26 Then they took the ox which [a]was given them and they prepared it, and they called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was (A)no voice and no one answered. And they [b]limped about the altar which [c]they had made. 27 And at noon Elijah ridiculed them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, since he is a god; undoubtedly he is attending to business, or is on the way, or is on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep, and will awaken.” 28 So they cried out with a loud voice, and (B)cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until blood gushed out on them. 29 When midday was past, they raved (C)until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and [d]no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come forward to me.” So all the people came forward to him. And (D)he repaired the altar of the Lord which had been torn down. 31 Then Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “(E)Israel shall be your name.” 32 And with the stones he built an altar in (F)the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar, large enough to hold two [e]measures of seed. 33 (G)Then he laid out the wood, and he cut the ox in pieces and placed it on the wood. 34 And he said, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time,” so they did it a second time. Then he said, “Do it a third time,” so they did it a third time. 35 The water flowed around the altar, and he also filled the trench with water.

Elijah’s Prayer

36 Then (H)at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet approached and said, “(I)Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that (J)You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and that (K)I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that You, Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back.” 38 Then the (L)fire of the Lord 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 When all the people saw this, they fell on their faces; and they said, “(M)The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God!” 40 Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to (N)the brook Kishon, (O)and slaughtered them there.

41 Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of (P)Carmel; and he (Q)bent down to the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, but he said, “There is nothing.” Yet Elijah said, “Go back” seven times. 44 And when he returned the seventh time, he said, “Behold, (R)a cloud as small as a person’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And Elijah said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Harness your chariot horses and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’” 45 Meanwhile the sky became dark with clouds and wind came up, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to (S)Jezreel. 46 Then (T)the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and (U)he [f]belted his cloak around his waist and [g]outran Ahab [h]to Jezreel.

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  1. 1 Kings 18:26 Lit he gave
  2. 1 Kings 18:26 I.e., in a type of ceremonial dance
  3. 1 Kings 18:26 As in some mss and ancient versions; MT he
  4. 1 Kings 18:29 Lit there was no attention
  5. 1 Kings 18:32 Heb seahs; i.e., one seah equals about 7 qt. or 7.7 liters
  6. 1 Kings 18:46 I.e., for travel
  7. 1 Kings 18:46 Lit ran ahead of
  8. 1 Kings 18:46 Lit until your coming to

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