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Elijah Predicts Drought

17 1  Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the foreigners of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” 2  The word of Yahweh came to him, saying, 3  “Go away from here, turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, that is before the Jordan. 4  It shall be, that you shall drink of the brook. I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5  So he went and did according to the word of Yahweh; for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, that is before the Jordan. 6  The ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 7  It happened after a while, that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

8  The word of Yahweh came to him, saying, 9  “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain you.” 10  So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks: and he called to her, and said, “Please get me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11  As she was going to get it, he called to her, and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12  She said, “As Yahweh your God lives, I don’t have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar. Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13  Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go and do as you have said; but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it out to me, and afterward make some for you and for your son. 14  For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.’” 15  She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, ate many days. 16  The jar of meal didn’t empty, neither did the jar of oil fail, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by Elijah.

17  It happened after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 18  She said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, you man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to memory, and to kill my son!” 19  He said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into the room where he stayed, and laid him on his own bed. 20  He cried to Yahweh, and said, “Yahweh my God, have you also brought evil on the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” 21  He stretched himself on the child three times, and cried to Yahweh, and said, “Yahweh my God, please let this child’s soul come into him again.” 22  Yahweh listened to the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23  Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him to his mother; and Elijah said, “Behold, your son lives.” 24  The woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of Yahweh in your mouth is truth.”

Elijah Returns to Ahab

18 1  It happened after many days, that the word of Yahweh came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I will send rain on the earth.” 2  Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. 3  Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared Yahweh greatly: 4  for it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of Yahweh, that Obadiah took one hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) 5  Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land, to all the springs of water, and to all the brooks. Perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, that we not lose all the animals.” 6  So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. 7  As Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he recognized him, and fell on his face, and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” 8  He answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here!’” 9  He said, “Wherein have I sinned, that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me? 10  As Yahweh your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you. When they said, ‘He is not here,’ he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they didn’t find you. 11  Now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here.”’ 12  It will happen, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of Yahweh will carry you I don’t know where; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he can’t find you, he will kill me. But I, your servant, have feared Yahweh from my youth. 13  Wasn’t it told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh, how I hid one hundred men of Yahweh’s prophets with fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14  Now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here;”’ and he will kill me.” 15  Elijah said, “As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16  So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17  It happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” 18  He answered, “I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father’s house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of Yahweh, and you have followed the Baals. 19  Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel to Mount Carmel, and four hundred fifty of the prophets of Baal, and four hundred of the prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

The Contest on Mount Carmel

20  So Ahab sent to all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together to Mount Carmel.

21  Elijah came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you waver between the two sides? If Yahweh is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”

The people answered him not a word. 22  Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of Yahweh; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred fifty men. 23  Let them therefore give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under; and I will dress the other bull, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under it. 24  You call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of Yahweh. The God who answers by fire, let him be God.”

All the people answered, “It is well said.” 25  Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves, and dress it first; for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” 26  They took the bull which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any who answered. They leaped about the altar which was made. 27  It happened at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, “Cry aloud; for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he sleeps and must be awakened.” 28  They cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29  It was so, when midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of the offering of the offering; but there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any who regarded. 30  Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me;” and all the people came near to him. He repaired the altar of Yahweh that was thrown down. 31  Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahweh came, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” 32  With the stones he built an altar in the name of Yahweh. He made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. 33  He put the wood in order, and cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water, and pour it on the burnt offering, and on the wood.” 34  He said, “Do it a second time;” and they did it the second time. He said, “Do it a third time;” and they did it the third time. 35  The water ran around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. 36  It happened at the time of the offering of the offering, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, “Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37  Hear me, Yahweh, hear me, that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God, and that you have turned their heart back again.” 38  Then the fire of Yahweh fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39  When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces. They said, “Yahweh, he is God! Yahweh, he is God!” 40  Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Don’t let one of them escape!”

They seized them. Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and killed them there.

Elijah Prays for Rain

41  Elijah said to Ahab, “Get up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42  So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down on the earth, and put his face between his knees. 43  He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”

He went up, and looked, and said, “There is nothing.”

He said, “Go again” seven times. 44  It happened at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a small cloud, like a man’s hand, is rising out of the sea.”

He said, “Go up, tell Ahab, ‘Get ready and go down, so that the rain doesn’t stop you.’” 45  It happened in a little while, that the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 46  The hand of Yahweh was on Elijah; and he tucked his cloak into his belt and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Elijah Flees to Horeb

19 1  Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2  Then Jezebel send a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don’t make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!” 3  When he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” 5  He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat!” 6  He looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on the coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and laid down again. 7  The angel of Yahweh came again the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8  He arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the Mount of God.

9  He came there to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of Yahweh came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10  He said, “I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of Armies; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword. I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11  He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before Yahweh.”

Behold, Yahweh passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake. 12  After the earthquake a fire passed; but Yahweh was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13  It was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entrance of the cave. Behold, a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14  He said, “I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of Armies; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword. I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 15  Yahweh said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16  You shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah to be prophet in your place. 17  It shall happen, that he who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18  Yet will I leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.”

The Call of Elisha

19  So he departed there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed over to him, and cast his mantle on him. 20  He left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me please kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.”

He said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21  He returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and served him.

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