2 Kings 6-8 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Axe Head Made to Float

6 1  And sons of the prophet say unto Elisha, 'Lo, we pray thee, the place where we are dwelling before thee is too strait for us; 2  let us go, we pray thee, unto the Jordan, and we take thence each one beam, and we make for ourselves there a place to dwell there;' and he saith, 'Go.' 3  And the one saith, 'Be pleased, I pray thee, and go with thy servants;' and he saith, 'I—I go.' 4  And he goeth with them, and they come in to the Jordan, and cut down the trees, 5  and it cometh to pass, the one is felling the beam, and the iron hath fallen into the water, and he crieth and saith, 'Alas! my lord, and it asked!' 6  And the man of God saith, 'Whither hath it fallen?' and he sheweth him the place, and he cutteth a stick, and casteth thither, and causeth the iron to swim, 7  and saith, 'Raise to thee;' and he putteth forth his hand and taketh it.

Elisha and the Syrians

8  And the king of Aram hath been fighting against Israel, and taketh counsel with his servants, saying, 'At such and such a place 'is' my encamping.' 9  And the man of God sendeth unto the king of Israel, saying, 'Take heed of passing by this place, for thither are the Aramaeans coming down; 10  and the king of Israel sendeth unto the place of which the man of God spake to him, and warned him, and he is preserved there not once nor twice. 11  And the heart of the king of Aram is tossed about concerning this thing, and he calleth unto his servants, and saith unto them, 'Do ye not declare to me who of us 'is' for the king of Israel?' 12  And one of his servants saith, 'Nay, my lord, O king, for Elisha the prophet, who 'is' in Israel, declareth to the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in the inner part of thy bed-chamber.'

13  And he saith, 'Go ye and see where he 'is', and I send and take him;' and it is declared to him, saying, 'Lo—in Dothan.' 14  And he sendeth thither horses and chariot, and a heavy force, and they come in by night, and go round against the city. 15  And the servant of the man of God riseth early, and goeth out, and lo, a force is surrounding the city, and horse and chariot, and his young man saith unto him, 'Alas! my lord, how do we do?' 16  And he saith, 'Fear not, for more 'are' they who 'are' with us than they who 'are' with them.' 17  And Elisha prayeth, and saith, 'Jehovah, open, I pray Thee, his eyes, and he doth see;' and Jehovah openeth the eyes of the young man, and he seeth, and lo, the hill is full of horses and chariots of fire, round about Elisha. 18  And they come down unto it, and Elisha prayeth unto Jehovah, and saith, 'Smite, I pray Thee, this nation with blindness;' and He smiteth them with blindness, according to the word of Elisha. 19  And Elisha saith unto them, 'This 'is' not the way, nor 'is' this the city; come after me, and I lead you unto the man whom ye seek;' and he leadeth them to Samaria. 20  And it cometh to pass, at their coming in to Samaria, that Elisha saith, 'Jehovah, open the eyes of these, and they see;' and Jehovah openeth their eyes, and they see, and lo, in the midst of Samaria! 21  And the king of Israel saith unto Elisha, at his seeing them, 'Do I smite—do I smite—my father?' 22  And he saith, 'Thou dost not smite; those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow art thou smiting? set bread and water before them, and they eat, and drink, and go unto their lord.' 23  And he prepareth for them great provision, and they eat and drink, and he sendeth them away, and they go unto their lord: and troops of Aram have not added any more to come in to the land of Israel.

Elisha and the Siege of Samaria

24  And it cometh to pass afterwards, that Ben-Hadad king of Aram gathereth all his camp, and goeth up, and layeth siege to Samaria, 25  and there is a great famine in Samaria, and lo, they are laying siege to it, till the head of an ass is at eighty silverlings, and a forth of the cab of dovesdung at five silverlings. 26  And it cometh to pass, the king of Israel is passing by on the wall, and a woman hath cried unto him, saying, 'Save, my lord, O king.' 27  And he saith, 'Jehovah doth not save thee—whence do I save thee? out of the threshing-floor, or out of the wine-vat?' 28  And the king saith to her, 'What—to thee?' and she saith, 'This woman said unto me, Give thy son, and we eat him to-day, and my son we eat to-morrow; 29  and we boil my son and eat him, and I say unto her on the next day, Give thy son, and we eat him; and she hideth her son.' 30  And it cometh to pass, at the king's hearing the words of the woman, that he rendeth his garments, and he is passing by on the wall, and the people see, and lo, the sackcloth 'is' on his flesh within. 31  And he saith, 'Thus doth God do to me, and thus He doth add—if it remain—the head of Elisha son of Shaphat—upon him this day.' 32  And Elisha is sitting in his house, and the elders are sitting with him, and 'the king' sendeth a man from before him; before the messenger doth come unto him, even he himself said unto the elders, 'Have ye seen that this son of the murderer hath sent to turn aside my head? see, at the coming in of the messenger, shut the door, and ye have held him fast at the door, is not the sound of the feet of his lord behind him?' 33  He is yet speaking with them, and lo, the messenger is coming down unto him, and he saith, 'Lo, this 'is' the evil from Jehovah: what—do I wait for Jehovah any more?'

