2 Kings 5:2-16

2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away

captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on

Naaman's wife. 3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my

lord [were] with the prophet that [is] in Samaria! for he would

recover him of his leprosy. 4 And [one] went in, and told his

lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that [is] of the land of

Israel. 5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send

a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with

him ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and

ten changes of raiment. 6 And he brought the letter to the king

of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold,

I have [therewith] sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou

mayest recover him of his leprosy. 7 And it came to pass, when

the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes,

and said, [Am] I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man

doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore

consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

8 And it was [so], when Elisha the man of God had heard that the

king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king,

saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to

me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So

Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the

door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto

him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh

shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman

was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will

surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD

his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the

leper. 12 [Are] not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better

than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be

clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants

came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, [if] the

prophet had bid thee [do some] great thing, wouldest thou not have

done [it]? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and

be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in

Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh

came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was

clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his

company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now

I know that [there is] no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now

therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. 16 But he

said, [As] the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive

none. And he urged him to take [it]; but he refused.


How many ducks under the water did it take before the man was

healed? "Seven ducks in muddy water."

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