Study Guide

2 Kings Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Discount Special on Barley

  • Elisha says that, by this time tomorrow, barley and meal will be sold for cheap prices at the city gates.
  • The King's captain asks Elisha how that could happen even if God created windows in the sky to drop food through. Elisha says it will, and the captain will see it, but won't eat from it.

Trampled Underfoot 

  • Meanwhile, four leprous men sitting at the city walls decide they've got nothing to lose. They're going to try to eat at the Aramean camp, figuring that the worst that could happen is that they die and don't have to starve anymore.
  • But when they arrive at the Aramean camp, they discover that everyone's gone. God created an illusion, convincing the Arameans that they heard a great army coming to attack. So they ran away in terror.
  • The leprous men eat, drink, and take treasure from the Aramean camp. But they feel guilty for not telling everyone else. They decide to go back and tell everyone in the city.
  • The King believes the leprous men but thinks the Arameans are trying to trick him by pretending to abandon their camp. So he sends out to mounted scouts to determine what's going on.
  • The scouts head out and find the trail of debris the Arameans left as they fled.
  • So the people of the city all run out and loot the Aramean camp, selling grain for the prices Elisha had predicted.
  • However, the captain is trampled to death by a crowd of people running out in excitement—fulfilling Elisha's other prediction.

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