SECOND KINGS CHAPTER SIX

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER SIX

1 The company of prophets told Elisha,

“Look here, the place where we meet with you is

Too small for us. 2 Let us go to the Jordan,

Where each of us can get a pole; and let

Us build a place down there for us to meet,”

And he said, “Go,” 3 then one of them said, “Won’t

You please come with your servants?” “Yes, I will,”

Elisha said, 4 and he went with them. They

Went to the Jordan and began to cut

Down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down

A tree, the iron ax head fell in water.

“Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”

6 The man of God asked him, “Where did it fall?”

And when he showed the place to him, Elisha

Cut up a stick and threw it there, and made

The iron float. 7 “Now lift it out,” he said.

The man reached out his hand and took it. 8 Now

Aram’s king was at war with Israel.

After conferring with his officers,

He said, “I will set up my camp in such

And such a place.” 9 The man of God sent word

Off to the king of Israel: “Beware

Of passing through that place, for Arameans

Will go there,” 10 so the king of Israel

Checked on the place the man of God had told

Him of, and every time Elisha warned

The king, and he was on his guard when he

Went near such places, 11 which enraged the king

Of Aram, so he called his officers

In and asked them, “Tell me! Which of us

Has sided with the king of Israel?”

12 An officer responded, “None of us,

My lord the king. Elisha, Israel’s

Own prophet, tells the king of Israel

The very words you speak in your own bedroom.”

The king commanded, 13 “Go, find out where he

Is, so I can send men and capture him;”

And the report came back: “He is in Dothan,”

14 Then he sent chariots and horses and

A strong force there. They went by night and they

Surrounded the whole city. 15 When the man   

Of God’s own servant rose and went out early

On the next morning, he saw that an army

With chariots and horses had surrounded

The city. “No, my lord! What shall we do?”

The servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” replied

The prophet. “Those who are with us are more

Than those who are with them.” 17 Elisha prayed,

“LORD, open up his eyes, so he may see.”

The LORD then opened up the servant’s eyes.

He looked and saw the hills were full of horses

And chariots of fire around Elisha,

            18 And as the enemy came down toward him,

Elisha prayed unto the LORD, “Now strike

This army blind,” so he struck them with blindness,

Just as Elisha asked. 19 Elisha told

Them, “This is not the road and this is not

The city. Follow me, and I will lead

You to the man you’re looking for,” and he

Led them into Samaria. 20 They went

Inside the city, and Elisha said,

“LORD, open  up the eyes of these men so

That they can see.” The LORD then opened up

Their eyes. They looked, and there they were,

Within Samaria, 21 and when the king

Of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha,

“My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill

Them?” 22 “Do not kill them,” he replied.  “Would you

Kill those you’ve captured with your sword or bow?

Set water and some food before them so

That they may eat and drink and then go back

To their own master.” 23 He prepared a feast

For them, and after they had finished eating

And drinking, he sent them away, and they

Went back to their own master, so the bands

From Aram did stop raiding Israel’s

Dominions. 24 Sometime later, Aram’s King

Ben‑Hadad mobilized his entire army,

Marched up and laid siege to Samaria.

25 The city had a famine, and the siege

Endured so long a donkey’s head would sell

For eighty silver shekels, and a quarter

Of a seed cab sold for five shekels. 26 As

The king of Israel was passing by

Upon the wall, a woman cried to him,

“Help me, my lord the king!” 27 The king replied,

AIf God does not assist you, where can I

Get help for you? Out of the threshing floor? 

Out of the winepress?” 28 Then he asked her, “What’s

The matter?” She replied, “This woman said

To me, ‘Give up your son so that today 

We may eat him; tomorrow we will eat

My son,” 29 and so we cooked my son and we

Did eat him. The next day I said to her,

‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but

She’d hidden him.” 30 The king heard this and tore

His robes, and as he went along the wall,

The people looked, and they saw that, beneath

His robes, the king was wearing sackcloth on

His body. 31 He said, “May God deal with me,

May it be ever so severely, if

The head of Shaphat’s son Elisha stays

Today upon his shoulders!” 32 Now Elisha

Was sitting in his house, and elders sat

With him. The king sent out a messenger

Ahead. Before he came, Elisha asked

The elders this: “Do you not see how this

Murderer sends somebody to cut off

My head? Look, when the messenger arrives,

Shut the door and hold it shut against him.

Is not the sound of his own master’s footsteps

Behind him?” 33 While he was addressing them,

The messenger came down to him. The king

Said, “This disaster is from God. Why should

I wait some more for God to do me good?”