1 Kings 18
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1 Kings 18
Elijah and Obadiah...
And after many days it came to be that the word of YHWH came to Eliyahu, in the third year, saying, `Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I give rain on the earth.`
Thereupon Eliyahu went to present himself to Ahab. And the scarcity of food in Shomeron was severe.
And Ahab had called Obadyahu, who was over his house. Now Obadyahu feared YHWH exceedingly.
And it came to be, while Izebel cut down the prophets of YHWH, that Obadyahu had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.
And Ahab had said to Obadyahu, 'Go into the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis, it could be that we find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not have any livestock cut off.
And they divided the land between them to pass over it, Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadyahu went another way by himself.
And as Obadyahu was on his way, then see, Eliyahu met him. And he recognised him, and fell on his face, and said, 'Is that you, my master Eliyahu?'
And he answered him, 'It is I. Go, say to your master, 'Eliyahu is here.''
And he said, 'What have I sinned, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me?
'As YHWH your Elohim lives, there is no nation or reign where my master has not sent to look for you. And when they said, 'He is not here,' he made the reign or nation swear that they could not find you.
'And now you say, 'Go, say to your master, 'Eliyahu is here''!
'And it shall be, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of YHWH takes you away to a place I do not know. And I shall come to report to Ahab, and when he does not find you, he shall kill me. But I your servant have feared YHWH from my youth.
'Was it not reported to my master what I did when Izebel slew the prophets of YHWH, how I hid one hundred men of the prophets of YHWH, fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
'And now you say, 'Go, say to your master, 'Eliyahu is here!'' Then he shall slay me.'
And Eliyahu said, 'As YHWH of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I shall indeed show myself to him today.'
Elijah on Mount Carmel...
Obadyahu then went to meet Ahab and informed him, and Ahab went to meet Eliyahu.
And it came to be, when Ahab saw Eliyahu, that Ahab said to him, 'Is that you, O disturber of Yisra'el?'
And he answered, 'I have not disturbed Yisra'el, but you and your father's house, in that you have forsaken the commands of YHWH, and you have followed the Ba'als.
'And now, send and gather all Yisra'el to me on Mount Karmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Ba'al, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Izebel's table.'
Ahab then sent for all the children of Yisra'el, and gathered the prophets on Mount Karmel.
And Eliyahu came to all the people, and said, 'How long would you keep hopping between two opinions? If YHWH is Elohim, follow Him; and if Ba'al, follow him.' But the people answered him not a word.
And Eliyahu said to the people, 'I alone am left a prophet of YHWH, but the prophets of Ba'al are four hundred and fifty men.
'Now let them give us two bulls. And let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but set no fire. And I, I prepare the other bull, and shall lay it on the wood, but set no fire.
'And you shall call on the name of your mighty one, and I, I call on the Name of YHWH. And the Elohim who answers by fire, He is Elohim.' So all the people answered and said, 'The word is good.'
And Eliyahu said to the prophets of Ba'al, 'Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many. And call on the name of your mighty one, but set no fire.'
So they took the bull which was given them, and prepared it, and called on the name of Ba'al from morning even until noon, saying, 'O Ba'al, answer us!' But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they had made.
And it came to be at noon, that Eliyahu taunted them and said, 'Cry aloud, for he is a mighty one; he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or it could be that he is asleep and has to be awakened!'
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves, according to their ruling, with knives and spears, until the blood gushed out on them.
And it came to be when midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of bringing the evening offering. But there was no voice and no one answered, and no one paying attention.
Then Eliyahu said to all the people, 'Come closer to me.' And all the people came closer to him. And he repaired the altar of YHWH that was broken down.
And Eliyahu took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Ya'aqob, to whom the word of YHWH had come, saying, 'Yisra'el is your name.'
And with the stones he built an altar in the Name of YHWH. And he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed.
And he arranged the wood, and cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, 'Fill four jars with water, and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.'
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.
And the water flowed around the altar, and he filled the trench with water too.
And it came to be, at the time of bringing the evening offering, that Eliyahu the prophet came near and said, ' YHWH Elohim of Abraham, Yitshaq, and Yisra'el, let it be known today: You are Elohim in Yisra'el, and I Your servant, have done all these matters by Your word.
'Answer me, O YHWH, answer me, and let this people know that You are YHWH Elohim, and You shall turn their hearts back to You again.'
Then the fire of YHWH fell and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
And all the people saw, and fell on their faces, and said, ' YHWH, He is the Elohim! YHWH, He is the Elohim!'
And Eliyahu said to them, 'Seize the prophets of Ba'al! Do not let one of them escape!' So they seized them, and Eliyahu brought them down to the wadi Qishon and slaughtered them there.
And Eliyahu said to Ahab, 'Go up, eat and drink, because of the sound of the noise of rain.'
And Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Eliyahu went up to the top of Karmel, and he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees,
and said to his servant, 'Go up, please, look closely toward the sea.' So he went up and looked closely, and said, 'Not a speck.' And seven times he said, 'Go again.'
And it came to be the seventh time, that he said, 'See, a little cloud as small as a man's hand is coming out of the sea!' And he said, 'Go up, say to Ahab, 'Hitch up, and go down before the rain stops you.''
And in the meantime, it came to be that the heavens became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain, while Ahab rode and went to Yizre'el.
And the hand of YHWH was on Eliyahu. And he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Yizre'el.
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