THE SECOND BOOK OF
2 Kings 4 ©
Elisha by a miracle multiplies the oil of a poor widow, v. 1, etc. He is lodged by the Shunammite, 8. He promises her a son, 12. Whom she obtains, 17. The son dies, 18. Whom Elisha restores to life, 29. He takes away the venomous quality from the wild gourds, 38. And feeds an hundred men with twenty barley loaves, and green ears, 42.
NOW there cried a certain woman of the wives of the 1sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the 2creditor is come toa take unto him my two sons to be 3bondmen.
And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a 4pot of oil.
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a 5few.
And when thou art come in, thou shalt 6shut the door 7upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt 8pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
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 9stayed.
Then she came and told 10the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the 11rest.
¶And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to 12Shunem, where was a 13great woman; and she constrained him to eat 14bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an 15holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
Let us make a little 16chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
And he said to Gehazi his 17servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood 18before him.
And he said unto 19him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this 20care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, 21I dwell among mine own people.
And 22he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
And 23he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood 24in the door.
And he said, 25About thisb season, 26according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, 27do not lie unto thine handmaid.
And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
¶And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.
And he said unto his father, 28My head, my head. And 29he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
And she went 30up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and 31shut the door 32upon him, and went out.
And she called unto her husband, 33and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.
And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is 34neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, 35It shall be well.
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; 36slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
So she went and came unto the man of God to mount 37Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, 38Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.
And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she 39caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her 40away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul 41is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
Then she said, 42Did I desire a son of my lord? didc I not say, 43Do not deceive me?
Then he said to Gehazi, 44Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thoud meet any man, 45salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and 46lay my staff upon the face of the child.
And the mother of the child said, 47As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, 48I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.
And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was 49neither voice, 50nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not 51awaked.
And when Elisha was come into the 52house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon 53his bed.
He 54went in therefore, and shute the door upon them 55twain, and prayed unto the LORD.
And he 56went up, and 57lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; 58and went up, and stretched himself upon him: andf the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.
Then she went in, 59and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
¶And Elisha came again to 60Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were 61sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, 62Set on the great pot, and seethe pottageg for the sons of the prophets.
And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a 63wild vine, and gathered thereof 64wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they 65knew them not.
So they 66poured out for the 67men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is 68death in the pot. And they 69could not eat thereof.
But he said, Then 70bring meal. And he cast it intoh the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was 71no harm in the pot.
¶And there came a man from 72Baal-shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the 73husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the 74people, that they may eat.
And his servitor said, 75What,i should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, Theyj shall eat, and shall leave thereof.
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.