18:19 Now send out messengers 1 and assemble all Israel before me at Mount Carmel, as well as the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah whom Jezebel supports. 2
18:20 Ahab sent messengers to all the Israelites and had the prophets assemble at Mount Carmel. 18:21 Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision? 3 If the Lord is the true God, 4 then follow him, but if Baal is, follow him!” But the people did not say a word. 18:22 Elijah said to them: 5 “I am the only prophet of the Lord who is left, but there are 450 prophets of Baal.
2 tn Heb “who eat at the table of Jezebel.”
3 tn Heb “How long are you going to limp around on two crutches?” (see HALOT 762 s.v. סְעִפִּים). In context this idiomatic expression refers to indecision rather than physical disability.
4 tn Heb “the God.”
5 tn Heb “to the people.”