First Kings 18


18:1 And it came to pass [after] many days, that the word of the
 LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself
 to Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
18:2 And Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. And [there was] a
 grievous famine in Samaria.
18:3 And Ahab called Obadiah who [was] the governor of [his]
 house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:
18:4 For it was [so], when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the
 LORD, that Obadiah took a hundred prophets, and hid them by
 fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
18:5 And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land, to all
 fountains of water, and to all brooks: it may be we may find
 grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all
 the beasts.
18:6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout
 it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way
 by himself.
18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and
 he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, [Art] thou that my
 lord Elijah?
18:8 And he answered him, I [am]: go, tell thy lord, Behold,
 Elijah [is here].
18:9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver
 thy servant into the hand of Ahab to slay me?
18:10 [As] the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation nor
 kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when
 they said, [He is] not [there]; he took an oath of the kingdom
 and nation, that they found thee not.
18:11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah [is
 here].
18:12 And it will come to pass, [as soon as] I have gone from
 thee, that the Spirit of the LORD will carry thee whither I
 know not; and [so] when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot
 find thee, he will slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD
 from my youth.
18:13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the
 prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD'S
 prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
18:14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah [is
 here]: and he will slay me.
18:15 And Elijah said, [As] the LORD of hosts liveth, before
 whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him to-day.
18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went
 to meet Elijah.
18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said
 to him, [Art] thou he that troubleth Israel?
18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and
 thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments
 of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
18:19 Now therefore send, [and] gather to me all Israel to mount
 Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and
 the prophets of the groves four hundred, who eat at Jezebel's
 table.
18:20 So Ahab sent to all the children of Israel, and gathered
 the prophets to mount Carmel.
18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt
 ye between two opinions? if the LORD [is] God, follow him: but
 if Baal, [then] follow him. And the people answered him not a
 word.
18:22 Then said Elijah to the people, I [even] I only, remain a
 prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophet's [are] four hundred
 and fifty men.
18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them
 choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and
 lay [it] on wood, and put no fire [under]: and I will dress the
 other bullock, and lay [it] on wood, and put no fire [under]:
18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on
 the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let
 him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well
 spoken.
18:25 And Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose you one
 bullock for yourselves, and dress [it] first; for ye [are]
 many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire
 [under].
18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they
 dressed [it], and called on the name of Baal from morning even
 until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But [there was] no voice,
 nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was
 made.
18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and
 said, Cry aloud: for he [is] a god; either he is talking, or he
 is pursuing, or he is on a journey, [or] perhaps he sleepeth,
 and must be awaked.
18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their
 manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon
 them.
18:29 And it came to pass, when mid-day was past, and they
 prophesied until the [time] of the offering of the [evening]
 sacrifice, that [there was] neither voice, nor any to answer,
 nor any that regarded.
18:30 And Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And
 all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of
 the LORD [that was] broken down.
18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of
 the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD
 came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the
 LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would
 contain two measures of seed.
18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in
 pieces, and laid [him] on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels
 with water, and pour [it] on the burnt-sacrifice, and on the
 wood.
18:34 And he said, Do [it] the second time. And they did [it]
 the second time. And he said, Do [it] the third time. And they
 did [it] the third time.
18:35 And the water ran around the altar; and he filled the
 trench also with water.
18:36 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 of Israel, let it be
 known this day that thou [art] God in Israel, and [that] I [am]
 thy servant, and [that] I have done all these things at thy
 word.
18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that
 thou [art] the LORD God, and [that] thou hast turned their
 heart back again.
18:38 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.
18:39 And when all the people saw [it], they fell on their
 faces: and they said, The LORD, he [is] the God; the LORD, he
 [is] the God.
18:40 And Elijah said to them, Take the prophets of Baal; let
 not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought
 them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
18:41 And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink; for [there
 is] a sound of abundance of rain.
18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to
 the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and
 put his face between his knees,
18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look towards the sea.
 And he went up and looked, and said, [There is] nothing. And he
 said, Go again seven times.
18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said,
 Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a
 man's hand. And he said, Go up, say to Ahab, Prepare [thy
 chariot], and go down, that the rain may not hinder thee.
18:45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was
 black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And
 Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded his
 loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
 
 

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