Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar1 of the LORD, which was in ruins.
Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel."232
With the stones he built an altar in the name3 of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahsa of seed.
He arranged4 the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood."
"Do it again," he said, and they did it again. "Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time.
The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.
At the time5 of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham,6 Isaac and Israel, let it be known7 today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.837
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know9 that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
Then the fire10 of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate11 and cried, "The LORD--he is God! The LORD--he is God!"1240
Then Elijah commanded them, "Seize the prophets of Baal. Don't let anyone get away!" They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley13 and slaughtered14 there.