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1. KINGS. the house of Baal, wliich he bad built in Sa-ther did the cruse of oil fail, according to maria.
elle word of the Lord, which lie spake by 33 And Ahab made a grove: and Ahab Elijah. did inore to provoke the LORD God of Israel 17 1 And it came to pass after these things, to anger than all the kings of Israel that were that the son of the woinan, the inistress bcfore inim.
the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so $ ! In his days did fiel the Beth-elite sore, that there was no breath left in him. build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof 18 And she said unto Elijalı, What lave ! in Abiraın his first-born, and set up the gates to do with thee, O thou man of God ? art thereof in his youngest son Seguh, according tlou come unto me to call iny sin to reinemgo the word of the LORD), wlich die spake liy brance, and in slay my son ? lusliua the son of Nan.
19 And lie said unto lier, Give me thy son. CHAP. XVII.
And he took him out of lier bosoin, and car
a , he abode, and inliabitants of Gilead, said unto Abah, laid lim upon his own bed. is the Lord God of Israel liveth, before 20 And he cried unto the Lori), and said, whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor O Lord my God, last thou also brouglit evil rain these years, hut according to my word. upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by
And ihe word of the Lurd came unto siaying her son ? him, saying,
21 Ånd lie stretched liiinself upon the child Gei ihce hence, and turn thee eastward, three times, and cried unto the Lord, and and hide thyself' by the brook Cherith, thai said, O Lord my God, I pray thice, let this is before Jordan,
child's soul come into him again. 4. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of 22 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah, the brook : and I have commanded the ra- and the soul of the child came into liim again, vens to feed thee there.
and he revived. 5 Sole went, and did according unio the 23 And Elijah took the cluild, and brought word of the LORD for he went and dwell him down out of the chamber into the house, by the brook Cheritli, that is liefore Jorcan. and delivered him unto his mother: and Eli:
6 And the ravens brought him bread and jah said, See, thy son liveth. flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in 24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now the evening; and he drank of the brook. by this I kaow that thou art a maii of God
7 And il cane w pass, alter a while, thailand that the word of the LORD in thy inouth the brook dried up, because there had been is truth. no rain in the land.
CHAP. XVIII. 81 And the word of the Lord came unto ND it came to pass after many days, that hiin, saying,
9 Arise, get thee to Zarepbatlı, which he-the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto longeth to Zidon, and dwell there : behold, 1; Alab; and i will send rain upon the earth. hare commanded a widow woman there to 2 And Elijah went to slew himself unto sustain thee.
Ahab: and there was a sore famine in Sa. 10 So he arose, and went to Zarephath : maria. and when he came to the gate of the city, be- 3 And Alah called Obadiah, whichi roas nold, the widow woman was there gathering the governor of his louse : (now Obadiah of sticks; and he called to her, and said, leared ihe Lord greatly ; Fetclı me, I pray thiee a little water in a ves- 4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the fel, that I may drink.
prophets of the Lord, that Obadialı took an 11 And as sie was going to fetch it, he hundred prophets, and hid them by filty in a calied to lier, and said, Bring me, I pray cave, and fed them with bread and water:) thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into 12 And she said, As the LORD thy God the land, unto all fountains of water, and livetli, 1 lave not a cake, but an handful of unto ali brooks; peradventure we may find meat in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse : grass to save the horses and mules alive, that and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that we lose not all the beasts. I may go in and dress it for me and my son, 6 So they divided the land between them, that we may eat it, and die.
to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go liy himself, and Obadiah went anoll:er way and ilo as thou hast said: but make ine there. by hiniselt. of a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and 7 1 And as Obadiah was in the way, be after make for thee and for iby son : hold, Elijah met him: and he knew hin, and
14 For t us saith the Lord God of Israel, fell on his face, and said, Art iliou that my The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither lord Elijah ? shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that 8 And he answered him, I am: go, lell thy the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. loru, Behold, Elijah is here.
