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SECOND KINGS

for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord. 17And the king appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate; and the people trod upon him in the gate, and he died as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him. 18And it came to pass, as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying: 'Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to-morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria'; 19and that captain answered the man of God, and said: 'Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?' and he said: 'Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof'; 20it came to pass even so unto him; for the people trod upon him in the gate, and he died.

8Now Elisha had spoken unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying: 'Arise, and go thou and thy household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn; for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.' 2And the woman arose, and did according to the word of the man of God; and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines; and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. 4Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying: 'Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.' 5And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored to life him that was dead, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said: 'My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.' 6And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying: 'Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.'

7And Elisha came to Damascus; and Ben-hadad the king of Aram was sick; and it was told him, saying.' The man of God is come hither.' 8And the king said unto Hazael: 'Take a present in thy hand, and go meet the man of God, and inquire of the Lord by him, saying: Shall I recover of this sickness?' 9So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said: 'Thy son Ben-hadad king of Aram hath sent me to thee, saying: Shall I recover of this sickness?' 10And Elisha said unto him: 'Go, say unto him: Thou shalt surely recover; howbeit the Lord hath shown me that he shall surely die.' 11And he settled his countenance stedfastly upon him, until he was ashamed; and the man of God wept. 12And Hazael said: 'Why weepeth my lord?' And he answered: 'Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strongholds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child.' 13And Hazael said: 'But what is thy servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?' And

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