Rulers 2 (Kings) 1-5


 

     1[1-4] Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.Ahaziah fell down through the lattice in his upper room that was in Samaria, and was sick; and he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go, ask of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I’ll recover of this sickness.”But the angel of Yahweh said to Elijah, the Tishbite, “Get up, go up to meet the messengers of the Ruler of Samaria, and tell them, ‘Is it because there’s no God in Israel, that you go to ask of Baal Zebub, the false god of Ekron?’            So now Yahweh says, ‘You won’t get up from the bed where you’re at, but will truly die.’” Elijah left.

     [5-8] The messengers went back to him, and he said to them, “Why have you come back?” They said to him, “Someone came to meet us, saying to us, ‘Go, turn back to the Ruler who sent you, and tell him, Yahweh says, Is it because there’s no God in Israel, that you send to ask of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ so you won’t get up from the bed where you’re at, but will truly die.’”              He said to them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you, and told you these words?”   They answered him, “He was a hairy man, and had a belt of leather around his waist.” He said, “It’s Elijah, the Tishbite.”

 [9-14] Then the Ruler sent to him a captain of 50 with his troop. He went up to him; and he was sitting on the top of the hill. He said to him, “Follower of God, the Ruler has said, ‘Come down.’”Elijah answered to the captain of 50, “If I am a follower of God, let fire come down from the sky, and burn up you and your troop. Fire came down from the sky, and burned up him and his troop. Again he sent to him another captain of 50 and his troop. He said to him, “Follower of God, the Ruler has said, ‘Come down quickly.’” Elijah answered them, “If I am a follower of God, let fire come down from the sky, and burn up you and your troop. The fire of God came down from the sky, and burned up him and his troop.Again he sent the captain of a third 50 with his troop. The third captain of 50 went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and begged him, saying to him, “Follower of God, please let my life, and the life of these 50, your followers, be precious to you. See, fire came down from the sky, and burned up the two former captains of 50 with their troops; but now let my life be precious to you.”

     [15-18] The angel of Yahweh said to Elijah, “Go down with him; don’t be scared of him.” He got up, and went down with him to the Ruler.He said to him, “Yahweh says, ‘Because you’ve sent messengers to ask of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, is it because there’s no God in Israel to ask?’ So you won’t get up from the bed where you’re at, but will truly die.” So he died as Yahweh had said which Elijah had told them. Jehoram began to rule in his place in the second year of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, Ruler of Judah; because he had no son.Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel.

 

     2[1-6] When Yahweh was about to take up Elijah by a whirlwind into heaven, Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.Elijah said to Elisha, “Please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me as far as Bethel.” Elisha said, “As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I won’t leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.The descendants of the preachers who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, saying to him, “Do you know that Yahweh will take away your boss from you today?” He said, “Yes, I know it; hold your peace.”         Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to Jericho.” He said, “As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I won’t leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The descendants of the preachers who were at Jericho came to Elisha, saying to him, “Do you know that Yahweh will take away your boss from you today?” He answered, “Yes, I know it. Hold your peace.” Elijah said to him, “Please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to the Jordan.” He said, “As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I won’t leave you.” So they went on together.

[7-11] Fifty of the descendants of the preachers went, and stood watching them very far away; and they two stood by the Jordan.Elijah took his cape, and folded it together, and hit the water, and it divided here and there, so that they two went over on dry ground. When they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask me what I should do for you, before I’m taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please put double your spirit  on me.”He said, “You’ve asked a hard thing; but if you see me when I’m taken from you, it will be so to you; but if not, it won’t be.” As they still went on, and talked, there appeared a war vehicle of fire, and horses of fire, which separated them; and Elijah went up by a tornado into heaven.

     [12-17] Elisha saw it, and he cried, “My father, my father, the war vehicles of Israel and its riders!” He saw him no more; and he grabbed his own clothes, and tore them in half.Then he took up the cape of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of the Jordan.He took the cape of Elijah that fell from him, and hit the water, saying, “Where is Yahweh, the God of Elijah?” and when he also had hit the water, it divided here and there; and Elisha went over.When the descendants of the preachers who were at Jericho which were close by saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah is on Elisha.” They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.They said to him, “See now, there are with your followers 50 soldiers; let them go, we ask, and look for your boss, in case the Spirit of Yahweh has taken him up, and thrown him on some mountain, or into some valley. He said, “You won’t send them.”When they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, “Send them.” So they sent the 50 soldiers; and they searched three days, but didn’t find him.

