The Arameans Plot to Capture Elisha

Now the king of Aram was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “In such and such a place shall be my camp.” But (A)the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, saying, “Be careful that you do not pass this place, because the Arameans are coming down there.” 10 And the king of Israel sent scouts to the place about which the man of God had told him; so he warned him, so that he was on his guard there, [a]more than once or twice.

11 Now the heart of the king of Aram was enraged over this matter; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not tell me which of us is for the king of Israel?” 12 One of his servants said, “No, my lord, the king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, so that I may send men and take him.” And it was told to him, saying, “Behold, he is in (B)Dothan.” 14 So he sent horses and chariots and a substantial army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

15 Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “This is hopeless, my master! [b]What are we to do?” 16 And he said, “(C)Do not be afraid, for (D)those who are with us are [c]greater than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “(E)Lord, please, open his eyes so that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of (F)horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this [d]people with blindness.” So He (G)struck them with blindness in accordance with the word of Elisha. 19 Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city; follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he brought them to Samaria.

20 When they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, “(H)Lord, open the eyes of these men, so that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. 21 Then the king of Israel when he saw them, said to Elisha, “(I)My father, shall I [e]kill them? Shall I [f]kill them?” 22 But he [g]answered, “You shall not [h]kill them. Would you [i](J)kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? (K)Set bread and water before them, so that they may eat and drink, and go to their master.” 23 So he provided a large feast for them; and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And (L)the marauding bands of Arameans did not come again into the land of Israel.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 6:10 Lit not once or twice
  2. 2 Kings 6:15 Lit How
  3. 2 Kings 6:16 Or more
  4. 2 Kings 6:18 Lit nation
  5. 2 Kings 6:21 Lit strike
  6. 2 Kings 6:21 Lit strike
  7. 2 Kings 6:22 Lit said
  8. 2 Kings 6:22 Lit strike
  9. 2 Kings 6:22 Lit strike