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Gehazi in Wikipedia
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 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".
Later, he appeared before King Joram, to whom he
recounted the great deeds of his master.
In Rabbinic Literature, Gehazi is identified as one of four
commoners who forfeited his share in Olam haba, the
afterlife, because of his wickedness, especially in the
presence of a upstanding example such as Elisha, and his
consistent refusal to repent.
He is the ostensible subject of Rudyard Kipling's poem
Gehazi, thought to be aimed at Rufus Isaacs, a member of the
British Liberal government at the time the poem was
Two meanings for the name "Gehazi" have been suggested:
"valley of vision" or "valley of avarice."