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Jehoram Restores the Shunammite’s Land

1 Now aElisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go Iwith your household, and sojourn wherever you can sojourn; for the bLORD has called for a famine, and cit will even come on the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God, and she went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3 At the end of seven years, the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went out to Iappeal to the king for her house and for her field. 4 Now the king was talking with aGehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please relate to me all the great things that Elisha has done.” 5 As he was relating to the king ahow he had restored to life the one who was dead, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life Iappealed to the king for her house and for her field. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.” 6 When the king asked the woman, she related [it] to him. So the king appointed for her a certain officer, saying, “Restore all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now.”

[1] ILit you and your a2K 4:18, 31-35 bPs 105:16; Hg 1:11 cGn 41:27, 54
[3] ILit cry out
[4] a2K 4:12; 5:20-27
[5] ILit cried out a2K 4:35

Elisha Predicts Evil from Hazael

7 ¶ Then Elisha came to aDamascus. Now bBen-hadad king of Aram was sick, and it was told him, saying, “cThe man of God has come here.” 8 The king said to aHazael, “bTake a gift in your hand and go to meet the man of God, and cinquire of the LORD by him, saying, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’” 9 So Hazael went to meet him and took a gift in his hand, even every kind of good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ loads; and he came and stood before him and said, “aYour son Ben-hadad king of Aram has sent me to you, saying, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’” 10 Then Elisha said to him, “aGo, say to him, ‘You will surely recover,’ but the bLORD has shown me that he will certainly die.” 11 He Ifixed his gaze steadily [on him] auntil he was ashamed, and bthe man of God wept. 12 Hazael said, “Why does my lord weep?” Then he Ianswered, “Because aI know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel: their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword, and their little ones you bwill dash in pieces, and their women with child you will rip up.” 13 Then Hazael said, “But what is your servant, a[who is but] a dog, that he should do this great thing?” And Elisha Ianswered, “bThe LORD has shown me that you will be king over Aram.” 14 So he departed from Elisha and returned to his master, who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?” And he Ianswered, “He told me that ayou would surely recover.” 15 On the following day, he took the cover and dipped it in water and spread it on his face, aso that he died. And Hazael became king in his place.

[7] a1K 11:24 b2K 6:24 c2K 5:20
[8] a1K 19:15, 17 b1K 14:3 c2K 1:2
[9] a2K 5:13
[10] a2K 8:14 b2K 8:15
[11] ILit made his face stand fast and he set a2K 2:17 bLk 19:41
[12] ILit said a2K 10:32, 33; 12:17; 13:3, 7 b2K 15:16; Na 3:10
[13] ILit said a1S 17:43; 2S 9:8 b1K 19:15
[14] ILit said a2K 8:10
[15] a2K 8:10

Another Jehoram Reigns in Judah

16 ¶ Now in the fifth year of aJoram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then the king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah became king. 17 He was athirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 18 He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for athe daughter of Ahab became his wife; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 19 However, the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David His servant, asince He had Ipromised him to give a IIlamp to him through his sons always.

[16] a2K 1:17; 3:1
[17] a2Ch 21:5-10
[18] a2K 8:27
[19] ILit said III.e. descendant on the throne a2S 7:12-15; 1K 11:36

20 ¶ In his days aEdom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. 21 Then Joram crossed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him. And he arose by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and the captains of the chariots; abut [his] Iarmy fled to their tents. 22 aSo Edom revolted Iagainst Judah to this day. Then bLibnah revolted at the same time. 23 The rest of the acts of Joram and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?

[20] a1K 22:47; 2K 3:9, 26, 27; 8:22
[21] ILit the people a2S 18:17; 19:8
[22] ILit from under the hand of aGn 27:40 bJsh 21:13; 2K 19:8

Ahaziah Succeeds Jehoram in Judah

24 So Joram slept with his fathers and awas buried with his fathers in the city of David; and bAhaziah his son became king in his place.

[24] a2Ch 21:20 b2Ch 21:1, 7

25aIn the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign. 26 aAhaziah [was] twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name [was] Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri king of Israel. 27 aHe walked in the way of the house of Ahab and did evil in the sight of the LORD, like the house of Ahab [had done], because he was a son-in-law of the house of Ahab.

[25] a2Ch 22:1-6
[26] a2Ch 22:2
[27] a2Ch 22:3

28 ¶ Then he went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against aHazael king of Aram at bRamoth-gilead, and the Arameans Iwounded Joram. 29 So aKing Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Arameans had Iinflicted on him at bRamah when he fought against Hazael king of Aram. Then cAhaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel because he was sick.

[28] ILit smote a2K 8:15 b1K 22:3, 29
[29] ILit struck a2K 9:15 b2K 8:28; 2Ch 22:5, 6 c2K 9:16


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The Shunammite, having left her country seven years, to avoid the forewarned famine, for Elisha's miracle's sake hath her land restored by the king.

