2 Kings 4:7
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English Standard Version
She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

King James Bible
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

American Standard Version
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy sons of the rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she came, and told the man of God. And he said: Go, sell the oil, and pay thy creditor: and thou and thy sons live of the rest.

English Revised Version
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy sons of the rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children on the remainder.

2 Kings 4:7 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Widow's Cruse of Oil. - A poor widow of the scholars of the prophets complained to Elisha of her distress, namely, that a creditor was about to take her two sons as servants (slaves). The Mosaic law gave a creditor the right to claim the person and children of a debtor who was unable to pay, and they were obliged to serve him as slaves till the year of jubilee, when they were once more set free (Leviticus 25:39-40). When the prophet learned, on inquiry that she had nothing in her house but a small flask of oil (אסוּך, from סוּך, means an anointing flask, a small vessel for the oil necessary for anointing the body), he told her to beg of all her neighbours empty vessels, not a few (אל־תּמעיטי, make not few, sc. to beg), and then to shut herself in with her sons, and to pour from her flask of oil into all these vessels till they were full, and then to sell this oil and pay her debt with the money, and use the rest for the maintenance of herself and her children. She was to close the house-door, that she might not be disturbed in her occupation by other people, and also generally to avoid all needless observation while the miracle was being performed. תּסּיאי המּלא, let that which is filled be put on one side, namely by the sons, who handed her the vessels, according to 2 Kings 4:5 and 2 Kings 4:6, so that she was able to pour without intermission. The form מיצקת is a participle Piel, and is quite appropriate as an emphatic form; the Keri השּׁקת (Hiphil) is an unnecessary alteration, especially as the Hiphil of יצק is הצּיּק. השׁמן ויּעמד, then the oil stood, i.e., it ceased to flow. The asyndeton בניך ואתּ is very harsh, and the Vav copul. has probably dropped out. With the alteration proposed by L. de Dieu, viz., of ואתּ into ואת, "live with thy sons," the verb תּחיי would necessarily stand first (Thenius).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

pay

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, and gives.

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure...

1 Thessalonians 2:9,10 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that you may have lack of nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you...

debt. or, creditor

Cross References
1 Kings 12:22
But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God:

2 Kings 4:9
And she said to her husband, "Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way.

2 Kings 4:21
And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God and shut the door behind him and went out.

2 Kings 6:9
But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, "Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there."

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