he said to Hazael,1 "Take a gift2 with you and go to meet the man of God. Consult3 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';4 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.5 Then the man of God began to weep.612
"Why is my lord weeping?" asked Hazael. "Because I know the harm7 you will do to the Israelites," he answered. "You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash8 their little children9 to the ground, and rip open10 their pregnant women."
Hazael said, "How could your servant, a mere dog,11 accomplish such a feat?" "The LORD has shown me that you will become king12 of Aram," answered Elisha.
Then Hazael left Elisha and returned to his master. When Ben-Hadad asked, "What did Elisha say to you?" Hazael replied, "He told me that you would certainly recover."
But the next day he took a thick cloth, soaked it in water and spread it over the king's face, so that he died.13 Then Hazael succeeded him as king.