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Altai autjtxebi] threatened. Chap. xxii. Ahab seduced by false prophets.
Mto them, and as it <was written in the lttters which she had sent unto them.
u They proclaimed a fast, and set Niboth on high among the people.
13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and fat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, re« against Naboth, in the presence of tie people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they ameij him forth out'of the city, and toned him with stones, that he died.
i+Tben they sent to Jezebel, laying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel Irani that Naboth was stoned, and wac dead, that Jezebel said to AhaH, Arise, Repossession of the vineyard of Naboth 'm Jezreelite, which he refused to give Ate for money: for Naboth is not aii't, but dead.
i5Ai>dit came to pafs.when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to jo down to the vineyard of Naboth ti:e Jezreelite, to take possession os it.
'TfAndthe word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
1* Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: »behold, It is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he ii gone down to possess it.
19 And thou (halt speak unto him, Wng, Thus faith the Lo R D , Hast thou ^Hed, and also taken possession? And 'Wii (halt speak unto him, saying, Tluu KththeLoR D, In the place where dogs "eked the blood of Naboth shall dogs l'« thy blood, even thine. |" And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast toou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered. I have sound then because 'hM hast sold thyself to work evil in '■* light of the Lord.
:i Behold, I will brinr* evil upon "•«, and will take away thy posterity, ^ will cut off from Ahab him that PuTcth against the wall, and him that is fe' up and left in Israel,
'•! And will make thine house like «« house of Jeroboam the son of Ne»«> and like the house of Baasha the TM> of Ahiiah, for the provocation 'herewith, thou hast provoked me to ager, and made Israel to sin.
»3 And of Jezebel also spake the ''°*B, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Tezreel. . HHim that dieth of Ahab in the city tie dogs (hall eat; and him that dieth in ">« held (hall the fowls of the air eat.
M But there was none like unto Ali»b, which did fell himself to work
wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord' cast out before the children of Israel.
27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
29 Seest thou how Ahab humblctli himself before me ? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.
CHAP. XXII. 1 Ahab seduced'by false prophets, is fain at Ramoth-gilead. 37 The dors lick up his blood. 41 jfeho/hapkat's good reign, 45 and ails. 51 Ahaziah's evil reign.
ANDthey continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.
2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehofhaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
3 And the king of Israel laid unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is our's, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
4 And he said unto Jehofhaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilcad? And Jehofhaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.
5 And Jehofhaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.
6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men,and said unto them, Shall Igo against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said,Go up; for the Lo R D shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
7 And Jehofhaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?
8 And the king of Israel said unto sehoshaphat, Thereisytt one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehofhaphat said, Let not the king say so.
9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
10 And the king of Israel and Jehofhaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on then- robes, in a
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void place in the entrance os the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
j i And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus faith the Lord, With thele shalt thou pulh the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
i a And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver// into the king's hand.
13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
. 14. And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lo R D faith unto me, that will I speak.
15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, (hall we go agamit Ramoth-gilead to battle, or (hall we forbears And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
16 And the king said unto him, How many times (hall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is trae in the name of the Lo R D?
17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as slieep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no malter: let them return every man to his house in peace.
18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehofhaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, aud all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
10 And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
11 And there came forth a spirit, and flood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.
»» And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith ? And he said, I will gosorth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou (halt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, aud do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of
all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.
14 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lo R D from me to speak unto thee?
25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou (halt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
16 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
27 And fay, Thus faith the king, Put this felicw in the prison, and feed him with bn-ad of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.
28 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.
29 So the king of Israel and Jehostiaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehofhaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.
31 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.
32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jeholhapbat, that they said, Surely it is the king of" Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehofhaphat cried out.
3 3 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it <uias not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
3-,. And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of I sr at] between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his cl uiot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
35 And the battle increased that day 1 and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the fun, saying, Every man tohis city, and every man to his own country.
37 «J So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Sauiaria.
1% And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria j and the dogs licked up cisblood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the Lor D which he spake.
39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, 2nd all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, ere they not written in the book, of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
+o So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Atuziah his son reigned in his stead.
4i And Jehostiaphat the son of Asa begin to reign over Judah in the fourth star of Ahab king of Israel.
4* Jehosliaphat "was thirty and five yean old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name -was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
4J And he walked in all the ways of Ala his father j he turned not aside from it, doing that -which <was right in the eyes of the Lord: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
44 And Jehostiaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
45 f Now the rest of the acts of JehoDiaphat, and his might that he sliewed, and how he warred, are they not written
in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
47 There tuas then no king in Edom: a deputy ivai king.
48 Jehostiaphat made ships of Tharsliiih to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.
49 Then laid Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehostiaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehosliaphat would not.
50 And Jehostiaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
51 «J Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehosliaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.
52 And he did evil in the sight of the Lo R D, and_ walked in the way of his fa. ther, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
53 For he served Baal, and worsliipped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.
The Second Book of the KING S, commonly called, The Fourth Book of the KINGS.
