1 Kings 17:7

7 Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought.

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


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 Elijah obeyed God's orders. He went and camped in the Kerith canyon on the other side of the Jordan.
6 And sure enough, ravens brought him his meals, both breakfast and supper, and he drank from the brook.
7 Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought.
8 Then God spoke to him:
9 "Get up and go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I've instructed a woman who lives there, a widow, to feed you."
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