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II Kings – Chapter 7
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Elisha said “Listen up! At this time tomorrow, a single shekel will buy a seah of flour or two seah of barley!” (A seah is a measure between three and four gallons. Contrast this with the previous chapter in which a half gallon container of pigeon dung for fuel cost five silver pieces and a […]
II Kings – Chapter 6
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The student prophets said to Elisha that their study hall was too small. (Attendance was booming since Gechazi got kicked out.) They went to go build themselves a new school. When they arrived at the Jordan to cut down trees, one of the prophets suffered a mishap. The head of the axe flew off into […]
II Kings – Chapter 5
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Naaman was a general in Aram, but he had tzaraas (a skin condition that for simplicity’s sake we’ll translate as leprosy, even though it’s not exactly the same). Naaman’s wife had a Jewish servant girl, who suggested that Elisha might be able to cure him. Naaman approached the king of Aram, who wrote Naaman a […]
II Kings – Chapter 4
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A prophet’s widow came to Elisha crying that she couldn’t pay her debts and that the creditor was going to take her children as servants to work it off. Elisha asked her what she had in the house; all she had was oil. “No problem,” he said. “Go to all your neighbors and borrow vessels […]
II Kings – Chapter 3
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Ahab’s son Yehoram became king of Israel after his brother Achaziah died and, like their parents, he was pretty rotten, just not as bad. He got rid of the altar to Baal that his father had made, although he left the asheira tree cult alone. Mesha, king of Moav, had paid Ahab a hefty annual […]
II Kings – Chapter 2
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G-d told Elijah that He was going to take him into Heaven so Elijah headed out for Beth-El with Elisha in tow. The other prophets they passed called out to Elisha, “Don’t you know that G-d is taking your master away today?” Elisha replied, “I know, so be quiet!” Elijah asked Elisha to remain in […]
II Kings – Chapter 1
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NOTE: It’s going to get a little bit confusing soon if you don’t pay attention, because some names are going to start repeating. Just as many British monarchs had the same name – and the US had two Presidents named John Adams and two named George Bush – there are some kings with duplicated names. […]
I Kings – Chapter 22
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Aram and Israel had peace for three years. King Yehoshafat (Jehoshaphat) of Judah was visiting Ahab when Ahab mentioned that Ben-Hadad had not returned the city of Ramot Gilad. (Remember his promise in chapter 20 to return all the captured cities?) He asked Yehoshafat if he would join him in battle against Aram. Yehoshafat said, […]