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Elijah convinceth Baal's prophets, Chap. XIX. and oblaineth rain. 313 and said, How long halt ye between two said, Do it the third time. And they did opinions ? if the Lord be God, follow it the third time. him : but if Baal, then follow him. And 35 And the water ran round about the people answered him not a word. the altar ; and he filled the trench also
22 Then said Elijah unto the people, 1, with water. eyen I only, remain a prophet of the 36 And it came to pass at the time of the LORD ; but Baal's prophets are four offering of the evening sacritice, that Elihundred and fifty men.
jah the prophet came near, and said, 23 Let them therefore give us two bul- LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of locks ; and let them choose one bullock | Israel, let it be known this day that thou for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and art God in Israel, and that I am thy serlay it on wood, and pet no fire under: and vant, and that I have done all these things I will dress the other bullock, and lay it at thy word. on wood, and put no fire under :
37' Hear me, () LORD, hear me, that 24 And call ye on the name of your this perple may know that thou art the gols, and I will call on the name of the LORD Gol, and that thou hast turned LORD: and the god that answereth by their heart back again. fire, let him be God. And all the people 38 Then the tire of the LORD fell, and answered and said), It is well spoken. consumed the burnt-sacrifice, and the
35 And Elijal said unto the prophets of wood, and the stones, and the dust, and Bual, Choose you one bullock for your- | licked up the water that was in the scives, and dress it first; for yeare many; trench. and call on the name of your gods, but 59 And when all the people saw it, they put no fire under,
fell on their faces : and they said, The 96 And they took the bullock which | Lonn, he is the God; the LORD, he is wus given them, and they dressed it, and the God. Giled on the name of Baal from morning 40 And Elijah said unto them, Take eren until 110011, saying, O Baal, hear us. the prophets of Baal ; let not one of them But there is no vice, nor any that an- escape. And they took them : and Elijah swered. And they leaped upon the altar | brought them down to the brook Kishon, which was made.
and slew them there. 27 And it came to pass at noon, that 41 ( And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: thee up, eat and drink ; for there is a for he is a goi; either he is talking, or he sound of abundance of rain. is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or per- 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to Adventure he sleepeth, and must be a- drink. And Elijah went up to the top of waked.
Carmel ; and he cast himself down upon 28 And they cried aloud, and cut them- the earth, and put his face between his selves after their manner with knives and knees, lancets, till the blood gushed out upon
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, them.
look toward the sea. And he went up 29 And it came to pass, when mid-day || and looked, and said, There is nothing. was past, and they prophesied until the And he said, Go again seven times. line of the offering of the evening sacri- 44 And it came to pass at the seventh fice, that there was neither voice, nor any time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a to answer, nor any that regarded.
little cloud out of the sea, like a man's 30 And Elijah said unto all the people, hand. And he said, Go up, say unto ACome near unto me. And all the people hai), Prepare thy chariot, and get theo came near unto him. And lie repaired the down, that the rain stop thee not. altar of the Lord that was broken down. 45 And it came to pass in the mean
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, ac- while, that the heaven was black with cording to the number of the tribes of the clouds and wind, and there was a great sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy 46. And the hand of the LORD was on Name :
Elijah ; and he girded up his loins, and ran 32 And with the stones he built an al- ' before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. tar in the name of the LORD: and he
CHAP. XIX. made a trench about the altar, as great as 1 Elijah threatened by Jezebel, is comfort would contain two measures of seed. ed by an angel. 9 God sendeth him 10
33 And he put the wool in order, and anoini Hazard, Jehu, and Elisha. 19 cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wcased, and wrid, Fill four barrels with
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Eusha follozeeth Llijal. water, and pour it on the burnt-sacrifice, and on the wood.
slain all the prophets with the sword. 34 And he said, Do it the second time. 2. Then Jezebel gent a messenger unto * And they did it the second time. And he ! Elju, saving, So let the gods do to me,
314 Elijah goeth to Horcó. 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 io be prophet in thy vant there.
4 9 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 fium 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.
ed 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 So he departed thence, and found him, and said unto hini, Arise and eat. Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was
6 And he looked, and behold, there 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.
7 And the angel of the LORD came a- 20 And he left the oxen, and ran after gain the second time, and touched him, 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. fonly, am left; and they seek my life, to A ered
ali his host together: and inere take it away.
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 2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king brakein pieces the rocks before the LORD; of Israel into the city, and said unto hiin, 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 goodliest, are mine. the LORD tvas 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 tlay 13 And it was so, when Elijah leard it, saying, I am thine, and all that I have. that lie 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 (us 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, elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray return on ,thy way to the wilderness of 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, of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthand for my gold, and I deniecl hiin 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 gers of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, the hills ; therefore they were stronger All that thou clidst 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 do. And the messengers departed, than they and brought him word again.
