1 Kings 17:4
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English Standard Version
You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

King James Bible
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

American Standard Version
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there thou shalt drink of the torrent: and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

English Revised Version
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Whereas the former kings of Israel had only perpetuated the sin of Jeroboam, i.e., the calf-worship. or worship of Jehovah under the image of an ox, which he had introduced, Ahab was not satisfied with this. לכתּו הנקל ויהי, "it came to pass, was it too little?" i.e., because it was too little (cf. Ewald, 362, a.) to walk in the sins of Jeroboam, that he took as his wife Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal the king of the Sidonians, and served Baal, and worshipped him. ויּלך before ויּעבד, "he went and served," is a pictorial description of what took place, to give greater prominence to the new turn of affairs. אתבּעל .sri (i.e., with Baal) is the Εἰθώβαλος (בּעל אתּו or Ἰθόβαλος: Jos. Ant. viii. 13, 1) mentioned by Menander in Josephus, c. Ap. i. 18, who was king of Tyre and Sidon, and priest of Astarte, and who usurped the throne after the murder of his brother, king Pheles, and reigned thirty-two years. Jezebel (איזבל, i.e., probably without cohabitation, cf. Genesis 30:20, equals untouched, chaste; not a contraction of אביזבל, as Ewald, 273, b., supposes) was therefore, as tyrant and murderess of the prophets, a worthy daughter of her father, the idolatrous priest and regicide. Baal (always הבּעל with the article, the Baal, i.e., Lord κατ ̓ ἐξοχήν) was the principal male deity of the Phoenicians and Canaanites, and generally of the western Asiatics, called by the Babylonians בּל equals בּעל (Isaiah 46:1), Βῆλος, and as the sun-god was worshipped as the supporter and first principle of psychical life and of the generative and reproductive power of nature (see at Judges 2:13). Ahab erected an altar to this deity הבּעל בּית, in the house (temple) of Baal, which he had built at Samaria. The worship of Baal had its principal seat in Tyre, where Hiram, the contemporary of David and Solomon, had built for it a splendid temple and placed a golden pillar (χρυσοῦν κίονα) therein, according to Dius and Menander, in Joseph. Ant. viii. 5, 3, and c. Ap. i. 18. Ahab also erected a similar pillar (מצּבה) to Baal in his temple at Samaria (vid., 2 Kings 3:2; 2 Kings 10:27). For statues of images of Baal are not met with in the earlier times; and the בּעלים are not statues of Baal, but different modifications of that deity. It was only in the later temple of Baal or Hercules at Tyre that there was, as Cicero observes (Verr. iv. 43), ex aere simulacrum ipsius Herculis, quo non facile quidquam dixerim me vidisse pulcrius.

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I have commanded

1 Kings 17:9 Arise, get you to Zarephath, which belongs to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain you.

1 Kings 19:5-8 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said to him, Arise and eat...

Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you, and Aaron your brother, and speak you to the rock before their eyes...

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him?...

Job 38:8-13,41 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb...

Psalm 33:8,9 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him...

Psalm 147:9 He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

Amos 9:3,4 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out there...

Matthew 4:4,11 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God...

Cross References
1 Kings 17:3
"Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.

1 Kings 17:5
So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan.

1 Kings 17:9
"Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you."

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