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Go to Commentary on 1 Kng 17
Elijah Announces a Drought

1Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As Yahweh the God of Israel lives before whom I stand, there will not be dew or rain these years except by my word.”

2The word of Yahweh came to him, saying,
  3“Go away from here, turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith that is before the Jordan.
  4It is to be that you will drink of the brook. I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

5So he went and did according to the word of Yahweh, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith that is before the Jordan.
  6The ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning and bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
  7It came to pass after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

Elijah and the Widow

8The word of Yahweh came to him, saying,
  9“Arise, go to Zarephath that belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
  10So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks, and he called to her, and said, “Please get me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.”
  11As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12She said, “As Yahweh your God lives, I do not have a cake, but a handful of flour in the jar and a little oil in the jug. Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.”

13Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid. Go and do as you have said, but make me a little loaf from it first, and bring it out to me, and afterward make some for you and for your son.
  14For this is what Yahweh the God of Israel says: ‘The jar of flour will not become empty, nor will the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.’”

15She went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her house ate many days.
  16The jar of flour didn’t become empty, nor did the jar of oil fail, according to the word of Yahweh that he spoke by Elijah.

Elijah Raises the Widow's Son

17It came to pass after these things that the son of the woman, the owner of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
  18And she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, you man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to memory and to kill my son!”

19He said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him out of her bosom and carried him up into the upper room where he was staying and laid him on his own bed.
  20And he cried out to Yahweh and said, “Yahweh my God, have you also brought evil on the widow with whom I stay by killing her son?”
  21He stretched himself on the child three times and cried out to Yahweh and said, “Yahweh my God, please let this child’s soul come into him again.”

22And Yahweh listened to the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again and he revived.
  23And Elijah took the child and brought him down out of the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother, and Elijah said, “Behold, your son lives.”

24The woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of Yahweh in your mouth is truth.”

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