19:9 He went into a cave there and spent the night. All of a sudden the Lord spoke to him, “Why are you here, Elijah?” 19:10 He answered, “I have been absolutely loyal 1 to the Lord, the sovereign God, 2 even though the Israelites have abandoned the agreement they made with you, 3 torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and now they want to take my life.” 4
1 tn Or “very zealous.” The infinitive absolute preceding the finite verb emphasizes the degree of his zeal and allegiance.
2 tn Traditionally, “the God of hosts.”
3 tn Heb “abandoned your covenant.”
4 tn Heb “and they are seeking my life to take it.”