2 Kings 4:6
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New International Version
When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one." But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing.

King James Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said to her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

World English Bible
It happened, when the containers were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another container." He said to her, "There isn't another container." The oil stopped flowing.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass, at the filling of the vessels, that she saith unto her son, 'Bring nigh unto me a vessel more,' and he saith unto her, 'There is not a vessel more;' and the oil stayeth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And the oil stayed - While there was a vessel to fill, there was oil sufficient; and it only ceased to flow when there was no vessel to receive it. This is a good emblem of the grace of God. While there is an empty, longing heart, there is a continual overflowing fountain of salvation. If we find in any place or at any time that the oil ceases to flow, it is because there are no empty vessels there, no souls hungering and thirsting for righteousness. We find fault with the dispensations of God's mercy, and ask, Why were the former days better than these? Were we as much in earnest for our salvation as our forefathers were for theirs, we should have equal supplies, and as much reason to sing aloud of Divine mercy.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

when the vessels

2 Kings 4:43,44 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat...

Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you.

Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

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.

Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

2 Chronicles 6:12,13 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands...

And the oil

2 Kings 13:19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, You should have smitten five or six times...

Joshua 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more...

1 Kings 17:14 For thus said the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail...

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

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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
Matthew 14:20
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

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.

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