Parallel Verses

King James Version

And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

New American Standard Bible

But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die."

Holman Bible

But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I don’t have anything baked—only a handful of flour in the jar and a bit of oil in the jug. Just now, I am gathering a couple of sticks in order to go prepare it for myself and my son so we can eat it and die.”

International Standard Version

"As the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have so much as a muffin, just a handful of flour in a bowl and some oil left in a bottle. Now I'm going to find some sticks so I can cook a last meal for my son and for me. Then we're going to eat it and die."

A Conservative Version

And she said, As LORD thy God lives, I do not have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the cruse. And, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son that we may eat it,

American Standard Version

And she said, As Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Amplified

And she said, As the Lord your God lives, I have not a loaf baked but only a handful of meal in the jar and a little oil in the bottle. See, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it -- "and die.

Bible in Basic English

Then she said, By the life of the Lord your God, I have nothing but a little meal in my store, and a drop of oil in the bottle; and now I am getting two sticks together so that I may go in and make it ready for me and my son, so that we may have a meal before our death.

Darby Translation

And she said, As Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse; and behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And she said, As the LORD thy God lives, I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a pitcher and a little oil in a cruse; and now I was gathering two sticks that I may go in and prepare it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.

Julia Smith Translation

And she will say, Jehovah thy God lives, if there is to me a cake, but a handful of flour in a bucket, and a little oil in a cruse: and behold me gathering two woods, and I went to do it for me and for my son, and we shall eat and die.

King James 2000

And she said, As the LORD your God lives, I have not bread, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a jar: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and prepare it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Lexham Expanded Bible

She said, "{As Yahweh your God lives}, surely I do not have a cake, {but only a handful of flour} in the jar and a little olive oil in the jug. Here I [am] gathering a few pieces of wood, and I will go and prepare it for me and my son, that we might eat it and die."

Modern King James verseion

And she said, As Jehovah your God lives, I do not have a cake, but only a handful of meal in a pitcher and a little oil in a jar. And behold, I am gathering two sticks, so that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, so that we may eat it and die.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And she answered, "As surely as the LORD thy God liveth, I have no bread, but even a handful of meal in a pitcher, and a little oil in a cruse. And see, I have gathered a few sticks for to go and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it and then die."

NET Bible

She said, "As certainly as the Lord your God lives, I have no food, except for a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. Right now I am gathering a couple of sticks for a fire. Then I'm going home to make one final meal for my son and myself. After we have eaten that, we will die of starvation."

New Heart English Bible

She said, "As the LORD your God lives, I do not have anything baked, except a handful of flour in a jar, and a little oil in a jug. Behold, I am gathering a couple of sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die."

The Emphasized Bible

And she said - By the life of Yahweh, thy God, verily I have not a cake, only a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the cruse, - and lo! I have been gathering a couple of sticks, so I shall go in and make it ready for me and for my son, that we may eat it - and die!

Webster

And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

World English Bible

She said, "As Yahweh your God lives, I don't have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar. Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die."

Youngs Literal Translation

And she saith, 'Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but the fulness of the hand of meal in a pitcher, and a little oil in a dish; and lo, I am gathering two sticks, and have gone in and prepared it for myself, and for my son, and we have eaten it -- and died.'

Themes

Barrel » An earthen jar

Bible stories for children » David the giant killer 1sa 17 » The food that never grew less

Blessing » Temporal » From God » Examples of » To the widow of zerephath

Bread » How prepared » Cakes

Bread » Meal

Christian ministers » God's care of

Christian ministers » Hospitality to » Woman of zarephath to elijah

Elijah » By divine direction goes to zarephath, where he is sustained in the household of a widow, whose meal and oil are miraculousiy increased

Kings » Who reigned over israel » Ahab

human Limitations » Knowledge limited strength limited » A handful of meal and a cruse of oil

Limited resources » Man's limited resources » A handful of meal and a cruse of oil

Miracles » Catalogue of » Elijah » Increases the widow's meal and oil

Oil » For food

Oil » Used for food

Oil » Used » For food

Oil » Kept in » Cruises

Olive oil » For food

Poor » Kindness to » To the widow of zarephath

The poor » Exemplified » Widow of zarephath

Poverty » Of the righteous, examples of » The widow of zarephath

Power » Small things God uses » A handful of meal and a little oil

Select readings » Elijah's miraculous preservation

Self-denial » Exemplified » Widow of zarephath

Self-denial » Instances of » The widow of zarephath, in sharing with elijah the last of her sustenance

Weak » Instrumentalities » A handful of meal and a little oil

Widow's » Instances of great liberality in

Women » Good » Widow of zarephath, who fed elijah during the famine

Zarephath » Elijah performs two miracles in

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
As the Lord

Usage: 0

אלהים 
'elohiym 
Usage: 2600

חי 
Chay 
Usage: 502

I have
ישׁ 
Yesh 
is, be, have, there,
Usage: 135

not a cake
מעוג 
Ma`owg 
Usage: 2

but an handful
מלו מלוא מלא 
M@lo' 
Usage: 37

of meal
קמח 
Qemach 
Usage: 14

in a barrel
כּד 
Kad 
Usage: 18

and a little
מעט מעט 
M@`at 
Usage: 101

oil
שׁמן 
Shemen 
Usage: 193

in a cruse
צפּחת 
Tsappachath 
Usage: 7

and, behold, I am gathering
קשׁשׁ 
Qashash 
Usage: 8

two
שׁתּים שׁנים 
Sh@nayim 
Usage: 767

that I may go in

come, bring, ... in, enter, go, carry, ...down, pass, ...out,
Usage: 0

it for me and my son

Usage: 0

that we may eat
אכל 
'akal 
Usage: 809

References

Morish

Smith

Context Readings

Elijah And The Widow

11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.



Cross References

1 Kings 17:1

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Genesis 21:16

And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

2 Kings 4:2-7

And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

1 Samuel 14:39

For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.

1 Samuel 14:45

And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

1 Samuel 20:3

And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

1 Samuel 20:21

And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.

1 Samuel 25:26

Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.

1 Samuel 26:10

David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

2 Samuel 15:21

And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

Jeremiah 4:2

And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

Jeremiah 5:2

And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.

Jeremiah 14:18

If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.

Lamentations 4:9

They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.

Ezekiel 12:18-19

Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;

Joel 1:15-16

Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Matthew 15:33-34

And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?

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