15 And she went, and did according to the 9 And lie said, Wirat liave 1 sinned, thal saying of Elijalı : and she, and lie, and her thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the nouse, did eai many days.
hand of Alab, to slay me? 16 find the barrel of ineal wasted not, nei- 10 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no
bation or kingdom wlither my lord hath not leaped upon the altar wliich was made. sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is 27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah Bot there, le took an oath of the kingdom mocked them, and said, Cry aloud; for he is and nation, that they found thee nol. a god: either he is talking, or he is pursuing,
11 And now thou sayesi, Gio, tell thy lord, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepBelio!d, Elijah is here.
eth, and must be awaked. 12 and it shall coine to pass, as soon as 28. And they cried aloud, and cut them I am one from thre, that the Spirit of the selves, after their manner, with knives and LoRvshall carry thee whither I know not; lanceis, will the blood gushed out upon them. and so when I come and tell Abab, and be 29 And ii came to pass, when mid-dav can aoi tind thee, lie shall slay me : but I thy was past, and they prophesied until the tinie Her vant fear the Lord from iny youth. of the offering of the evening sacrifice, tha:
13 Was it not told my lord what I did, there was neitlier voice, "nor any to answer, when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lorn, nor any that regarded. Low I hid an hundred men of the Lord's 30 1 And Elijah said unto all the people, propliets by fifty in a cave, and led them Come rear unto me. And all the people witi bread and water?
came near unto bim: and he repaired the al 11 And how thou savest, Gio, tell thy lord, tar of the LORD that was broken down. Beliol, Elijal: is here : and hic shall slay me. 31 And Elijalı look twelve stones, accord
15 And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts ing 10 the number of the tribes of tlie sons of livetlı, before wliom I stand, I will surely Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD shew myself unto hiin 10-day.
came, saying, Israel siiall be thy name; 16 So Oba lialı went to meet Ala!), and 32 And with the stones be built an altar told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijalı. in the name of the Lord: and he niade a
17 ! And it came to pass, wlien Aliab saw suench about the altar, as great as would Elijah, that Alal said unto liim, Arl thou contain two measures of seed. be that troubledi Israel ? .
33 And lie pui the wood in order, and cut the 18 And be answered, I have not troubled bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, srael; but thou, and thy father's house, in and said, Fill four barrels with water, and jat ye have forsaken the coinmandments of pour it on the burnt-sacrifice,and on the wood. je Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim. 31 And he said, Do it the second time:
19 Now therefvre send, anu gather to me and they did it the second tinie. And lie d!! Israel unto mount Carmel, and the pro- said, Do it the third time: and they did it phets of Baal four hundred and tifty, and the the third time. prophets of the groves four hundred, which 35 And the water ran round about the al. enn at Jezebel's iable.
lar; and le filled the trenclı also with water, 20 So Anab sent into all the children or 36 And it came to pass, at the time of the „srael, and gathered the prophets logether offering of the aming sacrifice, that Elijah anto mount Carmel.
the prophet came near, and said, Lokv God 21 | And Elijalı came unto all the people, of Abraham, Isaac, and ot' Israel, let it be and said, How long halı ve between two opi- kinown this day that thou art God in Israel, pions? If the Lord be God, follow him : bul and that I am thy scrvan!, and that I have
(Baal, then follow lilin. And the people done all these things at thy word. answered him not a word.
37 Hear ine, o Lorn, hear me; that this 22 Then said Elijal, unto the people, 1, even people may know that thou art the Lord only, remain a prophet or the LORD; but God, and ihut thou hast turned their heart Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty back again.
38 Then the fire of the Lorp sell, and con23 Let them therefore give us two bul sumed the burnt-sacrifice, and the wood, and ocks; and let them choose one bullock for the stones, and the dust, and licked up the heinselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay il waler that was in the trenchi. on wood, aad pul no fire under; and I will 39 And when all the people saw it, they dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, fell on their faces; and they said, The LORD, and pol no fire under:
he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 4 And cail ye on the name of your gods, 40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the and I will call on the name of the LORD; prophets of Baal; lei not one of them escape. and the God that answereth by fire, let liin And they took them; and Elijalı brougtit be Goul. And all the people answered and uiem down to the brook Kishon, and slew said, It is well spoken.
them there. 2.5 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, 411 And Elijah said unto Alab, Get dice Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of dress il first; for ye are many; and call on abundance of rain. the name of your gods, but put no fire unuler. 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink :
26 And they took the bullock which was and Elijah went up to the top of Carmel given them, and they dressed it, and called on and he cast himsell down upon the earth, and the name of Baal from morning even until put his face between his knees, nuon, saying, O Baal, hear us! but there was 43 And said to bis servant, Go up now, 20 voice, ncr'any that answered. And they look toward the
sea. And he went up and
lookert, ani said, There is nothing. And he LORD wus not in the fire: and after the fire said, Go again seven times.
a still small voice. 14 Anu il caine to pass, at the seventh 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it. time, dat he said, Beliolel, there ariseth a lit- that he wrapt liis face in lis" mant'z, ant tle cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. went out, and stood in the entering in of the And lie said Gouw, say unto Ahab, Prepare cave: and, behold, there came a voice unto thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain him, and said, Ilhat doest thou here, Elijah: stop th:ce not.
