Elijah And The Widows Son
When Asa had been ruler of Judah for thirty-one years Omri became ruler
over Israel, and he ruled twelve years. He bought the hill Samaria from
Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built a city on the hill and
named it Samaria, after Shemer, the owner of the hill.
When Omri died, Ahab his son ruled in his place. But Ahab displeased
Jehovah more than all the kings who had ruled before him. He married
zebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and then began
to worship the Phoenician god Baal. He also built an altar for Baal
in the temple of Baal, which he built in Samaria.
Then Elijah from Tishbe in Gilead said to Ahab, "As surely as Jehovah
the God of Israel lives, whom I serve, there shall be no dew nor rain
for years except as I announce it."
Then this message from Jehovah came to Elijah: "Go from here and hide
yourself near the Brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. You shall
drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you
So he obeyed the command of Jehovah and lived near the Brook Cherith.
The ravens brought him bread every morning and meat every evening, and
he drank from the brook. But after a while the brook dried up, for there
had been no rain in the land.
Then this message from Jehovah came to him, "Arise, go to Zarephath
which belongs to Sidon, and live there. I have commanded a widow there
to provide for you." So he went to Zarephath.
When he came to the gate of the city, a widow was there gathering
sticks. Calling to her, he said, "Bring me, I beg of you, a little water
in a vessel, that I may drink." As she was going to get it, he called
after her, "Bring also a bit of bread with you." She replied, "As surely
as Jehovah your God lives, I have nothing baked, and only one handful of
meal in the jar and a little oil in the jug. Now I am gathering a few
sticks, that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we
may eat it and die." Elijah said to her, "Fear not; go and do as you
have said, but first bake for me a little dough and bring it to me.
Afterward make some for yourself and your son. For Jehovah the God of
Israel declares: 'The jar of meal shall not be empty, nor the jug of oil
fail, until Jehovah sends rain upon the earth.'"
So she did as Elijah directed; and she and her child, as well as Elijah,
had food to eat. From that day the jar of meal was never empty and the
jug of oil did not fail, as Jehovah had said through Elijah.
Now after this the woman's son fell sick; and his sickness was so severe
that he stopped breathing. So she said to Elijah, "What have I to do
with you, O man of God? You have come to me to remind me of my sin by
taking the life of my son!" He said to her, "Give me your son." So he
took him out of her arms and carried him up into the upper room where he
was staying and laid him on his own bed. Then he prayed earnestly to
Jehovah and said, "O Jehovah, my God, hast thou also brought misfortune
upon this widow, with whom I am staying, by taking the life of her son?"
And he stretched himself upon the child three times and prayed to
Jehovah and said, "O Jehovah, my God, I pray thee, give back this
child's life to him again."
So Jehovah listened to Elijah's prayer; and the life of the child came
back to him, and he sat up. Then Elijah took the child and brought him
down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and
said, "See, your son lives!" The woman said to him, "Now I know that you
are a man of God and that the message of Jehovah that you speak is