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

King James Bible
And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

American Standard Version
And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the child grew. And on a certain day, when he went out to his father to the reapers,

English Revised Version
And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the child was grown, it happened on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

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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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to the reapers

Ruth 2:4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless you.

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

2 Kings 4:19
And he said to his father, "Oh, my head, my head!" The father said to his servant, "Carry him to his mother."

2 Kings 8:1
Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, "Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the LORD has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years."

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