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23 Let them bring us two bulls. Let them choose one of the bulls for themselves, cut it up into pieces, and place it on the wood. But they must not set it on fire. I will do the same to the other bull and place it on the wood. But I will not set it on fire. 24 Then you[a] will invoke the name of your god, and I will invoke the name of the Lord. The god who responds with fire will demonstrate that he is the true God.”[b] All the people responded, “This will be a fair test.”[c]

25 Elijah told the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls for yourselves and go first, for you are the majority. Invoke the name of your god, but do not light a fire.”[d]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 18:24 tn Elijah now directly addresses the prophets.
  2. 1 Kings 18:24 tn Heb “the God.”
  3. 1 Kings 18:24 tn Heb “The matter [i.e., proposal] is good [i.e., acceptable].”
  4. 1 Kings 18:25 tc The last sentence of v. 25 is absent in the Syriac Peshitta.

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