Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets
unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that
thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my
two sons to be bondmen.
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.
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even
empty vessels; borrow not a few.
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.
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.
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.
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and
pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a 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.
And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy
man of God, which passeth by us continually.
Let us make a little chamber, 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.
And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the
chamber, and lay there.
And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had
called her, she stood before him.
And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for
us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken
for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell
among mine own people.
And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily
she hath no child, and her husband is old.
(4:16-17) Another miracle birth! (And another boy)
Elisha and God make an old woman pregnant.
(4:16) "He said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt
embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto
(4:17) "And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had
said unto her, according to the time of life."
And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt
embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto
4:17And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had
said unto her, according to the time of life.
And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his
father to the reapers.
And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry
him to his mother.
And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her
knees till noon, and then died.
And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the
door upon him, and went out.
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 the man of God, and
And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon,
nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward;
slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to
pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his
servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
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
And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught 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.
Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not
Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine
hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any
salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the
And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul
liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.
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 awaked.
Elisha restores the life of a dead child, but only after laying on him
a couple of times, putting his mouth on the child's mouth, his eyes on the child's eyes, and
his hands on the child's hands. Finally, the child responds by sneezing seven
Was this a miraculous healing or artificial respiration? Is death final? Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead?
(4:32) "When Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead."
(4:34) "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 stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm."
(4:35) "Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him:
and the child sneezed seven times."
4:32And when Elisha was
come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.
He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto
4:34And 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 stretched himself upon the child;
and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
4:35Then he returned, and
walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon
him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his
And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her.
And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.
Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground,
and took up her son, and went out.
And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and
the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his
servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the
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.
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.
(4:40-41) "O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. But he said, Then bring meal. And he 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."
Elisha put some meal (flour) in a pot to counteract the poison in a pot of stew.
4:41But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said,
Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the
And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread
of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the
husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat.
And his servitor 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 shall leave thereof.
So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to
the word of the LORD.