1 Kings 18
In the extremity of famine Elijah, sent to Ahab, meeteth good Obadiah.
1 Kings 18:1 And at the last the worde of the Lorde came to Eliah the thyrde yeare sayinge: go, shewe thy self vnto Ahab, that I may sende raine vpon the earthe. 1 Kings 18:2 And Eliah went to shew him self vnto Ahab for there was a great famishement in Samaria. 1 Kings 18:3 Wherfore Ahab called Abdiah the gouerner of hys house: whyche Abdiah feared God greatlye: 1 Kings 18:4 in so muche that when Iezabel destroyed the Prophetes of the Lorde, he toke an hundred of the Prophetes and hyd them, fyftye in one caue, and fyftye in another, and prouyded breade and water for them. 1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab sayde vnto Abdiah: walke thorow the lande, vnto al fountaynes of water and vnto all brokes, to se whether any grasse maye be founde, that we maye saue the horses and the Mules, that we destroye not the beastes. 1 Kings 18:6 And they deuyded the lande betwene them to walke thorow it. Ahab went one way by hym selfe, and Abdiah went another by hym selfe.
1 Kings 18:7 And it chaunced as Abdiah went in the waye that Eliah met him. And Abdiah knew hym and fell on his face and sayde: arte not thou my Lorde Eliah. 1 Kings 18:8 And he said vnto him: I am he. Go, and tel Ahab that Eliah is here.
Obadiah bringeth Ahab to Elijah.
1 Kings 18:9 And the other answered: what haue I synned that thou wouldest delyuer me into the hande of Ahab, to sley me? 1 Kings 18:10 As surely as the Lorde thy God lyueth, there is no nacyon or kyngedome, whether my Lord hath not sent, to seke the. And when they saide thou wast not there he toke an othe of the kyngedome & nacyon, because he founde the not. 1 Kings 18:11 And now thou sayest: go and tell, thy Lord Eliah is here. 1 Kings 18:12 And as sone as I am gone from the, the spyryte of the Lorde shal cary the away, whether I shall not knowe, and then I haue gone and tolde Ahab, and then he can not fynde the, he shall sley me. And yet I thy seruaunt haue feared the Lorde from my younge age. 1 Kings 18:13 Was it not tolde my Lorde, what I dyd, when Iezabel slue the Prophetes of the Lorde how I hydde an hundred of the Lordes Prophetes, fyfty in one caue and as many in another, & prouyded them of breade and water? 1 Kings 18:14 And yet now thou sayest, go shewe thy Lorde, that Eliah is here, that he shoulde sley me. 1 Kings 18:15 Then Eliah sayde: as truly as the Lorde of Hostes lyueth, before whom I stande: I wil shewe my selfe vnto hym thys day. 1 Kings 18:16 And thervpon Abdiah went to Ahab and told him. And Ahab went agaynst Eliah.
Elijah, reproving Ahab, by fire from heaven convinceth Baal's prophets.
