The Lord Speaks to Elijah

1 Kings 19

9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 10 So he said, f "I have been very g zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and h killed Your prophets with the sword. i I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." 11 Then He said, "Go out, and stand j on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD k passed by, and l a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire 1 a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that m he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. n Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14 o And he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." 15 Then the LORD said to him: "Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; p and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 "Also you shall anoint q Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And r Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 s "It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will t kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, u Elisha will kill. 18 v "Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, w and every mouth that has not kissed him."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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