Luke 4:26
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New International Version
Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.

New Living Translation
Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner--a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon.

English Standard Version
and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

New American Standard Bible
and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

King James Bible
But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them--but to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

International Standard Version
Yet Elijah wasn't sent to a single one of those widows except to one at Zarephath in Sidon.

NET Bible
Yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And Elijah was not sent to one of them except to Tsarepta of Tsidon unto a widow woman.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But God didn't send Elijah to anyone except a widow at Zarephath in the territory of Sidon.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but unto none of them was Elijah sent, except unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a widow woman.

King James 2000 Bible
But unto none of them was Elijah sent, except unto Zarephath, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

American King James Version
But to none of them was Elias sent, save to Sarepta, a city of Sidon, to a woman that was a widow.

American Standard Version
and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarepta of Sidon, to a widow woman.

Darby Bible Translation
and to none of them was Elias sent but to Sarepta of Sidonia, to a woman [that was] a widow.

English Revised Version
and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to none of them was Elijah sent, save to Sarepta, a city of Sidon, to a woman that was a widow.

Weymouth New Testament
and yet to not one of them was Elijah sent: he was only sent to a widow at Zarephath in the Sidonian country.

World English Bible
Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

Young's Literal Translation
and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but -- to Sarepta of Sidon, unto a woman, a widow;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-30 Christ taught in their synagogues, their places of public worship, where they met to read, expound, and apply the word, to pray and praise. All the gifts and graces of the Spirit were upon him and on him, without measure. By Christ, sinners may be loosed from the bonds of guilt, and by his Spirit and grace from the bondage of corruption. He came by the word of his gospel, to bring light to those that sat in the dark, and by the power of his grace, to give sight to those that were blind. And he preached the acceptable year of the Lord. Let sinners attend to the Saviour's invitation when liberty is thus proclaimed. Christ's name was Wonderful; in nothing was he more so than in the word of his grace, and the power that went along with it. We may well wonder that he should speak such words of grace to such graceless wretches as mankind. Some prejudice often furnishes an objection against the humbling doctrine of the cross; and while it is the word of God that stirs up men's enmity, they will blame the conduct or manner of the speaker. The doctrine of God's sovereignty, his right to do his will, provokes proud men. They will not seek his favour in his own way; and are angry when others have the favours they neglect. Still is Jesus rejected by multitudes who hear the same message from his words. While they crucify him afresh by their sins, may we honour him as the Son of God, the Saviour of men, and seek to show we do so by our obedience.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But unto none of them was Elias sent,.... That is, to none of the poor widows in the land of Israel was the prophet sent, to supply them with food, and relieve them in their famishing circumstances, as might most reasonably have been expected:

save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon; which in 1 Kings 17:10 is called "Zarephath"; and by the Septuagint there, "Sarepta of Sidon", as here. Pliny (r) speaks of it by the same name, and reckons it to Sidon:

unto a woman that was a widow: she is said by the Jews (s), to be the mother of Jonah the prophet. Our Lord meant to observe, by this instance, as by the following, that God bestows his favours on persons in a sovereign way, and sometimes upon the most unlikely; as in a time of famine, he overlooked the poor widows in Israel, his peculiar people, and sent his prophet to a Gentile woman in one of the cities of Sidon; and therefore they should cease to wonder if he wrought his miracles in other places, and not in his own country; since this was agreeable to the divine procedure in other cases, especially since they were a cavilling and unbelieving people. The Jews say (t), that in all that generation there was not found any one that was worthy, as this woman.

(r) L. 5. c. 19. (s) Pirke Eliezer, c. 33. (t) Zohar in Exod. fol. 89. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26, 27. save … saving—"but only." (Compare Mr 13:32, Greek.)

Sarepta—"Zarephath" (1Ki 17:9), a heathen village between Tyre and Sidon. (See Mr 7:24.)

Luke 4:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
25"But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27"And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."…
Cross References
1 Kings 17:9
"Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food."

Obadiah 1:20
This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev.

Matthew 11:21
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Treasury of Scripture

But to none of them was Elias sent, save to Sarepta, a city of Sidon, to a woman that was a widow.

save.

1 Kings 17:9 Arise, get you to Zarephath, which belongs to Zidon, and dwell there: …

Zarephath.

Obadiah 1:20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess …

Sarepta. Sarepta, a city of Phoenicia, on the coast of the Mediterranean, is called Zarphand by the Arabian geographer Sherif Ibn Idris, who places it twenty miles N. of Tyre, and ten S. of Sidon; but its real distance from Tyre is about fifteen miles, the whole distance from that city to Sidon being only twenty-five miles. Maundrell states that the place shown him for this city, called Sarphan, consisted of only a few houses, on the tops of the mountains, within about half a mile of the sea; between which there were ruins of considerable extent.

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