The Shunammite’s Land Restored

Now Elisha had said to the woman(A) whose son he had restored to life, “Go away with your family and stay for a while wherever you can, because the Lord has decreed a famine(B) in the land that will last seven years.”(C) The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.

At the end of the seven years she came back from the land of the Philistines and went to appeal to the king for her house and land. The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, “Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done.” Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored(D) the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land.

Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” The king asked the woman about it, and she told him.

Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.”

Hazael Murders Ben-Hadad

Elisha went to Damascus,(E) and Ben-Hadad(F) king of Aram was ill. When the king was told, “The man of God has come all the way up here,” he said to Hazael,(G) “Take a gift(H) with you and go to meet the man of God. Consult(I) the Lord through him; ask him, ‘Will I recover from this illness?’”

Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him as a gift forty camel-loads of all the finest wares of Damascus. He went in and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben-Hadad king of Aram has sent me to ask, ‘Will I recover from this illness?’”

10 Elisha answered, “Go and say to him, ‘You will certainly recover.’(J) Nevertheless,[a] the Lord has revealed to me that he will in fact die.” 11 He stared at him with a fixed gaze until Hazael was embarrassed.(K) Then the man of God began to weep.(L)

12 “Why is my lord weeping?” asked Hazael.

“Because I know the harm(M) you will do to the Israelites,” he answered. “You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash(N) their little children(O) to the ground, and rip open(P) their pregnant women.”

13 Hazael said, “How could your servant, a mere dog,(Q) accomplish such a feat?”

“The Lord has shown me that you will become king(R) of Aram,” answered Elisha.

14 Then Hazael left Elisha and returned to his master. When Ben-Hadad asked, “What did Elisha say to you?” Hazael replied, “He told me that you would certainly recover.” 15 But the next day he took a thick cloth, soaked it in water and spread it over the king’s face, so that he died.(S) Then Hazael succeeded him as king.

Jehoram King of Judah(T)

16 In the fifth year of Joram(U) son of Ahab king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram(V) son of Jehoshaphat began his reign as king of Judah. 17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. 18 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter(W) of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 19 Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy(X) Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp(Y) for David and his descendants forever.

20 In the time of Jehoram, Edom rebelled against Judah and set up its own king.(Z) 21 So Jehoram[b] went to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites surrounded him and his chariot commanders, but he rose up and broke through by night; his army, however, fled back home. 22 To this day Edom has been in rebellion(AA) against Judah. Libnah(AB) revolted at the same time.

23 As for the other events of Jehoram’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 24 Jehoram rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. And Ahaziah his son succeeded him as king.

Ahaziah King of Judah(AC)

25 In the twelfth(AD) year of Joram son of Ahab king of Israel, Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign. 26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah,(AE) a granddaughter of Omri(AF) king of Israel. 27 He followed the ways of the house of Ahab(AG) and did evil(AH) in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for he was related by marriage to Ahab’s family.

28 Ahaziah went with Joram son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead.(AI) The Arameans wounded Joram; 29 so King Joram returned to Jezreel(AJ) to recover from the wounds the Arameans had inflicted on him at Ramoth[c] in his battle with Hazael(AK) king of Aram.

Then Ahaziah(AL) son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see Joram son of Ahab, because he had been wounded.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 8:10 The Hebrew may also be read Go and say, ‘You will certainly not recover,’ for.
  2. 2 Kings 8:21 Hebrew Joram, a variant of Jehoram; also in verses 23 and 24
  3. 2 Kings 8:29 Hebrew Ramah, a variant of Ramoth

Human Plans and God’s Plans

Woe to those who plan iniquity,
    to those who plot evil(A) on their beds!(B)
At morning’s light they carry it out
    because it is in their power to do it.
They covet fields(C) and seize them,(D)
    and houses, and take them.
They defraud(E) people of their homes,
    they rob them of their inheritance.(F)

Therefore, the Lord says:

“I am planning disaster(G) against this people,
    from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,(H)
    for it will be a time of calamity.
In that day people will ridicule you;
    they will taunt you with this mournful song:
‘We are utterly ruined;(I)
    my people’s possession is divided up.(J)
He takes it from me!
    He assigns our fields to traitors.’”

Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
    to divide the land(K) by lot.(L)

False Prophets

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
    “Do not prophesy about these things;
    disgrace(M) will not overtake us.(N)
You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
    “Does the Lord become[a] impatient?
    Does he do such things?”

