2 Kings 4:17
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New International Version
But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.

King James Bible
And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

Darby Bible Translation
And the woman conceived, and bore a son at that appointed time in the next year as Elisha had said to her.

World English Bible
The woman conceived, and bore a son at that season, when the time came around, as Elisha had said to her.

Young's Literal Translation
And the woman conceiveth and beareth a son, at this season, according to the time of life, that Elisha spake of unto her.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou shalt embrace a son - This promise, and the circumstances of the parties, are not very dissimilar to that relative to the birth of Isaac, and those of Abraham and Sarah.

Do not lie - That is, Let thy words become true; or, as the rabbins understand it, Do not mock me by giving me a son that shall soon be removed by death; but let me have one that shall survive me.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.

1 Samuel 1:19,20 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah...

Psalm 113:9 He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise you the LORD.

Luke 1:24,25,36 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying...

Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age...

When the Oil Flows
'And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.'--2 KINGS iv. 6. The series of miracles ascribed to Elisha are very unlike most of the wonderful works of even the Old Testament, and still more unlike those of the New. For about a great many of them there seems to have been no special purpose, either doctrinal or otherwise, but simply the relief of trivial and transient distresses.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

That the Grace of Devotion is Acquired by Humility and Self-Denial
The Voice of the Beloved Thou oughtest to seek earnestly the grace of devotion, to ask it fervently, to wait for it patiently and faithfully, to receive it gratefully, to preserve it humbly, to work with it diligently, and to leave to God the time and manner of heavenly visitation until it come. Chiefly oughtest thou to humble thyself when thou feelest inwardly little or no devotion, yet not to be too much cast down, nor to grieve out of measure. God ofttimes giveth in one short moment what He
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
2 Kings 4:16
"About this time next year," Elisha said, "you will hold a son in your arms." "No, my lord!" she objected. "Please, man of God, don't mislead your servant!"

2 Kings 4:18
The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers.

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