2 Kings 4:44
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New International Version
Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.

New Living Translation
And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the LORD had promised.

English Standard Version
So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.

King James Bible
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he gave it to them, and as the LORD had promised, they ate and had some left over.

International Standard Version
So he served them, and they ate and had some left over, just as the LORD had indicated.

NET Bible
So he set it before them; they ate and had some left over, just as the LORD predicted.

New Heart English Bible
So he set it before them, and they ate, and left some of it, according to the word of the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The servant set it in front of them. They ate and had some left over, as the LORD had predicted.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So he set it before them, and they ate, and some was left over, according to the word of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

American King James Version
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

American Standard Version
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So he fief it before them: and they ate, and there was left according to the word of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And he set [it] before them, and they ate and left [thereof], according to the word of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
So he set it before them, and they ate, and left of it, according to the word of the LORD.

World English Bible
So he set it before them, and they ate, and left some of it, according to the word of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and he giveth before them, and they eat and leave, according to the word of Jehovah.
Study Bible
Feeding a Hundred Men
43His attendant said, "What, will I set this before a hundred men?" But he said, "Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left over.'" 44So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.
Cross References
Matthew 14:20
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Matthew 15:37
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

John 6:13
So they collected them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
Treasury of Scripture

So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

(44) And they did eat, and left thereof.--Comp. our Lord's miracles, already referred to. Bhr denies any miraculous increase of the food. He makes the miracle consist in the fact that the one hundred men were satisfied with the little they received, and even had some to spare. Similarly, Thenius thinks that the provisions were not inconsiderable for a hundred men (?), and that the emphasis of the narrative lies rather on Elisha's absolute confidence in God than on His wonder-working powers; but this is certainly opposed to the sacred writer's intention. Keil rightly calls attention to the fact that Elisha does not perform, but only predicts, this miracle.

Verse 44. - So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord. We are not expressly told how the miracle was wrought, whether by an augmentation of the quantity of the food supernaturally produced, or by a lessening of the appetites of the men, as Bahr supposes. But the analogy of our Lord's miracles of feeding the multitudes, whereof this is a manifest type, makes it probable that in this case also there was a miraculous increase of the food. The object of the writer in communicating the account is certainly not merely to show how the Lord cared for his servants, but to relate another miracle wrought by Elisha, of a different kind from those previously related. He is occupied with Elisha's miracles through this entire chanter and through the three next.



So he set it before them,.... The twenty barley loaves, and the full ears of corn:

and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord; as the disciples did at the miracle of the loaves and fishes; though that must be allowed to be a greater miracle than this, Matthew 14:17. 4:38-44 There was a famine of bread, but not of hearing the word of God, for Elisha had the sons of the prophets sitting before him, to hear his wisdom. Elisha made hurtful food to become safe and wholesome. If a mess of pottage be all our dinner, remember that this great prophet had no better for himself and his guests. The table often becomes a snare, and that which should be for our welfare, proves a trap: this is a good reason why we should not feed ourselves without fear. When we are receiving the supports and comforts of life, we must keep up an expectation of death, and a fear of sin. We must acknowledge God's goodness in making our food wholesome and nourishing; I am the Lord that healeth thee. Elisha also made a little food go a great way. Having freely received, he freely gave. God has promised his church, that he will abundantly bless her provision, and satisfy her poor with bread, Ps 132:15; whom he feeds, he fills; and what he blesses, comes to much. Christ's feeding his hearers was a miracle far beyond this, but both teach us that those who wait upon God in the way of duty, may hope to be supplied by Divine Providence.
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