17Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, "As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!"H452H8664H8453H1568H559H256H3068H430H3478H2416H6440H5975H2919H4306H8141H6310H1697 2Then the LORD said to Elijah,H1697H3068H559 3"Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River.H3212H6437H6924H5641H5158H3747H6440H3383 4Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food."H8354H5158H6680H6158H3557 5So Elijah did as the LORD told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan.H3212H6213H1697H3068H3212H3427H5158H3747H6440H3383 6The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook.H6158H935H3899H1320H1242H3899H1320H6153H8354H5158 7But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.H7093H3117H5158H3001H1653H776 8Then the LORD said to Elijah,H1697H3068H559 9"Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you."H6965H3212H6886H6721H3427H6680H490H802H3557 10So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, "Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?"H6965H3212H6886H935H6607H5892H490H802H7197H6086H7121H559H3947H4592H4325H3627H8354 11As she was going to get it, he called to her, "Bring me a bite of bread, too."H3212H3947H7121H559H3947H6595H3899H3027 12But she said, "I swear by the LORD your God that I don't have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die."H559H3068H430H2416H3426H4580H4393H3709H7058H3537H4592H8081H6835H7197H8147H6086H935H6213H1121H398H4191 13But Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you've said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what's left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son.H452H559H3372H935H6213H1697H6213H8033H6996H5692H7223H3318H314H6213H1121 14For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the LORD sends rain and the crops grow again!"H559H3068H430H3478H3537H7058H3615H6835H8081H2637H3117H3068H5414H1653H6440H127 15So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days.H3212H6213H1697H452H1004H398H3117 16There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah.H3537H7058H3615H6835H8081H2638H1697H3068H1696H3027H452 17Some time later the woman's son became sick. He grew worse and worse, and finally he died.H310H1697H1121H802H1172H1004H2470H2483H3966H2389H5397H3498 18Then she said to Elijah, "O man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?"H559H452H376H430H935H2142H5771H2142H4191H1121 19But Elijah replied, "Give me your son." And he took the child's body from her arms, carried him up the stairs to the room where he was staying, and laid the body on his bed.H559H5414H1121H3947H2436H5927H5944H3427H7901H4296 20Then Elijah cried out to the LORD, "O LORD my God, why have you brought tragedy to this widow who has opened her home to me, causing her son to die?"H7121H3068H559H3068H430H7489H490H1481H4191H1121 21And he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the LORD, "O LORD my God, please let this child's life return to him."H4058H3206H7969H6471H7121H3068H559H3068H430H3206H5315H7725H7130H7725 22The LORD heard Elijah's prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived!H3068H8085H6963H452H5315H3206H7725H7130H7725H2421 23Then Elijah brought him down from the upper room and gave him to his mother. "Look!" he said. "Your son is alive!"H452H3947H3206H3381H5944H1004H5414H517H452H559H7200H1121H2416 24Then the woman told Elijah, "Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the LORD truly speaks through you."H802H559H452H2088H3045H376H430H1697H3068H6310H571
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