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Ahaziah dieth.

II. KINGS. Elijah is taken up into heaven. 4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou! 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I shalt not come down from that bed on which pruy thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Beththou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And el. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD Elijah departed.

liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave 5 11 And when the messengers turned back un. thee. So they went down to Beth-el. to him, he said unto them, Why are ye now 3 And the sons of the prophets that were at turned back?

Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, 6 And they said unto him, There came a man Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again master from thy head to-day? And he said, unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Yea, I know it ; hold ye your peace. Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron ? therefore thou Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and shalt not come down from that bed on which as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

came to Jericho. 7 And he said unto them, What manner of 5. And the sons of the prophets that were at man was he which came up to meet you, and Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, told you these words?

Knowest thou that the LORD will take away 8 And they answered him, He was, an hairy thy master from thy head to-day? And he man, and girt with a girdle of leather about answered, Yea, I know it: hold ye your his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tish. pence. bite.

6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray 9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jorfifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: dan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as and behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he | thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath two went on. said, Come down,

7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets 10 And Elijah answered and said to the cap. 1 went, and stood to view afar off: and they two tain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire stood by Jordan. come down from henven, and consumne thee 8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it and thy fifty. And there came down fire from together, and smote the waters, and they were heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

divided hither and thither, so that they two went 11 Again also he sent unto him another cap: 1 over on dry ground. tain of'fifty with his fifty. And he answered and 91 And it came to pass, when they were gone said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I king said, Come down quickly.

shall do for thee, before I be taken away from 12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double If I be a man of God, let fire come down from portion of thy spirit be upon me. heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And 1 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: the fire of God came down from heaven, and nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken consumed him and his fifty.

from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it 13 | And he sent again a captain of the third I shall not be so. fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees and talked, that behold, there appeared a char, before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto iot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirl. the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in wind into heaven, thy sight.

12 | And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My fa. 14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, ther, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the and burnt up the two captains of the former fit. horsemen thereof! And he saw him no more: ties with their fifties: therefore let my life now and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent be precious in thy sight. .

them in two pieces. 15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Eli. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that jah, Go down with him : be not afraid of him. fell from him, and went back, and stood by the And he arose, and went down with him unto bank of Jordan; the king.

14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell 16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the from him, and smote the waters, and said, LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers Where is the LORD God of Elijah? And when to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, (is it he also had smitten the waters, they parted not because there is no God in Israel to inquire hither and thither : and Elisha went over. of his word ?) therefore thou shalt not come 15 And when the sons of the prophets which down off that bed on which thou art gone up, were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The but shalt surely die.

spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they 17 1 So he died according to the word of the came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the LORD which Elijah had spoken And Jehoram ground before him. reigned in his stead in the second year of Jeho. 16 1 And they said unto him, Behold now, ram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; be there be with thy servants fifty strong men : let cause he had no son.

them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master : 18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which | Jest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath ta. he did, are they not written in the book of the ken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, Chronicles of the kings of Israel ?

or into some valley, And he said, Ye shall not CHAPTER II.

send. 1 Elijah, taking his leave of Elisha, with his

17 And when they urged him till he was mantle divideth Jordan, 9 and, granting

ashamed, he said, Send." They sent therefore Elisha his request, is taken up by a fiery

fifty men, and they sought three days, but found chariot into heaven.

him not. 12 Elisha, dividing Jordan with Elijah's mantle, is acknowledg

18 And when they came again to him, (for he ed his successor. 16 The young prophets,

tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not

say unto you, Go not? hardly obtaining leave to seek Elijah, could not find him. 19 Elisha with salt healeth the

19 | And the men of the city said unto Elisha, unwholesome waters. 23 Bears destroy the

Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is children that mocked Elisha.

pleasant, as my lord seeth : but the water is

naught, and the ground barren. AND it came to pass, when the LORD would 20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and

take up Elijah into heaven by a whirl. put salt therein. And they brought it to him. wind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gil- 21 And he went forth unto the spring of the gal.

| waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus

e of land with st water, and every goo

Moab rebelleth against Israel. CHAPTER IV. Elisha worketh miracles. saith the LORD, I have healed these waters ; 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came there shall not be from thence any more death or to pass, when the inin-trel pla yed, that the hand barren land.

of the LORD came upon him. 22 So the waters were healed unto this day, 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make according to the saying of Elishu which he this valley full of ditches. spake,

17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see 23 I And he went up from thence unto Beth | wind, neither shall ye see rain ; yet that val. el : and as he was going up by the way, there ley shall be filled with water, that ye may came forth little children out of the city, and drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou beasts. bald-head; go up, thou bald-head.

