Elijah And The Fire Of The Lord

Elijah And The Fire Of The Lord

ALL the people gathered around him
Then he walked up to the altar of the Lord which had been broken down.
Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob which made up Israel.
With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord,
and he made a trench round the altar, large enough to hold two measures of seed.
He put the wood in order, and cut the young bull in pieces and laid it on the wood.
Then he said: "Fill four barrels with water and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood."
When they had done this, he said: "Do it a second time," and they did it a second time.
And he said: "Do it a third time," and they did it a third time.
The water ran around the altar, and he filled the trench with water, too.

Then when it was time for the offering of the evening sacrifice,
Elijah the prophet came near and said: "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel,
let it be known today that you are the God in Israel,
and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.
"Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that you are the Lord God,
and that you may have their hearts again."

Then the fire of the Lord came down and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said: "The Lord he is the God; the Lord he is the God."
And Elijah said to them: "Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape."
And they took them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slew them there.
And by evening the rains came and thus the famine was ended.


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