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Go to Bible: 1 Kings 19
“and above all.” As per Fox, following the ancient versions and not the Masoretic text.(top)
“life.” The Hebrew is often translated as “soul,” but here “soul” means “life.”(top)
“And he was afraid.” The reading “and he was afraid” is almost certainly the meaning of the original text. The Masoretic Hebrew Text is vocalized as “he saw,” meaning that the vowel points are put in the text (they were not in the original text) in such a way as to form the word “he saw.” However, there are ancient versions and medieval manuscripts that are vocalized differently, and thus read, “he was afraid.” This is a matter of vowel points, and not the way the consonantal Hebrew text—which all scholars agree on—reads. Thus understanding the context of 1 Kings 19:3 is the only way to tell whether a version such as the King James is correct, which reads “and when he saw…” or a version such as the NASB is correct, which reads, “and he was afraid.” Given that Elijah had just executed 450 of Jezebel’s prophets, and given that Jezebel had vowed to kill Elijah within one day, and given that Elijah ran for his life, the translation that is in many modern versions, that “he was afraid,” is the almost certainly the original meaning of the text. Elijah was afraid and ran away.
“to Beer-sheba that belongs to Judah.” Elijah left Israel and went south into Judah.(top)
“he requested that he might die.” The literal text is, “he asked for his life to die.”(top)
“an angel.” The Hebrew word translated “angel” can also refer to a messenger, and this could be a human being that God sent to help Elijah.(top)
“loaf.” The “loaf” would have been like a small pancake—a piece of flatbread. This is the same word as in 1 Kings 17:13. In fact, this “loaf” may have reminded Elijah of Yahweh’s provision that he had experience earlier with the widow woman in Phoenicia.(top)
“too much for you.” That is, “too much for you in the condition you are in, not having eaten in so long.”(top)
“forty days and forty nights.” The journey from south Judah to Mount Horeb would not have taken even close to 40 days and nights, but Elijah made the journey take that long. This could well be tying Elijah to Moses and Christ.(top)
“the cave.” The use of the definite article makes it sound like this was a specific cave that was known or known about. It is uncertain, but possible that this “cave” was the “cleft” or “hole” that Moses was in when Yahweh passed by (cp. Exod. 33:22).
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Hebrew is idiomatic, “What do you have here, Elijah?”(top)
“zealous, yes, zealous.” This is the figure of speech polyptoton for emphasis (see commentary on Gen. 2:16).(top)
“Go out.” Go out of the cave he was in.
“Yahweh passed by.” This is similar wording to Exodus 34:6 when Yahweh passed by Moses.(top)
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“return on your way toward the wilderness of Damascus.” Elijah would have begun his journey north the way he came down, but then veered off to head towards Damascus. The phrase “wilderness of Damascus” is not clear in Hebrew. It could be more like, “toward the wilderness, toward Damascus,” meaning the wilderness and then on to Damascus. Hazael would have been in Damascus. Interestingly, the Douay-Rheims version (NT 1582 AD; OT 1609 AD) reads, “through the desert, to Damascus” which is likely what happened.(top)
“Abel-meholah.” About 9 miles southeast of Beth-shean, on a ford of the Jordan.(top)
“he who escapes from the sword of Jehu.” This whole verse is ominous as to the coming judgment on the house of Omri. Jehoram (son of Ahab) and Jezebel were killed by Jehu, as well as the worshippers of Baal.(top)
“will preserve 7,000.” More than 7,000 people would be protected and remain alive in Israel, no doubt in part because these 7,000 had not worshipped Baal.
“every mouth that has not kissed him.” Kissing the feet of the statue of the god was an act of submission.(top)
“and found Elisha.” To some extent, Elijah would have had to look for Elisha. Elijah would have had a general idea of where he was, but since Elisha was plowing, he could have been in a number of places in the general vicinity.
“12 yoke of oxen before him.” For fellowship and protection it was the custom for farmers to work together to get the farm work such as plowing done. Elisha was not driving 24 oxen. He was plowing with 11 other men, each of whom had a yoke of oxen.(top)
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