The Shunammite’s Land Restored
1Elisha said to the woman whose son he had restored to life,8:1 2Kg 4:8–37 “Get ready, you and your household, and go live as a resident alien wherever you can. For the Lord has announced a seven-year famine,8:1 Gn 41:27,54 and it has already come to the land.”
2So the woman got ready and did what the man of God said. She and her household lived as resident aliens in the land of the Philistines for seven years.
3When the woman returned from the land of the Philistines at the end of seven years,8:3 2Kg 7:1–2 she went to appeal to the king for her house and field.8:3 Dt 15:1–6
4The king had been speaking to Gehazi,8:4 2Kg 4:12; 5:20–27 the attendant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me all the great things Elisha has done.”
5While he was telling the king how Elisha restored the dead son to life, the woman whose son he had restored to life came to appeal to the king for her house and field. So Gehazi said, “My lord the king, this is the woman and this is the son Elisha restored to life.”8:5 2Kg 4:35
6When the king asked the woman, she told him the story. So the king appointed a court official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, along with all the income from the field from the day she left the country until now.”
Aram’s King Hazael
7Elisha came to Damascus8:7 1Kg 11:24 while King Ben-hadad8:7 2Kg 6:24 of Aram was sick, and the king was told, “The man of God8:7 2Kg 5:20 has come here.”
8So the king said to Hazael,8:8 1Kg 19:15,17 “Take a gift8:8 1Kg 14:3 with you and go meet the man of God. Inquire of the Lord through him, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’” 8:8 2Kg 1:2
9Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him a gift: forty camel-loads of all the finest products of Damascus. When he came and stood before him, he said, “Your son,8:9 2Kg 5:13 King Ben-hadad of Aram, has sent me to ask you, ‘Will I recover from this sickness? ’”
10Elisha told him, “Go say to him, ‘You are sure to8:10 Alt Hb tradition reads You will not recover.’ But the Lord has shown me that he is sure to die.”
11Then he stared steadily at him until he was ashamed.8:11 Jdg 3:25; 2Kg 2:17
The man of God wept,8:11 Lk 19:41
12and Hazael asked, “Why is my lord weeping?”
He replied, “Because I know the evil you will do to the people of Israel. You will set their fortresses on fire. You will kill their young men with the sword. You will dash their children to pieces. You will rip open their pregnant women.”8:12 1Kg 19:17; 2Kg 10:32–33; 13:3
13Hazael said, “How could your servant, a mere dog,8:13 2Sm 9:8 do such a mighty deed?”
Elisha answered, “The Lord has shown me that you will be king over Aram.”8:13–15 1Kg 19:15
14Hazael left Elisha and went to his master, who asked him, “What did Elisha say to you?”
He responded, “He told me you are sure to recover.”
15The next day Hazael took a heavy cloth, dipped it in water, and spread it over the king’s face. Ben-hadad died, and Hazael reigned in his place.
Judah’s King Jehoram
16In the fifth year8:16–24 2Ch 21:5–20 of Israel’s King Joram8:16 2Kg 1:17; 3:1 son of Ahab, Jehoram8:16 = The Lord is Exalted8:16 2Ch 21:1 son of Jehoshaphat became king of Judah, replacing his father.8:16 Lit Judah; Jehoshaphat had been king of Judah8:16 1Kg 22:50
17He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.8:17 2Ch 21:5
18He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for Ahab’s daughter was his wife. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.8:18 2Ch 21:6
19For the sake of his servant David, the Lord was unwilling to destroy Judah, since he had promised to give a lamp8:19 Or dominion8:19 1Kg 11:36; 15:4 to David and his sons forever.8:19 2Ch 21:7
20During Jehoram’s reign, Edom rebelled against Judah’s control and appointed their own king.8:20 1Kg 22:47; 2Kg 3:9
21So Jehoram crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. Then at night he set out to attack the Edomites who had surrounded him and the chariot commanders, but his troops fled to their tents.8:21 2Sm 18:17; 19:8
22So Edom is still in rebellion against Judah’s control today. Libnah8:22 Jos 21:13; 2Kg 19:8 also rebelled at that time.
23The rest of the events of Jehoram’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.8:23 1Kg 22:39; 2Kg 1:18
24Jehoram rested with his ancestors and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David, and his son Ahaziah became king in his place.8:24 1Kg 22:40; 2Kg 1:17
Judah’s King Ahaziah
25In the twelfth year of Israel’s King Joram son of Ahab,8:25–29 2Ch 22:1–6 Ahaziah son of Jehoram became king of Judah.8:25 2Kg 9:29
26Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, granddaughter of Israel’s King Omri.8:26 1Kg 16:23; 2Ch 22:2
27He walked in the ways of the house of Ahab and did what was evil in the Lord’s sight like the house of Ahab,8:27 2Ch 22:3 for his father had married into8:27 Lit for he was related by marriage to the house of Ahab.
28Ahaziah went with Joram son of Ahab to fight against King Hazael8:28 1Kg 19:15 of Aram in Ramoth-gilead,8:28 1Kg 22:3,29 and the Arameans wounded Joram.
29So King Joram returned to Jezreel8:29 1Kg 21:1 to recover from the wounds that the Arameans had inflicted on him in Ramoth-gilead8:29 Lit Ramah when he fought against Aram’s King Hazael.8:29 2Kg 9:15 Then Judah’s King Ahaziah son of Jehoram went down to Jezreel to visit Joram son of Ahab since Joram was ill.