2 Kings 4-5 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Widow's Oil

4 1  And a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets hath cried unto Elisha, saying, 'Thy servant, my husband, is dead, and thou hast known that thy servant was fearing Jehovah, and the lender hath come to take my two children to him for servants.' 2  And Elisha saith unto her, 'What do I do for thee? declare to me, what hast thou in the house?' and she saith, 'Thy maid-servant hath nothing in the house except a pot of oil.' 3  And he saith, 'Go, ask for thee vessels from without, from all thy neighbours—empty vessels—let 'them' not be few; 4  and thou hast entered, and shut the door upon thee, and upon thy sons, and hast poured out into all these vessels, and the full ones thou dost remove.' 5  And she goeth from him, and shutteth the door upon her, and upon her sons; they are bringing nigh unto her, and she is pouring out, 6  and it cometh to pass, at the filling of the vessels, that she saith unto her son, 'Bring nigh unto me a vessel more,' and he saith unto her, 'There is not a vessel more;' and the oil stayeth. 7  And she cometh and declareth to the man of God, and he saith, 'Go, sell the oil, and repay thy loan; and thou 'and' thy sons do live of the rest.'

Elisha and the Shunammite Woman

8  And the day cometh that Elisha passeth over unto Shunem, and there 'is' a great woman, and she layeth hold on him to eat bread, and it cometh to pass, at the time of his passing over, he turneth aside thither to eat bread, 9  and she saith unto her husband, 'Lo, I pray thee, I have known that a holy man of God he is, passing over by us continually; 10  let us make, I pray thee, a little upper chamber of the wall, and we set for him there a bed, and a table, and a high seat, and a candlestick; and it hath been, in his coming in unto us, he doth turn aside thither.' 11  And the day cometh, that he cometh in thither, and turneth aside unto the upper chamber, and lieth there, 12  and he saith unto Gehazi his young man, 'Call for this Shunammite;' and he calleth for her, and she standeth before him. 13  And he saith to him, 'Say, I pray thee, unto her, Lo, thou hast troubled thyself concerning us with all this trouble; what—to do for thee? is it to speak for thee unto the king, or unto the head of the host?' and she saith, 'In the midst of my people I am dwelling.' 14  And he saith, 'And what—to do for her?' and Gehazi saith, 'Verily she hath no son, and her husband 'is' aged.' 15  And he saith, 'Call for her;' and he calleth for her, and she standeth at the opening, 16  and he saith, 'At this season, according to the time of life, thou art embracing a son;' and she saith, 'Nay, my lord, O man of God, do not lie unto thy maid-servant.' 17  And the woman conceiveth and beareth a son, at this season, according to the time of life, that Elisha spake of unto her.

18  And the lad groweth, and the day cometh that he goeth out unto his father, unto the reapers, 19  and he saith unto his father, 'My head, my head;' and he saith unto the young man, 'Bear him unto his mother;' 20  and he beareth him, and bringeth him in unto his mother, and he sitteth on her knees till the noon, and dieth. 21  And she goeth up, and layeth him on the bed of the man of God, and shutteth 'the door' upon him, and goeth out, 22  and calleth unto her husband, and saith, 'Send, I pray thee, to me, one of the young men, and one of the asses, and I run unto the man of God, and return.' 23  And he saith, 'Wherefore art thou going unto him to-day?—neither new moon nor sabbath!' and she saith, 'Peace 'to thee'!' 24  And she saddleth the ass, and saith unto her young man, 'Lead, and go, do not restrain riding for me, except I have said 'so' to thee.' 25  And she goeth, and cometh in unto the man of God, unto the hill of Carmel, and it cometh to pass, at the man of God's seeing her from over-against, that he saith unto Gehazi his young man, 'Lo, this Shunammite; 26  now, run, I pray thee, to meet her, and say to her, Is there peace to thee? is there peace to thy husband? is there peace to the lad?' and she saith, 'Peace.' 27  And she cometh in unto the man of God, unto the hill, and layeth hold on his feet, and Gehazi cometh nigh to thrust her away, and the man of God saith, 'Let her alone, for her soul 'is' bitter to her, and Jehovah hath hidden 'it' from me, and hath not declared 'it' to me.' 28  And she saith, 'Did I ask a son from my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?' 29  And he saith to Gehazi, 'Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thy hand, and go; when thou dost meet a man, thou dost not salute him; and when a man doth salute thee, thou dost not answer him; and thou hast laid my staff on the face of the youth.' 30  And the mother of the youth saith, 'Jehovah liveth, and thy soul liveth—if I leave thee;' and he riseth and goeth after her. 31  And Gehazi hath passed on before them, and layeth the staff on the face of the youth, and there is no voice, and there is no attention, and he turneth back to meet him, and declareth to him, saying, 'The youth hath not awaked.' 32  And Elisha cometh in to the house, and lo, the youth is dead, laid on his bed, 33  and he goeth in and shutteth the door upon them both, and prayeth unto Jehovah. 34  And he goeth up, and lieth down on the lad, and putteth his mouth on his mouth, and his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands, and stretcheth himself upon him, and the flesh of the lad becometh warm; 35  and he turneth back and walketh in the house, once hither and once thither, and goeth up and stretcheth himself upon him, and the youth sneezeth till seven times, and the youth openeth his eyes. 36  And he calleth unto Gehazi, and saith, 'Call unto this Shunammite;' and he calleth her, and she cometh in unto him, and he saith, 'Lift up thy son.' 37  And she goeth in, and falleth at his feet, and boweth herself to the earth, and lifteth up her son, and goeth out.

