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Elisha Defeats an Army

6:8 Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his advisers, who said, “Invade8 at such and such9 a place.” 6:9 But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.” 6:10 So the king of Israel sent a message to the place the prophet had pointed out, warning it10 to be on its guard. This happened on several occasions.11 6:11 This made the king of Syria upset.12 So he summoned his advisers13 and said to them, “One of us must be helping the king of Israel.”14 6:12 One of his advisers said, “No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.” 6:13 The king15 ordered, “Go, find out where he is, so I can send some men to capture him.”16 The king was told, “He is in Dothan.” 6:14 So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army.17 They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.

6:15 The prophet’s18 attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha,19 “Oh no, my master! What will we do?” 6:16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.”20 6:17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that21 the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 6:18 As they approached him,22 Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike these people23 with blindness.”24 The Lord25 struck them with blindness as Elisha requested.26 6:19 Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the right road or city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you’re looking for.” He led them to Samaria.27

6:20 When they had entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open their eyes, so they can see.” The Lord opened their eyes and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria.28 6:21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Should I strike them down,29 my master?”30 6:22 He replied, “Do not strike them down! You did not capture them with your sword or bow, so what gives you the right to strike them down?31 Give them some food and water, so they can eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 6:23 So he threw a big banquet32 for them and they ate and drank. Then he sent them back33 to their master. After that no Syrian raiding parties again invaded the land of Israel.


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