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Johoshaphat's death and burial. CHAP. I. Jehoram succeedeth Ahaziah. 319
49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab || Judah, and reigned two years over Isūnto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go | rael. with thy servants in the ships. But Je- 52 And he did evil in the sight of the Trashaphat would not.
LORD, and walked in the way of his fa50 | And Jehoshaphat slept with his ll ther, and in the way of his mother, and fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, in the city of David his father: and Jeho- who made Israel to sin : ram his son reigned in his stead.
53 For he served Baal, and worshipped 51 | Ahaziah the son of Ahab began him, and provoked to anger the LORD to reign over Israel in Samaria the sev il God of Israel, according to all that his enteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of | father had done. wrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS,
1 10 And Elijah answered and said to 1 Moab rebelleth. 2 Ahaziah, sending to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God,
Baal-zebub, hath his judgment by Eli- then let fire come down from heaven, and jah. 5 Elijah twice bringeth fire from consume thee and thy fifty. And there heaven on Ahaziah's messengers. 17 || came down fire from heaven, and conJehoram succecdeth Ainaziah.
sumed him and his fifty. THEN Moab rebelled against Israel 11 Again also he sent unto him another 1 after the death of Ahab.
captain of fifty with his fifty. And he an2 And Ahaziah fell down through a swered and said unto bim, man of God, lattice in his upper chamber that was in thus hath the king said, Come down Samaria, and was sick: and he sent mes- quickly. sengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire 12 And Elijah answered and said unto of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether them, if I be a man of God, let fire come I shall recover of this disease.
down from heaven, and consume thee and 3 But the angel of the LORD said to thy fifty. And the fire of God came down Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet from heaven, and consumed him and his the messengers of the king of Samaria, fifty. and say unto them, Is it not because there 13 And he sent again a captain of the is not a God in Israel, that ye go to in- third fifty with his fifty. And the third quire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron captain of fifty went up, and came and fell
4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, ll on his knees before Elijah, and besought 'Thou shalt not come down from that bed | him, and said unto him, O man of God, I on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely pray thee, lut my life, and the life of these die. And Elijah departeci.
fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. 5 And when the messengers turned | 14 Behold, there came fire down from back unto him, he said unto them, Why | heaven, and burnt up the two captains of are ye now turned back?
the former fifties with their fifties: there6 And they said unto him, There came fore let my life now be precious in thy sight. a man up to meet us, and said unto us, 15 And the angel of the LORD said Go, turn again unto the king that sent unto Elijah, Go down with lim : be not you, and say unto him, Thus saith the li afraid of him. And he arose, and went LORD, Is it not because there is not a | down with him unto the king. God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire 16 And he said unto him, Thus saith of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? there- || the LORD, Forasmuci as thou hast sent fore thou shalt not come down from that messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt god of Ekron, is it not because thrre is surely die.
no God in Israel to inquire of his word? 7 And he said unto them, What man- therefore thou shalt not come down off ner of man was he which came up to meet that bed on which thou art gone up, but you, and tolli you these words:
shalt surely die. 8 And they answered him, He suas an i7 So he died according to the word of hairy man, and giit with a girdle of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And leather about his loins. And he said, It Jchoram reigned in his stead in the second is Elijah the Tishsite.
year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat 9 Then the king sent unto him a captain king of Judah ; because he had no son. of fifty with his ntty. And he went up to 18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahazialı him; and behold, he sat on the top of an which he did, are they not written in the hill And he spake unto him, Thou man book of the clironicles of the kings of Inof God, the king hath said, Come down."raei?
320 Elijah is iaken up to heaven. II. KINGS. Elisha healcth the waters of Jericho. CHAP. II.
13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah 1 Elijah divideth Jordan and granting that fell from him, and went back, and
Elisha his reyuest, is taken up. 14 stood by the bank of Jordan ; Elisha divideth Jordan ; 19 he healeth 14 And he tock the mantle of Elijah the walcrs. 23 Children mocking Eli- that fell from him, and smote the waters, sha are destroyed.
and said, Where is the Lord God of ElAND it came to pass, when the LORD jah? And when he also had smitten the A would take up Elijah into heaven by waters, they parted hither and thither: a whirlwind, that Eljah went with Elisha and Elisha went over. from Gilgal.
! 15 And when the sons of the prophets 2 And Ejjah said unto Elisha, Tarry which were to view at Jericho saw him, here, I pray thee ; for the LORD hath thev said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest sent me to Beth-el. And Elisha said unto on Elisha. And they came to meet him, him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul and bowed themselves to the ground beliveth, I will not leave thee. So they went fort him. down to Beth-el.
