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314 Elijah goeth to Horeb. I. KINGS Ben-hadad besiegeth Samaria. and more also, if I make not thy life as | Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint the life of one of them by tc-morrow a- || Hazael to be king over Syria : bout this time.

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt 3 And when he saw that, he arose, and thou anoint to be king over Israel : and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-mehowhich belongeth to Judah, and left his ser- lah shalt thou anoint To be prophet in thy vant there.

room. 4. But he himself went a day's jour 17 And it shall come to pass, that him ney into the wilderness, and came and sat that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall down under a juniper-tree : and he re Jehu slay : and him that escapeth fivm quested for himself that he might die ; || the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. and said, It is enough ; now, O LORD, 18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in take away my life ; for I am not better Israel, all the knees which have not bowthan my fathers.

led unto Baal, and every mouth which 5 And as he lay and slept under a juni- hath not kissed him. per-tree, behold, then an angel touched 19 1 So he departed thence, and found him, and said unto hin, Arise and eat. Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was

6 And he looked, and behold, there i ploughing with twelve yoke of oren bewas a cake baken on the coals, and a || fore him, and he with the twelfth : and cruse of water at his head. And he did Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle eat and drink, and laid him down again. | upon him.

7 And the angel of the Lord came a 20 And he left the oxen, and ran after gain the second time, and touched hiin, | Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss and said, Arise and eat, because the | my father and my mother, and then I will journey is too great for thee.

follow thee. And he said unto him, Go 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, back again : for what have I done to and went in the strength of that meat for thee? ty days and forty nights unto Horeb the 21 And he returned back from him, mount of God.

and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, 91 And he came thither unto a cave, and boiled their flesh with the instruments and lodged there; and behold, the word of the oxen, and gave unto the people, of the LORD came to him, and he said un- and they did eat. Then he arose, and went to him, What doest thou here, Elijah ? after Elijah, and ministered unto him. 10 And he said, I have been very jeal

CHAP. XX.. ous for the LORD God of hosts : for the | 1 Ben-hadad besiegeth Samaria. 13 The children of Israel have forsaken thy cove Syrians are slain. 31 Ahab dismisseth nant, thrown down thine altars, and slain Ben-hadad. 35 A prophet reproveth thy prophets with the sword; and I, even him. I only, am left; and they seek my life, to AND Ben-liadad the king of Syria gathtake it away.

H ered all his host together; and there 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand | were thirty and two kings with him, and upon the mount before the LORD. And horses, and chariots: and he went up and behold, the LORD passed by, and a great besieged Samaria, and warred against it. and strong wind rent the mountains, and I 2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king brakein pieces the rocks before the LORD; 1 of Israel into the city, and said unto him, but the LORD was not in the wind : and Thus saith Ben-hadad, after the wind an earthquake; but the 3 Thy silver and thy gold is mine ; thy LORD was not in the earthquake : wives also and thy children, even the

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but I goodliest, are mine. the LORD was not in the tire: and after 4 And the king of Israel answered and the fire a still small voice.

said, My lord, o king, according to thy 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, li saying, I am thine, and all that I have. that ire wrapped his face in his mantle, 5 Ind the messengers came again, and and went out, and stood in the entering in said, Thus speaketh Ben-hadad, saying, of the cave. And behold, there came a Although I have sent unto thee, saying, voice unto him, and said, What doest | Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy thou here, Elijah?

gold, and thy wives, and thy children ; 14 And he said, I have been very jeal- | 6 Yet I will send my servants unto thee ous for the LORD God of hosts : because to-morrow about this time, and they shall the children of Israel have forsaken thy || search thine house, and the houses of thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever slain thy prophets with the sword ; and I, is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it even I only, am left ; and they seek my in their hand, and take it away. life, to take it away.

7 Then the king of Israel called all the 15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, ll elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray return on ,thy way to the wilderness of il you, and see how this man secketh mis

The Syrians are slain.

Chap. XX. Ahab disnisseth Ben-hadad. 315 chief: for he sent unto me for my wives, | 22 | And the prophet came to the king and for my children, and for my silver, l of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strength: and for my gold, and I deniecl him not. en thyself, and mark, and see what thou

8 And all the elders and all the people doest : for at the return of the year the said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor king of Syria will come up against thee. consent.

23 And the servants of the king of Syr9 Wherefore he said unto the messen ia said unto him, Their gods are gods of fers of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, the hills ; therefore they were stronger All that thou didst send for to thy servant than we; but let us fight against them in at the first, I will do: but this thing I may the plain, and surely we shall be stronger not da. And the messengers departed, i than they. and brought him word again.

