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at Ahab and his pagan prophets. “Bring two bulls so that we may offer them as sacrifices. You may go first since there are more of you than of me. It looks as if I am the only one here today representing Jehovah.
“Put your sacrifice on the wood of the altar, but don’t light it with fire,” said Elijah, “and I will do the same. Then you call on Baal, and I will call on Jehovah, and the one who answers by fire—he is God.”
 King Ahab was very angry with Elijah. “Is that you, oh troubler of Israel?” he growled.
“Fair enough,” the prophets all said.
The prophets of Baal cut their bull into pieces and put it on the altar as Elijah had instructed. Then they began to dance
around their altar. “O Baal, hear us!” they shouted. “Send fire to burn up our
sacrifice!” They chanted their prayers, they waved their hands, and they
threw incense into the air. All morning they jumped and pranced, calling
on their god to answer with fire. But nothing happened.
At noon, Elijah began to tease them. “Shout louder,” he
called. “If Baal is a god, he is probably busy. Or he might be
traveling. Or maybe he is sleeping and needs to be awakened.”
This made the prophets of Baal frantic. They screamed at the sacrifice, they cursed their
god, and they began cutting themselves with swords and

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