Other Translations of 1 Kings 17:21
King James Version
21 And he stretched stretched: Heb. measured himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
English Standard Version
21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, let this child's lifeOr soul; also verse 22 come into him again."
21 Three times he stretched himself out full-length on the boy, praying with all his might, "God, my God, put breath back into this boy's body!"
New King James Version
21 And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, "O Lord my God, I pray, let this child's soul come back to him."
New Living Translation
21 And he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the Lord, "O Lord my God, please let this child's life return to him."
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 17:21
Commentary on 1 Kings 17:17-24
(Read 1 Kings 17:17-24)
Neither faith nor obedience shut out afflictions and death. The child being dead, the mother spake to the prophet, rather to give vent to her sorrow, than in hope of relief. When God removes our comforts from us, he remembers our sins against us, perhaps the sins of our youth, though long since past. When God remembers our sins against us, he designs to teach us to remember them against ourselves, and to repent of them. Elijah's prayer was doubtless directed by the Holy Spirit. The child revived. See the power of prayer, and the power of Him who hears prayer.