"Pleasantness." A Syrian, the commander of the armies of Ben-hadad, the king of Aram in the time of Joram, king of Israel. He was afflicted with leprosy; and when the little Hebrew slave-girl that waited on his wife told her of a prophet in Samaria who could cure her master, he obtained a letter from Ben-hadad and proceeded with it to Joram. The king of Israel suspected in this some evil design against him, and tore his robes. Elisha the prophet hearing of this, sent for Naaman, and told him to wash in the Jordan seven times. Naaman followed the prophet's advice and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan and "his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean." His cure is alluded to by Christ.1
- 2 Kings 5.
- Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.
This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.