E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Death in the Pot.
During a dearth in Gilgal, there was made for the sons of the prophets a pottage of wild herbs, some of which were poisonous. When the sons of the prophets tasted the pottage, they cried out, There is death in the pot. Then Elisha put into it some meal, and its poisonous qualities were counteracted. (2 Kings iv. 40.)