smelting-shop, "a workshop for the refining and smelting of metals", a small Phoenician town, now Surafend, about a mile from the coast, almost midway on the road between Tyre and Sidon. Here Elijah sojourned with a poor widow during the "great famine," when the "heaven was shut up three years and six months" (Luke 4:26; 1 Kings 17:10). It is called Sarepta in the New Testament (Luke 4:26).
But, it may be asked, what more trying circumstances had Elijah to grapple with at zarephath than at Cherith?
The first scene is placed by the gate of the city of zarephath.
It was different when he hid by the brook Cherith, or in zarephath, or in the glades of Carmel.
zarephath, a village on a promontory by the shore, about eight miles south of Zidon.
Just outside zarephath, Elijah found a woman gathering sticks for firewood.
He gained thus much at least by his retirement at zarephath; and surely it was not a little.
Here Elijah is summoned away from his retirement at zarephath, to make his appearance in public and stand again before king Ahab.
He had learnt a lesson which mount Carmel could not teach him—a lesson which neither zarephath nor Cherith had taught him.
We are not to suppose that during his stay at zarephath Elijah remained immured in his chamber.
After earnest prayer he outstretched himself over the little corpse, as Elijah had done at zarephath.