“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,”
King James Version (KJV)
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.
17:9 Zarephath - A city between Tyre and Sidon, calledSarepta by St. #Luke 4:26|, and others.Zidon - To the jurisdiction of that city, which was inhabited byGentiles. And God's providing for his prophet, first, by an uncleanbird, and then by a Gentile, whom the Jews esteemed unclean, was apresage of the calling of the Gentiles, and rejection of the Jews.So Elijah was the first prophet of the Gentiles.Commanded - Appointed or provided, for that she had as yet no revelationor command of God about it, appears from ver.#12|.