1 Dixit autem Eliseus: "Audite verbum Domini. Haec dicit Dominus: In tempore hoc cras modius similae uno statere erit, et duo modii hordei statere uno in porta Samariae".
2 Respondens dux, super cuius manum rex incumbebat, homini Dei ait: "Si Dominus fecerit etiam cataractas in caelo, numquid poterit esse, quod loqueris?". Qui ait: "Videbis oculis tuis et inde non comedes".
3 Quattuor ergo viri erant leprosi iuxta introitum portae; qui dixerunt ad invicem: "Quid hic esse volumus, donec moriamur?
4 Sive ingredi voluerimus civitatem, fame moriemur; sive manserimus hic, moriendum nobis est. Venite igitur, et transfugiamus ad castra Syriae. Si pepercerint nobis, vivemus; si autem occidere voluerint, nihilominus moriemur".
5 Surrexerunt igitur vesperi, ut venirent ad castra Syriae. Cumque venissent ad principium castrorum Syriae, nullum ibidem reppererunt.
6 Siquidem Dominus sonitum audiri fecerat in castris Syriae curruum et equorum et exercitus plurimi; dixeruntque ad invicem: "Ecce mercede conduxit adversum nos rex Israel reges Hetthaeorum et Aegyptiorum, ut venirent contra nos".
7 Surrexerunt ergo et fugerunt in tenebris et dereliquerunt tentoria sua et equos et asinos, castra, sicut erant; fugeruntque animas tantum suas salvare cupientes.
8 Igitur cum venissent leprosi illi ad principium castrorum, ingressi sunt unum tabernaculum et comederunt et biberunt; tuleruntque inde argentum et aurum et vestes et abierunt et absconderunt. Et rursum reversi sunt ad aliud tabernaculum, et inde similiter auferentes absconderunt.
9 Dixeruntque ad invicem: "Non recte facimus; haec enim dies boni nuntii est, et nos tacemus. Si noluerimus nuntiare usque mane, sceleris arguemur; venite, eamus et nuntiemus in aula regis".
10 Cumque venissent, vocaverunt portarios civitatis et narraverunt eis dicentes: "Ivimus ad castra Syriae et nullum ibidem repperimus hominum nisi equos et asinos alligatos et tentoria, sicut erant".
11 Clamaverunt ergo portarii et nuntiaverunt in palatio regis intrinsecus.
12 Qui surrexit nocte et ait ad servos suos: "Dico vobis quid fecerint nobis Syri. Sciunt quia fame laboramus, et idcirco egressi sunt de castris et latitant in agris dicentes: "Cum egressi fuerint de civitate, capiemus eos viventes, et tunc civitatem ingredi poterimus" ".
13 Respondit autem unus servorum eius: "Tollamus quinque equos, qui remanserunt in urbe; fiant sicut universa multitudo Israel, quae consumpta est; mittamus ergo et videamus".
14 Adduxerunt ergo duos currus cum equis, misitque rex post exercitum Syrorum dicens: "Ite et videte".
15 Qui abierunt post eos usque ad Iordanem; ecce autem omnis via plena erat vestibus et vasis, quae proiecerant Syri, cum turbarentur. Reversique nuntii indicaverunt regi.
16 Et egressus populus diripuit castra Syriae; factusque est modius similae statere uno, et duo modii hordei statere uno iuxta verbum Domini.
17 Porro rex ducem illum, in cuius manu incumbebat, constituit ad portam; quem conculcavit turba in introitu, et mortuus est iuxta quod locutus fuerat vir Dei, quando descenderat rex ad eum.
18 Factumque est secundum sermonem viri Dei, quem dixerat regi, quando ait: "Duo modii hordei statere uno erunt, et modius similae statere uno hoc eodem tempore cras in porta Samariae";
19 quando responderat dux ille viro Dei et dixerat: "Etiamsi Dominus fecerit cataractas in caelo, numquid fieri poterit, quod loqueris?", et dixerat ei: "Videbis oculis tuis et inde non comedes".
20 Evenit ergo ei, sicut praedictum erat, et conculcavit eum populus in porta, et mortuus est.
King James Version
1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
3 ¶ And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within.
12 ¶ And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see.
14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
17 ¶ And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.
18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria:
19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.