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1 Kings 17:1-24

17  And Elijah the Tishbite (from Tishbe in Gilead) said to Ahab “By Israel’s God Jehovah, in whose service I am, there shall not be dew nor rain these years except at my word.” 2  And Jehovah’s word came to him 3  “Go from here and turn eastward, and conceal yourself in Kerith Arroyo, which fronts the Jordan: 4  you shall drink from the arroyo, and I have ordered the ravens to furnish you food there.” 5  And Elijah did as Jehovah said, and went and lived in Kerith Arroyo, which fronts the Jordan; 6*  and the ravens brought him bread in the morning and meat in the evening, and he drank from the arroyo. 7  But after some time the arroyo dried up, because there was no rain in the country. 8  And Jehovah’s word came to him 9  “Go away to Sarephath, which belongs to Sidon: I have ordered a widow there to furnish you food.” 10  And he went away to Sarephath, and came to the entrance of the city and found there a widow gathering wood; and he called to her “Get me a little water in the dipper to drink,” 11  and she went to get it; and he called after her “Get me a bit of bread and bring it in your hand,” 12*  but she said “By your God Jehovah, I haven’t a biscuit, but a handful of meal in the jar and a little oil in the jug; and here I am gathering a couple of sticks, and am going in to cook it for me and my children, and we are going to eat it and die.” 13*  And Elijah said to her “Do not be afraid: go in and do as you say, only make me a little biscuit out of it first and bring it out to me, and cook for yourself and your children afterward; 14  for, says Israel’s God Jehovah, the jar of meal will not give out, nor the jug of oil run short, till the day that Jehovah sends showers over the soil.” 15  And she went and did as Elijah said, and had enough to eat, she and he and her family, for some time: 16  the jar of meal did not give out nor the jug of oil run short, in accordance with Jehovah’s promise which he had given by Elijah. 17  But after these events the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick, and it went hard with him, till he ceased to breathe. 18*  And she said to Elijah “What business had you with me, man of God? you came to me to draw God’s attention to my offenses, and to kill my son!” 19  And he said to her “Give me your son,” and took him out of her arms and carried him up to the roof-chamber he was living in, and laid him on his bed, 20  and called out to Jehovah “My God Jehovah, have you even been harming the widow I am staying with, by causing the death of her son?” 21  And he stretched himself full length on the child three times, and called out to Jehovah “My God Jehovah, let this child’s soul come back into him”; 22  and Jehovah obeyed Elijah, and the child’s soul came back into him and he revived. 23  And Elijah took the child and carried him down from the roof-chamber to the house and gave him to his mother, and said “See, your son is alive.” 24  And the woman said to Elijah “Now I know you are a man of God, and Jehovah’s word in’ your mouth is truth.”

Footnotes

17:6 Var. bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening
17:12 Var. me and my son
17:13 Var. yourself and your son
17:18 Var. What business had you, man of God, to come