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1 Kings 18

In the extremity of famine Elijah, sent to Ahab, meeteth good Obadiah.

1 Kings 18:1 After processe of many dayes þe worde of the Lord came to Elia in the thyrde yeare, sayinge: go shewe thy selfe vnto Ahab, and I wyll sende rayne vpon the erth. 1 Kings 18:2 And Elia went to shewe hym selfe vnto Ahab, & ther was a great famyshement in Schomron. 1 Kings 18:3 And Ahab called Obadia, whych was the gouerner of hys house: & Obadia feared God greatlye: 1 Kings 18:4 For when Iezabell destroyed the prophetes of þe Lord, he toke an hundred prophetes and hyd them, fiftie men in one caue & fyftie in another, & prouyded bred & water for them. 1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab sayde vnto Obadia: Go into the lande, vnto all fountaynes of water, & vnto all brokes, yf happlye we maye fynde grasse, to saue the horses and the mules, & that we destroye not some of the beastes. 1 Kings 18:6 And so they deuyded the lande betwene them, to walke thorow it. Ahab went one waye by hym selfe, and Obadia went another waye by hym selfe.

1 Kings 18:7 And it chaunced that as Obadia was in the waye, Elia mett him. And Obadia knewe hym, & fell on hys face, & sayde: art not þu my Lord Elia? 1 Kings 18:8 And he answered hym: I am he. Go and tell thy Lorde: beholde, Elia is here.

Obadiah bringeth Ahab to Elijah.

1 Kings 18:9 He sayde: what haue I synned, that þu woldest delyuer thy seruaunt into þe hand of Ahab, to sley me? 1 Kings 18:10 As trulie as the Lord thy God lyueth, there is no nacyon or kyngdome, whether my Lorde hath not sent, to seke the. And when they sayde: he is not there, he tooke an othe of the kyngdome & nacyon, whan he founde the not. 1 Kings 18:11 And nowe thowe sayest: goo & tell thy Lorde, that Elia is here. 1 Kings 18:12 And as sone as I am gone from the, the sprete of the Lord shall carie the into some place that I do not knowe. and so when I come and tell Ahab, & he canne not finde the, he shall sley me. But I thy seruaunt feare the Lorde from my youth vp. 1 Kings 18:13 Was it not tolde my Lorde, what I dyd, when Iezabell slue the prophetes of þe Lorde howe I hydde an hundred men of the Lordes prophetes, fyftie men in one caue and fyftie in another, and prouyded them of breed and water? 1 Kings 18:14 And nowe thou sayest, goo thou nowe and shewe thy Lorde. Beholde, Elia is here, that he maye sley me? 1 Kings 18:15 And Elia sayde: as truly as the Lorde of Hostes lyueth, before whom I stande, I wyll shew my selfe vnto him this daye. 1 Kings 18:16 So Obadia went to mete Ahab, and tolde hym. And Ahab went to mete Elia.

Elijah, reproving Ahab, by fire from heaven convinceth Baal's prophets.

