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 1 Kings 18
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Obadiah Meets Elijah

1 Now it happened after R686 many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I R687 will send rain on the face of the earth." 2 So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 3 Ahab called Obadiah who R688 was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared R689 F431 the LORD greatly; 4 for when R690 Jezebel destroyed F432 the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided R691 them with bread and water.) 5 Then Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we will find grass and keep the horses and mules alive, and not have F433 to kill some of the cattle." 6 So they divided the land between them to survey F434 it; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.

7 Now as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met F435 him, and R692 he recognized him and fell on his face and said, "Is this you, Elijah my master?" 8 He said to him, "It is I. Go, say to your master, `Behold, Elijah is here."' 9 He said, "What sin F436 have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death? 10 "As R693 the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, `He is not here,' he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you. 11 "And now you are saying, `Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here."' 12 "It will come about when I leave you that R694 the Spirit of the LORD will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared F437 the LORD from my youth. 13 "Has R695 it not been told to my master what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, that I hid a F438 hundred prophets of the LORD by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water? 14 "And now you are saying, `Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here"'; he will then kill me." 15 Elijah said, "As R696 the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today." 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab R697 said to him, "Is this you, you troubler of Israel?" 18 He said, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you R698 have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you R699 have followed the Baals. 19 "Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount R700 Carmel, together R701 with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the R702 Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."

God or Baal on Mount Carmel

20 So Ahab sent a message among all the sons of Israel and brought the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How R703 long will you hesitate F439 between two opinions? If R704 the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone R705 am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are 450 R706 men. 23 "Now let them give us two oxen; and let them choose one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other ox and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it. 24 "Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and the R707 God who answers by fire, He is God." And all the people said, "That F440 is a good idea."

25 So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it." 26 Then they took the ox which was F441 given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, "O Baal, answer us." But there was no R708 voice and no one answered. And they leaped F442 about the altar which they F443 made. 27 It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened." 28 So they cried with a loud voice and cut R709 themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. 29 When midday was past, they raved F444 until R710 the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one F445 paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he R711 repaired the altar of the LORD which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Israel R712 shall be your name." 32 So with the stones he built an altar in the R713 name of the LORD, and he made a trench around the altar, large enough to hold two measures F446 of seed. 33 Then R714 he arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces and laid it on the wood. 34 And he said, "Fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood." And 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 flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water.

Elijah's Prayer

36 At R715 the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O R716 LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You R717 are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I R718 have done all these things at Your word. 37 "Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again." 38 Then the fire R719 of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The R720 LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God." 40 Then Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape." So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the R721 brook Kishon, and R722 slew them there.

41 Now Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower." 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; R723 and he crouched R724 down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 He said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea." So he went up and looked and said, "There is nothing." And he said, "Go back" seven times. 44 It came about at the seventh time, that he said, "Behold, a R725 cloud as small as a man's hand is coming up from the sea." And he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, `Prepare F447 your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.' " 45 In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. R726 46 Then the R727 hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he R728 girded up his loins and outran F448 Ahab to F449 Jezreel.


R686: 1 Kings 17:1; Luke 4:25; James 5:17
R687: Deuteronomy 28:12
R688: 1 Kings 16:9
R689: Nehemiah 7:2; Job 1:28:28
R690: 1 Kings 18:13
R691: Matthew 10:40-42
R692: 2 Kings 1:6-8
R693: 1 Kings 17:1
R694: 2 Kings 2:16; Ezekiel 3:12,14; Acts 8:39
R695: 1 Kings 18:4
R696: 1 Kings 17:1
R697: Joshua 7:25; 1 Kings 21:20
R698: 1 Kings 9:9; 2 Chronicles 15:2
R699: 1 Kings 16:31; 21:25,26
R700: Joshua 19:26; 2 Kings 2:25
R701: 1 Kings 18:22
R702: 1 Kings 16:33
R703: 2 Kings 17:41; Matthew 6:24
R704: Joshua 24:15
R705: 1 Kings 19:10,14
R706: 1 Kings 18:19
R707: 1 Kings 18:38
R708: Psalms 115:4,5; Jeremiah 10:5
R709: Leviticus 19:28; Deuteronomy 14:1
R710: Exodus 29:39,41
R711: 1 Kings 19:10,14; 2 Chronicles 33:16
R712: Genesis 32:28; 35:10; 2 Kings 17:34
R713: Colossians 3:17
R714: Genesis 22:9; Leviticus 1:7,8
R715: 1 Kings 18:29
R716: Genesis 28:13; Exodus 3:6; 4:5; Matthew 22:32
R717: 1 Kings 8:43
R718: Numbers 16:28-32
R719: Genesis 15:17; Leviticus 9:24; 10:1,2; Judges 6:21; 2 Kings 1:12; 1 Chronicles 21:26; 2 Chronicles 7:1; Job 1:1:16
R720: 1 Kings 18:21,24
R721: Judges 4:7; 5:21
R722: Deuteronomy 13:5; 18:20; 2 Kings 10:24,25
R723: 1 Kings 18:19,20
R724: James 5:18
R725: Luke 12:54
R726: Joshua 17:16; Judges 6:33
R727: 2 Kings 3:15; Isaiah 8:11; Ezekiel 3:14
R728: 2 Kings 4:29; Jeremiah 1:17; 1 Peter 1:13


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