New International Version
But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told 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.
Darby Bible Translation
And the woman conceived, and bore a son at that appointed time in the next year as Elisha had said to her.
World English Bible
The woman conceived, and bore a son at that season, when the time came around, as Elisha had said to her.
Young's Literal Translation
And the woman conceiveth and beareth a son, at this season, according to the time of life, that Elisha spake of unto her.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou shalt embrace a son - This promise, and the circumstances of the parties, are not very dissimilar to that relative to the birth of Isaac, and those of Abraham and Sarah.
Do not lie - That is, Let thy words become true; or, as the rabbins understand it, Do not mock me by giving me a son that shall soon be removed by death; but let me have one that shall survive me.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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
That the Grace of Devotion is Acquired by Humility and Self-Denial
2 Kings 4:16
"About this time next year," Elisha said, "you will hold a son in your arms." "No, my lord!" she objected. "Please, man of God, don't mislead your servant!"
2 Kings 4:18
The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers.
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