II Kings 8
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1  Now Elisha had spoken unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying: ‘Arise, and go thou and thy household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn; for Hashem hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.’

א  וֶאֱלִישָׁע דִּבֶּר אֶל הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱיָה אֶת בְּנָהּ לֵאמֹר קוּמִי וּלְכִי אתי (אַתְּ) וּבֵיתֵךְ וְגוּרִי בַּאֲשֶׁר תָּגוּרִי כִּי קָרָא יְהוָה לָרָעָב וְגַם בָּא אֶל הָאָרֶץ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים.

2  And the woman arose, and did according to the word of the man of God; and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.

ב  וַתָּקָם הָאִשָּׁה וַתַּעַשׂ כִּדְבַר אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים וַתֵּלֶךְ הִיא וּבֵיתָהּ וַתָּגָר בְּאֶרֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּים שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים.

3  And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines; and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.

ג  וַיְהִי מִקְצֵה שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וַתָּשָׁב הָאִשָּׁה מֵאֶרֶץ פְּלִשְׁתִּים וַתֵּצֵא לִצְעֹק אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל בֵּיתָהּ וְאֶל שָׂדָהּ.

4  Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying: ‘Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.’

ד  וְהַמֶּלֶךְ מְדַבֵּר אֶל גֵּחֲזִי נַעַר אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים לֵאמֹר סַפְּרָה נָּא לִי אֵת כָּל הַגְּדֹלוֹת אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה אֱלִישָׁע.

5  And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored to life him that was dead, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said: ‘My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.’

ה  וַיְהִי הוּא מְסַפֵּר לַמֶּלֶךְ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱיָה אֶת הַמֵּת וְהִנֵּה הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱיָה אֶת בְּנָהּ צֹעֶקֶת אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ עַל בֵּיתָהּ וְעַל שָׂדָהּ וַיֹּאמֶר גֵּחֲזִי אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ זֹאת הָאִשָּׁה וְזֶה בְּנָהּ אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱיָה אֱלִישָׁע.

6  And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying: ‘Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.’

ו  וַיִּשְׁאַל הַמֶּלֶךְ לָאִשָּׁה וַתְּסַפֶּר לוֹ וַיִּתֶּן לָהּ הַמֶּלֶךְ סָרִיס אֶחָד לֵאמֹר הָשֵׁיב אֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר לָהּ וְאֵת כָּל תְּבוּאֹת הַשָּׂדֶה מִיּוֹם עָזְבָה אֶת הָאָרֶץ וְעַד עָתָּה.

7  And Elisha came to Damascus; and Ben-hadad the king of Aram was sick; and it was told him, saying. ‘The man of God is come hither.’

ז  וַיָּבֹא אֱלִישָׁע דַּמֶּשֶׂק וּבֶן הֲדַד מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם חֹלֶה וַיֻּגַּד לוֹ לֵאמֹר בָּא אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים עַד הֵנָּה.

8  And the king said unto Hazael: ‘Take a present in thy hand, and go meet the man of God, and inquire of Hashem by him, saying: Shall I recover of this sickness?’

ח  וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל חֲזָהאֵל קַח בְּיָדְךָ מִנְחָה וְלֵךְ לִקְרַאת אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים וְדָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת יְהוָה מֵאוֹתוֹ לֵאמֹר הַאֶחְיֶה מֵחֳלִי זֶה.

9  So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and stood before him, and said: ‘Thy son Ben-hadad king of Aram hath sent me to thee, saying: Shall I recover of this sickness?’

ט  וַיֵּלֶךְ חֲזָאֵל לִקְרָאתוֹ וַיִּקַּח מִנְחָה בְיָדוֹ וְכָל טוּב דַּמֶּשֶׂק מַשָּׂא אַרְבָּעִים גָּמָל וַיָּבֹא וַיַּעֲמֹד לְפָנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר בִּנְךָ בֶן הֲדַד מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם שְׁלָחַנִי אֵלֶיךָ לֵאמֹר הַאֶחְיֶה מֵחֳלִי זֶה.

