Bible Names A-G : Gehazi


Gehazi in Wikipedia Gehazi, Geichazi, or Giezi (Douay-Rheims) (Hebrew: גֵּיחֲזִי; Tiberian: Gḥăz; 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] 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.[5] 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 composed.[6] Two meanings for the name "Gehazi" have been suggested: "valley of vision" or "valley of avarice."