ContextThe Widows Oil
1Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves. 2Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house? And she said, Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil. 3Then he said, Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. 4And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full. 5So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. 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.
The Shunammite Woman
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. 9She said to her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God passing by us continually. 10Please, let us make a little walled upper chamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there.
11One day he came there and turned in to the upper chamber and rested. 12Then he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13He said to him, Say now to her, Behold, you have been careful for us with all this care; what can I do for you? Would you be spoken for to the king or to the captain of the army? And she answered, I live among my own people. 14So he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Truly she has no son and her husband is old. 15He said, Call her. When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16Then he said, At this season next year you will embrace a son. And she said, No, my lord, O man of God, do not lie to your maidservant.
17The woman conceived and bore a son at that season the next year, as Elisha had said to her.
The Shunammites Son
18When the child was grown, the day came that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19He said to his father, My head, my head. And he said to his servant, Carry him to his mother. 20When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her lap until noon, and then died. 21She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door behind him and went out. 22Then she called to her husband and said, Please send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and return. 23He said, Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor sabbath. And she said, It will be well. 24Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, Drive and go forward; do not slow down the pace for me unless I tell you. 25So she went and came to the man of God to Mount Carmel.
29Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand, and go your way; if you meet any man, do not salute him, and if anyone salutes you, do not answer him; and lay my staff on the lads face. 30The mother of the lad said, As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you. And he arose and followed her. 31Then Gehazi passed on before them and laid the staff on the lads face, but there was no sound or response. So he returned to meet him and told him, The lad has not awakened.
32When Elisha came into the house, behold the lad was dead and laid on his bed. 33So he entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the LORD. 34And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child became warm. 35Then he returned and walked in the house once back and forth, and went up and stretched himself on him; and the lad sneezed seven times and the lad opened his eyes. 36He called Gehazi and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, Take up your son. 37Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed herself to the ground, and she took up her son and went out.
The Poisonous Stew
38When Elisha returned to Gilgal, there was a famine in the land. As the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, Put on the large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets. 39Then one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were. 40So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, O man of God, there is death in the pot. And they were unable to eat. 41But he said, Now bring meal. He threw it into the pot and said, Pour it out for the people that they may eat. Then there was no harm in the pot.
42Now a man came from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And he said, Give them to the people that they may eat. 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.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear Jehovah: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two children to be bondmen.
Now a certain woman of the wives of the prophets cried to Eliseus, saying: Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou knowest that thy servant was one that feared God, and behold the creditor is come to take away my two sons to serve him.
Darby Bible Translation
And a woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha saying, Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou knowest that thy servant feared Jehovah; and the creditor is come to take my two children to be bondmen.
English Revised Version
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead: and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two children to be bondmen.
Webster's Bible Translation
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets to Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant feared the LORD: and the creditor hath come to take to him my two sons to be bond-men.
World English Bible
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves."
Young's Literal Translation
And a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets hath cried unto Elisha, saying, 'Thy servant, my husband, is dead, and thou hast known that thy servant was fearing Jehovah, and the lender hath come to take my two children to him for servants.'
LibraryWhen the Oil Flows
'And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.'--2 KINGS iv. 6. The series of miracles ascribed to Elisha are very unlike most of the wonderful works of even the Old Testament, and still more unlike those of the New. For about a great many of them there seems to have been no special purpose, either doctrinal or otherwise, but simply the relief of trivial and transient distresses. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
A Miracle Needing Effort
That the Grace of Devotion is Acquired by Humility and Self-Denial
Extracts No. Ix.
Abram's Horror of Great Darkness.
Answer to the Jewish Rabby's Letter.
Supplementary Note to Chapter ii. The Year of Christ's Birth.
Synagogues: their Origin, Structure and Outward Arrangements
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