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Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe[fn] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

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“Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.

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You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

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So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.

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The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

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Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

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“Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”

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So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”

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“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

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She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.

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For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

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Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.

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Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

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Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

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Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”
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