2 Kings 8
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1Now Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, "Arise and go, you and your household, and live wherever you can live, for the LORD has called for a famine. And it shall also come upon the land seven years." 2And the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. And she went with her household, and lived in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3Then it came to pass at the end of seven years, the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines. And she went forth to cry to the king for her house and for her land. 4And the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, "Please tell me all the great things which Elisha has done." 5And it came to pass as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life cried to the king for the house and for her land. And Gehazi said, "My lord, O, king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life." 6And when the king asked the woman, she told him, so the king appointed to her a certain official saying, "Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day when she left the land, even until now."

7And Elisha came to Damascus. And Ben-Hadad the king of Syria was sick. And they told him, saying, "The man of God has come here." 8And the king said to Hazael, "Take a present in your hand and go to meet the man of God and ask of the LORD by him, saying, 'Shall I recover of this disease?' " 9And Hazael went to meet him and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, "Your servant Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, has sent me to you, saying, 'Shall I recover from this disease?'" 10And Elisha said to him, "Go and say to him, 'You shall certainly recover. ' But the LORD has shown me that he shall surely die." 11And he set his face steadfastly on him until he was ashamed. And the man of God wept. 12And Hazael said, "Why does my lord weep?" And he answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel. You will set their strongholds on fire, and you will kill their young men with the sword, and will dash their children, and rip up their women with child." 13And Hazael said, "What! Is your servant a dog that he should do this great thing?" And Elisha answered, "The LORD has shown me that you shall be king over Syria." 14And he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me you would surely recover." 15And it came to pass on the next day he took a thick cloth and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face so that he died. And Hazael reigned in his place.

16And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign. 17And he was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 18And he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab did, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 19Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David His servant's sake as He promised him to give him a light to his children forever.

20In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah and made a king over themselves. 21And Jehoram went over to Zair and all the chariots with him. And he rose by night and struck the Edomites who were all around him, and the commanders of the chariots. And the people fled into their tents. 22Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, even to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time. 23And the rest of the acts of Jehoram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

24And Jehoram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.

25In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign. 26Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri, king of Israel. 27And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.

28And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramoth of Gilead. And the Syrians wounded Joram. 29And King Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel from the wounds which the Syrians had given him in Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram king of Judah, went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel because he was sick.

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