Tyndale Bible

2 Kings 6

Elisha, giving leave to the young prophets to enlarge their dwellings, causeth iron to swim.

2 Kings 6:1 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. 2 Kings 6:2 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. 2 Kings 6:3 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. 2 Kings 6:4 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. 2 Kings 6:5 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. 2 Kings 6:6 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast [it] in thither; and the iron did swim. 2 Kings 6:7 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Therefore said he, Take [it] up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

He discloseth the king of Samaria's counsel.

2 Kings 6:8 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place [shall be] my camp. 2 Kings 6:9 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. 2 Kings 6:10 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. 2 Kings 6:11 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not show me which of us [is] for the king of Israel? 2 Kings 6:12 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that [is] in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

The army, which was sent to Dothan to apprehend Elisha, is smitten with blindness.

2 Kings 6:13 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he said, Go and spy where he [is], that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, [he is] in Dothan. 2 Kings 6:14 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. 2 Kings 6:15 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 2 Kings 6:16 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he answered, Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them. 2 Kings 6:17 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings 6:18 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

Being brought into Samaria, they are dismissed in peace.

2 Kings 6:19 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And Elisha said unto them, This [is] not the way, neither [is] this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. 2 Kings 6:20 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these [men], that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, [they were] in the midst of Samaria. 2 Kings 6:21 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite [them]? shall I smite [them]? 2 Kings 6:22 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he answered, Thou shalt not smite [them]: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. 2 Kings 6:23 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.

The famine in Samaria causeth women to eat their own children.

2 Kings 6:24 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And it came to pass after this, that Ben-hadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria. 2 Kings 6:25 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was [sold] for fourscore [pieces] of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five [pieces] of silver. 2 Kings 6:26 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. 2 Kings 6:27 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress? 2 Kings 6:28 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow. 2 Kings 6:29 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.

The king sendeth to slay Elisha.

2 Kings 6:30 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, [he had] sackcloth within upon his flesh. 2 Kings 6:31 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day. 2 Kings 6:32 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and [the king] sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: [is] not the sound of his master's feet behind him? 2 Kings 6:33 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil [is] of the LORD; what should I wait for the LORD any longer?

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