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was on Elijah; and he girded up h old, the word of the LORD came his loins, and ran before Ahab to to him, and he said unto him, the entrance of Jezreel.

What doest thou here, Elijah?

10 And he said, I have been very CHAP. XIX.

jealous for the LORD God of hosts :

for the children of Israel have forAND Ahab told Jezebel all that saken thy covenant, thrown down Elijah had done, and withal how he thine altars, and slain thy prophets had slain all the prophets with the with the sword; and I, even I only, sword.

am left; and they seek my life, to 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger take it away. unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods 11 And he said, Go forth, and do to me, and more also, if I make stand upon the mount before the not thy life as the life of one of LORD. And, behold, the LORD them by to morrow about this time. passed by, and a great and strong

3 And when he saw that, he arose, wind rent the mountains, and brake and went for his life, and came to in pieces the rocks before the LORD; Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Ju but the LORD was not in the wind : dah, and left his servant there.

and after the wind an earthquake ; 4 But he himself went a day's but the LORD was not in the earthjourney into the wilderness, and quake : came and sat down under a juniper 12 And after the earthquake a tree : and he requested for himself fire; but the LORD was not in the that he might die ; and said, It is fire: and after the fire a still small enough; now, O LORD, take away voice. my life; for I am not better than 13 And it was so, when Elijah my fathers.

heard it, that he wrapped his face 5 And as he lay and slept under in his mantle, and went out, and a juniper tree, behold, then an angel stood in the entering in of the cave. touched him, and said unto him, And, behold, there came a voice unArise and eat.

to him, and said, What doest thou 6 And he looked, and, behold, here, Elijah? there was a cake baken on the coals, 14 And he said, I have been very and a cruse of water at his head. jealous for the LORD God of hosts : And he did eat and drink, and laid because the children of Israel have him down again.

forsaken thy covenant, thrown down 7 And the angel of the LORD thine altars, and slain thy prophets came again the second time, and with the sword; and I, even I only, touched him, and said, Arise and am left; and they seek my life, to eat; because the journey is too take it away. great for thee.

15 And the LORD said unto him, 8 And he arose, and did eat and Go, return on thy way to the wildrink, and went in the strength of derness of Damascus : and when that meat forty days and forty nights thou comest, anoint Hazael to be unto Horeb the mount of God. king over Syria :

9 And he came thither unto a 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi cave, and lodged there; and, be shalt thou anoint to be king over

Israel : and Elisha the son of Sha 11 3 Thy silver and thy gold is mine; phat of Abel-meholah shalt thou thy wives also and thy children, even anoint to be prophet in thy room. the goodliest, are inine.

17 And it shall come to pass, that 4 And the king of Israel answerhim that escapeth the sword of Ha ed and said, My lord, O king, aczael shall Jehu slay: and him that cording to thy saying, I am thine, escapeth from the sword of Jehu and all that I have. shall Elisha slay.

5 And the messengers came again, 18 Yet I have left me seven thou and said, Thus speaketh Ben-hadad, sand in Israel, all the knees which saying, Although I have sent unto have not bowed unto Baal, and thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me every mouth which hath not kissed thy silver, and thy gold, and thy him.

wives, and thy children; 19 So he departed thence, and 6 Yet I will send my servants found Elisha the son of Shaphat, unto thee to morrow about this who was plowing with twelve yoke time, and they shall search thine of oxen before him, and he with the house, and the houses of thy sertwelfth : and Elijah passed by him, vants; and it shall be, that whatand cast his mantle upon him.

soever is pleasant in thine eyes, 20 And he left the oxen, and ran they shall put it in their hand, and after Elijah, and said, Let me, I take it away. pray thee, kiss my father and my 7 Then the king of Israel called mother, and then I will follow thee. all the elders of the land, and said, And he said unto him, Go back Mark, I pray you, and see how this again: for what have I done to man seeketh mischief: for he sent thee?