     [18-25] They came back to him while he stayed at Jericho; and he said to them, “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t go?’”The people of the city said to Elisha, “We ask, the situation of this city is pleasant, as you see; but the water is bad, and the women miscarry. He said, “Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.” They brought it to him.He came to the creek, and threw salt in it, saying, “Yahweh says, ‘I’ve healed these waters; there won’t be anymore death or miscarriages in them.”So the waters were healed until today, just like Elisha had said.He went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the road, some teenagers came out of the city and mocked him, saying to him, “Go up, you  old baldy; go up, you baldhead.” He looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the Name of Yahweh. Then two mama bears came out of the woods, and killed 42 of those young people.He went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he went back to Samaria.

 

     3[1-5] Now Jehoram, son of Ahab, began to rule over Israel in Samaria in the 18th year of Jehoshaphat, Ruler of Judah, and ruled 12 years. He did what Yahweh said was evil, but not like his father and mother, because he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made.But he stuck to the sins of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; he didn’t stop doing it.     Now Mesha, Ruler of Moab, was a sheep breeder; and he gave to the Ruler of Israel the wool of 100,000 lambs, and of 100,000 rams.But when Ahab was dead, the Ruler of Moab rebelled against the Ruler of Israel.

     [6-12] Ruler Jehoram went out of Samaria at that time, and called all Israel. He went and sent to Jehoshaphat the Ruler of Judah, saying, “The Ruler of Moab has rebelled against me; will you go with me against Moab to fight?” He said, “I’ll go; I’m as you are, My people as Your people, my horses as your horses.” He said, “Which way will we go?” He answered, “The road to the countryside of Edom.”So the Ruler of Israel, the Ruler of Judah, and the Ruler of Edom went; and they made a trip of seven days’ journey; and there was no water for the troops, nor for the animals that followed them.The Ruler of Israel said, “Ah! for Yahweh has called these three Rulers together to give them into the power of Moab.”But Jehoshaphat said, “Isn’t there here a preacher of Yahweh that we may ask of Yahweh by him?” One of the leaders of Israel ‘s workers answered, “Elisha of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” Jehoshaphat said, “The word of Yahweh is with him.” So the Ruler of Israel, Jehoshaphat, and the Ruler of Edom went down to him.

     [13-19] Elisha said to the Ruler of Israel, “What have I to do with you?” Go to the preachers of your father and mother. The Ruler of Israel said to him, “No, because Yahweh has called these three Rulers together to give them into the power of Moab.”             Elisha said, “As Yahweh, the God of All Creation lives, before whom I stand, truly were it not that I think of the presence of Jehoshaphat, the Ruler of Judah, I wouldn’t look toward you, nor see you.But now bring me a minstrel. When the minstrel played, the hand of Yahweh came on him.He said, “Yahweh says, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’ Yahweh says, ‘You won’t see wind, nor will you see rain; still the valley will be filled with water, and you’ll drink, both you and your livestock and your animals.’  This is only a little thing to Yahweh, who will also give the Moabites to you. You’ll fight every protected city, and every choice city, and will cut down every good tree, and stop up all the creeks of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.”

     [20-23] In the morning, about the time of making the offering, water came from Edom, and the country was filled with water.               Now when all the Moabites heard that the Rulers had come up to fight against them, they gathered themselves together, all who were old enough to be able to put on armor, and upward, and stood on the border.They got up early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water next to them as red as blood; and they said, “This is blood; the Rulers are truly destroyed, and they’ve fought each other; So now, Moab, to the stuff.”

     [24-27] When they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites got up and fought the Moabites, so that they ran before them; and they went forward into the land killing the Moabites. They went down to the cities; and on every good piece of land they threw stones, and filled it; and they stopped up all the creeks of water, and cut down all the good trees, until in Kir Hareseth they only left its stones; but the men armed with slings went around it, and fought it.When the Ruler of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him 700 soldiers to break through to the Ruler of Edom; but they couldn’t do it. Then he took his oldest son who would have ruled in his place, and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. There was great anger against Israel; and they left from him, and went back to their own land.

