5 Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we will find grass and keep the horses and mules alive, and not 1have to kill some of the cattle.”
6 So they divided the land between them to 1survey it; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.
9 He said, “What 1sin have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death?
10 “aAs the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you.
12 “It will come about when I leave you athat the Spirit of the Lord will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have 1feared the Lord from my youth.
13 “aHas it not been told to my master what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, that I hid 1a hundred prophets of the Lord by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water?
15 Elijah said, “aAs the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”
17 When Ahab saw Elijah, aAhab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?”
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, “aHow long will you 1hesitate between two opinions? bIf the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.
23 “Now let them give us two oxen; and let them choose one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other ox and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it.
26 Then they took the ox which 1was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was ano voice and no one answered. And they 2leaped about the altar which 3they made.
27 It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.”
28 So they cried with a loud voice and acut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And ahe repaired the altar of the Lord which had been torn down.
31 Elijah took twelve stones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “aIsrael shall be your name.”
33 aThen he arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces and laid it on the wood.
34 And he said, “Fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time.
36 aAt the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “bO Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that cYou are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and dI have done all these things at Your word.
38 Then the afire of the Lord 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; and they said, “aThe Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.”
44 It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, aa cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘1Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’ ”
45 In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to aJezreel.
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