Week #49; Wed, 12/05/18: 1 Kings 11-15

Week #49; Wed, 12/05/18: 1 Kings 11:1-15:34

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The Lord said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with foreign women, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.”
2. Solomon fell away from the Lord by loving many foreign women; he had over 1,000 wives, princesses, and concubines total.
3. In his old age, Solomon’s heart strayed from that of his father David; he built places of worship to the gods of his wives that were an abomination to the Lord.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Kings 11, Solomon Disobeys the Lord
1. Because of Solomon’s evil actions with foreign wives and the building of temples in honor of their foreign gods, the Lord’s anger was kindled and He planned to tear the kingdom from Solomon during his son’s reign that followed, thus giving recognition to the covenant between the Lord and David.
2. Not all of the kingdom was to be torn away; one tribe was to be given to Solomon’s son for the sake of David and Jerusalem.
3. Hadad the Edomite became an adversary against Solomon by the will of the Lord.
4. After Hadad, Rezon (a king in Damascus) was also raised up by the Lord to be an adversary against Solomon and he did harm to Israel.
5. Jeroboam, son of Nebat an Ephraimite, also lifted up his hand against Solomon over the building of the Millo (a defensive wall in Jerusalem) closing up the breach to the city of David his father; this resulted in Jeroboam fleeing to Egypt until the death of Solomon.
6. Rehoboam was made king over Israel after his father Solomon slept with his fathers.

1 Kings 12, The Folly of Rehoboam
1. All Israel was in Shechem to make Rehoboam king.
2. When Jeroboam heard of this, he returned to Israel.
3. Together with all of Israel, Jeroboam went to Rehoboam asking him to lighten their load that was heavy from the days of Solomon.
4. Instead, Rehoboam added to their load based on poor counsel from his youthful friends.
5. The turn of affairs that the Lord was to bring about to fulfill his word was spoken to Ahijah.
6. The people of Israel went away leaving Rehoboam who fled to Jerusalem to reign over Judah.
7. Israel rebelled against the house of David making Jeroboam king; there was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah thereby dividing the kingdom.
8. Rehoboam assembled Judah and Benjamin (180,000 strong) to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom.
9. The Lord’s word came to Shemaiah, the man of God to tell Rehoboam not to go up or fight against Israel and Rehoboam listened.
10. However, Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country to live, but he feared death from Rehoboam and Judah.
11. Foolishly, Jeroboam built two calves of gold putting one in Bethel and one in Dan along with temples in high places where he appointed priests that were not Levites, held feasts, and offered sacrifices on the altar.

1 Kings 13, Jeroboam Confronted by a Man of God
1. A man of God came out of Judah to confront Jeroboam at the altar saying, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make sacrifices on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.'”
2. The man of God also said, “Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.”
3. The prophet was directed to not return home by the way that he came and not eat bread or drink water in the place where the altar was torn down.
4. But an old prophet in Bethel invited the man of God from Judah to come home with him under a false pretense to eat bread and drink water in disobedience to the Lord.
5. When the man of God departed to Judah, he was met by a lion on the road and he was killed.
6. Yet, Jeroboam did not turn from his evil ways, but made priests for the high places again becoming sin to the house of Jeroboam.

1 Kings 14, Prophecy Against Jeroboam
1. Abijah, the son of Jeroboam fell sick at that time.
2. Jeroboam sent his wife to Shiloh to Ahijah, the prophet, to learn what will happen to the child.
3. Ahijah told Jeroboam’s wife that the child will die as soon as she returned to Judah and the house of Jeroboam will be cut off from Israel and burned up.
4. Ahijah also stated that “the Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the house of Jeroboam today.”
5. Further, he said, “the Lord will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and root up Israel out of this good land that he gave to their fathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the Lord to anger.”
6. Jeroboam ruled for 22 years and he slept with his fathers; Nadab his son reigned in his place.
7. Rehoboam reigned in Judah for 17 years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there.
8. There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
9. Abijam, Rehoboam’s son, reigned in his place.

