Chapter 6

1 And the sons of the prophets said to Elisaie, Behold now, the place wherein we dwell before thee is too narrow for us. 2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and make for ourselves 1a habitation there. 3 And he said, Go. And one of them said gently, Come with thy servants. And he said, I will go. 4 And he went with them, and they came to Jordan, and began to cut down 2wood. 5 And behold, one was cutting down a beam, and the 3axe head fell into the water: and he cried out, Alas! master: and it was hidden. 6 And the man of God said, Where did it fall? and he shewed him the place: and he 4broke off a stick, and threw it in there, and the iron came to the surface. 7 And he said, Take it up to thyself. And he stretched out his hand, and took it.

8 And the king of Syria was at war with Israel: and he consulted with his servants, saying, I will encamp in such a place. 9 And Elisaie sent to the king of Israel, saying, Take heed that thou pass not by 5that place, for the Syrians are hidden there. 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place


which Elisaie mentioned to him, and saved himself thence not once or twice.

11 And the mind of the king of Syria was very much disturbed concerning this thing; and he called his servants, and said to them, Will ye not tell me who betrays me to the king of Israel? 12 And one of his servants said, Nay, my Lord, O king, for Elisaie the prophet that is in Israel reports to the king of Israel all the words whatsoever thou mayest say in 6thy bedchamber. 13 And he said, Go, see where this man is, and I will send and take him. And they sent word to him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothaim.

14 And he sent thither horses, and chariots, and a mighty host: and they came by night, and compassed about the city. 15 And the servant of Elisaie 7rose up early and went out; and, behold, a host compassed the city, and horses and chariots: and the servant said to him, O master, 8what shall we do? 16 And Elisaie said, Fear not, for they who are with us are more than they that are with them. 17 And Elisaie prayed, and said, Lord, open, I pray thee, the eyes of the servant, and let him see. And the Lord opened his eyes, and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses, and there were chariots of fire round about Elisaie. 18 And they came down to him; and he prayed to the Lord, and said, Smite, I pray thee, this 9people with blindness. And he smote them with blindness, according to the word of Elisaie. 19 And Elisaie said to them, This is not the city, and this is not the way: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. And he led them away to Samaria. 20 And it came to pass when they entered into Samaria, that Elisaie said, Open, I pray thee, O Lord, their eyes, and let them see. And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

21 And the king of Israel said to Elisaie, when he saw them, Shall I not verily smite them, my father? 22 And he said, Thou shalt not smite them, unless thou 10wouldest smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow: set bread and water before them, and let them eat and drink, and depart to their master. 23 And he set before them a great feast, and they ate and drank: and he dismissed them and they departed to their master. And the bands of Syria came no longer into the land of Israel.

24 And it came to pass after this, that the son of Ader king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up, and besieged Samaria. 25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was valued at fifty pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung at five pieces of silver.

26 And the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, and a woman cried to him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. 27 And he said to her, Unless the Lord help thee, whence shall I help thee? from the corn-floor, or from the wine-press? 28 And the king said to her, What is the matter with thee? And the woman said to him, This woman said to


me, Give thy son, and we will eat him to-day, and we will eat my son to-morrow. 29 So we boiled my son, and ate him; and I said to her on the second day, Give thy son, and let us eat him: and she has hidden her son. 30 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel heard the words of the woman, that he rent his garments; and he passed by on the wall, and the people saw sackcloth within upon his flesh. 31 And he said, God 11do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisaie shall stand upon him this day.

32 And Elisaie was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him; and the king sent a man before him: before the messenger came to him, he also said to the elders, Do ye see that this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? See, as soon as the messenger shall have come, shut the door, and forcibly detain him at the door: is not the sound of his master's feet behind him? 33 While he was yet speaking with them, behold, a messenger came to him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the Lord; why should I wait for the Lord any longer?

1 Gr. a place of inhabiting.

2 Or, trees.

3 Gr. iron.

4 Lit. pinched off with the nail, etc.

5 Gr. this.

6 Gr. closet of thy bedchamber.

7 Gr. was early to rise.

8 Gr. how shall we do?

9 Gr. nation.

10 Gr. smitest.

11 Gr. do these things to me and add these things.


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