18:31 twelve stones. Elijah emphasizes the oneness of the people, despite the division of the kingdom. In this way he also underscores that the contest at Mount Carmel is not significant for the northern tribes only, but for the southern tribes as well (Ex. 20:25; 24:4; Josh. 4).
Israel shall be your name. The words are a quotation of Gen. 35:10, where God affirmed the special name He had earlier given Jacob.