There he went into a cave1 and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"210
He replied, "I have been very zealous3 for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant,4 broken down your altars,5 and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,6 and now they are trying to kill me too."
The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain7 in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."8 Then a great and powerful wind9 tore the mountains apart and shattered10 the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake came a fire,11 but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.1213
When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face13 and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"