but what saith the divine answer to him? 'I left to Myself seven thousand men, who did not bow a knee to Baal.'
Romans 11:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But what saith the answer of God - The answer which God made assured him that there were seven thousand, that is, several or many thousands; for so we must understand the word seven, a certain for an uncertain number. These had continued faithful to God; but, because of Jezebel's persecution, they were obliged to conceal their attachment to the true religion; and God, in his providence, preserved them from her sanguinary rage.
Who have not bowed the knee - Baal was the god of Jezebel; or, in other words, his worship was then the worship of the state; but there were several thousands of pious Israelites who had not acknowledged this idol, and did not partake in the idolatrous worship.
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1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.
Numbers 25:3 And Israel joined himself to Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
Deuteronomy 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor...
Judges 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat...
2 Kings 10:19,20 Now therefore call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting...
Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I commanded not...
Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.
Zephaniah 1:4 I will also stretch out my hand on Judah, and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem...
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