1 Kings 15, Abijam, Asa Rule in Judah; Nadab, Baasha Rule in Israel
1. Abijam walked in all of the sins of his father and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God.
2. Asa reigned 41 years over Judah in Jerusalem and he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord; Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
3. Nadab reigned 2 years over Israel and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
4. Baasha reigned 24 years over Israel and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

Week #50; Wed, 12/12/18: 1 Kings 16-20

Week #50; Wed, 12/12/18: 1 Kings 16:1-20:43

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The book of Chronicles of the Kings of Israel pertains to the records of the kings recorded here; see a concordance for the direct correlations.
2. Prophets Jehu and Elijah deliver the word of the Lord against Israel’s kings (Elah, Zimri, Omri, and Ahab) for doing evil in the sight of the Lord.
3. Elijah destroyed the prophets of Baal and Asherah after a convincing demonstration with fire from the Lord who is the real God.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Kings 16, Elah, Zimri, Omri, and Ahab Reign in Israel doing evil in the sight of the Lord
1. The word of the Lord came against Baasha and all of his house by the prophet Jehu; Baasha did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Jeroboam.
2. Elah, the son of Baasha, ruled for two years and he continued to do evil in the sight of the Lord.
3. While drunk, Elah was struck down by Zimri, the commander of half his chariots.
4. Zimri ruled in Elah’s place and he struck down all of the house of Baasha.
5. Zimri continued to do evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of Jeroboam.
6. Omri became king and reigned for twelve years and he continued to do evil greater than all who were before him walking in the way of Jeroboam.
7. Ahab, son of Omri, reigned for twenty-two years and he continued to do greater evil than his father and all of the kings before him (building an altar for Baal and an Ashera).

1 Kings 17, Elijah Predicts a Drought
1. Elijah, the prophet, said to Ahab that a drought would come upon the land; no dew or rain will come except by the word of the Lord.
2. Elijah was told by the Lord to travel to the brook Cherith east of the Jordan to hide where the ravens would bring him bread and meat; but when the brook ran dry for lack of rain, the Lord told him to travel to Zerephath to dwell.
3. The Lord commanded a widow there to feed Elijah with her last flour and oil that she was preparing for herself and her son before resolving to die together.
4. Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day the Lord sends rain upon the earth.'”
5. Later, the widow’s son became severely ill and Elijah stretched himself out upon the child three times and cried out to the Lord to let his life come into him again; he revived.

1 Kings 18, Elijah’s Confrontation With Ahab
1. After three years of drought, the Lord came to Elijah saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.”
2. Ahab and Obadiah (one of the Lord’s prophets) were separately going about to find water in all the land when Elijah came to Obadiah.
3. Elijah told Obadiah to go tell Ahab that Elijah was here, but Obadiah feared Ahab because Jezabel (Ahab’s wife) killed the prophets of the Lord.
4. But, Obadiah went to Ahab and told him; so Ahab went to meet Elijah.
5. Elijah said to Ahab that because he abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals, he instructed Ahab to meet him at Mount Carmel along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah that eat at Jezabel’s table.
6. When they met, Elijah said to Ahab and the prophets of Baal and Asherah, “How long will you limp between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
7. Then Elijah told the people to cut two bulls into pieces and lay them on the wood (but put no fire to it), he then told Ahab’s prophets to call upon the name of their god, and then Elijah would call upon the name of the Lord to see which God answers by fire.
8. No answer came to the prophets of Baal, but when Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down, he had water poured on the burnt offering and on the wood three times.
9. That same day, at the time of oblation, Elijah said, “O lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word.”
10. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust.
11. Ahab’s people fell on their faces and said, “The Lord he is God; the Lord, he is God.”
12. Elijah brought the prophets of Baal to the brook of Kishon and slaughtered them there.
13. Elijah told Ahab to eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.
14. Elijah told his servant to go up and look toward the sea and report what they see; on the seventh time, a little cloud was seen that turned black bringing strong wind and great rain.
15. Elijah told Ahab to prepare his chariot and go to Jezreel; the hand of the Lord was on Elijah and he ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

