1 Kings 18:16-26 (New International Version)

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Elijah on Mount Carmel

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, "Is that you, you troubler1 of Israel?" 18 "I have not made trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. "But you2 and your father's family have. You have abandoned3 the LORD's commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon4 the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel.5 And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."6 20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.7 21 Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver8 between two opinions? If the LORD9 is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." But the people said nothing. 22 Then Elijah said to them, "I am the only one of the LORD's prophets left,10 but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.11 23 Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call12 on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD.13 The god who answers by fire14--he is God." Then all the people said, "What you say is good." 25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire." 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called15 on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "O Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response;16 no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
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