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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 Defender's Study Bible Notes

19:18 seven thousand. In spite of Elijah’s great victory at Carmel, and the excited cry of conversion by the people (I Kings 18:39), the people still feared to rebel against Jezebel and her Baalite state religion. Elijah therefore fled for his life, convinced he was the only true believer in Israel (I Kings 19:10). Nevertheless, God always in every age has His “seven thousand” who are at least open-hearted to the truth when they hear it.

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