Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram.1 He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.a22
Now bands3 from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife.
She said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet4 who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."
Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said.
"By all means, go," the king of Aram replied. "I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So Naaman left, taking with him ten talentsb of silver, six thousand shekelsc of gold and ten sets of clothing.56
The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: "With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy."
As soon as the king of Israel read the letter,6 he tore his robes and said, "Am I God?7 Can I kill and bring back to life?8 Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel9 with me!"
When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: "Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet10 in Israel."
So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house.
Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, wash11 yourself seven times12 in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."
But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand13 over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters14 of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage.1513
Naaman's servants went to him and said, "My father,16 if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!"
So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times,17 as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored18 and became clean like that of a young boy.19