4:1 a Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did b fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be c bondmen.
(a) (2 Kings
(b) And therefore did not fall into debt by
carelessness or excess but by the hand of the Lord.
(c) Because I am poor and not able to pay.
4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for
thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath
not any thing in the house, save a d pot
(d) Thus God permits his to be brought many times
to extreme necessity, before he helps them, that afterward they may praise his
mercy even more.
4:4 And when thou art
come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour
out into e all those vessels, and thou
shalt set aside that which is full.
(e) The Prophet declares by this to her, that God
never fails to provide for his servants, their wives and children, it they
trust in him.
4:6 And it came to
pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a
vessel. And he said unto her, [There is] not a vessel more. And the oil f
(f) Or ceased to increase.
4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And
he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of
the g rest.
(g) God here not only provided for his servant,
that his debts should be paid and so kept his doctrine and profession without
slander, but also for his wife and children.
Let us make a h little chamber, I pray
thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool,
and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in
(h) Which would be separate from the rest of the
house, that he might more conveniently give himself to study and prayers.
And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us
with all this care; i what [is] to be
done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the
host? And she answered, I k dwell among
mine own people.
(i) Thus the servants of God are not unthankful
for the benefits they receive.
(k) I am content with what God has sent me, and
can lack nothing that one can do for another.
4:14 And he said, What then [is] to be done for
her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath l
no child, and her husband is old.
(l) Which was shameful and therefore he would
that his master should pray to God for her that she might be fruitful.
And he said unto his father, m My head,
my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
(m) His head was hurt badly and therefore he
And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? [it is] neither n
new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, [It shall be] well.
(n) For at such times the people were wont to
resort to the prophets for doctrine and consolation.
And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she o
caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of
God said, Let her alone; for her soul [is] vexed within her: and the LORD hath
hid [it] from me, and hath not told me.
(o) In token of humility and joy that she had met
4:29 Then he said to
Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: p
if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not
again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
(p) Make such speed that nothing may stop you in
the way, (Luke
And he went up, and q lay upon the
child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his
hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of
the child waxed warm.
(q) Elijah did the same to the widow's son at
Zarephath (1 Kings
17:21) and Paul in (Acts
20:10) signifying the care that should be in them, who bear the word of God
and are distributors of spiritual life.
4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to
and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed r
seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
(r) Meaning, often.
And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and [there was] a dearth in the s
land; and the sons of the prophets [were] sitting before him: and he said unto
his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the
(s) That is, in the land of Israel.
4:39 And one went out into the field to gather
herbs, and found a t wild vine, and
gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred [them] into the
pot of pottage: for they knew [them] not.
(t) Which the apothecaries call colloquintida,
and is most vehement and dangerous in purging.
4:40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And
it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and
said, O [thou] man of God, [there is] u
death in the pot. And they could not eat [thereof].
(u) They feared that they were poisoned because
of the bitterness.
And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said
again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall
eat, and x shall leave [thereof].
(x) It is not the quantity of bread that
satisfies, but the blessing that God gives.