10  And Elisha said unto him: ‘Go, say unto him: Thou shalt surely recover; howbeit Hashem hath shown me that he shall surely die.’

י  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֱלִישָׁע לֵךְ אֱמָר לא (לוֹ) חָיֹה תִחְיֶה וְהִרְאַנִי יְהוָה כִּי מוֹת יָמוּת.

11  And he settled his countenance stedfastly upon him, until he was ashamed; and the man of God wept.

יא  וַיַּעֲמֵד אֶת פָּנָיו וַיָּשֶׂם עַד בֹּשׁ וַיֵּבְךְּ אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים.

12  And Hazael said: ‘Why weepeth my lord?’ And he answered: ‘Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the Bnei Yisrael: their strongholds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child.’

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר חֲזָאֵל מַדּוּעַ אֲדֹנִי בֹכֶה וַיֹּאמֶר כִּי יָדַעְתִּי אֵת אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל רָעָה מִבְצְרֵיהֶם תְּשַׁלַּח בָּאֵשׁ וּבַחֻרֵיהֶם בַּחֶרֶב תַּהֲרֹג וְעֹלְלֵיהֶם תְּרַטֵּשׁ וְהָרֹתֵיהֶם תְּבַקֵּעַ.

13  And Hazael said: ‘But what is thy servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?’ And Elisha answered: ‘Hashem hath shown me that thou shalt be king over Aram.’

יג  וַיֹּאמֶר חֲזָהאֵל כִּי מָה עַבְדְּךָ הַכֶּלֶב כִּי יַעֲשֶׂה הַדָּבָר הַגָּדוֹל הַזֶּה וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלִישָׁע הִרְאַנִי יְהוָה אֹתְךָ מֶלֶךְ עַל אֲרָם.

14  Then he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him: ‘What said Elisha to thee?’ And he answered: ‘He told me that thou wouldest surely recover.’

יד  וַיֵּלֶךְ מֵאֵת אֱלִישָׁע וַיָּבֹא אֶל אֲדֹנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ מָה אָמַר לְךָ אֱלִישָׁע וַיֹּאמֶר אָמַר לִי חָיֹה תִחְיֶה.

15  And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took the coverlet, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died; and Hazael reigned in his stead.

טו  וַיְהִי מִמָּחֳרָת וַיִּקַּח הַמַּכְבֵּר וַיִּטְבֹּל בַּמַּיִם וַיִּפְרֹשׂ עַל פָּנָיו וַיָּמֹת וַיִּמְלֹךְ חֲזָהאֵל תַּחְתָּיו.

16  And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Yisrael, Jehoshaphat being the king of Yehuda, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Yehuda began to reign.

טז  וּבִשְׁנַת חָמֵשׁ לְיוֹרָם בֶּן אַחְאָב מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל וִיהוֹשָׁפָט מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה מָלַךְ יְהוֹרָם בֶּן יְהוֹשָׁפָט מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה.

17  Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Yerushalayim.

יז  בֶּן שְׁלֹשִׁים וּשְׁתַּיִם שָׁנָה הָיָה בְמָלְכוֹ וּשְׁמֹנֶה שנה (שָׁנִים) מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם.

18  And he walked in the way of the kings of Yisrael, as did the house of Ahab; for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife; and he did that which was evil in the sight of Hashem.

יח  וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ מַלְכֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כַּאֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ בֵּית אַחְאָב כִּי בַּת אַחְאָב הָיְתָה לּוֹ לְאִשָּׁה וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה.

19  Howbeit Hashem would not destroy Yehuda, for David His servant’s sake, as He promised him to give unto him a lamp and to his children alway.

v’-LO a-VAH a-do-NAI l’-hash-KHEET et y’-hu-DAH l-MA-an da-VID av-DO ka-a-SHER a-MAR lo la-TAYT lo NEER l’-va-NAV kol ha-ya-MEEM

יט  וְלֹא אָבָה יְהוָה לְהַשְׁחִית אֶת יְהוּדָה לְמַעַן דָּוִד עַבְדּוֹ כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמַר לוֹ לָתֵת לוֹ נִיר לְבָנָיו כָּל הַיָּמִים.

