1 KINGS 18:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”

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1 Kings 18:21 Translation & Meaning

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And Elijah אֵֽלִיָּ֜הוּ Elijah, the name of the famous prophet and of two other Israelites Elijah
came וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ To be or come (causatively, bring) near (for any purpose); euphemistically, to lie with a woman; as an enemy, to attack; religious to worship; causatively, to present; figuratively, to adduce an argument; by reversal, to stand back came
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the people, הָעָ֗ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
and said, וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
How long עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) How long
halt פֹּֽסְחִים֮ To hop, i.e., (figuratively) skip over (or spare); by implication, to hesitate; also (literally) to limp, to dance halt
ye אַתֶּ֣ם Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you ye
between עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications between
two שְׁתֵּ֣י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
opinions? הַסְּעִפִּים֒ Divided (in mind), i.e., (abstractly) a sentiment opinions
if אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
the Lord יְהוָ֤ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
God, הָֽאֱלֹהִים֙ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
follow לְכ֣וּ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) follow
him: but if וְאִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
Baal, הַבַּ֖עַל Baal, a Phoenician deity Baal
then (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
follow לְכ֣וּ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) follow
him. And the people הָעָ֛ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
answered עָנ֥וּ Properly, to eye or (generally) to heed, i.e., pay attention; by implication, to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce answered
him not וְלֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
a word. דָּבָֽר׃ A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause word

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  • 19  Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.

  • 20  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

  • 21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

  • 22  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

  • 23  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:




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