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The Healing of Naaman the Syrian
1Now Naaman was the commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man before his master and highly regarded,#Literally “faces were being lifted up ” for by him Yahweh had given victory to Aram. Now the man was a mighty warrior, but he was afflicted with a skin disease. 2When the Arameans went on a raid, they brought back a young girl from the land of Israel, and she came into the service of#Literally “she became before” the wife of Naaman. 3She said to her mistress, “If only my lord would come before the prophet who is in Samaria; then he would cure his skin disease.”#Literally “he would withdraw him from his skin disease” 4He came and told his master, saying, “Thus and so the girl who is from the land of Israel said.” 5So the king of Aram said, “Go, I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” He went and took with him#Literally “in his hand” ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of clothing.
6So he brought the letter of the king to Israel, saying, “Now, when this letter comes to you, I have just sent Naaman my servant to you that you may cure him from his skin disease.” 7It happened that when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God to cause death or to give life? This man is sending a man to me to cure his disease. Indeed! But know and see that he seeks an opportunity against me.”
8It happened that as soon as Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why did you tear your clothes? Please may he come to me, that he might know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9Then Naaman came with his horses and his chariots, and he stopped at the doorway of the house of Elisha. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, you must wash seven times in the Jordan, then your flesh shall return to you, and you shall be clean.” 11But Naaman became angry and he went and said, “Look, I said to myself, ‘Surely he will come out, stand, call upon the name of Yahweh his God, and wave his hands over the spot; then he would take away the skin disease.’ 12Are not the Abana and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all of the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them that I may be clean?” Then he turned and left in anger. 13But his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had spoken a difficult thing to you to do, would you not have done it? Why not even when he says to you, ‘Wash and you shall be clean’?” 14So he went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh returned as the flesh of a small boy, and he was clean.
Elisha’s Greedy Servant Gehazi
15When he returned to the man of God, he and all of his army, he came and stood before him and said, “Please now, I know that there is no God in all of the world except in Israel. So then, please take a gift from your servant.” 16And he said, “As Yahweh lives,#Literally “The life of Yahweh” before whom I stand, I surely will not take it.” Still he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17Then Naaman said, “If not, then please let a load of soil on a pair of mules be given to your servants, for your servant will never again bring a burnt offering and sacrifice to other gods, but only to Yahweh. 18As far as this matter, may Yahweh pardon your servant when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he is leaning himself on my arm, that I also bow down in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down in the house of Rimmon, may Yahweh please pardon your servant in this matter.” 19He said to him, “Go in peace,” so he went from him a short distance.#Literally “a stretch of land”
20But Gehazi the servant of Elisha, the man of God, thought, “Look, my master has refrained from taking what this Aramean Naaman brought from his hand. As Yahweh lives,#Literally “The life of Yahweh” I will certainly run after him, and I will accept something from him.” 21So Gehazi pursued after Naaman. When Naaman saw someone running after him, he jumped off his chariot to meet him and asked him, “Is it peace?” 22He said, “Peace. My master has sent me saying, ‘Look, just now#Literally “now this” two servants from the hill country of Ephraim came to me, from the sons of the prophets. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’ ” 23Then Naaman said, “Be prepared to accept two talents.” So he urged him and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing and gave it to two of his servants and they carried it before him. 24When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand and put them in the house, then sent away the men so that they went. 25When he went and stood by his master, Elisha asked him, “From where have you come, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant has not gone anywhere.”#Literally “where to where”
26Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you as the man turned from on his chariot to meet you? Is it time to take silver, clothes, olive orchards, vineyards, sheep, oxen, male slaves, and female slaves? 27The skin disease of Naaman shall cling to you and to your offspring forever.” Then he went out from before him having a skin disease like the snow.
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