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my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son ? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, Let this child's soul come into him again. 22 And the

22 This miracle was conclusive both Lord heard the voice of Eli- as to the authority of the prophet's jah; and the soul of the child commission to declare the word of came into him again, and he God, and as to the truth of the word

itself. revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother : and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.

The ninth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. 1 Kings xviii. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab ; and I will send rain upon the earth. And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly : * for it was so,

4 When the righteous are in power, when Jezebel cut off the pro

the people may hope for blessing. phets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks : peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts. So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Abab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah ? And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee : and when they said, He is not there ; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 12 And it 2 Obadiah judged well of God's shall come to pass, as soon as power and mercy to defend his faithI am gone from thee, that ful servants. the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth. Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here : and he shall slay me. And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand. I will surely shew myself unto 16 A good man's promise is always him to day. 14 So Obadiah believed. Confidence in his word is went to meet Ahab, and told the just tribute paid to his virtue. him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel ? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. 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. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came unto all 31 There is always danger in indethe people, and said, How cision. Hence the wisdom of Jolong halt ye between two shua's resolve, and the fatal folly of opinions ? if the LORD be Laodicea's lukewarmness. (Rev. ij. God, follow him: but if Baal, 16.) then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22 Then said Elijah unto the 22 Strength consists, not in numpeople, I, even I only, re- bers, but in spirit and courage-in s main a prophet of the LORD; just and righteous cause. The good but Baal's prophets are four man fears not, though he stand hundred and fifty men. Let alone. His cause sustaineth him. 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 : and call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD : and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.

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Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first ; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it came 27 This scornful mocking was retri. to pass at noon, that Elijah butive. So God warns those who mocked them, and said, Crymock his warnings“I also will aloud : for he is a god; either mock, when your fear cometh." he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and

28 Heathen rites were frequently

attended with extreme cruelty. they cried aloud, and cut *** themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gashed out upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name : and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 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 of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. ** Then the fire of

38 And does not my heavenly Father

38 the LORD fell, and consumed spiritually, many a time and oft, dry the burnt sacrifice, and the up rivers of waters of affliction, which wood, and the stones, and the

seem ready to destroy the bright hope dust, and licked up the water of our sacrifice of prayer, and praise, that was in the trench. And and thanksgiving ? when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces : and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. And Elijah said unto 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 Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel ; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah ; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

EVENING. 1 Kings xix.

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And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about

3 Certainly Elijah seems here to this time. And when he have lost his wonted courage. At saw that, he arose, and went the same time we read, that even our for his life, and came to

blessed Lord, when his enemies Beer-sheba, which belongeth to withdraw himself from them.

pressed him sore, found it prudent to Judah, and left his servant

* Every soul, under severity of there. But he himself went trial, may have occasional seasons a day's journey into the wil- of sadness, which nothing can rederness, and came and sat

move—but a sense of God's

presence, down under a juniper tree : and he requested for himself that he might die ; and said, It is enough ; now, O LORD, take away my life ; for I am not better than my fathers. And as

touched him, and said unto 6 It is well for us habitually to him, Arise and eat. And repose our trust on the divine mercy; he looked, and, behold, there then, though “heaviness may endure was a cake baken on the for a night,” joy cometh “in the

morning.” Thus it was with Elijah coals, and a cruse of water ***

-why should it not be so with thee? at his head. And he did eat ,

7 Angels “succour and defend us": and drink, and laid him down also, though unseen. Our faith is, again. And the angel of that they are appointed of God to the LORD came again the minister to us on earth, even as they second time, and touched do him service in heaven. him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there ; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah ? 19 And he said, I have been 10 Some natural fear will cling to very jealous for the LORD the most faithful servants of God. God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword ; and I, even I only, am left ; and they seek my life, to take it away, 11 As on this mount Horeb God had " And he said, Go forth, and delivered his law with all the awful stand upon the mount before majesty of thunderings and lightthe LORD. And, behold, the

nings, terrible and unearthly, indi

cative of the severity of that dispenLORD passed by, and a great sation ; so now he declared his will and strong wind rent the in terms of gentleness, typical of that moantains, and brake in Gospel, to prepare the way for which pieces the rocks before the all his former dispensations tended. LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind : and after the wind an earthquake ; but the LORD was not in the earthquake : and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire : and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts : because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword ; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus : and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria : and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over

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