2 Kings 7:3-11 NIV

The Siege Lifted

3 Now there were four men with leprosya at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die?

References for 2 Kings 7:3

    • p 7:3 - The Hebrew for "leprosy" was used for various diseases affecting the skin; also in verse 8.
      4 If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”
      5 At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there,
      6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!”

      References for 2 Kings 7:6

      7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

      References for 2 Kings 7:7

      8 The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.

      References for 2 Kings 7:8

      9 Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”
      10 So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.”
      11 The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace.

      Study tools for 2 Kings 7:3-11

      • a 7:1 - That is, probably about 12 pounds or about 5.5 kilograms of flour; also in verses 16 and 18
      • b 7:1 - That is, about 2/5 ounce or about 12 grams; also in verses 16 and 18
      • c 7:1 - That is, probably about 20 pounds or about 9 kilograms of barley; also in verses 16 and 18
      • d 7:3 - The Hebrew for "leprosy" was used for various diseases affecting the skin; also in verse 8.