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1 Kings 17 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Elijah Fed by Ravens
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:1 - Now 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!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:2 - Then the LORD said to Elijah,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:3 - “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:4 - Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:5 - So Elijah did as the LORD told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:6 - The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:7 - But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.
The Widow at Zarephath
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:8 - Then the LORD said to Elijah,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:9 - “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:10 - So 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?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:11 - As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:12 - But 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.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:13 - But 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:14 - For 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!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:15 - So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:16 - There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:17 - Some time later the woman’s son became sick. He grew worse and worse, and finally he died.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:18 - Then 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?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:19 - But 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:20 - Then 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?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:21 - And 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.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:22 - The LORD heard Elijah’s prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:23 - Then Elijah brought him down from the upper room and gave him to his mother. “Look!” he said. “Your son is alive!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 17:24 - Then the woman told Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the LORD truly speaks through you.”

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