Now Elisha had gone to Damascus when Aram's King Ben-hadad became sick. The king was told, "The man of God has come all this way."
So the king said to Hazael, "Take a gift with you and go to meet the man of God. Question the LORD through him: ‘Will I recover from this sickness?'"
So Hazael went out to meet Elisha. He took along forty camel-loads of Damascus' finest goods as a gift. He came and stood before Elisha and said, "Your son Ben-hadad, the king of Aram, sent me to you to ask, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?'"
Elisha said to him, "Go and tell him, ‘You will definitely recover,' but actually the LORD has shown me that he will die."
Elisha stared straight at Hazael until he felt uneasy.a Then the man of God began to cry.
Hazael said, "Master, why are you crying?" "Because I know what violence you will do to the Israelites," Elisha said. "You will drive them from their forts with fire. You will kill their young men with the sword. You will smash their children and rip open their pregnant women."
Hazael replied, "How could your servant, who is nothing but a dog, do such mighty things?" Elisha said, "The LORD has shown me that you will be king over Aram."
Then Hazael left Elisha and returned to his master. "What did Elisha say to you?" Ben-hadad asked. "He told me that you will certainly live," Hazael replied.
But the next day he took a blanket, soaked it in water, and put it over Ben-hadad's face until he died. Hazael succeeded him as king.