2 Kings 8
1 Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise and
go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for Jehovah has called for a
famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.
2 So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God, and she went
with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.
3 And it came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of
the Philistines; and she went to cry out to the king for her house and for her land.
4 Now the king was speaking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell
me, please, all the great things that Elisha has done.
5 And it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that
behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life, was crying out to the king for her
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.
6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain
officer to her, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the fields from the
day that she left the land until now.
7 And Elisha came to Damascus, and Ben-Hadad king of Syria was sick; and it was
reported to him, saying, The man of God has come here.
8 And the king said to Hazael, Take a present in your hand, and go to meet the man of
God, and inquire of Jehovah by him, saying, Shall I remain alive of this disease?
9 So Hazael went to meet him and took a present with him, of every good thing of
Damascus, forty camel-loads; and he came and stood before him, and said, Your son Ben-Hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, Shall I remain alive of this disease?
10 And Elisha said to him, Go, say to him, You shall live to remain alive. However
Jehovah has shown me that he shall die the death.
11 Then he stood still and set his face until he was ashamed; and the man of God wept.
12 And Hazael said, Why is my lord weeping? He answered, Because I know the evil that
you will do to the children of Israel: Their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young
men you will kill with the sword; and you will dash their children, and rip open their
women with child.
13 And Hazael said, But what is your servant; a dog, that he should do this great thing?
And Elisha answered, Jehovah has shown me that you will become king over Syria.
14 And 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 that you will live to remain alive.
15 But it happened on the next day that he took a thick cloth and dipped it in water, and
spread it over his face so that he died; and Hazael reigned in his place.
16 Now in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoshaphat having
been king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat began to reign as king of Judah.
17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in
18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done,
for the daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah.
19 Yet Jehovah would not destroy Judah, for the sake of his servant David, as He had
promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons all their days.
20 In his days Edom revolted against the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves.
21 So Joram passed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him. And he rose up by night
and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and the commanders of the chariots; and
the people fled to their tents.
22 Thus Edom has been in revolt against the hand of Judah to this day. Then Libnah
revolted at the same time.
23 Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book
of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah.
24 So Joram rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David.
And Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of
Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign.
26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri, king of Israel.
27 And he walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the eyes of Jehovah,
like the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law to the house of Ahab.
28 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria at
Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians struck Joram.
29 Then King Joram went back to Jezreel to be healed from the wounds with which the
Syrians had struck him at 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.