1 Kings 19, Elijah Flees from Jezebel
1. When Ahab told his wife Jezabel what had happened, she threatened to kill Elijah.
2. Elijah fled to Beersheba in Judah.
3. After one days travel, Elijah asked the Lord to die while taking rest under a broom tree.
4. An angel touched him and said, “Arise and eat.” twice.
5. Elijah arose and ate the cake and drank the jar of water that was delivered to him and he went for forty days and nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
6. The Lord spoke to Elijah (after a great strong wind and an earthquake) telling him to go to Damascus and anoint Hazael king of Syria; to anoint Jehu king of Israel; and to anoint Elisha prophet in his place.
7. The Lord said 7,000 would be left in Israel after Hazael, Jehu and Elisha have put the rest to death.
8. Only those that have not bowed to Baal and kissed him will be left in Israel.
9. When Elijah met Elisha, Elisha followed Elijah and assisted him.

1 Kings 20, Ahab Assaulted by Ben-hadad of Syria
1. Ben-hadad of Syria threatened Ahab of Israel to take all of Ahab’s wives, children, gold and silver; Ahab’s elders advised him to ignore and resist Ben-hadad.
2. The Lord spoke to Ahab telling him to assemble all the 232 governors of the districts and the 7,000 people of Israel and go out and begin battle with Syria.
3. They found Ben-hadad and his 32 kings drinking themselves drunk in booths.
4. The Syrians fled before the men of Israel, but Ben-hadad escaped on a horse with horsemen.
5. The king of Israel struck the Syrians with a great blow.
6. Ben-hadad mustered another army to fight Israel in the spring in the plains because they believed the God of Israel was only in the hills, but Israel defeated the Syrians again even though greatly outnumbered.
7. A man of God came to the king of Israel telling him that because the Syrians have said that the “Lord is only a god of the hills but he is not a god of the valleys” I will give them into your hands, and you shall know that I am the Lord.
8. Syria lost 100,000 foot soldiers in one day and the rest fled into the city of Aphek where the wall fell upon 27,000 men who were left.
9. Ben-hadad promised to restore the cities that his father took from Ahab’s father, so Ahab let him go based on those terms.
10. Through a prophet, Ahab learned the Lord was angered because he let go the man he had devoted to destruction; he also learned that his life shall be for that man and his people shall be for that people.
11. Ahab went to his house vexed and sullen in Samaria.

Week #51; Wed, 12/19/18: 1 Kings 21–2 Kings 3

Week #51; Wed, 12/19/18: 1 Kings 21:1–2 Kings 3:27

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Many miraculous events took place by Elijah and Elisha that were worked on behalf of the Lord against evil in Israel.
2. There were good kings and bad kings throughout the times of the kings of Israel and Judah.
3. Other gods made Israel to sin but these gods were proved ineffective and false.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Kings 21, Naboth and Ahab, King of Samaria
1. Naboth owned a vineyard that he inherited from his fathers and it was located near the the house of King Ahab.
2. King Ahab’s greed led him to seek Naboth’s vineyard for his own.
3. Ahab offered to either give Naboth a better vineyard or purchase it outright for money.
4. Naboth refused because his vineyard had been the land he inherited from his fathers.
5. Ahab became upset and refused to eat; but when his wife Jezebel learned what happened, she told Ahab that she would give him the vineyard belonging to Naboth.
6. Jezebel wrote letters to the city elders and leaders to arrange a fast with Naboth at the head table between two worthless fellows that are to bring false charges against Naboth.
7. The two worthless fellows charged Naboth in the presence of the people saying, “You have cursed God and the King.”
8. Naboth was taken out and stoned to death and his death was reported to Jezebel.
9. Jezebel brought the news to Ahab that Naboth was dead; Ahab then went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.
10. But the anger of the Lord was kindled against the house of Ahab and he sent Elijah to meet him in the vineyard.
11. Elijah carried the word of the Lord to Ahab saying, “In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, they will lick up your blood because you have done evil in the sight of the Lord.”
12. Further, every male, bond or free, will be cut off from Ahab and his house will be like Jeroboam and Baasha because Ahab made Israel to sin.
13. Jezebel and anyone belonging to Ahab will also be eaten by the dogs within the walls of Jezreel; those that die in the open country will be eaten by the birds of heaven.
14. Ahab fasted and repented in sackcloth and the word of the Lord came to Elijah saying, “I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.”

