: Old Testament Stories

Naaman was a great general in the army of the King of Syria, who

esteemed him highly, because it was Naaman that led the Syrians when

God gave them victory over the Israelites. But in spite of his bravery

and his high position, he was miserable, because he suffered from a

terrible disease called leprosy. Now, among the captives whom the

Syrians had brought back from war was a little Israelitish maiden, who

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to wait upon Naaman's wife. She had heard of the

wonderful things which Elisha did in the name of God; and she told her

mistress that if Naaman could only see this prophet, who was in

Samaria, he could be cured. And the King was told what the maid had

said, and he sent a letter to the King of Israel commanding him to

cure Naaman of his leprosy. But the King of Israel was afraid, and

thought the King of Syria sought this way to quarrel with him. When

Elisha heard of the King's fear, he sent and desired that Naaman

should be brought to him. So Naaman came in his chariot, and stood at

Elisha's door. But the prophet instead of coming to him, sent a

message directing Naaman to wash in Jordan seven times, when his

leprous flesh would be restored to health. Naaman had thought that

Elisha would have received him with much ceremony and touched him,

bidding the leprosy to depart; so he was angry and said, "Are not the

rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel? May I not

wash in them and be clean?" Therefore he went away in a rage. But his

servants persuaded him to carry out the prophet's injunction, and he

went and dipped seven times in Jordan, and was made whole.