1 Kings 18:17 And it fortuned þt whan Ahab sawe Elia, he sayde vnto him: art thou he that troubleth Israel? 1 Kings 18:18 He answered: it is not I that haue troubled Israel, but thou, and thy fathers house, in that ye haue forsaken the commaundementes of the Lorde, and thou hast folowed Baal. 1 Kings 18:19 Nowe therfore sende and geather to me all Israel vnto mount Carmel, and the prophetes of Baal foure hundred and fyftie, and the prophetes of the Idols groues foure hundred, which eate of Iezabels table. 1 Kings 18:20 So Ahab sent vnto all the chyldren of Israel, & gathered þe prophetes togeather vnto mount Carmel. 1 Kings 18:21 And Elia came vnto all the people, and sayde: howe longe halte ye betwene two opynions? If the Lord be God, folowe hym: but yf Baal be he, then go after hym. And the people answered hym not one worde. 1 Kings 18:22 Then sayde Elia vnto the people agayne. I onely remayne a prophete of þe Lorde: but Baals prophetes are foure hundred and fyftie. 1 Kings 18:23 Let them therfore geue vs two oxen, & let them chose the one, & cut hym in peces, & laye hym on wodd, and put no fyre vnder: and I will dresse the other oxe, & laye him on wodd, and will put no fyre vnder. 1 Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of youre God, & I wyll call on the name of the Lorde: and then the God that answereth by fyre, let him be God. And all the people answered & sayde. yt is well spoken. 1 Kings 18:25 And Elia sayd vnto the prophetes of Baal: chose you an oxe, and dresse hym fyrst (for ye are many) and call on the name of your goddes, but put no fyre vnder. 1 Kings 18:26 And they toke the one oxe that he dyd geue them, & they dressed it & called on the name of Baal from mornynge to noone: sayeng: O Baal heare vs. But there was no voyce nor one to answere. And they lepte vpon the aulter that they had made. 1 Kings 18:27 And at none it fortuned, that Elia mocked them, and sayde: crye lowde, for he is a God: peraduenture he is talkinge or occupyed (in folowinge vpon his enemyes) or is in his iourneye, or happely he slepeth, & must be awaked withe youre crye. 1 Kings 18:28 And they cryed lowde, and cut them selues, as their maner was, wt knyues & launcers, tyll the bloude folowed on them. 1 Kings 18:29 And it chaunsed, þt when myddaye was passed they prophesyed vntill þe tyme of þe euenyng sacrifyce. But there was nether voyce ner one to answere, ner any þt regarded them. 1 Kings 18:30 And Elia sayde vnto all the folke: come to me. And all þe people came to hym. And he repayred the aulter of the Lord, that was broken. 1 Kings 18:31 And Elia toke .xij. stones according to the nombre of the .xij. trybes of the sonnes of Iacob (vnto whom the worde of the Lorde came, sayeng. Israel shalbe thy name. 1 Kings 18:32 And with the stones he made an aultare in the name of the Lorde. And he made a dyche rounde about þe aulter, as brode as two forowes of the corne felde. 1 Kings 18:33 And he put the wodd in order, & hewed the oxe in peces, & layed hym on the wodd, and sayde: fyll foure barels wt water, and powre it on the burntsacrifyce & on the wodd. 1 Kings 18:34 And he sayd: do so agayne. And they dyd so the seconde tyme. And he sayde agayne: do it the thyrde tyme. And they dyd it the thyrde tyme. 1 Kings 18:35 And the water ranne rounde about the aulter, and he fylled the pitte wyth water also. 1 Kings 18:36 And it fortuned when þe tyme came (wherin þe burntsacrifyce of þe eueninge vsed to be offred) Elia the prophete came & sayd: Lord God of Abraham, Isahac & of Israel, it shalbe knowen this daye, that thou art the God in Israel, & that I am thy seruaunt, & þt I haue done all these thynges at thy commaundement. 1 Kings 18:37 Heare me (O Lorde) heare me, þt this people maye knowe, that thou art þe Lorde God, & þu hast turned theyr herte agayne now at the last. 1 Kings 18:38 And the fyre of the Lord fell, & consumed the burntsacrifyce & þe wodd, the stones & the dust, & lycked vp the water þt was in þe pitte. 1 Kings 18:39 And when all þe people sawe it, they fell on their faces, & sayd. The Lord, he is God, þe Lord, he is God. 1 Kings 18:40 And Elia sayde vnto them. Take the prophetes of Baal, & let not one of them escape. And they toke them, and Elia brought them vnto þe brooke Kison, & slue them there.

Elijah, by prayer obtaining rain, followeth Ahab to Jezreel.

1 Kings 18:41 And Elia sayd vnto Ahab: gett þe vp, eate and drinck, for ther is a sounde of moche rayne. 1 Kings 18:42 And so Ahab went vp to eate and to drinck, & Elia went vp to þe toppe of Carmel. And he layed him selfe flatt vpon the erth, & put his face betwene his knees, 1 Kings 18:43 & sayd to his seruaunt: go vp (I praye þe) & looke towarde the waye of the see. And he went vp & loked, & sayde: there is nothyng. And he sayde: go agayne .vij. tymes. 1 Kings 18:44 And it fortuned, þt at þe seuenth tyme he sayd: behold, there ariseth a little clowde of the see, lyke a mannes hande. He sayde: go, & saye vnto Ahab, Make fast thy charet, & gett the downe, þt the rayne stoppe the not. 1 Kings 18:45 And it came to passe, þt in the meane while, þe heuen was blacke wt clowdes & winde, & there was a great rayne. And Ahab gatt vp & came to Iezreel. 1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of þe Lord was on Elia, & he gyrded vp hys loynes, & ranne before Ahab, tyll he came to Iezreel.

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