17 Then the Lord’s anger(A) will burn against you, and he will shut up(B) the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce,(C) and you will soon perish(D) from the good land the Lord is giving you.

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35 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain(A) because your people have sinned(B) against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,

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Elijah Announces a Great Drought

17 Now Elijah(A) the Tishbite, from Tishbe[a] in Gilead,(B) said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain(C) in the next few years except at my word.”

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  1. 1 Kings 17:1 Or Tishbite, of the settlers
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Elijah and Obadiah

18 After a long time, in the third(A) year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present(B) yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain(C) on the land.”

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26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain(A) because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,

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27 “He draws up the drops of water,(A)
    which distill as rain to the streams[a];(B)

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  1. Job 36:27 Or distill from the mist as rain
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28 Does the rain have a father?(A)
    Who fathers the drops of dew?

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10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers(A) and bless its crops.

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He covers the sky with clouds;(A)
    he supplies the earth with rain(B)
    and makes grass grow(C) on the hills.

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I will make it a wasteland,(A)
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns(B) will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain(C) on it.”

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24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear(A) the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains(B) in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’(C)

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The ground is cracked
    because there is no rain in the land;(A)
the farmers are dismayed
    and cover their heads.

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He said:

“The Lord roars(A) from Zion
    and thunders(B) from Jerusalem;(C)
the pastures of the shepherds dry up,
    and the top of Carmel(D) withers.”(E)

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