2 Kings 4:17
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English Standard Version
But the woman conceived, and she bore a son about that time the following spring, as Elisha had said to her.

King James Bible
And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

American Standard Version
And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season, when the time came round, as Elisha had said unto her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the woman conceived, and brought forth a son in the time, and at the same hour, that Eliseus had said.

English Revised Version
And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season, when the time came round, as Elisha had said unto her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the woman conceived, and bore a son at that season that Elisha had said to her, according to the time of life.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After some time, when Elisha had spent the night in the chamber provided for him, he wanted to make some acknowledgment to his hostess for the love which she had shown him, and told his servant Gehazi to call her, and say to her: "Thou hast taken all this care for us, what shall I do to thee? Hast thou (anything) to say to the king or the chief captain?" i.e., hast thou any wish that I could convey to them, and intercede for thee? There is something striking here in the fact that Elisha did not address the woman himself, as she was standing before him, but told her servant to announce to her his willingness to make some return for what she had done. This was, probably, simply from a regard to the great awe which she had of the "holy man of God" (2 Kings 4:9), and to inspire her with courage to give expression to the wishes of her heart.

(Note: The conjecture that Elisha would not speak to her directly for the sake of maintaining his dignity, or that the historian looked upon such conversation with women as unbecoming in a teacher of the law (Thenius), is already proved to be untenable by 2 Kings 4:15, 2 Kings 4:16, where Elisha does speak to her directly.)

She answered: "I dwell among my people," i.e., not, I merely belong to the people (Thenius), but, I live quietly and peaceably among my countrymen, so that I have no need for any intercession with the king and great men of the kingdom. Ἀπραγμοσύνῃ χαίρω καὶ εἰρηνικῶς διάγω καὶ πρός τινα ἀμφισβήτησιν ούκ ἀνέχομαι (Theodoret).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.

1 Samuel 1:19,20 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah...

Psalm 113:9 He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise you the LORD.

Luke 1:24,25,36 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying...

Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age...

Cross References
2 Kings 4:16
And he said, "At this season, about this time next year, you shall embrace a son." And she said, "No, my lord, O man of God; do not lie to your servant."

2 Kings 4:18
When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers.

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