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1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thouWhere you can find a convenient place to dwell, where there is plenty.canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God, and went both shee and her housholde and soiourned in the lande of the Philistims seuen yeeres.

3 And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forthThat is, to complain of them who had taken her possessions while she was absent.to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

4 And the King talked with Gehazi the seruant of the man of God, saying, Tell mee, I pray thee, all the great actes, that Elisha hath done.

5 And it came to pass, as he was tellingGod's wonderful providence appears in this, that he caused the king to desire to hear him, whom before he contemned and also hereby prepared an entrance to the poor widows suit.the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried 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 unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that [was] hers, and all theThe king caused that to be justly restored which was wrongfully withheld from her.fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

7 Then Elisha came to Damascus, and Ben-hadad the King of Aram was sicke, and one told him, saying, The man of God is come hither.

8 And the king sayd vnto Hazael, Take a present in thine hande, and goe meete the man of God, that thou mayest inquire of ye Lord by him, saying, Shall I recouer of this disease?

9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of everyOf all the chiefest and precious things of the country.good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainlyMeaning that he would recover of this disease: but he knew that this messenger Hazael would slay him to obtain the kingdom.recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.

11 And hee looked vpon him stedfastly, till Hazael was ashamed, and the man of God wept.

12 And Hazael sayde, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I knowe the euill that thou shalt do vnto the children of Israel: for their strong cities shalt thou set on fire, and their yong men shalt thou slay with the sworde, and shalt dash their infantes against the stones, and rent in pieces their women with child.

13 And Hazael said, But what, [is] thy servantThat I should be without all humanity and pity.a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou [shalt be] king over Syria.

14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him, What saide Elisha to thee? And he answered, Hee tolde mee that thou shouldest recouer.

15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped [it] in water, andUnder pretence to refresh or ease him, he suffocated him with his cloak.spread [it] on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.

16 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat [being] then king of Judah,Read (2Ki_1:17).Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.

17 He was two and thirtie yere olde, when he began to reigne: and hee reigned eight yeere in Ierusalem.

18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for theThe Holy Spirit shows by this the danger of joining with infidels.daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.

19 Yet the Lord would not destroy Iudah, for Dauid his seruants sake, as he had promised him to giue him a light, and to his children for euer.

20 In his days EdomWhich had been subject from David's time until this time of Jehoram.revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves.

21 Therefore Ioram went to Zair, and all his charets with him, and he arose by night, & smote the Edomites which were about him with the captains of the charets, and the people fled into their tents.

22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. ThenThis was a city in Judah given to the Levites, (Jos_21:13) that later turned from king Jehoram, because of his idolatry.Libnah revolted at the same time.

23 Concerning the rest of the actes of Ioram and all that hee did, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Iudah?

24 And Ioram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the citie of Dauid; Ahaziah his sonne reigned in his stead.

25 In the twelft yere of Ioram the sonne of Ahab King of Israel did Ahaziah the sonne of Iehoram King of Iudah begin to reigne.

26 Which is to be understood, that he was made king when his father reigned, but after his father's death he was confirmed king when he was forty-two years old, as in (2Ch_22:2).Two and twenty years old [was] Ahaziah 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.

27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did euill in the sight of the Lord, like the house of Ahab: for hee was the sonne in law of the house of Ahab.

28 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria inWhich was a city in the tribe of Gad beyond Jordan.Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.

29 And king Joram went back to be healed inThis is a city belonging to the tribe of Issachar.Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given 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.

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