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1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had givenHere it appears that among the infidels God has his, and also that the infidels esteem those who do good to their country.deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, [but he was] a leper.

2 And the Aramites had gone out by bands, and had taken a litle mayde of the land of Israel, and shee serued Naamans wife.

3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord [were] with theMeaning Elisha.prophet that [is] in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

4 AndThat is, Naaman told it to the king of Syria.[one] went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that [is] of the land of Israel.

5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, andTo give this as a present to the prophets.took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

6 And brought the letter to the King of Israel to this effect, Now when this letter is come vnto thee, vnderstand, that I haue sent thee Naaman my seruant, that thou maiest heale him of his leprosie.

7 And when the King of Israel had read the letter, he rent his clothes, and sayde, Am I God, to kil and to giue life, that hee doth send to mee, that I should heale a man from his leprosie? wherfore consider, I pray you, and see howe he seeketh a quarel against me.

8 And it was [so], when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying,The prophet rebukes the king because he did not consider that God was true in his promise, and therefore would not leave his Church destitute of a prophet, whose prayers he would hear, and to whom others could have recourse for comfort.Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

9 Then Naaman came with his horses, and with his charets, and stoode at the doore of the house of Elisha.

10 And Elisha sent a messenger vnto him, saying, Go and wash thee in Iorden seuen times, and thy flesh shall come againe to thee, and thou shalt be clensed.

11 But Naaman wasMan's reason murmurs when it considers only the signs and outward things, and has no regard for the word of God, which is contained there.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 strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

12 Are not Abanah and Pharpar, riuers of Damascus, better then all the waters of Israel? may I not washe mee in them, and bee cleansed? so hee turned, and departed in displeasure.

13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said,This declares that servants should reverence and love their masters as children their fathers, and likewise masters toward their servants, must be affectioned as toward their children.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?

14 Then went he downe, and washed him selfe seuen times in Iorden, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came againe, like vnto ye flesh of a litle child, & he was cleane.

15 And hee turned againe to the man of God, hee, and all his companie, and came and stood before him, and sayd, Behold, now I knowe that there is no God in all the world, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a reward of thy seruant.

16 But he said, [As] the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take [it];So the Lord commands that they that receive freely, should also give freely.but he refused.

17 Moreouer Naaman sayde, Shall there not be giuen to thy seruant two mules loade of this earth? for thy seruant will henceforth offer neither burnt sacrifice nor offring vnto any other god, saue vnto the Lord.

18 In this thing the LORDHe feels his conscience is wounded by being present at idols service, and therefore desires God to forgive him, lest others by his example might fall to idolatry: for as for his own part he confesses that he will never serve any but the true God.pardon thy servant, [that] when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.

19 And he said unto him,The prophet did not approve his act, but after the common manner of speech he bids him farewell.Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

20 And Gehazi the seruant of Elisha the man of God sayde, Beholde, my master hath spared this Aramite Naaman, receiuing not those things at his hand that he brought: as the Lord liueth, I will runne after him, and take somewhat of him.

21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw [him] running after him,Declaring by it, the honour and affection he bore to the prophet his master.he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, [Is] all well?

22 And he answered, All is well: my master hath set me, saying, Behold, there be come to me, euen nowe from mount Ephraim two yong men of the children of the Prophets: giue them, I pray thee, a talent of siluer, & two change of garmets.

23 And Naaman saide, Yea, take two talents: and he compelled him, and bound two talents of siluer in two bagges, with two change of garments, and gaue them vnto two of his seruants, that they might beare them before him.

24 And when he came to the tower, he took [them] from their hand, and bestowed [them] in the house: and he let the men go, andNaaman's servants.they departed.

25 Then he went in, and stoode before his master; Elisha said vnto him, Whence commest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy seruant went no whither.

26 And he said unto him,Was I not present with you in spirit?Went not mine heart [with thee], when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? [Is it] a time to receive money, and to receive garments, andThat is, money to buy possessions with: meaning that it is detestable in the servants of God to have covetous minds.oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thyTo be an example to all, by whose covetousness God's word might be slandered.seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper [as white] as snow.

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