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Melachim B/II Kings   4:42 - 5:19

Chapter 4

42 And a man came from Baal-shalishah and he brought to the man of God food from the first reaping - twenty loaves of barley bread, and young ears of grain in their chaff - [Elisha] said, "Give it to the people and let them eat."

43 His servant said, "How can I place this in front of a hundred men?" So he said, "Give the people and let them eat, for so said Hashem, 'They will eat and leave over.'"  44 So he placed it before them; they ate and left over, as Hashem had said.

Chapter 5

1 Naaman, general of the army of the king of Aram, was an eminent person in his master's presence and highly honored, for through him had Hashem given victory to Aram; the man was a great warrior — a metzora.  2 Aram had gone out in raiding parties and had captured a young girl from the Land of Israel; and she served Naaman's wife.  3 She said to her mistress, "My master's prayers should be directed to the prophet who is in Samaria; then he will heal him from his tzaraas."

4 So [Naaman] went and told his master, saying, "Such-andsuch spoke the girl from the Land of Israel."  5 The king of Aram said, "Go to him, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." He went and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand gold coins, and ten changes of clothes.

6 He brought to the king of Israel the letter which said, "And now, when this letter comes to you, behold I have sent my servant Naaman to you, that you shall heal him from his tzaraas."

7 When [Jehoram] the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God that I can kill and give life, that this person sends to me to heal a man of his tzaraas? Know now and see that he seeks a pretext against me!"

8 When Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, "Why did you tear your clothes? Let him come to me now and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel!"

9 Naaman came with his horses and chariot and stood at the entrance of Elisha's house.  10 Elisha sent him a messenger, saying, "Go and bathe seven times in the Jordan, and your normal flesh will come back and you will become cleansed."

11 Naaman was enraged and he left; he said,"Behold, I thought that he would come out to me, stand up and call out in the Name of Hashem, his God, and lift his hands to the Omnipresent One — and the metzora would be healed.  12 Are not Amanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? I will bathe in them and become cleansed!" Then he turned and left in a fury.

13 But his servants approached and spoke to him, saying, "My father, had the prophet told you to do a difficult thing, would you not have done it? — surely since he has told you only 'bathe and become cleansed.' "

14 So he descended and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, as the word of the man of God; and his flesh was transformed to the flesh of a young boy, and he became cleansed.  15 He returned to the man of God, he and his entire retinue; he came and stood before him and said, "Behold, now I know that there is no God in the whole world, except in Israel; and now please accept a tribute from your servant."

16 But he answered, "By the life of Hashem before Whom I have stood, I will not accept." He imposed upon him to accept, but he refused.

17 Naaman said, "May there at least be given to your servant two mule-loads of earth — for your servant will never again offer a burnt-offering or a peace-offering to other gods, only to Hashem.  18 And may Hashem forgive your servant for this matter - When my master comes to the temple of Rimmon to prostrate himself there, he leans on my arm, so I must bow in the temple of Rimmon — may Hashem forgive your servant for this thing."

19 He said to him, "Go to peace." He traveled a stretch of land from him.

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


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