2 Kings 4:7
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New International Version
She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left."

New Living Translation
When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, "Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over."

English Standard Version
She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

New American Standard Bible
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest."

King James Bible
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go sell the oil and pay your debt; you and your sons can live on the rest."

International Standard Version
After this, she went and told the man of God what had happened. So he said, "Go sell the oil, pay your debt, and you and your children will be able to live on the proceeds."

NET Bible
She went and told the prophet. He said, "Go, sell the olive oil. Repay your creditor, and then you and your sons can live off the rest of the profit."

New Heart English Bible
Then she came and told the man of God. He said, "Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She went and told the man of God. He said, "Sell the oil, and pay your debt. The rest is for you and your children."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said: 'Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy sons of the rest.'

New American Standard 1977
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell this oil and pay thy debtors and live thou and thy sons of the rest.

King James 2000 Bible
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt, and live you and your children from the rest.

American King James Version
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt, and live you and your children of the rest.

American Standard Version
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy sons of the rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she came, and told the man of God. And he said: Go, sell the oil, and pay thy creditor: and thou and thy sons live of the rest.

Darby Bible Translation
And she came and told the man of God; and he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou [and] thy sons on the rest.

English Revised Version
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy sons of the rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children on the remainder.

World English Bible
Then she came and told the man of God. He said, "Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest."

Young's Literal Translation
And she cometh and declareth to the man of God, and he saith, 'Go, sell the oil, and repay thy loan; and thou and thy sons do live of the rest.'
Study Bible
Elisha Multiplies the Widow's Oil
6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not one vessel more." And the oil stopped. 7Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest." 8Now there came a day when Elisha passed over to Shunem, where there was a prominent woman, and she persuaded him to eat food. And so it was, as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eat food.…
Cross References
1 Kings 12:22
But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

2 Kings 4:9
She said to her husband, "Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God passing by us continually.

2 Kings 4:21
She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door behind him and went out.

2 Kings 6:9
The man of God sent word to the king of Israel saying, "Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Arameans are coming down there."
Treasury of Scripture

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt, and live you and your children of the rest.

pay

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debt. or, creditor

(7) Then she came.--And she went in.

He said.--LXX., "Elisha said."

Thy debt.--Right. Margin incorrect.

And live thou and thy children.--Heb., and thou--thy sons--thou mayest live. Clearly "and" has fallen out before the second word. Many MSS. and all the versions have it.

Thou.--'Att, an archaism, perhaps retained in the dialect of northern Israel (1Kings 14:2).

Of the rest.--On what is left over--i.e., of the price of the oil.

(837) The Shunammitess and her son.

Verse 7. - Then she came and told the man of God; i.e. Elisha (comp. vers. 9,16, 21, 22, etc.). She did not feel entitled to make use of the oil which she had got by his instrumentality without first telling him and receiving his directions respecting it. The prophet gave them with all plainness and brevity. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. The oil in the vessels was more than sufficient for the discharge of the debt. The prophet directs the woman to sell the whole, and, after satisfying the claim of her creditor with part of the money, to support herself and her children on the remainder. Then she came and told the man of God,.... Elisha the prophet, what had been done, what a quantity of oil she had, and advised with him what was to be done with it:

and he said, go, sell thy oil, and pay thy debt; what was thus miraculously produced was no doubt very good and excellent, and would fetch a good price; and she is therefore bid to turn it into money, and pay her debts with it; she was not to keep it all for her own use, and indulge to luxury with it, but first pay her just debt, as everyone ought to do that is able:

and live thou and thy children of the rest; so that it seems there was enough to pay her debt with it, rid her of her troubles, and somewhat remaining for the support of herself and children. 4:1-7 Elisha's miracles were acts of real charity: Christ's were so; not only great wonders, but great favours to those for whom they were wrought. God magnifies his goodness with his power. Elisha readily received a poor widow's complaint. Those that leave their families under a load of debt, know not what trouble they cause. It is the duty of all who profess to follow the Lord, while they trust to God for daily bread, not to tempt him by carelessness or extravagance, nor to contract debts; for nothing tends more to bring reproach upon the gospel, or distresses their families more when they are gone. Elisha put the widow in a way to pay her debt, and to maintain herself and her family. This was done by miracle, but so as to show what is the best method to assist those who are in distress, which is, to help them to improve by their own industry what little they have. The oil, sent by miracle, continued flowing as long as she had empty vessels to receive it. We are never straitened in God, or in the riches of his grace; all our straitness is in ourselves. It is our faith that fails, not his promise. He gives more than we ask: were there more vessels, there is enough in God to fill them; enough for all, enough for each; and the Redeemer's all-sufficiency will only be stayed from the supplying the wants of sinners and saving their souls, when no more apply to him for salvation. The widow must pay her debt with the money she received for her oil. Though her creditors were too hard with her, yet they must be paid, even before she made any provision for her children. It is one of the main laws of the Christian religion, that we pay every just debt, and give every one his own, though we leave ever so little for ourselves; and this, not of constraint, but for conscience' sake. Those who bear an honest mind, cannot with pleasure eat their daily bread, unless it be their own bread. She and her children must live upon the rest; that is, upon the money received for the oil, with which they must put themselves into a way to get an honest livelihood. We cannot now expect miracles, yet we may expect mercies, if we wait on God, and seek to him. Let widows in particular depend upon him. He that has all hearts in his hand, can, without a miracle, send as effectual a supply.
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