Rulers II (2 kings) 6-10


     6[1-7] The descendants of the preachers said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we live before you is too small for us. Let us go, we ask, to the Jordan, and everyone take a beam there, and let us make a place there, where we may live.” He answered, “Go.”One said, “Be pleased, I ask, to go with your followers.” He answered, “I’ll go.”So he went with them. When they came to the Jordan, they cut down wood.But as one was cutting a beam, the axe head fell into the water; and he shouted, saying, “Ah, boss!” because it was borrowed.The follower of God said, “Where did it fall?” He showed him the place. Elisha cut down a stick, and threw it in there, and made the iron float. He said, “ Get it.” So he reached out his hand, and took it.

     [8-13] Now the Ruler of Syria was warring against Israel; and he counseled with his people, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.”The follower of God sent to the Ruler of Israel, saying, “Beware that you not pass such a place because the Syrians are coming down there.The Ruler of Israel sent to the place which the follower of God told him and warned him of; and he saved himself there, not once nor twice.The heart of the Ruler of Syria was very troubled for this thing; and he called his workers, saying to them, “Show me which of us is for the Ruler of Israel?”One of his workers said, “No, sir, O Ruler; but Elisha, the preacher who is in Israel, tells the Ruler of Israel the words that you speak in private.”He said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him. It was told him, saying, “He is in Dothan.”

     [14-19] So he sent horses, and war vehicles there, and a great troop; and they came by night, and surrounded the city.      When the worker of the follower of God had gotten up early, and gone out, an army with horses and war vehicles was around the city. His worker said to him, “Ah, my boss! What will we do?”He answered, “Don’t be scared because those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”Elisha prayed, saying, “Yahweh, Please open his eyes, that he may see.” Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and war vehicles of fire around Elisha.When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, saying, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So God made them blind according to the word of Elisha.Elisha said to them, “This isn’t the way, nor is this the city; follow me, and I’ll bring you to the one for whom you look.” He led them to Samaria.

     [20-23] When they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, “Yahweh, give these men their sight, that they may see.” Yahweh gave them their sight, and they saw that they were in the midst of Samaria.The Ruler of Israel said to Elisha, “When he saw them, “Preacher, should I fight them? Should I fight them?”He answered, “Don’t fight them; would you fight those whom you’ve taken prisoner with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their leader.”He made a great meal for them; and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their leader. The troops of Syria didn’t come into the land of Israel anymore.

     [24-29] After this, Benhadad, Ruler of Syria gathered all his troops, and went up, and surrounded Samaria.There was a great lack of food in Samaria; and they surrounded it, until a donkey’s head was sold for 80 sliver coins, and a pint of dove’s waste for five sliver coins.As the Ruler of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman shouted to him, saying, “Help, sir, O Ruler.”       He said, “If Yahweh doesn’t help you, how can I help you, either out of the place of harvest, or out of the winepress?” The Ruler said to her, “What’s the matter?” She answered, “This woman said to me, “Give your child, that we may eat today, and we’ll eat my child tomorrow.”So we boiled my child, and ate; and I said to her on the next day, “Give your child, that we may eat; and she has hid hers’.”

 [30-33] When the Ruler heard what the woman said, he tore his clothes in grief (now he was passing by on the wall); and the people looked, and he had mourning clothes inside on his skin.Then he said, “God do so to me, and more also, if the head of Elisha of Shaphat will stay on him today.”But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him; and the Ruler sent someone from before him; but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, “See how this murderer has sent to cut off my head? When the messenger comes, shut the door, and lock it against him; his leader is right behind him!”While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him, followed by the Ruler, who said, “See, this evil is of Yahweh; why should I wait for Yahweh to help us any longer?”

 

      7[1-4] Elisha said, “Listen to the word of Yahweh; Yahweh says, ‘Tomorrow about this time, 6 bushels of fine flour and 12 bushels of barley will be sold for a silver dollar, in the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the Ruler leaned answered the follower of God, saying, “If Yahweh should make windows in heaven, could this really happen?” Elisha said, “You’ll see it with your eyes, but you won’t eat it.”Now there were four men who had a skin disease at the entrance of the gate; and they said to eachother, “Why do we sit here until we die?If we say we’ll go into the city, then there is a lack of food in the city, and we’ll die there; and if we sit here we will still die. So come, and let’s go to the troops of the Syrians; if they save us alive we’ll live; and if they kill us, we’ll only die.”

     [5-8] They got up in the dusk, to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, there was no one there.Yahweh had made the troops of the Syrians to hear a noise of war vehicles, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great troop; and they said to eachother, “The Ruler of Israel has hired against us the Rulers of the Hittites and the Egyptians, to come against us.”So they got up and ran in the dusk, and left their tents, their horses and donkeys, and left the camp just as it was, and ran for their life.When the sick men came to the edge of the camp, they went into one tent, and ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold, and clothes, and went and hid it; and they came back, and went into another tent, and took stuff from there also, and went and hid it.