18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of 24 And he turned back, and looked on them, the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And your hand. there came forth two she-bears out of the wood, 19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and and tare forty and two children of them.

every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, 25 And he went from thence to mount Car. and stop all wells of water, and mar every good mel, and from thence he returned to Samaria. CHAPTER III.

20 And it came to pass in the morning, when

the meat-offering was offered, that behold, there 1 Jehoram's reign. 4 Mcsha rebelleth. 6 Je

came water by the way of Edom, and the coun. horam, with Jehoshaphat, and the king of

try was filled with water. Edom, being distressed for want of water, by 21 1 And when all the Moabites heard that the Elisha obtaineth water, and promise of vic. kings were come up to fight against them, they tory. 21 The Moabites, deceived by the

gathered all that were able to put on armour, colour of the water, coming to spoil, are

and upward, and stood in the border. overcome. 26 The king of Moab, by sacri.

22 And they rose up early in the morning, and ficing the king of Edom's son, raiseth the

| the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabsiege.

ites saw the water on the other side as red as TOW Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign blood :

over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth yeur 23 And they said, This is blood : the kings are of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned surely slain, and they have smitten one another: twelve years.

now therefore, Moab, to the spoil. 2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the 24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, LORD ; but not like his father, and like his the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so mother : for he put away the image of Baal that that they fled betore them: but they went his father had made.

forward smiting the Moabites, even in their 3 Nevertheless, he cleaved unto the sins of

country. Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel 25 And they beat down the cities, and on to sin ; he departed not therefrom...

every good piece of land cast every man his 41 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheep stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the master, and rendered unto the king of Israel an wells of water, and felled all the good trees : hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thou. only in Kir-harnseth left they the stones there. sand rams, with the wool.

of; howbeit the slingers went about it, and 5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, smote it. that the king of Moab rebelled against the king 26 1 And when the king of Moab saw that the of Israel,

battle was too sore for him, he took with him 61 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria seven hundred men that drew swords, to break the same time, and numbered all Israel.

through even unto the king of Edom : but they 7 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the could not. king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath 27 Then he took his eldest son, that should rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go burnt-oftering upon the wall. And there was up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, grent indignation against Israel: and they de. and my horses as thy horses.

parted from him, and returned to their own 8 And he said, Which way shall we go up ? land. And he answered, The way through the wilder

CHAPTER IV. ness of Edom.

9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of | 1 Elisha multiplieth the widow's oil. 8 He Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched giveth a son to the good Shunammite. 18 a compass of seven days' journey: and there

He raiseth again her dead son. 38 was no water for the host, and for the cattle that

Gilgal he healeth the deadly pottage. 4 followed them.

He satisfieth an hundred men with twenty 10 And the king of Israel said, Alas, that the loaves. LORD hath called these three kings together, to NOW there cried a certain woman of the deliver them into the hand of Moab!

wives of the sons of the prophets unto Eli. 11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here & sha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead : prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the the LORD by him? And one of the king of Is. LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto rael's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha him my two sons to be bond-men. the son of Shaphat which poured water on the 2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do hands of Elijah.

for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? 12 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and thing in the house save a pot of oil. Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down 3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad to him.

of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels ; bor13 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, row not a few. What have I to do with thee? get thee to the 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt Inother. And the king of Israel said unto him, pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set Nay : for the LORD hath called these three aside that which is full. kings together, to deliver them into the hand of 5 So she went from him, and shut the door Moab.

upon her and upon her sons, who brought the 14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts vessels to her; and she poured out. liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the | full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a nor see thee.

vessel more. And the oil stayed,

Could shendred sore

raised to life by Elisha.

