Neviim Rishonim:

Melekhim Bet / 2 Kings Chapter 6

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Miracles : Elisha recover lost Axe head

6:1 And ha Benai Neviim said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

6:2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Yarden, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

6:3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.

6:4 So he went with them. And when they came to Yarden, they cut down wood.

6:5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

6:6 And the man of Elohim (אלהים) said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast [it] in thither; and made the iron float.

6:7 Therefore said he, Take [it] up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

6:8 Then the melekh Aram warred against Yisra'el, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place [shall be] my camp.

6:9 And the man of Elohim (אלהים) sent unto the melekh Yisra'el, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Aram are come down.

6:10 And the melekh Yisra'el sent to the place which the man of Elohim (אלהים) told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

6:11 Therefore the heart of the melekh Aram was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us [is] for the melekh Yisra'el?

6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my adon, O king: but Elisha, the Navi that [is] in Yisra'el, telleth the melekh Yisra'el the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

6:13 And he said, Go and spy where he [is], that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, [he is] in Dothan.

6:14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

6:15 And when the servant of the man of Elohim (אלהים) was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them.

6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, YHWH (יהוה), I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And YHWH (יהוה) opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto YHWH (יהוה), and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

6:19 And Elisha said unto them, This [is] not the way, neither [is] this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Shomron.

6:20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Shomron, that Elisha said, YHWH (יהוה), open the eyes of these [men], that they may see. And YHWH (יהוה) opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, [they were] in the midst of Shomron.

6:21 And the melekh Yisra'el said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite [them]? shall I smite [them]?

6:22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite [them]: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master.

6:23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Aram came no more into the land of Yisra'el.

6:24 And it came to pass after this, that Ben-Hadad melekh Aram gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Shomron.

6:25 And there was a great famine in Shomron: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was [sold] for fourscore [pieces] of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five [pieces] of silver.

6:26 And as the melekh Yisra'el was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my adon, O king.

6:27 And he said, If YHWH (יהוה) do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.

6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.

6:30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, [he had] sackcloth within upon his flesh.

6:31 Then he said, Elohim (אלהים) do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha Ben Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

6:32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the Zekenim sat with him; and [the king] sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the Zekenim, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: [is] not the sound of his master's feet behind him?

6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil [is] of YHWH (יהוה); what should I wait for YHWH (יהוה) any longer?


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Three generation Ben-Hadad

Ben-Hadad I was the son of Tabrimmon, who is called (1Ki_15:18) “the son of Hezion, melekh Syria, that dwelt at Damascus.” Hezion has been with some plausibility identified with Rezon (1Ki_11:23, 1Ki_11:25) who founded the kingdom of Damascus and imparted to Syria that temper of hostility to Israel which became hereditary.

Ben-Hadad II was in all probability the son of Ben-Hadad I. He is the Hadad-ezer, or Hadad-'idri, of the monuments. He comes first upon the scene of the Biblical history invading the land of Israel with a large host, in which were 32 tributary kings, and horses and chariots.

Ben-Hadad III was the son of the usurper Chaza'el, and though not in the dynastic succesion, assumed on the dent h of his father the dynastic name. He was contemporary with Amazyah, melekh Yehudah; Yehoachaz Ben Yehu, melekh Yissrael; and Ramman-Nirari III, melekh Assyria.