The prophet Elijah
1 Now Elijah, the pro phet from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As Yahweh, the God of Israel whom I serve lives, neither dew shall drop nor rain fall except at my command.”
2 Then the word of Yahweh came to Elijah, 3 “Leave this place and go eastward. Hide yourself by the brook Che rith, east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook and, for your food, I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So Elijah obeyed the word of Yahweh and went to live by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan. 6 There the ravens brought him bread in the morning and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
The widow of Zarephath
7 After a while, the brook dried up be cause no rain had fallen in the land. 8 Then Yahweh spoke to Eli jah, 9 “Go to Zarephath of the Sido nites and stay there. I have given word to a widow there to give you food.” 10 So Elijah went to Zare phath. On reaching the gate of the town, he saw a widow gathering sticks. He called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel that I may drink.”
11 As she was going to bring it, he called after her and said, “Bring me also a piece of bread.” 12 But she answered, “As Yahweh your God lives, I have no bread left but only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am just now gathering some sticks so that I may go in and prepare something for myself and my son to eat – and die.”
13 Elijah then said to her, “Do not be afraid. Go and do as you have said, but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me; then make some for yourself and your son. 14 For this is the word of Yahweh, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not be emptied nor shall the jug of oil fail, until the day when Yahweh sends rain to the earth.”
15 So she went and did as Elijah told her; and she had food for herself, Elijah and her son from that day on. 16 The jar of flour was not emptied nor did the jug of oil fail, in accordance with what Yahweh had said through Elijah.
The widow’s son raised to life
17 After this, the son of this housewife became ill. And such was his illness that he stopped breathing. 18 She then said to Elijah, “What did you do, O man of God? Have you come to uncov er past sins and cause my son’s death?” 19 He answered, “Give me your son.”
19 Taking him from her lap, he carried him up to the upper room where he was staying and laid him on his own bed. 20 Then he called on Yahweh, “O Yahweh, my God, will you afflict even the widow with whom I am residing by letting her son die?” 21 Then he stretched himself on the child three times and called on Yahweh, “O Yahweh, my God, let this child’s breath return to him.” 22 Yahweh listened to the pleading of Elijah and the child’s breath returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah then took the child and brought him down from the upper room. He gave him to his mother and said, “See, your son is alive.”
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I am certain that you are a man of God, and that your words really came from Yahweh.”