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.

1 Kings 17:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
ESV
7 And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
NLT
7 But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.
MSG
7 Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought.
CSB
7 After a while, the wadi dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

1 Kings 17:7 Meaning and Commentary

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.

1 Kings 17:7 In-Context

5 So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.
6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
8 Then the word of the LORD came to him:
9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”