2 Kings 4:14
New International Version
“What can be done for her?” Elisha asked. Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”

New Living Translation
Later Elisha asked Gehazi, “What can we do for her?” Gehazi replied, “She doesn’t have a son, and her husband is an old man.”

English Standard Version
And he said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

Berean Study Bible
So he asked, “Then what should be done for her?” “Well, she has no son,” Gehazi replied, “and her husband is old.”

King James Bible
And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

New King James Version
So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

New American Standard Bible
So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “It is a fact that she has no son, and her husband is old.”

NASB 1995
So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Truly she has no son and her husband is old.”

NASB 1977
So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Truly she has no son and her husband is old.”

Amplified Bible
Later Elisha said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son and her husband is old.”

Christian Standard Bible
So he asked, “Then what should be done for her? ” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he asked, “Then what should be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old."”

American Standard Version
And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no son, and her husband is old.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said: ”What shall I do for her?” Gekhazi said to him: “Truly, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he said to Giezi, What must we do for her? and Giezi his servant said, Indeed she has no son, and her husband is old.

Contemporary English Version
"Then what can we do for her?" Elisha asked Gehazi. Gehazi replied, "I do know that her husband is old, and that she doesn't have a son."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said : What will she then that I do for her? And Giezi said: Do not ask, for she hath no son, and her husband is old.

English Revised Version
And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no son, and her husband is old.

Good News Translation
Elisha asked Gehazi, "What can I do for her then?" He answered, "Well, she has no son, and her husband is an old man."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What should we do for her?" Elisha asked. Gehazi answered, "Well, she has no son, and her husband is old."

International Standard Version
He responded, "What, then, is to be done on her behalf?" Gehazi answered, "Well, she has no son and her husband is growing old."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'What then is to be done for her?' And Gehazi answered: 'Verily she hath no son, and her husband is old.'

Literal Standard Version
And he says, “And what can [I] do for her?” And Gehazi says, “Truly she has no son, and her husband [is] aged.”

NET Bible
So he asked Gehazi, "What can I do for her?" Gehazi replied, "She has no son, and her husband is old."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "What then is to be done for her?" Gehazi answered, "Most certainly she has no son, and her husband is old."

World English Bible
He said, "What then is to be done for her?" Gehazi answered, "Most certainly she has no son, and her husband is old."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'And what -- to do for her?' and Gehazi saith, 'Verily she hath no son, and her husband is aged.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Shunammite Woman
13and Elisha said to Gehazi, “Now tell her, ‘Look, you have gone to all this trouble for us. What can we do for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’ ” “I have a home among my own people,” she replied. 14So he asked, “Then what should be done for her?” “Well, she has no son,” Gehazi replied, “and her husband is old.” 15“Call her,” said Elisha. So Gehazi called her, and she stood in the doorway.…

Cross References
2 Kings 4:13
and Elisha said to Gehazi, "Now tell her, 'Look, you have gone to all this trouble for us. What can we do for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?'" "I have a home among my own people," she replied.

2 Kings 4:15
"Call her," said Elisha. So Gehazi called her, and she stood in the doorway.


Treasury of Scripture

And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Truly she has no child, and her husband is old.

she hath no child

Genesis 15:2,3
And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? …

Genesis 17:17
Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

Genesis 18:10-14
And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him…









(14) And he said--i.e., when Gehazi had reported the woman's reply.

She hath no child.--Which was at once a misfortune and a reproach. (Comp. Genesis 30:23; 1Samuel 1:6-7; Luke 1:25; Deuteronomy 7:13-14; Psalm 128:3-4.) . . .

Verse 14. - And he said - he, Elisha, said to Gehazi - What then is to be done for her? If the woman will suggest nothing herself, can Gehazi suggest anything? Has he heard her express any wish? Does he know of any boon that would be welcome to her? Evidently the woman's disinterestedness has increased the prophet's desire to do something for her. b It does not appear that the woman had made any complaint or exhibited any special anxiety on the subject of offspring. But Gehazi knows, that to be barren is regarded by all Hebrew women as a re-preach, that it exposes them to scorn and contumely (1 Samuel 1:6, 7), and that offspring is universally, or all but universally, desired. He therefore assumes that the Shunammite must wish for it. And Elisha accepts his suggestion without a moment's hesitation.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So he asked,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Then what
וּמֶ֖ה (ū·meh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

should be done
לַעֲשׂ֣וֹת (la·‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6213: To do, make

for her?”
לָ֑הּ (lāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

“Well,
אֲבָ֛ל (’ă·ḇāl)
Adverb
Strong's 61: Verily, of a truth

she has
לָ֖הּ (lāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

no
אֵֽין־ (’ên-)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

son,”
בֵּ֥ן (bên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

Gehazi
גֵּיחֲזִ֗י (gê·ḥă·zî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1522: Gehazi -- perhaps 'valley of vision', servant of Elisha

replied,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“and her husband
וְאִישָׁ֥הּ (wə·’î·šāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

is old.”
זָקֵֽן׃ (zā·qên)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2204: To be or become old


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