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."