One day, she said to
her mistress, "If only Naaman would go to the prophet in
Samaria, he would be cured of his leprosy!"
repeated the story to her husband; so he wrote a letter to the
king of Israel and sent it with great gifts of money, jewels, and
fine clothes. For, when the little girl had spoken of a prophet,
Naaman never doubted that she meant the king.
When the king of
Israel read the letter he was greatly disturbed. He knew that he
could not cure leprosy and was afraid that Naaman was just looking
for an excuse to attack the Hebrews.
how worried the king was; sent a message to him saying, "Why
do you worry? Let this Naaman come to me, and he shall know that
there is a prophet in Israel."
So Naaman came
with his horses and his chariot and stood at the door of the house
of Elisha. Elisha did not come out himself, but sent a messenger
to say, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your
flesh will be healed and your leprosy gone."
Naaman was very
angry and went away in a rage. "I surely thought the prophet
himself would come out, that he would call on the name of the Lord
his God, and that I should be well. There are rivers in Syria. Are
they not so good as the rivers in Israel? May I not wash in them
and be well?"
But his servants
gathered about him and advised him to do as he had been told:
"My lord, if the prophet had told you to do something very
difficult, would you not have done it? How simple it is to do as
he says, since we are so near the Jordan."
So they went down
and Naaman dipped himself seven times in the Jordan. Just as
Elisha had said, he was healed. Joyfully he returned to Elisha's
Elisha, Naaman said, "Now I know there is no God in all the
earth but the God of Israel." He pressed gifts on Elisha, but
Elisha would take nothing.