1 Kings 17:6
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New International Version
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

New Living Translation
The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook.

English Standard Version
And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

New American Standard Bible
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook.

King James Bible
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The ravens kept bringing him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening, and he drank from the wadi.

International Standard Version
Crows would bring him bread and meat both in the morning and in the evening, and he would drink from the brook.

NET Bible
The ravens would bring him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he would drink from the stream.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening. And he drank from the stream.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning and bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

King James 2000 Bible
And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

American King James Version
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

American Standard Version
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank of tile torrent.

Darby Bible Translation
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the torrent.

English Revised Version
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

World English Bible
The ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Young's Literal Translation
and the ravens are bringing to him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening, and of the brook he drinketh.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1-7 God wonderfully suits men to the work he designs them for. The times were fit for an Elijah; an Elijah was fit for them. The Spirit of the Lord knows how to fit men for the occasions. Elijah let Ahab know that God was displeased with the idolaters, and would chastise them by the want of rain, which it was not in the power of the gods they served to bestow. Elijah was commanded to hide himself. If Providence calls us to solitude and retirement, it becomes us to go: when we cannot be useful, we must be patient; and when we cannot work for God, we must sit still quietly for him. The ravens were appointed to bring him meat, and did so. Let those who have but from hand to mouth, learn to live upon Providence, and trust it for the bread of the day, in the day. God could have sent angels to minister to him; but he chose to show that he can serve his own purposes by the meanest creatures, as effectually as by the mightiest. Elijah seems to have continued thus above a year. The natural supply of water, which came by common providence, failed; but the miraculous supply of food, made sure to him by promise, failed not. If the heavens fail, the earth fails of course; such are all our creature-comforts: we lose them when we most need them, like brooks in summer. But there is a river which makes glad the city of God, that never runs dry, a well of water that springs up to eternal life. Lord, give us that living water!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And the ravens brought [Heb. bringing] him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening [the Vat. LXX. has" bread in the morning and flesh in the evening." It has been objected that this verse is fatal to the view advanced above - that the ערבים were not birds but men - that no men would have "come regularly twice a day,., thus giving themselves needless trouble and increasing the chance of detection, when they might easily have left him a supply for several days" (Rawlinson). But if we may believe that the prophet was, if not among kinsmen or friends, yet among the pastoral, semi-nomadic people of Gilead, a people, that is to say, like the Bedawin in their instincts and customs, it is easy to understand that having taken him under their protection, they would make a point of visiting him regularly, not only to show him all possible honour, as a person endued with supernatural powers (cf. 1 Kings 18:7, 13), but to afford him some measure of sympathy and companionship. And we can then see a reason for the morning and evening being mentioned. Their visits would be made in the twilight, which is really longer in the East than is generally supposed]; and he drank [Hebrew drinks. The Heb. future often has the force of an imperfect, and expresses continued or repeated action] of the brook.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening,.... For his breakfast and supper, the two principal meals then in use; and as there were several employed, they could bring a sufficiency in a short time for each meal; and these provisions were ready prepared, the bread made and baked, and the flesh boiled, broiled, or roasted; from whence they had it need not be inquired after; the Jews say (w) they were fetched from Ahab's table, and others from Jehoshaphat's, and others, as probable as any, from the tables of the 7000 who had not bowed the knee to Baal:

and he drank of the brook; at his meals.

(w) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 113. 1. Cholin, fol. 5. 1. Tanchuma apud Abarbinel in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. the ravens brought him bread—The idea of such unclean and voracious birds being employed to feed the prophet has appeared to many so strange that they have labored to make out the Orebim, which in our version has been rendered "ravens," to be as the word is used (in Eze 27:27) "merchants"; or Arabians (2Ch 21:16; Ne 4:7); or, the citizens of Arabah, near Beth-shan (Jos 15:6; 18:18). But the common rendering is, in our opinion, preferable to these conjectures. And, if Elijah was miraculously fed by ravens, it is idle to inquire where they found the bread and the flesh, for God would direct them. After the lapse of a year, the brook dried up, and this was a new trial to Elijah's faith.

1 Kings 17:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ravens Feed Elijah
5So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 6The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook. 7It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
Cross References
1 Kings 17:5
So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.

1 Kings 17:7
Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

Jeremiah 37:21
King Zedekiah then gave orders for Jeremiah to be placed in the courtyard of the guard and given a loaf of bread from the street of the bakers each day until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.
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