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In those days, Eli­jah the prophet went to Zarephath. As he ar­rived at the en­trance of the city, a widow was gath­er­ing sticks there; he called out to her, "Please bring me a small cup­ful of water to drink." She left to get it, and he called out after her, "Please bring along a bit of bread." She an­swered, "As the Lord, your God, lives, I have noth­ing baked; there is only a hand­ful of flour in my jar and a lit­tle oil in my jug. Just now I was col­lect­ing a cou­ple of sticks, to go in and pre­pare some­thing for my­self and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die." Eli­jah said to her, "Do not be afraid. Go and do as you pro­pose. But first make me a lit­tle cake and bring it to me. Then you can pre­pare some­thing for your­self and your son. For the Lord, the God of Is­rael, says, 'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, un­til the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth.'"She left and did as Eli­jah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the Lord had fore­told through Eli­jah. (1 Kings 17:10-16)

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