2 Kings 5

1 Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Syria (Aram), was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him יהוה had given deliverance unto Syria (Aram); he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

2 And the Syrians (Arammim) had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Yisrael a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

3 And she said unto her mistress, “If only my lord (adoni) were with the prophet that is in Samaria (Shomeron)! For he would recover him of his leprosy.”

4 And one went in, and told his lord (adon), saying, “Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Yisrael.”

5 And the king of Syria (Aram) said, “Go now, and I will send a letter unto the king of Yisrael.” And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

6 And he brought the letter to the king of Yisrael, saying, “Now when this letter is come unto you, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to you, that you mayest recover him of his leprosy.”

7 And it came to pass, when the king of Yisrael had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, “Am I God (Elohim), to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Wherefore consider, please, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.”

8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God (Elohim) had heard that the king of Yisrael had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Wherefore have you rent your clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Yisrael.”

9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, “Go and wash in Jordan (Yarden) seven times, and your flesh shall come back to you, and you shalt be clean.”

11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of יהוה his God (Elohim), and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.’

12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus (Dammeseq), better than all the waters of Yisrael? May I not wash in them, and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had bid you do some great thing, wouldest you not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’”

14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan (Yarden), according to the saying of the man of God (Elohim); and his flesh came back like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

15 And he returned to the man of God (Elohim), he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said, “Behold, now I know that there is no God (Elohim) in all the earth, but in Yisrael; now therefore, please, take a blessing of your servant.”

16 But he said, “As יהוה liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

17 And Naaman said, “Shall there not then, please, be given to your servant two mules’ burden of earth? For your servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods (elohim), but unto יהוה.”

18 In this thing יהוה pardon your servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon; when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, יהוה pardon your servant in this thing.”

19 And he said unto him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a little way.

20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God (Elohim), said, “Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian (Arammi), in not receiving at his hands that which he brought; but, as יהוה liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.”

21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”

22 And he said, “All is well. My master hath sent me, saying: ‘Behold, even now there be come to me from Mount Efrayim two young men of the sons of the prophets. Please give them a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.’”

23 And Naaman said, “Be content, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.

24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house; and he let the men go, and they departed.

25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, “Whence comest you, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went no whither.”

26 And he said unto him, “Went not mine heart with you, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto you, and unto your seed forever.” And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.