4 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of athe sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and bthe creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2 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 pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go, cborrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; ||borrow not a few. 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 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. 6 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 stayed. 7 Then she came and told dthe man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy ||debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
8 And †it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to eShunem, where was fa great woman; and she †constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy dman of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little gchamber, 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. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the gchamber, and lay there. 12 And he said to hGehazi his servant, Call this eShunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been icareful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to kthe captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16 And he said, lAbout this †season, according to the time of life, thou shalt membrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, dthou man of God, ndo not lie unto thine handmaid. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19 And he said unto his father, oMy head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up, and laid him on pthe bed of dthe man of God, and shut qthe door upon him, and went out. 22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to dthe man of God, and come again. 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither rnew moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be †well. 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; †slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 25 So she went and came unto the man of God to smount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her tafar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that eShunammite: 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 27 And when she came to the man of God to uthe hill, she xcaught †him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is †vexed within her: and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? ydid I not say, Do not deceive me? 29 Then he said to Gehazi, zGird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, asalute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and blay my staff upon the face of the child. 30 And the mother of the child said, cAs the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. 31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor †hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not dawaked. 32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33 He went in therefore, and eshut the door upon them twain, and fprayed unto the Lord. 34 And 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 he gstretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35 Then he returned, and walked in the house †to and fro; and went up, and gstretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this eShunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 37 *Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and htook up her son, and went out.
38 And Elisha came again to iGilgal: and there was a kdearth in the land; and lthe sons of the prophets were msitting before him: and he said unto his servant, nSet on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. 40 So they poured out for the men 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 death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. 41 But he said, Then bring meal. And ohe cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no †harm in the pot.
42 And there came a man from pBaal-shalisha, and qbrought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and rfull ears of corn ||in the husk thereof. And he said, sGive unto the people, that they may eat. 43 And his tservitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the Lord, They shall eat, and ushall leave thereof. 44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and uleft thereof, according to the word of the Lord.
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