2 Kings 8

1Elisha talked to the woman whose son he had brought back to life. Elisha said, “You and your family should move to another country. Why? Because the Lord has decided that there will be a time of hunger here. This time of hunger will be in this country for seven years.” 2So the woman did what the man of God said. She went with her family to stay in the land of the Philistines for seven years. 3After the seven years were finished, the woman came back from the land of the Philistines. The woman went to speak with the king. She wanted to ask him to help her get back her house and land. 4The king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God ˻(Elisha)˼. The king said to Gehazi, “Please tell me all the great things Elisha has done.” 5Gehazi was telling the king about Elisha bringing a dead person back to life. At that time, the woman whose son Elisha brought back to life went to the king. She wanted to ask him to help her get back her house and land. Gehazi said, “My lord and king, this is the woman! And this is the son that Elisha brought back to life!” 6The king asked the woman what she wanted. And the woman told him. Then the king chose an officer to help the woman. The king said, “Give to the woman all that belongs to her. And give her all the harvest of her land from the day she left the country until now.” 7Elisha went to Damascus. Ben Hadad king of Aram was sick. A person told Ben Hadad, “The man of God has come here.” 8Then the King Ben Hadad said to Hazael, “Take a gift, and go to meet the man of God. Ask him to ask the Lord if I will get well from my sickness.” 9So Hazael went to meet Elisha. Hazael brought a gift with him. He brought all kinds of good things from Damascus. It took 40 camels to carry everything. Hazael went to Elisha. Hazael said, “Your follower, Ben Hadad king of Aram, sent me to you. He asks if he will get well from his sickness.” 10Then Elisha said to Hazael, “Go and tell Ben Hadad, 'You will live.’ But really the Lord told me, 'He will die.’” 11Elisha began to stare. He stared until ˻Hazael˼ felt embarrassed. Then the man of God began to cry. 12Hazael said, “Sir, why are you crying?” Elisha answered, “I am crying because I know the bad things you will do to the Israelites. You will burn their strong cities. You will kill their young men with swords. You will kill their babies. You will split open their pregnant women.” 13Hazael said, I am not a powerful man! I can’t do these great things!” Elisha answered, “The Lord showed me that you will be king over Aram.” 14Then Hazael left Elisha, and went to his king. Ben Hadad said to Hazael, “What did Elisha say to you?” Hazael answered, “Elisha told me that you will live.” 15But the next day, Hazael took a thick cloth and dipped it in water. Then he put the cover on Ben Hadad’s face ˻and smothered him˼. Ben Hadad died and Hazael became the new king. 16Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. Jehoram began to rule in the fifth year that Joram son of Ahab was king of Israel. 17Jehoram was 32 years old when he began to rule. He ruled eight years in Jerusalem. 18But Jehoram lived like the kings of Israel and did the things that the Lord said were wrong. Jehoram lived like the people from Ahab’s family. Jehoram lived like this because his wife was Ahab’s daughter. 19But the Lord would not destroy Judah because of ˻the promise to˼ his servant David. The Lord had promised David that someone from his family would always be king. 20In Jehoram’s time Edom broke away from Judah’s rule. The people of Edom chose a king for themselves. 21Then Jehoram and all his chariots went to Zair. The Edomite army surrounded them. Jehoram and his officers attacked them and escaped. Jehoram’s soldiers all ran away and went home. 22So the Edomites broke away from the rule of Judah. And they have been free from the rule of Judah until today. At the same time, Libnah also broke away from Judah’s rule. 23All the things Jehoram did are written in the book, The History of the Kings of Judah. 24Jehoram ˻died and˼ was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Jehoram’s son Ahaziah became the new king. 25Ahaziah son of Jehoram became the king of Judah in the 12th year that Joram son of Ahab was king of Israel. 26Ahaziah was 22 years old when he began to rule. He ruled one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah. She was the daughter of Omri, the king of Israel. 27Ahaziah did the things the Lord said were wrong. Ahaziah did many bad things like the people from Ahab’s family. Ahaziah lived like this because his wife was from Ahab’s family. 28Joram was from Ahab’s family. Ahaziah went with Joram to fight against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram. 29King Joram went back to Israel so he could get well from those wounds. Joram went to the area of Jezreel. Ahaziah son of Jehoram was the king of Judah. Ahaziah went to Jezreel to see Joram.

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