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Naaman by eikonik Naaman by eikonik
2 Kings 5:1-8
1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. 2 Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. 3 She said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." 4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5 "By all means, go," the king of Aram replied. "I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. 6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: "With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy." 7 As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, "Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!" 8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: "Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel."

2 Kings 5:9-14
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." 11 But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage. 13 Naaman's servants went to him and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!" 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
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donwhitt Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
What I like about your art is that you do not place everything that is in that text. You give a camera angle and with that showed us the viewer another detail in the story.
Amazing!
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eikonik Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. Thanks so much!
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Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
You captured the expression perfectly! Thanks again for sharing!
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7disney7 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
i love your artwork!
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Baldwin IV of Jerusalem first discovered he had leprosy when he was playing a rough sports game. An opponent jabbed him in the arm with his fingernails, but he felt no pain ! Years later, the cause of this anesthesia was found when the leprosy nodules appeared. He's in my genealogical charts of European royalty & aristocracy and the word "leper" is appended to it.

95% of mankind is immune to this opportunist disease that, once contracted, it, like syphilis or TB, the body doesn't seem to be able to fight it. DON'T gamble on being of the 95%.

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HBPen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this story X]
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HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I just adore the coloring!
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kitsunedajfox Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Ah, this story is very dear to me. My dad always talks about doing the little things that are important. God hasn't asked us to do anything great~ just little things like serving our neighbors and loving each other. Lovely picture~ I particularly like the ripples in the water. Very nice.
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daitenshiMitsuo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do extremely well with your work. I had forgotten about this story in the OT. Thanks for reminding me about it and giving me a scripture to study for the day.

God bless. :)
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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
You should do a sequential version showing him growing back fingers, skin, pieces of his face, ect. in a manner like the climactic healing at the end of Ben-Hur. I think that at least a hint of the gruesomeness of the disease is an important contrast to put the glory of the miracle in perspective.
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