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1 Kings 18

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1 After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year: go and show yourself to Ahab, and I will rain on the ground.
2 And Elijah went to appear to Ahab. The famine was strong in Samaria.
3 And Ahab called Obadiah, who ruled over the palace. Obadiah was a very fearful man,
4 and when Jezebel exterminated the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took one hundred prophets, and hid them, fifty people in the caves, and fed them bread and water.
5 And Ahab said to Obadiah: go down the earth to all the springs of water and to all the streams on the earth, if we find grass where we can feed horses and hinnies and not lose cattle.
6 And they divided the land among themselves in order to go around it: Ahab especially went along one road, and Obadiah especially went along another road.
7 When Obadiah walked along the road, behold, Elijah was coming towards him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said: are you this, my lord Elijah?
eight He said to him: I; go tell your master: Elijah is here.
nine He said: What have I done wrong that you are betraying your servant into the hands of Ahab to kill me?
ten The Lord your God lives! there is not a single nation and kingdom where my sovereign does not send to seek you; and when they said to him [that you] were not, he took an oath from that kingdom and people that they could not find you;
eleven and now you say: go, tell your lord: Elijah is here.
12 When I go from you, then the Spirit of the Lord will take you, I do not know where; and if I go to notify Ahab, and he does not find you, he will kill me; but your servant is God-fearing from his youth.
13 Is it not told to my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred people of the prophets of the Lord, fifty people each, in the caves and fed them bread and water?
fourteen And now you say: go, tell your master: Elijah is here; he will kill me.
fifteen And Elijah said, The Lord of hosts is alive, before whom I stand! today I will show myself to him.
16 And Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him. And Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him: Are you confusing Israel?
18 And Elijah said: I do not confuse Israel, but you and the house of your father by the fact that you despised the commandments of the Lord and follow Baalam;
19 now come and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, and four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and four hundred prophets of oak, eating from the table of Jezebel.
20 And Ahab sent to all the sons of Israel and gathered all the prophets to Mount Carmel.

21 And Elijah went up to all the people and said: How long have you been limping on both knees? if the Lord is God, then follow Him; and if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.
22 And Elijah said to the people: I alone remained the prophet of the Lord, and the prophets of Baal were four hundred and fifty.
23 let them give us two little bodies, and let them choose for themselves one little body, and cut it up, and lay it on the wood, but let it not add fire; But I will prepare another calf and lay it on the wood, but I can’t lay fire;
24 and you call the name of your god, and I will call the name of the Lord my God. That God who will give an answer through fire is God. And all the people answered and said, well.
25 And Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose one calf for yourself, and prepare you first, for you are many and call upon the name of your god, but do not lay fire.
26 And they took the calf that was given to them, and prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying: Baal, hear us! But there was no voice, no answer. And they rode by the altar, which they made.
27 At noon, Elijah began to laugh at them and said: shout in a loud voice, for he is a god; maybe he was thinking, or busy with something, or on the road, or maybe he was sleeping, so he would wake up!
28 And they began to scream in a loud voice, and pricked themselves as usual with knives and spears, so that blood poured over them.
29th It was noon, and they were still raving until the time of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no answer, no hearing.
thirty Then Elijah said to all the people: come to me. And all the people approached him. He restored the destroyed altar of the Lord.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the Lord said this: Israel shall be your name.
32 And he built an altar from these stones in the name of the Lord, and made a moat around the altar, with a capacity of two satin grains,
33 and laid firewood, and cut the calf, and laid it on the firewood,
34 and said: Fill four buckets of water and pour on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood. Then he said: repeat. And they repeated. And he said: do [the same] a third time. And done the third time,
35 and water poured around the altar, and the ditch was filled with water.
36 During the evening sacrifice, the prophet Elijah came up and said: Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel! May they know this day that You are the only God in Israel, and that I am Your servant and have done everything according to Your word.
37 Hear me, Lord, hear me! May this people know that You, Lord, God, and You will turn their heart [unto Thee].
38 And the fire of the Lord fell down and devoured the burnt offering, and firewood, and stones, and dust, and swallowed up the water that was in the ditch.
39 Seeing [this], all the people fell on their faces and said: the Lord is God, the Lord is God!
40 And Elijah said unto them, Grab the prophets of Baal, so that not one of them hides. And they seized them, and Elijah took them to the flood of Kisson, and stabbed them there.

41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Go, eat, and drink, for the sound of the rain is heard.
42 And Ahab went to eat and drink, and Elijah went up to the top of Carmel and bent to the ground, and laid his face between his knees,
43 and said to his lad: go, look to the sea. He went and looked, and said: there is nothing. He said: go on [this] up to seven times.
44 For the seventh time he said: behold, a small cloud rises from the sea, the size of a human palm. He said: go, tell Ahab: `` harness [your chariot] and go, that rain may not catch you. ''
45 Meanwhile, the sky became dark from the clouds and from the wind, and it began to rain heavily. Ahab sat in a chariot, and rode to Jezreel.
46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah. He girded his loins and fled before Ahab to Jezreel himself.

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