14 And lie said, I have been very jealous 45 And it came to pass, in the mean wliile, for the Lori God of hosts : because the chilthat the leaven was black with clouds and dren of Israel lave forsaken tl:y covenant, wind, and there was a great rain. And al:ab thrown down thine altars, and slain this pro roule, and went to Jezreel.
phlets with the sword; and I, eren I only, an 46 And the land of the Lord was on lesi; and they seek iny life, to take it away Flijalı; and he girded up his loins, and ran 15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, rebefore Abab to the entrance of Jezrcel. turn on thy way to the wilderness of Damas. CHAP. XIX.
cus; and when thou comest, anoint Hazael A ND Alab told Jezebel all that Elijali lo be king over Syria;
had done, and withal !iow he had slain 16 And Jeli ile son of Nimshi shalt thou all the prophets with the sword
anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha ile 2. Then Jezebel sent a inessenger unto Eli- son of Shaphat, of Abel-meholalı, shalt thou jah, saving, So let the gods do to me, and anoint to be prophet in thy room. more also, if I make not thy life as the life 17 And it shall come to pass, that liim that of one of them hy to-inorrow about this escapeth Vie sword op Hazael shall Jehu slay; time.
and him that escapet from the sword of Jehu 3 And when he saw that, he arose, and shall Elisha slay: went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, 18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in which belongeth io Judalı, and leli his servant lsrael, all the knees which have not bowed there.
usto Baal, and every mouth which hath not 4 | But he liimself went a day's journey kissed liim. into the wilderness, and caine and sat down 19 ! So lie departed thence, and found under a juniper-tree: and he requested for Elisha the son of Shadiat, who was plowing himself that he miglit die; and said, It is uith twelve voke of oren before bim, and he enougis: now, O Lord, take away my life; with the twelfth: and Elijalı passed by him, for I am not better than my fathers. and cast liis mantle upon liim,
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper- 20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Eli tree, beliold, then an angel touched bin, anu jah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my vaid unto him, Arise and eat.
father and my mother, and then I will follow 6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a thee. And he said unto him, Go back again; cake baken on the coals, auda cruse of wa- for what have I done to thee? ler at his head: and he did cat and drink, 21 And he returned back from him, ard Rnd laid liim down again.
took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and 7 And the angel of the Lord came again boiled their flesh with the instruments of the the second time, and touclied him, and said, oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did Arise and eat; because the journey is too eat: then he arose, and went after Elijah, great for thee.
and ministered unto him. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and
CHAP. XX. went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights, unto lloreb tiie mountain And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gather
ed all bis host together; and there were God.
thirty and two kings with him, and horses 9 11 And he came thither unto a cave, and and chariots: and he went up and besieged lodged there: and, behold, the word of the Samaria, and warred against it. LORt) came to him, and he said unto him, 2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of What doest thou bere, Elijah ?
Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus 10 And he said, I bave been very jealous saith Ben-hadad, for the LORD God of hosts : for the children 3 Thy silver anil thy gold is inine; thy of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown wives also and ilay children, eren the good. down thine altars, and slain thy prophets liest, are mine. with the sword; and I, even I only, am left, 4 And the king of Israel answered and and they seek my life, to take it away: said, My lord, O king, according to thy say.
IL and he said, Go fortlı, and stand upon ing, 'I am thine, and all that I have. the inount before the LORD. And, behold, 5 And the meesengers cine again, and the Lord passed by, and a great and strong said, Thus speaketh Ben-hadad, saying, A! wind rent the mountains, and brake in though I have sent unto thee, sayiug, Thou pieces the rocks, before the LORD; but the shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and LORD wus not in the wind: and after the thy wives, and thy children; wind an eartiquake; but the LORD was not 6 Yet I will send my servants unto thee In the earthquake:
to-morrow about this iime, and they shall 12 And after the eartlıquake a fire; biet the search thine house, and the houses of thy
vervants; and it shall be, thul whatsoever is slew the Syrians :ith a grea: slaugiiler pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it in, 22 I And ihe prophet came to the king o. their hand, and take it away.