Elisha's Miracles for the Prophets

38  And Elisha hath turned back to Gilgal, and the famine 'is' in the land, and the sons of the prophets are sitting before him, and he saith to his young man, 'Set on the great pot, and boil pottage for the sons of the prophets.' 39  And one goeth out unto the field to gather herbs, and findeth a vine of the field, and gathereth of it gourds of the field—the fulness of his garment—and cometh in and splitteth 'them' into the pot of pottage, for they knew 'them' not; 40  and they pour out for the men to eat, and it cometh to pass at their eating of the pottage, that they have cried out, and say, 'Death 'is' in the pot, O man of God!' and they have not been able to eat. 41  And he saith, 'Then bring ye meal;' and he casteth into the pot, and saith, 'Pour out for the people, and they eat;' and there was no evil thing in the pot. 42  And a man hath come from Baal-Shalishah, and bringeth in to the man of God bread of first-fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in its husk, and he saith, 'Give to the people, and they eat.' 43  And his minister saith, 'What—do I give this before a hundred men?' and he saith, 'Give to the people, and they eat, for thus said Jehovah, Eat and leave;' 44  and he giveth before them, and they eat and leave, according to the word of Jehovah.

The Cure of Naaman's Leprosy

5 1  And Naaman, head of the host of the king of Aram, was a great man before his lord, and accepted of face, for by him had Jehovah given salvation to Aram, and the man was mighty in valour—leprous. 2  And the Aramaeans have gone out 'by' troops, and they take captive out of the land of Israel a little damsel, and she is before the wife of Naaman, 3  and she saith unto her mistress, 'O that my lord 'were' before the prophet who 'is' in Samaria; then he doth recover him from his leprosy.' 4  And 'one' goeth in and declareth to his lord, saying, 'Thus and thus she hath spoken, the damsel who 'is' from the land of Israel.' 5  And the king of Aram saith, 'Go thou, enter, and I send a letter unto the king of Israel;' and he goeth and taketh in his hand ten talents of silver, and six thousand 'pieces' of gold, and ten changes of garments. 6  And he bringeth in the letter unto the king of Israel, saying, 'And now, at the coming in of this letter unto thee, lo, I have sent unto thee Naaman my servant, and thou hast recovered him from his leprosy.' 7  And it cometh to pass, at the king of Israel's reading the letter, that he rendeth his garments, and saith, 'Am I God, to put to death and to keep alive, that this 'one' is sending unto me to recover a man from his leprosy? for surely know, I pray you, and see, for he is presenting himself to me.' 8  And it cometh to pass, at Elisha the man of God's hearing that the king of Israel hath rent his garments, that he sendeth unto the king, saying, 'Why hast thou rent thy garments? let him come, I pray thee, unto me, and he doth know that there is a prophet in Israel.'

9  And Naaman cometh, with his horses and with his chariot, and standeth at the opening of the house for Elisha; 10  and Elisha sendeth unto him a messenger, saying, 'Go, and thou hast washed seven times in Jordan, and thy flesh doth turn back to thee—and be thou clean. 11  And Naaman is wroth, and goeth on, and saith, 'Lo, I said, Unto me he doth certainly come out, and hath stood and called in the name of Jehovah his God, and waved his hand over the place, and recovered the leper. 12  Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? do I not wash in them and I have been clean?' and he turneth and goeth on in fury. 13  And his servants come nigh, and speak unto him, and say, 'My father, a great thing had the prophet spoken unto thee—dost thou not do 'it'? and surely, when he hath said unto thee, Wash, and be clean.' 14  And he goeth down and dippeth in Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh doth turn back as the flesh of a little youth, and is clean.

15  And he turneth back unto the man of God, he and all his camp, and cometh in, and standeth before him, and saith, 'Lo, I pray thee, I have known that there is not a God in all the earth except in Israel; and now, take, I pray thee, a blessing from thy servant.' 16  And he saith, 'Jehovah liveth, before whom I have stood—if I take 'it';' and he presseth on him to take, and he refuseth. 17  And Naaman saith, 'If not—let be given, I pray thee, to thy servant, a couple of mules' burden of earth, for thy servant doth make no more burnt-offering and sacrifice to other gods, but to Jehovah. 18  For this thing Jehovah be propitious to thy servant, in the coming in of my lord into the house of Rimmon to bow himself there, and he was supported by my hand, and I bowed myself 'in' the house of Rimmon; for my bowing myself in the house of Rimmon Jehovah be propitious, I pray thee, to thy servant in this thing.' 19  And he saith to him, 'Go in peace.' And he goeth from him a kibrath of land,

20  And Gehazi, servant of Elisha the man of God, saith, 'Lo, my lord hath spared Naaman this Aramaean, not to receive from his hand that which he brought; Jehovah liveth; surely if I have run after him, then I have taken from him something.' 21  And Gehazi pursueth after Naaman, and Naaman seeth one running after him, and alighteth from off the chariot to meet him, and saith, 'Is there peace?' 22  And he saith, 'Peace; my lord hath sent me, saying, Lo, now, this, come unto me have two young men from the hill-country of Ephraim, of the sons of the prophets; give, I pray thee, to them, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.' 23  And Naaman saith, 'Be pleased, take two talents;' and he urgeth on him, and bindeth two talents of silver in two purses, and two changes of garments, and giveth unto two of his young men, and they bear before him; 24  and he cometh in unto the high place, and taketh out of their hand, and layeth up in the house, and sendeth away the men, and they go. 25  And he hath come in, and doth stand by his lord, and Elisha saith unto him, 'Whence—Gehazi?' and he saith, 'Thy servant went not hither or thither.' 26  And he saith unto him, 'My heart went not when the man turned from off his chariot to meet thee; is it a time to take silver, and to take garments, and olives, and vines, and flock, and herd, and men-servants, and maid-servants? 27  yea, the leprosy of Naaman doth cleave to thee, and to thy seed,—to the age;' and he goeth out from before him—leprous as snow.

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