2 Kings 8:4
New International Version
The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, "Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done."

New Living Translation
As she came in, the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. The king had just said, "Tell me some stories about the great things Elisha has done."

English Standard Version
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.”

Berean Study Bible
Now the king had been speaking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please relate to me all the great things Elisha has done.”

New American Standard Bible
Now the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, "Please relate to me all the great things that Elisha has done."

King James Bible
And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.

Christian Standard Bible
The king had been speaking to Gehazi, the attendant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me all the great things Elisha has done."

Contemporary English Version
Meanwhile, the king was asking Gehazi the servant of Elisha about the amazing things Elisha had been doing.

Good News Translation
She found the king talking with Gehazi, Elisha's servant; the king wanted to know about Elisha's miracles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king had been speaking to Gehazi, the attendant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me all the great things Elisha has done."

International Standard Version
The king was talking with Gehazi, the attendant of the man of God. He had asked Gehazi, "Please tell me about all of the great things that Elisha has done."

NET Bible
Now the king was talking to Gehazi, the prophet's servant, and said, "Tell me all the great things which Elisha has done."

New Heart English Bible
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, "Please tell me all the great things that Elisha has done."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. He said, "Please tell me about all the great things Elisha has done."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying: 'Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.'

New American Standard 1977
Now the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please relate to me all the great things that Elisha has done.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king had talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha has done.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray you, all the great things that Elisha has done.

American King James Version
And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray you, all the great things that Elisha has done.

American Standard Version
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the king spoke to Giezi the servant of Elisaie the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things which Elisaie has done.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king talked with Giezi, the servant of the man of God, saying: Tell me all the great things that Eliseus hath done.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha has done.

English Revised Version
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.

World English Bible
Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, "Please tell me all the great things that Elisha has done."

Young's Literal Translation
And the king is speaking unto Gehazi, servant of the man of God, saying, 'Recount, I pray thee, to me, the whole of the great things that Elisha hath done.'
Study Bible
The Shunammite's Land Restored
3At the end of seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to the king to appeal for her house and her land. 4Now the king had been speaking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Please relate to me all the great things Elisha has done.” 5And as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had brought the dead back to life, the woman whose son he had revived came to appeal to the king for her house and her land. So Gehazi said, “My lord the king, this is the woman, and this is the son Elisha restored to life.”…
Cross References
2 Kings 4:12
And he said to Gehazi his servant, "Call the Shunammite woman." And when he had called her, she stood before him,

2 Kings 5:20
Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Look, my master has spared this Aramean, Naaman, while not accepting what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."

2 Kings 8:3
At the end of seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to the king to appeal for her house and her land.

Treasury of Scripture

And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray you, all the great things that Elisha has done.

Gehazi

2 Kings 5:20-27
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him…

2 Kings 7:3,10
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? …

Tell

Matthew 2:8
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Luke 9:9
And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

Luke 23:8
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

all the great

2 Kings 2:14,20-22,24
And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over…

2 Kings 3:14-16
And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee…

2 Kings 4:3-6,16,17
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few…







Lexicon
Now the king
וְהַמֶּ֗לֶךְ (wə·ham·me·leḵ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

had been speaking
מְדַבֵּר֙ (mə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

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

the servant
נַ֥עַר (na·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

of the man
אִישׁ־ (’îš-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of God,
הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

saying,
לֵאמֹ֑ר (lê·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Please
נָּ֣א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

relate
סַפְּרָה־ (sap·pə·rāh-)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

to me
לִ֔י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the great things
הַגְּדֹל֖וֹת (hag·gə·ḏō·lō·wṯ)
Article | Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1419: Great, older, insolent

Elisha
אֱלִישָֽׁע׃ (’ĕ·lî·šā‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 477: Elisha -- 'God is salvation', a well-known Israelite prophet

has done.”
עָשָׂ֥ה (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make
(4) And the king talked.--And the king was speaking unto.

Gehazi.--He, therefore, was not yet a leper (2Kings 5:27). So Keil and some earlier expositors. But lepers, though excluded from the city, were not excluded from conversation with others. (Comp. Matthew 8:2; Luke 17:12.) Naaman was apparently admitted into the royal palace (2Kings 5:6). The way, however, in which Gehazi is spoken of as "the servant of the man of God" (comp. 2Kings 5:20) seems to imply the priority of the present narrative to that of 2 Kings 5.

Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things.--"The history of Elijah and Elisha has a distinctly popular character; it reads like a story told by word of mouth, full of the dramatic touches and vivid presentations of detail which characterise all Semitic history that closely follows oral narration. The king of Israel of whom we read in 2Kings 8:4, was, we may be sure, not the only man who talked with Gehazi, saying, 'Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.' By many repetitions the history of the prophets took a fixed shape long before it was committed to writing, and the written record preserves all the essential features of the narratives that passed from mouth to mouth, and were handed down orally from father to child." (Prof. Robertson Smith, The Prophets of Israel, p. 116.)

Verse 4. - And the king talked with Gehazi; rather, now the king was talking with Gehazi, as in the Revised Version. The king, i.e., happened to be talking with Gehazi at the moment when the woman came into his presence and "cried" to him. It has been reasonably concluded from this, that chronological order is not observed in the portion of the narrative which treats of Elisha and his doings, since a king of Israel would scarcely be in familiar conversation with a leper (Keil). It may be added that Gehazi can scarcely have continued to be the servant of Elisha, as he evidently now was, after his leprosy. He must have dwelt "without the gate." The servant of the man of God. That a king should converse with a servant is, no doubt, somewhat unusual; but, as Bahr notes, there is nothing in the circumstance that need astonish us. It is natural enough that, having been himself a witness of so many of the prophet's marvelous acts done in public, Jehoram should become curious concerning those other marvelous acts which he had performed in private, among his personal friends and associates, with respect to which many turnouts must have got abroad; and should wish to obtain an account of them from a source on which he could rely. If he had this desire, he could scarcely apply to the prophet himself, with whom he was at no time on familiar terms, and who would shrink from enlarging on his own miraculous powers. "To whom, then, could he apply with more propriety for this information than to the prophet's familiar servant" - an eye-witness of most of them, and one who would have no reason for reticence? Oriental ideas would not be shocked by the king's sending for any subject from whom he desired information, and questioning him. Saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. Miracles are often called "great things" (גְדֹלות) in the Old Testament, but generally in connection with God as the doer of them (see Job 5:9; Job 9:10; Job 37:5; Psalm 71:19; Psalm 106:21, etc.). 8:1-6 The kindness of the good Shunammite to Elisha, was rewarded by the care taken of her in famine. It is well to foresee an evil, and wisdom, when we foresee it, to hide ourselves if we lawfully may do so. When the famine was over, she returned out of the land of the Philistines; that was no proper place for an Israelite, any longer than there was necessity for it. Time was when she dwelt so securely among her own people, that she had no occasion to be spoken for to the king; but there is much uncertainty in this life, so that things or persons may fail us which we most depend upon, and those befriend us which we think we shall never need. Sometimes events, small in themselves, prove of consequence, as here; for they made the king ready to believe Gehazi's narrative, when thus confirmed. It made him ready to grant her request, and to support a life which was given once and again by miracle.
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