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2 Kings 6

NIV 1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. NIV 1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. NIV 2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live." And he said, "Go." NIV 2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live." And he said, "Go." NIV 3 Then one of them said, "Won't you please come with your servants?" "I will," Elisha replied. NIV 3 Then one of them said, "Won't you please come with your servants?" "I will," Elisha replied. NIV 4 And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. NIV 4 And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. NIV 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. "Oh, my lord," he cried out, "it was borrowed!" NIV 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. "Oh, my lord," he cried out, "it was borrowed!" NIV 6 The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. NIV 6 The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. NIV 7 "Lift it out," he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. NIV 7 "Lift it out," he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. NIV 8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place." NIV 8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place." NIV 9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." NIV 9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." NIV 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. NIV 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. NIV 11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?" NIV 11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?" NIV 12 "None of us, my lord the king," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom." NIV 12 "None of us, my lord the king," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom." NIV 13 "Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." The report came back: "He is in Dothan." NIV 13 "Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." The report came back: "He is in Dothan." NIV 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. NIV 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. NIV 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked. NIV 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked. NIV 16 "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." NIV 16 "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." NIV 17 And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. NIV 17 And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. NIV 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, "Strike these people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. NIV 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, "Strike these people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. NIV 19 Elisha told them, "This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for." And he led them to Samaria. NIV 19 Elisha told them, "This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for." And he led them to Samaria. NIV 20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, "LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see." Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. NIV 20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, "LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see." Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. NIV 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, "Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?" NIV 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, "Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?" NIV 22 "Do not kill them," he answered. "Would you kill men you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master." NIV 22 "Do not kill them," he answered. "Would you kill men you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master." NIV 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel's territory. NIV 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel's territory. NIV 24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. NIV 24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. NIV 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey's head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels. NIV 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey's head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels. NIV 26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, "Help me, my lord the king!" NIV 26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, "Help me, my lord the king!" NIV 27 The king replied, "If the LORD does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?" NIV 27 The king replied, "If the LORD does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?" NIV 28 Then he asked her, "What's the matter?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' NIV 28 Then he asked her, "What's the matter?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' NIV 29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Give up your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him." NIV 29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Give up your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him." NIV 30 When the king heard the woman's words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and there, underneath, he had sackcloth on his body. NIV 30 When the king heard the woman's words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and there, underneath, he had sackcloth on his body. NIV 31 He said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!" NIV 31 He said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!" NIV 32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, "Don't you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master's footsteps behind him?" NIV 32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, "Don't you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master's footsteps behind him?" NIV 33 While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him. And [the king ] said, "This disaster is from the LORD. Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?" NIV 33 While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him. And [the king ] said, "This disaster is from the LORD. Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?"