7 1  And Elisha saith, 'Hear ye a word of Jehovah: thus said Jehovah, About this time to-morrow, a measure of fine flour 'is' at a shekel, and two measures of barley at a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.' 2  And the captain whom the king hath, by whose hand he hath been supported, answereth the man of God and saith, 'Lo, Jehovah is making windows in the heavens—shall this thing be?' and he saith, 'Lo, thou art seeing it with thine eyes, and thereof thou dost not eat.'

3  And four men have been leprous, at the opening of the gate, and they say one unto another, 'What—we are sitting here till we have died; 4  if we have said, We go in to the city, then the famine 'is' in the city, and we have died there; and if we have sat here, then we have died; and now, come and we fall unto the camp of Aram; if they keep us alive, we live, and if they put us to death—we have died.' 5  And they rise in the twilight, to go in unto the camp of Aram, and they come in unto the extremity of the camp of Aram, and lo, there is not a man there, 6  seeing Jehovah hath caused the camp of Aram to hear a noise of chariot and a noise of horse—a noise of great force, and they say one unto another, 'Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of Egypt, to come against us.' 7  And they rise and flee in the twilight, and forsake their tents, and their horses, and their asses—the camp as it 'is'—and flee for their life. 8  And these lepers come in unto the extremity of the camp, and come in unto one tent, and eat, and drink, and lift up thence silver, and gold, and garments, and go and hide; and they turn back and go in unto another tent, and lift up thence, and go and hide. 9  And they say one unto another, 'We are not doing right this day; a day of tidings it 'is', and we are keeping silent; and—we have waited till the light of the morning, then hath punishment found us; and now, come and we go in and declare to the house of the king.' 10  And they come in, and call unto the gatekeeper of the city, and declare for themselves, saying, 'We have come in unto the camp of Aram, and lo, there is not there a man, or sound of man, but the bound horse, and the bound ass, and tents as they 'are'.' 11  and he calleth the gatekeepers, and they declare to the house of the king within.

12  And the king riseth by night, and saith unto his servants, 'Let me declare, I pray you, to you that which the Aramaeans have done to us; they have known that we are famished, and they are gone out from the camp to be hidden in the field, saying, When they come out from the city, then we catch them alive, and unto the city we enter.' 13  And one of his servants answereth and saith, 'Then let them take, I pray thee, five of the horses that are left, that have been left in it—lo, they 'are' as all the multitude of Israel who have been left in it; lo, they are as all the multitude of Israel who have been consumed—and we send and see.' 14  And they take two chariot-horses, and the king sendeth after the camp of Aram, saying, 'Go, and see.' 15  And they go after them unto the Jordan, and lo, all the way is full of garments and vessels that the Aramaeans have cast away in their haste, and the messengers turn back and declare to the king. 16  And the people go out and spoil the camp of Aram, and there is a measure of fine flour at a shekel, and two measures of barley at a shekel, according to the word of Jehovah. 17  And the king hath appointed the captain, by whose hand he is supported, over the gate, and the people tread him down in the gate, and he dieth, as the man of God spake, which he spake in the coming down of the king unto him, 18  yea, it cometh to pass, according to the speaking of the man of God unto the king, saying, 'Two measures of barley at a shekel, and a measure of fine flour at a shekel are, at this time to-morrow, in the gate of Samaria;' 19  and the captain answereth the man of God, and saith, 'And lo, Jehovah is making windows in the heavens—it is according to this word?' and he saith, 'Lo, thou art seeing with thine eyes, and thereof thou dost not eat;' 20  and it cometh to him so, and the people tread him down in the gate, and he dieth.