1 Kings 22, False Prophets and Ahab
1. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah came to the king of Israel and they agreed to reclaim Ramoth-gilead from the king of Syria.
2. Jehoshaphat told the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.”
3. About 400 prophets were gathered together and they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”
4. But, Jehoshaphat sought another prophet and Micaiah was found.
5. Micaiah said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.'”
6. But the Lord said, “Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?”; a spirit came before the Lord and said, “I will entice him.”
7. The spirit went out and enticed the prophets and Micaiah was thrown into prison and given bread and water.
8. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead to do battle.
9. An arrow from a random bow struck Ahab, king of Israel, and he later died in his chariot.
10. About sunset a cry went out, “Every man to his city, and every man to his country.”
11. As the blood of Ahab was washed from his chariot, the dogs came and licked up his blood.
12. Ahaziah, his son, reigned in his place for two years; he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
13. Ahaziah served Baal and worshiped him angering the Lord of Israel.
14. Jehoshaphat reigned in Israel for 25 years; he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but he failed to remove the high places for sacrificing and making offerings.

2 Kings 1, Elijah Denounces Ahaziah, King of Samaria
1. Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
2. Ahaziah, Ahab’s son, was injured when he fell from his upper chamber and he sent messengers to go to Baal-zebub to inquire if he would recover.
3. The Lord said to Elijah to inform Ahaziah he would not come down from the bed to which he has entered, but that he would surly die.
4. Elijah met Ahaziah’s messengers and told them the Lord’s message regarding Ahaziah.
5. Ahaziah sent a captain and fifty men to Elijah who told him to come down from a mountain; but Elijah confronted the men saying, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.
6. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
7. Ahaziah sent a second captain and fifty men to order Elijah to come down, but Elijah replied as he did for the first captain.
8. The fire of God came down again and destroyed the second captain and his men.
9. Ahaziah sent a third captain and fifty men to Elijah who fell on his knees pleading to let him live.
10. The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go with him to see the king.”
11. Elijah said to the king, “You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.”
12. Ahaziah died and Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, became king in his place because Ahaziah had no son.

2 Kings 2, Elijah Taken Up to Heaven
1. Elijah and Elisha were traveling to Gilgal when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind.
2. Elijah told Elisha to stay put; however, Elisha told Elijah that “I will not leave you.”
3. Again, while on the way to Jericho Elijah told Elisha to stay back, but Elisha told Elijah that “I will not leave you.”
4. And again, while on the way to the Jordan, Elijah told Elisha to stay, but Elisha told Elijah that “I will not leave you.”
5. But as was prophesied by the prophets of Jericho, Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water; the water was parted till the two men could go over on dry ground.
6. Before Elijah was lifted up, he asked Elisha what he should do for him; Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”
7. Elijah told Elisha that if he saw him being taken in a whirlwind, it would be so.
7. As they continued to walk, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
8. Elisha saw Elijah go up in the whirlwind; later Elisha also separated the water with his cloak.
9. Elisha succeeded Elijah.
10. The men of Jericho reported to Elisha that the water of the city is bad and the land is unfruitful.
11. Elisha told them to bring him a new bowl with salt in it that he used to throw into the spring and it became fresh.
12. On his way to Bethel, small boys jeered at Elisha; he cursed them and bears came out of the woods and tore 42 of the boys.
13. From there, he went on to Mount Carmel and from there he returned to Samaria.

