1 Kings 19:18
New International Version
Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

New Living Translation
Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

English Standard Version
Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Berean Standard Bible
Nevertheless, I have reserved seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

King James Bible
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

New King James Version
Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

New American Standard Bible
Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

NASB 1995
“Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

NASB 1977
“Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Amplified Bible
Yet I will leave 7,000 [survivors] in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed down to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Christian Standard Bible
But I will leave seven thousand in Israel —every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I will leave 7,000 in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

American Standard Version
Yet will I leave me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I shall leave seven thousand of Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt leave in Israel seven thousand men, all the knees which had not bowed themselves to Baal, and every mouth which had not worshipped him.

Contemporary English Version
But 7,000 Israelites have refused to worship Baal, and they will live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will leave me seven thousand men in Israel, whose knees have not been bowed before Baal, and every mouth that hath not worshipped him kissing the hands.

Good News Translation
Yet I will leave seven thousand people alive in Israel--all those who are loyal to me and have not bowed to Baal or kissed his idol."

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, I've reserved 7,000 in Israel who have neither bowed their knees to Baal nor kissed him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet will I leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.'

Literal Standard Version
and I have left in Israel seven thousand—all the knees that have not bowed to Ba‘al, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

New American Bible
But I will spare seven thousand in Israel—every knee that has not bent to Baal, every mouth that has not kissed him.

NET Bible
I still have left in Israel seven thousand followers who have not bowed their knees to Baal or kissed the images of him."

New Revised Standard Version
Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

New Heart English Bible
Yet I have kept for myself seven thousand people in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."

World English Bible
Yet will I leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him."

Young's Literal Translation
and I have left in Israel seven thousand, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that hath not kissed him.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD Speaks to Elijah at Horeb
17Then Jehu will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Jehu. 18Nevertheless, I have reserved seven thousand in Israel— all whose knees have not bowed to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Cross References
Romans 11:4
And what was the divine reply to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal."

Daniel 3:18
But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden statue you have set up."

Hosea 13:2
Now they sin more and more and make for themselves cast images, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say of them, "They offer human sacrifice and kiss the calves!"


Treasury of Scripture

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.

Yet I have left.

Isaiah 1:9
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isaiah 10:20-22
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth…

Romans 11:4,5
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal…

the knees

Exodus 20:5
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Isaiah 49:23
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

Romans 14:10-12
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ…

Job 31:27
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

Psalm 2:12
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Hosea 13:2
And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.











(18) I have left.--It should be "I leave, or "will leave," through all this vengeance, the seven thousand faithful; like the faithful remnant sealed in the visions of Ezekiel and St. John in the day of God's judgment (Ezekiel 9:4-6; Revelation 7:3-8).

Kissed him.--(See Job 31:26-27; Hosea 13:2.) The passage is vividly descriptive of the worshipper on the first approach bowing the knee, on nearer access kissing the image, or the altar, or the threshold of the temple.

Verse 18. - Yet I have left me [So St. Paul, Romans 11:4, κατέλιπον; but the LXX. (καταλείψεις) and all the versions translate the word as future, as in the margin, 1 will leave, and so the ו conversive seems to require. See Gesen., Gram. § 124-26] seven thousand [not so much a round as a symbolical number - "the ἐκλογή of the godly" (Keil). "The remnant according to the election of grace" (Romans 11:5). It is like the 144,000 and the 12,000 of Revelation 7:4-8. The prominent idea is perhaps this: Though the children of Israel have forsaken My covenant, yet I have kept and will keep it. It also suggests how the still small voice had been speaking in the silence] in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. [We gather from Job 31:26, 27 that it was customary to kiss the hand to the idol, or object of worship, and from Hosea 13:2 to kiss the image itself. Most of the commentators adduce Cicero in Verrem 4:43, where he speaks of the statue of Hercules at Agrigentum, the lips and chin of which were a little worn by the kisses of devotees.]

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Nevertheless, I have reserved
וְהִשְׁאַרְתִּ֥י (wə·hiš·’ar·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7604: To swell up, be, redundant

seven
שִׁבְעַ֣ת (šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

thousand
אֲלָפִ֑ים (’ă·lā·p̄îm)
Number - masculine plural
Strong's 505: A thousand

in Israel—
בְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל (ḇə·yiś·rā·’êl)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

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

knees
הַבִּרְכַּ֗יִם (hab·bir·ka·yim)
Article | Noun - fd
Strong's 1290: The knee

have not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

bowed
כָֽרְעוּ֙ (ḵā·rə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3766: To bend the knee, to sink, to prostrate

to Baal
לַבַּ֔עַל (lab·ba·‘al)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1168: Baal -- a heathen god

and [whose]
וְכָ֨ל־ (wə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

mouths
הַפֶּ֔ה (hap·peh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

have not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

kissed
נָשַׁ֖ק (nā·šaq)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5401: To kiss, to equip with weapons

him.”
לֽוֹ׃ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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