Now 1the sons of the prophetssaid to Elisha, "Beholdnow, the placebefore you where we are living is toolimited for us.
2"Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a placethere for ourselves where we may live." So he said, "Go."
Then onesaid, "Please be willing to go with your servants." And he aanswered, "I shall go."
So he went with them; and when they came to the Jordan, they cutdowntrees.
But as one was felling a beam, bthe axeheadfell into the water ; and he cried out and said, "Alas, my master ! For it was borrowed."
Then the man of Godsaid, "Where did it fall ?" And when he showed him the place, 2he cutoff a stick and threw it in there, and made the ironfloat.
He said, "Take it up for yourself." So he put out his hand and took it.
Now the king of Aram was warring against Israel ; and he ccounseled with his servantssaying, "In such and such a place shall be my camp."
93The man of Godsent word to the king of Israelsaying, "Beware that you do not passthisplace, for the Arameans are comingdownthere."
The king of Israelsent to the place about which the man of God had told him; thus he warned him, so that he guarded himself there, dmore than once or twice.
Now the heart of the king of Aram was enragedoverthisthing ; and he called his servants and said to them, "Will you tell me which of us is for the king of Israel ?"
12One of his servantssaid, "No, my lord, O king ; but Elisha, the prophetwho is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom ."
So he said, "Go and seewhere he is, that I may send and take him." And it was told him, saying, "Behold, he is in 4Dothan."
He senthorses and chariots and a greatarmythere, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
Now when the attendant of the man of God had risenearly and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servantsaid to him, "Alas, my master ! eWhat shall we do ?"
So he fanswered, "5Do not fear, for 6those who are with us are morethan those who are with them."
Then Elishaprayed and said, "7O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORDopened the servant'seyes and he saw ; and behold, the mountain was full of 8horses and chariots of fireallaroundElisha.
When they camedown to him, Elishaprayed to the LORD and said, "Strikethisgpeople with blindness, I pray." So He 9struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
Then Elishasaid to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the city ; follow me and I will bring you to the manwhom you seek." And he brought them to Samaria.
When they had come into Samaria, Elishasaid, "O 10LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." So the LORDopened their eyes and they saw ; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
Then the king of Israel when he saw them, said to Elisha, "11My father, shall I hkill them? Shall I ikill them?"
He janswered, "You shall not kkill them. Would you l12kill those you have takencaptive with your sword and with your bow ? 13Setbread and waterbefore them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master."
So he prepared a greatfeast for them; and when they had eaten and drunk he sent them away, and they went to their master. And 14the maraudingbands of Arameansdid not comeagain into the land of Israel.
Now it came about afterthis, that 15Ben-hadadking of Aramgatheredall his army and went up and besiegedSamaria.
There was a great16famine in Samaria ; and behold, they besieged it, until a donkey'shead was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a mkab of dove'sdung for five shekels of silver.
As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall a womancried out to him, saying, "Help, my lord, O king !"
He said, "nIf the LORD does not help you, from where shall I help you? From the threshingfloor, or from the winepress ?"
And the kingsaid to her, "17Whatois the matter with you?" And she panswered, "Thiswomansaid to me, 'Give your son that we may eat him today, and we will eat my sontomorrow.'
"18So we boiled my son and ate him; and I said to her on the nextday, 'Give your son, that we may eat him'; but she has hidden her son."
When the kingheard the words of the woman, 19he tore his clothes -now he was passing by on the wall -and the peoplelooked, and behold, he had sackclothqbeneath on his rbody.
Then he said, "May 20Goddoso to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphatsremains on him today."
Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and 21the elders were sitting with him. And the king sent a man from his presence ; but before the messengercame to him, he said to the elders, "Do you 22seehowthisson of a murderer has sent to takeaway my head ? Look, when the messengercomes, shut the door and thold the doorshut against him. Is not the sound of his master'sfeetbehind him?"
While he was stilltalking with them, behold, the messengercamedown to him and he said, "23Behold, thisevil is from the LORD ; why should I wait for the LORDanylonger ?"