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   Book of 2 KingsClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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Naaman Is Healed

1 Now Naaman, R108 captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with F46 his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper. 2 Now the Arameans had gone out in R109 bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited F47 on Naaman's wife. 3 She said to her mistress, "I wish that my master were with F48 the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy." 4 Naaman F49 went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel." 5 Then the king of Aram said, "Go now, F50 and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." He departed and took R110 with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes R111 of clothes.

6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, "And now as this letter comes to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy." 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he R112 tore his clothes and said, "Am R113 I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider R114 now, and see how he is seeking a F51 quarrel against me."

8 It happened when Elisha the R115 man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." 9 So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go R116 and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean." 11 But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Behold, I thought, F52 `He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.' 12 "Are not Abanah F53 and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went R117 away in a rage. 13 Then R118 his servants came near and spoke to him and said, "My R119 father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, `Wash, and be clean'?" 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his R120 flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he R121 was clean.

Gehazi's Greed

15 When he returned to the man of God with F54 all his company, and came and stood before him, he said, "Behold now, I R122 know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; so please take R123 a present F55 from your servant now." 16 But he said, "As R124 the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I R125 will take nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17 Naaman said, "If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules' load of earth; R126 for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD. 18 "In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he R127 leans on my hand 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." 19 He said to him, "Go R128 in peace." So he departed from him some distance.

20 But Gehazi, R129 the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, F56 "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, by F57 not receiving from his hands what he brought. As R130 the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him." 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw one running after him, he came down from the chariot to meet him and said, "Is all well?" 22 He said, "All R131 is well. My master has sent me, saying, `Behold, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the R132 hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two R133 changes of clothes.' " 23 Naaman said, "Be R134 pleased to take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of clothes and gave them to two of his servants; and they carried them before him. 24 When he came to the hill, F58 he took them from their hand and deposited R135 them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed. 25 But he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, "Where have you been, Gehazi?" And he said, "Your R136 servant went nowhere."

26 Then he said to him, "Did not my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is R137 it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants? 27 "Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants F59 forever." So he went out from his presence a R138 leper as white as snow.

F46: Lit before
F47: Lit was before
F48: Lit before
F49: Lit He
F50: Lit enter
F51: Lit an occasion
F52: Lit said
F53: Another reading is Amanah
F54: Lit he and
F55: Lit blessing
F56: Lit said
F57: Lit from
F58: Lit Ophel
F59: Lit seed

R108: Luke 4:27
R109: 2 Kings 6:23; 13:20
R110: 1 Samuel 9:7; 2 Kings 4:42
R111: Judges 14:12; 2 Kings 5:22,23
R112: Genesis 37:29
R113: Genesis 30:2; 1 Samuel 2:6
R114: 1 Kings 20:7; Luke 11:54
R115: 1 Kings 12:22
R116: John 9:7
R117: Proverbs 14:17; 16:32; 19:11
R118: 1 Samuel 28:23
R119: 2 Kings 2:12; 6:21; 8:9
R120: 2 Kings 5:10; Job 1:33:25
R121: Luke 4:27; 5:13
R122: Joshua 2:11; 1 Samuel 17:46,47; 2 Kings 5:8
R123: 1 Samuel 25:27
R124: 2 Kings 3:14
R125: Genesis 14:22,23; 2 Kings 5:20,26
R126: Exodus 20:24
R127: 2 Kings 7:2,17
R128: Exodus 4:18; 1 Samuel 1:17; Mark 5:34
R129: 2 Kings 4:12,31,36
R130: Exodus 20:7; 2 Kings 6:31
R131: 2 Kings 4:26
R132: Joshua 24:33
R133: 2 Kings 5:5
R134: 2 Kings 6:3
R135: Joshua 7:1,11,12,21; 1 Kings 21:16
R136: 2 Kings 5:22
R137: 2 Kings 5:16
R138: Exodus 4:6; Numbers 12:10


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