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Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 17:2

2, 3. the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, c.—At first the king may have spurned the prediction as the utterance of a vain enthusiast but when he found the drought did last and increase in severity, he sought Elijah, who, as it was necessary that he should be far removed from either the violence or the importunities of the king, was divinely directed to repair to a place of retreat, perhaps a cave on "the brook Cherith, that is, before [east of]... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Kings 17:1-7

Elijah’s announcement of God’s judgment 17:1-7Again God raised up a prophet to announce what He would do. Evidently Ahab’s apostasy had been going on for 14 years before God raised up His prophetic challenge. [Note: Merrill, Kingdom of . . ., p. 346.] Normally God gives sinners an opportunity to judge themselves and repent before He sends judgment on them (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:31; 2 Peter 3:9-10).The three scenes in the Elijah narrative (chs. 17-19) form one story in which we can see the rising... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-24

Elijah and the Widow of ZarephathThe prophet Elijah, who occupies so large a space in the succeeding history, is, like his successor Elisha, conspicuous among the prophetic figures of the OT. as a worker of miracles; and to him belongs the further distinction of having been removed from earth without dying. His prophecies differed from those of most later prophets in having in view only certain critical occasions of contemporary history, and in having no reference to the remote future or the... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Kings 17:1-24

1 Kings 17:1 This miracle of the drought is one of the few which have received the countersign and imprimatur of our Blessed Lord. The statement that 'The heaven was shut up three years and six months' 'in the days of Elias' (St. Luke 4:25 ) does not rest on the unsupported authority of the compiler of the books of Kings, or the unknown writer from whom he derived it. We are told that this history is largely fabulous, but this part of the 'fable' at any rate has been accepted by Him who is 'the... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 17:1-7

ELIJAH1 Kings 17:1-7"And Elias the prophet stood up as fire, and his word was burning as a torch."- Sirach 48:1"But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more."-LYCIDASMANY chapters are now occupied with narratives of the deeds of two great prophets, Elijah and Elisha, remarkable for the blaze and profusion of miracles and for similarity in many details. For thirty-four years we hear but little of Judah, and the kings of Israel are overshadowed by the "men... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-24

IV. THE PROPHET ELIJAH AND KING AHAB 1. Elijah’s Prediction and Miracles CHAPTER 17 1. Elijah’s message to Ahab (1 Kings 17:1 ) 2. At the brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:2-7 ) 3. With the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:8-16 ) 4. The widow’s son restored to life (1 Kings 17:17-24 ) Upon this scene of complete departure of God, when Ahab and his heathen wife worshipped Baal and all the vileness connected with that cult flourished in Israel, there appeared suddenly one of the greatest of... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-24

ELIJAH PROPHESIES A DROUGHT (vs.1-7) Ahab was suddenly confronted by a prophet who had never been mentioned before, Elijah the Tishbite, the first prophet of God spoken of as arising from among the ten tribes. He came from Gilead and in God's name announced that for some years there would be neither dew nor rain in Israel until Elijah gave the word. James 5:17 tells us that Elijah had prayed earnestly that it might not rain. Why? Because of the gross evil of Ahab that infected all Israel.... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 17:1-24

ELIJAH AND AHAB ELIJAH IN HIDING (1 Kings 17:1-24 ) Nothing is known of Elijah’s previous history, not even why he is called the Tishbite (1 Kings 17:1 ) except, as suggested in the Septuagint translation, that the town of Tishbeh is meant, which was in the Gilead region east of the Jordan. A comparison of Deuteronomy 11:16-17 shows that the judgment he announces (1 Kings 17:1 ) was threatened by Jehovah for such iniquity as that now prevailing; but of course the divine impulse must have... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - 1 Kings 17:1-24

Elijah 1 Kings 17:0 Elijah means "Jehovah is my God." There is often much in a name. It is a history, sometimes, the summing up of generations; it is sometimes an inspiration, recalling memories that stir the soul to high daring. In Christ we are called to a new name. Have you yet received it? Behold, what manner of love hath the Father bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. "Tishbite." There are two places called Tishbi, one in Gilead and the other in Galilee. Elijah... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - 1 Kings 17:2-4

(2) And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, (3) Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. (4) And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. It should seem that this hiding of the prophet, was not so much by way of security to his person, as it was that the Lord might accomplish his purpose concerning Israel. A time was determined of famine, by way of punishment. And... read more

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