1 Kings 18:37
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."

New Living Translation
O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself."

English Standard Version
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”

New American Standard Bible
"Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Answer me, LORD! Answer me so that this people will know that You, Yahweh, are God and that You have turned their hearts back."

International Standard Version
Answer me, LORD! Answer me so that this people may know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning back their hearts again."

NET Bible
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are the true God and that you are winning back their allegiance."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Answer me, LORD! Answer me! Then these people will know that you, LORD, are God and that you are winning back their hearts."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God and that thou shalt convert their heart back again to thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back again.

American King James Version
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back again.

American Standard Version
Hear me, O Jehovah, hear me, that this people may know that thou, Jehovah, art God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear me, O Lord, hear me: that this people may learn, that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart again.

Darby Bible Translation
Answer me, Jehovah, answer me, that this people may know that thou Jehovah art God, and [that] *thou* hast turned their heart back again.

English Revised Version
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou, LORD, art God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Hear me, Yahweh, hear me, that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God, and that you have turned their heart back again."

Young's Literal Translation
answer me, O Jehovah, answer me, and this people doth know that Thou art Jehovah God; and Thou hast turned their heart backward.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:21-40 Many of the people wavered in their judgment, and varied in their practice. Elijah called upon them to determine whether Jehovah or Baal was the self-existent, supreme God, the Creator, Governor, and Judge of the world, and to follow him alone. It is dangerous to halt between the service of God and the service of sin, the dominion of Christ and the dominion of our lusts. If Jesus be the only Saviour, let us cleave to him alone for every thing; if the Bible be the world of God, let us reverence and receive the whole of it, and submit our understanding to the Divine teaching it contains. Elijah proposed to bring the matter to a trial. Baal had all the outward advantages, but the event encourages all God's witnesses and advocates never to fear the face of man. The God that answers by fire, let him be God: the atonement was to be made by sacrifice, before the judgment could be removed in mercy. The God therefore that has power to pardon sin, and to signify it by consuming the sin-offering, must needs be the God that can relieve from the calamity. God never required his worshippers to honour him in the manner of the worshippers of Baal; but the service of the devil, though sometimes it pleases and pampers the body, yet, in other things, really is cruel to it, as in envy and drunkenness. God requires that we mortify our lusts and corruptions; but bodily penances and severities are no pleasure to him. Who has required these things at your hands? A few words uttered in assured faith, and with fervent affection for the glory of God, and love to the souls of men, or thirstings after the Lord's image and his favour, form the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous man, which availeth much. Elijah sought not his own glory, but that of God, for the good of the people. The people are all agreed, convinced, and satisfied; Jehovah, he is the God. Some, we hope, had their hearts turned, but most of them were convinced only, not converted. Blessed are they that have not seen what these saw, yet have believed, and have been wrought upon by it, more than they that saw it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - Hear me, O Lord [Jehovah], hear me [or answer me; same word as in vers. 24, 26, and 29], that this people may know that thou art the Lord God [Rather, "that thou, Jehovah, art the God." Same expression as in ver. 24, "let him be the God"], and that thou hast turned their heart back again. [Cf. Malachi 4:5, 6: "He "Elijah the prophet") shall turn the heart of the fathers," etc. He speaks as if the miracle were already wrought (cf. John 11:41), and the people already repentant. His prayer is that they may understand that the prodigy about to be performed was wrought for their conversion.]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hear me, O Lord, hear me;.... Which repetition is made to express his importunity, and the vehement earnest desire of his soul to be heard in such a case, which so much concerned the glory of God; the Targum is,

"receive my prayer, O Lord, concerning the fire, receive my prayer concerning the rain;''

as if the one respected the sending down the fire on the sacrifice, and the other sending rain on the earth; and which sense is followed by other Jewish writers:

that this people may know that thou art the Lord God; and not Baal, or any other idol:

and that thou hast turned their heart back again; from idolatry, to the worship of the true God; though some understand this of God's giving them up to a spirit of error, and suffering them to fall into idolatry, and hardening their hearts, as he did Pharaoh's; but the former sense is best.



1 Kings 18:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elijah's Prayer
36At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. 37"Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again." 38Then 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.…
Cross References
1 Kings 18:36
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.

1 Kings 18:38
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

Isaiah 37:20
Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God."
Treasury of Scripture

Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back again.

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Isaiah 37:17-20 Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see: …

Daniel 9:17-19 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his …

Luke 11:8 I say to you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend…

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Malachi 4:5,6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the …

Luke 1:16,17 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God…

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