Now you say, ‘Go and say to your master, “Elijah is back,”’ 1 but he will kill me.”
Samuel replied, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!” But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you 1 and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem, 1 their loyalty could shift to their former master, 2 King Rehoboam of Judah. They might kill me and return to King Rehoboam of Judah.”
But when I leave you, the Lord’s spirit will carry you away so I can’t find you. 1 If I go tell Ahab I’ve seen you, he won’t be able to find you and he will kill me. 2 That would not be fair, 3 because your servant has been a loyal follower of 4 the Lord from my youth.