II Kings 5
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1  Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and held in esteem, because by him Hashem had given victory unto Aram; he was also a mighty man of valour, but he was a leper.

א  וְנַעֲמָן שַׂר צְבָא מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם הָיָה אִישׁ גָּדוֹל לִפְנֵי אֲדֹנָיו וּנְשֻׂא פָנִים כִּי בוֹ נָתַן יְהוָה תְּשׁוּעָה לַאֲרָם וְהָאִישׁ הָיָה גִּבּוֹר חַיִל מְצֹרָע.

2  And the Arameans had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Yisrael a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

ב  וַאֲרָם יָצְאוּ גְדוּדִים וַיִּשְׁבּוּ מֵאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל נַעֲרָה קְטַנָּה וַתְּהִי לִפְנֵי אֵשֶׁת נַעֲמָן.

3  And she said unto her mistress: ‘Would that my lord were with the Navi that is in Shomron! then would he recover him of his leprosy.’

ג  וַתֹּאמֶר אֶל גְּבִרְתָּהּ אַחֲלֵי אֲדֹנִי לִפְנֵי הַנָּבִיא אֲשֶׁר בְּשֹׁמְרוֹן אָז יֶאֱסֹף אֹתוֹ מִצָּרַעְתּוֹ.

4  And he went in, and told his lord, saying: ‘Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Yisrael.’

ד  וַיָּבֹא וַיַּגֵּד לַאדֹנָיו לֵאמֹר כָּזֹאת וְכָזֹאת דִּבְּרָה הַנַּעֲרָה אֲשֶׁר מֵאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

5  And the king of Aram said: ‘Go now, and I will send a letter unto the king of Yisrael.’ And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

ה  וַיֹּאמֶר מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם לֶךְ בֹּא וְאֶשְׁלְחָה סֵפֶר אֶל מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיִּקַּח בְּיָדוֹ עֶשֶׂר כִּכְּרֵי כֶסֶף וְשֵׁשֶׁת אֲלָפִים זָהָב וְעֶשֶׂר חֲלִיפוֹת בְּגָדִים.

6  And he brought the letter to the king of Yisrael, saying: ‘And now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.’

ו  וַיָּבֵא הַסֵּפֶר אֶל מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר וְעַתָּה כְּבוֹא הַסֵּפֶר הַזֶּה אֵלֶיךָ הִנֵּה שָׁלַחְתִּי אֵלֶיךָ אֶת נַעֲמָן עַבְדִּי וַאֲסַפְתּוֹ מִצָּרַעְתּוֹ.

7  And it came to pass, when the king of Yisrael had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said: ‘Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? but consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh an occasion against me.’

ז  וַיְהִי כִּקְרֹא מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת הַסֵּפֶר וַיִּקְרַע בְּגָדָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הַאֱלֹהִים אָנִי לְהָמִית וּלְהַחֲיוֹת כִּי זֶה שֹׁלֵחַ אֵלַי לֶאֱסֹף אִישׁ מִצָּרַעְתּוֹ כִּי אַךְ דְּעוּ נָא וּרְאוּ כִּי מִתְאַנֶּה הוּא לִי.

8  And it was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Yisrael had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying: ‘Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a Navi in Yisrael.’

ח  וַיְהִי כִּשְׁמֹעַ אֱלִישָׁע אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים כִּי קָרַע מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת בְּגָדָיו וַיִּשְׁלַח אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ לֵאמֹר לָמָּה קָרַעְתָּ בְּגָדֶיךָ יָבֹא נָא אֵלַי וְיֵדַע כִּי יֵשׁ נָבִיא בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל.

9  So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

ט  וַיָּבֹא נַעֲמָן בְּסוּסָו וּבְרִכְבּוֹ וַיַּעֲמֹד פֶּתַח הַבַּיִת לֶאֱלִישָׁע.

10  And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying: ‘Go and wash in the Yarden seven times, and thy flesh shall come back to thee, and thou shalt be clean.’

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י  וַיִּשְׁלַח אֵלָיו אֱלִישָׁע מַלְאָךְ לֵאמֹר הָלוֹךְ וְרָחַצְתָּ שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים בַּיַּרְדֵּן וְיָשֹׁב בְּשָׂרְךָ לְךָ וּטְהָר.

