NASB — 1 Kings 18 — KJV

Obadiah Meets Elijah

1 Now it happened a[after] many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and bI will send rain on the face of the earth.” 2 So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine [was] severe in Samaria. 3 Ahab called Obadiah awho [was] over the household. (Now Obadiah Ibfeared the LORD greatly; 4 for awhen Jezebel Idestroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and bprovided them with bread and water.) 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 Ihave to kill some of the cattle.” 6 So they divided the land between them to Isurvey it; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.

[1] a1K 17:1; Lk 4:25; Jm 5:17 bDt 28:12
[3] IOr revered a1K 16:9 bNe 7:2; Jb 28:28
[4] ILit cut off a1K 18:13 bMt 10:40-42
[5] ILit cut off
[6] ILit pass through

7 ¶ Now as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah Imet him, aand he recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is this you, Elijah my master?” 8 He said to him, “It is I. Go, say to your master, ‘Behold, Elijah [is here].’” 9 He said, “What Isin 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. 11 And now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your master, “Behold, Elijah [is here].”’ 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 Ifeared 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 Ia hundred prophets of the LORD by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water? 14 And now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your master, “Behold, Elijah [is here]”’; he will then kill me.” 15 Elijah said, “aAs the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

[7] ILit to meet a2K 1:6-8
[9] ILit have I sinned
[10] a1K 17:1
[12] IOr revered a2K 2:16; Ezk 3:12, 14; Ac 8:39
[13] ILit a hundred men of the prophets a1K 18:4
[15] a1K 17:1

17 ¶ When Ahab saw Elijah, aAhab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house [have], because ayou have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and byou have followed the Baals. 19 Now then send [and] gather to me all Israel at aMount Carmel, b[together] with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of cthe Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

[17] aJsh 7:25; 1K 21:20
[18] a1K 9:9; 2Ch 15:2 b1K 16:31; 21:25, 26
[19] aJsh 19:26; 2K 2:25 b1K 18:22 c1K 16:33

God or Baal on Mount Carmel

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 Ihesitate between two opinions? bIf the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I aalone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal’s prophets are b450 men. 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]. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and athe God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people said, “IThat is a good idea.”

[21] ILit limp on the two divided opinions a2K 17:41; Mt 6:24 bJsh 24:15
[22] a1K 19:10, 14 b1K 18:19
[24] ILit The matter is good a1K 18:38

25 ¶ So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but put no fire [under it].” 26 Then they took the ox which Iwas 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 IIleaped about the altar which IIIthey 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. 29 When midday was past, they Iraved auntil the time of the offering of the [evening] sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no IIone paid attention.

[26] ILit he gave IILit limped; i.e. a type of ceremonial dance IIISo some mss and the ancient versions; M.T. he aPs 115:4, 5; Jr 10:5
[28] aLv 19:28; Dt 14:1
[29] ILit prophesied IILit attentiveness aEx 29:39, 41

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.” 32 So with the stones he built an altar in athe name of the LORD, and he made a trench around the altar, large enough to hold two Imeasures of seed. 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. 35 The water flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water.

[30] a1K 19:10, 14; 2Ch 33:16
[31] aGn 32:28; 35:10; 2K 17:34
[32] IHeb seahs; i.e. one seah equals approx 11 qts aCol 3:17
[33] aGn 22:9; Lv 1:7, 8

Elijah’s Prayer

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. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and [that] You have turned their heart back again.” 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.” 40 Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to athe brook Kishon, band slew them there.

[36] a1K 18:29 bGn 28:13; Ex 3:6; 4:5; Mt 22:32 c1K 8:43 dNu 16:28-32
[38] aGn 15:17; Lv 9:24; 10:1, 2; Jg 6:21; 2K 1:12; 1Ch 21:26; 2Ch 7:1; Jb 1:16
[39] a1K 18:21, 24
[40] aJg 4:7; 5:21 bDt 13:5; 18:20; 2K 10:24, 25

41 ¶ Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a [heavy] shower.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of aCarmel; and he bcrouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. 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, ‘IPrepare [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. 46 Then athe hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and bhe girded up his loins and Ioutran Ahab IIto Jezreel.

