10 So Elijah got up and went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the city gate, there was a widow gathering wood. Elijah called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup and let me drink.”(A) 11 As she went to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”

12 But she said, “As the Lord your God lives,(B) I don’t have anything baked—only a handful of flour in the jar and a bit of oil(C) 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.”(D)

13 Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. But first make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me. Afterward, you may make some for yourself and your son, 14 for this is what the Lord God of Israel says, ‘The flour jar will not become empty and the oil jug will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the surface of the land.’”(E)

15 So she proceeded to do according to the word of Elijah. Then the woman, Elijah, and her household ate for many days.(F)

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and took a hundred prophets and hid them, fifty men to a cave, and provided them with food and water when Jezebel(A) slaughtered the Lord’s prophets.(B)

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The Shunammite Woman’s Hospitality

One day Elisha went to Shunem.(A) A prominent woman who lived there persuaded him to eat some food. So whenever he passed by, he stopped there to eat.(B)

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Gaius Commended

Dear friend, you are acting faithfully in whatever you do for the brothers and sisters, especially when they are strangers. They have testified to your love before the church.(A) You will do well to send them on their journey(B) in a manner worthy of God,(C) since they set out for the sake of the Name,(D) accepting nothing from pagans.[a](E) Therefore, we ought to support such people so that we can be coworkers with the truth.

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Footnotes

  1. 7: Or Gentiles

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