Now Elisha had told the woman who lived in Shunem, whose son he had brought back to life, that the Lord was sending a famine on the land, which would last for seven years, and that she should leave with her family and go and live somewhere else. 12
She had followed his instructions and had gone with her family to live in Philistia for the seven years.
At the end of the seven years she returned to Israel and went to the king to ask that her house and her land be restored to her.
She found the king talking with Gehazi, Elisha's servant; the king wanted to know about Elisha's miracles.
While Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had brought a dead person back to life, the woman made her appeal to the king. Gehazi said to him, "Your Majesty, here is the woman and here is her son whom Elisha brought back to life!"
In answer to the king's question, she confirmed Gehazi's story, and so the king called an official and told him to give back to her everything that was hers, including the value of all the crops that her fields had produced during the seven years she had been away.