8 One day Elisha was passing through Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to have a meal. So whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for a meal. 9She said to her husband, Look, I am sure that this man who regularly passes our way is a holy man of God. 10Let us make a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that he can stay there whenever he comes to us.
11 One day when he came there, he went up to the chamber and lay down there. 12He said to his servant Gehazi, Call the Shunammite woman. When he had called her, she stood before him. 13He said to him, Say to her, Since you have taken all this trouble for us, what may be done for you? Would you have a word spoken on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army? She answered, I live among my own people. 14He said, What then may be done for her? Gehazi answered, Well, she has no son, and her husband is old. 15He said, Call her. When he had called her, she stood at the door. 16He said, At this season, in due time, you shall embrace a son. She replied, No, my lord, O man of God; do not deceive your servant.
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