The Shunammite Woman's Land Restored

8 1  And Elisha spake unto the woman whose son he had revived, saying, 'Rise and go, thou and thy household, and sojourn where thou dost sojourn, for Jehovah hath called for a famine, and also, it is coming unto the land seven years.' 2  And the woman riseth, and doth according to the word of the man of God, and goeth, she and her household, and sojourneth in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3  And it cometh to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman turneth back from the land of the Philistines, and goeth out to cry unto the king, for her house, and for her field. 4  And the king is speaking unto Gehazi, servant of the man of God, saying, 'Recount, I pray thee, to me, the whole of the great things that Elisha hath done.' 5  And it cometh to pass, he is recounting to the king how he had revived the dead, and lo, the woman whose son he had revived is crying unto the king, for her house and for her field, and Gehazi saith, 'My lord, O king, this 'is' the woman, and this her son, whom Elisha revived.' 6  And the king asketh at the woman, and she recounteth to him, and the king appointeth to her a certain eunuch, saying, 'Give back all that she hath, and all the increase of the field from the day of her leaving the land even till now.'

Hazael Becomes King of Syria

7  And Elisha cometh in to Damascus, and Ben-Hadad king of Aram is sick, and it is declared to him, saying, 'The man of God hath come hither.' 8  And the king saith unto Hazael, 'Take in thy hand a present, and go to meet the man of God, and thou hast sought Jehovah by him, saying, Do I revive from this sickness?' 9  And Hazael goeth to meet him, and taketh a present in his hand, even of every good thing of Damascus, a burden of forty camels, and he cometh in and standeth before him, and saith, 'Thy son Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, hath sent me unto thee, saying, Do I revive from this sickness?' 10  And Elisha saith unto him, 'Go, say, Thou dost certainly not revive, seeing Jehovah hath shewed me that he doth surely die.' 11  And he setteth his face, yea, he setteth 'it' till he is ashamed, and the man of God weepeth. 12  And Hazael saith, 'Wherefore is my lord weeping?' and he saith, 'Because I have known the evil that thou dost to the sons of Israel—their fenced places thou dost send into fire, and their young men with sword thou dost slay, and their sucklings thou dost dash to pieces, and their pregnant women thou dost rip up.' 13  And Hazael saith, 'But what, 'is' thy servant the dog, that he doth this great thing?' And Elisha saith, 'Jehovah hath shewed me thee—king of Aram.' 14  And he goeth from Elisha, and cometh in unto his lord, and he saith unto him, 'What said Elisha to thee?' and he saith, 'He said to me, Thou dost certainly recover.' 15  And it cometh to pass on the morrow, that he taketh the coarse cloth, and dippeth in water, and spreadeth on his face, and he dieth, and Hazael reigneth in his stead.

The Reign of Jehoram of Judah

16  And in the fifth year of Joram son of Ahab king of Israel—and Jehoshaphat 'is' king of Judah—hath Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah reigned; 17  a son of thirty and two years was he in his reigning, and eight years he hath reigned in Jerusalem. 18  And he walketh in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab, for a daughter of Ahab was to him for a wife, and he doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, 19  and Jehovah was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, as He said to him, to give to him a lamp—to his sons all the days. 20  In his days hath Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and they cause a king to reign over them, 21  and Joram passeth over to Zair, and all the chariots with him, and he himself hath risen by night, and smiteth Edom, that is coming round about unto him, and the heads of the chariots, and the people fleeth to its tents; 22  and Edom revolteth from under the hand of Judah till this day; then doth Libnah revolt at that time. 23  And the rest of the matters of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? 24  And Joram lieth with his fathers, and is buried with his fathers in the city of David, and reign doth Ahaziah his son in his stead.

The Reign of Ahaziah of Judah

25  In the twelfth year of Joram son of Ahab king of Israel reigned hath Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah; 26  a son of twenty and two years 'is' Ahaziah in his reigning, and one year he hath reigned in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother 'is' Athaliah daughter of Omri king of Israel, 27  and he walketh in the way of the house of Ahab, and doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, like the house of Ahab, for he 'is' son-in-law of the house of Ahab. 28  And he goeth with Joram son of Ahab to battle with Hazael king of Aram in Ramoth-Gilead, and the Aramaeans smite Joram, 29  and Joram the king turneth back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds with which the Arameans smite him in Ramah, in his fighting with Hazael king of Aram, and Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah hath gone down to see Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, for he is sick.

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