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Melachim B/II Kings  4:1 - 37

Chapter 4

1 Acertain woman from among the wives of the disciples of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant, my husband, has died and you know that your servant was God fearing — now the creditor has come to take my two sons to be his slaves."

2 Elisha said to her, "What can I do for you? — Tell me, what have you in the house?"

   She answered, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house except for a cruse of oil."

3 He said, "Go borrow vessels for yourself from the outside — from all your neighbors — empty vessels, do not be sparing.  4 Then go in and shut the door behind you and behind your children; pour into all these vessels and remove each full one."

5 She left him and shut the door behind her and behind her children. They brought her [vessels] and she poured.  6 When all the vessels were full she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel."

  He said to her, "There is not another vessel," and the oil stopped.

7 She came and told the man of God, and he said, "Go sell the oil and pay your creditors, and you and your sons will live on the remainder."

8 It happened one day that Elisha traveled to Shunem. A prominent woman was there and she importuned him to eat a meal; so it was that whenever he passed by, he would turn there to eat a meal.  9 She said to her husband, "Behold now! — I know that he is a holy man of God who passes by us regularly.  10 Let us now make a small walled attic and place there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so whenever he comes to us, he can turn there."

11 It happened one day that he came there, and turned to the attic and lay down there.  12 He said to Gehazi his attendant, "Summon this Shunammite woman." He summoned her and she stood before him.  13 He said to him, "Say to her now, 'Behold! — you have shown us this great solicitude; what can be done for you? Can something be said on your behalf to the king or the army commander?' "

  She said, "I dwell among my people."

14 So he said, "What can be done for her?" Gehazi said, "But she has no child, and her husband is old."

15 He said, "Summon her," so he summoned her and she stood in the doorway.  16 He said, "At this season next year you will be embracing a son."

  She said, "Do not, my master, O man of God, do not deceive your maidservant!"

17 The woman conceived and bore a son at that season the next year, of which Elisha had spoken to her.

18 The child grew up, and it happened one day that he went out to his father to the reapers.  19 He said to his father, "My head! My head!"

  His father said to the attendant, "Carry him to his mother."  20 He carried him and brought him to his mother; he sat on her lap until noon, and he died.  21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him and left.

22 Then she called to her husband and said, "Please send me one of the attendants and one of the asses so that I can hurry to the man of God and return."

23 He said, "Why are you going to him today? It is not a New Moon or a Sabbath!"

  She said, "All is well."

24 She saddled the ass and said to her attendant, "Drive and go, and do not impede me from riding unless I tell you."  25 She went and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When the man of God saw her from afar, he said to Gehazi, his attendant, "Behold! — it is that Shunammite woman.  26 Now, please run toward her and say to her, 'Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?' "

  And she said, "All is well."

27 She came to the man of God at the mountain and grasped his legs; Gehazi approached to push her off, but the man of God said, "Leave her for her soul is embittered, but Hashem has hidden it from me and not told me."

28 She said, "Did I request a son of my master? Did I not say, 'Do not mislead me!'?"

29 He said to Gehazi, "Gird you loins — take my staff in your hand and go; if you meet a man, do not greet him, and if a man greets you, do not respond to him. Place my staff upon the lad's face."

30 The lad's mother said, "As Hashem lives and as you live, I will not leave you!" So he stood up and followed her.

31 Gehazi went before them and placed the staff on the lad's face, but there was no sound and nothing was heard. He returned toward him and told him, saying, "The lad has not awakened."

32 Elisha came into the house and behold! — the lad was dead, laid out on his bed.  33 He entered and shut the door behind them both, and prayed to Hashem.  34 Then he went up and lay upon the lad, and placed his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, his palms upon his palms, and prostrated himself upon him, and he warmed the flesh of the lad.  35 He withdrew and walked about the house, once this way and once that way, then he went up and prostrated himself upon him; the lad sneezed seven times, and the lad opened his eyes.

36 He called to Gehazi and said, "Summon this Shunammite woman." He summoned her and she came to him; he said, "Pick up your son!"

37 She came and fell at his feet and bowed down to the ground; she picked up her son and left.


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