Elisha Promises Food
1 Then Elisha░ said░, “Listen░ to the word░ of the LORD░; thus░ says░ the LORD░, ‘aTomorrow░ about this time░ a Imeasure░ of fine░ flour░ will be [sold] for a shekel░, and two measures░ of barley░ for a shekel░, in the gate░ of Samaria░.’” 2 aThe royal░ officer░ on whose░ hand░ the king░ was leaning░ answered░ the man░ of God░ and said░, “Behold░, bif the LORD░ should make░ windows░ in heaven░, could this░ thing░ be?” Then he said░, “Behold░, you will see░ it with your own eyes░, but you will not eat░ Iof it.”
Four Lepers Relate Arameans’ Flight
3 ¶ Now there were four░ aleprous░ men░ at the entrance░ of the gate░; and they said░ to one░ another░, “Why░ do we sit░ here░ until░ we die░? 4 If░ we say░, ‘We will enter░ the city░,’ then the famine░ is in the city░ and we will die░ there░; and if░ we sit░ here░, we die░ also. Now░ therefore come░, and let us Igo░ over░ to athe camp░ of the Arameans░. If░ they spare░ us, we will live░; and if░ they kill░ us, we will but die░.” 5 They arose░ at twilight░ to go░ to the camp░ of the Arameans░; when they came░ to the outskirts░ of the camp░ of the Arameans░, behold░, there░ was no░ one░ there░. 6 For athe Lord░ had caused the army░ of the Arameans░ to hear░ a sound░ of chariots░ and a sound░ of horses░, [even] the sound░ of a great░ army░, so that they said░ to one░ another░, “Behold░, the king░ of Israel░ has hired░ against░ us bthe kings░ of the Hittites░ and cthe kings░ of the Egyptians░, to come░ upon us.” 7 Therefore they aarose░ and fled░ in the twilight░, and left░ their tents░ and their horses░ and their donkeys░, [even] the camp░ just░ as it was, and fled░ for their life░. 8 When these░ lepers░ came░ to the outskirts░ of the camp░, they entered░ one░ tent░ and ate░ and drank░, and acarried░ from there░ silver░ and gold░ and clothes░, and went░ and hid░ [them]; and they returned░ and entered░ another░ tent░ and carried░ from there░ [also], and went░ and hid░ [them].
 aLv 13:45, 46; Nu 5:2-4; 12:10-14
 ILit fall a2K 6:24
 a2S 5:24 b1K 10:29 c2Ch 12:2, 3; Is 31:1; 36:9
 aPs 48:4-6; Pv 28:1
 aJsh 7:21
9 ¶ Then they said░ to one░ another░, “We are not doing░ right░. This░ day░ is a day░ of good news░, but we are keeping░ silent░; if we wait░ until░ morning░ light░, punishment░ will Iovertake░ us. Now░ therefore come░, let us go░ and tell░ the king’s░ household░.” 10 So they came░ and called░ to the gatekeepers░ of the city░, and they told░ them, saying░, “We came░ to the camp░ of the Arameans░, and behold░, there░ was no░ one░ there░, nor░ the voice░ of man░, only░░ the horses░ tied░ and the donkeys░ tied░, and the tents░ just░ as they were.” 11 The gatekeepers░ called░ and told░ [it] within░ the king’s░ household░. 12 Then the king░ arose░ in the night░ and said░ to his servants░, “I will now░ tell░ you what░ the Arameans░ have done░ to us. They know░ that awe are hungry░; therefore they have gone░ from the camp░ bto hide░ themselves in the field░, saying░, ‘When░ they come░ out of the city░, we will capture░ them alive░ and get░ into the city░.’” 13 One░ of his servants░ said░, “Please░, let some [men] take░ five░ of the horses░ which remain░, which░ are left░ Iin the city. Behold░, they [will be in any case] like all░ the multitude░ of Israel░ who░ are left░ in it; behold░, they [will be in any case] like all░ the multitude░ of Israel░ who░ have already perished░, so let us send░ and see░.” 14 They took░ therefore two░ chariots░ with horses░, and the king░ sent░ after░ the army░ of the Arameans░, saying░, “Go░ and see░.”
The Promise Fulfilled
15 They went░ after░ them to the Jordan░, and behold░, all░ the way░ was full░ of clothes░ and equipment░ which░ the Arameans░ had thrown░ away░ in their haste░. Then the messengers░ returned░ and told░ the king░.
16 ¶ So the people░ went░ out and plundered░ the camp░ of the Arameans░. Then a Imeasure░ of fine░ flour░ [was sold] for a shekel░ and two Imeasures░ of barley░ for a shekel░, aaccording to the word░ of the LORD░. 17 Now the king░ appointed░ athe royal░ officer░ on whose░ hand░ he leaned░ Ito have░ charge░ of the gate░; but the people░ trampled░ on him at the gate░, and he died░ just░ as the man░ of God░ had said░, bwho░ spoke░ when the king░ came░ down░ to him. 18 It happened░ just as the man░ of God░ had spoken░ to the king░, saying░, “aTwo Imeasures░ of barley░ for a shekel░ and a Imeasure░ of fine░ flour░ for a shekel░, will be [sold] tomorrow░ about this time░ at the gate░ of Samaria░.” 19 Then the royal░ officer░ answered░ the man░ of God░ and said░, “Now behold░, aif the LORD░ should make░ windows░ in heaven░, could such░ a thing░ be?” And he said░, “Behold░, you will see░ it with your own eyes░, but you will not eat░ Iof it.” 20 And so░ it happened░ to him, for the people░ trampled░ on him at the gate░ and he died░.
