(zar' aw fath) Place name possibly meaning, “smelting, refining.” A town on the Mediterranean seacoast just south of Sidon. At the God's command Elijah fled there after prophesying a drought in Israel (1 Kings 17:2-9). While in Zarepath, he was hosted by a widow and her son. Although the drought affected the widow's income, too, her supply of meal and oil were miraculously sustained (1 Kings 17:12-16). Elijah also restored her son to life and health (1 Kings 17:17-23).
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