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Naaman

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Naaman (nâ'a-măn), pleasantness. 1. "Naaman the Syrian," to whose cure our Lord referred. Luke 4:27. Naaman was commander-in-chief of the army of Syria, and was nearest to the person of the king, Ben-hadad II., whom he accompanied officially when he went to worship in the temple of Rimmon, 2 Kings 5:18, at Damascus, the capital. Naaman was afflicted with a leprosy of the white kind, which had hitherto defied cure. A little Israelitish captive maiden tells him of the fame and skill of Elisha, and he is cured by him by following his simple directions to bathe in the Jordan seven times. See 2 Kings 5:14. After his cure he gratefully acknowledged the power of the God of Israel, and promised "henceforth to offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the Lord." How long Naaman lived to continue a worshipper of Jehovah while assisting officially at the worship of Rimmon we are not told; "but his memory is perpetuated by a leper hospital which occupies the traditional site of his house in Damascus, on the banks of the Abana." 2. One of the family of Benjamin who came down to Egypt with Jacob, as read in Genesis 46:21. He was the son of Bela, and head of the family of the Naamites. Numbers 26:40; 1 Chronicles 8:3-4.


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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Naaman'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/rpd/n/naaman.html. 1893.

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