Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
1A certain woman of the wives of #1 Kin. 20:35; 2 Kin. 2:3the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming #(Lev. 25:39–41, 48); 1 Sam. 22:2; Neh. 5:2–5; Matt. 18:25to take my two sons to be his slaves.”
2So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
3Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; #2 Kin. 3:16do not gather just a few. 4And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
5So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”
And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 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 Raises the Shunammite’s Son
8Now it happened one day that Elisha went to #Josh. 19:18Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. 9And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”
11And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. 12Then he said to #2 Kin. 4:29–31; 5:20–27; 8:4, 5Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. 13And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ ”
She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”
14So he said, “What then is to be done for her?”
And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”
15So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”
And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, #2 Kin. 4:28do not lie to your maidservant!”
17But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
18And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”
So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 22Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”
23So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the #Num. 10:10; 28:11; 1 Chr. 23:31New Moon nor the Sabbath.”
And she said, “It is well.” 24Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 25And so she departed, and went to the man of God #2 Kin. 2:25at Mount Carmel.
So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 26Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ”
And she answered, “It is well.” 27Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”
28So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? #2 Kin. 4:16Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?”
29Then he said to Gehazi, #1 Kin. 18:46; 2 Kin. 9:1“Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, #Luke 10:4do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but #Ex. 7:19; 14:16; 2 Kin. 2:8, 14; Acts 19:12lay my staff on the face of the child.”
30And the mother of the child said, #2 Kin. 2:2“As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, #2 Kin. 2:4I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her. 31Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has #John 11:11not awakened.”
32When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. 33He #2 Kin. 4:4; (Matt. 6:6); Luke 8:51went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, #1 Kin. 17:20and prayed to the Lord. 34And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and #1 Kin. 17:21–23; Acts 20:10he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. 35He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up #1 Kin. 17:21and stretched himself out on him; then #2 Kin. 8:1, 5the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she #1 Kin. 17:23; (Heb. 11:35)picked up her son and went out.
Elisha Purifies the Pot of Stew
38And Elisha returned to #2 Kin. 2:1Gilgal, and there was a #2 Kin. 8:1famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were #Luke 10:39; Acts 22:3sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 39So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. 40Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is #Ex. 10:17death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
41So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And #Ex. 15:25; 2 Kin. 2:21he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.
Elisha Feeds One Hundred Men
42Then a man came from #1 Sam. 9:4Baal Shalisha, #1 Sam. 9:7; (1 Cor. 9:11; Gal. 6:6)and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread, and newly ripened grain in his knapsack. And he said, “Give it to the people, that they may eat.”
43But his servant said, #Luke 9:13; John 6:9“What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?”
He said again, “Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: #Luke 9:17; John 6:11‘They shall eat and have some left over.’ ” 44So he set it before them; and they ate #Matt. 14:20; 15:37; John 6:13and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.