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Go to Commentary on 2 Kng 8
 
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 stay, for Yahweh has called for a famine for seven years, and it has now come on the land.”
 

2And the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and stayed in the land of the Philistines for seven years.
  3And at the end of seven years, the woman returned from the land of the Philistines. Then she went 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 as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life cried out to the king for her house and for her land. Then Gehazi said, “My lord the king! This is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life!”
 

6So the king asked the woman, and she told him. Then the king assigned a certain officer to her, saying, “Restore all that was hers and all the income from the field since the day that she left the land 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 gift in your hand and go, meet the man of God and inquire of Yahweh by him, saying, ‘Will I live through this sickness?’”
 

9So Hazael went to meet him and took a gift in his hand, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camel-loads, and came and stood before him and said, “Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, ‘Will I live through this sickness?’”
 

10Elisha said to him, “Go, tell him, ‘You will live, yes, live.’ But Yahweh has shown me that he will die, yes, die.”
  11Then he fixed his gaze steadfastly on him until he was embarrassed. Then the man of God wept.
  12Hazael said, “Why are you weeping, my lord?” And he answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel. Their strongholds you will set on fire, their young men you will kill with the sword, their little ones you will dash in pieces, and their pregnant women you will split open.”
 

13Then Hazael said, “But what is your servant who is a mere dog, that he could accomplish this mighty thing?” Elisha answered, “Yahweh has shown me that you will be king over Syria.”
 

14Then he departed from Elisha and came to his lord, who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?” He answered, “he said to me, ‘you will live, yes, live.’”
  15But on the next day he took a thick cloth and 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 just as the house of Ahab had done because he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife. He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh.
  19However Yahweh was not willing to destroy Judah for the sake of David his servant, 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 enthroned a king over themselves.
  21Then Jorama passed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him, and he rose up by night and struck down the Edomites who surrounded him, and the commanders 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 twelfth 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 a granddaughter 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 from his wounds.
 


a[21]
Heb. “Jehoram”

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