And Gehazi said, Peace. My master has sent me, saying, Behold, now there came to me two young men from out of mount Ephraim, from the sons of the prophets. Give indeed to them a talent of silver and two changes of apparel! 23 And Naaman said, Take two talents of silver! And he forced him, and he took to him two talents of silver in two purses, and two changes of apparel. And he gave unto [2two 3servants 1his], and they carried them in front of him. 24 And he came to a dark place, and he took from their hands, and he placed them in the house, and sent out the men, and they left.

Gehazi Lies to Elisha

25 And he entered and stood before his master. And [2said 3to 4him 1Elisha]. From what place did you come from Gehazi? And Gehazi said, [2has not 3gone 1Your servant] here or there. 26 And [2said 3to 4him 1Elisha], Did not my heart go with you when [3turned 1the 2man] from his chariot for meeting you? And now, you took the silver, and the garments, and you shall take with it gardens, and olive groves, and vineyards, and flocks, and herds, and bondmen and bondwomen. 27 And the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you, and among your seed into the eon. And he went forth from his face being leprous as snow.
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