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20 And he left the Oxen, Hew down the Tree, and cut off his

ná Branches, shake off his Leaves, and

na scatter his Fruit ; let the Beasts gec faid, Let me, I pray thee, away from under it, and the Fowls kiss my Father and my Mo- from his Branches.

Is Nevertheless, leave the Stump ther. and then I will follow of his Roots in the Earth, even with thee. And he said unto him, a Band of Iron and Brass, and let it Go back again, for what have be wet with the Dew of Heaven, and

let his Portion be with the Beasts in I done to thee?

the Grass of the Earth. 21 And he returned back 16°Let his Heart be changed from from him, and took a Yoke

Man's, and let a Beast's Heart be gi

ven unto him, and let seven Times of Oxen, and new them, and pass over him. boiled their Flesh with the 17 This Matter is by the Decree

by the Word of the Holy ONES : to gave unto the. People, and the Intent that the Living may know, they did eat: Then he arose that the most HIGH RULETH' in the and went after Elijah, and wont ofror Flish and KINGDOM of Men, and GIVETH it to

whomsoever he will, and SETTETH UP ministred unto him.

over it the BASEST of Men.

Job xii, 17 He leadeth the Counsellors away fpoiled, and maketh the Judges Fools.

19 He leadeth PRINCES away SPOILED, and REMOVETH the MIGHTY. 21 He poureth CONTEMPT upon PRINCES, and weaknech the STRENGTH of the MIGHTY.

Psal. cvii. 40 He pourerh CONTEMPT upon PRINCBS, and causech them to VANDER in the Wilderness, where there is no Way.

Pfal. i. 10 Be WISE now therefore, O ye Kings : be INSTRUCTED, ye JUDGES of the Earth.

11 SERVE the LORD with Fear, and BEJOYCE with TREMBLING,

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CHA P. XX. i Benhadad besiegeth Samaria. 13 The Syrians are pain.

31 Ahab dismisseth Benhadad : 35 The Prophet reproveth


Ver. 1 AND Benhadad the King of Syria gathered all his

A Host together, and there were thirty and two Kings with him : and he besieged Samaria.

2 And he sent Messengers to Ahab, and said unto him, Thus faith Benhadad,

3 Thy Silver, and thy Gold is mine, thy Wives also, and thy Children, even the goodliest are mine.

4. And the King of Israel answered, and said, My Lord, O King, according to thy Saying I am thine, and all that I


5 And the Messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, say

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ing, ing, Thou shalt deliver me thy Silver, and thy Gold, and thy Wives, and thy Children :

6 Yet I will send my Servants unto thee To-morrow 2bout this time, and they shall search thine House, and the Houses of thy Seryants: and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine Eyes, they shall put it in their Hand, and take it away.

7 Then the King of Israel called all the Elders of the Land, and said, Mark I pray you, and see how this Man seeketh Mischief: for he fent unto me for my Wives, and for my Children, and for my Silver, and for my Gold, and I denied him not.

8 And all the Elders, and all the People said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor consent. : . Wherefore he said unto the Messengers of Benhadad,

Tell my Lord the King, all that thou didst send for to thy Servant at the first I will do: but this Thing I may not do. And the Messengers departed, and brought him word again.

10 And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The Gods do so unto me and more also, if the Dust of Samaria shall fuffice for Handfuls for all the People that follow me.

u And the King of Israel answered, and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his Harness boast himself, as he that putteth it off.

12 And it came to pass when Benhadad heard this Melsage (as he was drinking he and the Kings in the Pavillions) that he said unto his Servants, Set yourselves in Aray. And they set themselves in Aray against the City.

13 And behold, there came a Prophet unto Ahab, saying, Thus faith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine Hand this Day, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD..

14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus faith the Lord, Even by the young Men of the Princes of the Provinces. Then he said, Who shall order the Battle! And he answered, Thou.

15 Then he numbred the young Men of the Princes e the Provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two, and after them he numbred all the People, even all the Chi. dren of Israel, being seven thousand.

16 And they went out at Noon: But Benhadad was drink ing himself drunk in the Pavillions, he and the Kings, the thirty and two Kings that helped him.

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37 And the young Men of the Princes of the Provinces went out first, and Benhadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are Men come out of Samaria.

18 And he said, Whether they be come out for Peace, take them alive : or whether they be come out for War, take them alive.

19 So these young Men of the Princes of the Provinces came out of the City, and the Army which followed them:

20 And they slew every one his Man: and the Syrians hed, and Israel pursued them : and Benbadad the King of Syria escaped on an Horse, with the Horsemen.

21. And the King of Israel went out, and smote the Horses and Chariots, and flew the Syrians with a great Slaughter. - 72 And the Prophet came to the King of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou dost : for at the return of the Year the King of Syria will come up against thee.

