So they poured out for the men to eat
When the pottage was boiled, they poured it out into dishes or basins, for the sons of the prophets to eat:
and it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage,
cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot;
poison, the cause of death; the pottage was so exceeding bitter, that they concluded there must be some poisonous herb in it; and coloquintida is so bitter, that it is called "the gall of the earth":
and they could not eat thereof:
they stopped eating, it being so very disagreeable, and, as they supposed, dangerous.