 

     4[1-6] Now a certain woman, a preacher’s wife, came crying to Elisha, saying, “Your follower, my husband, is dead; and you know that he respected Yahweh; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be workers.”Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me; what do you have in the house?” She said, “I don’t have anything in the house, except a jar of oil.”Then he said, “Go, borrow empty jars from all your neighbors, and don’t borrow just a few.Thengo in and shut the door on you and your sons, and pour out the oil you have into all those jars; and set aside what’s full.” So she went from him and shut the door on her and her sons; they brought the jars to her and she poured out.When the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another jar.” He said to her, “There isn’t another jar” and the oil stopped.Then she came and told the follower of God and he said, “Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt, and you and your sons live off the rest.”    

     [8-16] One day, Elisha passed to Shunem, where there was a great woman; and she tried to get him to eat. So as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat.She said to her husband, “See, I know that this is a holy follower of God that passes by us continually.Please,let’s make a little room on the wall; and let’s put a bed, a table, a seat, and a lamp stand there for him; and when he comes to us, he’ll turn in there.” One day, when he came there, he turned into the room and lay there.He said to Gehazi, his worker, “Call this Shunammite.” When he had called her, she stood before him.He said to him, “Say now to her, “See, you’ve been careful for us with all this care; what’s to be done for you? Would you be spoken for to the Ruler, or to the captain of the troops?” She answered, “I live among my own people.”He said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Most certainly she has no son, and her husband is old.”He said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the door.He said, “At this season, when the time comes round, you’ll hold a son.” She said, “No, sir, follower of God, don’t lie to your servant.”

     [17-24] The woman got pregnant, and had a son at that season, when the time came round, as Elisha had said to her.When the child was grown, one day he went out to his father to the reapers.He said to his father, “My head, my head.” He said to his worker, “Carry him to his mother.”When he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees until noon, and then died.She went up and laid him on the bed of the follower of God, and shut the door on him, and went out.She called to her husband, saying, “Please send me one of the workers, and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the follower of God, and come back.”He said, “Why will you go to him today? It’s neither a new moon nor a Seventh Day.” She said, “It will be alright.”Then she saddled a donkey, saying to her worker, “Drive, and go forward; don’t slacken off the riding for me, unless I tell you.”

     [25-31] So she went, and came to the follower of God to Mount Carmel. When the follower of God saw her very far away, he said to Gehazi his worker, “See, yonder is the Shunammite; please run now to meet her, and ask her, “Is it well with you? is it well with your husband? is it well with the child?” She answered, “It’s well.”When she came to the follower of God to the hill, she caught hold of his feet. Gehazi came close to throw her away; but the follower of God said, “Let her alone because her soul is troubled within her; and Yahweh has hid it from me, and hasn’t told me.”Then she said, “Did I ask for a son of you, sir? Didn’t I say, ‘Don’t mislead me?’”Then he said to Gehazi, “Put on your belt, and take my walking stick in your hand, and go your way; if you meet anyone, don’t say hello to him; and if anyone says hello to you, don’t answer him back; and lay my walking stick on the face of the child.”The mother of the child said, “As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I won’t leave you.” He got up, and followed her.Gehazi went on before them, and laid the walking stick on the face of the child; but there was no voice, nor hearing. So he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child hasn’t awakened.       

     [32-37] When Elisha had come into the house, the child was dead, and laid on his bed.He went in and shut the door on them both, and prayed to Yahweh.He went up, and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, and his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself on him; and the body of the child grew warm.Then he got up, and walked in the room once back and forth; then he went and stretched himself out on him; and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.He called Gehazi, saying, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her. When she had come in to him, he said, “Get your son.”Then she went in, and fell at his feet, bowing herself to the ground; and she took up her son, and went out.

