But when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, 'Am I God, to kill and to keep alive, that this man is sending word
to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.'
Now it happened, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word
to the king, saying, 'Why did you tear your clothes? Just have him come to me, and he shall learn that there is a prophet in Israel.'
So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots, and stood at the doorway of Elisha’s house.
And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, 'Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will
But Naaman was furious and went away, and he said, 'Behold, I thought, ‘He will certainly come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the site and cure the leprosy.’
Are Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, not better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?' So he turned and went away in a rage.
Then his servants approached and spoke to him, saying, 'My father, had the prophet told you to do some
great thing, would you not have done it?
How much more then,
when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?'
So he went down and dipped himself
in the Jordan seven times, in accordance with the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Then he returned to the man of God with all his company, and came and stood before him. And he said, 'Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; so please accept a gift from your servant now.'
But he said, 'As surely as
the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will accept nothing.' And he urged him to accept it,
but he refused.