1 ¶ Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. 2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3 And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. 4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this [is] the woman, and this [is] her son, whom Elisha restored to life. 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that [was] hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

[1] Gn 12:10; 26:1; 41:25, 27, 28, 32; 47:4; Lv 26:19, 26; Dt 28:22, 38; Ru 1:1; 2S 21:1; 24:13; 1K 17:1; 18:2; 2K 4:18, 31; Ps 105:16; 107:34; Jr 25:29; Hg 1:11; Lk 4:25; 21:11, 22; Ac 11:28.
[2] Jg 3:3; 1S 27:1; 1Ti 5:8.
[3] 2S 14:4; 2K 4:13; 6:26; 8:6; Ps 82:3; Jr 22:16; Lk 18:3.
[4] 2K 2:14, 20, 24; 3:14; 4:3, 16; 5:14, 20, 27; 6:6, 9, 17, 32; 7:1, 3, 10, 16; Mt 2:8; Lk 9:9; 23:8; Jn 9:27; Ac 24:24.
[5] Ru 2:3; 1S 26:17; 2K 4:35; 6:12, 26; Es 5:14; 6:11; Ps 145:1; Pv 16:9; Ec 9:11; Mt 10:29; Ac 8:27; Ro 8:31.
[6] Gn 37:36; Dt 22:2; Jg 11:13; 2S 9:7; 2K 9:32; 1Ch 28:1; Pv 16:7; 21:1.

Hazael, being sent with a present by Ben-hadad to Elisha at Damascus, after he had heard the prophecy, killeth his master, and succeedeth him.

7 ¶ And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither. 8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? 9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? 10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die. 11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept. 12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. 13 And Hazael said, But what, [is] thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou [shalt be] king over Syria. 14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me [that] thou shouldest surely recover. 15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped [it] in water, and spread [it] on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.

[7] Gn 14:15; Dt 33:1; Jg 16:2; 1K 11:24; 13:1; 15:18; 20:1, 34; 2K 1:9; 2:15; 6:12, 24; Is 7:8; Ac 17:6.
[8] 1S 9:7; 1K 14:1, 3; 19:15; 2K 1:2, 6; 3:11; 5:5; Lk 13:23; Ac 16:30.
[9] 1S 25:8; 1K 19:15; 2K 5:5; 6:21; 13:14; 16:7; Phm 1:14.
[10] Gn 2:17; 41:39; 1K 22:15; 2K 1:4, 16; 8:13, 15; Jr 38:21; Ezk 11:25; 18:13; Am 3:7; 7:1, 4, 7; 8:1; Zc 1:20; Rv 22:1.
[11] Gn 45:2; Ps 119:136; Jr 4:19; 9:1, 18; 13:17; 14:17; Lk 19:41; Jn 11:35; Ac 20:19, 31; Ro 9:2; Php 3:18.
[12] 1K 18:13; 2K 4:28; 10:32; 12:17; 13:3, 7; 15:16; Ps 137:8; Is 13:16, 18; Ho 10:14; 13:16; Am 1:3, 13; Na 3:10.
[13] 1S 17:43; 2S 9:8; 1K 19:15; 2K 8:10; Ps 22:16, 20; Is 56:10; Jr 17:9; Mi 2:1; Mt 7:6; 26:33; Php 3:2; Rv 22:15.
[14] 2K 5:25; 8:10; Mt 26:16.
[15] 1S 16:12; 19:13; 24:4, 13; 26:9; 1K 11:26; 15:28; 16:10, 18; 19:15; 2K 8:13; 9:24; 15:10, 25, 30; Ps 36:4; Is 33:1; Mi 2:1.

Jehoram's wicked reign in Judah.

16 ¶ And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat [being] then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign. 17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, [and] to his children.

[16] 1K 22:50; 2K 1:17; 2Ch 21:1.
[17] 2K 8:17.
[18] Gn 6:1; Dt 7:3; 1K 11:1; 21:25; 22:52; 2K 3:2; 8:26; 9:7; 21:3, 13; 2Ch 18:1; 19:2; 21:6, 13; 22:1; Ne 13:25; Mi 6:16.
[19] 2S 7:12, 15; 1K 11:36; 15:4; 2K 19:34; 2Ch 21:7; Is 7:14; 37:35; Jr 33:25; Ho 11:9; Lk 1:32.

Edom and Libnah revolt.

20 ¶ In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. 21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled into their tents. 22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.

[20] Gn 27:40; 2S 8:14; 1K 22:47; 2K 3:9, 27; 8:22; 2Ch 21:8.
[21] 2K 8:21.
[22] Gn 27:40; Jsh 21:13; 2K 8:20; 19:8; 2Ch 21:10.

Ahaziah succeedeth Jehoram.

23 And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 24 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

[23] 1K 11:41; 14:29; 15:23; 2K 15:6, 36; 2Ch 21:11.
[24] 1K 2:10; 11:43; 14:20, 31; 1Ch 3:11; 2Ch 21:1, 17; 22:1, 6; 25:23.

Ahaziah's wicked reign.

25 ¶ In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign. 26 Two and twenty years old [was] Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel. 27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as [did] the house of Ahab: for he [was] the son in law of the house of Ahab.

[25] 2K 8:16; 9:29; 2Ch 21:20.
[26] 2K 8:17, 18; 9:21; 11:1, 13; 2Ch 22:2, 5.
[27] 2K 8:18; 2Ch 22:3; Ec 7:26; 2Co 6:14.

He visiteth Jehoram wounded, at Jezreel.

28 ¶ And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram. 29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

[28] Jsh 21:38; 1K 4:13; 19:17; 22:3, 4; 2K 3:7; 8:12; 9:15; 2Ch 18:2, 31; 19:2; 22:5.
[29] 1K 22:34; 2K 9:15, 16, 28; 2Ch 22:6.


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