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1 Kings

Chapter 17

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And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word."
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Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
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"Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.
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And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."
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So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.
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The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
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And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
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Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
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"Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you."
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So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink."
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And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, "Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand."
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So she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die."
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And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.
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For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'"
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So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.
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The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
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Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him.
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So she said to Elijah, "What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?"
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And he said to her, "Give me your son." So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed.
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Then he cried out to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?"
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And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, "O LORD my God, I pray, let this child's soul come back to him."
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Then the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.
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And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. And Elijah said, "See, your son lives!"
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Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth."

Chapter 18

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And it came to pass after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth."
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So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria.
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And Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly.
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For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)
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And Ahab had said to Obadiah, "Go into the land to all the springs of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, so that we will not have to kill any livestock."
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So they divided the land between them to explore it; Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
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Now as Obadiah was on his way, suddenly Elijah met him; and he recognized him, and fell on his face, and said, "Is that you, my lord Elijah?"
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And he answered him, "It is I. Go, tell your master, 'Elijah is here.'"
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So he said, "How have I sinned, that you are delivering your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me?
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As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to hunt for you; and when they said, 'He is not here,' he took an oath from the kingdom or nation that they could not find you.
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And now you say, 'Go, tell your master, "Elijah is here"'!
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And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of the LORD will carry you to a place I do not know; so when I go and tell Ahab, and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared the LORD from my youth.
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Was it not reported to my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, how I hid one hundred men of the LORD's prophets, fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
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And now you say, 'Go, tell your master, "Elijah is here."' He will kill me!"
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Then Elijah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to him today."
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So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
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Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, O troubler of Israel?"
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And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.
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Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."
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So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.
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And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.
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Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
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Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.
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Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God."
So all the people answered and said, "It is well spoken."
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Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it."
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So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, "O Baal, hear us!" But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.
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And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened."
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So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.
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And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.
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Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
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And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Israel shall be your name."
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Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed.
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And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, "Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood."
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Then 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.
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So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.
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And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.
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Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again."
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Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
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Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!"
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And Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!" So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.
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Then Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain."
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So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees,
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and said to his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea."
So he went up and looked, and said, "There is nothing." And seven times he said, "Go again."
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Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, "There is a cloud, as small as a man's hand, rising out of the sea!" So he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.'"
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Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.
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Then the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.



Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright � 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

John

Chapter 13

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When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me."
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Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.
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Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
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Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.
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Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?"
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Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
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Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."
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But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.
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For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, "Buy those things we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.
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Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.
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So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.
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If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.
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Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you cannot come,' so now I say to you.
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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
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Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?"
Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward."
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Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake."
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Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.



Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright � 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms

Chapter 69

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But I am poor and sorrowful;
Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
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I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
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This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull,
Which has horns and hooves.
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The humble shall see this and be glad;
And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.
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For the LORD hears the poor,
And does not despise His prisoners.

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Let heaven and earth praise Him,
The seas and everything that moves in them.
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For God will save Zion
And build the cities of Judah,
That they may dwell there and possess it.
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Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it,
And those who love His name shall dwell in it.



Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright � 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Proverbs

Chapter 17

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He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
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Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.



Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright � 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.