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VmrCs wtcKect reign. ned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, arc they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
J 5 TT In the twenty and. seventh year] of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign seven days'in Tirzah: and the people were encamped against Gibbethoi), which belonged to the Philistines.
16 And the people that were encamped heard say, Znnri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel inadeOmn, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp.
17 Aud Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with biin,and tliey besieged Tirzah.
18 And it came to pass when Zimri saw that the city was taken, thai he went into the palace of the king's bouse,and burnt the lung's house over him with fire, and died,
19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Jeroboam,'ami in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
21 IT Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of Ihe people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half followed Omri.
22 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people that followed Tibni the son Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri reigned.
231TIn the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Ornri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.
2-1 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the lull, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.
2:5 IT But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of Use Lord and did worse than all that were before him.
2f> For he walked in all the way of
Jeroboam the son of Nebatrand in his|w before Jordan.
NGS. Jericho rebuilt.
sin wherewith he made Israel to sin. to provoke the Lcjrd God of Israel to anger with their vanities. 27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that he showed, arc they not wrilten in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
2S So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
29 TT And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Is rael in Samaria twenty and two years.
30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of Uie Lord above all that were belbre him.
31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wUc Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and woishipped him.
32 Anil he reared up an altar for Ba al in the house of Baal, which he li»d built in Samaria.
33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him
3-1 TT In his days did Hiel the Beth-el ile build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word "of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel livcth, before whom I stand, thereshall not be dew nor vain these years, but according to my word.
2 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,
3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is belbre Jordan.
4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brooks; and 1 have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5 So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith that Elijah fed by ravens. CHAP.
6 And die ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the lane.
8 U And the word of the Loud came unto him, saying,
9 Arise,£et*thee to Zarephath, which belongethlo Zidon, and dwell there: behold, 1 have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath: and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, 1 pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 And as she was going to fetch t(, he called to her, and said, Bring me, 1 pray thee, a morsel of bread in thy hand.
12 Aud shesaid,^stlie Lord thyGod livetb, I have notacake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse; and, behold, lam gathering two slicks, that 1 may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
14 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said; but make me thereof a little cake firsthand bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus sa'ilh theLoRDGod of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the clay that the Lord sendetli rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 Jndihe barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elnali.
17 IT And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
18 And she said unto Elijah, What nave 1 to do with thee, O thou man of <*od? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to elay
i> J *id he said unto hor, Give me
XVlll. The widow's son rumea. thy son. And he took him out ofhei bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
20 And he cried unto the Lon.D,and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom 1 sojourn, by slaying her son?
21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, 1 pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
22 And the Loud heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house,and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son livetb.
24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thv mouth is truth.
AND it came to pass a fter many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying. Go show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
2 And Elijah went to show himsell unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was thegovemr-of his house. (Now Obadiah feared rhe Lord greatly:
4 For it was so, when Jezebel out oft" the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah took a hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land.unto oil fountains of waler,and unto all brooks; perad venture we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.
6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, aud Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 U And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?
8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell my lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
9 Aiid he said, What have 1 siuncd, Elijah reprovcth Ahab. 1. K
that thou wouldesl deliver tliy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
10 As the Lord thy God liveth.there is no nation nor kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there, he took an oath of the kingdom and na<ion, that they found thee not.
11 And now thou say est, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
ll2 And it shall come to pass, as soon ax I am gone from thee, that the Spirit] i>f the Loud shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me; but 1 thy servant fear the Lohd from my youth.
13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew :he prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave.and fed them with bread and water?
14 And now thou say est, Go, tell thy lord. Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.
lfi And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom 1 stand, 1 will surely show myself unto him today.
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, nnd told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17 IT And it came to pass, when Ahab aaw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, An thou he that troubled) Israel?
15 And he answered,1 have not trouoled Israel; but thou and thy lather's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LouD,and thou hast followed Baalim.
19 Now therefore send.awdgather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.
20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
21 TT And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, Chen follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but BaaFa prophets arc four hundred and fifty men. 1
LNGS. The false prophets.
23 Let them -therefore give us tw.j bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and 1 will dress the other bullock, and hiy it on wood, and put no fire under:
24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and 1 will call on the name of theT.on D; and the God that nnswereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire wider.
26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed u, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal,hear us'. Bult/icre ivas no voice, norany that answered. And lbe> leap ed upon the altar which was made.
