1 Kings 19:1-15a
1 AhabI toldII JezebelIII all that ElijahIV had done,V and how he had killedVI all the prophetsVII with the sword.VIII
2 Then Jezebel sentIX a messengerX to Elijah, saying, “So may the godsXI do to me, and moreXII also,
if I do not makeXIII your lifeXIV like the life of oneXV of them by this timeXVI tomorrow.”XVII
3 Then he was afraid;XVIII he got upXIX and fledXX for his life, and cameXXI to Beer-sheba,XXII
which belongs to Judah;XXIII he leftXXIV his servantXXV there.
4 But he himself wentXXVI a day’sXXVII journeyXXVIII into the wilderness,XXIX and came and sat downXXX under a solitaryXXXI broom tree.XXXII
He askedXXXIII that heXXXIV might die:XXXV “It is enough;XXXVI now, O Lord,XXXVII take awayXXXVIII my life, for I am no betterXXXIX than my ancestors.”XL
5 Then he lay downXLI under theXLII broom tree and fell asleep.XLIII SuddenlyXLIV an angelXLV touchedXLVI him and said to him, “Get up and eat.”XLVII
6 He looked,XLVIII andXLIX there at his headL was a cakeLI baked on hot stones,LII
and a jarLIII of water.LIV He ate and drank,LV and lay down again.LVI
7 The angel of the Lord cameLVII a secondLVIII time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too muchLIX for you.”
8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strengthLX of that foodLXI fortyLXII days and forty nightsLXIII
to HorebLXIV the mountLXV of God. 9 At that place he came to a cave,LXVI and spent the nightLXVII there.
ThenLXVIII the wordLXIX of the LordLXX came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He answered, “I have been very zealousLXXI for the Lord, the God of hosts;LXXII for the IsraelitesLXXIII have forsakenLXXIV your covenant,LXXV
thrown downLXXVI your altars,LXXVII and killed your prophets with the sword. I aloneLXXVIII am left,LXXIX and they are seekingLXXX my life, to take it away.”
11 He said, “Go outLXXXI and standLXXXII on the mountainLXXXIII beforeLXXXIV the Lord,LXXXV forLXXXVI the LordLXXXVII is about to pass by.”LXXXVIII
Now there was a greatLXXXIX wind,XC so strongXCI that it was splittingXCII mountains
and breaking rocksXCIII in piecesXCIV beforeXCV the Lord,XCVI but the LordXCVII was not in the wind; and afterXCVIII the wind an earthquake,XCIX but the LordC was not in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake a fire,CI but the LordCII was not in the fire; and after the fire a soundCIII of sheerCIV silence.CV
13 WhenCVI Elijah heardCVII it, he wrappedCVIII his faceCIX in his mantleCX and went out and stood at the entranceCXI of the cave.
ThenCXII there came a voiceCXIII to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord,CXIV the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
15 Then the LordCXV said to him, “Go, returnCXVI on your wayCXVII to the wilderness of Damascus;CXVIII
when you arrive,CXIX you shall anointCXX HazaelCXXI as kingCXXII over Aram.CXXIII
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