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1 Kings 18:38

    1 Kings 18:38 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then the fire of Jehovah fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then the fire of the Lord came down, burning up the offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and drinking up the water in the drain.

    Webster's Revision

    Then the fire of Jehovah fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    World English Bible

    Then the fire of Yahweh fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 18:38

    Then the fire of the Lord fell - It did not burst out from the altar; this might still, notwithstanding the water, have afforded some ground for suspicion that fire had been concealed, after the manner of the heathens, under the altar.

    Pindar's account of the Rhodians' settling is the isle of Rhodes, and their first sacrifice there, bears a near affinity to the account here given: the shower of gold descending on the sacrifice offered up without fire, to show the approbation of their god, is little more than a poetic account of the above transactions.

    Καιτοι γαρ αιθουσας εχοντες

    Σπερμ' ανεβαν φλογος ου

    Τευξαν δ' απυροις ἱεροις

    Αλσος εν ακροπολει· κεινοισι μεν ξαν -

    θαν αγαγων νεφελαι·

    Πολυν ὑσε χρυσον

    Pind. Olymp. Od. 7, ver. 86.

    The Rhodians, mindful of their sire's behest,

    Straight in the citadel an altar reared;

    But with imperfect rites the Power addressed,

    And without fire their sacrifice prepared;

    Yet Jove, approving, o'er the assembly spread

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    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 18:38

    The fire of the Lord fell - This cannot have been a flash of lightning. It was altogether, in its nature as well as in its opportuneness, miraculous. Compare the marginal references for the conduct of the people.