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Elisha Gives Life to a Boy

4:8 One day Elisha traveled to Shunem, where a prominent9 woman lived. She insisted that he stop for a meal.10 So whenever he was passing through, he would stop in there for a meal.11 4:9 She said to her husband, “Look, I’m sure12 that the man who regularly passes through here is a very special prophet.13 4:10 Let’s make a small private upper room14 and furnish it with15 a bed, table, chair, and lamp. When he visits us, he can stay there.”

4:11 One day Elisha16 came for a visit; he went17 into the upper room and rested.18 4:12 He told his servant Gehazi, “Ask the Shunammite woman to come here.”19 So he did so and she came to him.20 4:13 Elisha said to Gehazi,21 “Tell her, ‘Look, you have treated us with such great respect.22 What can I do for you? Can I put in a good word for you with the king or the commander of the army?’ ” She replied, “I’m quite secure.”23 4:14 So he asked Gehazi,24 “What can I do for her?” Gehazi replied, “She has no son, and her husband is old.” 4:15 Elisha told him, “Ask her to come here.”25 So he did so26 and she came and stood in the doorway.27 4:16 He said, “About this time next year28 you will be holding a son.” She said, “No, my master! O prophet, do not lie to your servant!” 4:17 The woman did conceive, and at the specified time the next year she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.

4:18 The boy grew and one day he went out to see his father who was with the harvest workers.29 4:19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father30 told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 4:20 So he picked him up and took him to his mother. He sat on her lap31 until noon and then died. 4:21 She went up and laid him down on the prophet’s32 bed. She shut the door behind her and left. 4:22 She called to her husband, “Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, so I can go see the prophet quickly and then return.” 4:23 He said, “Why do you want to go see him today? It is not the new moon33 or the Sabbath.” She said, “Everything’s fine.”34 4:24 She saddled the donkey and told her servant, “Lead on.35 Do not stop unless I say so.”36

4:25 So she went to visit37 the prophet at Mount Carmel. When he38 saw her at a distance, he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, it’s the Shunammite woman. 4:26 Now, run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you well? Are your husband and the boy well?’ ” She told Gehazi,39 “Everything’s fine.” 4:27 But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset.40 The Lord has kept the matter hidden from me; he didn’t tell me about it.” 4:28 She said, “Did I ask my master for a son? Didn’t I say, ‘Don’t mislead me?’ ” 4:29 Elisha41 told Gehazi, “Tuck your robes into your belt, take my staff,42 and go! Don’t stop to exchange greetings with anyone!43 Place my staff on the child’s face.” 4:30 The mother of the child said, “As certainly as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So Elisha44 got up and followed her back.

4:31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them. He placed the staff on the child’s face, but there was no sound or response. When he came back to Elisha45 he told him, “The child did not wake up.” 4:32 When Elisha arrived at the house, there was46 the child lying dead on his bed. 4:33 He went in by himself and closed the door.47 Then he prayed to the Lord. 4:34 He got up on the bed and spread his body out over48 the boy; he put his mouth on the boy’s49 mouth, his eyes over the boy’s eyes, and the palms of his hands against the boy’s palms. He bent down over him, and the boy’s skin50 grew warm. 4:35 Elisha51 went back and walked around in the house.52 Then he got up on the bed again53 and bent down over him. The child sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. 4:36 Elisha54 called to Gehazi and said, “Get the Shunammite woman.” So he did so55 and she came to him. He said to her, “Take your son.” 4:37 She came in, fell at his feet, and bowed down. Then she picked up her son and left.


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