New Defender's Study Bible Notes
4:1 sons of the prophets. See notes on I Samuel 10:10; 19:20; II Kings 2:3.
4:1 to be bondmen. The Mosaic system permitted creditors to require service for a period by those who were otherwise unable to pay legitimate debts (Exodus 21:2-4; Deuteronomy 15:12).
4:6 vessels were full. This was a miracle of creation, requiring the unique creative power of God Himself, superseding the universal physical law of mass conservation.
4:8 Shunem. The village of Shunem was in the territory of Isaachar, near Jezreel. The woman of Shunem was “great” in the sense of being prosperous and highly regarded by the people of the region.
4:10 a little chamber. This narrative is the origin of the term “prophet’s chamber,” applied to small apartments maintained by churches or individual Christians for use by visiting evangelists and Bible teachers.
4:12 Gehazi his servant. Gehazi seems to have been a sort of prophetic intern. He was Elisha’s “servant” in the same sense that Elisha had been Elijah’s servant (I Kings 19:21).
4:25 to Mount Carmel. Shunem was not far from Mount Carmel, the scene of Elijah’s famous confrontation with prophets of Baal.
4:34 mouth upon his mouth. This is considered good scientific procedure today, calling it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
4:37 took up her son. This is the second example in the Scriptures of the dead being restored to life. See note on I Kings 17:22.
4:39 pottage. That is, “stew” in a pot.
4:43 shall leave thereof. This miracle is a foregleam of the amazing feeding of the two multitudes by the Lord Jesus (Mark 6:41-44; 8:8-9,19-20).