1 And Elisha said: ‘Hear ye the word of Hashem; thus saith Hashem: To-morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Shomron.’
א וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלִישָׁע שִׁמְעוּ דְּבַר יְהוָה כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה כָּעֵת מָחָר סְאָה סֹלֶת בְּשֶׁקֶל וְסָאתַיִם שְׂעֹרִים בְּשֶׁקֶל בְּשַׁעַר שֹׁמְרוֹן.
2 Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said: ‘Behold, if Hashem should make windows in heaven, might this thing be?’ And he said: ‘Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.’
ב וַיַּעַן הַשָּׁלִישׁ אֲשֶׁר לַמֶּלֶךְ נִשְׁעָן עַל יָדוֹ אֶת אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמַר הִנֵּה יְהוָה עֹשֶׂה אֲרֻבּוֹת בַּשָּׁמַיִם הֲיִהְיֶה הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה וַיֹּאמֶר הִנְּכָה רֹאֶה בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּמִשָּׁם לֹא תֹאכֵל.
3 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said one to another: ‘Why sit we here until we die?
ג וְאַרְבָּעָה אֲנָשִׁים הָיוּ מְצֹרָעִים פֶּתַח הַשָּׁעַר וַיֹּאמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶל רֵעֵהוּ מָה אֲנַחְנוּ יֹשְׁבִים פֹּה עַד מָתְנוּ.
4 If we say: We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Arameans; if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.’
ד אִם אָמַרְנוּ נָבוֹא הָעִיר וְהָרָעָב בָּעִיר וָמַתְנוּ שָׁם וְאִם יָשַׁבְנוּ פֹה וָמָתְנוּ וְעַתָּה לְכוּ וְנִפְּלָה אֶל מַחֲנֵה אֲרָם אִם יְחַיֻּנוּ נִחְיֶה וְאִם יְמִיתֻנוּ וָמָתְנוּ.
5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Arameans; and when they were come to the outermost part of the camp of the Arameans, behold, there was no man there.
6 For the Lord had made the host of the Arameans to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host; and they said one to another: ‘Lo, the king of Yisrael hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.’
7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
va-ya-ku-MU va-ya-NU-se va-NE-shef va-ya-az-VU et o-ha-lay-HEM v’-et su-say-HEM v’-ET kha-mo-ray-HEM ha-ma-kha-NEH ka-a-SHER hee va-ya-NU-su el naf-SHAM
ז וַיָּקוּמוּ וַיָּנוּסוּ בַנֶּשֶׁף וַיַּעַזְבוּ אֶת אָהֳלֵיהֶם וְאֶת סוּסֵיהֶם וְאֶת חֲמֹרֵיהֶם הַמַּחֲנֶה כַּאֲשֶׁר הִיא וַיָּנֻסוּ אֶל נַפְשָׁם.
7:7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight
The enemies of Israel miraculously flee, abandoning their entire camp. There have been times in State of Israel’s history where the enemy fled before engaging the Israeli Defense Forces. A famous example was during the Six Day War when IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren and his driver single handedly captured the Holy City of Hebron. When they drove into Hebron, mistakenly thinking IDF soldiers were already there, they were greeted with a city full of white flags and empty of soldiers. God’s miracles are always in evidence among the soldiers of Israel.
8 And when these lepers came to the outermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and they came back, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
ח וַיָּבֹאוּ הַמְצֹרָעִים הָאֵלֶּה עַד קְצֵה הַמַּחֲנֶה וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל אֹהֶל אֶחָד וַיֹּאכְלוּ וַיִּשְׁתּוּ וַיִּשְׂאוּ מִשָּׁם כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב וּבְגָדִים וַיֵּלְכוּ וַיַּטְמִנוּ וַיָּשֻׁבוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל אֹהֶל אַחֵר וַיִּשְׂאוּ מִשָּׁם וַיֵּלְכוּ וַיַּטְמִנוּ.
9 Then they said one to another: ‘We do not well; this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace; if we tarry till the morning light, punishment will overtake us; now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.’
