He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
He said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away."
He replied again, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
And he said
Elijah, in answer to the question put, and he says the same as
I have been very jealous
which the question was designed to draw from him, in order to
give him some instructions and directions; which would suggest to
him, that though he should not deal severely with Israel, nor
with Ahab and his house, yet he would hereafter by the kings he
should anoint over Syria and Israel, and by the prophet he should
anoint in his room, as instruments of his vengeance.