2 Kings 5:3
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New International Version
She said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."

New Living Translation
One day the girl said to her mistress, "I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy."

English Standard Version
She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

New American Standard Bible
She said to her mistress, "I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy."

King James Bible
And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She said to her mistress, "If only my master would go to the prophet who is in Samaria, he would cure him of his skin disease."

International Standard Version
She mentioned to her mistress, "If only my master were to visit the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."

NET Bible
She told her mistress, "If only my master were in the presence of the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his skin disease."

New Heart English Bible
She said to her mistress, "I wish that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria. Then he would heal him of his leprosy."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The girl told her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet in Samaria. Then the prophet could cure him of his skin disease."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And she said unto her mistress: 'Would that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! then would he recover him of his leprosy.'

New American Standard 1977
And she said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And she said unto her mistress, If my lord would ask the prophet that is in Samaria, he would remove his leprosy.

King James 2000 Bible
And she said unto her mistress, Would that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would cure him of his leprosy.

American King James Version
And she said to her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

American Standard Version
And she said unto her mistress, Would that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! then would he recover him of his leprosy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she said to her mistress: I wish my master had been with the prophet, that is in Samaria: he would certainly have healed him of the leprosy which he hath.

Darby Bible Translation
And she said to her mistress, Oh, would that my lord were before the prophet that is in Samaria! then he would cure him of his leprosy.

English Revised Version
And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! then would he recover him of his leprosy.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she said to her mistress, I would that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

World English Bible
She said to her mistress, "I wish that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would heal him of his leprosy."

Young's Literal Translation
and she saith unto her mistress, 'O that my lord were before the prophet who is in Samaria; then he doth recover him from his leprosy.'
Study Bible
Naaman Cured of Leprosy
2Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman's wife. 3She said to her mistress, "I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy." 4Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel."…
Cross References
2 Kings 5:2
Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

2 Kings 5:4
Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel."
Treasury of Scripture

And she said to her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

Would God

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said to him, Envy you for my sake? would God that all the …

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that …

1 Corinthians 4:8 Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without …

with [heb] before
he would

2 Kings 5:8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king …

Matthew 8:2,3 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, …

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are …

Luke 17:12-14 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that …

recover him of [heb] gather in

(3) Would God.--O that! 'Ahal here; in Psalm 119:5, 'Ahalay. The word seems to follow the analogy of 'ashr, "O the bliss of!" (Psalm 1:1). It perhaps means "O the delight of!" the root 'ahal being assumed equivalent to the Arabic hal, Syriac hal, "dulcis fuit."

For he would recover him.--Then he would receive him back. (Comp. Numbers 12:14-15.) In Israel lepers were excluded from society. Restoration to society implied restoration to health. Hence the same verb came to be used in the sense of healing as well as of receiving back the leper. Thenius, however, argues that as the phrase "from leprosy" is wanting in Numbers 12, the real meaning is, "to take a person away from leprosy," to which he had been, as it were, delivered up.

Verse 3. - And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! literally, Oh that my lord were before the prophet who is in Samaria! Elisha had a house in Samaria (2 Kings 6:32), where he resided occasionally. For he would recover him of his leprosy. The "little maid" concludes from her small experience that, if her master and the great miracle-working prophet of her own land could be brought together, the result would be his cure. She has, in her servile condition, contracted an affection both for her master and her mistress, and her sympathies are strongly with them. Perhaps she had no serious purpose in speaking as she did. The words burst from her as a mere expression of goodwill. She did not contemplate any action resulting from them. "Oh that things could be otherwise than as they are! Had I my dear master in my own country, it would be easy to accomplish his cure. The prophet is so powerful and so kind. He both could and would recover him." Any notion of her vague wish being carried out, being made the ground of a serious embassy, was probably far from the girl's thought. But the "bread cast upon the waters returns after many days." There is no kind wish or kind utterance that may not have a result far beyond anything that the wisher or utterer contemplated. Good wishes are seeds that ofttimes take root, and grow, and blossom, and bear fruit beyond the uttermost conception of those who sow them. And she said unto her mistress,.... As she was waiting upon her at a certain time, and perhaps her mistress was lamenting the case of her husband as desperate and incurable:

would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria; meaning Elisha, who, though sometimes in one place, and sometimes in another, yet often at Samaria, and it seems was there when this girl was taken captive:

for he would recover him of his leprosy; the maid had heard of the miracles wrought by Elisha, and doubted not that at the request of her lord he would be willing, as she believed he was able, to cure him of this disease. 5:1-8 Though the Syrians were idolaters, and oppressed God's people, yet the deliverance of which Naaman had been the means, is here ascribed to the Lord. Such is the correct language of Scripture, while those who write common history, plainly show that God is not in all their thoughts. No man's greatness, or honour, can place him our of the reach of the sorest calamities of human life: there is many a sickly, crazy body under rich and gay clothing. Every man has some but or other, something that blemishes and diminishes him, some allay to his grandeur, some damp to his joy. This little maid, though only a girl, could give an account of the famous prophet the Israelites had among them. Children should be early told of the wondrous works of God, that, wherever they go, they may talk of them. As became a good servant, she desired the health and welfare of her master, though she was a captive, a servant by force; much more should servants by choice, seek their masters' good. Servants may be blessings to the families where they are, by telling what they know of the glory of God, and the honour of his prophets. Naaman did not despise what she told, because of her meanness. It would be well if men were as sensible of the burden of sin as they are of bodily disease. And when they seek the blessings which the Lord sends in answer to the prayers of his faithful people, they will find nothing can be had, except they come as beggars for a free gift, not as lords to demand or purchase.
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