“Do not my words do good(O)
    to the one whose ways are upright?(P)
Lately my people have risen up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by without a care,
    like men returning from battle.
You drive the women of my people
    from their pleasant homes.(Q)
You take away my blessing
    from their children forever.
10 Get up, go away!
    For this is not your resting place,(R)
because it is defiled,(S)
    it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
11 If a liar and deceiver(T) comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’(U)
    that would be just the prophet for this people!(V)

Deliverance Promised

12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
    I will surely bring together the remnant(W) of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
    like a flock in its pasture;
    the place will throng with people.(X)
13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before(Y) them;
    they will break through the gate(Z) and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
    the Lord at their head.”

Footnotes

  1. Micah 2:7 Or Is the Spirit of the Lord

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;(A)
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;(B)
    do not let the arrogant oppress me.(C)
123 My eyes fail,(D) looking for your salvation,(E)
    looking for your righteous promise.(F)
124 Deal with your servant according to your love(G)
    and teach me your decrees.(H)
125 I am your servant;(I) give me discernment
    that I may understand your statutes.(J)
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
    your law is being broken.(K)
127 Because I love your commands(L)
    more than gold,(M) more than pure gold,(N)
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,(O)
    I hate every wrong path.(P)

פ Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;(Q)
    therefore I obey them.(R)
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;(S)
    it gives understanding to the simple.(T)
131 I open my mouth and pant,(U)
    longing for your commands.(V)
132 Turn to me(W) and have mercy(X) on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.(Y)
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;(Z)
    let no sin rule(AA) over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,(AB)
    that I may obey your precepts.(AC)
135 Make your face shine(AD) on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.(AE)
136 Streams of tears(AF) flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed.(AG)

צ Tsadhe

137 You are righteous,(AH) Lord,
    and your laws are right.(AI)
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;(AJ)
    they are fully trustworthy.(AK)
139 My zeal wears me out,(AL)
    for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises(AM) have been thoroughly tested,(AN)
    and your servant loves them.(AO)
141 Though I am lowly and despised,(AP)
    I do not forget your precepts.(AQ)
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
    and your law is true.(AR)
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but your commands give me delight.(AS)
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
    give me understanding(AT) that I may live.

ק Qoph

145 I call with all my heart;(AU) answer me, Lord,
    and I will obey your decrees.(AV)
146 I call out to you; save me(AW)
    and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn(AX) and cry for help;
    I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,(AY)
    that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice(AZ) in accordance with your love;(BA)
    preserve my life,(BB) Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes(BC) are near,
    but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near,(BD) Lord,
    and all your commands are true.(BE)
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes(BF)
    that you established them to last forever.(BG)

ר Resh

153 Look on my suffering(BH) and deliver me,(BI)
    for I have not forgotten(BJ) your law.
154 Defend my cause(BK) and redeem me;(BL)
    preserve my life(BM) according to your promise.(BN)
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek out(BO) your decrees.
156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;(BP)
    preserve my life(BQ) according to your laws.(BR)
157 Many are the foes who persecute me,(BS)
    but I have not turned(BT) from your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing,(BU)
    for they do not obey your word.(BV)
159 See how I love your precepts;
    preserve my life,(BW) Lord, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
    all your righteous laws are eternal.(BX)

ש Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute me(BY) without cause,
    but my heart trembles(BZ) at your word.
162 I rejoice(CA) in your promise
    like one who finds great spoil.(CB)
163 I hate and detest(CC) falsehood
    but I love your law.(CD)
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous laws.(CE)
165 Great peace(CF) have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.(CG)
166 I wait for your salvation,(CH) Lord,
    and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
    for I love them(CI) greatly.
168 I obey your precepts(CJ) and your statutes,(CK)
    for all my ways are known(CL) to you.

ת Taw

169 May my cry come(CM) before you, Lord;
    give me understanding(CN) according to your word.(CO)
170 May my supplication come(CP) before you;
    deliver me(CQ) according to your promise.(CR)
171 May my lips overflow with praise,(CS)
    for you teach me(CT) your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing(CU) of your word,
    for all your commands are righteous.(CV)
173 May your hand be ready to help(CW) me,
    for I have chosen(CX) your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation,(CY) Lord,
    and your law gives me delight.(CZ)
175 Let me live(DA) that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.(DB)
    Seek your servant,
    for I have not forgotten(DC) your commands.

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