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S18 Ahab is slain..

I. KINGS

Jekoshalkai's good reign. shepherd : and the Lord said, These against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out. have no master: let them return every 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 thereforetween 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 iis 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 36 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 me! 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, 57 [ 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 washed 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 bich 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 rent near, and smote Micaiah on the 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 Judalı in the fourth

26 And the king of Israel said, Take year of Ahab king of Israel. Micaiah, and carry him back 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 cvas Azthis fellow in the prison, and feed him | ubah the daughter of Shilhi. with bread of affliction 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 wis 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- | places. phat the king of Judah went up to Ra- 44 And Jehoshaphat 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 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.

Johoshaphat's death and burini. CHAP. I. Jehoram succeedeth Ahaziah. 319

49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab || Judah, and reigned two years over Isūnto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go rael. with thy servants in the ships. But Je- 52 And he did evil in the sight of the trashaphat would not.

LORD, and walked in the way of his fa50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his ther, and in the way of his mother, and fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, in the city of David his father: and Jeho- who made Israel to sin : ram his son reigned in his stead.

53 For he served Baal, and worshipped 51 | Ahaziah the son of Ahab began him, and provoked to anger the Lord to reign over Israel in Samaria the ser- God of Israel, according to all that his enteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of ! father had done.

THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS, COMMONLY CALLED THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE KING S. CHAP. I.

10 And Elijah answered and said to 1 Moab rebelleth. 2 Ahaziah, sending to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God,

Baul-zebub, hath his judgment by Eli- then let fire come down from heaven, and jah. 5 Elijah twice bringeth fire from consume thee and thy fifty. And there heaven on Ahaziah's messengers. 17 came down fire from heaven, and conJehoram succeedeth Aivaziah.

sumed him and his fifty. 'HEN Moab rebelled against Israel 11 Again also he sent unto him another

captain of fifty with his fifty. And he an2 And Ahaziah fell down through a swered and said unto bim, man of God, lattice in his upper chamber that was in thus hath the king said, Come down Samaria, and was sick: and he sent mes- quickly. sengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire 12 And Elijah answered and said unto of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether them, If I be a man of God, let fire come I shall recover of this disease.

down from heaven, and consume thee and 3 But the angel of the LORD said to thy fifty. And the fire of God came down Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet from heaven, and consumed him and his the messengers of the king of Samaria, fifty. and say unto them, Is it not because there 13 [ And he sent again a captain of the is not a God in Israel, that ye go to in- third fifty with his fifty. And the third quire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? captain of fifty went up, and came and fell

4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, on his knees before Elijah, and besought 'Thou shalt not come down from that bed him, and said unto him, O man of God, I on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely pray thee, lu my life, and the life of these die. And Elijah departe..

fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. 5 f And when the messengers turned 14 Behold, there came fire down from back unto him, he said unto them, Why heaven, and burnt up the two captains of are ye now tunned back?

the former fifties with their fifties: there6 And they said unto him, There came fore let my life now be precious in thy sight. a man up to meet us, and said unto us, 15 And the angel of the Lord said Go, turn again unto the king that sent unto Elijah, Go down with him : be not you, and say unto him, Thus saith the afraid of him. And he arose, and went LORD, Is it not because ihere is not a down with him unto the king. God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire 16 And he said unto him, Thus saith of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? there- the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent fore thou shalt not come down from that messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt god of Ekron, is it not because there is surely die.

no God in Israel to inquire of his word? 7 And he said unto them, What man- therefore thou shalt not come down off ner of man was he which came up to meet that bed on which thou art gone up, but you, and told you these words?

shalt surely die. 8 And they answered him, He suas an i7 So he died according to the word of hairy man, and giit with a girdle of the LORD which Elijah hai spoken. And leather about his loins. And he said, It Jchoram reigned in his stead in the second is Elijah the Tishsite.

year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat 9 l'hen the king sent unto him a captain king of Juciah ; because he had no son. of fifty with his ntty. And he went up to 18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahazialı bim: and behold, he sat on the top of an which he diel, ure they not writen in the hill And he spake unto him, Thou man book of the chronicles of the kings of Isa God, the king nath said, Come down. "raei?

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320 Elijah is iaken up to heaven. II. KINGS. Elixia healcth the cvaters of Jericho. CHAP. II.

13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah 1 Elijah divideth Jordan and granting that fell from him, and went back, and

Elisha his reyuest, is taken up. 14 stood by the bank of Jordan ;
Elisha divideth Jordan ; 19 he healeth 14 And he tock the mantie of Elijah
The waters. 23 Children mocking Eli- that fell from him, and smote the waters,
sha are destroyed.

and said, Where is the LORD God of ElND it came to pass, when the LORD : jah? And when he also had smitten the a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha and Elisha went over. from Gilgal.

