1 Kings 18
In the extremity of famine Elijah, sent to Ahab, meeteth good Obadiah.
1 Kings 18:1 And it came to passe [after] many daies, that the word of the LORD came to Eliiah in the third yeere, saying, Goe shewe thy selfe vnto Ahab, and I will send raine vpon the earth. 1 Kings 18:2 And Eliiah went to shew himselfe vnto Ahab, and [there was] a sore famine in Samaria. 1 Kings 18:3 And Ahab called Obadiah which [was] the gouernour of his house: (now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly: 1 Kings 18:4 For it was so, when Iezebel cut off the Prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah tooke an hundred Prophets, and hid them by fiftie in a caue, and fed them with bread and water.) 1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab said vnto Obadiah, Goe into the land, vnto all fountaines of water, and vnto all brookes: peraduenture we may finde grasse to saue the horses and mules aliue, that we leese not all the beasts. 1 Kings 18:6 So they diuided the land betweene them to passe throughout it: Ahab went one way by himselfe, and Obadiah went another way by himselfe.
1 Kings 18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Eliiah met him: and hee knew him, and fell on his face, and said; [Art] thou that my lord Eliiah? 1 Kings 18:8 And he answered him, I am: goe, tell thy lord, Behold, Eliiah [is here].
Obadiah bringeth Ahab to Elijah.
1 Kings 18:9 And he said, What haue I sinned, that thou wouldest deliuer thy seruant into the hand of Ahab, to slay mee? 1 Kings 18:10 As the LORD thy God liueth, there is no nation or kingdome, whither my lord hath not sent to seeke thee: and when they said, He is not [there], hee tooke an oath of the kingdome and nation, that they found thee not. 1 Kings 18:11 And now thou sayest, Goe, tell thy lord, Behold, Eliiah [is here]. 1 Kings 18:12 And it shall come to passe, [as soone] as I am gone from thee, that the spirit of the LORD shall cary thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot finde thee, he shall slay mee: but I thy seruant feare the LORD from my youth. 1 Kings 18:13 Was it not told my lord, what I did when Iezebel slew the Prophets of the LORD? How I hid an hundred men of the LORDS Prophets, by fiftie in a caue, and fedde them with bread and water? 1 Kings 18:14 And now thou sayest, Goe, tell thy lord, Behold, Eliiah [is here]: and hee shall slay me. 1 Kings 18:15 And Eliiah said, As the LORD of hostes liueth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew my selfe vnto him to day. 1 Kings 18:16 So Obadiah went to meete Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meete Eliiah.
Elijah, reproving Ahab, by fire from heaven convinceth Baal's prophets.
1 Kings 18:17 And it came to passe when Ahab saw Eliiah, that Ahab saide vnto him, Art thou hee that troubleth Israel? 1 Kings 18:18 And hee answered, I haue not troubled Israel, but thou and thy fathers house, in that yee haue forsaken the Commandements of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. 1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, [and] gather to mee all Israel vnto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal foure hundred and fiftie, and the prophets of the groues foure hundred, which eate at Iezebels table. 1 Kings 18:20 So Ahab sent vnto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together vnto mount Carmel. 1 Kings 18:21 And Eliiah came vnto all the people, and said, how long halt yee betweene two opinions? If the LORD bee God, follow him: but if Baal, [then] follow him: and the people answered him not a word. 1 Kings 18:22 Then said Eliiah vnto the people, I, [euen] I onely remaine a Prophet of the LORD: but Baals prophets [are] foure hundred and fiftie men. 1 Kings 18:23 Let them therefore giue vs two bullocks, and let them chuse one bullocke for themselues, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire vnder: and I will dresse the other bullocke, and lay [it] on wood, and put no fire vnder. 1 Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered, and said, It is well spoken. 1 Kings 18:25 And Eliiah said vnto the prophets of Baal, Chuse you one bullocke for your selues, and dresse it first, for yee [are] many: and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire vnder. 1 Kings 18:26 And they took the bullocke which was giuen them, and they dressed [it], and called on the name of Baal from morning, euen vntil noone, saying, O Baal, heare vs. But there was no voyce, nor any that answered: And they leapt vpon the altar which was made. 1 Kings 18:27 And it came to passe at noone, that Eliiah mocked them, and saide, Crie aloud: for he [is] a god, either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or hee is in a iourney, [or] peraduenture he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 1 Kings 18:28 And they cried loud, and cut themselues after their maner, with kniues, and lancers, till the blood gushed out vpon them. 1 Kings 18:29 And it came to passe when midday was past, and they prophesied vntil the [time] of the offering of the [euening] sacrifice; [that there was] neither voice, nor any to answere, nor any that regarded. 1 Kings 18:30 And Eliiah said vnto all the people, Come neere vnto me. And all the people came neere vnto him. And he repaired the Altar of the LORD that was broken downe. 1 Kings 18:31 And Eliiah tooke twelue stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sonnes of Iacob, vnto whome the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall bee thy name. 1 Kings 18:32 And with the stones hee built an altar in the Name of the LORD, and hee made a trench about the altar, as great as would containe two measures of seed. 1 Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullocke in pieces, and laide him on the wood, and said, Fill foure barrels with water, and powre it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 1 Kings 18:34 And hee said, Doe it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Doe it the third time. And they did it the third time. 1 Kings 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar, and hee filled the trench also with water. 1 Kings 18:36 And it came to passe at the time of the offering of the [euening] sacrifice, that Eliiah the prophet came neere and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, Let it bee knowen this day that thou [art] God in Israel, and [that] I [am] thy seruant, and [that] I haue done all these things at thy word. 1 Kings 18:37 Heare me, O LORD, heare me, that this people may know that thou [art] the LORD God, and [that] thou hast turned their heart backe againe. 1 Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked vp the water that [was] in the trench. 1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people sawe it, they fell on their faces: and they saide, The LORD, he [is] the God, the LORD, he [is] the God. 1 Kings 18:40 And Eliiah saide vnto them, Take the prophets of Baal, let not one of them escape: And they tooke them, and Eliiah brought them downe to the brooke Kishon, and slewe them there.
Elijah, by prayer obtaining rain, followeth Ahab to Jezreel.
1 Kings 18:41 And Eliiah said vnto Ahab, Get thee vp, eate and drinke, for there [is] a sound of abundance of raine. 1 Kings 18:42 So Ahab went vp to eate and to drinke, and Eliiah went vp to the top of Carmel, and he cast himselfe downe vpon the earth, and put his face betweene his knees, 1 Kings 18:43 And said to his seruant, Goe vp now, looke toward the Sea. And hee went vp, and looked, and saide, [There is] nothing. And he said, Goe againe seuen times. 1 Kings 18:44 And it came to passe at the seuenth time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the Sea, like a mans hand. And he said, Goe vp, say vnto Ahab, Prepare [thy charet], and get thee downe, that the raine stop thee not. 1 Kings 18:45 And it came to passe in the meane while, that the heauen was blacke with cloudes and winde, and there was a great raine: and Ahab rode and went to Iezreel. 1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Eliiah; and hee girded vp his loynes, and ranne before Ahab, to the entrance of Iezreel.