5:10   Go and wash in the Yarden

Previously, in Joshua chapter 3, the Jordan River split to allow the Children of Israel to cross into the Land of Israel. Now, the Jordan is again part of a miracle as it cures Naaman of his affliction. The Land of Israel has amazing powers to provide spiritual, emotional and physical healing. The Rabbis teach that its very air makes one wise and the sprouting of its fruits heralds redemption. The miracles of Israel are all-encompassing. Sometimes we do not perceive them, or perhaps do not merit an individual miracle. But if one is spiritually attuned, it is possible to appreciate the many miracles that God does in the Promised Land.

Comment

11  But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said: ‘Behold, I thought: He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of Hashem his God, and wave his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

יא  וַיִּקְצֹף נַעֲמָן וַיֵּלַךְ וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה אָמַרְתִּי אֵלַי יֵצֵא יָצוֹא וְעָמַד וְקָרָא בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו וְהֵנִיף יָדוֹ אֶל הַמָּקוֹם וְאָסַף הַמְּצֹרָע.

12  Are not Amanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Yisrael? may I not wash in them, and be clean?’ So he turned, and went away in a rage.

יב  הֲלֹא טוֹב אבנה (אֲמָנָה) וּפַרְפַּר נַהֲרוֹת דַּמֶּשֶׂק מִכֹּל מֵימֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הֲלֹא אֶרְחַץ בָּהֶם וְטָהָרְתִּי וַיִּפֶן וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּחֵמָה.

13  And his servants came near, and spoke unto him, and said: ‘My father, if the Navi had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee: Wash, and be clean?’

יג  וַיִּגְּשׁוּ עֲבָדָיו וַיְדַבְּרוּ אֵלָיו וַיֹּאמְרוּ אָבִי דָּבָר גָּדוֹל הַנָּבִיא דִּבֶּר אֵלֶיךָ הֲלוֹא תַעֲשֶׂה וְאַף כִּי אָמַר אֵלֶיךָ רְחַץ וּטְהָר.

14  Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Yarden, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh came back like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

יד  וַיֵּרֶד וַיִּטְבֹּל בַּיַּרְדֵּן שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים כִּדְבַר אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים וַיָּשָׁב בְּשָׂרוֹ כִּבְשַׂר נַעַר קָטֹן וַיִּטְהָר.

15  And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said: ‘Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Yisrael; now therefore, I pray thee, take a present of thy servant.’

טו  וַיָּשָׁב אֶל אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים הוּא וְכָל מַחֲנֵהוּ וַיָּבֹא וַיַּעֲמֹד לְפָנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה נָא יָדַעְתִּי כִּי אֵין אֱלֹהִים בְּכָל הָאָרֶץ כִּי אִם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַתָּה קַח נָא בְרָכָה מֵאֵת עַבְדֶּךָ.

16  But he said: ‘As Hashem liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none.’ And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

טז  וַיֹּאמֶר חַי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר עָמַדְתִּי לְפָנָיו אִם אֶקָּח וַיִּפְצַר בּוֹ לָקַחַת וַיְמָאֵן.

17  And Naaman said: ‘If not, yet I pray thee let there be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth; for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt-offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto Hashem.

יז  וַיֹּאמֶר נַעֲמָן וָלֹא יֻתַּן נָא לְעַבְדְּךָ מַשָּׂא צֶמֶד פְּרָדִים אֲדָמָה כִּי לוֹא יַעֲשֶׂה עוֹד עַבְדְּךָ עֹלָה וָזֶבַח לֵאלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים כִּי אִם לַיהוָה.

18  In this thing Hashem pardon thy servant: when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, when I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, Hashem pardon thy servant in this thing.’

יח  לַדָּבָר הַזֶּה יִסְלַח יְהוָה לְעַבְדֶּךָ בְּבוֹא אֲדֹנִי בֵית רִמּוֹן לְהִשְׁתַּחֲו‍ֹת שָׁמָּה וְהוּא נִשְׁעָן עַל יָדִי וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוֵיתִי בֵּית רִמֹּן בְּהִשְׁתַּחֲוָיָתִי בֵּית רִמֹּן יִסְלַח נא יְהוָה לְעַבְדְּךָ בַּדָּבָר הַזֶּה.

