2 Kings 7
6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders.1 The king2 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived,3 Elisha4 said to the leaders,5 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?”6 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.”7
6:33 He was still talking to them when8 the messenger approached9 and said, “Look, the
7:3 Now four men with a skin disease17 were sitting at the entrance of the city gate. They said to one another, “Why are we just sitting here waiting to die?18
7:4 If we go into the city, we’ll die of starvation,19 and if we stay here we’ll die! So come on, let’s defect20 to the Syrian camp! If they spare us,21 we’ll live; if they kill us – well, we were going to die anyway.”22
7:5 So they started toward23 the Syrian camp at dusk. When they reached the edge of the Syrian camp, there was no one there.
7:12 The king got up in the night and said to his advisers,34 “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know we are starving, so they left the camp and hid in the field, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and enter the city.’”
7:13 One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!)35 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.”36
7:14 So they picked two horsemen and the king sent them out to track the Syrian army.37 He ordered them, “Go and find out what’s going on.”38
7:15 So they tracked them39 as far as the Jordan. The road was filled with clothes and equipment that the Syrians had discarded in their haste.40 The scouts41 went back and told the king.
7:16 Then the people went out and looted the Syrian camp. A seah42 of finely milled flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, just as the
7:17 Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man44 at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate.45 This fulfilled the prophet’s word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him.46
7:18 The prophet told the king, “Two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel, and a seah of finely milled flour for a shekel; this will happen about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria.”
7:19 But the officer replied to the prophet, “Look, even if the