24 And do this thing, Take the kings 10 And Ben-hadad sent unto him, and 1 away, every man out of his place, and said, The gols do so unto me, and more put captains in their rooms : also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for 25 And number thee an army, like the handfuls for all the people that follow | army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, me.

and chariot for chariot : and we will fight 11 And the king of Israel answered and against them in the plain, and surely we said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on shall be stronger than they. And he his harness boast himself as he that put || hearkened unto their voice, and did so. teth it off.

26 And it came to pass at the return of 12 And it came to pass, when Ben-ha- the year, That Ben-hadad numbered the dad heard this message as he was drink- Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight ing, he and the kings in the pavilions, that || against Israel. he said unto his servants, Set yourselves in I 27 And the children of Israel were numarray. And they set themselves in array bered, and were all present, and went aagainst the city.

gainst them; and the children of Israel 13 9 And behold, there came a prophet Il pitched before them like two little flocks unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus of kids ; but the Syrians filled the country, saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this i 28 [ And there came a man of God, and great multitude behold, I will deliver it spake unto the king of Israel, and said, into thine hand this day ; and thou shalt I Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syriknow that I am the LORD.

ans have said, The Lord is God of the 14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he hills, but he is not God of the valleys, said, Thus saith the LORD, Even by the therefore will I deliver all this great mulyoung men of the princes of the prov titude into thine hand, and ye shall know inces. Then he said, Who shall order the that I am the LORD. battle? And he answered, Thou.

29 And they pitched one over against 15 Then he numbered the young men the other seven days. And so it was, that of the princes of the provinces, and they in the seventh day the battle was joined : were two hundred and thirty two: and and the children of Israel slew of the Syrafter them he numbered all the people, | ians an hundred thousand footmen in one even all the children of Israel, being seven || day. thousand.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the 16 And they went out at noon. But | city; and there a wall fell upon twenty Ben-hadad was drinking himself drunk | and seven thousand of the men that quere in the pavilions, he and the kings, the ll left. And Ben-hadad fied, and came into thirty and two kings that helped him. ll the city, into an inner chamber.

17 And the young men of the princes 31 1 And his servants said urto him, of the provinces went out first; and Ben Behold now, we have heard that the hadad sent out, and they told him, say- | kings of the house of Israel are mercitul ing, There are men come out of Samaria. kings : let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth

18 And he said, Whether they be on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, come out for peace, take them alive; or and go out to the king of Israel : perad: whether they be come out for war, take || venture be will save thy life. them alive.

32 So they girded sackcloth on their 19 So these young men of the princes loins, and put ropes on their heads, and of the provinces came out of the city, and I came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy the army which followed them.

servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let 20 And they slew every one his man: me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? and the Syrians fled ; and Israel pursued i he is my brother. them: and Ben-hadad the king of Syria 33 Now the men did diligently observe escaped on an horse with the horsemen. | whether any thing would come from lim,

21 And the king of Israel went out, and and did hastily catch it : and they said, smote the horses and chariots, and slew Thy brother Ben-hadad. Then he said, thre Svrians with a grcat slaughter. Go ye, bring him. Then Ben-hadad

316 Ahab's foolish pity repiroved. I. KINGS.

Auboth condemned. came forth to him ; and he caused him 3 And Naboth said to Ahab, the LORD to come up into the chariot.

forbid it me, that I should give the inher34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, The || itance of my fathers into thice. cities, which my father took from thy fa 4. And Ahab came into his house heavy ther, I will restore; and thou shalt make | and displeised, because of the word which strects for thee in Damascus, as my father | Naboth the Jezreciite had spoken to him: made in Samaria. Then said that, I for he had said, I will not give thee the will send thee away with this covenant. || inheritance of my futhers. And he laid So he made a covenant with him, and sent him down upon his bed, and tuned ahim away.

way his face, and would eat no bread. 35 | And a certain man of the sons of 5 | But Jezebel his wife came to him, the prophets said unto his neighbour in and said unto him, Whv is thy spirit so the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray || sad, that thou entest no bread? thee. And the man refused to smilelim. ll 6 And he said untoher, Because I spake

36 Then said he unto him, Because unto Naboth the Iczreulite, and said unto thou hast not obeyed the voice of the him, Give me thy vineyard for money ; Lord, behold, as soon as thou art de ll or else, if it please thee, I will give thee parted from me, a lion shall slay thee. another vineyard for it: and he answerel, And as soon as he was departed from I will not give thee my vineyard. him, a lion found him, and slew him. 1 7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him,

37 Then he found another mani, and Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Issaid, Smite me, I pray thee. And the rael ? arise, and eat bread, and let thine man smote him, so that in smiting he || heart be merry : I will give thee the vincwounded him.

