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Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

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).

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