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worshipped him, and provoked || el, according to all that his fa

N ther had done to anger the LORD God of Isra.

THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS,

COMMONLY CALLED,

THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE KINGS.

CHAP. I.

unto them, Why are ye now

turned back? MOAB REBELLETH.

6 And they said unto him, THEN Moab rebelled against There came a man up to meet Israel after the death of Ahab. us, and said unto us, Go, turn

2 And Ahaziah fell down again unto the king that sent through a lattice in his upper you, and say unto him, Thus chamber that was in Samaria, saith the LORD, Is it not beand was sick : and he sent mes. cause there is not a God in Is. sengers, and said unto them, rael, that thou sendest to enGo, enquire of Baal-zebub the quire of Baal-zebub the god of god of Ekron, whether I shall Ekron ? therefore thou shalt not recover of this disease.

come down from that bed on 3 But the angel of the LORD which thou art gone up, but said to Elijah the Tishbite, shalt surely die. | Arise, go up to meet the mes 7 And he said unto them, sengers of the king of Samaria, What manner of man was be and say unto them, Is it not be which came up to meet you, cause there is not a God in Is- and told you these words? rael, that ye go to enquire of 8 And they answered him, He Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? was an hairy man, and girt with

4 Now therefore thus saith the a girdle of leather about his LORD, Thou shalt not come loins. And he said, It is Elidown from that bed on which jah the Tishbite. thou art gone up, but shalt sure 9 Then the king sent unto ly die.- And Elijah departed. him a captain of fifty with his

5 And when the messengers fifty. And he went up to him : turned back unto him, he said and, behold, he sat on the top

of an hill. And he spake unto him : be not afraid of him. And him, Thou man of God, the he arose, and went down with king hath said, Come down.

him unto the king. 10 And Elijah answered and 16 And he said unto him, said to the captain of fifty, If I Thus saith the LORD, Forasbe a man of God, then let fire much as thou hast sent mescome down from heaven, and sengers to enquire of Baal-zeconsume thee and thy fifty. And bub the god of Ekron, is it not there came down fire from hea- because there is no God in Isven, and consumed him and his rael to enquire of his word ? fifty.

therefore thou shalt not come 11 Again, also, he sent unto down off that bed on which him another captain of fifty with thou art gone up, but shalt surehis fifty. And he answered and ly die. said unto him, O man of God, 17 So he died, according to the thus hath the king said, Come word of the LORD which Eli. down quickly.

jah had spoken. And Jehoram 12 And Elijah answered and reigned in his stead in the sesaid unto them, If I be a mancond year of Jehoram the son of God, let fire come down from of Jehoshaphat king of Judah : heaven, and consume thee and because he had no son. thy fifty. And the fire of God 18 Now the rest of the acts of came down from heaven, and Ahaziah which he did, are they consumed him and his fifty. not written in the book of the

13 And he sent again a cap- chronicles of the kings of Israel? tain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of

CHAP. II. fifty went up, and came and fell

ELIJAH'S TRANSLATION. on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto AND it came to pass, when him, O man of God, I pray the LORD would take up Eli. thee, let my life, and the life of jah into heaven by a whirlwind, these fifty thy servants, be pre- that Elijah went with Elisha cious in thy sight.

from Gilgal. 14 Behold, there came fire 2 And Elijah said unto Eli. down from heaven, and burnt sha, Tarry here, I pray thee : up the two captains of the form for the LORD hath sent me to er fifties with their fifties: there. Beth-el. And Elisha said unto fore let my life now be precious bim, As the Lord liveth, and in thy sight.

as thy soul liveth, I will not 15 And the angel of the LORD leave thee. So they went down said unto Elijah, Go down with || to Beth-el.

3 And the sons of the pro- | jah said unto Elisha, Ask what phets that were at Beth-el came I shall do for thee, before I be forth to Elisha, and said unto taken away from thee. And him, Knowest thou that the Elisha said, I pray thee, let LORD will take away thy mas. a double portion of thy spirit ter from thy head to-day ? and be upon me. he said, Yea, I know it ; hold 10 And he said, Thou hast ye your peace.

asked a hard thing : neverthe4 And Elijah said unto him, lcss, if thou see me when I am Elisha, tarrý here, I pray thee; taken from thee, it shall be so for the LORD hath sent me to unto thee; but if not, it shall Jericho. And he said, As the not be so.' Lord liveth, and as thy soul 11 And it came to pass, as liveth, I will not leave thee. So they still went on, and talked, they came to Jericho.

that, behold, there appeared a 5 And the sons of the pro- chariot of fire, and horses of phets that were at Jericho came fire, and parted them both to Elisha, and said unto him, asunder; and Elijah 'went up Knowest thou that the LORD by a whirlwind into heaven. will take away thy master from 12/ And Elisha saw it, and he thy head to-day? And he an- cried, My father, my father, the swered, Yea, I know it; hold chariot of Israel, and the horseye your peace.

men thereof. And he saw him 6 And Elijah said unto him, no more: and he took hold of Tarry, I pray thee, here ; for his own clothes, and rent them the Lord hath sent me to Jor- || in two pieces. dan. And he said, As the LORD 13 He took up also the manliveth, and as thy soul liveth, Itle of Elijah that fell from him, will not leave thee. And they and went back, and stood by two went on.

the bank of Jordan ; 7 And fifty men of the sons of 14 And he took the mantle of the prophets went, and stood to Elijah that fell from him, and view afar off : and they two smote the waters, and said, stood by Jordan.

