17:8 Then the word of the LORD came to him,
"Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and
live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed
So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the
gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he
called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in
a vessel, so that I may drink."
As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said,
"Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand."
But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I have
nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a
little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of
sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself
and my son, that we may eat it, and die."
Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid; go and do as
you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and
bring it to me, and afterwards make something for
yourself and your son.
For thus says the LORD the God of Israel: The jar of
meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not
fail until the day that the LORD sends rain on the
She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as
he and her household ate for many days.
The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of
oil fail, according to the word of the LORD that he
spoke by Elijah.
the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing
praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom
there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on
that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose
hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in
them; who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food
to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up
those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the
orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he
brings to ruin.
The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all
generations. Praise the LORD!
1:11 For I
want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel
that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin;
for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I
taught it, but I received it through a revelation of
You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism.
I was violently persecuting the church of God and was
trying to destroy it.
I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the
same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions
of my ancestors.
But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and
called me through his grace, was pleased
to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him
among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already
apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia,
and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit
Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days;
but I did not see any other apostle except James the
In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia,
and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of
Judea that are in Christ;
they only heard it said, "The one who formerly was
persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once
tried to destroy."
And they glorified God because of me.
afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his
disciples and a large crowd went with him.
As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had
died was being carried out. He was his mother's only
son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd
from the town.
When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and
said to her, "Do not weep."
Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the
bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say
to you, rise!"
The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave
him to his mother.
Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying,
"A great prophet has risen among us!" and
"God has looked favorably on his people!"
This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the