“Then Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him. But if Baal, follow him.” But the people didn’t answer him a word.” (1 Kings 18:21 HCSB)

“Alors Elie s’approcha de tout le peuple et dit: «Jusqu’à quand aurez-vous un comportement boiteux? Si c’est l’Eternel qui est Dieu, suivez-le! Si c’est Baal, suivez-le!» Le peuple ne lui répondit rien.” (1 Rois 18:21 SEG21)

The French translation reads: “How long will you have such lame behavior?”

Lame behavior it certainly was.  The people had wandered so far away from Yahweh, God of Israel, that they didn’t know who would win the vital contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal.  They were going to take a “wait and see” attitude.  They waited.  They saw.  They understood at the end of the day that “Yahweh, he is the God, Yahweh, he is the God!”

The Visual Guide to the Bible comments here: “Thanks to the Assyrians we further know that this mountain was used by Phoenician worshipers of Baal.  The Phoenician princess, Jezebel, could not have hoped for a more favorable venue for their competition.  Elijah had challenged her prophets on what amounted to the Baal prophets’ home field.

The prophets of Baal thought that they had home court advantage, but of course that was no advantage.

At the end of the day, the people had stopped their lame behavior, because they had seen that the Lord was indeed the God.