2 Kings

2 Kings 8 ©

1The Shunammite, who to avoid the famine had by Elisha's advice left her country seven years, crieth unto the king, and hath her land restored to her. 7Hazael, sent to enquire of Elisha concerning Ben-hadad's sickness, heareth from the prophet his own destination to the kingdom, and at his return killeth his master, and succeedeth him. 16Jehoram reigneth wickedly in Judah. 20Edom and Libnah revolt from him. 23He dieth, and is succeeded by Ahaziah. 25Ahaziah's wicked reign. 28He assisteth Joram king of Israel against Syria, and visiteth him lying sick of his wounds at Jezreel.

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THEN spake Elisha unto the woman, awhose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and b*sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for cthe LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

a ch. 4.35.
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And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her dhousehold, and *sojourned in the eland of the Philistines seven years.

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And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and fshe went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

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And the gking talked with hGehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.

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And it came to pass, as he was telling 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 ithe woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.

i ch. 4.8-37.
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And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain 1officer, saying, jRestore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

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¶And Elisha came to kDamascus; and lBen-hadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The mman of God is come *hither.

l 1Ki. 15.18; 20.1,2; 22.31. ch. 6.24.
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And the king said unto nHazael, oTake a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire pof the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

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So qHazael went to meet him, and took ra present 2with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy sson Ben-hadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

r ch. 5.5,16.
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And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall tsurely die.

t v.15.
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And he settled his countenance 3stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God uwept.

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And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know vthe evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt wdash their children, and rip up their women with child.

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And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant xa dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD yhath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.

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So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that zthou shouldest surely recover.

z v.10.
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And it came to pass aon the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and bspread it on his face, so that he died: and cHazael reigned in his *stead.

c v.13. 1Ki. 19.15.
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¶And in the dfifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah 4began to reign.

d 2Ch. 21.1,3-5,20. ch. 1.17.
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Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

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And he walked ein the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for fthe daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.

f v.26. 2Ch. 21.6; 22.3. 1Ki. 21.25. ch. 9.2.
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Yet gthe LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, has he promised him to give him alway a 5light, and to his children.

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¶In his days Edom irevolted from under the hand of Judah, and jmade a king over themselves.

j ch. 3.9.
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So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he rose kby night, and smote the Edomites which *compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled linto their tents.

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Yet mEdom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then nLibnah revolted at the same time.

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And the orest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

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And pJoram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and 6Ahaziah his son reigned in his *stead.

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¶In the qtwelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did rAhaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.

q v.16-18. 2Ch. 22.1-3.
r 2Ch. 22.2; 21.17. 1Ch. 2.11. ch. 9.29.
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sTwo 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 7daughter of Omri king of Israel.

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And he twalked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab.

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¶And he uwent with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against vHazael king of Syria in wRamoth-gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.

v v.12,13,15.
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And xking Joram went back to be healed in yJezreel of the wounds 8which the Syrians had given him at 9Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. zAnd Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was 10sick.

x ch. 9.15.
z ch. 9.16.