Bible: 2 Kings 8:9-13

8:9 So Hazael went to visit Elisha. 1  He took along a gift, 2  as well as 3  forty camel loads of all the fine things of Damascus. When he arrived, he stood before him and said, “Your son, 4  King Ben Hadad of Syria, has sent me to you with this question, 5  ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’ 8:10 Elisha said to him, “Go and tell him, ‘You will surely recover,’ 6  but the Lord has revealed to me that he will surely die.” 8:11 Elisha 7  just stared at him until Hazael became uncomfortable. 8  Then the prophet started crying. 8:12 Hazael asked, “Why are you crying, my master?” He replied, “Because I know the trouble you will cause the Israelites. You will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword, smash their children to bits, and rip open their pregnant women.” 8:13 Hazael said, “How could your servant, who is as insignificant as a dog, accomplish this great military victory?” 9  Elisha answered, “The Lord has revealed to me that you will be the king of Syria.” 10 
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