So he got up and went to Zarephath. When he went through the city gate, there was a widow gathering wood. He called out to her, “Please give me a cup 1 of water, so I can take a drink.”
So now, listen to this, O one who lives so lavishly, 1 who lives securely, who says to herself, 2 ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me! 3 I will never have to live as a widow; I will never lose my children.’ 4
Their widows will become in my sight more numerous 1 than the grains of sand on the seashores. At noontime I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of their young men. 2 I will cause anguish 3 and terror to fall suddenly upon them. 4
The Lord says, “Do what is just and right. Deliver those who have been robbed from those 1 who oppress them. Do not exploit or mistreat foreigners who live in your land, children who have no fathers, or widows. 2 Do not kill innocent people 3 in this land.
א (Alef) 1 2 Alas! 3 The city once full of people 4 now sits all alone! 5 The prominent 6 lady among the nations has become a widow! 7 The princess 8 who once ruled the provinces 9 has become
Now in those 1 days, when the disciples were growing in number, 2 a complaint arose on the part of the Greek-speaking Jews 3 against the native Hebraic Jews, 4 because their widows 5 were being overlooked 6 in the daily distribution of food. 7
As much as 1 she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 2 to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 3 ‘I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’
So David went up, along with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail, formerly the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, 1 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge 2 to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
So let their children die of starvation. Let them be cut down by the sword. 1 Let their wives lose their husbands and children. Let the older men die of disease 2 and the younger men die by the sword in battle.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn to fulfill their duty 1 toward their own household and so repay their parents what is owed them. 2 For this is what pleases God. 3
David settled with Achish in Gath, along with his men and their families. 1 David had with him his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal’s widow.
but if a priest’s daughter is a widow or divorced, and she has no children so that she returns to live in 1 her father’s house as in her youth, 2 she may eat from her father’s food, but no lay person may eat it.
Then the Levites (because they have no allotment or inheritance with you), the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows of your villages may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work you do.