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5 Naaman,l commander of the army for the king of Aram, was a man important to his master and highly regardedm because through him, the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man was a valiant warrior, but he had a skin disease.n
2 Aram had gone on raidso and brought back from the land of Israel a young girl who served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria, he would cure him of his skin disease.”
When this letter comes to you, note that I have sent you my servant Naaman for you to cure him of his skin disease.
7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothesq and asked, “Am I God,r killing and giving life, that this man expects me to cure a man of his skin disease? RecognizeE that he is only picking a fight with me.”s
8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king: “Why have you torn your clothes? Have him come to me, and he will know there is a prophet in Israel.”t 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house.
11 But Naaman got angry and left, saying, “I was telling myself: He will surely come out, stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his handx over the place and cure the skin disease. 12 Aren’t Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?y Couldn’t I wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and left in a rage.z
13 But his servants approached and said to him, “My father,aa if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more should you do it when he only tells you, ‘Wash and be clean’?” 14 So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, according to the command of the man of God. Then his skin was restored and became like the skin of a small boy, and he was clean.ab
15 Then Naaman and his whole company went back to the man of God, stood before him, and declared, “I know there’s no God in the whole world except in Israel.ac Therefore, please accept a giftad from your servant.”
17 Naaman responded, “If not, please let your servant be given as much soil as a pair of mules can carry,c for your servant will no longer offer a burnt offering or a sacrifice to any other god but the Lord.d 18 However, in a particular matter may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master, the king of Aram, goes into the temple of Rimmon to bow in worship while he is leaning on my arm,A,e and I have to bow in the temple of Rimmon—when I bowB in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.”
19 So he said to him, “Go in peace.”f
GEHAZI’S GREED PUNISHED
After Naaman had traveled a short distance from Elisha, 20 Gehazi,g the attendant of Elisha the man of God, thought, “My master has let this Aramean Naaman off lightly by not accepting from him what he brought. As the Lord lives,h I will run after him and get something from him.”
22 Gehazi said, “It’s all right.i My master has sent me to say, ‘I have just now discovered that two young men from the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them seventy-five poundsC of silver and two sets of clothing.’ ”j
23 But Naaman insisted, “Please, accept one hundred fifty pounds.”D He urged Gehazi and then packed one hundred fifty pounds of silver in two bags with two sets of clothing. Naaman gave them to two of his attendants who carried them ahead of Gehazi. 24 When Gehazi came to the hill,E,k he took the gifts from them and deposited them in the house. Then he dismissed the men, and they left.
He replied, “Your servant didn’t go anywhere.”
26 “And my heart didn’t goF,l when the man got down from his chariot to meet you,” Elisha said. “Is this a time to accept silver and clothing, olive orchards and vineyards, flocks and herds, and male and female slaves? 27 Therefore, Naaman’s skin disease will cling to you and your descendants forever.” So Gehazi went out from his presence diseased, resembling snow.G,m
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