Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 17:10

So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, "Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Elijah;   Frugality;   Hospitality;   Minister, Christian;   Miracles;   Readings, Select;   Women;   Zarephath;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;   Water;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Gates;   Widows;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Elijah;   Zarephath;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Widow;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Zarephath;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Hospitality;   Jonah;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahab;   Haggai;   Zarephath;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Zarephath ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elijah;   Zarephath;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Zar'ephath;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Elisha;   Fetch;   Sarepta;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Amittai;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So he arose, and went to Zarephath,.... Which, according to BuntingF6Ut supra, (Travels, &c.) p. 203. , was one hundred miles from the brook Cherith:

and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering sticks: perhaps out of an hedge just without the city this shows her to be a poor woman, who had no other way of coming at fuel but this, and no servant to fetch it for her: Bunting tells us, that now before the gate of the city there is showed a certain chapel, where they say Elias first spoke with the widow:

and he called to her, and said, fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink; being thirsty through travelling, and supposing this to be the woman he was directed to, made trial of her this way; some render it, "in this vessel"F7בכלי "in hoc vase", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. , which he had with him, and made use of at the brook Cherith.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman [was] there e gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

(e) All this was to strengthen the faith of Elijah, to the intent that he would look for nothing worldly, but only trust God's providence.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:10". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-17.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman [was] there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

Ver. 10. Gathering of sticks.] (a) Which showeth her low condition. God chooseth "the poor in this world rich in faith." [James 2:5]

A little water in a vessel.] Or, In this vessel, viz., that he had used at the brook Cherith, after his long journey; from whence he might well be thirsty, hungry, and weary.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-17.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He called to her; knowing by Divine suggestion that this was the woman designed.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-17.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.He came to the gate — An old tradition points out the spot on the south of the ancient city where Elijah first saw the widow, and the crusaders built a small chapel over the reputed spot of the widow’s house.

Gathering of sticks — A scene that often meets the traveller’s eye in Palestine.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-17.html. 1874-1909.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
Fetch me
Genesis 21:15; 24:17; John 4:7; 2 Corinthians 11:27; Hebrews 11:37
Reciprocal: Judges 4:19 - Give me;  Ezekiel 12:19 - with carefulness;  Obadiah 1:20 - Zarephath;  Hebrews 13:2 - not

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-17.html.