1 yard of Naboth tive Jezreelite. 38 So the prophet departed, and waited l 8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, for the king by the way, and disguised and sealed them with his seal, and sent himself with ashes upon his face.

the letters unto the elders and to the 39 And as the king passed by, he cried nobles that were in his city, dwelling unto the king: and he said, Thy servant with Naboth. went out into the midst of the battle ; and I 9 And she wrote in the letters, saying. behold, a' man turned aside, and brought Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high

if by any means he be missing, then shall 10 And set two men, sons of Belial, bethy life be for his life, or else thou shalt fore him, to bear witness against him, pay a talent of silver.

saving, Thou didst blaspheme God and 40 And as thy servant was buss here the king. And then carry him out, and and there, he was gone. And the king of stone him, that he may die. Israel said unto him, So shall thy judg- || 11 And the men of liis city, even the ment be ; thyself hast viecided it." ellers and the nobles who were the inhab

41 And he hasted, and took the ashes a- | itants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent way from his face; and the king of Israel || unto them, and as it was written in the discerned him that he was of the prophets. || letters which she bad sent unto them.

42 And he said unto him, Thus saith 12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Nathe LORD, Because thou hast let go out of both on high among the people, thy hand a man whom I appointed to ut 13 And there came in two men, chilter destruction, therefore thy life shall go ldren of Belial, and sat before him: and for his life, and thy people for his people. the men of Belial witnessed against him,

43 And the king of Israel went to his even against Naboth, in the presence of house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.

God and the king. Then they carried CHAP. XXI.

him forth out of the city, and stoned him 1 Ahab is denied Naboth's vineyard. 5 || with stones, that he died.

Jezebel canseth Naboth to be condemn- || 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, cd 17 Elijah denounceth judgments | Naboth is stoned, and is dead. against Ahab and Jezebel.

15 | And it came to pass, when Jezebel AND it came to pass after these things, I heard that Naboth was stoned, and was A that Naboth the Jezreelite had a dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, Vi tyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. the Jezreelite, which he refused to give

2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, say thee for money : for Naboth is not alive, ing, Give me thy vineyard, that I may but dead. have it for a garden of herbs, because it 16 | And it came to pass, when Ahab is near unto my house : and I will give heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab thee for it a better vineyard than it ; or, | rose up to go down to the vineyard of if it seem good to thee, I will give thee || Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession the worth of it in money.

ll of it.

Ahab humbleth himself, CHAP. XXII. and is seduced by false prophets. 317

17 [ And the word of the LORD came is ours, and we be still, and take it not to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

l out of the hand of the king of Syria ? 18 Arise, go down to ineet Ahal king! 4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt of Israel, which is in Samaria : behold, he thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilis in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he end? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of is gone down to possess it.

Israel, I am as thou art, my people as dy 19 Aud thou shalt speak unto him, sar-people, my horses as thy horses. ing, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou kill 5 lid Jehoshaphat said unto the king ed, and also taken possession? And then of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith of the LORD to clay. the LRD, In the place where dogs licked 6 Then the king of Israel gathered tlie the blool of Naboth shall dogs lick thy il proplets together, about four hundred blood, even thine.

men, and said unto them, Shall I go against 20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou | Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forfound me, () mine enemy? And he an bear? And they said, Goup; for the LORD swered, I have found thee: because thou shall deliver it into the hand of the king, hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight | 7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not of the LORD.

here a prophet of the LORD besides, that 21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, we might inuire of him? and will take away thy posterity, and will ll 8 And the king of Israel said unto Jecut off from Ahab him that pisseth againsi hoshaphat, There is yet ove man, Micajali the wall, and him that is shut up and left the son of Imlah, by whom we may inin Israel,

quire of the Lord; but I hate him ; for 22 And will make thine house like he doth not prophesy good concerning me, the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, ll but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not and like the house of Baasha the son of the king suv so. Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith 9 Then the king of Israel called an ofthou hast provoked me to anger, and ficer, and said, Hasten vihor Micaiah the made Israel to sin.

son of Imlah. 23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, l 10 And the king of Isracland Jehoshasaying, The dogs shall eat Jezelel by the phat the king of Judah sat each on his wall of Jezreel

throne, living put on their robes, in a 24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city void place in the entrance of the gate of the dogs shall eat; and him that clieth in Samaria ; and all the prophets prophesied the field shall the fowls of the air eat. before them.

25 But there was none like unto Ahab, 11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenawhich did sell himself to work wicked- anal made him horns of iron: and he said, ness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jez- Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt ebel his wife stirred up.

thou push the Syrians, until thou have 26 And he did very abominably in fol- consuined them. lowing idols, according to all things as 12 And all the prophets prophesied so, did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out saying, Goup to Ramoth-gilead, and prosbefore the children of Israel.

