"If you will not," said Naaman, "please let me, your servant, be given as much earth1 as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the LORD.
But may the LORD forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning2 on my arm and I bow there also--when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the LORD forgive your servant for this."
"Go in peace,"3 Elisha said. After Naaman had traveled some distance,
Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, "My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD 4 lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. "Is everything all right?" he asked.
"Everything is all right," Gehazi answered. "My master sent me to say, 'Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talenta of silver and two sets of clothing.' "523
"By all means, take two talents," said Naaman. He urged Gehazi to accept them, and then tied up the two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing. He gave them to two of his servants, and they carried them ahead of Gehazi.
When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the things from the servants and put them away in the house. He sent the men away and they left.
Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha. "Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked. "Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered.
But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time6 to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants?727
Naaman's leprosy8 will cling to you and to your descendants forever." Then Gehazi9 went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow.10