“Go away from here, turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith that is before the Jordan. Bible

“before the Jordan.” This reflects the custom in biblical times of life being oriented to the East. In the USA, we are oriented to the North, and all the maps point north. In the biblical times people were oriented to the East, so “before the Jordan,” meant on the east side of the Jordan River. [For more on the East orientation of the biblical world, see commentary on Gen. 14:15).

Commentary for: 1 Kings 17:3