What is meant by “mistress” in 1 Kings 17:17?

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What is meant by “mistress” in 1 Kings 17:17?

1 Kings 17:17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

The word “mistress” does not always have a bad connotation as it does today. The word “mistress” in 1 Kings, is referring to the widow herself. Since her husband is dead, she is the head of the house. We still used the phrase: Lady of the house, which is just another way of saying the mistress of the house.

For more information on 1 Kings 17, see our verse by verse Bible Study

If you go to Dictionary.com and look up mistress, you see it has varied applications

1) a woman who has authority, control, or power, esp. the female head of a household, institution, or other establishment.

9) (initial capital letter) a term of address in former use and corresponding to Mrs., Miss, or Ms.

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