1One day the widow of one of Yahweh's prophets came to Elisha and cried out to him, “My husband, who worked with you, is dead. You know that he revered Yahweh very much. But now a man to whom he owed a lot of money has come to me. And because I cannot pay back the money, he is threatening to take away my two sons to be his slaves as payment for what I owe him!”
2Elisha replied, “What can I do to help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” She replied, “We have only a container of olive oil; we have nothing else.”
3Elisha said, “Go to your neighbors and borrow from them as many empty jars as you can.
4Then take the jars into your house with your sons. Shut the door. Then pour olive oil from your container into the other jars. When each jar is full, set it aside and fill another jar. Keep doing that until all the jars are full.”
5So she did what Elisha told her to do. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she kept filling them.
6Soon all the jars were full. So she said to one of her sons, “Bring me another jar!” But he replied, “There are no more jars!” And then the olive oil stopped flowing.
7When she told Elijah what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the jars of oil. And with the money you get, pay what you owe, and there will be enough extra money to keep buying food for yourself and your sons.” So she did that.
8One day Elisha went to Shunem town. There was a wealthy woman who lived there with her husband. One day she invited Elisha to her house for a meal. Elisha went there and from then on, every time Elisha was in Shunem, he went to their house to eat a meal.
9One day the woman said to her husband, “I am sure that this man who often comes here is a prophet who brings messages from God.
10I think we should make a small room for him on our flat roof, and put a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp in it. If we do that, whenever he comes here, he will have a place to stay.” So they did that.
11One day Elisha returned to Shunem, and he went up to that room to rest.
12He said to his servant Gehazi, “Tell the woman that I want to speak to her.” So the servant went and told her. When she came to the doorway of Elisha's room,
13Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tell her that we both appreciate all the kind things that she has done for us. Then ask her what we can do for her. Ask, ‘Do you want me to go to the king or the army commander, to request something for you?’” Gehazi told her, and she replied, “No, he does not need to do that, because my family/relatives are able to give me what I need.”
14Later, Elisha asked Gehazi, “What do you think that we can do for that woman?” He replied, “She does not have a son, and her husband is an old man. So maybe we should ask Yahweh to enable her to have a son.”
15Elisha told Gehazi, “Call her back again.” So Gehazi went and called her. And when the woman returned, as she stood in the doorway,
16Elisha said to her, “About this time next year you will be holding your infant son in your arms.” But she protested, “O, sir, you are a prophet who brings messages from God, so please do not deceive/lie to me by saying things like that!”
17But a few months later, the woman became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son at that time the following year, just like Elisha had predicted.
18When the child was older, one day he went out to the fields to see his father, who was working with the men who were harvesting grain.
19Suddenly the boy exclaimed, “My head hurts! My head hurts a lot!” His father said to one of the servants, “Carry him home to his mother!”
20So the servant carried him home, and his mother held him on her lap. But at noontime the boy died.
21She carried him up the steps to the prophet's room and laid him on the bed. She left him there and went out and shut the door.
22She then called out to her husband, saying, “Send to me one of the servants and a donkey, so that I can ride on it quickly to the prophet, and then come back!” But she did not tell her husband that their son had died.
23Her husband called out to her and said, “Why do you want to go today? This is not the day when we celebrate the Festival of the New Moon, and it is not a Sabbath day!” But she only replied, “ Just do what I requested and everything will be all right.”
24So she told the servant to put saddles on two donkeys, and as they left, she said, “Hurry! Do not slow down unless t tell you to do that!”
25As they approached Carmel Hill, where Elisha was, Elisha saw her in the distance. He said to Gehazi, “Look, the woman from Shunem is coming!
26Run to her, and ask her if everything is all right with her and her husband and with her child!” So Gehazi ran to her and asked her, but she did not tell Gehazi anything. She only said, “Yes, everything is fine.”
27But when she came to where Elisha was, she prostrated herself on the ground in front of Elisha and took hold of his feet. Gehazi started to push her away, but Elisha said, “◄Do not push her away/Leave her alone►! Something is troubling her very much, but Yahweh has not told me what it is.”
28Then she said to Elisha, “O, sir, I did not ask you to enable me to give birth to a son RHQ. And I told you not to lie to me about that!” RHQ
29Then Elisha realized that something must have happened to her son. So he said to Gehazi, “Get ready to leave immediately. Take my staff/walking stick and go to her home. Do not stop to talk to anyone on the way. Go quickly to where her son is and lay the staff on the child's face. If you do that, perhaps Yahweh will enable him to be well.”
30But the boy's mother said, “Just as certain as Yahweh lives and you live, I will not go home if you do not go with me.” So Elisha returned with her to her home.
31Gehazi hurried quickly, and when he got to the woman's home, he laid the staff/walking stick on the child's face, but the child did not move or say anything. So Gehazi returned to meet Elisha along the road, and told him, “The child is still dead.”
32When Elisha reached the house, he saw that the boy was lying dead on his bed.
33Elisha went into the room by himself and shut the door and prayed to Yahweh.
34Then he lay down on the boy's body, and put his mouth on the boy's mouth, and put his eyes on the boy's eyes, and put his hands on the boy's hands. Then the boy's body started to become warm!
35Elisha got up and walked back and forth in the room several times. Then he stretched his body on the boy's body again. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes!
36Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. He said, “Call the boy's mother!” So Gehazi went and called her, and when she came in, Elisha said, “Here, take your son!”
37She gratefully prostrated herself at Elisha's feet. Then she picked up her son and carried him downstairs.
38Then Elisha returned to Gilgal. But at that time there was ◄a famine/very little food► in that area. One day as the group of prophets was sitting in front of Elisha listening to what he was teaching, he said to his servant, “Put a large pot on the stove and make some stew for these men.”
39One of the prophets went out to the fields to gather some vegetables. But he gathered only some wild gourds and put them in his cloak and brought them back. He shredded them and put them in the pot, but he did not know that the gourds were poisonous.
40He served the stew to the prophets, but after the men had eaten only a couple bites, they cried out, “Elisha, there is something in the pot that will kill us!” So they would not eat it.
41Elisha said, “Bring me some flour.” They brought him some, and he threw it in the pot and he said, “It is all right now. You can eat it.” And they ate it, and it did not harm them.
42One day a man from Baal-Shalishah town brought to Elisha a sack of freshly cut grain and twenty loaves of barley bread, made from the first grain that they harvested that year. Elisha said to his servant, “Give it to the group of prophets, so that they can eat it.”
43But his servant exclaimed, “Do you think that we can feed a hundred of us prophets with only that much?” RHQ But Elisha replied, “Give it to the prophets so that they can eat it, because Yahweh says that there will be plenty for all of them, and there will be some left over!”
44After his servant gave it to the prophets, they ate all that they wanted, and there was food left over, just as Yahweh had promised.