1 Kings 18:1

Elijah and Obadiah

1 After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”

Read 1 Kings 18:1 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth."
Later on, in the third year of the drought, the LORD said to Elijah, “Go and present yourself to King Ahab. Tell him that I will soon send rain!”

What does 1 Kings 18:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 18:1

And it came to pass after many days
When two years and more were gone from the time the drought and famine began; or rather from the time of the prophets departure to the brook Cherith, which might be six months after the famine began:

that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year;
of his absence from Ahab:

saying, go show thyself unto Ahab;
whom he had not seen so long, and who had been seeking for him, but to no purpose:

and I will send rain upon the earth;
the term of three years and six months being almost expired, see ( James 5:17 ) .

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