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Melachim B/II Kings   7:3 - 20

~ When the Parashas is combined (Tazria-Metzora) start the Haftarah here ~

Chapter 7

3 Four men, metzoraim, were outside the gate; each one said to his friend, "Why are we sitting here until we die?  4 If we propose to come to the city, there is a famine in the city and we will die there, and if we remain here we will die; let us now go and throw ourselves upon the camp of Aram; if they let us live, we will live; and if they put us to death, we will die."

5 They stood up at evening to come to the Aramean camp and they arrived at the edge of the Aramean camp, and behold! — not a man was there.

6 Hashem had caused the Aramean camp to hear the sound of chariot and the sound of horse, the sound of a great army; and they said one to another, "Behold! — the King of Israel has hired the Hittite kings and the Egyptian kings to come upon us!"  7 So they stood up and fled into the evening; they abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys — the camp just as it was — and they fled for their lives.

8 These metzoraim arrived at the edge of the camp; they came to a tent and ate and drank. From it they carried away silver, gold, and garments, and went and hid them; then they returned and went to another tent, carried away from there, and went and hid it.

9 One said to his fellow, "We are not acting properly — today is a day of good news, yet we remain silent! If we wait until the light of dawn we will be adjudged as sinners. Now come, let us go and report to the king's palace!"

10 They arrived and called out to the gatekeepers of the city and declared to them, saying, "We came to the Aramean camp and behold! — not a man or a human sound is there, only the horses are tethered and the donkeys are tethered, and the tents are as they were."  11 The gatekeepers announced it; and it was related inside the king's palace.  12 The king arose in the night and said to his servants, "I will tell you now what Aram has done to us; they knew that we are famished, so they left the camp to conceal themselves in the field, thinking, 'When they leave the city we will capture them alive, and then enter the city.'"

13 One of his servants spoke up and said, "Let them take five of the remaining horses that are still here — they are like the entire multitude of Israel that still survives within, which are like the entire multitude of Israel that has perished — let us send them and we will see."

14 They took two horsemen and the king sent them after the Aramean camp, saying, "Go and see."  15 They followed them until the Jordan and behold! — the whole way was filled with garments and gear that Aram had thrown away in their haste; the messengers returned and told the king.  16 The people went out and plundered the Aramean camp; a se'ah of fine flour cost a shekel and two se'ah of barley cost a shekel — like the word of Hashem.

17 In charge of the gate, the king appointed the official on whose arm he leaned; the people trampled him in the gateway and he died, as the man of God had spoken, as he had spoken when the king descended to him.  18 And it happened just as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, "Two se'ah of barley will cost a shekel and a se'ah of fine flour will cost a shekel at this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria."

19 And that official had answered the man of God and said, "Behold! — if Hashem were to make windows in the sky, could such a thing happen?" And he said, "You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat from it!"

20 And so it happened to him - the people trampled him in the gate and he died.


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