The Shunammite's son

II. KINGS. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. i 31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, laid the staff upon the face of the child; but and live thou and thy children of the rest.

there was neither voice, nor hearing. Where. 81 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to fore he went again to meet him, and told him, Shunem, where was a great woman; and she saying, The child is not awaked. constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, 32 And when Elisha was come into the house, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his to eat bread.

bed. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold 33 He went in therefore, and shut the door now, I perceive that this is an holy man of upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. God, which passeth by us continually.

34 And he went up, and lay upon the child. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and hands: and he stretched himself upon the child : it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall and the flesh of the child waxed warm, turn in thither.

35 Then he returned, and walked in the house 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, to and fro ; and went up, and stretched himselt and he turned into the chamber, and lay there... upon him and the child sneezed seven titnes,

12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call and the child opened his eyes. this Shunammite. And when he had called 36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this her, she stood before him.

Shunanimite. So he called her. And when 13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all son. this care; what is to be done for thee? would. 37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and est thou be spoken for to the king, or to the bowed herself to the ground, and took up ber captain of the host ? And she answered, I dwell son, and went out. among mine own people.

38 11 And Elisha came again to Gilgal. And 14 And he said, 'What then is to be done for there was a dearth in the land ; and the sons of her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath the prophets were sitting before him: and he no child, and her husband is old.

said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. called her, she stood in the door.

39 And one went out into the field to gather 16 And he said, About this season, according herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, shred them into the pot of pottage: for they do not lie unto thine handmaid.

knew them not. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son 40 So they poured out for the men to eat. at that season that Elisha had said unto her, And it came to pass, as they were eating of the according to the time of life.

pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thor 18 1 And when the child was grown, it fell man of God, there is death in the pot. And on a day, that he went out to his father to the they could not eat thereof. rea pers.

41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he 19 And he said unto his father, My head, my cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his the people, that they may ent. And there was mother.

no harm in the pot. 20 And when he had taken him, and brought 42 11 And there came a man from Baal-shali. him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, sha, and brought the man of God bread of the and then died.

first.fruits, twenty loa ves of barley, and full 21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, Give unto the people, that they may eat. and went out.

43 And his servitor said, What should I set 22 And she called unto her husband, and said, this before an hundred men? He said again, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus and one of the asses, that I may run to the man snith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave of God, and come again.

thereof. 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to 44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, him to-day ? it is neither new-moon, nor sab. and left thereof, according to the word of the bath. And she said, It shall be well.

LORD. 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her

CHAPTER V. servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.

1 Naaman, by the report of a captive maid, is 25 So she went and came unto the man of sent to Samaria to be cured of his leprosy. God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass,

8 Elisha, sending him to Jordan, cureth him, when the man of God saw her a far off, that he

15 He refusing Naaman's gifts granteth said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is

him some of the earth. 20 Gehazi, abusing that Shunampiite:

his master's name unto Naaman, is smitten 26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and with leprosy. say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well NOW Naaman, captain of the host of the with thy husband? Is it well with the child ? I king of Syria, was a great man with his And she answered, It is well.

master, and honourable, because by him the 27. And when she came to the man of God to LORD had given deliverance unto Syria : he the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi was also a mighty man in valour, but he was came near to thrust her away. And the man a leper. of God snid, Let her alone; for her soul is 2 And the Syrians had gone out by compavexed within her : and the LORD hath hid it nies, and had brought away captive out of the from me, and bath not told me.

land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my Nanman's wife. lord ? did I not say, Do not deceive me?

