Bible: 1 Kings 18:25-29

18:25 Elijah told the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls for yourselves and go first, for you are the majority. Invoke the name of your god, but do not light a fire.” 1  18:26 So they took a bull, as he had suggested, 2  and prepared it. They invoked the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, answer us.” But there was no sound and no answer. They jumped 3  around on the altar they had made. 4  18:27 At noon Elijah mocked them, “Yell louder! After all, he is a god; he may be deep in thought, or perhaps he stepped out for a moment or has taken a trip. Perhaps he is sleeping and needs to be awakened.” 5  18:28 So they yelled louder and, in accordance with their prescribed ritual, 6  mutilated themselves with swords and spears until their bodies were covered with blood. 7  18:29 Throughout the afternoon they were in an ecstatic frenzy, 8  but there was no sound, no answer, and no response. 9 

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