Elijah took 12 stones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob to whom the word of Yahweh came, saying, “Israel will be your name.” Bible

“sons of Jacob.” God does not call them “the tribes of Israel” here. They are the “sons of Jacob;” Jacob, that “heel snatcher,” who was on and off for Yahweh and wavered just as his descendants were now doing toward Yahweh.

Commentary for: 1 Kings 18:31