[42] a1K 18:19, 20 bJm 5:18
[44] ILit Tie, harness aLk 12:54
[45] aJsh 17:16; Jg 6:33
[46] ILit ran before IILit until you are coming to a2K 3:15; Is 8:11; Ezk 3:14 b2K 4:29; Jr 1:17; 1P 1:13


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

1 ¶ And it came to pass [after] many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. 2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And [there was] a sore famine in Samaria. 3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which [was] the governor of [his] house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly: 4 For it was [so], when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) 5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts. 6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

[1] Lv 26:4; Dt 28:12; 1K 17:1, 7, 15; 18:2, 15; Ps 65:9; Is 5:6; Jr 10:13; 14:22; Jol 2:23; Am 4:7; Lk 4:25; Jm 5:17; Rv 11:2, 6.
[2] Lv 26:26; Dt 28:23; 2K 6:25; Ps 27:1; 51:4; Pv 28:1; Is 51:12; Jr 14:2, 18; Jol 1:15; He 13:5.
[3] Gn 22:12; 24:2, 10; 39:4, 9; 41:40; 42:18; 1K 18:12; 2K 4:1; Ne 5:15; 7:2; Pv 14:26; Mal 3:16; Mt 10:28; Ac 10:2, 35.
[4] 1K 13:8, 16; 18:13; 2K 6:22; Ne 9:26; Mt 10:40; 21:35; 25:35, 40; He 11:38; Rv 17:4.
[5] Ps 104:14; Jr 14:5; Jol 1:18; 2:22; Hab 3:17; Ro 8:20.
[6] Jr 14:3.

7 ¶ And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, [Art] thou that my lord Elijah? 8 And he answered him, I [am]: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah [is here].

[7] Gn 18:2, 12; 44:16, 20, 33; 50:18; Nu 12:11; 1S 20:41; 2S 19:18; 1K 11:29; 2K 1:6; Is 60:14; Mt 3:4; 11:8.
[8] 1K 18:3; Ro 13:7; 1P 2:17.

Obadiah bringeth Ahab to Elijah.

9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 10 [As] the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, [He is] not [there]; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. 11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah [is here]. 12 And it shall come to pass, [as soon as] I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and [so] when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth. 13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD'S prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah [is here]: and he shall slay me. 15 And Elijah said, [As] the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day. 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

[9] Ex 5:21; 1K 17:18; 18:12.
[10] 1S 29:6; 1K 1:29; 2:24; 17:1, 5, 9, 12; 18:15; Ps 10:2; 12:7; 31:20; 91:1; Jr 26:20; 36:26; Jn 8:59.
[11] 1K 18:8, 14.
[12] 1S 2:18, 26; 3:19; 22:11; 2K 2:11, 16; 2Ch 34:3; Ps 71:17; Pv 8:13; Ec 7:18; Is 50:10; Ezk 3:12; 8:3; 11:24; 37:1; 40:1; Dn 2:5; Mt 2:16; 4:1; Lk 1:15; Ac 8:39; 12:19; 2Co 12:2; 2Ti 3:15.
[13] Gn 20:4; 1K 18:4; Ps 18:21; Mt 10:41; 25:35; Ac 20:34; 1Th 2:9.
[14] Mt 10:28.
[15] Gn 2:1; Dt 1:38; 4:19; 1K 17:1; 18:10; Jb 25:3; Ps 24:8; 103:21; 148:2; Is 6:3; 51:7; Jr 8:2; Lk 1:19; 2:13; He 6:16.

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

17 ¶ And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, [Art] thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. 19 Now therefore send, [and] gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. 20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD [be] God, follow him: but if Baal, [then] follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, [even] I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets [are] four hundred and fifty men. 23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay [it] on wood, and put no fire [under]: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay [it] on wood, and put no fire [under]: 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. 25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress [it] first; for ye [are] many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire [under]. 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed [it], and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But [there was] no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he [is] a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, [or] peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the [time] of the offering of the [evening] sacrifice, that [there was] neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD [that was] broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid [him] on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour [it] on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34 And he said, Do [it] the second time. And they did [it] the second time. And he said, Do [it] the third time. And they did [it] the third time. 35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 36 And it came to pass at [the time of] the offering of the [evening] sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou [art] God in Israel, and [that] I [am] thy servant, and [that] I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou [art] the LORD God, and [that] thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that [was] in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw [it], they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he [is] the God; the LORD, he [is] the God. 40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

