that the brook dried up;
through the excessive heat, and for want of supplies from the springs and fountains with which it was fed, and for the following reason:
because there had been no rain in the land;
from the time Elijah prayed and prophesied; of this drought mention is made in profane history: Menander, a Phoenician writer, speaks F25 of a drought in the times of Ithobalus (the same with Ethbaal the father of Jezebel), which lasted a whole year, and upon prayer being made there were thunder
F24 (Mymy Uqm) "in, vel a, fine dierum", Pagninus, Montanus
F25 Apud Joseph. Antiqu. l. 8. c. 13. sect. 2.