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Gehasi

Gehazi attempts to awaken the son of the Sunammite woman with the staff of Elisha

Gehazi, Geichazi, or Giezi (Douay-Rheims) (Hebrew: גֵּיחֲזִי; Tiberian: Gêḥăzî; Standard: Geẖazi; "valley of vision") is a figure found in the Tanakh Books of Kings. He was Elisha's servant. He appears in connection with the history of the Shunammite[1] and of Naaman the Syrian. On this latter occasion, Gehazi, overcome with avarice, solicited, and obtained in the prophet's name "a talent of silver and two changes of garments" from Naaman. Consequently, he was guilty of duplicity and dishonesty of conduct, causing Elisha to denounce his crime with righteous sternness, and pass on him the terrible doom that "the leprosy of Naaman would cleave to him and his descendants for ever".[2]

Later,[3] he appeared before King Joram, to whom he recounted the great deeds of his master.[4]

Two meanings for the name "Gehazi" have been suggested: "valley of vision" or "valley of avarice."[5]

Notes

  1. 2 Kings 4:14; 2 Kings 4:31
  2. 2 Kings 5:20-27
  3. Fausset, Andrew R. "Entry for 'Gehazi'". "Fausset Bible Dictionary". <http://www.studylight.org/dic/fbd/view.cgi?number=T1365>. 1949.
  4. 2 Kings 8:1-6
  5. Anchor Bible Dictionary Vol. 2, pg. 926

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