“So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.”
King James Version (KJV)
17:3 Hide thyself - Thus God rescues him from the fury of Ahab andJezebel, who, he knew, would seek to destroy him. That Ahab did notseize on him immediately upon these words must be ascribed to God'sover - ruling providence.
17:4 Have commanded - Or, I shall command, that is, effectuallymove them, by instincts which shall be as forcible with them, as a law orcommand is to men. God is said to command both brute creatures, andsenseless things; when he causeth them to do the things which he intends toeffect by them. The ravens - Which he chuseth for this work; to shew hiscare and power in providing for the prophet by those creatures, which arenoted for their greediness, that by this strange experiment he might betaught to trust God in those many and great difficulties to which he was tobe exposed. God could have sent angels to minister to him. But he chosewinged messengers of another kind to shew he can serve his own purposes aseffectually, by the meanest creatures as by the mightiest. Ravens neglecttheir own young, and do not feed them: yet when God pleaseth, they shallfeed his prophet.
17:6 And flesh - Not raw, but boiled by the ministry of some angel orman, and left in some place 'till the ravens came for it: in all which,there is nothing incredible, considering the power and providence of God.
17:7 A while - Heb. at the end of days; that is, of a year; for sothe word days is often used. Dried - God so ordering it, for thepunishment of those Israelites who lived near it, and had hitherto beenrefreshed by it: and for the exercise of Elijah's faith, and to teachhim to depend upon God alone.