Naaman Healed of Leprosy
Luke 4:27 Naaman, #[ch. 4:13]commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.#5:1 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 2Now the Syrians on #ch. 6:23one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” 5And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he went, #[ch. 4:42; 8:8, 9; 1 Sam. 9:7] taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels#5:5 A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms; a shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams of gold, and ten #ver. 22, 23; [Judg. 14:12]changes of clothing. 6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7And when the king of Israel read the letter, #See Gen. 44:13 he tore his clothes and said, #[Gen. 30:2; Deut. 32:39; 1 Sam. 2:6] “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only #[1 Kgs. 20:7]consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”
8But when Elisha the #See Deut. 33:1man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, #[John 9:7]“Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12Are not Abana#5:12 Or Amana and Pharpar, the rivers of #[1 Kgs. 11:24]Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants came near and said to him, #[ch. 6:21; 8:9; Judg. 17:10]“My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, #ver. 10; [Job 33:25] and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, #Luke 4:27and he was clean.
Gehazi’s Greed and Punishment
15Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that #[Dan. 2:47; 3:29; 6:26, 27] there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so #[Gen. 33:11]accept now a present from your servant.” 16But he said, #ch. 3:14; 1 Kgs. 17:1 “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, #[Gen. 14:23]I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17Then Naaman said, “If not, please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the Lord. 18In this matter may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of #[1 Kgs. 15:18; Zech. 12:11] Rimmon to worship there, #ch. 7:2, 17leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.” 19He said to him, #1 Sam. 1:17“Go in peace.”
But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, 20#ch. 4:12 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “See, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not accepting from his hand what he brought. #See Ruth 3:13As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.” 21So Gehazi followed Naaman. And when Naaman saw someone running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him and said, #ch. 9:11“Is all well?” 22And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me to say, ‘There have just now come to me from #See Josh. 24:33 the hill country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. Please give them a talent of silver and #ver. 5two changes of clothing.’” 23And Naaman said, #ch. 6:3“Be pleased to accept two talents.” And he urged him and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and laid them on two of his servants. And they carried them before Gehazi. 24And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and put them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed. 25He went in and stood before his master, and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.” 26But he said to him, “Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants? 27Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence #Ex. 4:6; Num. 12:10; [ch. 15:5]a leper, like snow.