The Israelites plunder the Aramean camp (2 Kings 7:16-7:20)

“Then the people went out. They plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a measure of choice meal was sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of Yahweh. Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to be in charge of the gate. The people trampled him to death in the gate, just as the man of God had said when the king came down to him. When the man of God said to the king, ‘two measures of barley shall be sold for a shekel and a measure of choice meal for a shekel, about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria,’ the captain had answered the man of God, ‘even if Yahweh were to make windows in the sky, could such a thing happen?’ He had answered. ‘You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat from it.’ It did indeed happen to him. The people trampled him to death at the gate.”

The people of Samaria did just as the 4 lepers had done. They plundered the Aramean camp, except there were just more of them. They actually sold meal and barley for a shekel as the Elisha had predicted. However, part of that prediction in the preceding chapter was to counter the skepticism of the king’s captain, who said that this would be impossible. He was told that he would see it, but not enjoy eating it. In fact, since there was such a great stampede to get out through the gate to the Aramean camp, there was one man who was in charge of the gate, the captain who had been skeptical of Elisha. He, of course, saw what was happening, but he never enjoyed it since he was trampled to death by the people of Samaria at the gate.  Once again, the prediction of Elisha came to pass.

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