So the servant took him home, and his mother held him on her lap. But around noontime he died.
She carried him up to the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and left him there.
She sent a message to her husband: "Send one of the servants and a donkey so that I can hurry to the man of God and come right back."
"Why today?" he asked. "It is neither a new moon festival nor a Sabbath."But she said, "It's all right."
So she saddled the donkey and said to the servant, "Hurry! Don't slow down on my account unless I tell you to."
As she approached the man of God at Mount Carmel, Elisha saw her in the distance. He said to Gehazi, "Look, the woman from Shunem is coming.
Run out to meet her and ask her, 'Is everything all right with you, with your husband, and with your child?'" "Yes," the woman told Gehazi, "everything is fine."
But when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away, but the man of God said, "Leave her alone. Something is troubling her deeply, and the LORD has not told me what it is."
Then she said, "It was you, my lord, who said I would have a son. And didn't I tell you not to raise my hopes?"
Then Elisha said to Gehazi, "Get ready to travel; take my staff and go! Don't talk to anyone along the way. Go quickly and lay the staff on the child's face."
But the boy's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I won't go home unless you go with me." So Elisha returned with her.
Gehazi hurried on ahead and laid the staff on the child's face, but nothing happened. There was no sign of life. He returned to meet Elisha and told him, "The child is still dead."
When Elisha arrived, the child was indeed dead, lying there on the prophet's bed.
He went in alone and shut the door behind him and prayed to the LORD.
Then he lay down on the child's body, placing his mouth on the child's mouth, his eyes on the child's eyes, and his hands on the child's hands. And the child's body began to grow warm again!
Elisha got up and walked back and forth in the room a few times. Then he stretched himself out again on the child. This time the boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes!
Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. "Call the child's mother!" he said. And when she came in, Elisha said, "Here, take your son!"
She fell at his feet, overwhelmed with gratitude. Then she picked up her son and carried him downstairs.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)