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Poor little girl! The Syrians had captured her from the land of Israel in a raid. She had been sold to the household of Naaman, who was commander of King Ben-Hadad’s army in Damascus. We don’t know her name, for the
Bible simply calls her “little maiden” or “little maid.” We can imagine that she was very frightened to be living as a slave in a foreign country. She must have been very homesick, too. However, it is clear that she loved God and trusted that He would be with her, even in Damascus, where no one worshipped Jehovah, the one true God.
One day the little maid found out that Captain Naaman was very sick. His sickness couldn’t be cured, and it was the worst of all diseases. He had leprosy, the dreaded, deadly skin disease, and it made him an outcast, even among his own people.
“If Captain Naaman wants to be healed, he should go to the prophet Elisha in Israel,” the little maid told Naaman’s wife, whom she served. “Prophet Elisha has done many mighty miracles, and I’m sure he could help your husband.”
When Captain Naaman’s wife told him what the servant girl had said, he must have believed, because he went to King Ben-Hadad immediately. He said, “I would like to go to Samaria in Israel to receive healing for my leprosy.”
So he made the journey, taking with him a letter from King Ben-Hadad asking that the King of Israel arrange for Naaman to be healed of his leprosy. He took with him payment for his healing: 10 talents of silver, 6,000 shekels of gold, and 10 sets of clothing. Would that be worth a lot today? Absolutely! In today’s money, it would total more than a million dollars!
“If Captain Naaman wants to be healed, he should go to the prophet Elisha in Israel,” she told Naaman’s wife, whom she served.

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