19  And he said unto him: ‘Go in peace.’ So he departed from him some way.

יט  וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ לֵךְ לְשָׁלוֹם וַיֵּלֶךְ מֵאִתּוֹ כִּבְרַת אָרֶץ.

20  But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said: ‘Behold, my master hath spared this Naaman the Aramean, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought; as Hashem liveth, I will surely run after him, and take somewhat of him.’

כ  וַיֹּאמֶר גֵּיחֲזִי נַעַר אֱלִישָׁע אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים הִנֵּה חָשַׂךְ אֲדֹנִי אֶת נַעֲמָן הָאֲרַמִּי הַזֶּה מִקַּחַת מִיָּדוֹ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הֵבִיא חַי יְהוָה כִּי אִם רַצְתִּי אַחֲרָיו וְלָקַחְתִּי מֵאִתּוֹ מְאוּמָה.

21  So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw one running after him, he alighted from the chariot to meet him, and said: ‘Is all well?’

כא  וַיִּרְדֹּף גֵּיחֲזִי אַחֲרֵי נַעֲמָן וַיִּרְאֶה נַעֲמָן רָץ אַחֲרָיו וַיִּפֹּל מֵעַל הַמֶּרְכָּבָה לִקְרָאתוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר הֲשָׁלוֹם.

22  And he said: ‘All is well. My master hath sent me, saying: Behold, even now there are come to me from the hill-country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the N’viim; give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of raiment.’

כב  וַיֹּאמֶר שָׁלוֹם אֲדֹנִי שְׁלָחַנִי לֵאמֹר הִנֵּה עַתָּה זֶה בָּאוּ אֵלַי שְׁנֵי נְעָרִים מֵהַר אֶפְרַיִם מִבְּנֵי הַנְּבִיאִים תְּנָה נָּא לָהֶם כִּכַּר כֶּסֶף וּשְׁתֵּי חֲלִפוֹת בְּגָדִים.

23  And Naaman said: ‘Be content, take two talents.’ And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of raiment, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bore them before him.

כג  וַיֹּאמֶר נַעֲמָן הוֹאֵל קַח כִּכָּרָיִם וַיִּפְרָץ בּוֹ וַיָּצַר כִּכְּרַיִם כֶּסֶף בִּשְׁנֵי חֲרִטִים וּשְׁתֵּי חֲלִפוֹת בְּגָדִים וַיִּתֵּן אֶל שְׁנֵי נְעָרָיו וַיִּשְׂאוּ לְפָנָיו.

24  And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand, and deposited them in the house; and he let the men go, and they departed.

כד  וַיָּבֹא אֶל הָעֹפֶל וַיִּקַּח מִיָּדָם וַיִּפְקֹד בַּבָּיִת וַיְשַׁלַּח אֶת הָאֲנָשִׁים וַיֵּלֵכוּ.

25  But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him: ‘Whence comest thou, Gehazi?’ And he said: ‘Thy servant went no whither.’

כה  וְהוּא בָא וַיַּעֲמֹד אֶל אֲדֹנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֱלִישָׁע מאן (מֵאַיִן) גֵּחֲזִי וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא הָלַךְ עַבְדְּךָ אָנֶה וָאָנָה.

26  And he said unto him: ‘Went not my heart [with thee], when the man turned back from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards and vineyards, and sheep and oxen, and men-servants and maid-servants?

כו  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו לֹא לִבִּי הָלַךְ כַּאֲשֶׁר הָפַךְ אִישׁ מֵעַל מֶרְכַּבְתּוֹ לִקְרָאתֶךָ הַעֵת לָקַחַת אֶת הַכֶּסֶף וְלָקַחַת בְּגָדִים וְזֵיתִים וּכְרָמִים וְצֹאן וּבָקָר וַעֲבָדִים וּשְׁפָחוֹת.

27  The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever.’ And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

כז  וְצָרַעַת נַעֲמָן תִּדְבַּק בְּךָ וּבְזַרְעֲךָ לְעוֹלָם וַיֵּצֵא מִלְּפָנָיו מְצֹרָע כַּשָּׁלֶג.

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