2 Kings 4:43
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"How can I set this before a hundred men?" his servant asked. But Elisha answered, "Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: 'They will eat and have some left over.'"

King James Bible
And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
And his attendant said, How shall I set this before a hundred men? And he said, Give the people that they may eat; for thus saith Jehovah: They shall eat, and shall have to spare.

World English Bible
His servant said, "What, should I set this before a hundred men?" But he said, "Give the people, that they may eat; for thus says Yahweh, 'They will eat, and will have some left over.'"

Young's Literal Translation
And his minister saith, 'What -- do I give this before a hundred men?' and he saith, 'Give to the people, and they eat, for thus said Jehovah, Eat and leave;'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thus saith the Lord, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof - It was God, not the prophet, who fed one hundred men with these twenty loaves, etc. This is something like our Lord's feeding the multitude miraculously. Indeed, there are many things in this chapter similar to facts in our Lord's history: and this prophet might be more aptly considered a type of our Lord, than most of the other persons in the Scriptures who have been thus honored.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

his servitor

2 Kings 4:12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.


Matthew 14:16,17 But Jesus said to them, They need not depart; give you them to eat...

Matthew 15:33,34 And his disciples say to him, From where should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude...

Mark 6:37-39 He answered and said to them, Give you them to eat. And they say to him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread...

Mark 8:4 And his disciples answered him, From where can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

Luke 9:13 But he said to them, Give you them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes...

John 6:9 There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

They shall eat

Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

Matthew 15:37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.

Matthew 16:8-10 Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread...

Mark 6:42,43 And they did all eat, and were filled...

Mark 8:20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took you up? And they said, Seven.

Luke 9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

John 6:11-13 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...

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
Luke 9:13
He replied, "You give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we go and buy food for all this crowd."

John 6:9
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

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