1Elisha said, “Hear the word of Yahweh. This is what Yahweh says: ‘Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria.’”
He said, “Behold, you will see it with your eyes but will not eat of it.”
3Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. They said one to another, “Why do we sit here until we die?
4If we say, ‘We will enter into the city,’ then the famine is in the city and we will die there. If we sit still here, we also die. Now therefore come, and let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they save us alive, we will live; and if they kill us, we will only die.”
5They rose up in the twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the outermost part of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no man there.
6For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great army, so they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to come against us.”
7Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents and their horses and their donkeys, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8When these lepers came to the outermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and ate and drank and carried from there silver, and gold, and clothing, and went and hid it. Then they came back and entered into another tent, and carried things from there also and went and hid it.
9Then they said to one another, “We aren’t doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we are keeping silent. If we wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”
10So they came and called to the gatekeeper of the city, and they told them, saying, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one there, nor the voice of a man, only the horses tied and the donkeys tied, and the tents just as they were.”
11Then the gatekeepers called out, and they told it to the king’s household inside.
12Then the king arose in the night and said to his servants, “I will now show you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, ‘When they come out of the city, we will take them alive and get into the city.’”
13One of his servants answered, “Please let some men take five of the horses that remain that are left in the city. Behold, they are like all the multitude of Israel who are left in it. Behold, they are like all the multitude of Israel who are consumed. Let us send and see.”
14So they took two chariots with horses, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, “Go and see.”
15So they went after them to the Jordan; and behold, all the way was full of garments and vessels that the Syrians had cast away in their haste. The messengers returned and told the king.
16Then the people went out and plundered the camp 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 Yahweh.
17The king appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to be in charge of the gate, and the people trampled on him in the gate and he died as the man of God had said, when he spoke when the king came down to him.
18It came to pass just 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, will be tomorrow about this time in the gate of Samaria,”
19and that captain answered the man of God and said, “Now, behold, if Yahweh should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?” and he said, “Behold, you will see it with your eyes, but will not eat of it.”
20It came to pass like that to him, for the people trampled on him in the gate, and he died.