į per: for the LORD shall deliver it into the 27 And it came to pass, when Ahab | king's hand. heard those words, that he rent his clothes, li 13 And the messenger that was gone and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fast- to call Micaiah, spake unto him, saving, ed, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. Behold now, the words of the prophets

28 And the word of the LORD came to li declare good unto the king with one mouth: Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

let thy word, I pray thee, be like the 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth word of one of them, and speak that which himself before me. because he huinbleth || is good. himself before me, I will not bring the L 14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD evil in his days: but in his son's days will liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, I bring the evil upon his house.

that will I speak. CHP. XXII.

15 ? So he came to the king. And the 1 Ahab seduced by fulse prophets, is slain king said unto him, Micaiahı, shall we go

at Ramoth-gilead. 37 The dogs lick up against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall his blood. 41 Jehoshaphat's good reign, we forbear? And he answered him, Go, 45 and acts. 51 Ahaziah's evil reign. and prosper : for the LORD shall deliver AND they continued three years with it into the hand of the king. h out war between Syria and Israel. 16 And the king said unto him, How

2 And it came to pass in the third year, many times shall I adjure thee that thou that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah caine tell me nothing but that which is true in down to the king of Israel.

the name of the LORD? S Aud the king of Israel said unto his 17 And he said, I saw all Israel scatter, servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead led upon the hills, as sheep that have not a

518 Ahab is slain..

1. KINGS. Jekeshapkai's good reignt. shepherd : and the Lord said, These | against hlin: and Jehoshaphat cried out. have no master: let them retuin every ll 33 And it came to pass, when the capman to his house in peace.

tains of the chariots perceived that it was 18 And the king of Israel said unto |not the king of Israel, that they turned Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he || back from pursuing him. would prophesy no good concerning me, 34 And a certain man drew a bow at a but evil ?

venture, and smote the king of Israel be19 And he said, Hear thou therefore tween the joints of the harness : wherethe word of the Lord: I saw the LORD || fore he said unto the driver of his chariot, sitting on his throne, and all the host of Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the heaven standing by him on his right hand host; for I am wounded.. and on his left.

35 And the battle increased that day : 20 And the LORD said, Who shall per- and the king was stayed up in nis chariot suade Ahab, that he may go up and fall against the Syrians, and died at even : at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this and the blood ran out of the wound into manner, and another said on that manner the midst of the chariot.

21 And there came forth a spirit, and 96 And there went a proclamation stood before the LORD, and said, I will throughout the host about the going down persuade him.

of the sun, saying, Every ma!) to his city, 22 And the LORD said unto him, and every man to his own country. Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, 37 [ So the king died, and was brought and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth to Samaria; and they buried the king in of all his prophets. And he said, Thou || Samaria. shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go 38 And one waslied the chariot in the forth, and do so.

pool of Samaria ; and the dogs licked up 23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD his blood ; and they washed his armour; hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all according unto the word of the LORD these thy prophets, and the Lord hath which he spake. spoken evil concerning thee.

39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, 24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah ind all that he did, and the ivory house went near, and smote Micaiah on the l which he made, and ail the cities that he cheek, and said, Which way went the built, are they not written in the book of Spirit of the LORD from me to speak un- | the chronicles of the kings of Israel? to thee?

40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and 25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead. shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go 41 | And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa irto an inner chamber to hide thyself. began to reign over Judah in the fourth • 26 And the king of Israel said, Take il year of Ahab king of Israel. Micaiah, and carry him b.ick unto Am 42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five on the governor of the city, and to Jo years old when he began to reign ; and ash the king's son:

he reigned twenty and five years in Jeru27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put salem. And his mother's name was Azthis fellow in the prison, and feed him | ubah the daughter of Shilhi. with bread of aflliction and with water 43 And he walked in all the way of of affliction, until I come in peace. Asa his father; he turned not aside from

28 And Micaiah said, If thou return it, doing that which was right in the eyes at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken of the Lord: nevertheless the high places by me. And he said, Hearken, 0 people, were not taken away ; for the people every one of you.

offered and burnt incense yet in the high • 29 So the king of Israel and Jehosha- ll places. phat the king of Judah went up to Ra · 44 And Jelioshaphat made peace with inoth-gilead.

the king of Israel. 30 And the king of Israel said unto Je- 45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshhoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and aphat, and his might that he shewed, enter into the battle ; but put thou on and how he warred, are they not written thy robes. And the king of Israel dis- | in the book of the chronicles of the kings guised himself, and went into the battie. of Judah?

31 But the king of Syria commanded l 46 And the remnant of the sodomites, his thirty and two captains that had rule which remained in the days of his father over his chariots, saying, Fight neither | Asa, he took out of the land. with small nor great, save only with the || 47 There was then no king in Edom : king of Israel.

a deputy was king. 32 And it came to pass, when the 48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharcaptains of the chariots saw Jehosha- | shish to go to Ophir for gold: but they phat, that they said, Surely it is the king went not ; for the ships were broken at of Israel. And they turned aside to fight "Ezion-geber.

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