Following his raising of the widow's son, Elijah remained at Zarephath until almost three years had passed since he had first warned King Ahab of the impending drought (see I Kings 17:1; 18:1). Meanwhile it had become increasingly severe, and Ahab's pagan wife, Jezebel, far from evidencing conversion or repentance, had slain many of the Israelite prophets (see I Kings 18:13); but the special object of her wrath was Elijah.
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