18 He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because (A)you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and (B)you have followed the Baals. 19 Now then send and gather to me all Israel at (C)Mount Carmel, (D)together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of (E)the 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, “(F)How long will you [a]hesitate between two opinions? (G)If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 18:21 Lit limp on the two divided opinions

“The (A)priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
And those who handle the law (B)did not know Me;
The [a]rulers also transgressed against Me,
And the (C)prophets prophesied by Baal
And walked after (D)things that did not profit.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 2:8 Lit shepherds

32 Behold, I am against those who have prophesied (A)false dreams,” declares the Lord, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and (B)reckless boasting; yet (C)I did not send them or command them, nor do they (D)furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the Lord.

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