[17] Jsh 7:25; 1K 21:20; Jr 26:8; 38:4; Am 7:10; Ac 16:20; 17:6; 24:5.
[18] 1K 9:9; 2Ch 15:2; Pv 11:19; 13:21; Is 3:11; Jr 2:13, 19; Ezk 3:8; Mt 14:4; Ac 24:13, 20; Rv 2:8.
[19] Jsh 19:26; 1S 15:12; 1K 15:13; 16:33; 18:42; 19:1; 22:6; 2K 2:25; 9:22; 13:6; Jr 46:18; Am 1:2; 9:3; 2P 2:1; Rv 2:20; 19:20.
[20] 1K 22:9.
[21] Gn 24:50; 44:16; Ex 5:1; Dt 4:35; Jsh 24:15, 23; 1S 7:3; 1K 18:39; 2K 17:41; 1Ch 17:26; 2Ch 33:13; Jb 40:4; Ps 100:3; Zp 1:5; Mt 6:24; 22:12, 34, 36; Lk 6:13; Ro 3:19; 6:16, 21; 1Co 10:21; 2Co 6:14; Rv 3:15.
[22] 1K 18:19; 19:10, 14; 20:13, 32, 35, 38; 22:6; Mt 7:13; Ro 11:3; 2Ti 4:3; 2P 2:1.
[24] Lv 9:24; Jg 6:21; 2S 14:19; 1K 18:38; 1Ch 21:26; 2Ch 7:1, 3; Is 39:8.
[26] 1K 18:24; Ps 115:4; 135:15; Is 37:38; 44:17; 45:20; Jr 10:5; Dn 5:23; Hab 2:18; Zp 1:9; Mt 6:7; 1Co 8:4; 10:19; 12:2.
[27] 1K 22:15; 2Ch 25:8; Ps 44:23; 78:65; 121:4; Ec 11:9; Is 8:9; 41:23; 44:15; 51:9; Ezk 20:39; Am 4:4; Mt 26:45; Mk 4:38; 7:9; 14:41.
[28] Lv 19:28; Dt 14:1; Mi 6:7; Mk 5:5; 9:22.
[29] 1S 18:10; 1K 18:26, 36; 22:10, 12; Jr 28:6; Ac 16:16; 1Co 11:4; Ga 4:8; 2Ti 3:8.
[30] 1K 19:10, 14; 2Ch 33:16; Ro 11:3.
[31] Gn 32:28; 33:20; 35:10; Ex 24:4; Jsh 4:3, 20; 2K 17:34; Ezr 6:17; Is 48:1; Jr 31:1; Ezk 37:16; 47:13; Ep 2:20; 4:4; Rv 7:4; 21:12.
[32] Ex 20:24; Jg 6:26; 21:4; 1S 7:9, 17; 1Co 10:31; Col 3:17.
[33] Gn 22:9; Lv 1:6; Jg 6:20; Dn 3:19, 25; Jn 11:39; 19:33.
[34] 2Co 4:2; 8:21.
[35] 1K 18:32, 38.
[36] Gn 26:24; 31:53; 32:9; 46:3; Ex 3:6, 15; 29:39; Nu 16:28; 1S 17:46; 1K 8:43; 18:21, 29; 22:28; 2K 1:3, 6; 5:15; 19:19; 1Ch 29:18; 2Ch 20:6; Ezr 9:4; Ps 67:1; 83:18; 141:2; Ezk 36:23; 39:7; Dn 8:13; 9:21; 12:11; Jn 11:42; Ac 3:1; 10:30; Ep 1:17; 3:14.
[37] Gn 32:24, 26, 28; 1K 18:24, 29, 36; 2Ch 14:11; 32:19; Is 37:17; Jr 31:18; Ezk 36:25; Dn 9:17; Mal 4:5; Lk 1:16; 11:8; Jm 5:16.
[38] Gn 15:17; Lv 9:24; 10:2; Jg 6:21; 1K 18:24; 2K 1:12; 1Ch 21:26; 2Ch 7:1; Jb 1:16; Is 31:9.
[39] Jg 13:20; 1K 18:21, 24; 1Ch 21:16; 2Ch 7:3; Jn 5:35; Ac 2:37; 4:16.
[40] Dt 13:5; 18:20; Jg 5:21; 2K 10:25; Jr 48:10; Zc 13:2; Rv 19:20; 20:10.

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

41 ¶ And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for [there is] a sound of abundance of rain. 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, [There is] nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. 44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare [thy chariot], and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. 45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 46 And the hand of the LORD was