Then Elijahsaid to the people, "I 1alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal'sprophets are 450men.
"Now let them give us twooxen ; and let them chooseoneox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but putnofire under it; and I will prepare the otherox and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it.
"Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD, and 2the Godwhoanswers by fire, He is God." And all the peoplesaid, "aThat is a goodidea."
So Elijahsaid to the prophets of Baal, "Chooseoneox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but putnofire under it."
Then they took the oxwhichbwas given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morninguntilnoonsaying, "O Baal, answer us." But there was 3novoice and nooneanswered. And they cleapedabout the altarwhichdthey made.
It came about at noon, that Elijahmocked them and said, "Call out with a loudvoice, for he is a god ; either he is occupied or goneaside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened."
So they cried with a loudvoice and 4cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lancesuntil the bloodgushed out on them.
When midday was past, they eraved5until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice ; but there was novoice, nooneanswered, and nofonepaidattention.
Then Elijahsaid to all the people, "Comenear to me." So all the peoplecamenear to him. And 6he repaired the altar of the LORD which had been torndown.
31Elijahtooktwelvestones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "7Israel shall be your name."
So with the stones he built an altar in 8the name of the LORD, and he made a trencharound the altar, large enough to hold two gmeasures of seed.
339Then he arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces and laid it on the wood.
And he said, "Fillfourpitchers with water and pour it on the burntoffering and on the wood." And he said, "Do it a secondtime," and they did it a secondtime. And he said, "Do it a thirdtime," and they did it a thirdtime.
The waterflowedaround the altar and he alsofilled the trench with water.
3610At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophetcamenear and said, "11O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that 12You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and 13I have doneallthesethings at Your word.