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And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:8 Shall I recover. It is remarkable to see that Elisha was both welcome in Damascus and revered by king Ben-hadad as “the man of God”—this despite the ongoing enmity of the Syrians against Israel. Elisha’s uncompromising stand and his obvious power with God had earned him great respect, even among his enemies.

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