Haftarah Ki Tisa

Melechim I (I Kings) 18:1—39

Ashkenazim begin the Haftarah here:

Chapter 18
1It happened after many days that the word of HaShem came to Eliyahu, in the third year, saying, “Go, appear to Ahav; I will send rain upon the face of the land.”

2Eliyahu went to appear to Ahav, and the famine was severe in Samaria. 3Ahav summoned Ovadiah, who was in charge of the household ― Ovadiah feared G-d greatly. 4When Yezebal had been cutting down the prophets of HaShem, Ovadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them in a cave, and sustained them with bread and water. 5And Ahav said to Ovadiah, “Go through the land to every spring of water and to all the streams; perhaps we may find grass and keep horses and mules alive, and we shall not be cut off without animals.”

6They divided the land between themselves that they may traverse it; Ahav went alone in one direction and Ovadiah went alone in another direction. 7Ovadiah was on the road and behold! Eliyahu was opposite him; he recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is this you, my lord Eliyahu?”

8He said to him, “It is I. Tell your lord: Eliyahu is here!”

9He said, “What is my sin that you deliver your servant into Ahav’s power, to put me to death?” 10As HaShem, your G-d, lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you, and they have responded, ‘He is not here!’ He had the kingdom or the nation swear that they could not find you. 11And now you say, ‘Go tell your lord that Eliyahu is here!’ 12As soon as I go from you, a spirit of HaShem will carry you where I will not know, and I will have come to tell Ahav and he will not find you ― and he will kill me! But your servant has feared HaShem since my youth. 13Surely my lord has been told what I did when Yezebal murdered the prophets of HaShem, and I hid some of the prophets of HaShem, a hundred men, fifty, fifty men to a cave, and I sustained them with bread and water. 14And now you say to me, ‘Go tell your lord Eliyahu is here!’ He will kill me!”

15Eliyahu said, “As HaShem, Master of Legions, lives, before Whom I have stood ― today I will appear to him!”

16Ovadiah went toward Ahav and told him, so Ahav went toward Eliyahu. 17When Ahav saw Eliyahu, Ahav said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Yisra’el?”

18He said to him, “I have not troubled Yisra’el, but you and your father’s house, when you forsook the commandments of HaShem and followed the Baal’s idols! 19And now, send forth to gather all of Yisra’el to me at mount Carmel, and also the four hundred and fifty prophets of the Baal and the four hundred prophets of the Asheirah, who eat at Yezebal’s table.”

Sephardim begin the Haftarah here:

20Ahav sent among all the Children of Yisra’el and he gathered the prophets to Mount Carmel. 21Eliyahu approached all the people and said, “How long will you dance between two opinions? If HaShem is the G-d, follow Him! And if the Baal, follow it!”

The people did not answer him a word.

22Eliyahu said to the people, “I have remained a prophet of HaShem by myself, but the prophets of the Baal are four hundred and fifty men. 23Let them give us two bulls, let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it, and put it on the wood, but not apply fire; and I will prepare one bull and place it on the wood and I will not apply fire. 24You shall call out in the name of your god and I will call out in the Name of HaShem, and whichever G-d responds with fire, He is G-d.!”

All the people responded, “The proposal is good.”

25Eliyahu said to the prophets of the Baal, “Pick yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are the majority, and call out in the name of your god, but do not apply fire.”

26They took the bull that he gave them and prepared it, and called out the name of the Baal from the morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” but there was neither sound nor response, and they danced by the altar that he made.

27At noontime, Eliyahu ridiculed them, and he said, “Cry out in a loud voice, for he is a god! Perhaps he is conversing, or pursuing enemies, or relieving himself; perhaps he is asleep and he will awaken!”

28They called out with a loud voice and cut themselves with swords and knives, according to their custom, until blood spurted on them. 29When noon hour passed they prophesied until the time of the afternoon-offering ― but there was neither sound, nor response, nor listener.

30Eliyahu said to the entire people, “Draw near to me,” and all the people drew near him. He repaired the disassembled altar of HaShem. 31Eliyahu took twelve stones, corresponded the number of tribes of the Children of Yaakov, to whom the word of HaShem came saying, “Your name shall be Yisra’el.” 32He built the stones into an altar in the Name of HaShem, and he made a trench large enough to plant two se’ah of seed, around the altar. 33He arranged the wood, cut up the bull, and put it on the wood. 34He said, “Fill your jugs with water and pour them on the olah-offering and on the wood.” Then he said, “Do it a second time!” and they did it a second time. He said, “Do it a third time!” and they did it a third time. 35The water went all around the altar and the water even filled up the trench.

36At the same time of the afternoon offering, Eliyahu, the prophet approached and said, “HaShem, G-d of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, today it will become known that You G-d are with Yisra’el and I am Your servant, and at Your word have I done all these things. 37Answer me, HaShem, answer me ― and let this people know that You are HaShem, the G-d, and You will turn their heart back.”

38A fire of HaShem descended and consumed the olah-offering and the wood, and the water in the trench. 39The entire people saw and fell on their faces and said, “HaShem ― He is G-d! HaShem ― He is the G-d!”

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