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2 Kings 4:42-44

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Elisha Miraculously Feeds a Hundred People

4:42 Now a man from Baal Shalisha brought some food for the prophet 1  – twenty loaves of bread made from the firstfruits of the barley harvest, as well as fresh ears of grain. 2  Elisha 3  said, “Set it before the people so they may eat.” 4:43 But his attendant said, “How can I feed a hundred men with this?” 4  He replied, “Set it before the people so they may eat, for this is what the Lord says, ‘They will eat and have some left over.’” 5  4:44 So he set it before them; they ate and had some left over, just as the Lord predicted. 6 

1 tn Heb “man of God.”

2 tn On the meaning of the word צִקְלוֹן (tsiqlon), “ear of grain,” see HALOT 148 s.v. בָּצֵק and M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 59.

3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “How can I set this before a hundred men?”

5 tn The verb forms are infinitives absolute (Heb “eating and leaving over”) and have to be translated in light of the context.

6 tn Heb “according to the word of the Lord.”



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