18:24 Then you 1 will invoke the name of your god, and I will invoke the name of the Lord. The god who responds with fire will demonstrate that he is the true God.” 2 All the people responded, “This will be a fair test.” 3
1 Kings 18:26Context
18:26 So they took a bull, as he had suggested, 4 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 5 around on the altar they had made. 6
1 Kings 18:29Context
18:29 Throughout the afternoon they were in an ecstatic frenzy, 7 but there was no sound, no answer, and no response. 8
1 Kings 18:36-37Context
18:36 When it was time for the evening offering, 9 Elijah the prophet approached the altar 10 and prayed: “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove 11 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 12 and that you are winning back their allegiance.” 13
1 tn Elijah now directly addresses the prophets.
2 tn Heb “the God.”
3 tn Heb “The matter [i.e., proposal] is good [i.e., acceptable].”
4 tn Heb “and they took the bull which he allowed them.”
6 tc The MT has “which he made,” but some medieval Hebrew
7 tn Heb “when noon passed they prophesied until the offering up of the offering.”
8 tc The Old Greek translation and Syriac Peshitta include the following words here: “When it was time to offer the sacrifice, Elijah the Tishbite spoke to the prophets of the abominations: ‘Stand aside for the time being, and I will offer my burnt offering.’ So they stood aside and departed.”
sn In 2 Kgs 4:31 the words “there was no sound and there was no response” are used to describe a dead boy. Similar words are used here to describe the god Baal as dead and therefore unresponsive.
9 tn Heb “at the offering up of the offering.”
10 tn The words “the altar” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
11 tn Heb “let it be known.”
12 tn Heb “the God.”
13 tn Heb “that you are turning their heart[s] back.”