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The Axe Head Recovered

1The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we live under your charge is too small for us.
  2Please let us go to the Jordan and every man take a beam from there, and let us make us a place there where we may live.” And he answered, “Go.”

3One said, “Please be willing to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.”

4So he went with them, and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down wood.
  5But as one was cutting down a tree, the axe head fell into the water. Then he cried out, and said, “Oh no, my lord! It was borrowed!”

6The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” He showed him the place. So he cut down a stick, threw it in there and made the iron float.
  7He said, “Take it.” So he put out his hand and took it.

Horses and Chariots of Fire

8Now the king of Syria was warring against Israel, and he took counsel with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.”

9The man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.”
  10The king of Israel sent to the place that the man of God told him and warned him of, and he saved himself there not once nor twice.

11Now the heart of the king of Syria was very troubled about this. So he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”

12Then one of his servants said, “No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”

13He said, “Go and see where he is, so that I may send and capture him.” And it was reported to him, saying, “Behold, he is in Dothan.”
  14So he sent horses, chariots, and a great army there. They came by night and surrounded the city.

15And when the servant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. So his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What are we to do?”

16He answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17Elisha prayed and said, “Yahweh, please open his eyes so that he can see.” So Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.

Arameans Blinded

18And when they came down against him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
  19Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” But he led them to Samaria.
  20And it came to pass when they had come into Samaria, that Elisha said, “Yahweh, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” Yahweh opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the middle of Samaria.

21When he saw them, the king of Israel said to Elisha, “My father, should I strike them, should I strike them?”

22He answered, “Do not strike them. Would you strike those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them so that they may eat and drink and go back to their lord.”

23So he prepared a great feast for them. When they had finished eating and drinking he sent them away, and they went back to their lord. So the raiding-bands of Syria stopped coming into the land of Israel.

Famine in Besieged Samaria

24It came to pass after this that Ben Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria.
  25And there was a great famine in Samaria. Behold, they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver.

26As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!”

27But he said, “If Yahweh does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?”
  28The king said to her, “What is your problem?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’
  29So we boiled my son and ate him. Then I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him;’ but she has hidden her son.”

30And it came to pass when the king heard the words of the woman that he tore his clothes (now he was passing by on the wall); and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth underneath on his flesh.
  31Then he said, “May God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat will stay on him this day.”

32Now Elisha was sitting in his house and the elders were sitting with him. Then the king sent a man from before him, but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, “Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? Behold, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold the door shut against him. Is not the sound of his lord’s feet behind him?”

33While he was still talking with them, behold, the messenger came down to him. Then he said, “Behold, this evil is from Yahweh. Why should I wait for Yahweh any longer?”

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