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1 Kings 18:27

Context
NETBible

At noon Elijah mocked them, “Yell louder! After all, he is a god; he may be deep in thought, or perhaps he stepped out for a moment or has taken a trip. Perhaps he is sleeping and needs to be awakened.” 1 

XREF

1Ki 22:15; 2Ch 25:8; Ps 44:23; Ps 78:65,66; Ps 121:4; Ec 11:9; Isa 8:9,10; Isa 41:23; Isa 44:15-17; Isa 51:9; Eze 20:39; Am 4:4,5; Mt 26:45; Mr 4:38,39; Mr 7:9; Mr 14:41

NET © Notes

sn Elijah’s sarcastic proposals would have been especially offensive and irritating to Baal’s prophets, for they believed Baal was imprisoned in the underworld as death’s captive during this time of drought. Elijah’s apparent ignorance of their theology is probably designed for dramatic effect; indeed the suggestion that Baal is away on a trip or deep in sleep comes precariously close to the truth as viewed by the prophets.



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