1 A long time went by, and the word of Yahweh came to Elijah in the third year, 'Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the country.'
Jas 5:17 Luke 4:25 1Kgs 17:1 Deut 28:12 Lev 26:4 1Kgs 17:7 1Kgs 17:15
2 So Elijah set off to present himself to Ahab. As the famine was particularly severe in Samaria,
2Kgs 6:25 Deut 28:23-24 Heb 13:5-6 Isa 51:12 Jer 14:2-6 Jer 14:18 Joel 1:15-20
3 Ahab summoned Obadiah, the master of the palace -- Obadiah held Yahweh in great reverence:
Neh 7:2 1Kgs 16:9 1Kgs 18:12 2Kgs 4:1 Acts 10:2 Acts 10:35 Gen 22:12
4 when Jezebel was butchering the prophets of Yahweh, Obadiah took a hundred of them and hid them, fifty at a time, in a cave, and kept them provided with food and water-
1Kgs 18:13 Matt 10:40-42 Heb 11:38 Matt 21:35 Matt 25:35 Matt 25:40 Rev 17:4-6
5 and Ahab said to Obadiah, 'Come along, we must scour the country, all the springs and all the ravines in the hope of finding grass to keep horses and mules alive, or we shall have to slaughter some of our stock.'
Hab 3:17 Jer 14:5-6 Joel 1:18 Joel 2:22 Ps 104:14 Rom 8:20-22
6 They divided the country for the purpose of their survey; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 While Obadiah was on his way, whom should he meet but Elijah. Recognising him he fell on his face and said, 'So it is you, my lord Elijah!'
2Kgs 1:6-8 1Kgs 11:29 1Sam 20:41 2Sam 19:18 Gen 18:2 Gen 18:12 Gen 44:16
8 'Yes,' he replied, 'go and tell your master, "Elijah is here." '
1Kgs 18:3 1Pet 2:17-18 Rom 13:7
9 But Obadiah said, 'What sin I have committed, for you to put your servant into Ahab's power and cause my death?
1Kgs 17:18 1Kgs 18:12 Exod 5:21
10 As Yahweh your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent in search of you; and when they said, "He is not there," he made the kingdom or nation swear an oath that they did not know where you were.
1Kgs 17:1 1Kgs 1:29 1Kgs 2:24 1Kgs 17:5 1Kgs 17:9 1Kgs 17:12 1Kgs 18:15
11 And now you say to me, "Go and tell your master: Elijah is here."
1Kgs 18:8 1Kgs 18:14
12 But as soon as I leave you, the spirit of Yahweh will carry you away and I shall not know where; I shall go and tell Ahab; he will not be able to find you, and then he will kill me. Yet from his youth your servant has revered Yahweh.
2Kgs 2:16 Acts 8:39 Ezek 8:3 1Sam 2:18 1Sam 2:26 1Sam 3:19-20 1Sam 22:11-19
13 Has no one told my lord what I did when Jezebel butchered the prophets of Yahweh, how I hid a hundred of them in a cave, fifty at a time, and kept them provided with food and water?
1Kgs 18:4 Matt 25:35 1Thess 2:9-10 Acts 20:34 Gen 20:4-5 Matt 10:41-42 Ps 18:21-24
14 And now you say to me, "Go and tell your master: Elijah is here." Why, he will kill me!'
15 Elijah replied, 'As Yahweh Sabaoth lives, whom I serve, I shall present myself to him today!'
1Kgs 17:1 1Kgs 18:10 Deut 1:38 Deut 4:19 Gen 2:1 Heb 6:16-17 Isa 6:3
16 Obadiah went to find Ahab and tell him the news, and Ahab then went to find Elijah.
17 When he saw Elijah, Ahab said, 'So there you are, you scourge of Israel!'
1Kgs 21:20 Josh 7:25 Acts 16:20 Acts 17:6 Acts 24:5 Amos 7:10 Jer 26:8-9
18 'Not I,' he replied, 'I am not the scourge of Israel, you and your family are; because you have deserted Yahweh and followed Baal.
2Chr 15:2 1Kgs 9:9 1Kgs 16:31 1Kgs 21:25 Acts 24:13 Acts 24:20 Ezek 3:8
19 Now give orders for all Israel to gather round me on Mount Carmel, and also the four hundred prophets of Baal who eat at Jezebel's table.'
Josh 19:26 1Kgs 16:33 2Kgs 2:25 1Kgs 15:13 1Kgs 18:22 1Kgs 18:42-43 1Kgs 19:1-2
20 Ahab called all Israel together and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.
21 Elijah stepped out in front of all the people. 'How long', he said, 'do you mean to hobble first on one leg then on the other? If Yahweh is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.' But the people had nothing to say.
Matt 6:24 Josh 24:15 1Cor 10:21-22 1Sam 7:3 2Cor 6:14-16 2Kgs 17:41 Rev 3:15-16
22 Elijah then said to them, 'I, I alone, am left as a prophet of Yahweh, while the prophets of Baal are four hundred and fifty.
1Kgs 19:10 1Kgs 19:14 1Kgs 18:19-20 1Kgs 20:13 1Kgs 20:32 1Kgs 20:35 1Kgs 20:38
23 Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one for themselves, dismember it but not set fire to it. I in my turn shall prepare the other bull, but not set fire to it.
24 You must call on the name of your god, and I shall call on the name of Yahweh; the god who answers with fire, is God indeed.' The people all answered, 'Agreed!'
