So they put sackcloth around their waists and ropes on their heads and went to the king of Israel. They said, “Your servant 1 Ben Hadad says, ‘Please let me live!’” Ahab 2 replied, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.” 3
The king 1 sent a third captain and his fifty soldiers. This third captain went up and fell 2 on his knees before Elijah. He begged for mercy, “Prophet, please have respect for my life and for the lives of these fifty servants of yours.
Elijah told Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” 1 But Elisha said, “As certainly as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” 1 But he replied, “As certainly as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.
Elijah said to him, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he replied, “As certainly as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they traveled on together.
When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you, 1 before I am taken away from you?” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of the prophetic spirit that energizes you.” 2
Elisha said to Gehazi, 1 “Tell her, ‘Look, you have treated us with such great respect. 2 What can I do for you? Can I put in a good word for you with the king or the commander of the army?’” She replied, “I’m quite secure.” 3
When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill or restore life? Why does he ask me to cure a man of his skin disease? 1 Certainly you must see that he is looking for an excuse to fight me!” 2
Naaman said, “If not, then please give your servant a load of dirt, enough for a pair of mules to carry, 1 for your servant will never again offer a burnt offering or sacrifice to a god other than the Lord. 2
May the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to worship, and he leans on my arm and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this.” 1
He answered, “Everything is fine. 1 My master sent me with this message, ‘Look, two servants of the prophets just arrived from the Ephraimite hill country. 2 Please give them a talent 3 of silver and two suits of clothes.’”
Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that 1 the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 1 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 2
The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence? 1
Eliakim son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 2 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this! Now, please remove the guilt of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
David said to Gad, “I am very upset! I prefer to be attacked by the Lord, for his mercy is very great; I do not want to be attacked by men!” 1
David said to God, “Was I not the one who decided to number the army? I am the one who sinned and committed this awful deed! 1 As for these sheep – what have they done? O Lord my God, attack me and my family, 2 but remove the plague from your people!” 3
David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, 1 and the temple to be built for the Lord must be especially magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations. 2 Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.” So David made extensive preparations before he died.