2 Kings 5:16
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New International Version
The prophet answered, "As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing." And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.

New Living Translation
But Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept any gifts." And though Naaman urged him to take the gift, Elisha refused.

English Standard Version
But he said, “As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

New American Standard Bible
But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives, I stand before Him. I will not accept it." Naaman urged him to accept it, but he refused.

International Standard Version
But Elisha replied, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will not receive anything from you." Though Naaman urged him to take it, Elisha declined.

NET Bible
But Elisha replied, "As certainly as the LORD lives (whom I serve), I will take nothing from you." Naaman insisted that he take it, but he refused.

New Heart English Bible
But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none." He urged him to take it; but he refused.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Elisha said, "I solemnly swear, as the LORD whom I serve lives, I will not accept it." Naaman urged him to take it, but he refused.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
But he said, “As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he said, As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

King James 2000 Bible
But he said, As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

American King James Version
But he said, As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

American Standard Version
But he said, As Jehovah liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answered: As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And when he pressed him, he still refused.

Darby Bible Translation
But he said, As Jehovah liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none! And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
But he said, "As Yahweh lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none." He urged him to take it; but he refused.

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Jehovah liveth, before whom I have stood -- if I take it;' and he presseth on him to take, and he refuseth.
Study Bible
Gehazi's Greed and Leprosy
15When he returned to the man of God with all his company, and came and stood before him, he said, "Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; so please take a present from your servant now." 16But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17Naaman said, "If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules' load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.…
Cross References
Acts 8:20
But Peter replied, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

Genesis 14:22
Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,

Genesis 14:23
that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, 'I have made Abram rich.'

2 Kings 3:14
Elisha said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you.

2 Kings 5:20
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, by not receiving from his hands what he brought. As the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him."

2 Kings 5:26
Then he said to him, "Did not my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants?

Daniel 5:17
Then Daniel answered and said before the king, "Keep your gifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription to the king and make the interpretation known to him.
Treasury of Scripture

But he said, As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

As the Lord

2 Kings 3:14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely…

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

1 Kings 18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, …

I will receive

2 Kings 5:20,26 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

Genesis 14:22,23 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up my hand to the …

1 Kings 13:8 And the man of God said to the king, If you will give me half your …

Daniel 5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let your gifts be …

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: …

Acts 8:18-20 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands …

Acts 20:33-35 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel…

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all …

1 Corinthians 10:32,33 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor …

2 Corinthians 11:9,10 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…

2 Corinthians 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not …

(16) But.--And (both times).

I will receive none.--Theodoret compares our Lord's "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8). (Comp. Acts 8:20.) Such may have been Elisha's feeling. His refusal, strongly contrasting with the conduct of ordinary prophets, Israelite and heathen (comp. 1Samuel 9:6-9), would make a deep impression upon Naaman and his retinue.

Verse 16. - But he said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. Elisha regards it as best, under the circumstances, to refuse the offered recompense. It was not compulsory on him so to act; for the precept, "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8), had not been yet uttered. Pious Israelites commonly brought gifts to the prophets whom they consulted (1 Samuel 9:7, 8; 1 Kings 14:3). But, in the case of a foreigner, ignorant hitherto of true religion, whom it was important to impress favorably, and, if possible, win over to the faith, Elisha deemed it advisable to take no reward. Naaman was thus taught that Jehovah was his true Healer, the prophet the mere instrument, and that it was to Jehovah that his gratitude, his thanks, and his offerings were due. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. Contests of politeness are common in the East, where the one party offers to give and even insists on giving, while the other makes a pretence of declining; but here both parties were in earnest, and the gift was absolutely declined. But he said, as the Lord liveth, before whom I stand,.... Whose minister and prophet he was, and by whom he swears:

I will receive none: to let him know that this cure was not to be attributed to him, but the Lord only; and that what concern he had in it was not for the sake of money, but for the glory of the God of Israel:

and he urged him to take it, but he refused it; Naaman was very pressing upon him to receive a gift from him, but he could not be prevailed upon to accept it. 5:15-19 The mercy of the cure affected Naaman more than the miracle. Those are best able to speak of the power of Divine grace, who themselves experience it. He also shows himself grateful to Elisha the prophet. Elijah refused any recompence, not because he thought it unlawful, for he received presents from others, but to show this new convert that the servants of the God of Israel looked upon worldly wealth with a holy contempt. The whole work was from God, in such a manner, that the prophet would not give counsel when he had no directions from the Lord. It is not well violently to oppose the lesser mistakes which unite with men's first convictions; we cannot bring men forward any faster than the Lord prepares them to receive instruction. Yet as to us, if, in covenanting with God, we desire to reserve any known sin, to continue to indulge ourselves in it, that is a breach of his covenant. Those who truly hate evil, will make conscience of abstaining from all appearances of evil.
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