Israel, and said unto bim, Go, strengthen 7 Then the king of Israel called all the el. liyseif, and mark, and see what thou duest : ders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, for at the return of the year the king of Sy and see how this min seekell misciief: furria will come up against thee. be sent unto me for my wives, and for my 23 And the servants of the king of Syria children, and for my silver, and for my gold, said unto him, their gods are gons of the aad I denied him not.
bills, therefore they were stronger than we: 3 And all the elders, and all the people, but let us fight against them in the plain, and sard unto hiin, Hearkeu not unlo him, nor sirely we shall be stronger than they. consent,
24 And lo this thing: Take the kings away 9 Wherefore he said unto the messengers every man out of his place, aud pat captaira of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, All that in their rooms : thou didst send lur to iliy serva:t at the first !! 25 And number thee an army, like the will do: but this thing I may not do. And army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and the messengers departed, and brought him chariot for chariot; and wo will figlit ngrunat word again.
Ithem in the plain, and surely we shall be 10 And Ben-liadad sent unto him, ard;stronger than they. And he hearkened uu said, The gods do so unto me, and more also,l10 their voice, and did so. if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for hand- 26 And it caine to pass, at the return of the fe's for all the people that follow ine. vear, that Beu-hadad numbered the Syrians,
11 And the king of Israel answered and and went up to Apliek,to fight againsi Israel. raid, Tell him, Lei not him that girdeth on 27 And ilie children of Israel were num. his harness hoast biinself as be that putteth it hered, and were all present, and went against .
them: and the children of Israel pitched be12 And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad sore them like two little focks of kids ; but heard this message, (as lie was drinking, be the Syrians filled the country. and the kivigs in the pavilions, that he said 28 | And there came a man of God, and auto his servan!s, Set ymırseves in arruy : spake unto the king of Israel, and sairl, Thus pod they set theinselves in array against the saith the LORD, Because the Syrians bave ziiv.
said, the Lord is God of the hills, but he is 13 4 And, beliold, there came a propl:el nut God of the valleys; therefore will I delive into Abah king of Israel, saying, Thus saith er all this great multitude into thine hand, he LOR!), Hast thou seen all this great mul- and ye siiall know that I am the LORD. titude? heholl, I will deliver it into thine 29 And they pitched one over against the hand this day; and thou shalt know that other seven days: and so it was, that in the I am the Lord.
seventh day the battle was joined : and ite 14 And Alab said, By whom? And he children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hunsaid, Thus saith the LORD, Even by the dred thousand footmen in one day. young men of the princes of the provinces. 30 But the rest fled to Apliek, into the Then he said, who shall order the baille : cily; and there a wall fell upon twenty and And he answered, Thou.
seven thousand of the men thul were left. 15 Then lie numbered the young men of And Ben-liadad Aed, and came into the city, the princes of the provinces, and they were into an mner chamber. wo hundred and thirty-two; and after thein 31 1 And his servants said unto him, Behold ne numbered all the people, even all the now, we have leard that che kings of the children of Israel, being seven thousand. house of Israel are nierciful kings: let us, I
15 And they went out at noon: but Ben-i pray ther, put sackcloth on our loins, and liadad rcas drinking himself drunk in the pa- ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king vilions, ve and the kings, the thirty and iwo of Israel; peradventure lie will save thy life. kings that helped hiin.
32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, 17 And the young men of the princes of and mit ropes on their heads, and came to the provinces went out first : and Ben-hadad the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant rent out, and they wld him, saying, There Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. ure meu corne out of Sainaria.
And he said, Is he yei alive? he is my brother. 18 And he said, Whether they be come 33 Now the men did diligently obscrve out for peace, take them alive; or whether wberber any thing would come from him, they become out for war, take them alive. and did basiily catch it : and they said, Thy
19 So these young men of the princes of brother Ben-liadad. Then lie said, Go ye, the provinces came out of the city, and the bring him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to army which followed thein.
inim; and he caused him to come up into the 20 And they slew every one his man: and chariut. the Syrians fed, and Israel pursued thein ; 34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities and Ben-hadad the king of Syria escaped which my father took from thy father I will on an horse will the horsemen.
restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee 21 And the king of Israel went out, in Dainascus, as my fatlier made in Samaria. and smote the horses rind chariots, and Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with
this covenant. So he made a covenant withi vineyard for il: and he answered, I will nebim, and sent liim away.
