When Elisha was in his last illness, King Jehoash of Israel visited him and wept over him. "My father! My father! The chariots and charioteers of Israel!" he cried.
Elisha told him, "Get a bow and some arrows." And the king did as he was told.
Then Elisha told the king of Israel to put his hand on the bow, and Elisha laid his own hands on the king's hands.
Then he commanded, "Open that eastern window," and he opened it. Then he said, "Shoot!" So he did.Then Elisha proclaimed, "This is the LORD's arrow, full of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.
Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground." So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times.
But the man of God was angry with him. "You should have struck the ground five or six times!" he exclaimed. "Then you would have beaten Aram until they were entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)