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.
.2 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.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
- Wives This statement helps us see
that the school was more like a seminary than a school for boys. We see
also that God helps His children.
2 - What hast thou? Moses had been asked this question ex0402.
3 - Borrow ... vessels From the mention of "not a few" faith was strengthened.
| 4 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.
5 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.
|4,5 - Shut the door The miracle about to happen was not to be a spectacle for entertainment. Compare the story of Jairus' daughter lu0849-56.|
| 6 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.
.7 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.
|7 - Sell ... pay thy debt God takes good care of His children. Think of the blessing that the creditor missed.|
¶ 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.
9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
10 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.
| 8 -
See the lower left part of the Galilee map.
10 - Let us make This was very thoughtful and a great blessing for the work of God through Elisha. Her husband obviously agreed. It is also interesting to note the furnishings which may have been typical of the times.
| 11 And it fell on a day, that
he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13 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.
14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
- What is to be done for thee? Would her desires be selfish?
14 - What then is to be done? Gehazi had an insight that the prophet did not know about. Some believe that prophets must learn nothing except directly from God in vision. Here God worked in a common way.
| 15 And he said, Call her.
And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16 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 thine handmaid.
17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
|15 - Stood in the door Even people who are above adultery are wise to avoid being misjudged by being with someone of the opposite sex out of sight of others 1th0522.|
¶ And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out
to his father to the reapers.
19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.
| 22 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 come again.
.23 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.
24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
25 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:
26 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 is well.
- New moon ... Sabbath Apparently he was wondering whether
she wanted to go to a religious meeting. Compare am0905.
"It shall be well" Was a brief, and perhaps
discourteous response. It did, however, express confidence that her mission
would be successful.
24 - Drive "It is usual for women to ride on asses [donkeys], accompanied by a servant, who walks behind and drives the beast with his stick ..." (JFB Commentary)
26 - It is well Literally "peace."
| 27 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
28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
.29 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 child.
30 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.
- Hid it from me The Lord does not always reveal everything
to His prophets. In this case Elisha would respond using the judgment that
God had given him.
28 - Did I not say? It
29 - Gird up So he could run. See on jb3803.
31 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.
32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.
.33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.
.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 he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
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, and the child opened his eyes.
36 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.
37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
34 - Lay upon the child Why He did this we don't know. No doubt the Spirit impressed him. Elijah had acted in a similar way 1ki1721.
¶ 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
39 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.
40 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.
- Gilgal See on 2ki0201.
Elijah had helped the schools by frequent visits and Elisha was doing the
38 - Dearth The more common word is "famine." See ge1210.
41 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
.42 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.
.43 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.
44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.
43 - Servitor Hebrew meshareth not the ordinary word for servant which is 'ebed. The meshareth was a subordinate with high responsibilities. The word is used for Joshua who served Moses ex2413.