Elisha went to Dammesek. Ben-Hadad the king of Aram was ill; and he was told, "The man of God has come here."
The king said to Haza'el, "Take with you a gift, go meet the man of God and consult ADONAI through him; ask if I will recover from this illness."
Haza'el went to meet him, taking with him a gift that included everything good Dammesek had, forty camel-loads. He came, stood before him and said, "Your son Ben-Hadad king of Aram has sent me to you; he asks, 'Will I recover from this illness?'"
Elisha answered, "Go and say to him, 'You will surely recover'- even though ADONAI has shown me that he will surely die."
Then the man of God fixed his gaze on him for so long that Haza'el became embarrassed; finally Elisha began to cry.
Haza'el asked, "Why is my lord crying?" He answered, "Because I know the disasters you will bring on the people of Isra'el - you will set their fortresses on fire, you will kill their young men with the sword, you will dash their little ones to pieces and rip their pregnant women apart."
Haza'el said, "But what is your servant? Nothing but a dog! How could he do anything of such magnitude?" Elisha answered, "ADONAI has shown me that you will be king over Aram."
Then he left Elisha and returned to his master, who asked him, "What did Elisha say to you?" "He told me you would surely recover."
The next day he took a blanket, dipped it in water and spread it on his face, so that he died; and Haza'el took his place as king.
It was when Yoram the son of Ach'av king of Isra'el was in the fifth year of his reign that Y'horam the son of Y'hoshafat began his rule over Y'hudah.
He was thirty-two years old when he began to rule, and he ruled eight years in Yerushalayim.