Now 1Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a greatmanawith his master, and highly respected , because by him the LORD had givenvictory to Aram. The man was also a valiantwarrior, but he was a leper.
Now the Arameans had gone out 2in bands and had takencaptive a littlegirl from the land of Israel ; and she bwaited on Naaman'swife.
She said to her mistress, "I wish that my master were cwith the prophetwho is in Samaria ! Then he would cure him of his leprosy."
4dNaaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thusspoke the girlwho is from the land of Israel."
Then the king of Aramsaid, "Goenow, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." He departed and 3took with him tentalents of silver and sixthousand shekels of gold and ten4changes of clothes.
He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, "And now as thislettercomes to you, behold, I have sentNaaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy."
When the king of Israelread the letter, 5he tore his clothes and said, "6Am I God, to kill and to makealive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy ? But 7considernow, and seehow he is seekingfa quarrel against me."
It happened when Elisha8the man of Godheard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes ? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
So Naamancame with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha.
10Elishasent a messenger to him, saying, "9Go and wash in the Jordanseventimes, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean."
But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Behold, I gthought, 'He will surelycome out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his handover the place and cure the leper.'
"Are not hAbanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, betterthanall the waters of Israel ? Could I not wash in them and be clean ?" So he turned and 10went away in a rage.
1311Then his servantscamenear and spoke to him and said, "12My father, had the prophettold you to do some greatthing, would you not have done it? Howmuchmore then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean '?"
So he wentdown and dipped himself seventimes in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God ; and 13his flesh was restored like the flesh of a littlechild and 14he was clean.
When he returned to the man of Godiwith all his company, and came and stoodbefore him, he said, "Beholdnow, 15I know that there is noGod in all the earth, but in Israel ; so please16take a jpresent from your servantnow."
But he said, "17As the LORDlives, beforewhom I stand, 18I will takenothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
17Naamansaid, "If not, please let your servant at least be giventwomules'load of 19earth ; for your servant will nolongerofferburntofferingnor will he sacrifice to othergods, but to the LORD.
"In thismatter may the LORDpardon your servant : when my mastergoes into the house of Rimmon to worshipthere, and 20he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORDpardon your servant in thismatter."
He said to him, "21Go in peace." So he departed from him somedistance .
But 22Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, kthought, "Behold, my master has sparedthisNaaman the Aramean, lby not receiving from his handswhat he brought. 23As the LORDlives, I will runafter him and takesomething from him."
So GehazipursuedNaaman. When Naamansaw one runningafter him, he camedown from the chariot to meet him and said, "Is all well ?"
He said, "24All is well. My master has sent me, saying, 'Behold, justnowtwoyoungmen of the sons of the prophets have come to me from 25the hillcountry of Ephraim. Pleasegive them a talent of silver and 26twochanges of clothes.' "
23Naamansaid, "27Be pleased to take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in twobags with twochanges of clothes and gave them to two of his servants ; and they carried them before him.
When he came to the mhill, he took them from their hand and 28deposited them in the house, and he sent the menaway, and they departed.
But he went in and stoodbefore his master. And Elishasaid to him, "Where have you been, Gehazi ?" And he said, "29Your servantwentnowhere ."
Then he said to him, "Did not my heartgo with you, when the manturned from his chariot to meet you? 30Is it a time to receivemoney and to receiveclothes and olivegroves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and femaleservants ?
"Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your ndescendantsforever." So he went out from his presence31a leper as white as snow.