The Poisonous Stew

38 When Elisha returned to (A)Gilgal, there was (B)a famine in the land. [a]As (C)the sons of the prophets (D)were sitting in front of him, he said to his servant, “(E)Put on the large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 39 Then one went out into the field to gather mallow, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds; and he came and sliced them into the pot of stew, because they did not know what they were. 40 So they poured it out for the men to eat. But as they were eating the stew, they cried out and said, “You man of God, there is (F)death in the pot!” And they were unable to eat. 41 Then he said, “Bring flour.” (G)And he threw it into the pot, and said, “Pour it out for the people that they may eat.” Then there was nothing harmful in the pot.

42 Now a man came from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “(H)Give them to the people that they may eat.” 43 But his attendant said, “How (I)am I to serve this to a hundred men?” Nevertheless he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for this is what the Lord says: ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” 44 So he served it to them, and they ate and (J)had some left over, in accordance with the word of the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 4:38 Lit And