     [9-13] Then they said to eachother, We aren’t doing right. Today is a day of good news, and we haven’t told anyone; if we wait until the morning light, we will be punished; So come, let’s go and tell the Ruler’s household.So they came and called to the guard of the city; and they told them, saying, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and there was no one there, nor the voice of a human being, but the horses and donkeys were tied up, and the tents were left just as they were.He called the doorkeepers; and they told it to the Ruler’s household inside.The Ruler got up in the night, saying to his workers, “I’ll tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we’re hungry; so they’ve gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, ‘When they come out of the city we’ll take them alive, and get into the city.’”One of his workers answered, “Please let some take five of the horses that are left in the city (they’re just as the people of Israel who are left in it; they’re just as the people of Israel, who are as good as dead); and let’s go and see.”

[14-20] So they took two war vehicles with horses; and the Ruler sent after the troops of the Syrians, saying, “Go and see.”They followed them to the Jordan; and all the road was full of clothes and pots, which the Syrians had thrown away in their hurry. The messengers went back, and told the Ruler.The people went out, and took everything from the camp of the Syrians. So 6 bushels of fine flour and 12 bushels of barley was sold for a silver dollar, as Yahweh had said.The Ruler put the captain on whose hand he leaned in charge of the gate; and the people trampled on him in the gate, and he died as the follower of God had said,  when the Ruler came down to him.It happened just as the follower of God had said to the Ruler, 12 bushels of barley and 6 bushels of fine flour will be sold for a silver dollar tomorrow about this time in the gate of Samaria; and the captain had answered the follower of God, saying, “If Yahweh made windows in heaven, could this really happen?” and just as he said, “You’ll see it with your eyes, but won’t eat it;  it happened to him because the people trampled on him in the gate, and he died.

 

     8[1-6] Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Get up, and go you and your household, and stay wherever you can stay because Yahweh has called for a famine; and it will also come on the land seven years.”       The woman did what the follower of God told her; and she went with her household, and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years. At the end of seven years, the woman went back out of the land of the Philistines; and she came to cry to the Ruler for her house and land. Now the Ruler was talking with Gehazi the worker of the follower of God, saying, “Please tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.As he was telling the Ruler how he had brought back to life him who was dead, the woman whose son he had brought back to life, cried to the Ruler for her house and land. Gehazi said, “O Ruler, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life.” When the Ruler asked the woman, she told him. So the Ruler told an official, saying, “Give back what was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land until now.”

     [7-15] Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad, the Ruler of Syria, was sick; and it was told him, saying, The follower of God is here.The Ruler said to Hazael, “Take a present in your hand, and go, meet the follower of God, and ask of Yahweh by him, saying, ‘Will I recover of this sickness?’”So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, some of everything good of Damascus, 40 camels’ loads, and came and stood before him, saying, “Benhadad, Ruler of Syria, has sent me to you, saying, ‘Will I recover of this sickness?’” Elisha said to him, “Go, tell him, ‘You’ll truly recover; But Yahweh has shown me that he’ll truly die.’”He looked straight at him, until he was ashamed; and the follower of God began to cry.Hazael said, “Why do you cry, sir?” He answered, “Because I know the evil that you’ll do to the people of Israel; you’ll set on fire their forts, and you’ll kill their soldiers, and will cut in pieces their babies, and rip up their pregnant women.” Hazael said, “But what am I, who am nothing but a dog, that I could do this great thing?” Elisha answered, “Yahweh has shown me that you’ll be Ruler over Syria.”  Then he left from Elisha, and came to his boss; who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?” He answered, “He told me that you’ll truly recover.”On the next day, he took the cover, and dipped it in water, and put it on his face, and smothered him to death; and Hazael ruled in his place.

     [16-22] In the fifth year of Joram, son of Ahab, Ruler of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then Ruler of Judah, Jehoram of Jehoshaphat, Ruler of Judah, began to rule.     He was 32 years old when he began to rule, and ruled eight years in Jerusalem.                He did like the Rulers of Israel, as did the house of Ahab, because he had the daughter of Ahab as wife; and he did what Yahweh said was evil. But Yahweh wouldn’t destroy Judah, for David, God’s follower’s sake, as he promised him to give to him a lamp for his children always.In his days, Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a Ruler over themselves.             Then Joram crossed over to Zair, and all his war vehicles with him; and he got up by night, and fought the Edomites who surrounded him, and the leaders of the war vehicles; and the people ran to their tents.So Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah until today. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.               