Where is the LORD God of 8/And Elijah took his mantle, Elijah ? and when he also had and wrapped it together, and smitten the waters, they parted smote the waters, and they were hither and thither : and Elisha divided hither and thither, so went over. that they two went over on dry 15 And when the sons of the ground. -

prophets which were to view at 9 And it came to pass, when Jericho saw him, they said, The they were gone over, that Eli- | spirit of Elijah doth rest on

Elisha. And they came to meet 23 And he went up from him, and bowed themselves to thence unto Beth-el : and as he the ground before him. was going up by the way, there 16 And they said unto him, came forth little children out of Behold now, there be with thy the city, and mocked him, and servants fifty strong men ; let said unto him, Go up, thou them go, we pray thee, and seek bald head : go up, thou bald thy master : lest peradventure head. the Spirit of the Lord hath 24 And he turned back, and taken him up, and cast him up- looked on them, and cursed on some mountain, or into some them in the name of the LORD. valley. And he said, Ye shall And there came forth two shenot send.

bears out of the wood, and tare 17 And when they urged him forty and two children of them. till he was ashamed, he said, 25 And he went from thence Send. They sent therefore fif- to mount Carmel, and from ty men; and they sought three thence he returned to Samadays, but found him not.

ria. 18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jeri

CHAP. III. cho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not? 19 And the men of the city

NOW Jehoram the son of said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray Ahab began to reign over Israthee, the situation of this city el in Samaria, in the eighteenth is pleasant, as my lord seeth : year of Jehoshaphat king of Jubut the water is naught, and the dah, and reigned twelve years. ground barren.

2 And he wrought evil in the 20 And he said, Bring me a sight of the LORD; but not new cruse, and put salt therein. | like his father, and like his And they brought it to him. mother : for he put away the 21 And he went forth unto image of Baal that his father the spring of the waters, and had made. cast the salt in there, and said, 3 Nevertheless, he cleaved Thus saith the LORD, I have unto the sins of Jeroboam the healed these waters;' there shall | son of Nebat, which made Isnot be from ther.ce any more rael to sin : he departed not death or barren land.

therefrom. 22 So the waters were heal 4 And Mesha king of Moab ed unto this day, according to was a sheep-master, and renthe saying of Elisha, which he dered unto the king of Isracl spake.

an hundred thousand lambs,

MOABITES DEFEATED.

and an hundred thousand rams, 12 And Jehoshaphat said, The with the wool.

word of the LORD is with him. 5 But it came to pass, when So the king of Israel and Jeho. Ahab was dead, that the king of shaphat and the king of Edom Moab rebelled against the king went down to him. of Israel.

13 And Elisha said unto the 6 And king Jehoram went | king of Israel, What have I to out of Samaria the same time, do with thee? get thee to the and numbered all Israel.

prophets of thy father, and to 7 And he went and sent to the prophets of thy mother. And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, the king of Israel said unto him, saying, The king of Moab hath Nay: for the LORD hath called rebelled against me: wilt thou these three kings together, to go with me against Moab to deliver them into the hand of battle? And he said, I will go Moab. up: I am as thou art, my peo 14 And Elisha said, As the ple as thy people, and my horses LORD of hosts liveth, before as thy horses.

whom I stand, surely, were it 8 And he said, Which way not that I regard the presence of shall we go up? And he an. Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, swered, The way through the I would not look toward thee, wilderness of Edom.

nor see thee. 9 So the king of Israel went, 15 But now bring me a minand the king of Judah, and the strel. And it came to pass when king of Edom: and they fetched the minstrel played, that the a compass of seven days' jour- hand of the LORD came upon ney: and there was no water for him. the host, and for the cattle that 16 And he said, Thus saith followed them.

the LORD, Make this valley full 10 And the king of Israel said, of ditches : Alas, that the LORD hath called 17 For thus saith the LORD, these three kings together, to Ye shall not see wind, neither deliver them into the hand of shall ye see rain; yet that valley Moab !

shall be filled with water, that 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is ye may drink, both ye, and your * there not here a prophet of the cattle, and your beasts. LORD, that we may enquire of 18 And this is but a light the Lord by him? And one of thing in the sight of the Lord: the king of Ísrael's servants an he will deliver the Moabites swered and said, Here is Elisha also into your hand. the son of Shaphat, which pour 19 And ye shall smite every ed water on the hands of Elijah. || fenced city, and every choice

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