2 Kings 4:24
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New International Version
She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, "Lead on; don't slow down for me unless I tell you."

King James Bible
Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Then she saddled the ass, and said to her servant, Drive and go forward; slack not the riding for me, except I bid thee.

World English Bible
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, "Drive, and go forward! Don't slow down for me, unless I ask you to."

Young's Literal Translation
And she saddleth the ass, and saith unto her young man, 'Lead, and go, do not restrain riding for me, except I have said so to thee.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Drive, and go forward - It is customary in the East for a servant to walk along side or drive the ass his master rides. Sometimes he walks behind, and goads on the beast; and when it is to turn, he directs its head with the long pole of the goad. It is probably to this custom that the wise man alludes when he says, "I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking as servants on the earth," on the ground.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then she

Exodus 4:20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them on an donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt...

1 Samuel 25:20 And it was so, as she rode on the donkey, that she came down by the covert on the hill, and, behold...

1 Kings 13:13,23 And he said to his sons, Saddle me the donkey. So they saddled him the donkey: and he rode thereon...

an ass These animals were not anciently, as now, used only by the lower classes, but were in general use among the noble and chief personages of the East, and it was not unusual for even the husband to walk by the side of his wife while thus riding; the driver, as was the custom, following. The Shunammite, when she went to the prophet, did not desire so much attendance; but only requested her husband to send her an ass and its driver.


1 Samuel 25:19 And she said to her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.

slack not thy riding for me [heb] restrain not for me to ride

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
Genesis 22:3
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

2 Kings 4:23
"Why go to him today?" he asked. "It's not the New Moon or the Sabbath." "That's all right," she said.

2 Kings 4:25
So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, "Look! There's the Shunammite!

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