15 And when the sons of the prophets 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry which were to view at Jericho saw him, here, I pray thee ; for the LORD hath they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest sent me to Beth-el. And Elisha said unto on Elisha. And they came to meet him, him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul and bowed themselves to the ground beliveth, I will not leave thee. So they went fort him. down to Beth-el.

16 And they said unto him, Behold now, 3 And the sons of the prophets that there be with thy servants fifty strong tere at Beth-el came forth to Elisna, and 'men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek said unto him, Knowest thou that the thy master : lest peradventure the Spirit LORD will take away thy master from of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast thy head to-day? And he said, Yea, I him upon some mountain, or into some know it ; hold ye your peace.

valley: And he said, Ye shall not send. 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry 17 And when they urged him till he here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent i was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD therefore titty men; and they sought three liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not days, but found himn not. leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 18 And when they came again to him,

5 And the sons of the prophets that || (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said theni, Did I not say unto you, Go not? unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD 19 1 And the men of tie city said unto will take away thy master from thy head Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation to-day? And he answered, Yea, I know of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth : it ; hold ye your peace.

i but the water is naught, and the ground 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I barren. pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent 20 And he said, bring me a new cruse, me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD and put salt therein. And they brought liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not

. leave thee. And they two werit an. 21 And he went forth unto tlie spring of

7 And fifty men of the sons of the the waters, and cast the salt in there, and prophcts went, and stood to view afar said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed off: and they two stood by Jordan. these waters ; there shall not be from

8 And Elijah took his mantle, and thence any more death or barren land. wrapped it together, and smote the wa- 22 So the waters were healed unto this ters, and they were divided hither and day, according to the saying of Elisha thither, so that they two went over on which he spake. dry ground.

23 | And he went up from thence 9 9 And it came to pass, when they were unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, the way, there came forth little children Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be out of the city, and mocked him, and taken away from thee. And Elisha said, i said unto him, Go up, thou bald-head ; I pray thee, let a double portion of thy go up, thou bald-head. spirit be upon me.

24 And he turned back, and Icoked on 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard them, and cursed them in the name of the thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when LORD. And there came forth two she I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto bears out of the wood, and tare forty and thee; but if not, it shall not be so. two children of them.

11 And it came to pase, as they still went 25 And he went from thence to mount on, and talked, that behold, there apuared Carmel, and from thence he returned a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and to Sanaria. parted them both asurder ; and Elijah

- CHAP. III. tant up by a whirlwiud into heaven. 1 Thoram's reign. 4 Mesha rebelleth. 16

129 And Elisha sawit, and he cried, My Eli ha ob'aineth ater, and promise of father, my father, the chariot of Israel, victory. 21 The Moabites are overcome. and the horsemen thereot. And he saw

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OW Jehoram the son of Ahab bim no inore: and he took hold of his own began to reign over Israel in Samaclothes, apel rent them in two pieces." ima in the rightcenih yert na Juhoshaphat Jeñoram's reign.

CHÁP. IV. A miraculous supply of water. 321 king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall

2 And he wrought evil in the sight of not see wind, neither shall ye see rain ; the LORD ; but not like his father, and yet that valley shall be filled with water, like his mother: for he put away the that ye may drink, both ye, and your catimage of Baal that his father had made. tle, and your beasts.

3 Nevertheless, he cleaved unto the sins 18 And this is but a light thing in the of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which sight of the LORD: he will deliver the made Israel to sin; he departed not Moabites also into your hand. therefrom.

19 And ye shall smite every fenced 4 1 And Mesha king of Moab was a city, and every choice city, and shall fell sheep-master, and rendered unto the king every good tree, and stop all wells of of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and water, and mar every good piece of land an hundred thousand rams, with the wool with stones.

5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was 20 And it came to pass in the morning, dead, that the king of Moab rebelled a- when the meat-offering was offered, that gainst the king of Israel.

behold, there came water by the way of 69 And king Jehoram wentout of Sama- Edom, and the country was filled with ria the same time, and numbered all Israel. | water.

7 And he went and sent to Jehosha- 21 | And when all the Moabites heard phat the king of Judah, saying, The king that the kings were come up to fight aof Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt gainst them, they gathered all that were thou go with me against Moab to battle? | able to put on armour, and upward, and And he said, I will go up : I am as thou stood in the border. art, my people as thy people, and my 22 And they rose up early in the horses as thy horses.

morning, and the sun shone upon the wa8 And he said, Which way shall we go ter, and the Moabites saw the water on up? And he answered, The way through the other side as red as blood: the wilderness of Edom.

23 And they said, This is blood : the 9 So the king of Israel went, and the kings are surely slain, and they have king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and smitten one another : now therefore, Mo they fetched a compass of seven days jour- || ab, to the spoil. ney : and there was no water for the host, 24 And when they came to the camp and for the cattle that followed them. of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote

10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! the Moabites, so that they fled before that the Lord hath called these three li them ; but they went forward smiting the kings together, to deliver them into the Moabites, even in their country. hand of Moab!

