Now a certainwoman of the wives of 1the sons of the prophetscried out to aElisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servantfeared the LORD ; and 2the creditor has come to take my twochildren to be his slaves."
2Elishasaid to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house ?" And she said, "Your maidservanthasnothing in the houseexcept3a jar of oil."
Then he said, "Go, borrowvessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even emptyvessels ; do not get a few.
"And you shall go in and shut the doorbehind you and your sons, and pour out into allthesevessels, and you shall setasidewhat is full."
So she went from him and shut the doorbehind her and her sons ; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured.
When 4the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me anothervessel." And he said to her, "There is not onevesselmore." And the oilstopped.
Then she came and told5the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest."
Now there came a day when Elishapassedover to 6Shunem, where there was a bprominentwoman, and she persuaded him to eatcfood. And so it was, as often as he passed by, he turned in there to eatdfood.
She said to her husband, "Beholdnow, I perceive that this is a holy7man of Godpassing by us continually.
10"Please, let us 8make a littlewalledupperchamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand ; and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there."
11eOne day he camethere and turned in to the upperchamber and frested .
Then he said to 9Gehazi his servant, "CallthisShunammite." And when he had called her, she stoodbefore him.
He said to him, "Saynow to her, 'Behold, you have beengcareful for us with allthishcare ; what can I do for you? Would you be spoken for to the kingor to the captain of the army ?' " And she ianswered, "I liveamong my own people."
So he said, "What then is to be done for her?" And Gehazijanswered, "Truly she hasnoson and her husband is old."
He said, "Call her." When he had called her, she stood in the doorway.
Then he said, "10At thisseasonknextyear you will embrace a son." And she said, "No, my lord, O man of God, 11do not lie to your maidservant."
The womanconceived and bore a son at that seasonlthe nextyear, as Elisha had said to her.
When the child was grown, the daycame that he went out to his father to the reapers.
He said to his father, "My head, my head." And he said to his servant, "Carry him to his mother."
When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her mlapuntilnoon, and then died.
She went up and 12laid him on the bed of 13the man of God, and shut the door behind him and went out.
Then she called to her husband and said, "Pleasesend me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and return."
He said, "Why will you go to him today ? It is neither14newmoonnorsabbath." And she said, "It will be well."
Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, "Drive and go forward; do not slowdownnthe pace for me unless I tell you."
So she went and came to the man of God to 15MountCarmel. When the man of Godsaw her at a distance , he said to Gehazi his servant, "Behold, othere is the Shunammite.
26"Pleaserunnow to meet her and say to her, 'Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband ? Is it well with the child ?' " And she panswered, "It is well."
When she came to the man of God16to the hill, she caughthold of his feet. And Gehazicamenear to push her away ; but the man of Godsaid, "Let her alone, for her soul is qtroubled within her; and the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me."
Then she said, "Did I ask for a son from my lord ? Did I not say, '17Do not deceive me'?"
Then he said to Gehazi, "18Gird up your loins and 19take my staff in your hand, and go your way; if you meetanyman, do not 20salute him, and ifanyonesalutes you, do not answer him; and 21lay my staff on the lad'sface."
The mother of the ladsaid, "22As the LORDlives and as you yourselflive, I will not leave you." And he arose and followed her.
Then Gehazipassed on before them and laid the staff on the lad'sface, but there was nosoundorrresponse. So he returned to meet him and toldshim, "The lad23has not awakened."
When Elishacame into the house, behold the lad was dead and laid on his bed.
So he entered and 24shut the doorbehind them both and prayed to the LORD.
And 25he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the childbecamewarm.
Then he returned and walked in the houseonceback and forth, and went up and 26stretched himself on him; and the ladsneezedseventimes and the ladopened his eyes.
He calledGehazi and said, "CallthisShunammite." So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, "Take up your son."
Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed herself to the ground, and 27she took up her son and went out.
When Elishareturned to 28Gilgal, there was 29a famine in the land. tAs 30the sons of the prophets31were sittingbefore him, he said to his servant, "32Put on the largepot and boilstew for the sons of the prophets."
Then onewent out into the field to gatherherbs, and found a wildvine and gathered from it his lapfull of wildgourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were.
So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, "O man of God, there is 33death in the pot." And they were unable to eat.
But he said, "Now bringmeal." 34He threw it into the pot and said, "Pour it out for the people that they may eat." Then there was noharm in the pot.
Now a mancame from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of Godbread of the firstfruits, twentyloaves of barley and freshears of grain in his sack. And he said, "35Give them to the people that they may eat."
His attendantsaid, "What, 36will I setthisbefore a hundredmen ?" But he said, "Give them to the people that they may eat, for thussays the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some leftover.' "
So he set it before them, and they ate and 37had some leftover, according to the word of the LORD.