In which SirHamster attempts to outsperg a sperg.
Define “left”. Only one possible meaning as used here by Elijah, which must be interpreted as a “direct lie”?
Left active? (true) Left alive? (false) Willing to stand up and prophesy against the king? (true)
Demonstrate that all of the alternatives I suggested are incompatible with the text
Left = remaining (ref: https://www.etymonline.com/word/left)
“continue to exist, especially after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist.”
“stay in the place that one has been occupying.”
“continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role.”
“be left over after others or other parts have been completed, used, or dealt with.”
In every sense, there is the requirement that some proposition P(x) was true and continues to be true for some x in set A. Therefore, if “only” x remains, there is some P such that P(x) was and is true and for all y in A (y != x), P(y) is false or P(y) was false or both.
If P = “active” then P(Elijah) is true but was false. The text explicitly says Elijah had been hiding from Ahab and Jezebel for the last three years prior to this day.
If P = “willing” then, for the same reason, P(Elijah) is true but was false.
The only choices of P are those which would be absurd for Elijah to intend for Ahab to understand, such as P = “not in a cave”. I constructed the argument in this way to head off that entire category of speculation. Well, that and I truly enjoy this kind of thing.