25 And they beat down the cities, and 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here on every good piece of land cast every a prophet of the LORD, that we may in- man his stone, and filled it; and they stopquire of the LORD by him? And one of the ped all the wells of water, and felled all king of Israel's servantsanswered and said, the good trees: cnly in Kirharaseth left Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which they the stones thereof; howbeit the poured water on the hands of Elijah. slingers went about it, and smote it.

12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of 26 F And when the king of Moab saw the LORD is with him. So the king of that the battle was too sore for him, he Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of took with him seven hundred men that Edom went down to him.

drew swords, to break through even unto 13 And Elisha said unto the king of the king of Edom : but they could not. Israel, What have I to do with thee ? 27 Then he took his eldest son that, get thee to the prophets of thy father, and should have reigned in his stead, and ofto the prophets of thy mother. And the fered him for a burnt-offering, upon the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for wall

. And there was great indignation the LORD hath called these three kings against Israel: And they departed from together, to deliver them into the hand of him, and returned to their own land. Moab.

CHAP. IV. 14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of 1 Elisha multiplieth the widow's oil. 8 He hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, giveth a son to the Shunamite. 18 He were it not that I regard the presence of raiseth her dead son.

OW there cried a of not look toward thee, nor see thee.

15 But now bring me a minstrel. And ets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my it came to pass, when the minstrel play- | husband is dead; and thou knowest that ed, that the hand of the LORD came up- thy servant did fear the LORD: and the on him.

creditor is come to take unto him my two 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, sons to be bond-men, Make this valley full of ditches.

2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would Nine Wieres crehe sons of the proph

322 The widow's oil increased. II. KINGS. The Shunawite's son raised to life. I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in unto her, according to the time of life. the house? And she said, Thine hand- 18 And when the child was grown, maid hath not any thing in the house, it fell on a day, that he went out to his save a pot of oil.

father to the reapers. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow the vessels 19 And he said unto his fatber, My abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty head, my head. And he said to a lad, vessels; borrow not a few.

Carry him to his mother. 4 And when thou art come in, thou 20 And when he had taken him, and shalt shut the door upon thee and upon brought him to his mother, he sat on her thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those knees till noon, and then died. vessels, and thou shalt set aside that 21 And she went up, and laid him on which is full.

the bed of the man of God, and shut the 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon him, and went out. door upon her and upon her sons, who 22 And she called unto her husband, brought the vessels to her; and she pour- and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of ed out.

the young men, and one of the asses, that 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels I may run to the man of God, and come were full, that she said unto her son, again. Bring me yet a vessel. And he said un- 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to her, There is not a vessel more. And to him to-day? it is neither new-moon, nor the oil stayed.

sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 7 Then she came and told the man of 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and her servant, Drive, and go forward ; slack pay thy debt, and live thou and thy chil- not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. dren of the rest.

25 So she went and came unto the man 8 s And it fell on a day, that Elisha of God to mount Carmel. And it came to passed to Shunem, where was a great pass, when the man of God saw her afar woman; and she constrained him to eat off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, bread. And so it was, that as oft as he pass- Behold), yonder is that Shunamite : ed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her,

9 And she said unto her husband, Be- and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is hold now, I perceive that this is an holy it well with thy husband? Is it well with man of God, which passeth by us contin- the child? and she answered, It is weh. ually.

27 And when she came to the man of 10 Let us make a little chamber, I God to the hill, she caught him by the pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her Jim there a bed, and a table, and a stool, away. And the man of God said, Let her and a candlestick : and it shall be, when alone ; for her soul is vexed within her: fe cometh to us, that he shall turn in and the Lord hath hid it from me, and thither.

hath not told me. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of thither, and he turned into the chamber, i my lord ? did I not say, Do not deceive me. and lay there.

29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up 12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, thy loins and take my staff in thine hand, call this Shunamite. And when he had and go thy way: if thou meet any man, called her, she stood before him.

salute him not; and if any salute thee, 13 And he said unto him, Say now un- answer him not again : and lay my staft to her, Behold, thou hast been careful for upon the face of the child. us with all this care ; what is to be done 30 And the mother of the child said, for thee ? wouldest thou be spoken for to | As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul livthe king, or to the captain of the host ? eth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, And she answered, I dwell among mine and followed her. own people.

31 And Gehazi passed on before them, 14 And he said, What then is to be and laid the staff upon the face of the done for her? And Gehazi answered, child ; but there was neither voice, nor Verily she hath no child, and her hus- hearing: Wherefore he went again to band is old.

meet him, and told him, saying, The 15 And he said, Call her. And when | child is not awaked. he had called her, she stood in the door. 32 And when Elisha was come inta

16 And he said, About this season, ac- the house, behold, the child was dead, cording to the time of life, thou shalt em- and laid upon his bed. brace a son. And she said, Nay, my 33 He went in therefore, and shut the lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto door upon them twain, and prayed unto thine handmaid.

the LORD. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare 34 And he went up, and lay upon the son at that season that Elisha had said ll child, and put his mouth upon his mouth,

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