3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God 29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, my lord were with the prophet that is in Sa. and take my staft in thine hand, and go thy maria! for he would recover him of his lep. way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; rosy. and if any salute thee, answer him not again : 4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, and lay my staff upon the face of the child. Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land

30 And the mother of the child spid, As the of Israel. LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will 5 And the king of Syria gaid, Go to, go, and not leave thee. And he arose, and followed I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And her.

| he departed, and took with him ten talents of

and one, and could, neither li de

Naaman is cured of his leprosy. CHAPTER VI. Elisha causeth iron to swim. silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten talents of silver in two bags, with two changes changes of raiment.

of garments, and laid them upon two of his 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Is.

servants ; and they bare them before him. Tael, saying, Now when this letter is come unto 84 And when he came to the tower, he took thee, behold, I have therewith sent Nanman my them from their hand, and bestowed them in servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him the house : and he let the men go, and they deof his leprosy.

parted. 7 And it came to pass, when the king of Is. 25 But he went in, and stood before his mas. rael had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, ter: and Elisha said unto him. Whence comest and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went that this man doth send unto me to recover a no whither. man of his leprosy? Wherefore consider, I 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel heart with thee, when the man turned again against me.

from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to 811 And it was so, when Elisha the man of receive money, and to receive garments, and God had heard that the king of Israel had rent olive-yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, and men-servants, and maid servants? Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes ? let him 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall come now to me, and he shall know that there cleave unto thee and unto thy seed for ever. is a prophet in Israel.

And he went out from his presence a leper as 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with white as snow. his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

CHAPTER VI. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, 1 Elisha, giving leave to the young prophets saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and to enlarge their dwellings, causeth iron to thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou

swim. 8 He discloseth the king of Syria's shalt be clean.

counsel. 13 The army, which was sent to 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away,

Dothan to apprehend Elisha, is smitten with and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely blindness. 19 Being brought into Samaria, come out to me, and stand, and call on the they are dismissed in peace. 24 The famine name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand in Samaria causeth women to eat their own over the place, and recover the leper.

children. 30 The king sendeth to slay Eli. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of sha. Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel ? AND the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he Behold now, the place where we dwell with turned and went away in a rage.

thee is too strait for us. 13 And his servants came near, and spake 2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet take thence every man a beam, and let us make had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou us a place there, where we may dwell. And he not have done it? how much rather then, when answered, Go ye. he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself go with thy servants. And he answered, I will seven times in Jordan, according to the saying go. of the man of God: and his flesh came again 4 So be went with them. And when they like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was came to Jordan, they cut down wood. clean.

5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe. 15 | And he returned to the man of God, hend fell into the water: and he cried, and said, he and all his company, and came and stood be. Alas, master! for it was borrowed. fore him: and he said, Behold, now I know 6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? that there is no God in all the earth, but in And he shewed him the place. And he cut Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a bless down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the ing of thy servant.

iron did swim. 16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before 7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And whom I stand, I will receive none. And he he put out his hand, and took it. urged him to take it; but he refused.

8 Then the king of Syria warred against 17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I Israel, and took counsel with his servants, say. pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' ing, In such and such a place shall be my burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth camp. offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto 9 And the man of God sent unto the king other gods, but unto the LORD..

of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not 18 In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant, | such a place ; for thither the Syrians are come that when my master goeth into the house of down. Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rim. which the man of God told him and warned non : when I bow down myself in the house him of, and saved himself there, not once nor of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in twice. this thing.

11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria 19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he was sore troubled for this thing ; and he called departed from him a little way. "

his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not 20 1 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the shew me which of us is for the king of Is. man of God, said, Behold, my master hath rael? spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at 12 And one of his servants said, None, my his hands that which he brought: but as the lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words somewhat of him.

21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And 13 | And he said, Go, and spy where he is, when Naaman saw him running after him, he that I may send and fetch him. And it was lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and | told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. said, Is all well?

14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and cbar. 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath iots, and a great host: and they came by night, sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be and compassed the city about. come to me from mount Ephraim two young 15 And when the servant of the man of God men of the sons of the prophets : give them, I was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of compassed the city both with horses and char. garments...

iots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two master! how shall we do? talents. And he urged him, and bound two 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that

A great famine in Samaria. · II. KINGS. Elisha's prophecy verified be with us are more than they that be with | THEN Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the them.

1 LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To-morrow 17 And Elisha prayed, und said, LORD, I about this time shall a measure of fine flour be pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full 2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if

18 And when they came down to him, Elisha the LORD would make windows in heaven, prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this peo might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou ple, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat them with blindness, according to the word of thereof. Elisha.

