2 Kings 8:4
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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.

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.

the king As it appears not likely that the king would hold conversation with a leprous man; or, that, knowing Gehazi had been dismissed with the highest disgrace from the prophet's service, he would talk with him concerning his late master; some have supposed that this happened before the cleansing of Naaman. But it agrees better with the chronology to consider it as having taken place after that event; the king, probably, having an insatiable curiosity to know the private history of a man who had done such astonishing things. As to the circumstances of Gehazi's disease, he might overlook that, and converse with him, keeping at a reasonable distance, as nothing but actual contact could defile.

Gehazi

2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

2 Kings 7:3,10 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and …

Tell

Matthew 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently …

Luke 9:9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I …

Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous …

John 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and you did not hear: …

Acts 24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which …

all the great

2 Kings 2:14,20-22,24 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the …

2 Kings 3:14-16 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely…

2 Kings 4:3-6,16,17 Then he said, Go, borrow you vessels abroad of all your neighbors, …

2 Kings 5:14,27 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according …

2 Kings 6:6,9-12,17-20,32 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. …

2 Kings 7:1,16-20 Then Elisha said, Hear you the word of the LORD; Thus said the LORD…







(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.). And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God,.... Elisha's servant, just at the same time the woman made her application to him; so that this was before he was dismissed from the service of the prophet, and consequently before the affair of Naaman's cure, and so before the siege of Samaria:

saying, tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done; the miracles he wrought, as the dividing of the waters of Jordan, and healing those near Jericho; the affair of procuring water for the armies of the three kings in Edom he needed not to relate, since Jehoram was an eyewitness thereof; the next was the multiplying the widow's cruse of oil, when he in course came to those that were done for the Shunammite woman. 4-6. the king talked with Gehazi—Ceremonial pollution being conveyed by contact alone, there was nothing to prevent a conference being held with this leper at a distance; and although he was excluded from the town of Samaria, this reported conversation may have taken place at the gate or in one of the royal gardens. The providence of God so ordained that King Jehoram had been led to inquire, with great interest, into the miraculous deeds of Elisha, and that the prophet's servant was in the act of relating the marvellous incident of the restoration of the Shunammite's son when she made her appearance to prefer her request. The king was pleased to grant it; and a state officer was charged to afford her every facility in the recovery of her family possession out of the hands of the occupier.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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