2 Kings 4:3
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New International Version
Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few.

King James Bible
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Go, borrow for thyself vessels abroad from all thy neighbours, empty vessels; let it not be few;

World English Bible
Then he said, "Go, borrow containers from of all your neighbors, even empty containers. Don't borrow just a few.

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Go, ask for thee vessels from without, from all thy neighbours -- empty vessels -- let them not be few;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Save a pot of oil - Oil was used as aliment, for anointing the body after bathing, and to anoint the dead. Some think that this pot of oil was what this widow had kept for her burial: see Matthew 26:12.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

empty vessels

2 Kings 3:16 And he said, Thus said the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

John 2:7 Jesus said to them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

borrow not a few [heb] scant not

2 Kings 13:18,19 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, Smite on the ground. And he smote thrice...

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

John 16:24 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

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 4:2
Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a small jar of olive oil."

2 Kings 4:4
Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side."

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