1 Kings 18:2
New International Version
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria,

New Living Translation
So Elijah went to appear before Ahab. Meanwhile, the famine had become very severe in Samaria.

English Standard Version
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

Berean Study Bible
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria,

King James Bible
And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

New King James Version
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria.

New American Standard Bible
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

NASB 1995
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

NASB 1977
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

Amplified Bible
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

Christian Standard Bible
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria.

American Standard Version
And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And the famine was sore in Samaria.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Elyah went on to appear to Akhab, and the famine was severe in Samaria.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Eliu went to appear before Achaab: and the famine was severe in Samaria.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Elias went to shew himself to Achab, and there was a grievous famine in Samaria.

English Revised Version
And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And the famine was sore in Samaria.

Good News Translation
So Elijah started out. The famine in Samaria was at its worst,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was particularly severe in Samaria.

International Standard Version
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab, right when the famine in Samaria was most severe.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And the famine was sore in Samaria.

Literal Standard Version
and Elijah goes to appear to Ahab. And the famine is severe in Samaria,

NET Bible
So Elijah went to make an appearance before Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

New Heart English Bible
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. And the famine was severe in Samaria.

World English Bible
Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria.

Young's Literal Translation
and Elijah goeth to appear unto Ahab. And the famine is severe in Samaria,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elijah Confronts Ahab
1After a long time, in the third year of the drought, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the face of the earth.” 2So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria, 3and Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah greatly feared the LORD,…

Cross References
1 Kings 18:1
After a long time, in the third year of the drought, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: "Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the face of the earth."

1 Kings 18:3
and Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah greatly feared the LORD,


Treasury of Scripture

And Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

went to shew

Psalm 27:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 51:4
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Proverbs 28:1
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

a sore

Leviticus 26:26
And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

Deuteronomy 28:23,24
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron…

2 Kings 6:25
And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.









Verse 2. - And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And [or Now. It would, perhaps, have been better to begin a new verse here, as this is the beginning of a parenthesis, explanatory of the circumstances under which king and prophet met. It was the famine led to Obadiah's encountering Elijah on the road] there was a sore famine in Samaria. [The effect of a three years' drought would be to reduce the entire people to the verge of starvation. The severity of the famine was no doubt mitigated, as on a former occasion (Genesis 41:57), by the importation of corn from Egypt.]

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So Elijah
אֵֽלִיָּ֔הוּ (’ê·lî·yā·hū)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 452: Elijah -- 'Yah is God', a well-known prophet of Israel, also three other Israelites

went
וַיֵּ֙לֶךְ֙ (way·yê·leḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

to present
לְהֵרָא֖וֹת (lə·hê·rā·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Nifal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7200: To see

himself to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Ahab.
אַחְאָ֑ב (’aḥ·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 256: Ahab -- 'father's brother', a king of Israel, also a false prophet

The famine
וְהָרָעָ֖ב (wə·hā·rā·‘āḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7458: Famine, hunger

was severe
חָזָ֥ק (ḥā·zāq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2389: Strong, stout, mighty

in Samaria,
בְּשֹׁמְרֽוֹן׃ (bə·šō·mə·rō·wn)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 8111: Samaria -- capital of northern kingdom of Israel


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