4 The wife of a man from the companyb of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditorc is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”d
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God,e and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
8 One day Elisha went to Shunem.f And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 9 She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stayg there whenever he comes to us.”
11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.”h So he called her, and she stood before him. 13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’ ”
She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”
Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”
15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 “About this timei next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”
“No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”
18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers.j 19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!”
His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bedk of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.
23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moonl or the Sabbath.”
“That’s all right,” she said.
24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.m
When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! 26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’ ”
“Everything is all right,” she said.
27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress,n but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”
32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch.q 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayedr to the Lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretcheds himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven timest and opened his eyes.u
36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.”v 37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.
38 Elisha returned to Gilgalw and there was a faminex in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.”
39 One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
41 Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.y
42 A man came from Baal Shalishah,z bringing the man of God twenty loavesa of barley breadb baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.
But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat.c For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.d’ ” 44 Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.