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2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, | from thee. And Elisha said, I pray Tarry here, I pray thee; for the thee, let a double portion of thy LORD hath sent me to Beth-el. And spirit be upon me. Elisha said unto him, As the LORD 10 And he said, Thou hast asked liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will a hard thing : nevertheless, if thou not leave thee. So they went down see me when I am taken from thee, to Beth-el.
it shall be so unto thee; but if not, 3 And the sons of the prophets it shall not be so. that were at Beth-el came forth to 11 And it came to pass, as they Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest still went on, and talked, that, bethou that the LORD will take away hold, there appeared a chariot of fire, thy master from thy head to day? and horses of fire, and parted them And he said, Yea, I know it; hold both asunder; and Elijah went up ye your peace.
by a whirlwind into heaven. 4 And Elijah said unto him, 12 And Elisha saw it, and he Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for cried, My father, my father, the the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. chariot of Israel, and the horseAnd he said, As the Lord liveth, men thereof. And he saw him no and as thy soul liveth, I will not more: and he took hold of his leave thee. So they came to Je own clothes, and rent them in two richo.
pieces. 5 And the sons of the prophets 13 He took up also the mantle that were at Jericho came to Elisha, of Elijah that fell from him, and and said unto him, Knowest thou went back, and stood by the bank that the LORD will take away thy of Jordan; master from thy head to day? And 14 And he took the mantle of he answered, Yea, I know it ; hold Elijah that fell from him, and smote ye your peace.
the waters, and said, Where is the 6 And Elijah said unto him, LORD God of Elijah ? and when Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the he also had smitten the waters, they LORD bath sent me to Jordan. And parted hither and thither : and Ehe said, As the LORD liveth, and as lisha went over. thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. 15 And when the sons of the And they two went on.
prophets which were to view at Je7 And fifty men of the sons of richo saw him, they said, The spirit the prophets went, and stood to of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And view afar off: and they two stood they came to meet him, and bowed by Jordan.
themselves to the ground before him. 8 And Elijah took his mantle, 16 And they said unto him, Beand wrapped it together, and smote hold now, there be with thy servants the waters, and they were divided fifty strong men; let them go, we hither and thither, so that they two pray thee, and seek thy master: went over on dry ground.
lest peradventure the Spirit of the 9 And it came to pass, when they Lord hath taken him up, and cast were gone over, that Elijah said him upon some mountain, or into unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do some valley. And he said, Ye shall for thee, before I be taken away not send.
17 And when they urged him till | ria the eighteenth year of Jehoshahe was ashamed, he said, Send. phat king of Judah, and reigned They sent therefore fifty men ; and twelve years. they sought three days, but found 2 And he wrought evil in the him not.
sight of the LORD; but not like his 18 And when they came again to father, and like his mother : for he him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he put away the image of Baal that said unto them, Did I not say unto his father had made. you, Go not?
3 Nevertheless be cleaved unto 19 And the men of the city said the sins of Jerobcam the son of unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, Nebat, which made Israel to sin; the situation of this city is pleasant, he departed not therefrom. as my lord seeth: but the water is 4 And Mesha king of Moab was naught, and the ground barren. a sheepmaster, and rendered unto
20 And he said, Bring me a new the king of Israel an hundred thoucruse, and put salt therein. And sand lambs, and an hundred thouthey brought it to him.
sand rams, with the wool. 21 And he went forth unto the 5 But it came to pass, when Abab spring of the waters, and cast the was dead, that the king of Moab salt in there, and said, Thus saith rebelled against the king of Israel. the LORD, I have healed these wa 6 And king Jehoram went out of ters; there shall not be from thence Samaria the same time, and numberany more death or barren land. ed all Israel.
22 So the waters were healed un 7 And he went and sent to Jehoto this day, according to the saying shaphat the king of Judah, saying, of Elisha which he spake.
The king of Moab hath rebelled a23 And he went up from thence gainst me: wilt thou go with me unto Beth-el: and as he was going against Moab to battle? And he said, up by the way, there came forth I will go up: I am as thou art, my little children out of the city, and people as thy people, and my horses mocked him, and said unto him, Go as thy horses. up, thou bald head; go up, thou 8 And he said, Which way shall bald head.
we go up? And he answered, The 24 And he turned back, and look way through the wilderness of ed on them, and cursed them in the Edom. name of the Lord. And there came 9 So the king of Israel went, and forth two she bears out of the wood, the king of Judah, and the king of and tare forty and two children of Edom: and they fetched a compass them.
of seven days' journey : and there 25 And he went from thence to was no water for the host, and for mount Carmel, and from thence he the cattle that followed them. returned to Samaria.
10 And the king of Israel said,
Alas! that the LORD hath called CHAP. III.
these three kings together, to deli
ver them into the hand of Moab! NOW Jehoram the son of Ahab u But Jehoshaphat said, Is there began to reign over Israel in Sama- || not here a prophet of the LORD,
that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 And Elisha 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 Lord bath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar
every good piece of land with stones.
20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border.
22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood :
23 And they said, This is blood : the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another : now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country
25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees : only in Kir-haraseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.
26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom : but they could not.
27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there
was great indignation against Israel : and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.
CHAP. IV. Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels ; borrow not a few.
4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her ; and she poured out.
6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick : and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host ? And she answered, I dwell among inine own people
14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid..
17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.
19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to bis mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.
22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.
23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to ber servant, Drive, and go forward ; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gebazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband ? is it well with the child ? And she answered, It is well.
27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet : but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her : and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord ? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way : if thou meet any man, salute him not; and
if any salute thee, answer him not again : and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
30 And the mother of the child said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.
31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child ; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked.
32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.
33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.
34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands : and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.
37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him : and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.