24 And do this thing, Take the kings 10 And Ben-hadad sent unto him, and away, every man out of his place, and said, The gols do so unto me, and more put captains in their rooms : als, 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 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 And behold, there came a prophet 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 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 || 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 qvas drinking himself drunk and seven thousand of the men that evere in the pavilions, he and the kings, the left. And Ben-hadad fled, and came into thirty and two kings that helped him. the city, into an inner chamber.
17 And the young men of the princes 31 | 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 mcrciful 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 fruit ropes on their heads, and of the provinces came out of the city, and 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 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 tvould come from liim,
21 And the king of Israel went out, and and did hastily catch it : and they said, smote the horses and chariots, and slow Thy brother Ben-hadad. Then he said, the Syrians with a great slaughter. Go ye, bring him. Then Ben-hadad 316 Ahab's foolish pity reproved. 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 unto thice. cities, which my father took from thy fa- 4 And Ahabcame into his house heavy ther, I will restore; and thou shalt make and displeased, because of the word which strects for thee in Damascus, as my father | Naboth the Jezrceiite had spoken to him : made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, 1 l for he liad 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 fice, 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, Why is thy spirit so the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray || sad, that thou eritest no broad? thee. And the man refused to smite liim. 6 And he said unto her, Because I spake
36 Then said he unto him, Because unto Naboth the Jezreulite, 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- or else, if it please thee, I will give thee parted from me, a lion shall slay thee another vineyard for it and he answere<l, And as soon as he was departed from | I will not give thee my vineyard. him, a lion found him, and siew him. 7 And Jezebei his wife said unto him,
37 Then he found another mail, 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 tiie vincwounded him.
yard of Naboth the Jezreelite. 38 So the prophet departed, and waited 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 ashies upon his face.
ilie 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 9 And she wrote in the letters, saying. behold, a man turned aside, and brought Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: among the people: 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 busy 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 his city, even the ment be ; thyself hast ciecided it.
eiders and the nobles who were the inhab41 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 thein.
42 And he said unto him, Tius 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 dren 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 evin against Naboth, in the presence of house heavy and displeased, and came to the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme Samaria.
God and the king. Then they carried CHAP. XXI.
him forth out of the city, and stoned him 1 Ahab is donicd Naboth's vineyard. 5 with stones, that he died.
Jezebel cursrih Naboth to be condemn- 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, ed. 17 Elijah denguncelh juigments 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 Nalinta was stonedl; and was Vu eyard, 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 9 And it came to pass, when Ahah is near unto my house : and I will give heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahabı 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.
Thab 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, saving,
out of the hand of the king of Syria ? 18 Arise, g? down to meet Alub 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, wirither head? 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, saz- people, my horses as thy horses. ing, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou kill- 5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king ed, and also taken possession? And thou of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith of the LORD to day. the LORD, In the place where cigs licked 6 Then the king of Israel gathered tlie the bicol of Naboth shall dogs lick thy li propliets together, about four hundred blood, even thine.
men, and said unto them, Shall I goag. inst 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 injurire of him? and will take away thy posterity, and will 8. And the king of Israel said unto Jecut off from Ahab him that pisseth against hoshaphut, There is yet ove man, Micajah 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, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not and like the house of Baasha the son of the king suy 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 hiihor Micaiah the made Israel to sin.
Son of Imlah. 23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, 10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshasaying, The dogs shall eat Jezel:el by the phat the king of Judah sat each on his Wall of Jezreel.
throne, laving 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 dieth 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- anah 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- consumed them. lowing idols, according to all things as 12 And all the prophets prophesied so, did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosbefore the children of Israel.
per: for the LORD shali deliver it into the 27 And it came to pass, when Ahab king's hand. heard those words, that he rent his clothes, 13 And the messenger that was gone and put sackcloth upon his fiesh, and fast- to call Micaiah, spake unto him, saying, ed, and lay in sack cloth, and went softly: Behold now, the words of the prophets
28 And the word of the LORD came to 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 hunbleth is good. himself before me, I will not bring the 14 And Micaiah said, Ax 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. CHIP. XXII.
15 | So he came to the king. And the 1 Ahab seduced by fulse prophets, is slain king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go
at Rumoth-gilead. 37 The dogs lick up against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall Me 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 iver
ed it 160 the band ini terjadiness 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 came tell me nothing but thut thich is true in down to the king of Israel.
the name of the LORD? S And the king of Israel said unto his 17 And he said, I saw all Israel scatterservants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead | ed upon the luills, as sheep that have not a