     [38-41] Elisha came again to Gilgal. There was a drought in the land; and the families of the preachers were sitting before him; and he said to his worker, “Put on the big pot, and boil a stew for the families of the preachers.One went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered his lap full of wild gourds, and came and shred them into the pot of stew because they didn’t recognize them.So they dished out for the people to eat., and as they were eating the stew, they cried out, saying, “Follower of God, there’s death in the pot.” They couldn’t eat it.But he said, “Then bring meal.” He threw it into the pot and said, “Pour it for the people, that they may eat,” and there was no harm in the pot.

     [42-44] Someone came from Baal Shalishah, and brought the follower of God bread of the firstfruits, 20 loaves of barley bread, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. He said, “Give it to the people that they may eat.”His worker said, “What, should I put this before a hundred people? But he said, “Give it to the people that they may eat, because Yahweh says, ‘They’ll eat and have some left over.’”So he set it before them, and they ate, and had some left, as Yahweh had told them.

 

     5[1-6] Now Naaman, captain of the troops of the Ruler of Syria was a great man with his boss, and honorable, because by him, Yahweh had given victory to Syria; he was also a very brave soldier, but he was a leper.The Syrians had gone out in troops, and had taken a young girl away prisoner out of the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.She said to her mistress, I wish that sir were with the preacher who is in Samaria! Then he would heal him of his skin disease. Someone went in, and told his leader, saying, This and this said the girl who is of the land of Israel.The Ruler of Syria said, “Go now, and I’ll send a letter to the Ruler of Israel.” He left, and took with him 750 lbs of silver, and 6,000 gold coins, and ten changes of clothing.       He brought the letter to the Ruler of Israel, saying, “Now when this letter comes to you, I’ve sent Naaman, my soldier to you, that you may heal him of his skin disease.”

 [7-10] When the Ruler of Israel had read the letter, he tore his clothes, saying, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends to me to heal someone of a skin disease? But think about it, I ask, and see how he’s looking for a quarrel against me.              When Elisha, the follower of God, heard that the Ruler of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the Ruler, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, and he’ll know that there’s a preacher in Israel.”So Naaman came with his horses and with his war vehicles, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your skin will come back to you, and you’ll be well.”

  [11-13] But Naaman was angry, and went away, saying, “See, I thought he would at least come out to me, and stand, and call on the Name of Yahweh God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal me.”Aren’t Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them, and be healed? So he turned and went away in great anger.             His workers came, saying to him, “Sir, if the preacher had bid you do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? How much more then, when he only says to you, “Wash, and be healed?”

     [14-19] Then he went down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, as the follower of God had said; and his skin came again like the skin of a little child, and he was well. He went back to the follower of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said, “See now, I know that there’s no god in all the earth, but in Israel; So now, please take a present from Your follower.” But he said, “As Yahweh lives, before whom I stand, I’ll take nothing from you.” He urged him to take it; but he refused.Naaman said, “If not, still, please let there be given to your follower two mules’ loads of earth because your follower will from here on out offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to other gods, but to Yahweh only. In this thing Yahweh will forgive your follower; when my boss goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, Yahweh will forgive your follower in this thing.”He said to him, “Go in peace.” So he left from him, going a little way.

     [20-27] But Gehazi, the worker of Elisha, the follower of God, thought, “My boss has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving at his hands what he brought; so as Yahweh lives, I’ll run after him, and take something from him.”So Gehazi chased after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the war vehicle to meet him, saying, “Is everything okay?”He said, “Everything is okay.” My boss has sent me, saying, “See, just now there have come to me from the hillsides of Ephraim, two young people of the descendants of the preachers; please give them 75 lbs  of silver, and two changes of clothing.” Naaman said, “Be pleased to take 150 lbs. He urged him, and tied 150 lbs of silver in two bags with two changes of clothing, and gave it to two of his workers; and they walked with it before him.When he came to the hill, he took it from their hand, and put it in the house; and he let the men go, and they left.But he went in and stood before his boss. Elisha said to him, “Where have you come from, Gehazi?” He said, “Your follower went no where.”               He said to him, “Didn’t my heart go with you, when the man turned from his war vehicle to meet you? Is it a time to receive money and clothes, and olive groves and vineyards, and sheep and cows, and male and female workers?So the skin disease of Naaman will stick to you and to your descendants forever. He went out from him with leprosy, as white as snow.

 

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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