And he looked, and, behold, [there was] a cake baked on the
Just took off the coals, quite hot. Bochart F17 thinks it should be rendered, "baked on hot stones"; and such was the way of baking cakes in some of the eastern countries, (See Gill on Genesis 18:6), the stones hereabout might be heated by a supernatural power, and the cake baked on them by an angel; these sort of cakes are in Hebrew called "huggoth", as some pronounce the word, and are said to be now common in Bulgaria, where they are called "hugaces" F18:
and a cruse of water at his head;
to drink of in eating the cake; which cruse or pot a learned man F19 thinks was Elijah's, not brought by the angel, only water put into it by him; see ( 1 Samuel 26:11 ) , and he did eat and drink; but not all that was set before him:
and laid him down again;
to take some more sleep for his greater refreshment.
F17 Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 33. col. 528.
F18 Busbequius apud Calmet on the word "Bread".
F19 Schacchi Elaeochrism. Myrothec. l. 1. c. 44. col. 224.