16 And they said unto him, Behold now, 3 And the sons of the prophets that there be with thy servants fifty strong were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and i men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek said unto him, Knowest thou that the thy master : lest peradventure the Spirit LORD will take away thy master from of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast thy head to-day? And he said, Yea, I him upon some mountain, or into some know it ; hold ye your peace.
valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry 17 And wheil they urged him till he here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent | was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD! therefore tiftv men; and they sought three hveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not days, but found himn not. leave thee. So they came to Jericho.
18 And when they came again to him, 5 And the sons of the prophets that | (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto were at Jericho came to Elisha, ani said theni, Did I not say unto you, Go not? unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD | 19 9 Andi the men of the city said unto will take away thy master from thy head Elisha, Behold, I pray thiec, the situntion to-day? And he answered, Yea, I know of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth : it ; hold ye your peace.
l but the water is naught, and the ground 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I barren. pray thee, here ; for the Lord hath sent 20 And he said, bring me a new cruse, me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD and put salt therein. And they brought liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not it to him. leave thee. And they two werit an.
21 And he went forth unto tlie spring of . 7 And fifty men of the sons of the the waters, and cast the salt in there, and prophets went, and stood to view afar | said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed off; and they two stood by Jordan. . these waters ; there shall not be from
8 And Elijah took his mantle, and thence any more death or barren land. wrapped it together, and smote the wa 22 So the waters were healed unto this ters, and they were divided hither and day, according to the saying of Elisha thither, so that they two went over on which he spake. dry ground.
23 | And he went up from thence 9 And it came to pass, when they were unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, the way, there came forth little children Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be out of the city, and mocked him, and taken away from thee. And Elisha said, i said unto him, Go up, thou bald-head ; I pray thee, let a double portion of thy l go up, thou bald-head. spirit be upon me.
24 And he turned back, and looked on * 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard them, and cursed them in the name of the thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when LORD. And there came forth two she I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto | bears out of the wood, and tare forty and thec; but if not, it shall not be so. 1 two children of them.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went 25 And he went from thence to mount on, and talked, that behold, thereoffreared Carmel, and from thence he returned a chariot of fire, and horses of aire, and to Samaria. parted tiem both asunder ; and Elijah
-CHAP. III. font up by a whirlwind into heaven. 1 Jihoran's reign. 4 Meshareholleth. 16
12 And Elisha sawit, and he cried, My i Eli ha ob'aineth arater, and promise of father, my father, the chariot of Israel, Tictory. 21 The boabites are overcome. and the horsemen thertot. And he saw N OW Jehoram the son of Ahab him no inore: and he took hold of his own began to reign over Israel in Sama(lothes, and rent them in two pieces. rm in the cightconch yearr Juhoshaphat
CHÁP. IV. A miraculous supply of water. 321 king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. Il 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall
2 And he wrought evil in the sight of not see wind, neither shall ye see rain ; the LORD ; but not like his father, and yet that valley shall be filled with water, like his mother : for he put away the that ye may drink, both ye, and your catimage of Baal that his father had made.li tle, and your beasts.
3 Nevertheless, he cleaved unto the sins 18 And this is but a light thing in the of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which | sight of the LORD: he will deliver the made Israel to sin ; he departed not Moabites also into your hand. therefrom.
19 And ye shall smite every fenced 4 And Mesha king of Moab was a city, and every choice city, and shall fell sheep-master, and rendered unto the king every good tree, and stop all wells of of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and water, and mar every good piece of land an hundred thousand rams, with the wool with stones.
5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was 20 And it came to pass in the morning, dead, that the king of Moab rebelled a- | when the meat-offering was offered, that gainst the king of Israel.
behold, there came water by the way of 69 And king Jehoram wentout of Sama Edom, and the country was filled with ria the same time, and numbered all Israel. || water.
7 And he went and sent to Jehosha 21 | And when all the Moabites heard phat the king of Judah, saying, The king that the kings were come up to fight aof Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt gainst them, they gathered all that were thou go with me against Moab to battle ? | able to put on armour, and upward, and And he said, I will go up: I am as thou stood in the border. art, my people as thy people, and my 22 And they rose up early in the horses as thy horses.
morning, and the sun shone upon the wa8 And he said, which way shall we go ter, and the Moabites saw the water on up? And he answered, The way through the other side as red as blood: the wilderness of Edom.