     [23-29] The rest of the acts of Joram, and what he did, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Judah. Joram died, and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David; and Ahaziah, his son, ruled in his place.In the 12th year of Joram, son of Ahab, Ruler of Israel, Ahaziah, son of Jehoram, Ruler of Judah, began to rule.Ahaziah was22 years old when he began to rule, and ruled one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri, Ruler of Israel.             He did like the house of Ahab, and did what Yahweh said was evil, as did the house of Ahab, because he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.He went with Joram to war against Hazael, Ruler of Syria, at Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.Ruler Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah when he fought against Hazael. Ahaziah, Ruler of Judah, went down to see Joram in Jezreel, because he was sick.

 

     9[1-10] Elisha, the preacher, called one of the descendants of the preachers, saying to him, “Put on your belt, and take this bottle of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead.When you get there, look for Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, of Nimshi, and go in, and make him leave from among his family, and carry him to an inner room.Then take the bottle of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, ‘Yahweh says, I’ve anointed you Ruler over Israel.’ Then open the door, and run, and don’t wait.” So the young preacher went to Ramoth Gilead. When he came, the troop leaders were sitting; and he said, “I have an errand to you, captain.” Jehu said, “To which of us all?” He said, “To you, captain.” He got up, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, saying to him, “Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, ‘I’ve anointed you Ruler over the people of Yahweh, over all Israel. You’ll fight the house of Ahab, your boss, that I may avenge the blood of My followers, the preachers, and the blood of all the followers of Yahweh, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab will die; and I’ll put an end to every boy from Ahab, both him who is shut up and him who is free in Israel.I’ll make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam, of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha, of Ahijah.The dogs will eat Jezebel in the part of Jezreel, and there won’t be anyone to bury her.” He opened the door and ran.

     [11-15] Then Jehu came out to the workers of his leader; and one said to him, “Is everything okay? Why did this crazy person come to you?” He said to them, “You know the man and what he said.” They said, “That’s not true; tell us now.” He said, “This and this he said to me, and Yahweh says, ‘I’ve anointed you Ruler over Israel.’” Then they hurried, and took their clothes, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew the horn, saying, “Jehu is Ruler.”So Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, of Nimshi, schemed against Joram. (Now Joram was keeping Ramoth Gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael, Ruler of Syria; but Ruler Joram had gone back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him when he fought with Hazael.) Jehu said, “If this be your minds, then let no one escape and go out out of the city, to go to tell it in Jezreel.”

[16-20] So Jehu rode in a war vehicle, and went to Jezreel because Joram lay there. Ahaziah, Ruler of Judah, had come down to see Joram.Now the guard was standing on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the group of Jehu as he came, saying, “I see a group.” Joram said, “Send a rider to meet them, and ask, “Do you come in peace?” So there went someone on horseback to meet him, saying, “The Ruler asks, ‘Do you come in peace?’” Jehu said, “What do you have to do with peace? Get behind me.” The guard said, “The messenger came to them, but he isn’t coming back.” Then he sent out a second one on horseback who came to them, saying, “The Ruler asks, ‘Do you come in peace?’” Jehu answered, “What do you have to do with peace? Get behind me.” The guard said, “He came to them, and isn’t coming back; and the driving is like that of Jehu of Nimshi, because he drives furiously.”

     [21-28] Joram said, “Get ready.” They got ready his war vehicle. Joram, Ruler of Israel, and Ahaziah, Ruler of Judah, went out in their war vehicles to meet Jehu, and reached him in the land of Naboth, the Jezreelite.When Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Do you come in peace, Jehu?” He answered, “What peace, so long as the whoring of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft continues?”Joram turned his hands, and ran, saying to Ahaziah, “There is treason, Ahaziah.”Jehu drew his bow with all his strength, and hit Joram between his arms; and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his war vehicle.Then Jehu said to Bidkar, his captain, “Take him and throw him in the field of Naboth, the Jezreelite, because remember when you and I rode together after Ahab his father, what Yahweh said about him; ‘Truly I’ve seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons,’ says Yahweh; ‘and I’ll punished you in this place,’ says Yahweh. So now take and throw him into that plot of ground, as Yahweh has said. But when Ahaziah, the Ruler of Judah, saw this, he ran by the road of the garden house. Jehu followed after him, saying, Shoot him also in the war vehicle; and they shot him at the rise of Gur, which is by Ibleam. He ran to Megiddo, and died there.His workers carried him in a war vehicle to Jerusalem, and buried him in his grave with his ancestors in the city of David.

     [29-36] In the 11th year of Joram of Ahab, Ahaziah began to rule over Judah.When Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard it; and she put on her makeup, and fixed her hair, putting on her crown, and looked out the window.As Jehu went in the gate, she said, “Had Zimri peace, who murdered his boss?” He looked up to the window, saying, “Who is on my side?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him.He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses; and he trampled her under foot.When he had come in, he ate and drank; and he said, Go take care of that accursed woman, and bury her because she is a Ruler’s daughter.”They went to bury her; but they found nothing left of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.So they came back, and told him. He said, “This is the word of Yahweh, Who said by his worker Elijah, the Tishbite, ‘In Jezreel, the dogs will eat the body of Jezebel; and the body of Jezebel will be as waste on the ground in Jezreel, so that they won’t be able to say, “This is Jezebel.”