 IHeb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts a2K 7:1
 ILit over the gate a2K 7:2 b2K 6:32
 IHeb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts a2K 7:1
 ILit from there a2K 7:2
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Elisha prophesieth incredible plenty in Samaria.
1 ¶ Then Elisha║ said,║¬ Hear║¬ ye the word║ of the LORD;║ Thus▓ saith║¬ the LORD,║ To morrow║ about this time║ [shall] a measure║ of fine flour║ [be sold] for a shekel,║ and two measures║ of barley║ for a shekel,║ in the gate║ of Samaria.║ 2 Then a lord║ on▓ whose▓ hand║ the king║ leaned║¬ answered║¬▓ the man║ of God,║ and said,║¬ Behold,▓ [if] the LORD║ would make║¬ windows║ in heaven,║ might this▓ thing║ be?▓ And he said,║¬ Behold,▓ thou shalt see║¬ [it] with thine eyes,║ but shalt not▓ eat║¬ thereof.▓▓
 Ex 8:23; 9:5; 14:13; 16:12; Jsh 3:5; 1S 11:9; 1K 22:19; 2K 4:42; 6:25, 33; 7:18; 20:16; Ps 46:5; Is 1:10; Ezk 37:4; Jn 6:9; Rv 6:6.
 Gn 7:11; 18:12; Nu 11:21; Dt 3:27; 2K 5:18; 7:17; 2Ch 20:20; Ps 78:19, 41; Is 7:9; Mal 3:10; Ro 3:3; 2Ti 2:13; He 3:17.
Four lepers, venturing on the host of the Syrians, bring tidings of their flight.
3 ¶ And there were▓ four║ leprous║¬ men╣▓ at the entering in║ of the gate:║ and they said║¬ one║ to▓ another,║ Why▓ sit║¬ we▓ here▓ until▓ we die?║¬ 4 If▓ we say,║¬ We will enter║¬ into the city,║ then the famine║ [is] in the city,║ and we shall die║¬ there:▓ and if▓ we sit▓ still╣¬ here,▓ we die║¬ also. Now▓ therefore come,╣¬▓ and let us fall║¬ unto▓ the host║ of the Syrians:║ if▓ they save us alive,║¬ we shall live;║¬ and if▓ they kill║¬ us, we shall but die.║¬ 5 And they rose up║¬ in the twilight,║ to go║¬ unto▓ the camp║ of the Syrians:║ and when they were come║¬ to▓ the uttermost part║ of the camp║ of Syria,║ behold,▓ [there was] no▓ man║ there.▓ 6 For the Lord║ had made▓ the host║ of the Syrians║ to hear║¬ a noise║ of chariots,║ and a noise║ of horses,║ [even] the noise║ of a great║ host:║ and they said║¬ one║ to▓ another,║ Lo,▓ the king║ of Israel║ hath hired║¬ against▓ us▓ the kings║ of the Hittites,║ and the kings║ of the Egyptians,║ to come║¬ upon▓ us. 7 Wherefore they arose║¬ and fled║¬ in the twilight,║ and left║¬▓ their tents,║ and their horses,║ and their asses,║ even the camp║ as▓ it▓ [was], and fled║¬ for▓ their life.║ 8 And when these▓ lepers║¬ came║¬ to▓ the uttermost part║ of the camp,║ they went║¬ into▓ one║ tent,║ and did eat║¬ and drink,║¬ and carried║¬ thence▓▓ silver,║ and gold,║ and raiment,║ and went╣¬▓ and hid║¬ [it]; and came again,║¬ and entered║¬ into▓ another║ tent,║ and carried║¬ thence▓▓ [also], and went╣¬▓ and hid║¬ [it]. 9 Then they said║¬ one║ to▓ another,║ We▓ do║¬ not▓ well:▓ this▓ day║ [is] a day║ of good tidings,║ and we▓ hold our peace:║¬ if we tarry║¬ till▓ the morning║ light,║ some mischief║ will come╣¬ upon▓ us: now▓ therefore come,╣¬▓ that we may go║¬ and tell║¬ the king's║ household.║ 10 So they came║¬ and called║¬ unto▓ the porter║ of the city:║ and they told║¬ them, saying,║¬ We came║¬ to▓ the camp║ of the Syrians,║ and, behold,▓ [there was] no▓ man║ there,▓ neither voice║ of man,║ but▓▓ horses║ tied,║¬ and asses║ tied,║¬ and the tents║ as▓ they▓ [were]. 11 And he called║¬ the porters;║ and they told║¬ [it] to the king's║ house║ within.║
 Lv 13:46; Nu 5:2; 12:14; 2K 5:1; 7:4; 8:4; Jr 8:14; 27:13.
