Go and wash in Jordan.@2 Kings 5:10
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Elisha Refusing Naaman’s Gifts
Pieter de Grebber, 17th Century

Charles A. Tindley, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles A. Tindley (1851–1933)

There was Naaman the leper, that hon’rable man,
A captain of the Syrian host;
He was badly afflicted and sick in the land,
And a burden to all of his host;
O my, what a sight! his disease made him white,
No doctor could help him I’ve seen;
He never did pray, and he knew not the way
To get into the beautiful stream.

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Go wash in the beautiful stream,
Go wash in the beautiful stream,
O Naaman, O Naaman, go down and wash,
Go wash in the beautiful stream.

He heard of a man in the Hebrew land,
A little maid told him about;
I’ll go if I can, he said to his friend,
For he may relieve me, no doubt;
So he went and called on the servant of God,
And Elisha refused to be seen.
But he lifted his burden and sent him to Jordan,
To wash in the beautiful stream.

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So Naaman went on, and the servant had gone
Whom Elisha had sent to the door;
He did not believe that He had received
From the prophet a perfect cure;
He thought that the rivers down in his own land
Were better because they were clean;
It was just about night when he got in the light
And plunged into the beautiful stream.

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O sinner, O sinner, are you not the same
As Naaman that noted Syrian?
Your sickness injures both body and soul,
And makes you feel loathsome and mean.
If you feel you are lost, just shoulder the cross,
And Jesus will then make you clean.
If you feel you are sick, just come along quick,
And get into the beautiful stream.

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