2 Kings 4

1And one of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, saying, Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two sons to be his servants. 2And Elisha said, What shall I do for you? Tell me what you have in the house. And she said, Your servant has nothing in the house, except oil that I anoint myself with. 3And he said to her, Go, borrow for yourself vessels from of all your neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4And you shall go in and shut the door upon you and upon your sons, and you shall pour forth into these vessels, and remove that which is filled. 5And she departed from him, and shut the door upon herself and upon her sons. They brought the vessels near to her, and she poured in until the vessels were filled. 6And she said to her sons, Bring me another vessel. And they said to her, There is no more vessels. And the oil ceased. 7And she came and told the man of God. And Elisha said, Go, sell the oil, and you shall pay your debts, and you and your sons shall live from the remaining oil. 8Now it happened one day that Elisha passed over to Shunem, and there was a great lady there, and she constrained him to eat bread. And it came to pass as often as he went into the city, that he turned aside to eat there. 9And the woman said to her husband, See now, I know that this is a holy man of God who comes over continually to us. 10Let us now make for him an upper chamber, a small place; and let us put a bed there for him, and a table, and a stool, and a lamp; and it shall come to pass that when he comes in to us, he shall turn in there. 11And it happened one day that he went in there, and turned aside into the upper chamber, and lay there. 12And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call me this Shunammite. So he called her, and she stood before him. 13And he said to him, Say now to her, Behold, you have taken all this trouble for us; what should I do for you? Have you any request to make to the king, or to the captain of the army? And she said, I dwell in the midst of my people. 14And he said to Gehazi, What must we do for her? And Gehazi his servant said, Indeed she has no son, and her husband is old. 15And he called her, and she stood by the door. 16And Elisha said to her, At this time next year, as the season is, you shall be alive, and embrace a son. And she said, No, my lord, do not lie to your servant. 17And the woman conceived, and bore a son at the very time, as the season was, being alive, as Elisha said to her. 18And the child grew. And it came to pass when he went out to his father to the reapers, 19that he said to his father, My head, my head. And his father said to a servant, carry him to his mother. 20And he carried him to his mother, and he lay upon her knees till noon, and died. 21And she carried him up and laid him on the bed of the man of God; and she shut the door upon him, and went out. 22And she called her husband, and said, Send now for me one of the young men, and one of the donkeys, and I will ride quickly to the man of God, and return. 23And he said, Why are you going to him today? It is neither new moon, nor the Sabbath. And she said, It is well. 24And she saddled the donkey, and said to her servant, Be quick, proceed: spare not on my account to ride, unless I shall tell you. Go, and you shall proceed, and come to the man of God, to Mount Carmel. 25And she rode and came to the man of God to the mountain. And it came to pass when Elisha saw her coming, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, that Shunammite comes. 26Now run to meet her, and you shall say, Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child? And she said, It is well. 27And she came to Elisha to the mountain, and laid hold of his feet; and Gehazi drew near to thrust her away. And Elisha said, Let her alone, for her soul is much grieved in her, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told it to me. 28And she said, Did I ask a son of my lord? For did I not say, Do not deal deceitfully with me? 29And Elisha said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go: if you meet any man, you shall not greet him, and if a man greet you, you shall not answer him; and you shall lay my staff on the child's face. 30And the mother of the child said, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And Elisha arose, and went after her. 31And Gehazi went on before her, and laid his staff on the child's face; but there was neither voice nor any hearing. So he returned to meet him, and told him, saying, The child has not awakened. 32And Elisha went into the house, and behold, the dead child was laid upon his bed. 33And Elisha went into the house, and shut the door upon themselves, the two, and prayed to the Lord. 34And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands, and bowed himself upon him, and the flesh of the child grew warm. 35And he returned, and walked up and down in the house. And he went up, and bowed himself on the child seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36And Elisha cried out to Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her, and she came in to him. And Elisha said, Take your son. 37And the woman went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed down to the ground; and she took her son, and went out. 38And Elisha returned to Gilgal. And a famine was in the land; and the sons of the prophets sat before him. And Elisha said to his servant, Set on the great pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets. 39And he went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a vine in the field, and gathered of it wild gourds, and filled his garment; and he cast them into the caldron of stew, for they knew not what they were. 40 And he poured it out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, when they were eating of the stew, that behold, they cried out, and said, There is death in the pot, O man of God! And they could not eat. 41And he said, Take meal, and cast it into the pot. And Elisha said to his servant Gehazi, Pour out for the people, and let them eat. And there was no longer there any hurtful thing in the pot. 42And there came a man over from Baal Shalisha, and brought to the man of God twenty barley loaves and cakes of figs, of the firstfruits. And he said, Give to the people, and let them eat. 43And his servant said, Why should I set this before a hundred men? And he said, Give to the people, and let them eat; for thus says the Lord: They shall eat and have some left over. 44So they ate, and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.
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