ThenElishasaid, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thussaith the LORD, To morrowaboutthistimeshall a measure of fineflour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
Then a lord on whosehand the kingleanedanswered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORDwouldmakewindows in heaven, mightthisthing be? And he said, Behold, thoushalt see it withthineeyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
If we say, We willenterinto the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit stillhere, we die also. Now thereforecome, and let us fallunto the host of the Syrians: if theysave us alive, we shalllive; and if theykill us, we shall but die.
For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a greathost: and theysaid one to another, Lo, the king of Israelhathhiredagainst us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to comeupon us.
And whentheseleperscame to the uttermostpart of the camp, theywentinto one tent, and did eat and drink, and carriedthencesilver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and cameagain, and enteredintoanothertent, and carriedthencealso, and went and hid it.
Thentheysaid one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of goodtidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarrytill the morninglight, somemischiefwillcomeupon us: now thereforecome, that we may go and tell the king’shousehold.
So theycame and calledunto the porter of the city: and theytoldthem, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neithervoice of man, but horsestied, and assestied, and the tents as theywere.
And the kingarose in the night, and saidunto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrianshavedone to us. Theyknowthat we be hungry; therefore are theygone out of the camp to hidethemselves in the field, saying, Whentheycome out of the city, we shallcatchthemalive, and get into the city.
And one of his servantsanswered and said, Let sometake, I praythee, five of the horsesthatremain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israelthat are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelitesthat are consumed:) and let us send and see.
And the kingappointed the lord on whosehand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the peopletrodeupon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spakewhen the kingcamedown to him.
And 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 fineflour for a shekel, shall be to morrowaboutthistime in the gate of Samaria:
And thatlordanswered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORDshouldmakewindows in heaven, mightsuch a thing be? And he said, Behold, thoushalt see it withthineeyes, but shalt not eat thereof.