|1 Kings 17 |
1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was one of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall neither be dew nor rain these next years, except at my word."
2 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
3 "Leave here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith that is east of Jordan.
4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."
5 So he went and did according to the word of the LORD; he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan.
6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
7 But after a while the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
8 And the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
9 "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to provide for you."
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow woman was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Bring me, I pray you, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink."
11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, "Bring me, I pray you, a morsel of bread in your hand."
12 But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread but only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle. See, I am gathering sticks, that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die."
13 Then Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But make me a little cake of it first and bring it to me, and afterward prepare some for yourself and your son.
14 For thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'The jar of flour shall not be used up or the bottle of oil run dry until the day that the LORD sends rain on the earth.'"
15 So she went and did what Elijah had told her. And she and he and her household ate for many days.
16 And the barrel of flour was not used up nor did the bottle of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah.
17 Now after these things, the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
18 And she said to Elijah, "What do you have against me, O you man of God? Did you come to me to remind me of my sin and to slay my son?"
19 And he said to her, "Give me your son." And he took him from her bosom and carried him up into a chamber where he stayed and laid him upon his own bed.
20 And he cried to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy upon the widow with whom I am staying, by slaying her son?"
21 Then he stretched himself out on the child three times and cried to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, I pray you, let this child's soul come back into him."
22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, "See, your son lives!"
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, "By this I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth."
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