14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he was to die; and Joash the king of Yisrael came down unto him, and wept over him, and said: ‘My father, my father, the chariots of Yisrael and the horsemen thereof!’
17 And he said: ‘Open the window eastward’; and he opened it. Then Elisha said: ‘Shoot’; and he shot. And he said: ‘Hashem’S arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory against Aram; for thou shalt smite the Arameans in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.’
19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said: ‘Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Aram till thou hadst consumed it; whereas now thou shalt smite Aram but thrice.’
21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha; and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
23 But Hashem was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of His covenant with Avraham, YitzchakandYaakov, and would not destroy them, neither hath He cast them from His presence until now.
va-ya-KHON a-do-NAI o-TAM vai-ra-kha-MAYM va-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 l’-LO hish-lee-KHAM may-AL pa-NAV ad A-tah
Because of His everlasting covenant with the People of Israel, God has compassion for them. In Hebrew, the word for compassion, ‘rachamim,’ comes from the word that means womb, ‘rechem.’ A mother always has compassion for the child she lovingly carried for nine months in her womb. We pray for God to have the same compassion upon His children, who He has lovingly carried for millennia. And when we show compassion to others, we emulate one of God’s Holy attributes.
25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash smite him, and recovered the cities of Yisrael.