4 Kingdoms 4
Elisha and the Poor Widow’s Oil
1 The wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know your servant feared the Lord, and the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his servants.”†
2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me what you have in the house.” She replied, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but the oil I use to anoint myself.”
3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors, empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 And you shall go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons. Then you shall pour out into these vessels, and take away what is being filled.”
5 So she went from him and did so. She shut the door behind herself and her sons. Then they brought the vessels to her, and she poured
6 until the vessels were filled. And she said to her son, “Bring me an additional vessel.” And they said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And Elisha said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. Thus you and your sons shall live by means of the rest of the oil.”†
Elisha Raises the Shunammite Woman’s Son
8 Now one day Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a persuasive woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food.
9 And the woman said to her husband, “Look now, I know this is a holy man of God who comes to us regularly.
10 Let us make a small room upstairs; and let us put a bed for him there, with a table, a stool, a chair, and a lamp stand. And it shall be when he comes to us, he will turn aside into this place.”
11 Now it happened one day that he came and he went there, and turned aside into the upper room and lay down there.†
12 Then he said to his servant, Gehazi, “Call this Shunammite woman.” He called her, and she stood before him.
13 And he said to Gehazi, “Say now to her, ‘Hear me. You have shown us all this care. What can I do for you? Do you have any request for the king or the commander of the army?’ ” But she answered, “I dwell among my own people.”
14 So Elisha said, “What then is to be done for her?” And his servant, Gehazi, replied, “She certainly has no son, and her husband is old.”
15 Then Elisha called her, and she stood by the door.
16 And Elisha said, “About this time next year, you shall embrace a son.” So she said, “No, my lord, do not lie to your maidservant!”
17 Then as Elisha told her, the woman conceived, and she bore a son when the appointed time came.
18 And the child grew. And it came to pass when he went out to his father to the reaping,
19 that he said to his father, “My head, my head!” His father said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
20 So he carried him to his mother, and he lay upon her knees till noon and died.
21 She took him up and laid him on the bed of the man of God. She went out and closed the door as she left.
22 She called to her husband and said, “Please bring to me one of the young men and one of the donkeys. I will ride quickly to the man of God and come back.”
23 So he said, “Why go to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she replied, “It is well.”
24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead onward and do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.”
25 She rode and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. And when the man of God saw her, he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, it is that Shunammite woman!
26 Please run now to meet her and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ” And she answered, “Peace.”
27 Now she came to the man of God on the hill and took hold of him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Leave her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord hid it from me and did not tell me.”
28 So she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not tell you not to deceive me?”
29 Then Elisha said to Gehazi, “Prepare yourself, take my staff in your hand and be on your way. If you meet anyone, you will not greet him. And if anyone greets you, you will not answer him. You shall lay my staff on the face of the child.”†
30 Then the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So Elisha arose and followed her.
31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them and laid the staff on the child’s face; but there was neither voice nor hearing. So he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child is not awakened.”
32 Elisha went into the house, and there was the child, lying dead on his bed.†
33 He went into the room and shut the door against the other two, and prayed to the Lord.
34 Then he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he bowed himself down upon him, and the flesh of the child warmed.
35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and he went up and bowed himself down upon the child seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
36 Then Elisha called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And she came to where he was and he said, “Take your son.”
37 So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.†
The Other Miracles
38 Then Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and Elisha said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and boil some pottage for the sons of the prophets.”
39 So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and threw them into the pot of soup, though they did not know what they were.
40 Then they served it to the men to eat. Now, as they were eating the vegetables, they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
41 So he said, “Take wheat flour and throw it in the pot.” Then Elisha said to his servant Gehazi, “Serve it to the people and let them eat.” Thus there was no longer anything harmful in the pot.
42 Then a man came from Baal-Shalisha and brought to the man of God the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread and fruit cake. And he said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.”†
43 But his servant said, “Why shall I set this before one hundred men?” Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for Thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and will leave some behind.’ ”
44 So they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.
1 For the day before the Sabbath, when the earth was settled; the praise of an ode by David. †The Lord reigns; He clothed Himself with majesty; The Lord clothed and girded Himself with power; And He established the world, which shall not be moved.
2 Your throne is prepared from of old; You are from everlasting.
3 The rivers, O Lord, lift up; The rivers lift up their voices;
4 Because of the voices of their many waters, Marvelous are the billows of the sea; Wondrous is the Lord on high.
5 Your testimonies are very much believed; Holiness is proper to Your house, O Lord, Unto length of days.
Proverbs of Solomon 20
Double Standards or Single-Mindedness
1 Wine is an intemperate thing, and strong drink is full of violence; And all who commingle with it will not be wise.†
2 The threat of a king does not differ from the anger of a lion, And he who provokes him sins against his own soul.
3 It is glory for a man to turn away from reproaches, But every man without discernment is entangled with such things.
4 A lazy man who is reproached feels no shame; Likewise also is he who borrows bread in harvest.
5 Counsel is deep water in the heart of a man, And a man with discernment will draw it out.†
The Prodigal Son
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. ’ So he divided to them his livelihood.†
13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.†
16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!†
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.†
21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.†
23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;†
24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.†
26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.†
30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”