1 Kings 18:15
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.”

Berean Standard Bible
Then Elijah said, “As surely as the LORD of Hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will present myself to Ahab 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.

New King James Version
Then Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to him today.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Elijah said, “As surely as the LORD of armies lives, before whom I stand, I will certainly present myself to him today.”

NASB 1995
Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”

NASB 1977
And Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”

Amplified Bible
Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts (armies) lives, before whom I stand, I will certainly show myself to Ahab today.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then Elijah said, “As the LORD of Armies lives, in whose presence I stand, today I will present myself to Ahab.”

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Elyah said: “Living is LORD JEHOVAH of Hosts before whom I stand, but today I shall appear to him!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Eliu said, As the Lord of Hosts before whom I stand lives, to-day I will appear before him.

Contemporary English Version
Elijah said, "I'm a servant of the living LORD All-Powerful, and I swear in his name that I will meet with Ahab today."

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.

Good News Translation
Elijah answered, "By the living LORD Almighty, whom I serve, I promise that I will present myself to the king today."

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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Elijah said: 'As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to-day.'

Literal Standard Version
And Elijah says, “YHWH of Hosts lives, before whom I have stood, surely I appear to him today.”

New American Bible
Elijah answered, “As the LORD of hosts lives, whom I serve, I will present myself to him 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."

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

New Heart English Bible
Elijah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to him today."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elijah Confronts Ahab
14And now you say, ‘Go tell your lord that Elijah is here!’ He will kill me!” 15Then Elijah said, “As surely as the LORD of Hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will present myself to Ahab today.”

Cross References
1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was among the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As surely as the LORD lives--the God of Israel before whom I stand--there will be neither dew nor rain in these years except at my word!"

1 Kings 18:14
And now you say, 'Go tell your lord that Elijah is here!' He will kill me!"

1 Kings 18:16
So Obadiah went to inform Ahab, who went to meet Elijah.

1 Kings 22:14
But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I will speak whatever 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 thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

Hebrews 6:16,17
For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife…

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 thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

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

before whom I

1 Kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Deuteronomy 1:38
But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

Luke 1:19
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

I will surely

Isaiah 51:7,8
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings…











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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then Elijah
אֵֽלִיָּ֔הוּ (’ê·lî·yā·hū)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 452: Elijah -- 'Yah is God', a well-known prophet of Israel, also three other Israelites

said,
וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“As surely as the LORD
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

of Hosts
צְבָא֔וֹת (ṣə·ḇā·’ō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 6635: A mass of persons, reg, organized for, war, a campaign

lives,
חַ֚י (ḥay)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

before
לְפָנָ֑יו (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

whom
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I stand,
עָמַ֖דְתִּי (‘ā·maḏ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

I will present myself
אֵרָאֶ֥ה (’ê·rā·’eh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

to Ahab
אֵלָֽיו׃ (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

today.”
הַיּ֖וֹם (hay·yō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day


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