Bible: 2 Kings 6:8-17

Elisha Defeats an Army

6:8 Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his advisers, who said, “Invade 1  at such and such 2  a place.” 6:9 But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.” 6:10 So the king of Israel sent a message to the place the prophet had pointed out, warning it 3  to be on its guard. This happened on several occasions. 4  6:11 This made the king of Syria upset. 5  So he summoned his advisers 6  and said to them, “One of us must be helping the king of Israel.” 7  6:12 One of his advisers said, “No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.” 6:13 The king 8  ordered, “Go, find out where he is, so I can send some men to capture him.” 9  The king was told, “He is in Dothan.” 6:14 So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army. 10  They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.

6:15 The prophet’s 11  attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, 12  “Oh no, my master! What will we do? 6:16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” 13  6:17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that 14  the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

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