Bible: 2 Kings 4
Elisha Helps a Widow and Her Sons
4:1 Now a wife of one of the prophets 1 appealed 2 to Elisha for help, saying, “Your servant, my husband is dead. You know that your servant was a loyal follower of the
Elisha Gives Life to a Boy
4:8 One day Elisha traveled to Shunem, where a prominent 9 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 sure 12 that the man who regularly passes through here is a very special prophet. 13 4:10 Let’s make a small private upper room 14 and furnish it with 15 a bed, table, chair, and lamp. When he visits us, he can stay there.”
4:11 One day Elisha 16 came for a visit; he went 17 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 so 26 and she came and stood in the doorway. 27 4:16 He said, “About this time next year 28 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 father 30 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 lap 31 until noon and then died. 4:21 She went up and laid him down on the prophet’s 32 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 moon 33 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 visit 37 the prophet at Mount Carmel. When he 38 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
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 Elisha 45 he told him, “The child did not wake up.” 4:32 When Elisha arrived at the house, there was 46 the child lying dead on his bed. 4:33 He went in by himself and closed the door. 47 Then he prayed to the
Elisha Makes a Meal Edible
4:38 Now Elisha went back to Gilgal, while there was famine in the land. Some of the prophets were visiting him 56 and he told his servant, “Put the big pot on the fire 57 and boil some stew for the prophets.” 58 4:39 Someone went out to the field to gather some herbs and found a wild vine. 59 He picked some of its fruit, 60 enough to fill up the fold of his robe. He came back, cut it up, and threw the slices 61 into the stew pot, not knowing they were harmful. 62 4:40 The stew was poured out 63 for the men to eat. When they ate some of the stew, they cried out, “Death is in the pot, O prophet!” They could not eat it. 4:41 He said, “Get some flour.” Then he threw it into the pot and said, “Now pour some out for the men so they may eat.” 64 There was no longer anything harmful in the pot.
Elisha Miraculously Feeds a Hundred People
4:42 Now a man from Baal Shalisha brought some food for the prophet 65 – twenty loaves of bread made from the firstfruits of the barley harvest, as well as fresh ears of grain. 66 Elisha 67 said, “Set it before the people so they may eat.” 4:43 But his attendant said, “How can I feed a hundred men with this?” 68 He replied, “Set it before the people so they may eat, for this is what the