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2 Kings 5:20-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

20 Gehazi, the attendant of Elisha the man of God, thought: My master has let this Aramean Naaman off lightly by not accepting from him what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.

21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw someone running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him and asked, “Is everything all right?”

22 Gehazi said, “It’s all right. My master has sent me to say, ‘I have just now discovered that two young men from the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them 75 pounds[a] of silver and two changes of clothes.’”

23 But Naaman insisted, “Please, accept 150 pounds.”[b] He urged Gehazi and then packed 150 pounds[c] of silver in two bags with two changes of clothes. Naaman gave them to two of his young men who carried them ahead of Gehazi. 24 When Gehazi came to the hill,[d] he took the gifts from them and stored them in the house. Then he dismissed the men, and they left.

25 Gehazi came and stood by his master. “Where did you go, Gehazi?” Elisha asked him.

“Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” he replied.

26 But Elisha questioned him, “Wasn’t my spirit there[e] when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to accept money and clothes, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves? 27 Therefore, Naaman’s skin disease will cling to you and your descendants forever.” So Gehazi went out from his presence diseased—white as snow.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 5:22 Lit a talent
  2. 2 Kings 5:23 Lit two talents
  3. 2 Kings 5:23 Lit two talents
  4. 2 Kings 5:24 Or citadel
  5. 2 Kings 5:26 Lit “Did not my heart go

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