1 Kings 18 ©
1 In the extremity of the famine Elijah is sent to meet Ahab. 3 Ahab and Obadiah go different ways in search of pasture for the cattle. 7 Elijah meeteth Obadiah, and sendeth him to call Ahab. 18 Ahab, after receiving a reproof, by Elijah's direction gathereth together all the prophets of Baal. 21 Elijah proposeth to decide by a sign from heaven between the Lord and Baal. 25 Baal's prophets invoke him in vain. 30 Elijah praying is answered by fire from heaven: the people own the Lord to be God: Baal's prophets are slain. 41 Elijah giveth Ahab notice of rain, which he obtaineth by prayer, and runneth before Ahab to Jezreel.
AND it came to pass after amany days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the bthird year, saying, cGo, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I dwill send rain upon the earth.
And Elijah went eto shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a *sore famine in Samaria.
For it was so, when 3Jezebel gcut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and hfed them with bread and water.)
And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find igrass to save the horses and mules alive, 4that we lose not all the beasts.
So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way jby himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
¶And as Obadiah was kin the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and lfell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?
And he answered him, I am : go, tell thy mlord, Behold, Elijah is here.
And he said, nWhat have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
As othe LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, pwhither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall qcarry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD rfrom my youth.
Was it not told my lord swhat I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here : and he shall slay me.
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and cgathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under : and I will *dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under :
And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and *dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
And they took the bullock which was given them, and they *dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, 7hear us. But there was ino voice, nor any that 8answered. And they 9leaped upon the altar which was made.
And they cried aloud, and lcut themselves after their *manner with knives and lancets, till 13the blood gushed out upon them.
And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they mprophesied until the time of the 14offering of nthe evening sacrifice, that there was oneither voice, nor any to answer, nor any 15that regarded.
And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was pbroken down.
And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
And it came to pass wat the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, xLORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, ylet it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that zI have done all these things at thy word.
Then cthe fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
¶And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, geat and drink; for there is 18a sound of abundance of rain.