Elisha makes an iron axe head swim
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where
we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam,
and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha,
This place is too small.
Let's make a bigger place down by the Jordan Riiver.
Sure. Go ahead and do that.
And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he
answered, I will go.
One of them asked him, "Want to come along?"
He said, "Okay."
So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he
cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
When they got to the Jordan, they began cutting wood.
And an axe head fell into the water.
And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and
cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took
Elisha threw a stick in the water and the iron axe head swam. [1
Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his
servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.
The king of Syria was at war with Israel.
And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou
pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.
And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and
warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.
Elisha always knew what the Syrian king was up to -- where he'd send his troops, where he'd attack, etc.
Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing;
and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of
us is for the king of Israel?
So the king of Syria said to his servants,
Which of you is spying for the Israelites?
And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the
prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou
speakest in thy bedchamber.
One of the servants replied, saying,
The prophet Elisha has been informing the king of Israel.
He hears everything you say, even in private. 
God blinds the Syrian army
And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it
was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they
came by night, and compassed the city about.
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth,
behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his
servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they
that be with them.
So the king of Syria sent his army to Dothan, where Elisha was residing.
And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may
see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold,
the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Elisha said to God,
Open my servant's eyes so he can see.
And his servant could see the mountain that was filled with horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.
And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I
pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the
word of Elisha.
Then Elisha said to God,
Make the Syrians blind.
And God blinded the Syrians. [3
And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city:
follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to
Elisha told the blinded Syrians,
Follow me and I'll take you to Elisha.
But he led them to Samaria instead.
And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said,
LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened
their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
When they arrived in Samaria, Elisha said to God,
Open their eyes so they can see.
And God opened their eyes, so they could see they were in Samaria.
And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them,
shall I smite them? shall I smite them?
The king of Israel said to Elisha,
Shall I smite them, my father? 
And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom
thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water
before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master.
No, don't smite them.
Let them eat and drink, and then go home.
And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and
drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of
Syria came no more into the land of Israel.
So the Syrians ate and drank, and then went home.
And the Syrians didn't come to Israel anymore.
God sends a famine on Syria
And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all
his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.
Some time later, the King Benhadad of Syria attacked Samaria.
And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it,
until an ass's head was
sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's
dung for five pieces of silver.
At that time there was a great famine in Syria.
It was so bad that a donkey's head sold for 80 pieces of silver, and a bit of dove poop cost
five pieces of silver. 
And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a
woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.
As the king of Israel was passing by one day, a woman cried out to him,
Please help me.
And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out
of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give
thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son tomorrow.
As the king said,
If God can't help you, how can I?
What is wrong with you?
The woman said,
Another woman said to me, "Let's eat your son today and tomorrow we'll eat mine."
So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that
we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.
So we boiled my son and ate him.
And I said the next day, "Now let's eat your son." 
But she hid him.
And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that
rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked,
and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.
Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son
of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the king
sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to
the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine
head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at
the door: is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?
The king said,
I'm going to chop off Elisha's head.
And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto
him: and he said, Behold,
this evil is of the LORD; what should I wait for the LORD any longer?
The king sent a messenger to Elisha, who said,
God has done these evil things , why whould we expect anything else from him?
- And the iron did swim. (v.6)
Elisha makes an iron ax head swim. Neat trick, not even Jesus did that one!
- Elisha ... telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
Elisha is clairaudient (acquires psychic knowledge
by auditory means).
- He smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. (v.18)
With God's help, Elisha first blinds the Syrians and then restores their sight.
- And the king of Israel said unto Elisha ... My father. (v.21)
Is it OK to call someone father?
- An ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's
dung for five pieces of silver. (v.25)
Of course, these prices are "enormously high" as the Oxford Annotated Bible puts it. The donkey's head would
be somewhere around $500 and dove excrement about $30
- So we boiled my son, and did eat him. (v.29)
Women killed, boiled and ate their own
children because of a plague that God sent, or as the Bible puts it:
"Behold, this evil is of the Lord."
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- Behold, this evil is of the LORD. (v.33)
Is God the creator of evil?
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