1 Kings 19:12
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New International Version
After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

New Living Translation
And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.

English Standard Version
And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.

New American Standard Bible
After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.

King James Bible
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper.

International Standard Version
After the earthquake there came fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper.

NET Bible
After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a soft whisper.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After the earthquake there was a fire. But the LORD wasn't in the fire. And after the fire there was a quiet, whispering voice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, a still small voice,

King James 2000 Bible
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

American King James Version
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

American Standard Version
and after the earthquake a fire; but Jehovah was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after the earthquake a fire: the Lord is not in the fire, and after the fire a whistling of a gentle air.

Darby Bible Translation
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice.

English Revised Version
and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Webster's Bible Translation
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

World English Bible
After the earthquake a fire passed; but Yahweh was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Young's Literal Translation
and after the shaking a fire: -- not in the fire is Jehovah; and after the fire a voice still small;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:9-13 The question God put, What doest thou here, Elijah? is a reproof. It concerns us often to ask whether we are in our place, and in the way of our duty. Am I where I should be? whither God calls me, where my business lies, and where I may be useful? He complained of the people, and their obstinacy in sin; I only am left. Despair of success hinders many a good enterprise. Did Elijah come hither to meet with God? he shall find that God will meet him. The wind, and earthquake, and fire, did not make him cover his face, but the still voice did. Gracious souls are more affected by the tender mercies of the Lord, than by his terrors. The mild voice of Him who speaks from the cross, or the mercy-seat, is accompanied with peculiar power in taking possession of the heart.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - And after the earthquake a fire [For the association of tempest, earthquake, fire, etc., as punishments of God, see Isaiah 29:6, and Psalm 18:7, 8. "Fire" may well signify lightning (Job 1:16; Exodus 9:23). For a vivid description of a thunderstorm at Sinai, see Stewart's "Tent and Khan," pp. 139, 140; ap. Stanley, "Jew. Ch.," vol. 1. p. 149]: but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. [Heb. a voice of gentle silence. דְּמָמָה an onomatopoetic word, is allied to our word dumb. Very similar expression Job 4:16. What was the object and meaning of this succession of signs? First, let us remember that Elijah was the prophet of deeds. He taught his contemporaries not by word but by act. He is here taught in turn by signs. There passes before him in the mountain hollow, in the black and dark night, a procession of natural terrors-of storm, and earthquake, and fire. But none of these things move him; none speak to his soul and tell of a present God. It is the hushed voice, the awful stillness, overpowers and enchains him. He is to learn hence, first, that the Lord is a God "merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth" (Exodus 34:6); and secondly, that as it has been with himself, so it will be with others; the name of the Lord will be proclaimed in a voice of gentle silence (ib., ver. 5). The weapons of His warfare, the instruments of religious progress, must be spiritual, not carnal. Not in fire and sword and slaughter, but by a secret voice speaking to the conscience, will God regain His sway over the hearts of Israel. (See Homiletics.) The striking similarity between this theophany and that which Moses saw in the same place, or at no great distance from it, must not be overlooked, for this constitutes another link between law giver and law restorer. The proclamation of Exodus 34:3, 7 is the best exponent of the parable of vers. 11, 12. To each was the vision of God granted after a faithful witness against idolatry, and after a slaughter of idolaters; each was in a clift of the rock; in either case the Lord passed by; the one was taught by words, the other rather by signs, but the message in each case was the same - that judgment is God's strange work, but that He will by no means clear the guilty (cf. ver. 17).]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire,.... As he was when he descended on this mount, and spake to Moses, Exodus 19:1, the Targum, and so Jarchi, interpret all these appearances of angels, and not amiss; the wind, of an host of angels of wind; the earthquake, of an host of angels of commotion; the fire, of an host of angels of fire; see Psalm 104:4, these ministers of the Lord went before him, to prepare the way of his glorious Majesty; which emblems may represent the power of God, the terribleness of his majesty, and the fury of his wrath, which he could display, if he would, to the destruction of his enemies; and could as easily destroy the idolatrous kingdom of Israel, which Elijah seems to be solicitous of, as the wind rent the mountains, and broke the rocks, and the earthquake shook the earth, and the fire consumed all in its way; but he chose not to do it now, but to use lenity, and show mercy, signified by the next emblem:

and after the fire a still small voice: not rough, but gentle, more like whispering than roaring; something soft, easy, and musical; the Targum is, the voice of those that praise God in silence; and all this may be considered as showing the difference between the two dispensations of law and Gospel; the law is a voice of terrible words, and was given amidst a tempest of wind, thunder, and lightning, attended with an earthquake, Hebrews 12:18, but the Gospel is a gentle voice of love, grace, and mercy, of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation by Christ; and may also point at the order and manner of the Lord's dealings with the souls of men, who usually by the law breaks the rocky hearts of men in pieces, shakes their consciences, and fills their minds with a sense of fiery wrath and indignation they deserve, and then speaks comfortably to them, speaks peace and pardon through the ministration of the Gospel by his Spirit; blessed are the people that hear this still, small, gentle voice, the joyful sound, Psalm 89:15.



1 Kings 19:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord Speaks to Elijah at Horeb
11So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"…
Cross References
Job 4:16
It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:

Zechariah 4:6
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
Treasury of Scripture

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

a fire

1 Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, …

Genesis 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, …

Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out …

Deuteronomy 4:11,12,33 And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain …

2 Kings 1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man …

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, …

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

a still

Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Job 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image …

Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my hand …

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the …

Acts 2:2,36,37 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty …

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