27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud; for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleep eth, and must be awaked.
28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner, with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them
"29 And it came to pass, when mid da v was past, and they prophesied un til Ibeiime of the offering of the croibig sacrifice, that there teas neilhei voice, nor any to answer, norany that regarded.
30 TT And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And ail the people came near unto him: and he repaired the altar of the Lord thai wan broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones,according to the number of the tribes of the eon? of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name;
"2 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: ami nade a trench about the altar, aa great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order,and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood,and said, Fill IburbaiTls
He obtatnctn rain CHAf with water, anil pour it on the burntsacrifice, mid on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second lime : and they did it the second time. And he said, Doit the third time: and they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he tilled the trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah"the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that 1 am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, 0 Lotld, hear me; that thi3 people may know ihr.' thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
33 Then the fire of the Lono fell, and consumed the burnt-sacrifice, and the wood,and thestones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw if, the v fell on their faces : and they said, The Lord he is the God: the Lorj>, be is the God.
40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal ; let not one of diem escape. And they took them; and Elijah brought them down to the) brook Kishon, and slew them there.
41 T And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for ther sound of abundance of rain.
'1-2 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And h< went up, and looked, and said, Thcr> is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass, at the seventh lime, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up,say unto Ahab,Preparet/ij/ chariot,and get. thee down, that the rain stop thee not
4o And it came to pass, in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
XIX. E'ljah comforted.
4fi And the hand of ihe Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance ol Jezreel.
CHAP. XIX. ND Ahab told Jey.ebel all that Eli jah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So h.-t the gods do to me, and more also, if 1 make not I by life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-shcba, which belongeUi to Judaii, and left his servant there.
4 IT But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and camcand
under a juniper-tree: and be requested for liimsell that he might die; and said, It is enough: now, O Loud, take away my life; for I am nol better than my fathers, ft And as he lay and slept under a juniper-tree, behold, then an nnge. touched him, and said unto bim, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and, behold, there Iccls a cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head :and lie did eat and drink, and laid bim down
7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat ; because the journey is too great for thee.
5 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in '.-he strength of that meat forty days and forty nights, unto Horeb the mount of Cod.
9 TT And he came thither unto a cave, |and lodged there: and, behold, the
ord of the Loud came to him, and e said unto him, AYhat doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, 1 have been very [jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine a_tars, and slain thy prophets with tho sword; and I, even 1 only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a crcat and strong wind rent the mouuBUsha called I. KINGS,
tains, and brake in pieces the rocks be-
12 And after the earthquake a fire;! but the Lord was not in the fire: and ailer the fire a still small
13 And it
i, when Elijah heard if, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering iu of the cave: and, behold, there cajne a voice unto him, and said. What doest tliou here, Elijah? 1<1 And he snid, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of bosts:because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the swurd; and 1, even 1 only, am left: and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the LonD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when thou comesi, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria;
16" And Jehu the son ol'Nirnshi shall| thou anoint Co be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaplmt, of Abelmeholah.shalt thou anoint to be proph et in thy room.
17 And it shall come to pass, thai him thatescapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay; and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Eiisha| slay.
IS Vet I have left we seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
19 TfSo he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who wa plowing with twelve yoke of oxci before him, anil he with the twelfth and Elijali passed by him, and cast hi; mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, 1 pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then 1 will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again; for what have 1 done to thee?
21 And he returned back from him nnd took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave untc the people, and they did eat- Then he wose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
Samaria Octieged. CHAP. XX.
AND Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together; and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.
2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,
3 Thy silver arid thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest are mine.
4 And the king of Israel answered and 6aid, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, 1 am thine, and all that 1 have.
5 And the messengers came again, and said Thus speaketh Ben-hadad, saying,Although 1 have sent unto thee, saying, Thoushalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children;
6 Yet 1 will send my servants unto thee to-morrow about this time, and they shall search thy house, and the houses of thy servants ; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it hi their hand, md take it away.
7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief: for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold, and 1 denied him not.
8 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor consent
9 Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first, 1 will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers departed, and brought him word again.
10 And Ben-hadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me,and more also, if the dust of Samaria ehall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.
11 And the king of Israel answered nd said, Tell Irim, Let not him that •irdeth on his harness boust himself as
he thatputteth it off.
12 And it came to pass, when Benhadad heard this message, as hejw.« drinking, he and the kings in the pa