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2 Kings 5:1

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Elisha Heals a Syrian General

5:1 Now Naaman, the commander of the king of Syria’s army, was esteemed and respected by his master, 1  for through him the Lord had given Syria military victories. But this great warrior had a skin disease. 2 

2 Kings 5:27

Context
5:27 Therefore Naaman’s skin disease will afflict 3  you and your descendants forever!” When Gehazi 4  went out from his presence, his skin was as white as snow. 5 

1 tn Heb “was a great man before his master and lifted up with respect to the face.”

2 tn For a discussion of מְצֹרָע (mÿtsora’), traditionally translated “leprous,” see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 63. Naaman probably had a skin disorder of some type, not leprosy/Hansen’s disease.

3 tn Heb “cling to.”

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Gehazi) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Traditionally, “he went from before him, leprous like snow.” But see the note at 5:1, as well as M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 66.



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