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,1 he tore his robes and said, "Am I God?2 Can I kill and bring back to life?3 Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel4 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 prophet5 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, wash6 yourself seven times7 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 hand8 over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters9 of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage.1013
Naaman's servants went to him and said, "My father,11 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,12 as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored13 and became clean like that of a young boy.1415
Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God15. He stood before him and said, "Now I know16 that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift17 from your servant."
The prophet answered, "As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing." And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.18