1 Now there cried
a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto
Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest
that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come
to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me,
what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath
not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours,
even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee
and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels,
and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon
her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she
said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her,
There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell
the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of
8 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.
9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that
this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
10 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 in thither.
11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned
into the chamber, and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite.
And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13 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? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain
of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.
14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi
answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood
in the door.
16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of
life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord,
thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.
17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that
Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went
out to his father to the reapers.
19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said
to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother,
he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God,
and shut the door upon him, and went out.
22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray
thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may
run to the man of God, and come again.
23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is
neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive,
and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel.
And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that
he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
26 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.
27 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.
28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say,
Do not deceive me?
29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, 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.
30 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
31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon
the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing.
Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The
child is not awaked.
32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child
was dead, and laid upon his bed.
33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain,
and prayed unto the LORD.
34 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.
35 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.
36 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.
37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself
to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in
the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him:
and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe
pottage for the sons of the prophets.
39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found
a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full,
and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew
40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass,
as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and
said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they
could not eat thereof.
41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot;
and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And
there was no harm in the pot.
42 And there came a man from Baal-shalisha, and brought the
man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley,
and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give
unto the people, that they may eat.
43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an
hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat:
for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof.
44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof,
according to the word of the LORD.
1 Now Naaman, captain
of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master,
and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance
unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a
2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought
away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she
waited on Naaman's wife.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with
the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of
4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus
said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send 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.
6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now
when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith
sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him
of his leprosy.
7 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 recover
a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see
how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
8 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.
9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood
at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash
in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to
thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11 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.
12 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.
13 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?
14 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.
15 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 earth, but in Israel: now therefore,
I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will
receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given
to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will
henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other
gods, but unto the LORD.
18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master
goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth
on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I
bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy
servant in this thing.
19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him
a little way.
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold,
my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at
his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I
will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him
running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet
him, and said, Is all well?
22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying,
Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two
young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee,
a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged
him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes
of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they
bare them before him.
24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand,
and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they
25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said
unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant
went no whither.
26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when
the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a
time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards,
and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and
unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a
leper as white as snow.
1 And the sons
of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where
we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every
man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell.
And he answered, Go ye.
3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants.
And he answered, I will go.
4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut
5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the
water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him
the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither;
and the iron did swim.
7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his
hand, and took it.
8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel
with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be
9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware
that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are
10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of
God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not
once nor twice.
11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled
for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them,
Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but
Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel
the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and
fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great
host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and
gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses
and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master!
how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more
than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his
eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young
man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD,
and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And
he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is
this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom
ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.
20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that
Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may
see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold,
they were in the midst of Samaria.
21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them,
My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them?
22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou
smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and
with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may
eat and drink, and go to their master.
23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had
eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master.
So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.
24 And it came to pass after this, that Ben-hadad king of Syria
gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.
25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they
besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces
of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five
pieces of silver.
26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there
cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.
27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I
help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered,
This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to
day, and we will eat my son to morrow.
29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her
on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she
hath hid her son.
30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the
woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall,
and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within
upon his flesh.
31 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head
of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him;
and the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger
came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a
murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger
cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: is not
the sound of his master's feet behind him?
33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger
came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the
LORD; what should I wait for the LORD any longer?