So they got up and fled at twilight, and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—indeed
the camp itself,
just as it was; and they fled for their lives.
When these men with leprosy came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver, gold, and clothes, and they went and hid them;
then they returned and entered another tent, and carried valuables
from there also,
and went and hid them.
Then they said to one another, 'We are not doing the right thing. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent about it;
if we wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now then come, let’s go and inform the king’s household.'
So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, saying, 'We came to the camp of the Arameans, and behold, there was no one there, nor a human voice; only the horses tied and the donkeys tied, and the tents just as they were.'
And the gatekeepers called and announced it
inside the king’s house.
Then the king got up in the night and said to his servants, 'I will now tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we are hungry; so they have left the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, ‘When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and get into the city.’?'
One of his servants responded and said, 'Please, have some men
take five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city. Behold, they will be in any case
like all the multitude of Israel who are left in it; behold, they will be
like all the multitude of Israel who have already
perished, so let us send them
Therefore they took two chariots with horses, and the king sent them
after the army of the Arameans, saying, 'Go and see.'