give thee my vineyard. 35 And a certain man of the sons of the 7 Aud Jeżehel liis wise said unto him, liozi propliets said unto his neighbour in the word thou now govern the kingdom of Israel ! of the Lorn, Smite me, 1 pray thee. And Arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be the man refused to smite him.
morry: I will give thee the vineyard of Na. S6 Then said he unto him, Because thou both the Jezreelite. last not obeyed the voice of the Lord, be- 8 So she wrote letters in Alab's name, and hold, as soon as thou art departed from me, sealed them with luis seal, and seat the letters a lion shall slay lliee. And as soon as he was unto the elders and to the nobles that were in departed from liim, a lion found liin, and his city dwelling with Naboth. slew him.
9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Pryo 37 Then lie found another man, and said, claim a fast, and set Nabotin on high among Smite me, I pray thee. And wie man smote the people; hiin, so that in smiling he wounded him. IÙ And set two men, sons of Belial, before
38 So the prophet departed, and waited for him, to bear witness against liim, saying, the king by the way, and disguised himself Thou didst blaspheme God and the king: with asties upon his face.
and then carry him out, and stone himn, uat 3.) And as the king passed by, lie cried lie may die. unto the king: and he said, Tly servant went 11 ånd the men of his city, even the elders out into the midst of the battle'; and, behold, and the nobles who were the inhabitants in a man turned aside, and brought a man uinto bis city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, me, and said, Keepiliis mau: il by any means anu as it was written in the letters which she he he missing, then shall thy life be for his had sent unto them; life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. 12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth
10 And as thy servant was busy here and on liigh among the people. there, lie was gone. And the king of Israel 13 And there came in two men, children said into lim, So shall the judg:nent be; of Belial, and sat before bin: and the men tiysell last decided it.
of Belial witnessed against hiin, eren against H1 And he basted, and took the ashes away Nabothi, in the presence of the people, say. from his face; and the king of Israel discera-ing, Naboth did blaspheme God and the ed himn that lie was of the prophets.
king. Then they carried him forth out of 42 And he said unto him, Thus saith the the city, and stoned lim with stones, that he Lori), Because thou hast let go out of thy died. hand a man whom I appointed to utter de- 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Nastruction, therefore thy life shall go for his both is stoned, and is dead. life, and thy people for his people.
15 | And it came to pass, when Jezebel 43 And tlie king of Israel went to his heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, house bieavy and displeased, and came to feliat Jezebel said to Ahah, Arise, take possesSainaria.
son of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, CHAP. XXI.
which he refused to give thee for money: for that Naboth the Jezreelite liad a vine- 16 And it caine to pass, wher Abab beard yard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the pa- that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to lace of Ahab king or Samaria.
go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jez2 And Alab spake unto Naboth, saying, reelite, to take possession of it. Give me thy vineyard, that I may liave it for 17 1 And the word of the LORD came to n garden of herbs, because it is near unto my Elijah the Tisnbile, saying, house: and I will give thee for it a better 13 Arise, go down to meet Alab king of vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, Israel, which is in Saman i: beliold, he is in I will give thee the worth of it in money. the vineyard of Naboth, whithier lie is gone
3 Aid Naboth said to Ahab, The LOR!) down to possess it. orbil it me, that I should give the inherit- 19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, unce of my fathers unto thee.
Thus saith the Lori), last thou killed, and 4 And Alab came into his house heavy also taken possession ? And thou shall speak and displeased because of llie word which unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, in Nanothethe Jezreelile liad spoken to him ; for the place where dogs licked the blood of Nahe had said, I will not give thee the inheri-bolli shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine. ance of my fathers : and he laid bim down 20 And Aliab said to Elijah, Hast thou upon lus bed, and turned away his face, and sound me, O mine enemy? and he answer. would eat no bread.
ed, I have found live, because thou hast 5 fi Bie Jezebel his wife came to him, and sold thyself to work evil in the sight of tile said unto him, Why is liy spirit so sad, that Lord. thou ealest no bread?
21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, t And he said unto her, Because I spake and will take away thy posterity, and will unto Naboth the Jezreelile, and said unto cui off froin Alab him that pisso di against diun, Give me thiy vineyard for money ; or the wall, and liim that is shut uy and left in sist, if it please thee, I will give thee another israel.