Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 17:8

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Elijah;   Minister, Christian;   Prophecy;   Readings, Select;   Women;   Zarephath;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Elijah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Widow;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Jonah;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Zarephath;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahab;   Elijah;   Haggai;   Shunem;   Zarephath;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Elijah (2);   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elijah;   Zarephath;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

ELIJAH FLEED TO SAREPTA; WHERE A WIDOW FED HIM

"And the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Sidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain thee. And he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow there was gathering sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thy hand. And she said, as Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks that I might go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said; but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it forth unto me, and afterward make for thee and thy son. For thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, The jar of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that Jehovah sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. The jar of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of Jehovah, which he spake by Elijah."

"Get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Sidon" (1 Kings 17:8). This was a long journey, from Gilead to the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon; but it was another area beyond the jurisdiction of Ahab. "This place is the Sarepta of Luke 4:26, the modern Sarafend. It lay between Tyre and Sidon, and its nearness to the headquarters of Jezebel's father made it a safe, because unsuspected, hiding-place."[17] The lesson that Jesus Christ drew from this episode is that, "A prophet unacceptable to his own people, may of necessity exercise his ministry among foreigners."[18] Thus, Elijah's actions here were a kind of prophecy of Jesus' ministry to certain Gentiles, such as the centurions and the Syro-Phoenician woman.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:8". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-kings-17.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the word of the Lord came unto him,.... As before, after he had been a year at the brook, and that was dried up:

saying; as follows.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And the d word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

(d) As the troubles of the saints of God are many, so his mercy is always at hand to deliver them.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-17.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 17:8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

Ver. 8. And the word of the Lord.] See 1 Kings 17:2.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-17.html. 1865-1868.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

The word of the Lord came unto him. Zarephath, or Sarepta, now Surafend, where he was directed to go, was far away on the western coast of Palestine, about nine miles south of Zidon, and within the dominions of Jezebel's impious father, where the famine also prevailed. Meeting at his entrance into the town, the very woman who was appointed by Divine Providence to support him, his faith was severely tested by learning from her that her supplies were exhausted, and that she was preparing her last meal for herself and son. The Spirit of God having prompted him to ask, and her to grant, some necessary succour, she received a prophet's reward (Matthew 10:41-42); and for the one meal afforded to him, God, by a miraculous increase of the little stock, afforded many to her.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-17.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
the word
2; Genesis 22:14; Isaiah 41:17; Hebrews 13:6
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 17:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-17.html.