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Jehoshaphat's good reign.

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39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory b house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are the not written in the book of chronicles of the kings of Israel?

40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

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Ahaziah's wicked reun. they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah 3 46 And the remnant of the 9 sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land. * 47 There was them no king h in Iodom : a deputy was king. 48 Jehoshaphat 13 made ships i of Tharshishk to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not ; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.l 49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships: but Jehoshaphat would not. 50 of And m Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehorain his son reigned in his stead. 51 off Ahaziah n the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jello: shaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel. 52 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way o of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam p the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. 53 For he served Baal, q and worshipped him, and provoked to allger the LoRD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done

The Second Book of the KINGS, commonly called The Fourth Book of the KINGS.

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was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baal-zebub the god of b Ekron, whether I shall recover c of this disease.

3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the kin of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub d the god of Ekron 1

4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, 1 Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art #. }. but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.

B. C. 896.

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5 *| And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back! 6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus e saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel that thou sendest to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron { therefore f thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. 7 And he said unto them, 2 What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words? 8 And they answered him, Heg was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite. 9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his o And he went up to him: (and, behold, Death of Ahaziah.

he sat on the top of an hill.) And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the kinghath said,Come down. 10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire h come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came : down fire from heaven, and k consumed him and his fifty. 11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. 12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from #yen, and consumed him and his

fifty. 13 *s And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and 3 fell l on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be recious m in thy sight. 14 Behold, there came n fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight. 15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him : be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the

16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch o as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, (is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word 1) therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which o art gone up, but shalt surely

17 | So he died, according to the word of the Lord, which Elijah had spoken. And 4 Jehoram reigned in his stead, in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no SOH1. 18 Nov the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel 7 CHAPTER II. 9 Elijah is taken up by a f into heaven. 23 Bears destroy the children that mocked Elisha. A*. it came to , when the foL LORD would take & up Elijah into heaven by o whirlwind, that

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Hlíoll. 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the for hath sentmé to Beth-es. And Elisha said unto him, Asc the LQRD liveth, and as d thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el. 3 And the sons e of the prophets that were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LoRD will take away thy master from thy head to-day ! And he said, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. 4 And Elijah said unto him, Eli sha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sentime to jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to-day? And he answered, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and asthy Soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and st 1 to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. 8 And Elijah took his mantle, f and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and g they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 9 *|| And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I Pé. thee, let h a double portion of thy spirit be “upon me. 10 And he said, Thou hast 2 asked a hard thing : nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11, And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot i of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 *| And Elisha saw it, and he cried"k My father, my father's the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

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13 He took up also the mantle of Elisha's mockers destroyed.

Flijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the 3 bank of

Jordan i4 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah 4 And when he also had smitten the waters, l they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. 15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view on at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Élijah doth reston Eisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before

II]. 16 T And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy serwants fifty 4 strong men ; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the n Spirit of the LoRD hath taken him up, and cast him upon 5 some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, 'Ye shall not send. 17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. * 18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not { - 19 of And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, aS o, lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground 6 harren. 20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt, therein. And they brought it to him. 21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt oin there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have p healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren q

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2 KINGS, II. B. C. 896.

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CHAPTER III.

1 Jehoram's reign. 4 Mesha rebelleth. TATOW a Jehoram the son of Ahab * began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. 2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD ; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the l image of b Baal that his father had made. 3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the c sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin ; he departed not therefrom. 4 *s And Mesha the king of Moah was a sheep-master, and d rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, e and an hundred thousand rams with the wool. 5 But f it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 6 *|| And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all lsrael. 7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me : wilt thou go with

me against Moab to battle 1 And

he said, I will go up : g I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses. 8 And he said, Which way shall we go up ! And he answered, 'The way through the wilderness of

OIII. 9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom ; and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey : and there was no water for the host and for the cattie 3 that followed

them. 10 And the king of Israel said Alas ! that the LORD hath calle these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab li But h Jehoshaphat said, 1s there not here a prophet of the LoRD, that we may inquire of the LoRD by him 7 And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured i water on the hands of Elijah. -12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel, and Jehoshahat, and the king of Edom, went own to him. * 13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What k have I to do with thee 7 ;: thee to the prophets m of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of isThe Moabites overcome.

rael said, unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab. 14 And Elisha said, As n the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were o it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshahat the king of Judah, I would not Ook toward thee, nor see thee. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. p And it came to pass when the minstrel played, that the hand q of the LORD came upon him. 16 And ho said, Thus saith the LORD, Make r this valley full of ditches. 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall #. see rain ; yet that valley shall e 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, s and stop all wells of water, and 3 mar cvery good piece of land with Stones. 20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat-offering t 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 4 gathered all that were able to 5 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 6 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 7 went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country. 25 And they beat down u the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped v all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees; 8 only in Kir-haraseth left to they the stones thereof; howbeit

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2 KINGS, IV. B. C. 895.

n ch.5. 16. 1Ki. 17.1. o Ps. 15.4. p Isa. 10.5. q Eze. 1.3. 3.14. 8. 1. r ch.4.3. s De.20. 19,20, 3 grieve. t Ex. 29.39,40. 4 were cried together. 5 gird hims, if with a girdle. 6 destroyed. 7 or, smote in it, even smiting. w Is.37.26. to Ge.26. 15. 8 until he left the stones thereof in Rir-harascth.

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The widow's oil increased.

26's 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, r that should have rei in his stead, and offered him for a burntto: y upon §: wall. And there was great indigmation agains Israel: and they i. #. him, and z returned to their own

land. CHAPTER IV. 1 Flisha multiplieth the widow's oil. 18 He raiseth ayan her dead son. OW there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons a of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD : and the b 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 c anything in the house, save a pot of oil. 3 Them he said, Go, d. borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; 1 borrow not a few. 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and e shalt pour

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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 2 debt, andiive thou and thy children of the rest. 8 *| And 3 it fell on a day, that Eli

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strained 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 g that this is an holy man of God which passeth by us :...'s 10 Leth us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a

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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 ow unto her, Behold, thou hast een careful i for us with all this care ; what is to be done for thee 1 wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host 7 And she answered, I dwell among inine own people. 14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi amswered, 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 k this 5 season, according to the time of life thou shalt embrace a son. An she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do l not lie unto thine handmaid. 17. And the woman conceived, m and bare a son at that season that Ełisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. 18 "I 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, Čarry him to his mother. 20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his 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

Olt. 22 And she called unto her hushand, 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. he said, Wherefore wilt thougo to him to-day ? it is neither new moon n nor sabbath. And she said, it shall be 6 well. 3. Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; 7 slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 25. So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. o And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her asar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, onder is that Shunamnite: 28 Run, now, I pray thee, to meet

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with thee 1 is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is p well. 27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him 8 by the feet : but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. Q And the man of God said, Lether alone; for her soul is 9 Wexed within her: and the LORD hath hid r it from me, and hath not told me. 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord 4 did I not say, s Do not deceive me ! 29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird t up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way; if thou meet any man, salute u him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again ; and lay my staff v 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. nd 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 10 hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked.tv 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 a the door upon them twain, and y 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 2 he stretched himself upon the child, and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35 Then he returned, and walked in the house 11 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 Caisthis Shumammite. 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 a up her son, and went out. 38 of And Elisha came again to b Gilgal : and there was a dearth c in the land ; d and the sons of the prophets were e sitting before him : and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a will vine, and gathered thereof wild f

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