2 Kings 4:19
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English Standard Version
And he said to his father, “Oh, my head, my head!” The father said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.”

King James Bible
And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.

American Standard Version
And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to his servant, Carry him to his mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said to his father: My head acheth, my head acheth. But he said to his servant: Take him, and carry him to his mother.

English Revised Version
And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to his servant, Carry him to his mother.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After some time, when Elisha had spent the night in the chamber provided for him, he wanted to make some acknowledgment to his hostess for the love which she had shown him, and told his servant Gehazi to call her, and say to her: "Thou hast taken all this care for us, what shall I do to thee? Hast thou (anything) to say to the king or the chief captain?" i.e., hast thou any wish that I could convey to them, and intercede for thee? There is something striking here in the fact that Elisha did not address the woman himself, as she was standing before him, but told her servant to announce to her his willingness to make some return for what she had done. This was, probably, simply from a regard to the great awe which she had of the "holy man of God" (2 Kings 4:9), and to inspire her with courage to give expression to the wishes of her heart.

(Note: The conjecture that Elisha would not speak to her directly for the sake of maintaining his dignity, or that the historian looked upon such conversation with women as unbecoming in a teacher of the law (Thenius), is already proved to be untenable by 2 Kings 4:15, 2 Kings 4:16, where Elisha does speak to her directly.)

She answered: "I dwell among my people," i.e., not, I merely belong to the people (Thenius), but, I live quietly and peaceably among my countrymen, so that I have no need for any intercession with the king and great men of the kingdom. Ἀπραγμοσύνῃ χαίρω καὶ εἰρηνικῶς διάγω καὶ πρός τινα ἀμφισβήτησιν ούκ ἀνέχομαι (Theodoret).

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My head From this peculiar exclamation, and the season of the year, it is probable he was affected by the {coup de soleil}, or stroke of the sun, which is by no means uncommon in hot climates, and often proves fatal.

Job 14:1,2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble...

Jeremiah 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard...

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2 Kings 4:18
When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers.

2 Kings 4:20
And when he had lifted him and brought him to his mother, the child sat on her lap till noon, and then he died.

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