Neviim Rishonim:

Melekhim Bet / 2 Kings Chapter 5

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Miraculous Cleansing of Na'aman the Leper (5:1-19)

5:1 Now Na'aman, captain of the host of the melekh Aram, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him YHWH (יהוה) had given deliverance unto Aram: he was also a mighty man in valour, [but he was] a metzorah (leper).

5:2 And the Aram had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Yisra'el a little maid; and she waited on Na'aman's wife.

5:3 And she said unto her mistress:

"Would Elohim (אלהים) my adon [were] with the Navi that [is] in Shomron! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

5:4 And [one] went in, and told his adon, saying:

"Thus and thus said the maid that [is] of the land of Yisra'el.

5:5 And the melekh Aram said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the melekh Yisra'el. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

5:6 And he brought the letter to the melekh Yisra'el, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have [therewith] sent Na'aman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

5:7 And it came to pass, when the melekh Yisra'el had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, [Am] I Elohim (אלהים), to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

5:8 And it was [so], when Elisha the man of Elohim (אלהים) had heard that the melekh Yisra'el 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 Navi in Yisra'el.

5:9 So Na'aman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the Beit Elisha.

5:10And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying:

"Go and wash in Yarden seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean."

5:11 But Na'aman 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 YHWH (יהוה) his Elohim (אלהים), and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

5:12 [Are] not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Dammesek, better than all the waters of Yisra'el? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, [if] the Navi 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?

5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Yarden, according to the saying of the man of Elohim: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

5:15 And he returned to the man of Elohim (אלהים), he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that [there is] no Elohim (אלהים) in all the earth, but in Yisra'el: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

5:16 But he said, [As] YHWH (יהוה) liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take [it]; but he refused.

5:17 And Na'aman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither Olah nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto YHWH (יהוה).

5:18 In this thing YHWH (יהוה) pardon thy servant, [that] when my master goeth into the Beit Rimon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the Beit Rimon: when I bow down myself in the Beit Rimon, YHWH (יהוה) pardon thy servant in this thing.

5:19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

The Greed of Geichazi (5:20-27)

5:20 But Geichazi (גחזי), the servant of Elisha the man of Elohim (אלהים), said, Behold, my master hath spared Na'aman this Aramn, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, [as] YHWH (יהוה) liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

5:21 So Geichazi (גחזי) followed after Na'aman. And when Na'aman saw [him] running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, [Is] all well?

5:22 And he said, All [is] well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Efrayim two young men of ha Benai Neviim: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.

5:23 And Na'aman said:

"Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid [them] upon two of his servants; and they bare [them] before him. "

5:24 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, and they departed.

5:25 But he went in, and stood before his master.

And Elisha said unto him:

"Whence [comest thou], Geichazi (גחזי)?

And he said:

"Thy servant went no whither."

5:26 And he said unto him:

"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, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

5:27 The leprosy therefore of Na'aman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper [as white] as snow.


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Beit Rimon (Hebrew: בית רימון‎, lit. House of Pomegranates) is a kibbutz in the Lower Galilee Regional Council, Israel. The kibbutz dwells on a ridge of mount Toraan in the height of 400 meters above sea level. The rock Rimmon (רמון סלע, ṣela‛ rimmōn; ἡ πέτρα Ῥεμμών, hē pétra Rhemmṓn):

The place of refuge of the 600 surviving Benjamites of Gibeah (Jeba‛) who “turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon, and abode in the rock of Rimmon four months” (Jdg_20:45, Jdg_20:47; Jdg_21:13). (רמּון, rimmōn; Ἐρεμμών, Eremmṓn, or Ῥεμμώθ, Rhemmṓth): A city in the Negeb, near the border of Edom, ascribed to Judah (Jos_15:32) and to Simeon (Jos_19:7; 1Ch_4:32,). In Zec_14:10 it is mentioned as the extreme South of Yehudah - “from Geba to Rimmon, South of Yerushalayim.”

Na'aman was Ben-Hadad II's commander-in-chief.

Geichazi coveted the gifts from Naaman which Elisha had refused.Elisha exposed him. He reminded the greedy servant that it was no time to receive money and garments or other things that could be bought with money. Gehazi was struck with the leprosy of Naaman. He had sinned greatly in giving the Syrians occasion to think that Hashem's free gift of grace was not free at all.