1 Kings 17:7

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

Read 1 Kings 17:7 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.

What does 1 Kings 17:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 17:7

And it came to pass after a while
Or "at the end of days" {x}, perhaps a year, which sometimes is the sense of this phrase, see ( Exodus 13:10 ) ( Judges 17:10 ) ,

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


FOOTNOTES:

F24 (Mymy Uqm) "in, vel a, fine dierum", Pagninus, Montanus
F25 Apud Joseph. Antiqu. l. 8. c. 13. sect. 2.
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