1Kgs 18:38 1Chr 21:26 2Chr 7:1 2Chr 7:3 Isa 39:8 Judg 6:21 Lev 9:24
25 Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal, 'Choose one bull and begin, for there are more of you. Call on the name of your god but light no fire.'
26 They took the bull and prepared it, and from morning to midday they called on the name of Baal. 'O Baal, answer us!' they cried, but there was no voice, no answer, as they performed their hobbling dance round the altar which they had made.
Jer 10:5 1Cor 8:4 1Cor 12:2 1Cor 10:19-20 1Kgs 18:24 Dan 5:23 Hab 2:18
27 Midday came, and Elijah mocked them. 'Call louder,' he said, 'for he is a god: he is preoccupied or he is busy, or he has gone on a journey; perhaps he is asleep and needs to be woken up!'
Isa 41:23 Ps 44:23 Ps 78:65-66 Ps 121:4 1Kgs 22:15 2Chr 25:8 Amos 4:4-5
28 So they shouted louder and gashed themselves, as their custom was, with swords and spears until the blood flowed down them.
Lev 19:28 Deut 14:1 Mark 5:5 Mark 9:22 Mic 6:7
29 Midday passed, and they ranted on until the time when the offering is presented; but there was no voice, no answer, no sign of attention.
1Kgs 18:26 Exod 29:41 1Cor 11:4-5 1Kgs 22:10 1Kgs 22:12 1Sam 18:10 2Tim 3:8-9
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, 'Come over to me,' and all the people came over to him. He repaired Yahweh's altar which had been torn down.
1Kgs 19:10 2Chr 33:16 1Kgs 19:14 Rom 11:3
31 Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahweh had come, 'Israel is to be your name,'
2Kgs 17:34 Gen 32:28 Gen 35:10 Josh 4:3-4 Josh 4:20 Eph 2:20 Eph 4:4-6
32 and built an altar in the name of Yahweh. Round the altar he dug a trench of a size to hold two measures of seed.
Col 3:17 1Cor 10:31 1Sam 7:9 1Sam 7:17 Exod 20:24-25 Judg 6:26 Judg 21:4
33 He then arranged the wood, dismembered the bull, and laid it on the wood.
Gen 22:9 Judg 6:20 Lev 1:6-8 Dan 3:19 Dan 3:25 John 11:39-40 John 19:33-34
34 Then he said, 'Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.' They did this. He said, 'Do it a second time;' they did it a second time. He said, 'Do it a third time;' they did it a third time.
2Cor 4:2 2Cor 8:21
35 The water flowed round the altar until even the trench itself was full of water.
1Kgs 18:32 1Kgs 18:38
36 At the time when the offering is presented, Elijah the prophet stepped forward. 'Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel,' he said, 'let them know today that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, that I have done all these things at your command.
Exod 3:6 1Kgs 18:29 1Kgs 8:43 2Kgs 19:19 Num 16:28-30 1Kgs 22:28 1Sam 17:46-47
37 Answer me, Yahweh, answer me, so that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God and are winning back their hearts.'
Dan 9:17-19 1Kgs 18:24 1Kgs 18:29 1Kgs 18:36 2Chr 14:11 2Chr 32:19-20 Ezek 36:25-27
38 Then Yahweh's fire fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and licked up the water in the trench.
Lev 9:24 1Chr 21:26 2Chr 7:1 Job 1:16 Judg 6:21 1Kgs 18:24 2Kgs 1:12
39 When all the people saw this they fell on their faces. 'Yahweh is God,' they cried, 'Yahweh is God!'
1Kgs 18:24 1Kgs 18:21 1Chr 21:16 2Chr 7:3 Acts 2:37 Acts 4:16 John 5:35
40 Elijah said, 'Seize the prophets of Baal: do not let one of them escape.' They seized them, and Elijah took them down to the Kishon, and there he slaughtered them.
Deut 13:5 Deut 18:20 Judg 4:7 Judg 5:21 2Kgs 10:24-25 Jer 48:10 Rev 19:20
41 Elijah said to Ahab, 'Go back now, eat and drink; for I hear the approaching sound of rain.'
1Kgs 17:1 1Kgs 18:1 Acts 27:34 Eccl 9:7
42 While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the ground, putting his face between his knees.
Acts 10:9 Jas 5:16-18 1Kgs 18:19-20 1Kgs 19:13 2Sam 12:16 Dan 9:3 Dan 9:7
43 'Now go up', he told his servant, 'and look out to sea.' He went up and looked. 'There is nothing at all,' he said. Seven times Elijah told him to go back.
Eph 6:18 Gen 32:26 Hab 2:3 Heb 10:36-37 Luke 18:1 Luke 18:7 Ps 5:3
44 The seventh time, the servant said, 'Now there is a cloud, small as a man's hand, rising from the sea.' Elijah said, 'Go and say to Ahab, "Harness the chariot and go down before the rain stops you." '
Luke 12:54 1Sam 6:7 1Sam 6:10 Job 8:7 Mic 1:13 Zech 4:10
45 And with that the sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
1Kgs 18:39-40 1Kgs 21:1 1Kgs 21:23 2Kgs 9:16 2Sam 2:9 2Sam 21:14 Josh 17:16
46 But the hand of Yahweh had come on Elijah and, hitching up his clothes, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
2Kgs 3:15 2Kgs 4:29 2Kgs 9:1 Ezek 3:14 Jer 1:17 1Pet 1:13 Ezek 1:3