23 And the Servants of the King of Syria said unto him, Their Gods are Gods of the Hills, therefore they were stronger than we: but let us fight against them in the Plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.

25 And number thee an Army, like the Army that thou haft loft: and we will fight against them in the Plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their Voice, and did fo.

26 And it came to pass at the return of the Year, that Benhadad went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.

27 And the Children of Israel were numbred, and were all present, and went against them, and the Children of Ilrael pitched before them, like two little Flocks of Kids : but the Syrians filled the Countrey.

28 And there came a Man of God, and spake unto the King of Israel, and said, Thus faith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the Hills, but he is not God of the Vallies : therefore will I deliver all this grcat Multitude into thine Hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

29 And they pitched one over aginst the other seven Days, and so it was, that on the seventh Day the Battle was joined: and the Children of Israel flew of the Syrians an hundred thousand Footmen in one Day.

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30 But the rest fled to Aphek into the City, and there a Wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the Men that were left; and Benhadad fed, and came into the City, in. to an inner Chamber.

31 And his Servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the Kings of the House of Israel are mer: ciful Kings: let us, I pray thee, put Sackcloth on our Loins, and Ropes upon our Heads, and go out to the King of ILrael ; peradventure he will save thy Life.

32 So they girded Sackcloth on their Loins, and put Ropes on their Heads, and came to the King of Israel, and said, Thy Servant Benhadad faith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my Brother.

33 Now the Men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did haftily catch it: and they said, Thy Brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him : then Benhadad came forth to him, and he caused him to come up into the Chariot.

34 And Benhadad said unto him, The Cities which my Father took from thy Father, I will restore, and thou shalt make Streets for thee in Damascus, as my Father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this Covenant. So he made a Covenant with him, and sent him away.

35 And a certain Man of the Sons of the Prophets faid unto his Neighbour in the Word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the Man refused to smite him.

36 Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the Voice of the LORD, behold, assoon as thou art departed from me, a Lion shall slay thee. And assoon as he was departed from him, a Lion found him, and few him.

37 Then he found another Man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the Man (mote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.

38 So the Prophet departed, and waited for the King by the Way, and disguised himself with Ashes upon his Face.

39 And as the King palled by, he cried unto the King: and he said, Thy Servant went out into the midst of the Battle, and behold, a Man turned aside, and brought a Man unto me, and said, Keep this Man : if by any means he be missing, then shall thy Life be for his Life, or else thou shalt pay a Talent of Silver,

40 And as thy Servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the King of Israel said unto him, So shall thy Judgment be; thyself hast decided it.

41 And he hasted, and took the Ashes away from his Face, and the King of Israel discerned him, that he was of the Prophets.

42 And he said unto him, Thus faith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy Hand a Man whom I appointed to utter Destruction, therefore thy Life shall go for his Life, and thy People for his People.

43 And the King of Israel went to his House heavy and - displeased, and came to Samaria.

CH A P. XXI. i Ahab being denied Naboth's Vineyard, is grieved. 5 Jeze

bel writing Letters against Naboth, he is condemned of Blafphemy. 15 Ahab taketh posesion of the Vineyard. 17 Ē. lijah denounceth Judgments against Ahab and Jezebel.

25 Wicked Ahab repenting, God deferreth the Judgment. Ver. 1 ND it came to pass after these Things, that Na

A both the Jezreelite had a Vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the Palace of Ahab King of Samaria.

2 And Ahab spake unto Habak. ii. 9 Wo to him that coNaboth, faving. Give me thy VETETH an evil Covetousness to his

House, that he may set his Neft on Vineyard, that I may have it high. for a Garden of Herbs, be in For the Stone shall cry out of cause it is near unto mine

vine the Wall, and the Beam out of the

Timber Ihall answer it. House, and I will give thee 12 Wo to him that buildeth a for it a better Vineyard than Town with Blood, and stablisheth a it : or if it feem good to thee City by Iniquity.

10 Thou haft consulted Shame to : I will give thee the Worth of thy House, by cutting off many Peo; it in Money.

ple, and hath finned againit thy ;

Soul, 3. And Naboth said to A Luke xii. 15 And he said unto hab, The LORD forbid it me, them, Take heed, and BEWARE of that I should give the Inhe- COVETOUSNESS : for a Man's Life

confifteth not in the abundance of ritance of my Fathers unto the things which he posleffeth.

Ephef. v. 3 But Fornication, and 4 And Ahab came into his ;

his all Uncleannels, or COVETOUSNESS,

lct it not be once named among House heavy and displeased, you, as becometh Saints. because of the Word which 6 Let no Man deceive you with, Naboth the Jezreelite had

na vain Words : for because of these

Things cometh the Wrath of God poken to him ; for he had upon the Children of Disobedience. •


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