18:21 Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision? 1 If the Lord is the true God, 2 then follow him, but if Baal is, follow him!” But the people did not say a word.
1 Kings 18:26Context
18:26 So they took a bull, as he had suggested, 3 and prepared it. They invoked the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, answer us.” But there was no sound and no answer. They jumped 4 around on the altar they had made. 5
1 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.
2 tn Heb “the God.”
3 tn Heb “and they took the bull which he allowed them.”
5 tc The MT has “which he made,” but some medieval Hebrew