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Defeat of Ben-hadad. CHAP. XX. The Syrians overthrown. vilions, lhat be said unto liis scrvuts, away,cvery man out of his place, and Set yourselves in array: and they set put captains in tbeir rooms : themselves in array against the city'. 23. And number thee an army. like

13 | And, behold, there came a the army that thou bast lost, horse for prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, sas- horse, and chariot for chariot; and we ing, Thus saitb the LORD, Hast thou will fight against them in the plain, seen all this great multitude ? bchold, and surely we shall be stronger than I will deliver it into thy hand this day; they. And be bearkened unto tbeii and thou shalt know that I air, the roice and did so. LOND.

26 And it came to pass, at the retur It And Abab said, By whon? And he of the year, that Ben-hadad nunberei enid, Thus saith the LORD, Evenly thie the Syrians, and went up to Aplick, lo young inen of the princes of the proy, light against Isritrl. inces. Then lie said, Who slall order| 27 And the children of Israel were the battle? And he answered, Thou. numbered, and were all present, and

15 Then lie numbered the young went against them: and the children men of the princes of the provinces of Israel pitched before then like two and they were two hundred and thirts little socks of kids; but the Syriang (wo; and after them le numbered all filled the country, the

cver all the children of 28 | And there came a man or God, Israel, being seven thousand. and spake unto the king of Israel, and 16 And they went out at noon. But said, Thus saith the LORD, Becanse the Ben-badad was drinking bimself drunk Syrians bave said, The Lord is Godoi in the pavilions, he and the kings, the the bills, but be is not God of the rai thirty and two kings that helped bim. leys, therefore will I deliver all tiis

17 And the young men of the princes great inullitude into thy hand, and ye of the provinces went out first: and suall know that I am the LOHD. Ben-hadad sent out, and they told him, 29 And they pitched one over against saying. There are men come out of the other seven days; and so it was, Samaria.

that in the seventh day the battle was 18 And he said, Whether they bel joined: and the children of Ismel sie come out for peace, take them alive; for the Syrians a hundred thousand or whether they be come out for war, footmen in one day. take thein alire.

30 But the rest Acd to Arbek, into 19 So these young men of the princes the city; and there a wall sell upon of the provinces came out of the city, twenty and seven tlousand of the nieo and the army which followed thein. that icere les. And Ben badad llecl,

20 And they slew every one his man: and came into the city, into an inner and the Syrians sed, and Israel pursu chainber. cd them; and Ben-ladad the king of 31 1 And his servants said unto liim, Syria escaped on a horse with the Beholl now, we have heard that the horsemen.

kings of the house of Israel arc merci21 And Lie king of Israel went out, ul kings: let us, I pray thee, put sack. aud smote the horses and chariots, and cloth on our loins, and ropes upon our siew the Syrians with a great slaugh leads, and go out to the king of Israel;

peradventure he will save thy life. 32 1 And the propliet came to the 32 So they girded sackclotlı on their king of Israel, and said unto hiin, Go, loins, and put ropes on their locais, strengthen thysell, and mark, and see and came to the king of Israel, ami what thou doest: for at the return or sæd, Thy scrvant Ben-hadad saith, ! the year the king of Syria will come piny tbec, let me live. And he said, up against thee.

Is he yet alive? he is my brother. 23 And the servants of the king or 33 Now the men did diligently ob. Syrin said unto him, Their gods are serve whether any thing wordd came gods of the hills, therefore they were from him, and did hastily catch it : stronger than we: but let us fight and they said, Tby brother Ben-badad. against them in the plain, and surely Then he said, Goye, liring him. Then we shall be stronger than they Ben-ladad came forth to him; and he 24 And do this thing, Take the kings caused him to come up into the chariot

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Ahab's Folly reproved.

I. KINGS.

Conduct of Jercbcl. 3t And Ben-hadad said unto him, 2 And Aliab spake unto Naboth, say The cities wlich my father look from jing, Give me thiy rineyard, that I may iny father I will restore; and viou have it for a garden of herls, because slialt inake streets for thee in Dainis. it is near unto muy liouse: and I will cus, as my father made in Saariil give thee for it a better vineyard than Then said that, I will send thee away it; 09, if it secin good to thee, I wili with this covenant Solie inade a cor give thee the worth of it in money cnant with him, and seutliim a wall. 3 An Nabotlı said to Ahab, The

35 T And a certain min of the sons or Lord forbid it me, that I should give the prophets said unto his neighbour theileritance of my fathers unto thee. in the word of the Lund, Sinile me, I Am Alab caine into his house pray thee. And the inau refused to levy anıl displeased, because of thic smite hun.

word which Naboth the Jezreelite had 36 Then said he unto hiin, Because spoken to hun; for he had said, I will thou hast not obeyed the voice of the not give thee the inheritance of my Lord, beholl, as soon as thou art de- rathers: and he laid him down upon parted from me, a lion sixall slay thee. His bed, and turned away his face, and And as soon is he was departed from would eat no bread. nim, it lion found him, and slew lin. But Jezebel his wire came to

37 Then he found another mani, and hiin, and said unto him, Why is thy said, Smile me, I pray thee. Audlie spirit so 3.20, that thou eatest no brend? inan smote hiu, so that in sinitioy hel And he said into her, Because I wounded him.

spake unto Niboth tie Jezrcelite, and 39 So the prophet departed, and wait- said unto hiin, Give me thy vineyard x for the king by the way, and dis. for money; or else, if it please thee, I guised linsell will asles upon his will give thee another vineyard for it. lace.

and he answered, I will not give thee 39 And as the king passed by, he cri- my vineyard. ed unlo the king: and he said, Thy 7 And Jezebel his wise said unto him, servant went out into the midst of the Dost tlou siow govern the kingdom of battle; and, veliold, a man turned Israel? arise, and eat bread, and Ict side, and brought a man unlo ne, and thy heart be merry: I will give thee sivid, Keep this man: il by any unerlos the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite he be missing, then shall thy lite bel 8 So she wrote letters in Alab's for his lite, or else thou shalt pay a oame, and scaled them with his scal, talent of silver.

and sent the letters unto the elders 40 Aurl as thy servant was busy liere and to the nobles that were in his city, and there, he was gone. And the king dwelling with Naboth. of Israel said unto him, So shall thy 9 And she wrote in the letters,saying, juciginent bc; thysell bast decided it. Proclaim a last, and set Naboth on 41 And be hasted, and look the ashes high amoug the people : away froin bis face; and the king of 10 And set two men, song of Belial Igrišel discerned him that he was or before biin, to bear witness against the prophets.

hiin, saying, Thou didst blaspheine 12 And he said uuto liim, Tlus saith God and the king: and then carry bin the LORD, Because thou hast let go out out, and stone lim, that lie inay die. of thy land a inan whom I appointed il And the men of his city, cien tbc toutler destruction, therefore thy life ellers and the nobles who were the shall go for his life, and thy people for inhabitants iu bis city, did is Jezebel his people.

had sent unto them, and as it ivus 43 And the king of Israel went lo his written in the letters which she lrad house leavy and displeased, and came sent unto thein ; lo Sainaria.

12 They proclaimed a fast, and set CHAP. XXI.

Nabothi on biglı among the people. ND it came to pass, alter these 13 And there came in two men, chil

things, that Naboth thic Jezreelite dren of Belial, and sat before hiin: and had a vineyard, which runs in Jezreel, the men of Belial witnessed against hard by the palace of Abab king of bim, cven against Naboth, in the prices Siunaria.

lence of the people, silying, Naboth did

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Vabolk stoned.

CHAP, XXII. Ahab humbleth himself. blaspheme God and the king 'Then as did the Ainorites, whom the Lord they carried him forth out of the city, cast out before the children of Israel. and stoned him with stones that he 27 [ And it caine to pass, when Aliab dicd.

beard those words, that he rent bis 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, clothes, and put sackcloth upon his Naboth is stoned, and is deau. llesb, auid saated, and lay in sackcloli),

15 | And it came to pags, when Jeze. and went sostly'. bel heard that Naboth was stoned, and 28 and the word of the LORD caine was dead, that Jezebel said to Alab, lo Elijah the Tislıbitc, saying, Arise, take possession of the vineyard 29 Seest thou how'Abab lumbleth of Naboth ile Jezreelite, which he himself before mer because he luns. refused to give thee for money; for bleth limself before me, I will not Naboth is not alire, but dead. bring the evil in his days; but in his

16 And it came to pass, when Ahab son's days will I bring the evi. upou lieard that Naboth was dead,tbat Ahab his house. rose up to go down to tlie vineyard of

CHAP. XXII. Nabolli the Jezreelite, lo take possession of it.

ND they continued three years 17 | And the word of the Lond came witliout war between Syria and to Elijalı the Tishbite, saying,

Israel. 18 Arise, go down to nieel Ahab king 2 And it came to pass in the third of Israel, wbich is in Sanaria: bebold, year, that Jehosaphat the king of Juhe is in the vineyard of Naboth, whith-uah caine down to the king of Israel. er he is gone down to possess it. 3 And dic king of Israel said to his

19 And thou shalt speak into liin, servants, Know ye that Ramotlı iņGilsaying, Thus saitlithe LORD,Hast, thou cad is ours and we be still, and take it killed,ind also taken possession ? And not out of the band of the king or Syria? thou shalt speak unio hiin, sayug, tand he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt Thus saith the Lord, In the place thou so will ine to battle to Rainoib where dogs licked the blood of Naboth gilead? Aud Jeloshapliat said to the shall dous lick iby blood, even thine. king of Israel, I am as tbou art, my 20 AndAbab said to Elijalı, Hast thou people as thy people,iny horses as tby found me, O mine enemy? And he an- horses. swered, I hare found thee: because 5 And Jeliosuaphat said unto the king thou hast sold thysell to work cvil in of Israel, Inquire, I pray thec, at the the sight of the LORD.

word of the LORD to-day. 21 Behold, I will bring evil upon 6 Then the king of Israel gathered the thee, and will take away thy posterity, prophets together, about lour hundreu and will cut off from Ahab him that men, and said unto thein, Shall I go pisseth aganst the wall, and him whatjagainst Ramoth-gilead to battle, or is shut up and len in Israel,

shall I Socbear? And they said, Go up; 22 And will make thy house like the for the LORD shall deliver it into thic liouse of Jeroboun the son of Nebat, land of the king. and like the liouse of Baasha the son 7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not of Abijalı, for the provocation where- here a prophet of the Lord besides, with viou hast provoked me to anger, that we might inquire of him? and made Israel to sin.

8 fod the king of Isracl said untoJe. 23 And of Jezebel also spake the hoshaplint, There is yet one man, Mic? Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jez- in the son ollulah, by wlion we may ebel by the wall or Jezreel.

inquire of the LORD ; but I liate liimi, 24 Him that dieth of Alab in the city for be doth not proplieay good conthe dogs shall eat; and bin that dielli cerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat in the field shall the fowls of die air eat. said, Let not the king say so.

25 But there was none like unto Ahab, 9 Then the king of Israel called an which did sell himself to work wick-officer, and said, Haston hilher Mica edness in die sight of the LORD, whom iall the son of Innlali. Jezebel his wise stirred up.

10 And the king of Ismeland Jeliosh 26 And lic diil very abo:ninably in aplıat the king of Judili, sat cach on Gollowing idols, according to all things this throne, avind put on their robes, dhub seduced.

I. KINGS.

Micaiah's prophecy. in a void place in the entrance of the he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and gate of Samaria ; and all the prophets prevad also; so forth, aud do so. prophesied before thein.

23 Now therefore, bebold, the Lord 11*And Zedekiah the son or Clienaa- hath put a lying spirit in the mouth or nah made him borns of iron; and be all these iliy prophets, and the LORD said, Tbus saith the LORD, With these ball spoken evil concerning lhsee. shalt tlou push the Syrians, until thou 24 | But Zenekialı the son of Che. have consumed them.

naanah went near, indsmote Micaiali . 12 And all the prophets propliesied on the check, and said, Which was 80, saying, Go up to Rainoth.gilcad, went the Spirit of the LORD fron nie and prosper: for the Lord sball de lo speak unto thee? liver ic into the king's band.

25 And Micaiah said, Bebold, thou 13 And the messenger that was gone shalt see in that day, when thou shalt to call Micaiali spake unto him, 611y- go into an inner chainber to bide thya ing, Behold now, the words of the sell. prophets declarc good unto the king 26 And the king of Israel said, Take with one mouth: let thy word, I pray Micaial, and carry him back unlo thee, be like the word of one of them, Anion the governor of the city, and lo and speak that which is good. Joash the king's son ;

14 And Niicaiali gaid, Is the LORD 27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put liveth, what i!ic LORD saith unto me, this fellow in the prisoll, and feed bin that will I speak.

with bread of amiction and with water 15 fi So he came to the king: And of allliction, until I come in peace. the king sald unto him, Micaiali, sball 29 And Micaial said, Il tliou return we go against Ranoth-gilead to battle, at all in peace, the LORD bath not or shall we forbear? And he runswered spoken by me. Aud lic said, Heark. bim, Go, and prosper: for the Lorden, Opeople, every one of you, shall deliver it into the band of the 29 1 So the king of Israel, and Jeking

lioshaphat the king or Judalı, went up 16 And the king said unto liim, How to Rainoth-gilead. many times shall I alijure thee that 30 And the king of Israel said unto thou tell me nothing but that which is Jelioshaphal, I will disguise mysell, true in the name of the Lonu? and enter into tie battle; but put thou

17 And he said, I saw all Israelscat- on thy robes. And the king ol' Ismar] tered upon the bills, its sheep that have disguised bimsell, and went into the not a sheplierd: and the Lond said, bacile. These have no master; let them re- 31 T Hultbe king or Syria command. turn every man to bis liouse in peace. ed his thirty and two captains that had

18 And the king of Israel said unto rule over his chariots, saying, lignit Jehoshapliat, Did I not tell thee ihat peiller with small or great, sare on he would prophesy no good coucernly with the king of Israel. ing ine, but evil?

