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And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you leap back and forth between the two sides? If Yahweh is God, follow him, but if Baal, then follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. Bible other translations

“leap.” This same word is used in 1 Kings 18:26 for the false prophets leaping on the altar they made.

“the two sides.” The Hebrew word can mean “branches” (YLT) or crutches made from branches (HALOT), which seems unlikely here. The ASV uses “two sides,” which makes sense. The idea seems to be the very concrete mind picture of a person leaping back and forth between two branches in a tree or two sides of an issue. One thing seems clear from the context, and that is that no one can support both sides because the sides are opposed.

“Baal.” The Canaanite god of rain and fertility. See commentary on 1 Kings 17:1.


Commentary for: 1 Kings 18:21