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2 Kings 4:8-18

2 Kings 4:8-18 NIRV

One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A rich woman lived there. She begged him to stay and have a meal. So every time he came by, he stopped there to eat. The woman said to her husband, “That man often comes by here. I know that he is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room for him on the roof. We’ll put a bed and a table in it. We’ll also put a chair and a lamp in it. Then he can stay there when he comes to visit us.” One day Elisha came. He went up to his room and lay down there. He said to his servant Gehazi, “Go and get the woman from Shunem.” So he did. She stood in front of Elisha. He said to Gehazi, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to a lot of trouble for us. Now what can we do for you? Can we speak to the king for you? Or can we speak to the commander of the army for you?’ ” She replied, “I live among my own people. I have everything I need here.” After she left, Elisha asked Gehazi, “What can we do for her?” Gehazi said, “She doesn’t have a son. And her husband is old.” Then Elisha said, “Bring her here again.” So he did. She stood in the doorway. “You will hold a son in your arms,” Elisha said. “It will be about this time next year.” “No, my master!” she objected. “You are a man of God. So please don’t lie to me!” But the woman became pregnant. She had a baby boy. It happened the next year about that same time. That’s exactly what Elisha had told her would happen. The child grew. One day he went out to get his father. His father was with the people who were gathering the crops.

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