1 Kings 17
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Elijah Calls for a Drought

1Elijah the foreigner,a who was an alien resident from Gilead, told Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, in whose presence I’m standing, there will be neither dew nor rain these next several years, except when I say so.”

2Later, this message came to him from the LORD: 3“Leave here and go into hiding at the Wadib Cherith, where it enters the Jordan River.c 4You will be able to drink from that brook, and I’ve commanded some crows to sustain you there.”

5So Elijahd left and did exactly what the LORD had told him to do—he went to live near the Wadie Cherith, where it enters the Jordan River. 6Crows would bring him bread and meat both in the morning and in the evening, and he would drink from the brook. 7But after a while,f the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

Elijah Visits the Widowed Mother of Zarephath

8Then this message came to him from the LORD: 9“Get up, move to Zarephath in Sidon, and stay there. Look! I’ve commanded a widow to sustain you there.”

10So he got up and went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance to the city, a widow was there gathering sticks. So he asked her, “Please, may I have some water in a cup so I can have a drink.” 11While she was on her way to get the water, he called out to her, “Would you please also bring me a piece of bread while you’re at it?”g

12“As the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have so much as a muffin, just a handful of flour in a bowl and some oil left in a bottle. Now I’m going to find some sticks so I can cook a last meal for my son and for me. Then we’re going to eat it and die.”

13But Elijah told her, “You can stop being afraid. Go and do what you said, but first make me a muffin and bring it to me. Then make a meal for yourself and for your son, 14because this is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘That jar of flour will not run out, nor will that bottle of oil become empty until the very day that the LORD sends rain on the surface of the ground.’”

15So she went out and did precisely what Elijah told her to do. As a result, Elijah,h the widow,i and her sonj were fed for days. 16The jar of flour never ran out and the bottle of oil never became empty, just as the LORD had promisedk throughl Elijah.

Elijah Restores the Widow’s Son

17Sometime later, the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. In fact, his illness became so severe that he died.m 18“What do we have in common, you man of God?” she accused Elijah. “You came to me so you could uncover my guilt! And you’re responsible for the death of my son!”

19“Give me your son,” he replied. Then he took him from her lap, carried him upstairs to the room where he lived, and laid him on his bed. 20Then he called out to the LORD and asked him, “LORD my God, have you also brought evil to this dear widow with whom I am living as her guest? Have you caused the death of her son?” 21Then he stretched himself three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, please cause the soul of this little boy to return to him.”

22The LORD listened to Elijah, and the soul of the little boy returned to him, and he revived. 23Then Elijah took the little boy downstairs from the upper chamber back into the main house and delivered him to his mother. “Look,” Elijah told her, “your son is alive.”

24The woman responded to Elijah, “Now at last I’ve really learned that you are a man of God and that what you have to say about the LORDn is the truth.”

a 17:1 Lit. Tishbite; or sojourner
b 17:3 i.e. a seasonal stream or river that channels water during rain seasons but is dry at other times
c 17:3 The Heb. lacks River; and so throughout the chapter
d 17:5 Lit. he
e 17:5 i.e. a seasonal stream or river that channels water during rain seasons but is dry at other times
f 17:7 Lit. But at the end of days
g 17:11 Lit. bread in your hand
h 17:15 Lit. he
i 17:15 Lit. she
j 17:15 Lit. household
k 17:16 Lit. spoken
l 17:16 Lit. through the hand of
m 17:17 Lit. that no breath remained in him
n 17:24 Lit. that the word of the LORD in your mouth

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