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 18:36-37Context
18:36 When it was time for the evening offering, 3 Elijah the prophet approached the altar 4 and prayed: “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove 5 today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 18:37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are the true God 6 and that you are winning back their allegiance.” 7
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 “at the offering up of the offering.”
4 tn The words “the altar” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
5 tn Heb “let it be known.”
6 tn Heb “the God.”
7 tn Heb “that you are turning their heart[s] back.”