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7 And the angel of the LORD his face in his mantle, and went came again the second time, out and stood in the entering in Yand touched him, and said, Arise of the cave. And, behold, there and eat; because the journey came a voice unto him, and is too great for thee./

said, What doest thou here, Eli. 8 And he arose, and did eat jah? and drink, and went in the 14 And he said, I have been strength of that meat forty days very jealous for the Lord God and forty nights, unto Horeb the of hosts : because the children mount of God.

of Israel have forsaken thy co9, And he came thither unto a venant, thrown down thine alcave, and lodged there; and, tars, and slain thy prophets behold, the word of the LORD with the sword ; and Î, even I came to him, and he said unto only, am left; and they seek him, What doest thou here, Eli- my life to take it away.

15 And the LORD said unto 10 And he said, I have been him, Go, return on thy way to very jealous for the LORD God the wilderness of Damascus : of hosts : for the children of Is- and when thou comest, anoint rael have forsaken thy covenant, Hazael to be king over Syria à thrown down thine altars, and 16 And Jehu the son of Nimslain thy prophets with the shi shalt thou anoint to be king sword ; and I, even I only, am over Israel : and Elisha the son left; and they seek my life, to of Shaphat of Abel - meholah take it away.

shalt thou anoint to be prophet 11 And he said, Go forth, and in thy room. stand upon the mount before 17 And it shall come to pass, the LORD. And, behold, the that him that escapeth the LORD passed by, and a great sword of Hazael, shall Jehu and strong wind rent the moun- slay : and him that escapeth tains, and brake in pieces the from the sword of Jehu, shall rocks before the LORD; but the Elisha slay. Lord was not in the wind ; and 18 Yet I have left me seven after the wind an earthquake ; thousand in Israel, all the knees but the LORD was not in the which have not bowed unto earthquake :

Baal, and every mouth which 12 And after the earthquake hath not kissed him. a fire; but the LORD was not 19 So he departed thence, and in the fire : and after the fire a found Elisha the son of Shastill small voice.

phat, who was ploughing with 13 And it was so, when Eli- twelve yoke of oxen before him, jah heard it, that he wrapped and he with the twelfth : and

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SAMARIA BESIEGED.

Elijah passed by him, and cast | Ben-hadad, saying, Although I his mantle upon him.

have sent unto thee, saying, 20 And he left the oxen, and Thou shalt deliver me thy silran after Elijah, and said, Let ver, and thy gold, and thy wives, me, I pray thee, kiss my father and thy children ;and my mother, and then I will 6 Yet I will send my servants follow thee. And he said unto

And he said unto unto thee to-morrow about this him, Go back again : for what time, and they shall search thine have I done to thee?

house, and the houses of thy 21 And he returned back from servants, and it shall be, that him, and took a yoke of oxen, whatsoever is pleasant in thine and slew them, and boiled their eyes, they shall put it in their flesh with the instruments of the hand, and take it away. oxen, and gave unto the people, 7 Then the king of Israel calland they did eat. Then he arose, ed all the elders of the land, and went after Elijah, and mi- and said, Mark, I pray you, and nistered unto him.

see how this man seeketh mis

chief: for he sent unto me for CHAP. XX.

my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my

gold; and I denied him not. AND Ben-hadad the king of 8 And all the elders, and all Syria gathered all his host to the people, said unto him, gether; and there were thirty and Hearken not unto him, nor contwo kings with him, and horses, sent. and chariots : and he went up 9 Wherefore he said unto the and besieged Samaria, and war- messengers of Ben-hadad, Tell red against it.

my lord the king, All that thou 2 And he sent messengers to didst send for to thy servant at Ahab king of Israel into the the first, I will do: but this city, and said unto him, Thus thing I may not do. And the messaith Ben-hadad,

sengers departed, and brought 3 Thy silver and thy gold is him word again. mine; thy wives also and thy 10 And Ben-hadad sent unto children, even the goodliest, are him, and said, The gods do so mine.

unto me, and more also, if the 4 And the king of Israel an- dust of Samaria shall suffice for swered and said, My lord, o handfuls for all the people that king, according to thy saying, follow me. I am thine, and all that I have. 11

11 And the king of Israel an5 And the messengers came swered and said, Tell him, Let again, and said, Thus speaketh not him that girdeth on his har

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ness boast himself, as he that. There are men come out of putteth it off.

Samaria. 12 And it came to pass,

when 18 And he said, Whether they Ben-hadow heard this message, be come out for peace, take as he was drinking, he and the them alive; or whether they be kings in the pavilions, that he come out for war, take them said unto his servants, Set your- alive. selves in array. And they set 19 So these young men of the themselves in array against the princes of the provinces came city.

out of the city, and the army 13 And, behold, there came a which followed them. prophet unto Ahab king of Is 20 And they slew every one rael, saying, Thus saith the his man: and the Syrians fledi; LORD, Hast thou seen all this and Israel pursued them: and great multitude ? behold, I will Ben-hadad the king of Syria deliver it into thine hand this escaped on an horse with the day; and thou shalt know that horsemen. I am the LORD.

21 And the king of Israel went 14 And Ahab said, By whom? out and smote the horses and And he said, Thus saith the chariots, and slew the Syrians Lord, Even by the young men with a great slaughter. of the princes of the provinces. 22 And the prophet came to Then he said, Who shall order the king of Israel, and said unto the battle? And he answered, him, Go, strengthen thyself, and Thou.

mark, and see what thou doest:
15 Then he numbered the for at the return of the year the
young men of the princes of the king of Syria will come up
provinces, and they were two against thee.
hundred and thirty-two: and 23 And the servants of the
after them he numbered all the king of Syria said unto him,
people, cven all the children of Their gods are gods of the hills;
Israel, being seven thousand. therefore they were stronger

16 And they went out at noon. than we; but let us fight against
But Ben-hadad was drinking them in the plain, and surely we
himself drunk in the pavilions, shall be stronger than they.
he and the kings, the thirty 24 And do this thing, Take
and two kings that helped the kings away, every man out
him.

of his place, and put captains in
17 And the young men of the their rooms:
princes of the provinces went 25 And number thee an army,
out first; and Ben-hadad sent like the army that thou hast lost,
out, and they told him, saying, || horse for horse, and chariot

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for chariot: and we will fight him, Behold now, we have heard against them in the plain, and that the kings of the house of surely we shall be stronger than Israel are merciful kings: let they. And he hearkened unto us, we pray thee, put sackcloth their voice, and did so.

on our loins, and ropes upon 26 And it came to pass at the our heads, and go out to the return of the year, that Ben- king of Israel: peradventure he

will

and went up to Aphek to fight "32 So they girded sackcloth

against Israel.

on their loins, and put ropes on 27 And the children of Israel their heads, and came to the were numbered, and were all king of Israel, and said, Thy present, and went against them: servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray and the children of Israel pitched thee, let me live. And he said, before them like two little flocks Is he yet alive? he is my brother. of kids; but the Syrians filled 33 Now the men did diligently the country.

observe whether any thing would 28 And there came a man of come from him, and did hastily God, and spake unto the king catch it: and they said, Thy of Israel, and said, Thus saith brother Ben-hadad. Then he the LORD, Because the Syrians said, Go ye, bring him. Then have said, The LORD is God of Ben-hadad came forth to him; the hills, but he is not God of and he caused him to come up the vallies, therefore will I de. | into the chariot. liver all this great multitude into 34 And Ben-hadad said unto thine hand, and ye shall know him, The cities which my father that I am the LORD.

took from thy father, I will re29 And they pitched one over store; and thou shalt make against the other, seven days. streets for thee in Damascus, And so it was, that in the se. as way father made in Samaria. venth day the battle was joined; Then said Abab, I will send and the children of Israel slew thee away with this covenant. of the Syrians an/hundred thou. So he made a covenant with sand footmen in one day.

him, and sent him away. 30 But the rest fled to Aphek, 35° And a certain man of the into the city; and there a wall sons of the prophets said unto fell upon twenty and seven thou- his neighbour in the word of the sand of the men that were left. || LORD, Smite me, I

. And Ben-hadad fled, and came And the man refused to smite into the city, into an inner him. chamber.

36 Then said he unto him, 31 And his servants said unto Because thou hast not obeyed

pray thee,

the voice of the LORD, behold, 43 And the king of Israel went as soon as thou art departed to his house heavy and disfrom me, a lion shall slay thee. pleased, and came to Samaria. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and

CHAP. XXI. slew him.

NA BOTH STONED. 37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray AND it came to pass after thee. And the man smote him, these things, that Naboth the so that in smiting he wounded Jezreelite had a vineyard, which bim.

was in Jezreel, hard by the pa38 So the prophet departed, lace of Ahab king of Samaria. and waited for the king by the 2 And Ahab spake unto Naway, and disguised himself with both, saying, Give me thy vineashes upon his face.

yard that I may have it for a gar39 And as the king passed by, den of herbs, because it is near he cried unto the king: and he unto my house and I will give said, Thy servant went out into thee for it a better vineyard than the midst of the battle ; and, it; or, if it seem good to thee, behold, a man turned aside, and I will give thee the worth of it brought a man unto me, and in money. said, Keep this man: if by any

3 And Naboth said to Ahab, means he be missing, then shall The Lord forbid it me, that I thy life be for his life, or else should give the inheritance of thou shalt pay a talent of silver. my fathers unto thee.

40 And as thy servant was 4 And Ahab came into, his busy here and there, he was house heavy and displeased,l be. gone. And the king of Israel cause of the word which Naboth said unto him, So shall thy the Jezreelite had spoken to judgment be; thyself hast de him; for he had said, I will not cided it.

give thee the inheritance of my 41 And he hasted and took fathers. And he laid him down the ashes away from his face; upon his bed, and turned away and the king of Israel discerned his face, and would eat no bread. him that he was of the prophets. 5 But Jezebel his wife came to

42 And he said unto him, him, and said unto him, Why Thus saith the LORD, Because is thy spirit so sad, that thou thou hast let go out of thy hand eatest no bread?

to 6 And he said unto her, Be. utter destruction, therefore thy cause I spake unto Naboth the life shall go for his life, and thy Jezreelite, and said unto him, people for his people.

Give me thy vineyard for money ;

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