On today’s episode, things escalate quickly. First, the Arameans try to capture Elisha but he diffuses them with hospitality. Later, the Arameans lay siege to Israel, surrounding Samaria in order to cause a famine, and the people take desperate measures. Elisha prophesies that Hazael, a servant of the king of Aram, will rise to power. He also sends a prophet to anoint Jehu, one of Israel’s military commanders, to become king over Israel. Jehu quickly sets his hands to overturn the standing king and avenge the blood of Naboth the Jezreelite.