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1 Kings 17:22

The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Dead (People);   Elijah;   Hospitality;   Intercession;   Miracles;   Poor;   Prayer;   Women;   Zarephath;   Thompson Chain Reference - Association-Separation;   Body;   Contact;   Elijah;   Miracles;   Mortality-Immortality;   Personal Contact;   Power;   Prayer;   Resurrection;   Resurrections;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Dead, the;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Miracle;   Zarephath;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Resurrection;   Soul;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Elijah;   Heal, Health;   Miracle;   Prayer;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Elijah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Diseases;   Elijah;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Prayer;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Resurrection;   Zarephath;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahab;   Haggai;   Revive;   Zarephath;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Miracles;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Elijah;   Zarephath;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Death;   Elijah;   Elisha;   Psychology;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Amittai;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And the soul - נפש nephesh, of the child came into him again, קרבו על al kirbo, into the midst of him; and he revived, ויח vaiyechi, and he became alive. Did he not become alive from the circumstance of the immaterial principle coming again into him?

Although רוח ruach is sometimes put for the breath, yet נפש generally means the immortal spirit, and where it seems to refer to animal life alone, it is only such a life as is the immediate and necessary effect of the presence of the immortal spirit.

The words and mode of expression here appear to me a strong proof, not only of the existence of an immortal and immaterial spirit in man, but also that that spirit can and does exist in a separate state from the body. It is here represented as being in the midst of the child, like a spring in the center of a machine, which gives motion to every part, and without which the whole would stand still.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-17.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah,.... In prayer, and answered it:

and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived; this is the first instance of anyone being raised from the dead; this Satan has imitated; hence the many fabulous stories with the Heathens of persons being raised to life after deathF11Vid. Huet. Alnetan. Quaest. l. 2. c. 12. sect. 30. .

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-17.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Into him again — This plainly supposes the existence of the soul in a state of separation, and consequently its immortality: probably God might design by this miracle to give an evidence hereof, for the encouragement of his suffering people.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-17.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Ver. 22. And the Lord heard.] The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availed much. [James 5:16]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-17.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

22.The soul of the child came into him again — That which leaves the body when it dies is sometimes called the soul (Genesis 35:18) and sometimes the spirit, (Ecclesiastes 12:7,) and hence we may argue that, according to biblical psychology, soul and spirit are never separated from each other, though as regards their essential nature they may be distinguished. The question of the separate conscious existence and immortality of the disembodied soul is not involved in this text, but the distinction between soul and body is plainly recognised. More minute is the distinction between soul and spirit, the latter being the deathless, God-like principle in man, that distinguishes him from the whole irrational creation; the soul, the lower principle, the seat of the animal life and feeling, intermediate between spirit and body, and by the agency of which the spirit is able to control the movements of the body. “Plainly,” says Delitzsch, “according to Scripture, soul and spirit outlast the corruption of the body. Nevertheless, it is true of the soul, in a certain sense, that it dies. It dies so far as it was wont to centralize in itself the natural powers of the body, and to pervade the organs of the body with its own spirit-like life. It does not die, so far as it is of the spirit, (Matthew 10:28;) but it dies, so far as it has become of the body. Its life that has emanated from the spirit endures; but its life that is immanent in the body perishes with the body itself.” — Biblical Psychology, p. 469.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-17.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 17:22. The soul of the child came into him again — The reader will easily observe, that this phraseology of the sacred historian, like that of the prophet in the former verse, (and they both spoke by inspiration of God,) plainly signifies the distinction between the rational soul and earthly body to be as real as that between the house and its inhabitant, and supposes the existence of the former in a state of separation from the body, and consequently its immortality: and, probably, as Grotius thinks, God might design by this miracle to give an evidence hereof for the encouragement of his suffering people. And he revived — As by an extraordinary and supernatural stroke of affliction, God had taken away the child’s life for the trial of the faith, both of the prophet and the woman; so, to strengthen the faith of both, as well as for the vindication of the true religion, and the manifestation of his own glory in opposition to idols, in that most dark and degenerate age, he restored the child to life, and thereby answered the prayer which he himself had inspired.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-17.html. 1857.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
into him
Heb. into his inward parts. and he revived.
Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6; 2 Kings 13:21; Luke 8:54; John 5:28,29; 11:43; Acts 20:12; Romans 14:9; Revelation 11:11
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 4:35 - and the child opened;  Acts 20:10 - and fell;  Hebrews 11:35 - Women

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:22". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-17.html.