1 Kings 18:15
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New International Version
Elijah said, "As the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today."

New Living Translation
But Elijah said, "I swear by the LORD Almighty, in whose presence I stand, that I will present myself to Ahab this very day."

English Standard Version
And Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”

New American Standard Bible
Elijah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today."

King James Bible
And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Elijah said, "As the LORD of Hosts lives, before whom I stand, today I will present myself to Ahab."

International Standard Version
But Elijah promised him, "As the LORD of the Heavenly Armies lives, in whose presence I stand, I will appear to Ahab today."

NET Bible
But Elijah said, "As certainly as the LORD who rules over all lives (whom I serve), I will make an appearance before him today."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Elijah said, "I solemnly swear, as the LORD of Armies whom I serve lives, I will present myself to Ahab."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Elijah said unto him, As the LORD of the hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him today.

King James 2000 Bible
And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him today.

American King James Version
And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him to day.

American Standard Version
And Elijah said, As Jehovah of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to-day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Elias said: As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whose face I stand, this day I will shew myself unto him.

Darby Bible Translation
And Elijah said, As Jehovah of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will certainly shew myself to him to-day.

English Revised Version
And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him today.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him to-day.

World English Bible
Elijah said, "As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today."

Young's Literal Translation
And Elijah saith, 'Jehovah of Hosts liveth, before whom I have stood, surely to-day I appear unto him.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-16 The severest judgments, of themselves, will not humble or change the hearts of sinners; nothing, except the blood of Jesus Christ, can atone for the guilt of sin; nothing, except the sanctifying Spirit of God, can purge away its pollution. The priests and the Levites were gone to Judah and Jerusalem, 2Ch 11:13,14, but instead of them God raised up prophets, who read and expounded the word. They probably were from the schools of the prophets, first set up by Samuel. They had not the spirit of prophecy as Elijah, but taught the people to keep close to the God of Israel. These Jezebel sought to destroy. The few that escaped death were forced to hide themselves. God has his remnant among all sorts, high and low; and that faith, fear, and love of his name, which are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, will be accepted through the Redeemer. See how wonderfully God raises up friends for his ministers and people, for their shelter in difficult times. Bread and water were now scarce, yet Obadiah will find enough for God's prophets, to keep them alive. Ahab's care was not to lose all the beasts; but he took no care about his soul, not to lose that. He took pains to seek grass, but none to seek the favour of God; fencing against the effect, but not inquiring how to remove the cause. But it bodes well with a people, when God calls his ministers to stand forth, and show themselves. And we may the better endure the bread of affliction, while our eyes see our teachers.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand [This formula should be compared with that of 1 Kings 17:1. The repetition is suggestive as exhibiting the habit of the man. He was the ready and patient slave of Jehovah. The צְבָאותis apparently introduced not so much to "elevate the solemnity of the oath" (Keil, Bahr) - for surely Elijah would wish to make the affirmation of 1 Kings 17:1 as strong and solemn as possible - nor yet to convey the meaning that "it is not Baal or Ashtaroth who are the rulers of the heavenly bodies" (Wordsworth), for Obadiah knew that perfectly well, but because it was thus better adapted for a believer. In addressing Ahab it suited Elijah's purpose better to give prominence to the idea that Jehovah was "the God of Israel"], I win surely show myself unto him today.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Elijah said, as the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand,.... In whose presence he was, and whose prophet and minister he was; he takes this oath, to assure Obadiah that he would certainly be upon the spot, or to be found, and not expose him to any danger:

I will surely show myself unto him today; he was determined at all events to present himself to him that day.



1 Kings 18:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elijah Confronts Ahab
14"And now you are saying, 'Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here"'; he will then kill me." 15Elijah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today."
Cross References
1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word."

1 Kings 18:14
And now you tell me to go to my master and say, 'Elijah is here.' He will kill me!"

1 Kings 18:16
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

1 Kings 22:14
But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me."
Treasury of Scripture

And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him to day.

As the Lord

1 Kings 18:10 As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where …

Hebrews 6:16,17 For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation …

of hosts liveth

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, …

Job 25:3 Is there any number of his armies? and on whom does not his light arise?

Psalm 24:8-10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty …

Psalm 103:21 Bless you the LORD, all you his hosts; you ministers of his, that …

Psalm 148:2,3 Praise you him, all his angels: praise you him, all his hosts…

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD …

Jeremiah 8:2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all …

Luke 2:13,14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly …

before whom I

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

Deuteronomy 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which stands before you, he shall go in …

Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said to him, I am Gabriel, that stand in …

I will surely

Isaiah 51:7,8 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart …

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