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Melakim (Kings) 1. 18:1-39


1 Kings 18:1-39

1  And after many days it came to be that the word of יהוה came to Ěliyahu, in the third year, saying, "Go, present yourself to Aḥaḇ, and I give rain on the earth."

2  Thereupon Ěliyahu went to present himself to Aḥaḇ. And the scarcity of food in Shomeron was severe.

3  And Aḥaḇ had called Oḇaḏyahu, who was over his house. Now Oḇaḏyahu revered יהוה exceedingly.

4  And it came to be, while Izeḇel cut down the neḇi'im of יהוה, that Oḇaḏyahu had taken one hundred neḇi'im and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.

5  And Aḥaḇ had said to Oḇaḏyahu, "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.

6  And they divided the land between them to pass over it, Aḥaḇ went one way by himself, and Oḇaḏyahu went another way by himself.

7  And as Oḇaḏyahu was on his way, then see, Ěliyahu met him. And he recognised him, and fell on his face, and said, "Is that you, my master Ěliyahu?"

8  And he answered him, "It is I. Go, say to your master, ‘Ěliyahu is here.' "

9  And he said, "What have I sinned, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Aḥaḇ, to kill me?

10  "As יהוה 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.

11  "And now you say, ‘Go, say to your master, "Ěliyahu is here!" '

12  "And it shall be, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Ruaḥ of יהוה takes you away to a place I do not know. And I shall come to report to Aḥaḇ, and when he does not find you, he shall kill me. But I your servant have revered יהוה from my youth.

13  "Was it not reported to my master what I did when Izeḇel slew the neḇi'im of יהוה, how I hid one hundred men of the nebi'im of יהוה, fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

14  "And now you say, ‘Go, say to your master, "Ěliyahu is here!" ' Then he shall slay me."

15  And Ěliyahu said, "As יהוה of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I shall indeed show myself to him today."

16  Oḇaḏyahu then went to meet Aḥaḇ and informed him, and Aḥaḇ went to meet Ěliyahu.

17  And it came to be, when Aḥaḇ saw Ěliyahu, that Aḥaḇ said to him, "Is that you, O disturber of Yisra'ĕl?"

18  And he answered, "I have not disturbed Yisra'ĕl, but you and your father's house, in that you have forsaken the Commands of יהוה, and you have followed the Baʽals.

19  "And now, send and gather all Yisra'ĕl to me on Mount Karmel, the four hundred and fifty neḇi'im of Baʽal, and the four hundred neḇi'im of Ashĕrah, who eat at Izeḇel's table."

20  Aḥaḇ then sent for all the children of Yisra'ĕl, and gathered the neḇi'im on Mount Karmel.

21  And Ěliyahu came to all the people, and said, "How long would you keep hopping between two opinions? If יהוה is Elohim, follow Him; and if Baʽal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.

22  And Ěliyahu said to the people, "I alone am left a nabi of יהוה, but the nebi'im of Baʽal are four hundred and fifty men.

23  "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 light no fire. And I, I prepare the other bull, and shall lay it on the wood, but set no fire.

24  "And you shall call on the name of your mighty one, and I, I call on the Name of יהוה. And the Elohim who answers by fire, He is Elohim." So all the people answered and said, "The word is good."

25  And Ěliyahu said to the neḇi'im of Baʽal, "Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many. And call on the name of your mighty one, but light no fire."

26  So they took the bull which was given them, and prepared it, and called on the name of Baʽal from morning even until noon, saying, "O Baʽal, answer us!" But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they had made.

27  And it came to be at noon, that Ěliyahu 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!"

28  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves, according to their ruling, with knives and spears, until the blood gushed out on them.

29  And it came to be when midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of bringing the offering. But there was no voice and no one answered, and no one paying attention.

30  Then Ěliyahu said to all the people, "Come closer to me." And all the people came closer to him. And he repaired the altar of יהוה that was broken down.

31  And Ěliyahu took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Yaʽaqoḇ, to whom the word of יהוה had come, saying, "Yisra'ĕl is your name."

32  And with the stones he built an altar in the Name of יהוה. And he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two se'im of seed.

33  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."

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  And the water flowed around the altar, and he filled the trench with water too.

36  And it came to be, at the time of bringing the offering, that Ěliyahu the naḇi came near and said, "יהוה Elohim of Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yisra'ĕl, let it be known today: You are Elohim in Yisra'ĕl, and I Your servant, have done all these matters by Your word.

37  "Answer me, O יהוה, answer me, and let this people know that You are יהוה Elohim, and You shall turn their hearts back to You again."

38  Then the fire of יהוה 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.

39  And all the people saw, and fell on their faces, and said, "יהוה, He is the Elohim! יהוה, He is the Elohim!"