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Go to Commentary on 2 Kng 4
The Widow’s Oil Multiplied

1Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead. You know that your servant feared Yahweh. Now the creditor has come to take for himself my two children to be slaves.”

2Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” She said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”

3Then he said, “Go, borrow containers from outside, from all your neighbors; empty containers; not just a few.
  4Then go in and shut the door behind you and behind your sons and pour the oil out into all those containers, and set aside those containers that are full.”
  5So she went from him and shut the door behind her and behind her sons; they brought the containers to her and she poured out the oil into them.
  6And when the containers were full she said to her son, “Bring me another container.” He said to her, “There is not another container!” Then the oil stopped flowing.

7Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Elisha and the Shunammite Woman

8Then one day Elisha traveled to Shunem. And there was a prominent woman there, and she strongly urged him to eat food. So, as often as he traveled by he turned in there to eat food.
  9And she said to her husband, “Look, I know that this is a holy man of God that passes by us regularly.
  10Let’s make a little walled room on the roof. Let’s put a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp there for him. And when he comes to us he can turn aside to there.”

11One day he came there, and he turned aside to the upper room and lay down there.
  12And he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” When he had called her, she stood before him.
  13And he said to him, “Say to her, ‘Behold, you have cared for us with all this care. What is to be done for you? Would you like to be spoken for to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I live among my own people.”
  14He said, “So what can be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

15So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the entrance.
  16He said, “At this season, according to the time of life, you will embrace a son.” But she said, “No, my lord! O man of God, do not lie to your servant.”

17But the woman conceived and bore a son “at this season, according to the time of life,” just as Elisha had said to her.

Elisha Raises the Shunammite's Son

18And the boy grew. And one day he went out to his father, to the reapers.
  19He said to his father, “My head! My head!” And he said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
  20So he picked him up and brought him to his mother; he sat on her lap until noon and then died.
  21Then she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God and shut the door on him, and went out.

22She called to her husband and said, “Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, so that I can run to the man of God and come back again.”

23He said, “Why go to him today? It is not a new moon or a Sabbath.” She said, “All is well.”

24Then she made ready a donkey and said to her servant, “Lead and go! Do not stop for me unless I say so to you.”
  25So she went and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. And when the man of God saw her afar off he said to Gehazi his servant, “Look, there is the Shunammite!
  26Run now to meet her and ask her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the boy?’” She answered, “All is well.”

27But when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone, for her soul is bitter within her and Yahweh has hidden it from me and has not told me.”

28Then she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me?’”

29Then he said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak under your belt, take my staff in your hand and go! If you meet any man, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him. Then lay my staff on the face of the child.”

30The mother of the child said, “As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her.

31Gehazi went on ahead of them and laid the staff on the face of the child, but there was no sound or response. So he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child did not wake up.”

32When Elisha had come into the house, behold, the child was dead and had been laid on his bed.
  33And so he went in and shut the door on the two of them, and prayed to Yahweh.
  34He got up on the bed and lay down on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands. He bent down over him and the flesh of the child grew warm.
  35Then he got down and walked in the house back and forth, and got up on the bed, and bent down over him. Then the child sneezed seven times and the child opened his eyes!

36So he called Gehazi, and said, “Call this Shunammite!” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.”
  37Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed down to the ground, and she picked up her son and went out.

Death in the Pot

38When Elisha returned to Gilgal there was a famine in the land. And the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.”

39One of them went out into the field to gather herbs, and he found a wild vine and from it filled the fold of his cloak with wild gourds and came and cut them up into the pot of stew, but they did not know what they were.

40Then they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating the stew they cried out and said, “O Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they were unable to eat it.

41But he said, “Then bring flour.” And he threw it into the pot and said, “Pour it out for the people, so that they can eat!” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.

The Multiplied Bread

42And a man from Baal-shalishah came and brought the man of God bread from the firstfruits of the harvest, 20 loaves of barley bread and fresh ears of grain in his sack. So he said, “Give it to the people that they can eat.”

43But his servant said, “What, should I set this before 100 men?” But he said, “Give it to the people so that they can eat, for this is what Yahweh says, ‘They will eat, and will have some left over.’”
  44So he set it before them and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of Yahweh.

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