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1 And the children of the Prophets saide vnto Elisha, Behold, we pray thee, the place where we dwell with thee, is too litle for vs.

2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man aOr a piece of wood fit to build with.beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

3 And one said, Vouchsafe, I pray thee, to go with thy seruants, and he answered, I will goe.

4 So he went with them, & when they came to Iorden, they cut downe wood.

5 And as one was felling of a tree, the yron fell into the water: then he cryed, and said, Alas master, it was but borowed.

6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast [it] in thither; and the iron didGod wrought this miraculously to confirm the authority of Elisha, to whom he had given such abundance of his Spirit.swim.

7 Then he saide, Take it vp to thee; he stretched out his hand, and tooke it.

8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, InMeaning, that he would lie in ambush and take the Israelites unawares.such and such a place [shall be] my camp.

9 Therefore the man of God sent vnto the King of Israel, saying, Beware thou goe not ouer to such a place: for there the Aramites are come downe.

10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, andThe wicked conspire nothing so craftily, but God can reveal it to his servants, and cause their counsel to be disclosed.saved himself there, not once nor twice.

11 And the heart of the King of Aram was troubled for this thing: therefore he called his seruants and saide vnto them, Will ye not shewe me, which of vs bewrayeth our counsel to the king of Israel?

12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that [is] in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thyThere is nothing so secret that you can go about, but he knows it, and reveals it to his king.bedchamber.

13 And he said, Goe, and espie where he is, that I may sende and fetch him; one tolde him, saying, Beholde, he is in Dothan.

14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and aThough it was nothing in man's judgment to have taken Elisha, yet the wicked doubt, and think they are never able to prepare enough power, though it be but against one or a few.great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

15 And when the seruant of the man of God arose earely to goe out, beholde, an hoste compassed the citie with horses and charets. Then his seruant sayde vnto him, Alas master, howe shall we doe?

16 And he answered,For he was assured of God's help, and that millions of angels camped about the godly to deliver them.Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them.

17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes,That he may behold how you have prepared an army to rescue us.that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

18 And whenMeaning the Syrians his enemies, who came down thinking themselves sure of him.they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

19 And Elisha said unto them, This [is] not the way, neither [is] this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he ledThus he did being led by the Spirit of God, and not because he sought his own revenge, but only to set forth the glory of God.them to Samaria.

20 And when they were come to Samaria, Elisha saide, Lorde, open their eyes that they may see; the Lorde opened their eyes, and they saw, & beholde, they were in the mids of Samaria.

21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them,The wicked use reverent and grave words toward the servants of God, when they think to have any blessing from them, though in their heart they cannot abide them.My father, shall I smite [them]? shall I smite [them]?

22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: doest thou not smite them that thou hast taken with thy sworde, and with thy bowe? but set bread and water before them, that they may eate and drinke and goe to their master.

23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came noFor this gentle intreaty and the miracle wrought by the prophet, did more for peace than if they had been overcome in battle for they did not return at that time to fight against Israel, or in that king's days.more into the land of Israel.

24 But afterward Ben-hadad King of Aram gathered all his hoste, and went vp, and besieged Samaria.

25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was [sold] for fourscore [pieces] of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove'sThe Hebrews write, that they burned it in the seige for lack of wood.dung for five [pieces] of silver.

26 And as the King of Israel was going vpon the wall, there cryed a woman vnto him, saying, Helpe, my lord, O King.

27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of theMeaning, any kind of food as corn and wine.barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

28 Also the King said vnto her, What ayleth thee? And she answered, This woman sayde vnto me, Giue thy sonne, that we may eate him to day, and we will eate my sonne to morowe,

29 So we sod my sonne, and did eate him: & I saide to her the day after, Giue thy sonne, that we may eate him, but she hath hid her sonne.

30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, [he had] sackcloth withinThus hypocrites when they feel God's judgments think to please him with outward ceremonies whom in prosperity they will not know.upon his flesh.

31 And he saide, God doe so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the sonne of Shaphat shall stande on him this day.

32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and [the king] sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of aMeaning, Jehoram Ahab's son, who killed the prophets and caused Naboth to be stoned.murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: [is] not the sound of his master's feet behind him?

33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil [is] of the LORD; whatSo the wicked fall into a rage and desperation, if they do not find a quick remedy for their afflictions.should I wait for the LORD any longer?

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