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captain to come see me. Then he will know that there is a God in Israel, and that I am His prophet.”
Naaman and his company of soldiers left immediately for Elisha’s house. However, when they arrived, a servant came out to greet them with a simple message. “Go and dip yourself in the Jordan seven times. Do
this, and your skin will be healed.”
Captain Naaman could hardly believe his
ears. “Wash in the Jordan River! I think not!” he raged. “Aren’t the rivers of Damascus better
than all the rivers in Israel? Can’t I wash in them and be healed?” He turned away in disgust. “I thought at least the
prophet would come out to me and call on the Lord his God. I thought maybe he would wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy that way. Now he insults me with a command like this! Go wash in the Jordan, indeed!”
In anger and pride, Captain Naaman jumped into his chariot to begin the journey back to Damascus. “Let’s get out of here! I knew it was too good to be true,” he yelled. “Let’s go. We’ve still got some daylight to travel.”
“Go, dip yourself in the Jordan seven times. Do this, and your skin will be healed.”
  His advisers and attendants went after him.
As they rode up close beside him, they respectfully and fearfully appealed to him, saying, “If the prophet had told you to do something really difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? Why not do this simple thing!”
Naaman slowed his chariot to a crawl, his mind deep in thought. “You’re right,” he finally admitted. “I guess I need to set aside my pride.” Without further argument, he turned his chariot around and headed for the Jordan. Soon he
was standing on its banks, staring at the waters of the muddy river.
He waded in until he was waist-deep, and then dipped himself under the water.




















































































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