Now AhabtoldJezebelall that Elijah had done, and a1how he had killedall the prophets with the sword.
Then Jezebelsent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "2So may the godsdo to me and evenmore, if I do not make your blife as the clife of one of them by tomorrow about this time."
And he dwas afraid and arose and ran for his elife and came to 3Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servantthere.
But he himselfwent a day'sjourney into the wilderness, and came and satdownunder a fjunipertree; and 4he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my glife, for I am not betterthan my fathers."
He laydown and sleptunder a hjunipertree; and behold, there was 5an angeltouching him, and he said to him, "Arise, eat."
Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a breadcake baked on hotstones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and laydownagain.
The angel of the LORDcameagain a secondtime and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is toogreat for you."
So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food6fortydays and fortynights to 7Horeb, the mountain of God.
Then he camethere to a cave and lodgedthere; and behold, 8the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
He said, "9I have beenveryzealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, 10torndown Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And 11I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."
So He said, "12Goforth and stand on the mountainbefore the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And 13a great and strongwind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocksbefore the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
12After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire14a sound of a gentleblowing.
When Elijahheard it, 15he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, 16a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
Then he said, "17I have beenveryzealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torndown Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."
The LORDsaid to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, 18you shall anointHazaelkingoverAram;
and 19Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anointkingoverIsrael; and 20Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.
"It shall come about, the 21one who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu22shall put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall put to death.
"23Yet I will leave7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and everymouth that has not 24kissed him."
So he departed from there and foundElisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelvepairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth . And Elijahpassedover to him and threw25his mantle on him.
He left the oxen and ranafterElijah and said, "Please26let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Gobackagain, for what have I done to you?"
So he returned from following him, and took the pair of oxen and sacrificed them and 27boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followedElijah and ministered to him.