2 Kings 3, Moab Rebels Against Israel
1. Jehoram, son of Ahab, reigned over Israel for 12 years and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
2. When Ahab died, Mesha, king of Moab, rebelled against the king of Israel.
3. Jehoram marched out of Samaria and mustered all of Israel, Judah, and Edom to fight Moab; but on the way they ran out of water for the men and the animals.
4. The three kings sought out Elisha, and Elisha asked for a musician.
5. As the musician played, a dry stream bed became full and Elisha said the Moabites will be given into the hands of the three kings.
6. The Moabites came up to fight the three kings, but when they looked at the water, it appeared as blood.
7. The Moabites came down for the spoil thinking the three kings fought with each other and struck each other down.
8. But the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them.
9. The Israelites stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees.
10. Finally, the king of Moab took his oldest son and offered him for a burnt offering causing a great wrath on Israel.
11. Israel withdrew and returned to their own land.

Week #52; Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 2 Kings 4-8

Week #52; Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 2 Kings 4:1-8:29

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Elisha succeeded Elijah after he was taken up to Heaven in the whirlwind and Elisha continued to demonstrate the same miraculous powers that Elijah had shown.
2. More evidence is presented on the miraculous events surrounding Elisha during the progression of kings in Israel and Judah.
3. At the point before a miracle occurred, Elisha included a response from the recipient as a precursor to fulfillment; a demonstration of faith.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Kings 4, Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
1. When Elisha responded to the woman whose husband died and the creditor was seeking her two children to be his slave; he said, “What do you have in this house?”
2. The woman said, “Just a jar of oil.”
3. He told her to go outside and borrow empty vessels from all her neighbors, then return and shut the door behind her and her sons.
4. Elisha told her to pour the oil into all the borrowed vessels until all were full; then the oil stopped flowing from her original vessel.
5. Elisha told the woman to go and sell the oil and pay her debts and for her and her sons to live on the rest.
6. Elisha went to Shunem where a wealthy woman lived who urged him to eat food.
7. The woman perceived that Elisha was a holy man of God that continually passed that way.
8. She asked her husband to make a small room on the roof furnished with a bed, table, chair, and a lamp so Elisha could stay there whenever he passed by the woman’s house.
9. When Elisha told his servant, Gehazi, to inquire what the woman needed done, the woman said she had no son and her husband was old.
10. Elisha told the woman that in a year, she would deliver a son and she did.
11. When the child had grown, he complained to his father that he had severe head pain and his father sent him to his mother where he soon died.
12. The woman saddled a donkey and went to Elisha quickly and found him on Mount Carmel.
13. The woman hid her distress from Elisha, but he sent Gehazi with his staff to place it on the woman’s son, but no sound came from her son.
14. When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed; he prayed to the Lord and lay on the child and the child became warm.
15. Elisha stretched himself upon him again and this time the child sneezed seven times and opened his eyes; Elisha returned the boy to his mother.
16. When Elisha came to Gilgal, there was a famine in the land.
17. Elisha said to set up a large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets, but one of them gathered herbs and wild gourds for the stew.
18. When the men became ill, Elisha poured flour into the pot and it became harmless and nourishing.
19. When a man from Baal-shalishah came bringing bread and ears of grain, Elisha said to give it to the men.
20. When the servant asked how the bread and grain could satisfy a hundred men; Elisha said to serve it and they ate their fill with some left according to the word of the Lord.

2 Kings 5, Naaman Healed of Leprosy
1. When Elisha learned that the king of Syria sent the commander of his army, Naaman, who was a leper, to the king of Israel for healing, he told the king to send him to him.
2. Elisha wanted it known that there is a prophet in Israel; he sent a messenger to Naaman saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
3. But Naaman was angry that Elisha did not come out to him and wave his hand and call on the name of the Lord and cure his leprosy; he went away in rage.
4. After his servants spoke with him, he returned and dipped himself seven time in the Jordan as instructed by Elisha, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
5. When Naaman was healed, he confessed, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so, accept now a present from your servant;” however, Elisha refused.
6. Elisha sent Naaman away in peace, but, Gehazi followed Naaman lying to him and accepting two talents of silver and two changes of clothing.
7. But when Gehazi stood before his master, Elisha asked him where he had been.
8. When Gehazi denied his whereabouts to Elisha, he said, “the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.”

