2 Kings 4:4
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New International Version
Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side."

King James Bible
And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

Darby Bible Translation
and go in, and shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and pour out into all those vessels, and set aside what is full.

World English Bible
You shall go in, and shut the door on you and on your sons, and pour out into all those containers; and you shall set aside that which is full."

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast entered, and shut the door upon thee, and upon thy sons, and hast poured out into all these vessels, and the full ones thou dost remove.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Save a pot of oil - Oil was used as aliment, for anointing the body after bathing, and to anoint the dead. Some think that this pot of oil was what this widow had kept for her burial: see Matthew 26:12.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

thou shalt shut

2 Kings 4:32,33 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid on his bed...

1 Kings 17:19,20 And he said to her, Give me your son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he stayed...

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment...

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret...

Mark 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he takes the father and the mother of the damsel...

Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes...

and shalt pour

Mark 6:27-44 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison...

Mark 8:5-9 And he asked them, How many loaves have you? And they said, Seven...

John 2:7-9 Jesus said to them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim...

John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down...

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

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When 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
The Voice of the Beloved Thou oughtest to seek earnestly the grace of devotion, to ask it fervently, to wait for it patiently and faithfully, to receive it gratefully, to preserve it humbly, to work with it diligently, and to leave to God the time and manner of heavenly visitation until it come. Chiefly oughtest thou to humble thyself when thou feelest inwardly little or no devotion, yet not to be too much cast down, nor to grieve out of measure. God ofttimes giveth in one short moment what He
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
2 Kings 4:3
Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few.

2 Kings 4:5
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.

2 Kings 4:33
He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD.

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