23 And they said, This is blood : the 9 So the king of Israel went, and the kings are surely slain, and they have king of Judah, and the king of Edom; and || smitten one another : now tlierefore, Mothey fetched a compass of seven days jour- || ab, to the spoil. ney; and there was no water for the host, 24 And when they came to the camp and for the cattle that followed them. of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote
10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! the Moabites, so that they fled before that the LORD hath called these three them ; but they went forward smiting the kings together, to deliver them into the Moabites, even in their country. hand of Moab !
25 And they beat down the cities, and 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here on every good piece of land cast every a prophet of the LORD, that we may in man his stone, and filled it; and they stopquire of the LORD by him? And one of the ped all the wells of water, and felled all king of Israel's servantsanswered and said, the good trees : cnly in Kirharaseth left Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which they the stones thereof; howbeit the poured water on the hands of Elijah. slingers went about it, and smote it.
12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of 26 s And when the king of Moab saw the LORD is with him. So the king of that the battle was too sore for him, he Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of took with him seven hundred men that Edom went down to him.
drew swords, to break through even unto 13 And Elisha said unto the king of the king of Edom : but they could not. Israel, What have I to do with thee? 27 Then he took his eldest son that. get thee to the prophets of thy father, and || should have reigned in his stead, and ofto the prophets of thy mother. And the fered him for a burnt-offering upon the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for wall. And there was great indignation the LORD hath called these three kings against Israel: And they departed from together, to deliver them into the hand of him, and returned to their own land. Moab.
CHAP. IV. 14 And Elisha said, As the Lord of 1 Elisha multiplieth the widow's oil. 8 He hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, giveth a son to the Shunamite. 18 He were it not that I regard the presence of W raiseth her dead son. Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would N OW there cried a certain woman of not look toward thee, nor see thee.
W the wives of the sons of the proph15 But now bring me a minstrel. And ets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my it came to pass, when the minstrel play- || husband is dead; and thou knowest that ed, that the hand of the LORD came up thy servant did fear the LORD: and the on him.
creditor is come to take unto him my two 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, || sons to be bond-men, Make this valley full of ditches.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall
322 The widow's oil increased. II. KINGS. The Shunamite's son raised to life. I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in unto her, according to the time of life. the house? And she said, Thine hand- | 18 And when the child was grown, maid hath not any thing in the house, it fell on a day, that he went out to his save a pot of oil.
father to the reapers.. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow the vessels 19 And he said unto his fatber, My abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty head, my head. And he said to a lad, vessels ; borrow not a few.
| Carry him to his mother. 4 And when thou art come in, thou 20 And when he had taken him, and shalt shut the door upon thee and upon || brought him to his mother, he sat on her thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those knees till noon, and then died. vessels, and thou shalt set aside that 21 And she went up, and laid him on which is full.
the bed of the man of God, and shut the 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon him, and went out. door upon her and upon her sons, who 22 And she called unto her husband, brought the vesscls to her; and she pour- and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of ed out.
the young men, and one of the asses, that 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels I may run to the man of God, and come were full, that she said unto her son, | again. Bring me yet a vessel. And he said un- 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to her, There is not a vessel more. And to him to-day? it is neither new-moon, nor the oil stayed
sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 7 Then she came and told the man of 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and her servant, Drive, and go forward ; slack pay thy debt, and live thou and thy chil- ! not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. dren of the rest.
25 So she went and came unto the man 8 s And it fell on a day, that Elisha of God to mount Carmel. And it came to passed to Shunem, where was a great | pass, when the man of God saw her afar woman; and she constrained him to eat off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, bread. And so it was that as oft as he pass- Beholl, yonder is that Shunamite : ed by, he turnedi in thither to eat bread. 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her,
9 And she said unto her husband, Be- i and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is hold now, I perceive that this is an holy it well with thiy husband? Is it well with man of God, which passeth by us contin- the child? and she answered, It is well.
37 And when she came to the man of 10 Let us make a little chamber, I || God to the hill, she caught him by the pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, | away. And the man of God said, Let her and a candlestick : and it shall be, when || alone ; for her soul is vexed within her : He cometh to us, that he shall turn in and the LORD hath hid it from me, and thither.
hath not told me. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of thither, and he turned into the chamber, i my lord ? did I not say, Do not deceive me. and lay there.
29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up 12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, || thy loins and take my staff in thine hand, call this Shunamite. And when he had and go thy way: if thou meet any man, called her, she stood before him.
salute him not; and if any salute thee, 13 And he said unto him, Say now un- || answer him not again : and lay my staft to her, Behold, thou hast been careful for upon the face of the child. us with all this care; what is to be done "So And the mother of the child said. for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to | As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul livthe king, or to the captain of the host ? eth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, And she answered, I dwell among mine and followed her. own people.
