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The Shunammite woman turned to the Lord in her distress, and so did Elisha. He answered them both with a resurrection!

BibleGateway: 2 Kings 4:8-37

ESV Text: 2 Kings 4:8-37

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:11 and ends at about 5:58

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     8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

     18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. 30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. 31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 413:
I Walk in Danger all the Way

— Organ Audio

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1. I walk in danger all the way. 
The thought shall never leave me 
That Satan, who has marked his prey, 
Is plotting to deceive me. 
This foe with hidden snares 
May seize me unawares 
If e’er I fail to watch and pray. 
I walk in danger all the way. 

2. I pass through trials all the way, 
With sin and ills contending; 
In patience I must bear each day 
The cross of God’s own sending. 
Oft in adversity 
I know not where to flee; 
When storms of woe my soul dismay, 
I pass through trials all the way. 

3. Death doth pursue me all the way, 
Nowhere I rest securely; 
He comes by night, he comes by day, 
And takes his prey most surely. 
A failing breath, and I 
In death’s strong grasp may lie 
To face eternity for aye. 
Death dost pursue me all the way. 

4. I walk with angels all the way, 
They shield me and befriend me; 
All Satan’s power is held at bay 
When heavenly hosts attend me; 
They are my sure defense, 
All fear and sorrow, hence! 
Unharmed by foes, do what they may, 
I walk with angels all the way. 

5. I walk with Jesus all the way, 
His guidance never fails me; 
Within His wounds I find a stay 
When Satan’s power assails me; 
And by His footsteps led, 
My path I safely tread. 
In spite of ills that threaten may, 
I walk with Jesus all the way. 

6. My walk is heavenward all the way; 
Await my soul, the morrow, 
When thou shalt find release for aye 
From all thy sin and sorrow. 
All worldly pomp, begone! 
To heaven I now press on. 
For all the world I would not stay; 
My walk is heavenward all the way.