2 Kings 7
Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be
sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would
make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
3And there were four leprous men at the entering
in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and
if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive,
we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp
of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host:
and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the
Egyptians, to come upon us.
arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled
for their life.
8And when these lepers came
to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and
raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
9Then they said one to another, We do not
well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come
upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
10So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp
of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents
as they were.
11And he called the porters;
and they told it to the king's house within.
the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that
we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city,
we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city,
(behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of
the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.
took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments
and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
16And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of
fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
17And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of
the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came
down to him.
18And it came to pass as the
man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel,
shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria:
that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?
And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
20And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.