Elijah Flees from Jezebel
1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how R729 F450 he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So R730 may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life F451 as the life F451 of one of them by tomorrow about this time." 3 And he was F452 afraid and arose and ran for his life F453 and came to Beersheba, R731 which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper F454 tree; and he R732 requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, F455 for I am not better than my fathers." 5 He lay down and slept under a juniper F456 tree; and behold, there was an R733 angel touching him, and he said to him, "Arise, eat." 6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you." 8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty R734 days and forty nights to Horeb, R735 the mountain of God.
Elijah at Horeb
9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the R736 word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 10 He said, "I R737 have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn R738 down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I R739 alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."
11 So He said, "Go R740 forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a R741 great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a R742 sound of a gentle blowing. 13 When Elijah heard it, he R743 wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a R744 voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14 Then he said, "I R745 have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."
15 The LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you R746 shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16 and Jehu R747 the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha R748 the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 "It shall come about, the one R749 who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall R750 put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall put to death. 18 "Yet R751 I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed R752 him."
19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his R753 mantle on him. 20 He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Please let R754 me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?" 21 So he returned from following him, and took the pair of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled R755 their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.
R729: 1 Kings 18:40
R730: Ruth 1:17; 1 Kings 20:10; 2 Kings 6:31
R731: Genesis 21:31
R732: Numbers 11:15; Jeremiah 20:14-18; Jonah 4:3,8
R733: Genesis 28:12
R734: Exodus 24:18; 34:28; Deuteronomy 9:9-11,18; Matthew 4:2
R735: Exodus 3:1; 4:27
R736: Exodus 33:21,22
R737: Exodus 20:5; 34:14
R738: Romans 11:3,4
R739: 1 Kings 18:22
R740: Exodus 19:20; 24:12,18
R741: Ezekiel 1:4
R742: Job 1:4:16; Zechariah 4:6
R743: Exodus 3:6
R744: 1 Kings 19:9
R745: 1 Kings 19:10
R746: 2 Kings 8:8-15
R747: 2 Kings 9:1-10
R748: 1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:9,15
R749: 2 Kings 8:12; 13:3,22
R750: 2 Kings 9:14-10:25
R751: Romans 11:4
R752: Hosea 13:2
R753: 1 Samuel 28:14; 2 Kings 2:8,13,14
R754: Matthew 8:21,22; Luke 9:61,62; Acts 20:37
R755: 2 Samuel 24:22