 2S 14:14; 1Ch 12:19; Es 4:16; Jr 8:14; 14:18; 37:13; Jna 3:9; Lk 15:17; He 9:27.
 Lv 27:8, 26; Dt 28:7; 32:25, 30; 1S 30:17; Ezk 12:6, 12.
 2S 5:24; 1K 10:29; 2K 3:22, 23; 19:7; 2Ch 12:2; Jb 15:21; Ps 14:5; Is 31:1; 36:9; Jr 20:3; Ezk 10:5; Rv 6:15; 9:9.
 Nu 35:11; Jb 18:11; Ps 20:7; 33:17; 48:4; 68:12; Pv 6:5; 21:1; 28:1; Is 2:20; Jr 48:8; Am 2:14; Mt 24:16; He 6:18.
 Jsh 7:21; 2K 5:24; Jr 41:8; Mt 13:44; 25:18.
 Nu 32:23; 2K 5:26; 7:3, 6; Pv 24:16; Is 41:27; 52:7; Na 1:15; Hg 1:4; Lk 2:10; Php 2:4.
 2S 18:26; 2K 7:6, 11; Ps 127:1; Mk 13:34.
The king, finding by spies the news to be true, spoileth the tents of the Syrians.
12 ¶ And the king║ arose║¬ in the night,║ and said║¬ unto▓ his servants,║ I will now▓ shew║¬ you▓ what▓ the Syrians║ have done║¬ to us. They know║¬ that▓ we▓ [be] hungry;║ therefore are they gone out║¬ of▓ the camp║ to hide╣¬ themselves▓ in the field,║ saying,║¬ When▓ they come out║¬ of▓ the city,║ we shall catch║¬ them alive,║ and get║¬ into▓ the city.║ 13 And one║ of his servants║▓ answered║¬ and said,║¬ Let [some] take,║¬ I pray thee,▓ five║ of▓ the horses║ that remain,║¬ which▓ are left║¬ in the city, (behold,▓ they [are] as all▓ the multitude║ of Israel║ that▓ are left║¬ in it: behold,▓ [I say], they [are] even as all▓ the multitude║ of the Israelites║ that▓ are consumed:)║¬ and let us send║¬ and see.║¬ 14 They took║¬ therefore two║ chariot║ horses;║ and the king║ sent║¬ after║ the host║ of the Syrians,║ saying,║¬ Go╣¬▓ and see.║¬ 15 And they went╣¬▓ after║ them unto▓ Jordan:║ and, lo,▓ all▓ the way║ [was] full║ of garments║ and vessels,║ which▓ the Syrians║ had cast away║¬ in their haste.║¬ And the messengers║ returned,║¬ and told║¬ the king.║ 16 And the people║ went out,║¬ and spoiled║¬▓ the tents║ of the Syrians.║ So a measure║ of fine flour║ was▓ [sold] for a shekel,║ and two measures║ of barley║ for a shekel,║ according to the word║ of the LORD.║
 2K 5:13; 6:33; 7:4; Jr 14:18; Lm 4:9.
 Es 1:7; Jb 2:4; Is 2:20; 10:3; 22:24; 31:7; Ezk 18:31; Mt 16:26; 24:16; Php 3:7; He 12:1.
 Nu 23:19; 1S 17:53; 2K 7:1; 2Ch 14:12; 20:25; Jb 27:16; Ps 68:12; Is 33:1, 4, 23; 44:26; Mt 24:35.
The lord, who would not believe the prophecy of plenty, having charge of the gate, is trodden to death in the press.
17 ¶ And the king║ appointed║¬▓ the lord║ on▓ whose▓ hand║ he leaned║¬ to have the charge of▓ the gate:║ and the people║ trode╣¬ upon▓ him in the gate,║ and he died,║¬ as▓ the man║ of God║ had said,║¬ who▓ spake║¬ when the king║ came down║¬ to▓ him. 18 And it came to pass▓ as the man║ of God║ had spoken║¬ to▓ the king,║ saying,║¬ Two measures║ of barley║ for a shekel,║ and a measure║ of fine flour║ for a shekel,║ shall be▓ to morrow║ about this time║ in the gate║ of Samaria:║ 19 And that lord║ answered║¬▓ the man║ of God,║ and said,║¬ Now, behold,▓ [if] the LORD║ should make║¬ windows║ in heaven,║ might such▓ a thing║ be?▓ And he said,║¬ Behold,▓ thou shalt see║¬ it with thine eyes,║ but shalt not▓ eat║¬ thereof.▓▓ 20 And so▓ it fell out▓ unto him: for the people║ trode╣¬ upon▓ him in the gate,║ and he died.║¬
 Jg 20:43; 2K 7:2; 9:33; Is 25:10; Mi 7:10; He 10:29.
 Gn 18:14; 2K 6:32; 7:1.
 Nu 20:12; 2Ch 20:20; Jb 20:23; Is 7:9; Jr 17:5; He 3:18.
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