2 Kings 6, The Axe Head Recovered
1. The sons of the prophets told Elisha they wanted to expand their dwelling place to the Jordan and he went with them.
2. In cutting logs, one of the men lost his axe head in the water and he cried out to Elisha that it was borrowed.
3. Elisha asked him, “Where did it fall?”
4. Elisha threw a stick into the place where the axe head fell and made the iron float.
5. The axe head was recovered.
6. The king of Syria was warring with Israel and Elisha kept informing the king of Israel about Syrian movements in frequent warnings.
7. The king of Syria became troubled and asked his servants of this matter; they told him that Elisha informs the king of Israel all that you do.
8. The Syrian king sent his army to Dothan to seize Elisha; Elisha’s servant arose and discovered the presence of the army and reported to Elisha.
9. Elisha prayed to the Lord asking for him to open the eyes of his servant and reveal the horses and chariots of fire all around on the mountains.
10. Elisha also prayed for the Lord to strike the Syrians with blindness when they came down against him; the Lord delivered, and Elisha led them away to Samaria
11. On arriving in Samaria, Elisha prayed to the Lord to open the eyes of the Syrians.
12. The Syrians saw they were amid Samaria and were captives.
13. The king of Israel inquired of Elisha about striking them down, but Elisha told him to give them something to eat; a great feast was prepared.
14. When they were filled, the king of Israel sent them away.
15. The Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel.
16. Afterward, Ben-hadad, king of Syria sent his entire army up to besiege Samaria.
17. There was a great famine in Samaria at the time of the Syrian siege and the king of Israel was in sackcloth.
18. The king was enraged and took his anger out on Elisha, threatening to kill Elisha.

2 Kings 7, Elisha Promises Food
1. Elisha revealed relief was coming the next day with abundance of food at the gate of Samaria.
2. Four lepers were at the entrance of the gate and they decided to give themselves up to the Syrians; but, when they went to the Syrian camp, they found it was completely abandoned.
3. The Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.”
4. So, the Syrians fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.
5. The lepers took all that they wanted and went and hid what they took; but, one said, “We are not doing right, punishment will overtake us if we do not tell the king’s household.”
6. The four lepers came to the gate and informed the gatekeepers that the Syrians had fled leaving all the camp as it was.
7. When the king of Israel was told, he suspected a feint withdrawal to lure the people of Israel out into the open land where they could be easily attacked.
8. The king took two horsemen and sent them after the Syrians; the trail was littered with garments that they had thrown away in haste.
9. They went as far as the Jordan without contact with the Syrian army; they returned and told the king.
10. Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians, trampling the captain in charge of the gate—he never ate of the spoil as prophesized by Elisha.

2 Kings 8, The Shunammite’s Land Restored
1. Elisha told the Shunammite woman whose son Elisha had restored to life to flee because of the coming famine.
2. She sojourned in the land of the Philistines for seven years and returned at the end of the famine.
3. When she went to the king to appeal for her land, Gehazi the servant of the man of God was speaking to the king about Elisha and the woman appeared to make her appeal.
4. Gehazi told the king that this is the woman that Elisha restored her son to life.
5. The king asked the woman and she told him what Elisha did.
6. Then the king appointed an official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.”
7. Now Elisha came to Damascus and Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick.
8. Ben-hadad sent Hazael to Elisha with a present telling him to inquire of the Lord through Elisha if he will recover from his sickness.
9. Elisha said to him, “Go say to him, ‘You shall surely recover,’ but the Lord has shown me he will surely die.”
10. Elisha wept because he knew the evil that will be done to the people of Israel.
11. Elisha said, “The Lord has shown me that you are to be king over Syria.”
12. Then Hazael departed Elisha to report to the king of Syria.
13. Hazael told the king that he would surely recover; but the next day he took the bed cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face until the king died.
14. Hazael became king in his place.
15. Jehoram began to reign in Judah for eight years and he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; yet the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant and the promise to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
16. Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own.
17. Joram rose and stuck the Edomites but was unsuccessful; Edom ruled under separate rule until Ahaziah took Joram’s place.
18. Ahaziah also walked in the way of the house of Ahab; he went with Joram to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead where he was wounded.
19. Ahaziah went down to see Joram because he was sick.