3.1 And there were four leprous men at the 19 af And Elisha said unto them, This is not entering in of the gate: and they said one to the way, neither is this the city : follow me, another, Why sit we here until we die? and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. 4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then But he led them to Samaria.

the famine is in the city, and we shall die there : 20 And it came to pass, when they were come and if we sit still here, we die also. Now there. into Sumaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the fore come, and let us fall unto the host of the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and be. and if they kill us, we shall but die, hold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

5 And they rose up in the twilight to go unto 21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, the camp of the Syrians : and when they were when he saw them, My father, shall I smite come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, them ? shall I smite them?

behold, there was no man there. 22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite 6 For the LORD had made the host of the Syr. them : wouldest thou smite those whom thou ians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of hast taken captive with thy sword and with horses, even the noise of a great host: and they thy bow? set bread and water before them, said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath that they may eat and drink, and go to their hired against us the kings of the Hittites, master.

and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. 23 And be prepared great provision for them : 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twi. and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent light, and left their tents, and their horses, and them away, and they went to their master. So their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for the bands of Syria came no more into the land their life. of Israel,

8 And when these lepers came to the utter. 24 [ And it came to pass after this, that Ben. most part of the camp, they went into one tent, hadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, went up, and besieged Samaria.

and gold, and raiment, and went and bid it 25 And there was a great famine in Samaria : and came again, and entered into another and behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head tent, and carried thence also, and went and was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the hid it. fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five | 9 Then they said one to another, We do not pieces of silver.

well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we 26 And as the king of Israel was passing by hold our pence: if we tarry till the morning. upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, light, some inischief will come upon us : now saying, Help, my lord, O king.

therefore come, that we may go and tell the 27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, king's household. whence shall I help thee? out of the barn-floor, 10 So they came and called unto the porter of or out of the wine.press?

the city: and they told them, saying, We came 28 And the king' said unto her, What aileth to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there thee? And she answered, This woman said un was no man there, neither voice of man, but to me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they day, and we will eat my son to-morrow.

were. 29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: 11 And he called the porters; and they told it and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy to the king's house within. son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her 12 1 And the king arose in the night, and said son.

unto his servants, I will now shew you what the 30 1 And it came to pass, when the king heard Syrians have done to us. They know that we the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes ; be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the and he passed by upon the wall, and the people camp, to hide themselves in the field, saying, looked, and behold, he had sackcloth within When they come out of the city, we shall catch upon his flesh.

them alive, and get into the city. 31 Then he said, God do so and more also to 13 And one of his servants answered and said, me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses shall stand on him this day.

that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, 32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders they are as all the multitude of Israel that are sat with him; and the king sent a man from be. left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the fore him: but ere the messenger came to him, | multitude of the Israelites that are consumed :) he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a and let nis send and see. murderer hath sent to take away mine head ? 14 They took therefore two chariot horses : Jook, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, I and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, and hold him fast at the door: is not the sound saying, Go and see. of his master's feet behind him?

15 And they went after them unto Jordan : 33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, and lo, all the way was full of garments and the messenger came down unto him: and he vessels, which the Syrians had cast a way in their said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD; what | haste. And the messengers returned, and told should I wait for the Lord any longer.

the king.

16 And the people went out, and spoiled the CHAPTER VII.

tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour 1 Elisha prophesieth incredible plenty in Sa was sold for a shekel, and two measures of bar. maria. 3 Four lepers, venturing on the host ley for a shekel, according to the word of the of the Syrians, bring tidings of their flight. LORD. 12 The king, finding by spies the news to be 17 1 And the king appointed the lord on whose true, spoileth the tents of the Syrians. 17 hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate :

The lord, who wvuld not believe the prophecy and the people trode upon him in the gate, and of plenty, having the charge of the gate, is he died, as the man of God had said, who spake trodden to death in the press,

when the king came down to him.

hide themse are they know what the done on their into the city, weshalbeing

multitude behold, I say, tude of Israel behold,

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