2 Kings 8
The Shunammite's Land Restored1 Now Elisha said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, you and your household, and go and live as a foreigner wherever you can. For the LORD has decreed a seven-year famine, and it has already come to the land.” 2 So the woman got ready and did as the man of God had instructed. She and her household lived as foreigners for seven years in the land of the Philistines. 3 At the end of seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to the king to appeal for her house and her land. 4 Now the king had been speaking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please relate to me all the great things Elisha has done.” 5 And as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had brought the dead back to life, the woman whose son he had revived came to appeal to the king for her house and her land. So Gehazi said, “My lord the king, this is the woman, and this is the son Elisha restored to life.” 6 When the king asked the woman, she confirmed it. So the king appointed for her an officer, saying, “Restore all that was hers, along with all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the country until now.”
Hazael Murders Ben-hadad7 Then Elisha came to Damascus while Ben-hadad king of Aram was sick, and the king was told, “The man of God has come here.” 8 So the king said to Hazael, “Take a gift in your hand, go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD through him, ‘Will I recover from this illness?’” 9 So Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him a gift of forty camel-loads of every good thing from Damascus. And he went in and stood before him and said, “Your son Ben-hadad king of Aram has sent me to ask, ‘Will I recover from this illness?’” 10 Elisha answered, “Go and say to him, ‘You will surely recover.’ ▼
▼ Or You will certainly not recoverBut the LORD has shown me that in fact he will die.” 11 [Elisha] fixed his gaze steadily [on him] until Hazael became uncomfortable. Then the man of God began to weep. 12 “Why is my lord weeping?” asked Hazael. “Because I know the evil you will do to the Israelites,” [Elisha] replied. “You will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little ones to pieces, and rip open their pregnant women.” 13 “But what [is] your servant, a mere dog, that he should do this monstrous thing?” said Hazael. And Elisha answered, “The LORD has shown me that you [will become] king over Aram.” 14 So Hazael left Elisha and went to his master, who asked him, “What did Elisha say to you?” And he replied, “He told me you would surely recover.” 15 But the next day Hazael took a thick cloth, dipped it in water, and spread it over the king’s face. So Ben-hadad died, and Hazael reigned in his place.
Jehoram Reigns in Judah16 In the fifth year of the reign of Joram son of Ahab over Israel, Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat succeeded his father as king of Judah. 17 Jehoram [was] thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. 18 And [Jehoram] walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done. For he married a daughter of Ahab and did evil in the sight of the LORD. 19 Yet for the sake of His servant David, the LORD was unwilling to destroy Judah, since He had promised to maintain a lamp for David [and] his descendants forever.
Edom and Libnah Revolt20 In the days of Jehoram, Edom rebelled against the hand of Judah and appointed their own king. 21 So Joram ▼
▼ Joram is a variant of Jehoram (the son of Jehoshaphat) as in verse 16; also in verses 23 and 24crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. When the Edomites surrounded him and his chariot commanders, he rose up and attacked by night. His troops, however, fled to their homes. 22 So to this day Edom has been in rebellion against the hand of Judah. Likewise, Libnah rebelled at the same time. 23 As for the rest of the acts of Joram, along with all his accomplishments, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 24 And Joram rested with his fathers and was buried with [them] in the City of David. And his son Ahaziah became king in his place.
Ahaziah Reigns in Judah25 In the twelfth year of the reign of Joram son of Ahab over Israel, Ahaziah son of Jehoram became king of Judah. 26 Ahaziah [was] twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri king of Israel. 27 And [Ahaziah] walked in the way of the house of Ahab and did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab, for he was a son-in-law of the house of Ahab. 28 Then Ahaziah went with Joram son of Ahab to fight against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth-gilead, and the Arameans wounded Joram. 29 So King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds that the Arameans had inflicted on him at Ramah ▼
▼ Ramah is a variant of Ramothin his battle against Hazael king of Aram. And Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to visit Joram son of Ahab, since Joram had been wounded.
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