Now 1Elishaspoke to the womanwhoseson he had restored to life, saying, "Arise and goawith your household, and sojournwherever you can sojourn; for the 2LORD has called for a famine, and 3it will evencome on the land for sevenyears."
So the womanarose and did according to the word of the man of God, and she went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistinessevenyears.
At the end of sevenyears, the womanreturned from the land of the Philistines; and she went out to bappeal to the king for her house and for her field.
Now the king was talking with 4Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, "Pleaserelate to me all the greatthings that Elisha has done."
As he was relating to the king5how he had restored to life the one who was dead, behold, the womanwhoseson he had restored to lifecappealed to the king for her house and for her field. And Gehazisaid, "My lord, O king, this is the woman and this is her son, whomElisharestored to life."
When the kingasked the woman, she related it to him. So the kingappointed for her a certainofficer, saying, "Restoreall that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even untilnow."
Then Elishacame to 6Damascus. Now 7Ben-hadadking of Aram was sick, and it was told him, saying, "8The man of God has comehere ."
The kingsaid to 9Hazael, "10Take a gift in your hand and go to meet the man of God, and 11inquire of the LORD by him, saying, 'Will I recover from thissickness?' "
So Hazaelwent to meet him and took a gift in his hand, even every kind of goodthing of Damascus, fortycamels'loads; and he came and stoodbefore him and said, "12Your sonBen-hadadking of Aram has sent me to you, saying, 'Will I recover from thissickness?' "
Then Elishasaid to him, "13Go, say to him, 'You will surelyrecover,' but the 14LORD has shown me that he will certainlydie."
He dfixed his gazesteadily on him 15until he was ashamed, and 16the man of Godwept.
12Hazaelsaid, "Why does my lordweep?" Then he eanswered, "Because17I know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel: their strongholds you will set on fire, and their youngmen you will kill with the sword, and their littleones you 18will dash in pieces, and their women with child you will rip up."
Then Hazaelsaid, "But what is your servant, 19who is but a dog, that he should dothisgreatthing?" And Elishafanswered, "20The LORD has shown me that you will be kingoverAram."
So he departed from Elisha and returned to his master, who said to him, "What did Elishasay to you?" And he ganswered, "He told me that 21you would surelyrecover."
On the followingday, he took the cover and dipped it in water and spread it on his face, 22so that he died. And Hazaelbecameking in his place.
Now in the fifthyear of 23Joram the son of Ahabking of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then the king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphatking of Judahbecameking.
He was 24thirty-twoyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedeightyears in Jerusalem.
He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for 25the daughter of Ahabbecame his wife; and he didevil in the sight of the LORD.
However, the LORD was not willing to destroyJudah, for the sake of David His servant, 26since He had hpromised him to give a ilamp to him through his sonsalways .
In his days27Edomrevolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a kingover themselves.
Then Joramcrossedover to Zair, and all his chariots with him. And he arose by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and the captains of the chariots; 28but his jarmyfled to their tents.
2229So EdomrevoltedkagainstJudah to thisday. Then30Libnahrevolted at the sametime.
The rest of the acts of Joram and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
So Joramslept with his fathers and 31was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and 32Ahaziah his sonbecameking in his place.
2533In the twelfthyear of Joram the son of Ahabking of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoramking of Judah began to reign.
2634Ahaziah was twenty-twoyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedoneyear in Jerusalem. And his mother'sname was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omriking of Israel.
2735He walked in the way of the house of Ahab and didevil in the sight of the LORD, like the house of Ahab had done, because he was a son-in-law of the house of Ahab.
Then he went with Joram the son of Ahab to waragainst36Hazaelking of Aram at 37Ramoth-gilead, and the ArameanslwoundedJoram.
So 38KingJoramreturned to be healed in Jezreel of the woundswhich the Arameans had minflicted on him at 39Ramah when he foughtagainstHazaelking of Aram. Then 40Ahaziah the son of Jehoramking of Judahwentdown to seeJoram the son of Ahab in Jezreelbecause he was sick.