|1 Kings 18 |
1 Now after many days, the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, "Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth."
2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now there was a severe famine in Samaria.
3 And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;
4 For when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.)
5 Then Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and brooks; perhaps we will find grass to save the horses and mules, so that we will not have to kill any livestock."
6 So they divided the land between them to explore it. Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 And as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. And Obadiah recognized him and fell on his face and said, "Is it you, my lord Elijah?"
8 And Elijah answered him, "It is I. Go tell your lord: 'Behold, Elijah is here.'"
9 But Obadiah said, "How have I sinned, that you would deliver your servant into the hands of Ahab to be slain?
10 For as the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where Ahab has not sent people to hunt for you. And when they said, 'He is not here,' he made the kingdom or nation swear an oath that they had not found you.
11 And now you say, 'Go tell your lord: Behold, Elijah is here.'
12 And as soon as I am gone from you, the Spirit of the LORD may carry you I know not where; so that when I go and tell Ahab, and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared the LORD from my youth.
13 Was it not reported to you what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water?
14 And now you say, 'Go tell your lord: Behold, Elijah is here.' He will slay me!"
15 But Elijah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to Ahab today."
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17 When he saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Are you he who troubles Israel?"
18 And Elijah answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, by forsaking the commands of the LORD and following the Baals.
19 Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to meet me on mount Carmel; and bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."
20 So Ahab sent word to all the children of Israel and gathered the prophets together on mount Carmel.
21 And Elijah came to all the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him, but if Baal is God, then follow him!" But the people did not answer him a word.
22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I, only I, am left of the LORD's prophets, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.
23 Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on wood but put no fire under it. I will dress the other bull and lay it on wood and put no fire under it.
24 Then call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God." And all the people answered, "It is well said."
25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one bull for yourselves and dress it first since there are so many of you. And call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it."
26 So they took the bull that was given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, "O Baal, hear and answer us." But there was no voice; no one answered. And they leaped around the altar they had made.
27 And at noon Elijah mocked them and said, "Cry louder, for surely he is a god; either he is musing, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened."
28 So they cried louder and cut themselves with knives and lances, as was their custom, until the blood gushed out upon them.
29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no one answered, no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." And all the people came to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been torn down.
31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the LORD has said, "Israel shall be your name."
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. Then made a trench around the altar large enough to contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood and said, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood."
34 Then he said, "Do it a second time." And they did it a second time. And he said, "Do it a third time." And they did it a third time.
35 The water ran around the altar, and he also filled the trench with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your word.
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back to you again."
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they said, "The LORD, he is God! The LORD, he is God!."
40 And Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape!" So they seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up now, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain."
42 So Ahab went to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea." And he went up and looked and said, "There is nothing there." Seven times Elijah said, "Go again."
44 And it came to pass on the seventh time, that his servant said, "Behold, a little cloud as small as a man'a hand arises out of the sea." And Elijah said, "Go up and say to Ahab, 'Prepare your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'"
45 And in a little while, the heavens were black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.
46 Then the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
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