31 And Gehazi passed on before them, 14 And he said, What then is to be and laid the staff upon the face of the done for her? And Gehazi answered, child ; but there was neither voice, nor Verily she hath no child, and her hus hearing. Wherefore he went again to band is old.
meet him, and told him, saying, The 15 And he said, Call her. And when child is not awaked. he had called her, she stood in the door. 32 And when Elisha was come into
16 And he said, About this season, ac the house, behold, the child was dead, cording to the time of life, thou shalt em- and laid upon his bed. brace a son. And she said, Nay, my 1 33 He went in therefore, and shut the lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto door upon them twain, and prayed unto thine handmaid.
the LORD. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare 34 And he went up, and lay upon the son at that season that Elisha had said ll child, and put his mouth upon his mouth,
The dea:lly pottage healed. Chap. v. Naaman's lefirosy cleansed. 323 and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands yet that is in Samaria ! for he would reupon his hands: and he stretched himself || cover him of his leprosy. upon the child ; and the flesh of the child | 4 And one went in, and told his loril, waxed warm.
saying, Thus and thus said the maid that 35 Then he returned, and walked in is of the land of Israel. the house to and fro; and went up, and 5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, stretched himself upon him : and the and I will send a letter unto the king of child sneezed seven times, and the child Israel. And he departed, and took with opened his eyes.
him ten talents of silver, and six thousand 36 And he called Gehazi, and said, pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. Call this Shunamite. So he called her. 6 And he brought the letter to the king And when she was come in unto him, he of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is said, Take up thy son.
come unto thee, behold, I have therewit): 37 Then she went in, and fell at his sent Naaman my servant to thee, that feet, and bowed herself to the ground, thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. and took up her son, and went out.
7 And it came to pass, when the king 38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal. || of Israel had read the letter, that he rent And there was a dearth in the land ; and his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and the sons of the prophets were sitting be to make alive, that this man doth send fore him : and he said unto his servant, unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage wherefore consider, I pray you, and see for the sons of the prophets.
| how he seeketh a quarrel against me. 39 And one went out into the field to| 8 And it was so, when Elisha the man gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and of God had heard that the king of Israel gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, I had rent his clothes, that he sent to the and came and shred them into the pot of king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent pottage: for they knew them not.
thy clothes ? let him come now to me, 40 So they poured out for the men to eat. ) and he shall know that there is a prophet And it came to pass, as they were eating | in Israel. of the pottage, that they cried out, and 9 So Naaman came with his horses and said, O thou man of God, there is death in | with his chariot, and stood at the door the pot. And they could not eat thereof. | of the house of Elisha.
41 But he said, Then bring meal. And | 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour | him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven out for the people, that they may eat. | times, and thy flesh shall come again unto And there was no harm in the pot. thee, and thou shalt be clean.
42 s And there came a man from Baal- l 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went shalisha, and brought the man of God || away, and said, Behold, I thought, He bread of the first-fruits, twenty loaves of will surely come out to me, and stand, barley, and full ears of corn in the husk | and call on the name of the LORD his thereof. And he said, Give unto the God, and strike his hand over the place, people, that they may eat.
and recover the leper. 43 And his servitor said, What, should II 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivset this before an hundred men?' He said ers of Damascus, better than all the waagain, Give the people, that they may ters of Israel? may I not wash in them, eat: for thus saith the Lorn, They shall and be clean ? So he turned and went aeat, and shall leave thereof.
| way in a rage. 44 So he set it before them, and they 13 And his servants came near, and did eat, and left thereof, according to the spake unto him, and said, My father, if word of the LORD.
the prophet had bid thee do some great CHAP. V.
thing, wouldest thou not have done it ? 1 Naaman is cured of his leprosy. 15 || how much rather then, when he saith to
Elisha refuseth Naaman's gifts. 20 thee, Wash, and be clean?
14 Then went he down, and dipped NTOW Naaman, captain of the host of himself seven times in Jordan, according
with his master, and honourable, because his flesh came again like unto the flesh of by him the LORD had given deliverance | a little child, and he was clean. unto Syria : he was also a mighty man 15 9 And he returned to the man of in valour, but he was a leper.
God, he and all his company, and came 2 And the Syrians had gone out by and stood before him : and he said, Becompanies, and had brought away captive hold, now I know that there is no God in out of the land of Israel a little maid; and all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, she waited on Naaman's wife.
I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. 3 And she said unto her mistress, 1 16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, Would God my lord opere with the proph. I belore whom I stand, I will receive nono