Now Gehazi went on ahead of them. He placed the staff on the child’s face, but there was no sound or response. When he came back to Elisha 1 he told him, “The child did not wake up.”
When they went back and told him, he said, “The Lord’s word through his servant, Elijah the Tishbite, has come to pass. He warned, 1 ‘In the plot of land at Jezreel, dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh.
Now the troops Amaziah had dismissed and had not allowed to fight in the battle 1 raided 2 the cities of Judah from Samaria 3 to Beth Horon. They killed 4 3,000 people and carried off a large amount of plunder.
I have indeed 1 heard the people of Israel 2 say mournfully, ‘We were like a calf untrained to the yoke. 3 You disciplined us and we learned from it. 4 Let us come back to you and we will do so, 5 for you are the Lord our God.
None of the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah. Though they long to return and live there, none of them shall return except a few fugitives.’” 1
“I (says the Lord) will strengthen the kingdom 1 of Judah and deliver the people of Joseph 2 and will bring them back 3 because of my compassion for them. They will be as though I had never rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and therefore I will hear them.
Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
The men of Israel replied to the men of Judah, “We have ten shares in the king, and we have a greater claim on David than you do! Why do you want 1 to curse us? Weren’t we the first to suggest bringing back our king?” But the comments of the men of Judah were more severe than those of the men of Israel.
And you solemnly admonished them in order to return them to your law, but they behaved presumptuously and did not obey your commandments. They sinned against your ordinances – those by which an individual, if he obeys them, 1 will live. They boldly turned from you; 2 they rebelled 3 and did not obey.
So now the Lord says, the one who formed me from birth 1 to be his servant – he did this 2 to restore Jacob to himself, so that Israel might be gathered to him; and I will be honored 3 in the Lord’s sight, for my God is my source of strength 4 –
When they finished eating the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Return, buy us a little more food.”
“So now, please let your servant remain as my lord’s slave instead of the boy. As for the boy, let him go back with his brothers.