widow's cruse


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widow's cruse

n
an endless or unfailing source of supply
[allusion to I Kings 17:16]
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The widow's cruse (an earthen vessel) reminds us of God's graciousness to a woman so poor she couldn't feed her son, much less a wandering prophet who came asking for bread.
My washing basket replenishes itself like the widow's cruse.
Its name comes from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow's cruse - a jar of oil which never runs out and which signifies that support would be given as long as she needed it.