I Boab rebelleth. 2 Ahaxiah, fending to Baal-zebub, hath his judgement by Elijah. 5 Elijah twice bringethfire from iiaven on Ahaxiah's meffengeri. 1 jjehoramsucceedeth Ahaziah.
THE N Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. 1 m And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber thatwarin Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.
i But the angel of the Lor D said to Elijah the Tistibite, Arise, go up to meet "e messengers of the king of Samaria, »n fay unto them, // it not because there "not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire os Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?
4 Now therefore thus faith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that JaJ on which thou art gone up, but (halt surely die. And Elijah departed.
5II And when the messengers turned b«* unto him, he said unto them, Why "*ye now turned back?
6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus faith the Lord, // it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendell to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou slialt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but (halt surely die.
7 And he said unto them, What manner of man tvar he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?
8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tistibite.
o Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sot on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man os God, the King hath said, Come down.
10 And Elijah answered and said to
the captain of fifty, If I be a man of
God, then let fire come down from hea
Y j 'vei>> ven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down five from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
Ahaxiah' s messengers destroyed by fire. II. KING S Elijah stakes up to heaven.
So they IBjhaktaLth the tuattri ofjirichf. Chap. Hi.
Ii Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king laid, Come down quickly.
12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto_ him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties therefore let my life' now be precious in thy sight.
15 And the angel of the Lord said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
16 And he said unto him, Thus faith the Lor D, Forasmuch as thou haft sent messengers to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Fkron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou ait gone up, but shalt surely die.
17 ^f So he died according to the word os the Lord which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; be cause he had no son.
1? Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kin of Israel f
CHAP. IT. j Elijah d'r-videth Jordan, and granting Eli
Jha his requrfl, is taken up. 12 Ehjka di
wideth Jordan ■ 15 he healeththe tenters.
2 3 Children meek ingEli/ha are destroyed.
AND it came to pass, when the Lc R D would take tip Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elifha from Gilgal.
1 And Elijah laid unto Elifha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth-el. And Elifha said unto him, 4s the Lo R. 0 liveth, and as thy soul
liveth, I will not leave thee, went down to Beth-el.
3 And the ions of the prophets that •were at Beth-el came forth to Elifha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
4AndElijah said unto him, Elifha.tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lo R D hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.
5 And the sons of the prophets that ■■were at Jericho came to Elifha, and laid unto him, Knowelt thou that the Lord will take awav thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lor D hath sent me to Jordan. And he laid, As the Lord liveth, and as thy tbul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.
7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off s and they two stood by Jordan.
8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped /'/ together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elifha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elifha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard th'm^i nevertheless,if thou (Ktntivhtnl aw taken from thee, it shall be so onto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went
on,and talked, that, be\\o\d,lhereappeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, aiid parted them both asunder: and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Ii f And Elifha saw it, and he cried. My father, my father, the chariot ot Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took horn of his own clothes, and rent them m two pieces. ,.
1; He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went bacK, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
14 And he took the mantle of Ehi"11 that fell from him, and (mote thewater-. and said, Where is the Lord 9-°,. Elijah? and when he also had unittm the waters, they parted hither and tn ther; ajid Elifha went over. ^
15 And when the sons of the prophets which ivere to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
i6And they said unto him,Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men ; let them go, we pray thee, and leek thy mailer: lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lo R D hath taken him up, and cali him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye mall not send.
17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought tiree days, but found him not.
13 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho), lit. laid unto them, Did I not fay unto you, Go not? 19 *5 And the men of the city laid unto Elilha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city it plealant, as my lord seeth -. but the water it naught, and the ground barren.;
to And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and laid, Thus faith the Lo R i>, I have healed these waters; there (hall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
2» So the waters were healed unto this. day, according to the saying of Elilha which he spake.
13 «fl And he went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald bead; go up, thou bald head.
1+ And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
»5 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
1 Jehoram" 1 reign. 4 Mejha rebelleth. 16 Eli/ha obtaintth -water, an J promise of itittory. 11 The Moabitet are overcome.
NO W Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king ofJudah, and reigned twelve years.
1 And be wrought evil in the fight of the Lord ; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that liii father had mide.
3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the fins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
4 q; And Media king of Moab was a (heepmaltcr, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.
5 And it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Ilrael.
7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the kingof Judah, saying,The king os Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
8 And he said, Which way shaJl we go up? And he answered, the way through the wilderness of F.'lom.
9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compals os seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the Loud hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into th« hand of Moab!'
11 But Jehoshaphat said, J///w* not here a prophet os the Lord, that he may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said; Here it Elilha the son of Shaphat, whichpoiiredwatcionthehandsofEliiah.
u And Jehoshaphat laid, The word of the Lor D is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 And Elilha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the Lo K D hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
14 And Eiiflia slid, As the Lor D of hosts liveth, before whom I nand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jeholhaphai the king os Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it c.ime to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.
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