 

     10[1-5] Now Ahab had 70 sons in Samaria. Jehu wrote letters, and sent them to Samaria to the Rulers of Jezreel, all the elders, and to those who brought up the children of Ahab, saying, “Now as soon as this letter comes to you, seeing your boss’s sons are with you, and there are with you war vehicles and horses, a protected city also, and armor; look out the best and strongest of your boss’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your boss’s house.” But they were very afraid, saying, “See, the two Rulers didn’t face him; how then will we stand?” Those who were over the household, and those who were over the city, the elders also, and those who brought up the children sent to Jehu, saying, “We’re your followers, and will do what you tell us; we won’t make anyone Ruler; you do whatever you see is good.

     [6-10] Then he wrote a second letter to them, saying, “If you’re on my side, and if you’ll listen to Me, take the heads of your boss’s sons, and come to me to Jezreel by tomorrow this time. Now the Ruler’s sons, being 70 persons, were with the leaders of the city who brought them up.When the letter came to them, they took all 70 of the Ruler’s sons, and killed them, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him to Jezreel.A messenger came, and told him, saying, “They’ve brought the heads of the Ruler’s sons.” He said, “Lay them in two piles at the entrance of the gate until the morning. In the morning, he went out, and stood saying to all the people, “You’re good people; see, I schemed against my boss, and killed him; but who killed all these? Know now that nothing of the word of Yahweh, which Yahweh said about the house of Ahab will fail because Yahweh has done what we were told by God’s follower Elijah.”

     [11-14] So Jehu fought what was left of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, all his great men, his best friends, and his preachers until none were left. He left and went to Samaria. As he was at the shearing house of the shepherds in the way,Jehu met with the brothers of Ahaziah, Ruler of Judah, saying, “Who are you?” They answered, “We’re the brothers of Ahaziah; and we go down to meet the people of the Ruler and the queen.”He said, “Take them alive.” They took them alive, and killed them at the pit of the shearing house, he killed all 42 soldiers, leaving none of them.        

     [15-19] When he had left there, he came up on Jehonadab, son of Rechab, coming to meet him; and he greeted him, asking him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?” Jehonadab answered, “It is. If it’s so, give me your hand.” He gave him his hand and took him up to him into the war vehicle.He said, “Come with me, and see my passion for Yahweh.” So they made him ride in his war vehicle.When he came to Samaria, he fought all who were left to Ahab in Samaria, until he had destroyed them, as Yahweh told them by Elijah.Jehu gathered all the people together, saying to them, “Ahab worshiped Baal only a little; but Jehu will serve him much. So now call to me all the preachers of Baal, all his worshippers, and all his preachers; let no one be missing because I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whoever is missing won’t live. But Jehu was secretly planning to destroy all the worshippers of Baal.

     [20-29] Jehu said, “Dedicate a solemn assembly for Baal.” They called for it.Jehu sent through all Israel; and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there wasn’t anyone left that didn’t come. They came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other.He said to the one who was over the robes, “Bring out the robes for all the worshippers of Baal.” He brought them out.Jehu and Jehonadab, son of Rechab, went into the house of Baal; and he said to the worshippers of Baal, “Search and make sure that there aren’t here with you any of the workers of Yahweh, but only the worshippers of Baal.”They went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had put 80 soldiers outside, saying, “If anyone whom I bring to you escapes, those who let him go will give their life for his.” As soon as he had finished making the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guard and captains, “Go in and kill them; let no one escape.” They stabbed them with the blade of a sword; and the guard and the captains threw them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.They brought out the pillars that were in the house of Baal, and burned them.They broke down the pillar of Baal and the house of Baal and made it a public toilet until today.So Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.But from the sins of Jeroboam of Nebat with which he made Israel to sin, Jehu didn’t stop doing them, that is, the golden calves that were in Bethel and Dan.    

     [30-36] Yahweh said to Jehu, “Because you’ve done well in doing what’s right to Me, and have done to the house of Ahab like what was in My heart, your sons of the fourth generation will sit on the throne of Israel.”But Jehu wasn’t careful to follow the law of Yahweh, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he didn’t stop the sins of Jeroboam, with which he made Israel to sin.            In those days, Yahweh began to take land from Israel; and Hazael fought them in all the borders of Israel; from the Jordan going east, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and what he did, and all his strength, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel.Jehu died; and they buried him in Samaria. Jehoahaz, his son, ruled in his place. Jehu ruled over Israel in Samaria for 28 years.

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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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