unto me for my wives, and for my 21 And he returned back from children, and for my silver, and for him, and took a yoke of oxen, and my gold; and I denied him not. slew them, and boiled their flesh 8 And all the elders and all the with the instruments of the oxen, people said unto him, Hearken not and gave unto the people, and they unto him, nor consent. did eat. Then he arose, and went 9 Wherefore he said unto the after Elijah, and ministered unto messengers of Ben-hadad, Tell my him.

lord the king, All that thou didst

send for to thy servant at the first I CHAP. XX.

will do: but this thing I may not

do. And the messengers departed, AND Ben-hadad the king of Syria and brought him word again. gathered all his host together: and 10 And Ben-hadad sent unto him, there were thirty and two kings with and said, The gods do so unto me, him, and horses, and chariots : and and more also, if the dust of Sahe went up and besieged Samaria, maria shall suffice for handfuls for and warred against it.

all the people that follow me. 2 And he sent messengers to A 11 And the king of Israel anhab king of Israel into the city, swered and said, Tell him, Let not and said unto him, Thus saith Ben him that girdeth on his harness boast hadad,

himself as he that putteth it off.

· 12 And it came to pass, when | rael pursued them: and Ben-hadad Ben-hadad heard this message, as he the king of Syria escaped on an was drinking, he and the kings in horse with the horsemen. the pavilions, that he said unto his 21 And the king of Israel went servants, Set yourselves in array. out, and smote the horses and chaAnd they set themselves in array riots, and slew the Syrians with a against the city.

great slaughter. 13 And, behold, there came a 22 And the prophet came to the prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, king of Israel, and said unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, thou seen all this great multitude? and see what thou doest: for at the behold, I will deliver it into thine return of the year the king of Syria hand this day; and thou shalt know will come up against thee. that I am the LORD.

23 And the servants of the king 14 And Ahab said, By whom? of Syria said unto him, Their gods And he said, Thus saith the LORD, are gods of the hills ; therefore they Even by the young men of the were stronger than we; but let us princes of the provinces. Then he fight against them in the plain, and said, Who shall order the battle ? surely we shall be stronger than they. And he answered, Thou.

24 And do this thing, Take the 15 Then he numbered the young kings away, every man out of his men of the princes of the provinces, place, and put captains in their and they were two hundred and rooms : thirty two: and after them he num 25 And number thee an army, bered all the people, even all the like the army that thou hast lost, children of Israel, being seven thou horse for horse, and chariot for chasand.

riot: and we will fight against them 16 And they went out at noon. in the plain, and surely we shall be But Ben-hadad was drinking him stronger than they. And he hearkself drunk in the pavilions, he and ened unto their voice, and did so. the kings, the thirty and two kings 26 And it came to pass at the that helped him.

return of the year, that Ben-hadad 17 And the young men of the numbered tbe Syrians, and went up princes of the provinces went out to Aphek, to fight against Israel. first ; and Ben-hadad sent out, and 27 And the children of Israel they told him, saying, There are were numbered, and were all premen come out of Samaria.

sent, and went against them : and 18 And he said, Whether they be the children of Israel pitched before come out for peace, take them alive; them like two little flocks of kids; or whether they be come out for but the Syrians filled the country. war, take them alive.

28 And there came a man of God, 19 So these young men of the and spake unto the king of Israel, princes of the provinces came out and said, Thus saith the LORD, Beof the city, and the army which cause the Syrians have said, The followed them.

LORD is God of the hills, but he is 20 And they slew every one his not God of the vallies, therefore man : and the Syrians fled; and Is- will I deliver all this great multi

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tude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

29 And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined : and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.

31 And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel : peradventure he will save thy life.

32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.

33 Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Ben-hadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot.

34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore ; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him.

36 Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. .37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.

38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

39 And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king : and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man : if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.

40 And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.

41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.

42 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.

43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.

CHAP. XXI.

AND it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.

2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.

3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him : for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? .-6. And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.

7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel ? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal,

and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.

9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:

10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.

12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him : and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money : for Naboth is not alive, but dead.

16 And it came to pass, when Abab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

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