Story of Naaman, Commander of the Syrian Army

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.

A captive young girl from the land of Israel told Naaman’s mistress that her master knew of a prophet who can heal leprosy.

Naaman went in and told his master. So the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. So Naaman brought the letter to the king of Israel which said: Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of leprosy.

When the king of Israel read the letter that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that his man sends a man to make me heal him of his leprosy? Now therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me?”

So it was when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariots, and he stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger to him saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”

But Naaman became furious and went away and said, “Indeed I said to myself, ‘ he will surely come to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave is hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.'”

Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?

His servants pleaded with him and said, “Master, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you have not done it? How much, more then, when he says to you, “Wash and be clean.?”

So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan according to what the man of God said; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.

And he returned to Elisha the man of God, he and all is aides, and come and stood before him and he said, “Indeed now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; Now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive no nothing.

“When my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon me in this thing?”

Then Elisha said to him, Go in peace”. 2Kings 5: 1-19


Jephthah and His Daughter

Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot, and Gilead begot Jephthah.

Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him” You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.”

Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob. Worthless men banded together with him.

When the people of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob and asked him to go with them and fight against the people of Ammon, and be the head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. Jephthah went with them, and the people made him head and commander over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If YOU will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will that WHATEVER COMES OUT OF THE DOORS OF MY HOUSE TO MEET ME WHEN I RETURN IN PEACE FROM THE PEOPLE OF AMMON, SHALL SURELY BE THE LORD’S AND I WILL OFFER IT UP AS A BURNT OFFERING.”

The Lord delivered the enemy into Jephthah’s hands-twenty cities- with a very great slaughter. The people of Ammon were subdued before the people of Israel.

When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing. She was his only child.

When he saw her that he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word to the Lord and I cannot go back on it”

So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the Lord, do to me according to what have gone out of your mouth, because the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon.”

“Let this thing be done to me: Let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I.”

And it was so at the end of two months that she returned to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed. She knew no man.

And it became a custom in Israel that the daughters of Israel went four days each year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

Judges 11:1-40