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The Shunammite’s Land Restored

1Now Elisha had spoken to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay for a while wherever you can, for Yahweh has called for a famine, and it will come on the land for seven years.”
 

2The woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and lived in the land of the Philistines seven years.
  3It came to pass at the seven years’ end that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines. Then she went forth to cry out to the king for her house and for her land.
 

4Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.”
 

5And it came to pass as he was telling the king how he had restored to life him who was dead, that behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life cried out to the king for her house and for her land. Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.”
 

6When the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed to her a certain officer, saying, “Restore all that was hers and all the fruit of the field since the day that she left the land even until now.”
 

Hazael Murders Ben Hadad

7Elisha came to Damascus, and Ben Hadad the king of Syria was sick. It was told to him, saying, “The man of God has come here.”
  8The king said to Hazael, “Take a present in your hand and go, meet the man of God and inquire of Yahweh by him, saying, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’”
 

9So 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, “Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’”
 

10Elisha said to him, “Go, tell him, ‘You are to surely recover,’ however Yahweh has shown me that he is to surely die.”
  11Then he settled his gaze steadfastly on him until he was ashamed.

Then the man of God wept.
  12Hazael said, “Why do you weep, my lord?”

He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel. You will set their strongholds on fire and you will kill their young men with the sword and will dash in pieces their little ones and rip up their women with child.”
 

13Hazael said, “But what is your servant who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?”

Elisha answered, “Yahweh has shown me that you will be king over Syria.”
 

14Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?”

He answered, “He told me that you would surely recover.”
  15And it came to pass on the next day that he took a thick cloth, dipped it in water, and spread it on his face so that he died. Then Hazael reigned in his place.
 

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

16In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat then being king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
  17He was 32 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
  18He walked in the way of the kings of Israel as did the house of Ahab, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife. He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh.
  19However Yahweh would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, since he had promised to give to him a lamp for his children always.
 

20In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah and made a king over themselves.
  21Then Joram passed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him, and he rose up by night and struck the Edomites who surrounded him, and the captains of the chariots, but his army fled to their tents.
  22So Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
 

23The 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?
  24So Joram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
 

Ahaziah Reigns in Judah

25In the 12th year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign.
  26Ahaziah was 22 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
  27He walked in the way of the house of Ahab and did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, as did the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.
 

28He went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead, and the Syrians wounded Joram.
  29King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that 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.
 


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