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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-7

1-7 God wonderfully suits men to the work he designs them for. The times were fit for an Elijah; an Elijah was fit for them. The Spirit of the Lord knows how to fit men for the occasions. Elijah let Ahab know that God was displeased with the idolaters, and would chastise them by the want of rain, which it was not in the power of the gods they served to bestow. Elijah was commanded to hide himself. If Providence calls us to solitude and retirement, it becomes us to go: when we cannot be useful,... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - 1 Kings 17:1-7

The Famine v. 1. And Elijah ("My God is Jehovah") the Tishbite, a native, so far as can be determined, of Galilee, but having been removed to Gilead, where he lived as a stranger, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, a most solemn oath, emphasizing his position as servant and ambassador of Jehovah, there shall not be dew, which was usually very heavy in Palestine, nor rain these years but according to my word. It was a... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - 1 Kings 17:1-24

SECOND EPOCHFROM AHAB TO JEHUFIRST SECTIONThe Prophet Elijah During Ahab’s Reign1 Kings 17:18, 1 Kings 17:19A.—Elijah before Ahab, at the brook Cherith, and in Zarephath1 Kings 17:1-241And Elijah1 the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants2 of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord [Jehovah] God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.32And the word of the Lord [Jehovah] came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, 3and turn thee... read more

Alexander MacLaren

Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture - 1 Kings 17:2-16

1 Kings A PROPHET’S STRANGE PROVIDERS 1Ki_17:1 - 1Ki_17:16 . The worst times need the best men. The reign of Ahab brought a great outburst of Baal worship, imported by his Phoenician wife, which threatened to sweep away every trace of the worship of Jehovah. The feeble king was absolutely ruled by the strongwilled Jezebel, and everything seemed rushing down to ruin. One man arrests the downward movement, and with no weapon but his word, and no support but his own dauntless courage, which... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - 1 Kings 17:1-7

Sin’s Climax Summons Jehovah’s Prophet 1 Kings 16:29-34 ; 1 Kings 17:1-7 From the beginning of his reign Ahab set aside both the First and the Second Commandment. His marriage with Jezebel, the young and beautiful Sidonian princess, plunged him and his kingdom into yet deeper darkness. In addition to Jeroboam’s calves, the worship of Baal, the sun-god, was shamelessly introduced, and his temple was served by hundreds of priests. The inspired artist does not hesitate to paint with Rembrandt... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-24

Here began a new order, the prophetic. Of course there had been prophets before, but with the coming of Elijah the office was elevated to national importance. From this point onwards, in the economy of the divine government, the prophet is superior to the king. Presently we shall find kings whose hearts were set upon reform, but even their work will be due to the inspiration of some prophet of God through whom His will is made known to men. The sudden appearance of Elijah was startling and... read more

Robert Neighbour

Wells of Living Water Commentary - 1 Kings 17:1-24

Jehovah-Jireh Selections from 1 Kings 17:1-24 INTRODUCTORY WORDS Our God is the God who is enough. There is no good thing which He withholds from them who walk uprightly. Our God is able to make all grace abound unto us, so that we, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto every good word and work. Let us spend a few moments in observing some particular places in which our God supplies our need. 1. God meets our physical needs. Before ever God created man, He created the beasts... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-24

The Reign Of Ahab King Of Israel c. 872-851 BC (1 Kings 16:29 to 1 Kings 22:40 ). The reigns of the previous seven kings of Judah and Israel have been covered in a short space (1 Kings 15:1 to 1 Kings 16:28). The reign of Ahab will now take up almost the whole of the remainder of 1 Kings (from 1 Kings 16:29 to 1 Kings 22:40). This, however, was not due to the importance of Ahab politically, but occurs because he was in continual conflict with the prophets of YHWH. It was these conflicts... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 17:2-7

Elijah Is Fed By Ravens At The Brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:2-7 ). Having made his public declaration Elijah was then advised by YHWH to go to the east of Jordan, to one of the wadis that fed the Jordan, where he was promised that he would be fed by ‘rbm. Pointed as ‘orebim this would indicate ‘ravens/crows’. Pointed as ‘arabim it would indicate wandering Arabs. (The original text had no pointing). In a time of drought the Arabs would have dying cattle from which they could supply meat to... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 17:1-24

1 Kings 17:1-Jeremiah : . Elijah is Fed by Ravens, and Raises the Widow’ s Son.— Elijah appeared suddenly: we hear nothing of his birth or parentage. He simply announced to Ahab, in the name of Yahweh, “ before whom I stand” ( cf. Jeremiah 35:19), that there should be no rain for three years. Elijah is described as “ one of the sojourners of Gilead.” Probably the LXX is correct in saying that he came from Tishbe ( mg.) , said to be in Gilead to distinguish it from another Tishbe in Galilee (... read more

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