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."132
With the stones he built an altar in the name2 of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahsa of seed.
He arranged3 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 time4 of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham,5 Isaac and Israel, let it be known6 today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.737
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know8 that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
Then the fire9 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 prostrate10 and cried, "The LORD--he is God! The LORD--he is God!"1140
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 Valley12 and slaughtered13 there.
And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain."