The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.
At the end of the seven years she came back from the land of the Philistines and went to the king to beg for her house and land.
The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, "Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done."
Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored1 the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to beg the king for her house and land. Gehazi said, "This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life."
The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, "Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now."
Elisha went to Damascus,2 and Ben-Hadad3 king of Aram was ill. When the king was told, "The man of God has come all the way up here,"
he said to Hazael,4 "Take a gift5 with you and go to meet the man of God. Consult6 the LORD through him; ask him, 'Will I recover from this illness?' "
Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him as a gift forty camel-loads of all the finest wares of Damascus. He went in and stood before him, and said, "Your son Ben-Hadad king of Aram has sent me to ask, 'Will I recover from this illness?' "
Elisha answered, "Go and say to him, 'You will certainly recover';7 buta the LORD has revealed to me that he will in fact die."
He stared at him with a fixed gaze until Hazael felt ashamed.8 Then the man of God began to weep.912
"Why is my lord weeping?" asked Hazael. "Because I know the harm10 you will do to the Israelites," he answered. "You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash11 their little children12 to the ground, and rip open13 their pregnant women."