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1 Kings 18:30-38


18:30 Elijah then told all the people, “Approach me.” So all the people approached him. He repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down. 1  18:31 Then Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of tribes that descended from Jacob, to whom the Lord had said, “Israel will be your new 2  name.” 3  18:32 With the stones he constructed an altar for the Lord. 4  Around the altar he made a trench large enough to contain two seahs 5  of seed. 18:33 He arranged the wood, cut up the bull, and placed it on the wood. 18:34 Then he said, “Fill four water jars and pour the water on the offering and the wood.” When they had done so, 6  he said, “Do it again.” So they did it again. Then he said, “Do it a third time.” So they did it a third time. 18:35 The water flowed down all sides of the altar and filled the trench. 18:36 When it was time for the evening offering, 7  Elijah the prophet approached the altar 8  and prayed: “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove 9  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 10  and that you are winning back their allegiance.” 11  18:38 Then fire from the Lord fell from the sky. 12  It consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, and the dirt, and licked up the water in the trench.

1 sn Torn down. The condition of the altar symbolizes the spiritual state of the people.

2 tn The word “new” is implied but not actually present in the Hebrew text.

3 sn Israel will be your new name. See Gen 32:28; 35:10.

4 tn Heb “and he built the stones into an altar in the name of the Lord.

5 tn A seah was a dry measure equivalent to about seven quarts.

6 tn The words “when they had done so” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

7 tn Heb “at the offering up of the offering.”

8 tn The words “the altar” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

9 tn Heb “let it be known.”

10 tn Heb “the God.”

11 tn Heb “that you are turning their heart[s] back.”

12 tn The words “from the sky” are added for stylistic reasons.

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