1 Kings 18:17 And when Ahab sawe Eliah, he sayd vnto hym: art thou he that troubleth Israel? 1 Kings 18:18 And he sayde: it is not I that trouble Israel, but thou and thy fathers house, in that ye haue forsaken the commaundementes of the Lord, and hast folowed Baal. 1 Kings 18:19 But now sende and gather to me all Israel vnto mount Carmel and the Prophetes of Baal foure hundred and fyfty, and the Prophetes of the groues four hundred, which eate of Iezabels table. 1 Kings 18:20 And Ahab sent for all the children of Israel and gathered the prophetes vnto mount Carmel. 1 Kings 18:21 And Eliah came vnto all the people and sayde: why halte ye betwene two opinions? Yf the Lorde be very God, folowe him: or yf Baal be he, then folowe hym. And the people answered him not one worde. 1 Kings 18:22 Then sayde Eliah vnto the people: I only remayne of the Lordes Prophetes, & Baals Prophetes are foure hundred and fyftye. 1 Kings 18:23 Let two oxen be geuen vs, and let them chose the one and cutte hym in peces and lay him on wood, and put no fyre vnder. And I wyll dresse the other & put him on wood, and wil put no fyre vnder. 1 Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of youre God, and I wil cal on the name of the Lorde. And then the God that answereth by fyre, he is the very God. And al the people sayde: it is wel spoken. 1 Kings 18:25 Then sayde Eliah vnto the Prophetes of Baal: chose you an oxe and dresse him fyrst (for ye are many) and call on the name of youre God, but put no fyre vnder. 1 Kings 18:26 And they toke þe oxe that was geuen them and dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from mournynge to none sayinge: O Baal heare vs. But there was no voyce nor answere. And they lepte aboute the aulter that they had made. 1 Kings 18:27 And at none Eliah mocked them and sayd: call loud, (for he is a God: but he is talking or occupied or in the waye, or happely he slepeth) that he may awake. 1 Kings 18:28 And they cryed loud, and cut them selues, as their maner was, wyth knyues & launcers, tyl the bloude folowed on them. 1 Kings 18:29 And when midday was passed, they prophesyed vntil it was time to offer. But there was neyther voyce nor answere nor any that regarded them. 1 Kings 18:30 Then Eliah sayde to all the folke: come to me. And all the people came to hym. And he mended the aulter of the Lorde that was broken. 1 Kings 18:31 And he toke .xij. stones accordynge to the nombre of the .xij. trybes of the sonnes of Iacob, vnto whom the word of the lord came sayinge: Israel shalbe thy name. 1 Kings 18:32 And wyth the stones he made an aultare in the name of the Lord. And he made a gutter round about þe aulter, able to receyue two peckes of corne. 1 Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and hewed the oxe in peces, and put hym on the wood, and sayde: fyl foure pytchers with water, and powre it on the sacrifice and on the wood. 1 Kings 18:34 And he said: do so againe. And they dyd so againe. Then he sayde: do it the thyrde tyme. And they dyd so the thirde tyme. 1 Kings 18:35 And the water ranne round about the aultare, and the gutter was full of water also. 1 Kings 18:36 And when offeringe time was come, Eliah the prophete went to and sayde: Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and of Israel, let it be knowen thys daye, that thou art þe God in Israel, and that I am thy seruaunt, and that I do al these thinges at thy commaundement. 1 Kings 18:37 Heare me O lorde, heare me, that this people may know, þt thou lord, art the God, and that thou hast turned their hertes backward. 1 Kings 18:38 And there fell fire from the Lorde, and consumed the sacryfice & the wood and the stones & the dust, & lycked vp þe water that was in the gutter. 1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people sawe that, they fel on theyr faces & sayde: the Lorde he is God, the lord he is God. 1 Kings 18:40 Then sayd Eliah vnto them: lay handes on the Prophetes of Baal, let not one of them escape. And when they had taken them, Eliah brought them doune vnto the broke of Kison, and slue them there.
Elijah, by prayer obtaining rain, followeth Ahab to Jezreel.
1 Kings 18:41 Then Eliah sayde vnto Ahab, get the vp, and eate and dryncke, for ther is a sound of muche rayne. 1 Kings 18:42 And when Ahab went vp to eate & to dryncke, Eliah went vp to the toppe of mount Carmel. And bowed hym selfe to the earthe, & put hys face betwene hys knees, 1 Kings 18:43 and sayd to hys seruaunt: go vp and loke towarde the sea. And he went vp and loked, and saide: here is nothing. And he sayd: go agayn .vij. tymes. 1 Kings 18:44 And the seuenth time he sayde: beholde, there aryseth a lytle cloude out of the sea, lyke the palme of a mannes hande. Then he sayde: go and saye to Ahab, put the horsses in the charet, and get the doune that the rayne stoppe the not. 1 Kings 18:45 And within a lytle whyle, heauen was blacke wyth cloudes and winde, and there was a great rayne. And Ahab rode and went to Iezrahel. 1 Kings 18:46 And the hande of the Lorde was on Eliah, and he gyrdled vp hys loynes and ranne before Ahab, tyl they came to Iezrahel.