2 Kings 5
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1Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and exalted man with his master because the LORD had given deliverance to Syria by him. He was also a mighty man, but a leper. 2And the Syrians had gone out by companies and captured a young girl out of the land of Israel. And she waited on Naaman's wife. 3And she said to her mistress, "I wish my lord were with the prophet in Samaria, for he would heal him of his leprosy!" 4When Naaman came in, he told his lord, saying, "Thus and so said the girl from the land of Israel." 5And the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." And he departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

6And he came in with the letter to the king of Israel, saying, "And now when this letter has come to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you. And you shall heal him of his leprosy." 7And it came to pass when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends to me to recover a man from his leprosy? For consider now, and see, for he is seeking a quarrel with me."

8Now it came to pass when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him now come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." 9And Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10Then Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean." 11But Naaman was angry, and went away. And he said, "Behold, I said within myself, 'He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God and strike his hand over the place and heal the leper. ' 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them, and be clean?" And he turned and went away in a rage. 13Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do a great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather then, when he says to you, 'Wash and be clean'?" 14Then he went down and dipped seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God. And his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little boy, and he was clean.

15And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company. And he came and stood before him. And he said, "Behold, now I know that there is no God on all the earth, but in Israel. So accept now a present from your servant." 16But he said, "As the LORD lives, before Whom I stand, I will receive none." And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17And Naaman said, "Please, shall there not then be given to your servant two mules' burden of earth? For your servant will from now on offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD. 18In this thing may the LORD pardon your servant, that when my master goes to the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he is supported by my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, may the LORD pardon your servant in this thing." 19And he said to him, "Go in peace." And he went away from him a little way.

20And Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Behold, my master has spared Naaman the Syrian in not receiving at his hand that which he brought. But, as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him." 21And Gehazi followed after Naaman. And Naaman saw him running after him, and descended down from the chariot to meet him. And he said, "Is all well?" 22And he said, "All is well. My master has sent me, saying, 'Behold this now, two young men from Mount Ephraim of the sons of the prophets have come to me. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing. ' " 23And Naaman said, "Be content, take two talents." And he urged him and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing. And he laid them upon two of his servants. And they carried them before him. 24And he came to the hill, and he took the things from their hand and stowed them in the house. And he let the men go, and they departed. 25And he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, "From where did you come, Gehazi?" And he said, "Your servant did not go here or there."

26And he said to him, "Did not my heart go with you when the man turned again from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive silver and to receive clothing and olive yards and vineyards and sheep and oxen and menservants and maidservants? 27Now the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your seed forever." And he went out from his presence as leprous as snow.

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