Cherith (Jordan Valley)

Cherith (Jordan Valley) and surrounding area

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1 Kings 17:3 "Go away from here, turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, that is before the Jordan.

1 Kings 17:5 So he went and did according to the word of Yahweh; for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, that is before the Jordan.


ke'-rith (nachal kerith; Cheimarrhous Chorrhath): The place where Elijah hid and was miraculously fed, after announcing the drought to Ahab (1 Kings 17:3). It is described as being "before," that is "east," of Jordan. It cannot therefore be identified with Wady el-Kelt, to the West of Jericho. The retreat must be sought in some recess of the Gilead uplands with which doubtless Elijah had been familiar in his earlier days.

CHERITH, a brook (pron. ke'rith), most probably the present wady Kelt, w. of Jericho; Jerusalem is 10 ms. s.w. of its western part.
Strong's Hebrew
H3747: Kerith

a brook where Elijah was hidden

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