17 “Open the window toward the east,” he said; and he opened it. Elisha said, “Shoot!” and he shot. Then he said, “An arrow of victory for Hashem! An arrow of victory over Aram! You shall rout Aram completely at Aphek.”
21 Once a man was being buried, when the people caught sight of such a band; so they threw the corpse into Elisha‘s grave and made off. When the [dead] man came in contact with Elisha‘s bones, he came to life and stood up.
23 But Hashem was gracious and merciful to them, and He turned back to them for the sake of His covenant with Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov. He refrained from destroying them, and He still did not cast them out from His presence.
va-ya-KHON a-do-NAI o-TAM va-ra-kha-MAYM vai-YI-fen a-lay-HEM l’-MA-an b’-ree-TO et av-ra-HAMyitz-KHAK v’-ya-a-KOV v’-LO a-VAH hash-khee-TAM v’-lo hish-lee-KHAM may-al pa-NAV ad A-tah
Because of His everlasting covenant with the People of Israel, Hashem has compassion for them. In Hebrew, the word for ‘compassion,’ rachamim (רחמים), comes from the word that means ‘womb,’ rechem (רחם). A mother always feels compassion for the child she lovingly carried in her womb for nine months. We pray for Hashem to have the same compassion upon His children, whom He has lovingly carried for millennia, and when we show compassion to others, we emulate one of God’s attributes.1 comment
24 When King Hazael of Aram died, his son Ben-hadad succeeded him as king;
25 and then Yehoash son of Yehoachaz recovered from Ben-hadad son of Hazael the towns which had been taken from his father Yehoachaz in war. Three times Yoash defeated him, and he recovered the towns of Yisrael.