There he sat like a black sentinel with old baalim at his side, and the pair kept off all inquiring visitors.
It was because Ahab and his subjects worshiped a false God (baalim).
When baalim was left in charge of Dr Tom's sanctum no man dare enter it.
Should I then fear a King who wants to sell his people to the baalim?
The cause of the drought was not the menace of Elijah, but the apostasy to baalim.
The baalim mostly represented forces of nature—the sun, the stars.
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
But the lords indicated were baalim who were Lords of the Sun.
Moreover, he is an ass of a dog, that's why I call him baalim.'
From hence we may, in some degree, infer who are meant by the baalim.
"The name of many deities of the Semitic peoples" [Klein], late 14c., Biblical use is from Hebrew Ba'al, literally "owner, master, lord," from ba'al "he took possession of," also "he married;" related to Akkadian Belu (source of Hebrew Bel), name of Marduk. Also related to the first element in Beelzebub. Used figuratively for any "false god."