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Sidon and Tyre. There the enemy of Baal-worship would hardly
be expected to have sought refuge. / have commanded a widow
■woman] A source of sustenance hardly less precarious than the
supply of the ravens. As in the former case, so here, the command
implies that God lias prompted her to fulfil His purpose. Elijah
lias been called, from this event, the first Apostle to the Gentiles.

10. gathering of sticks] The abject poverty of the widow is seen
from her coming forth to pick up any chance bits of wood which
might have fallen from the trees outside the city walls.



I. KINGS, XVII. 11-18. 107

drink. And as she was going to fetch it he called to her li
and said Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine
hand And she said, As the Lobo thy God liveth I have not a 12
cake but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil ma
"use: and "behold, I am gathering two sticks that Im^gom
and dress it for me and my son, that we m ay eat t, and to.
And Eliiah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast 13
tkl but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring 1 : unto
me and after make for thee and for thy son For thus saith the ,4
LoLd God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither
shah the cmse of oil fail, until the day thf the Lord sendeth
rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the 15
savins of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat
SS days *A*i the barrel of meal wasted not neither did 16
the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lokd, which

he llt ft clme^pass after these things, that the : son . of the 17
woman the mistress of the house, fell sick; arid his sickness
was so sore, that there was no_breatlW eft in him. And she 18

11. And as she was going to fetch it] She is P^edto °bey the
request of the stranger. By her language in the «**«* ££g
Tiord thv God liveth' she accepts Elijah as a worslnppei ol Jenovan
ThenefrMihWhocxl of Phoenicia makes it easy to understand
Slat SwoShp of Jehovah would ^^^ Ehiahttt
and the woman would ™«™£ l-^MJ j&K
K^Sft] The 'bari^ld Ve K cruse (ere the special
donLt^ticles hi every house, and would^ spok^d^tely
two sticks] i.e. some small quantity. Thus ue ottei say a
couple ' when we do not mean ■ two only. !*Jgl™££

renders by the plural ' sons,' perhaps because it is said, in .verse 15>
that ' she and lie and her house did eat many days. eat it, and

die] The Sought had already brought so poor a person te > the pomt
id starvation 13. do as thou hast said] i.e. Set about pie-

mrht bread from the ineal which remains, but instead of taking
f rst for -yon rsdves, bring what is first ready to me and briny

? EY adTterth] un to me] It appears from what follows that
Elr^ii dwelt afterwards in the house ; of the , widow but


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