Naaman was a Syrian army commander who had leprosy. An Israelite girl he had captured who served as a slave informed her mistress about a prophet of God in Israel who could cure him of his leprosy. Through his king and the king of Israel, Naaman managed to contact Elisha the prophet, who told him to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River. Though rebuffed and offended at first by the answer, even arguing that there was better water to dip in than that of the Jordan, Naaman eventually obeyed and soon his skin became like that of a young boy, fully clean. Naaman offered to repay Elisha with a gift, but the prophet refused, so Naaman requested to be given two mule-loads of earth, so that he may worship the Lord on "His own ground."