8:19   He promised him to give unto him a lamp and to his children

God is not yet ready to destroy Judah, due to the promise that He had made to King David to give him an eternal kingdom. The Hebrew word used for kingdom in this verse is ‘nir,’ which can also mean a light or a lamp (from the word ‘ner,’ which means candle). The kingdom of David is intended to give eternal light to the entire Nation of Israel, and by extension the entire world. Even in the absence of a kingdom, the knowledge that God will eventually return the kingship to David through the Messiah is a source of light and hope to all.

Comment

20  In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Yehuda, and made a king over themselves.

כ  בְּיָמָיו פָּשַׁע אֱדוֹם מִתַּחַת יַד יְהוּדָה וַיַּמְלִכוּ עֲלֵיהֶם מֶלֶךְ.

21  Then Joram passed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him; and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites that compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots; and the people fled to their tents.

כא  וַיַּעֲבֹר יוֹרָם צָעִירָה וְכָל הָרֶכֶב עִמּוֹ וַיְהִי הוּא קָם לַיְלָה וַיַּכֶּה אֶת אֱדוֹם הַסֹּבֵיב אֵלָיו וְאֵת שָׂרֵי הָרֶכֶב וַיָּנָס הָעָם לְאֹהָלָיו.

22  Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Yehuda, unto this day. Then did Libnah revolt at the same time.

כב  וַיִּפְשַׁע אֱדוֹם מִתַּחַת יַד יְהוּדָה עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה אָז תִּפְשַׁע לִבְנָה בָּעֵת הַהִיא.

23  And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yehuda?

כג  וְיֶתֶר דִּבְרֵי יוֹרָם וְכָל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה הֲלֹא הֵם כְּתוּבִים עַל סֵפֶר דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים לְמַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה.

24  And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

כד  וַיִּשְׁכַּב יוֹרָם עִם אֲבֹתָיו וַיִּקָּבֵר עִם אֲבֹתָיו בְּעִיר דָּוִד וַיִּמְלֹךְ אֲחַזְיָהוּ בְנוֹ תַּחְתָּיו.

25  In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Yisrael did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Yehuda begin to reign.

כה  בִּשְׁנַת שְׁתֵּים עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה לְיוֹרָם בֶּן אַחְאָב מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל מָלַךְ אֲחַזְיָהוּ בֶן יְהוֹרָם מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה.

26  Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Yerushalayim. And his mother’s name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri king of Yisrael.

כו  בֶּן עֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁתַּיִם שָׁנָה אֲחַזְיָהוּ בְמָלְכוֹ וְשָׁנָה אַחַת מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם וְשֵׁם אִמּוֹ עֲתַלְיָהוּ בַּת עָמְרִי מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

27  And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did that which was evil in the sight of Hashem, as did the house of Ahab; for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.

כז  וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ בֵּית אַחְאָב וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה כְּבֵית אַחְאָב כִּי חֲתַן בֵּית אַחְאָב הוּא.

28  And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth-gilead; and the Arameans wounded Joram.

כח  וַיֵּלֶךְ אֶת יוֹרָם בֶּן אַחְאָב לַמִּלְחָמָה עִם חֲזָאֵל מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם בְּרָמֹת גִּלְעָד וַיַּכּוּ אֲרַמִּים אֶת יוֹרָם.

29  And king Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Arameans had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Aram. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Yehuda went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

כט  וַיָּשָׁב יוֹרָם הַמֶּלֶךְ לְהִתְרַפֵּא בְיִזְרְעֶאל מִן הַמַּכִּים אֲשֶׁר יַכֻּהוּ אֲרַמִּים בָּרָמָה בְּהִלָּחֲמוֹ אֶת חֲזָהאֵל מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם וַאֲחַזְיָהוּ בֶן יְהוֹרָם מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה יָרַד לִרְאוֹת אֶת יוֹרָם בֶּן אַחְאָב בְּיִזְרְעֶאל כִּי חֹלֶה הוּא.

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