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1 Kings 19:1-3

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Elijah Runs for His Life

19:1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, including a detailed account of how he killed all the prophets with the sword. 19:2 Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah with this warning, 1  “May the gods judge me severely 2  if by this time tomorrow I do not take your life as you did theirs!” 3 

19:3 Elijah was afraid, 4  so he got up and fled for his life to Beer Sheba in Judah. He left his servant there,

1 tn Heb “saying.”

2 tn Heb “So may the gods do to me, and so may they add.”

3 tn Heb “I do not make your life like the life of one of them.”

4 tc The MT has “and he saw,” but some medieval Hebrew mss as well as several ancient versions support the reading “he was afraid.” The consonantal text (וַיַּרְא, vayyar’) is ambiguous and can be vocalized וַיַּרְא (from רָאָה, raah, “to see”) or וַיִּרָא (vayyira’, from יָרֵא, yare’, “to fear”).



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