Bible: 2 Kings 4:1-7:20
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
Elisha Heals a Syrian General
5:1 Now Naaman, the commander of the king of Syria’s army, was esteemed and respected by his master, 71 for through him the
5:4 Naaman 74 went and told his master what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5:5 The king of Syria said, “Go! I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman 75 went, taking with him ten talents 76 of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, 77 and ten suits of clothes. 5:6 He brought the letter to king of Israel. It read: “This is a letter of introduction for my servant Naaman, 78 whom I have sent to be cured of his skin disease.” 5:7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill or restore life? Why does he ask me to cure a man of his skin disease? 79 Certainly you must see that he is looking for an excuse to fight me!” 80
5:8 When Elisha the prophet 81 heard that the king had torn his clothes, he sent this message to the king, “Why did you tear your clothes? Send him 82 to me so he may know there is a prophet in Israel.” 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood in the doorway of Elisha’s house. 5:10 Elisha sent out a messenger who told him, “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan; your skin will be restored 83 and you will be healed.” 5:11 Naaman went away angry. He said, “Look, I thought for sure he would come out, stand there, invoke the name of the
5:15 He and his entire entourage returned to the prophet. Naaman 91 came and stood before him. He said, “For sure 92 I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel! Now, please accept a gift from your servant.” 5:16 But Elisha 93 replied, “As certainly as the
When he had gone a short distance, 100 5:20 Gehazi, the prophet Elisha’s servant, thought, 101 “Look, my master did not accept what this Syrian Naaman offered him. 102 As certainly as the
5:25 When he came and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” He answered, “Your servant hasn’t been anywhere.” 5:26 Elisha 111 replied, “I was there in spirit when a man turned and got down from his chariot to meet you. 112 This is not the proper time to accept silver or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, sheep, cattle, and male and female servants. 113 5:27 Therefore Naaman’s skin disease will afflict 114 you and your descendants forever!” When Gehazi 115 went out from his presence, his skin was as white as snow. 116
Elisha Makes an Ax Head Float
6:1 Some of the prophets 117 said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you 118 is too cramped 119 for us. 6:2 Let’s go to the Jordan. Each of us will get a log from there and we will build a meeting place for ourselves there.” He said, “Go.” 6:3 One of them said, “Please come along with your servants.” He replied, “All right, I’ll come.” 6:4 So he went with them. When they arrived at the Jordan, they started cutting down trees. 6:5 As one of them was felling a log, the ax head 120 dropped into the water. He shouted, “Oh no, 121 my master! It was borrowed!” 6:6 The prophet 122 asked, “Where did it drop in?” When he showed him the spot, Elisha 123 cut off a branch, threw it in at that spot, and made the ax head float. 6:7 He said, “Lift it out.” So he reached out his hand and grabbed it.
Elisha Defeats an Army
6:8 Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his advisers, who said, “Invade 124 at such and such 125 a place.” 6:9 But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.” 6:10 So the king of Israel sent a message to the place the prophet had pointed out, warning it 126 to be on its guard. This happened on several occasions. 127 6:11 This made the king of Syria upset. 128 So he summoned his advisers 129 and said to them, “One of us must be helping the king of Israel.” 130 6:12 One of his advisers said, “No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.” 6:13 The king 131 ordered, “Go, find out where he is, so I can send some men to capture him.” 132 The king was told, “He is in Dothan.” 6:14 So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army. 133 They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.
6:15 The prophet’s 134 attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, 135 “Oh no, my master! What will we do?” 6:16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” 136 6:17 Then Elisha prayed, “O
6:20 When they had entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O
The Lord Saves Samaria
6:24 Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and attacked 150 and besieged Samaria. 151 6:25 Samaria’s food supply ran out. 152 They laid siege to it so long that 153 a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 154 and a quarter of a kab 155 of dove’s droppings 156 for five shekels of silver. 157
6:26 While the king of Israel was passing by on the city wall, a woman shouted to him, “Help us, my master, O king!” 6:27 He replied, “No, let the
6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. 162 The king 163 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, 164 Elisha 165 said to the leaders, 166 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?” 167 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.” 168 6:33 He was still talking to them when 169 the messenger approached 170 and said, “Look, the
7:3 Now four men with a skin disease 178 were sitting at the entrance of the city gate. They said to one another, “Why are we just sitting here waiting to die? 179 7:4 If we go into the city, we’ll die of starvation, 180 and if we stay here we’ll die! So come on, let’s defect 181 to the Syrian camp! If they spare us, 182 we’ll live; if they kill us – well, we were going to die anyway.” 183 7:5 So they started toward 184 the Syrian camp at dusk. When they reached the edge of the Syrian camp, there was no one there. 7:6 The
7:12 The king got up in the night and said to his advisers, 195 “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know we are starving, so they left the camp and hid in the field, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and enter the city.’” 7:13 One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 196 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 197 7:14 So they picked two horsemen and the king sent them out to track the Syrian army. 198 He ordered them, “Go and find out what’s going on.” 199 7:15 So they tracked them 200 as far as the Jordan. The road was filled with clothes and equipment that the Syrians had discarded in their haste. 201 The scouts 202 went back and told the king. 7:16 Then the people went out and looted the Syrian camp. A seah 203 of finely milled flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, just as the
7:17 Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man 205 at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate. 206 This fulfilled the prophet’s word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him. 207 7:18 The prophet told the king, “Two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel, and a seah of finely milled flour for a shekel; this will happen about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria.” 7:19 But the officer replied to the prophet, “Look, even if the