ט וַיֹּאמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶל רֵעֵהוּ לֹא כֵן אֲנַחְנוּ עֹשִׂים הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יוֹם בְּשֹׂרָה הוּא וַאֲנַחְנוּ מַחְשִׁים וְחִכִּינוּ עַד אוֹר הַבֹּקֶר וּמְצָאָנוּ עָווֹן וְעַתָּה לְכוּ וְנָבֹאָה וְנַגִּידָה בֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ.
10 So they came and called unto the porters of the city; and they told them, saying. ‘We came to the camp of the Arameans, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but the horses tied, and the asses tied, and the tents as they were.’
11 And the porters called, and they told it to the king’s household within.
יא וַיִּקְרָא הַשֹּׁעֲרִים וַיַּגִּידוּ בֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ פְּנִימָה.
12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants: ‘I will now tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we are hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying: When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive, and get into the city.’
יב וַיָּקָם הַמֶּלֶךְ לַיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל עֲבָדָיו אַגִּידָה נָּא לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ לָנוּ אֲרָם יָדְעוּ כִּי רְעֵבִים אֲנַחְנוּ וַיֵּצְאוּ מִן הַמַּחֲנֶה לְהֵחָבֵה בהשדה (בַשָּׂדֶה) לֵאמֹר כִּי יֵצְאוּ מִן הָעִיר וְנִתְפְּשֵׂם חַיִּים וְאֶל הָעִיר נָבֹא.
13 And one of his servants answered and said: ‘Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city–behold, they are as all the multitude of Yisrael that are left in it; behold, they are as all the multitude of Yisrael that are consumed–and let us send and see.’
14 They took therefore two chariots with horses; and the king sent after the host of the Arameans, saying: ‘Go and see.’
יד וַיִּקְחוּ שְׁנֵי רֶכֶב סוּסִים וַיִּשְׁלַח הַמֶּלֶךְ אַחֲרֵי מַחֲנֵה אֲרָם לֵאמֹר לְכוּ וּרְאוּ.
15 And they went after them unto the Yarden; and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Arameans had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
16 And the people went out, and spoiled the camp of the Arameans. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of Hashem.
טז וַיֵּצֵא הָעָם וַיָּבֹזּוּ אֵת מַחֲנֵה אֲרָם וַיְהִי סְאָה סֹלֶת בְּשֶׁקֶל וְסָאתַיִם שְׂעֹרִים בְּשֶׁקֶל כִּדְבַר יְהוָה.
17 And the king appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate; and the people trod upon him in the gate, and he died as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him.
יז וְהַמֶּלֶךְ הִפְקִיד אֶת הַשָּׁלִישׁ אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁעָן עַל יָדוֹ עַל הַשַּׁעַר וַיִּרְמְסֻהוּ הָעָם בַּשַּׁעַר וַיָּמֹת כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בְּרֶדֶת הַמֶּלֶךְ אֵלָיו.
18 And it came to pass, as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying: ‘Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to-morrow about this time in the gate of Shomron’;
יח וַיְהִי כְּדַבֵּר אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ לֵאמֹר סָאתַיִם שְׂעֹרִים בְּשֶׁקֶל וּסְאָה סֹלֶת בְּשֶׁקֶל יִהְיֶה כָּעֵת מָחָר בְּשַׁעַר שֹׁמְרוֹן.
19 and that captain answered the man of God, and said: ‘Now, behold, if Hashem should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?’ and he said: ‘Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof’;
יט וַיַּעַן הַשָּׁלִישׁ אֶת אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמַר וְהִנֵּה יְהוָה עֹשֶׂה אֲרֻבּוֹת בַּשָּׁמַיִם הֲיִהְיֶה כַּדָּבָר הַזֶּה וַיֹּאמֶר הִנְּךָ רֹאֶה בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּמִשָּׁם לֹא תֹאכֵל.
20 it came to pass even so unto him; for the people trod upon him in the gate, and he died.
כ וַיְהִי לוֹ כֵּן וַיִּרְמְסוּ אֹתוֹ הָעָם בַּשַּׁעַר וַיָּמֹת.