- Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and held in esteem, because by him the LORD had given victory unto Aram;
he was also a mighty man of valour, but he was a leper.
- And the Arameans had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid;
and she waited on Naaman"s wife.
- And she said unto her mistress: "Would that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria!
then would he recover him of his leprosy."
- And he went in, and told his lord, saying: `Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel."
- And the king of Aram said: "Go now, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel." And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
- And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying: "And now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy."
- And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said: "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy?
but consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh an occasion against me."
- And it was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying: "Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes?
let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
- So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
- And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying: "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come back to thee, and thou shalt be clean."
- But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said: "Behold, I thought: He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
- Are not Amanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?
may I not wash in them, and be clean?" So he turned, and went away in a rage.
- And his servants came near, and spoke unto him, and said: "My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it?
how much rather then, when he saith to thee: Wash, and be clean?"
- Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God;
and his flesh came back like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
- And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him;
and he said: "Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel;
now therefore, I pray thee, take a present of thy servant."
- But he said: "As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none." And he urged him to take it;
but he refused.
- And Naaman said: "If not, yet I pray thee let there be given to thy servant two mules" burden of earth;
for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt-offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
- In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant: when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, when I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing."
- And he said unto him: "Go in peace." So he departed from him some way.
- But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said: "Behold, my master hath spared this Naaman the Aramean, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought;
as the LORD liveth, I will surely run after him, and take somewhat of him."
- So Gehazi followed after Naaman.
And when Naaman saw one running after him, he alighted from the chariot to meet him, and said: "Is all well?"
- And he said: "All is well.
My master hath sent me, saying: Behold, even now there are come to me from the hill-country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets;
give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of raiment."
- And Naaman said: "Be content, take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of raiment, and laid them upon two of his servants;
and they bore them before him.
- And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand, and deposited them in the house;
and he let the men go, and they departed.
- But he went in, and stood before his master.
And Elisha said unto him: "Whence comest thou, Gehazi?" And he said: "Thy servant went no whither."
- And he said unto him: "Went not my heart with thee, when the man turned back from his chariot to meet thee?
Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards and vineyards, and sheep and oxen, and men-servants and maid-servants?
- The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever." And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.