32 And it came to pass,

wlien te 19 And he said, Hear thou therefore captains of the chariots saw Jchosliathe word of the LORD:I saw the LORD plat, that they said, Surely it is the sitting on his throne, and all the bosl king of Israel. And they turned aside of learen standing by bim on his right to liglit agajust him; and Jehoshaphat hand and on his left.

20 And the LORD said, Who shall 33 And it came to pass, when the persuade Ahab, that he may go up and captains of the chariots perceived that Mullat Ramoth-gilead: And one said it was not the king of Israel, that they on this manner, and another said on turned back froin pursuing him, tliat inanner.

34 T and a certain miau drew a bow 21 And there caine sorth a spirit, and at a renture, and smote the king of Is. stood before the LORD and said, I will rael between the joints of the baness: persuade him.

wherefore he said unto tic driver of And the LORD said unto him, bis chariot, Turn thy hand, and carry \Vlierewith? And he said, I will go ine out of the lost; for I ani woundeu. forth, and I will be a lying spirit 35 And the bottle increased that day; the Biouth of all bis proplets. And and the king was stayed up in luig

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Ahab's death.

CHAP. I.

Shaziah's porcked reign. biriot against the Syrians, and died at 4 And Jelogliaphal made peace with ten: and the blood ran out of the the king of Israel. wound into the midst of the chariot 45 Now the rest of the acts of Jeliogli

36 And there went a proclamation apbat, and his might that he showed, throughout the host, about the going and bow be warred, are they not writdown of the sun, saying, Every man ten in the book of the Chronicles of lo his city, and every man to his own the kings of Judalı? country.

46 And the remnant of the Socionites, 37 T So the king died, and was brought which remained in the days of bis fa to Samaria; and they buried the king thier Asa, he took out of the land. in Samaria.

17 There was then no king in Edom : 33 And one waslied the chariots in a deputy was king. the pool of Samaria; and the dogs lick. 43 Jehoshapbat made ships of Thai ed lip his blood, (and they washed liigshish to go to Opbir for gold: but they armour,) according unto the word of went noi; for the ships were brokcu the LOILD which he spake.

at Ezion-geber. 39 | Now the rest of thic acts or 49 Then said Abaziah the son of Alals Abab, and all that he did, and the uato Jehoshapbat, Let my scrvants go ivory house which he made, and all with thy servants in the ships : but the cities that be built, are they not Jehoghaphat would not. written in the book of the Chronicles 60 TT And Jehoshapbat slept with bis of the kings of Israel?

fathers, and was buried with his fa40 So Alab slept with his fathers ; thers in the city of David bis father ; and Amaziah bis son reigned in his and Jeboram his son reigued in his stead.

stead. 41 | And Jelosaphat the son of 51 | Ahaziale the son of Alab began Asa began to reign over Judah in the lo reign cver Israel in Samaria the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. seventeenth year of Jehoshaphal kiny

42 Jehosaphat was thirty and five of Judal,and reigned two years orer years old when he began to reign, and Israel. lie reigned twenty and live years in 52 And be did evil in the siglit or Jerusalem : and his mother's name the LORD, and walked in die way of nvas Azubah, the daughter of Shihi. His father, and in the way of his 43 And he walked in all the way of mother, and in tbe way of Jeroboami Asa his father ; be turned not aside the son of Nebat, who made Israel to froin it,doing that which was right in sin : the eyes of the Lord: nerertheless, l 53 For licscrved Baal, and worshipthe hiigla places were not taken away ;ped him, and provoked to anger the

for the people ofli-red and burnt io. Lord Goud of Israel, according to all cense yet in the light places.

that his father had done.

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9 The Second Book of the KINGS, commonly called,

The Fourth Book of the KINGS.
CHAP. I.

cause there is not a Godia Isin.cl,chat HEN Nfoab rebelledagainsi Israel ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god aller the death of Ahab.

of Elron ? 21 And Aliaziah fell down through a 4 Now therefore thus snill, the LORD, laltice in his upper chamber thatīvas Thou shall not come down from Uiai in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent bed on which thou art gone up, bir messengers, and said unto them, Go, shalt surely die. And Elijah departed. inquire of Baal-zebub tlır god ol' Ek-611 And when the messengers turned ron whether I shall recover of this back unto luin, he said unto them, discase.

Why are ye now turned back ? 3 But the angel of the LORD snil 10o And they said unto bim, There Elija! the Tishbile, Arise, go up to cane a man up ic meet us, and said meet the messengers of the king of Sa. unto us, Go, turn again into the king maria, and say unto them, Is it not be that sent you, and say unto him, Th49

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