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about four hundred men, and said unto 11 « king." 16. And the king said unto him, them, “ Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead « How many times shall I adjure thee, “ to battle, or shall I forbear?” And they « that thou tell me nothing but that which said, “ Go up; for the LORD shall deliver is true in the name of the LORD?" " it into the hand of the king." 7. And 17. And he said, “ I saw all Israel scatJehoshaphat said, “ Is there not here a “tered upon the hills, as sheep that have “ prophet of the LORD besides, that we 11 « not a shepherd : and the LORD said, " might enquire of him ?” 8. And the « These have no master, let them retur king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, or every man to his house in peace. “ There is yet one man (Micaiah the son 18. And the king of Israel said unto Jehold « of Imlah) by whom we may enquire of shaphat, “ Did I not tell thee, that will " the LORD; but I hate him, for he doth « would prophesy no good concerning : “ not prophesy good concerning me, but « but evil ?" 19. And he () said, " He “ evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “ Let not « thou therefore the word of the LORDY “ the king say so." 9. Then the king of « I saw the LORD sitting on his throat, Israel called an officer, and said, “ Hasten 6 and all the host of heaven standing " hither Micaiah the son of Imlah." “ him, on his right hand, and on his left 10. And the king of Israel, and Jehosha 66 20. And the LORD said, “ Who shall phat the king of Judah, sat each on his « persuade Ahab, that he may go up and throne, having put on their robes in a void « fall at Ramoth-gilead ?” And one said place, in the entrance of the gate of Sama “ on this manner, and another said on that ria, and all the prophets prophesied before “ manner. 21. And there came forth a'] them. 11. And Zedekiah the son of « spirit, and stood before the LORD, 207 Chenaanah made him horns of iron : and « said, “I will persuade him.” 22. And this he said, “ Thus saith the LORD, “ With « LORD said unto him, “ Wheren " these shalt thou push the Syrians, until " And he said, “I will go forth, andle “ thou have consumed them.” 12. And all “ be a lying spirit in the mouth of als the prophets prophesied so, saying, “ Go - prophets.” And he said, “ Thou shall « up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper : for “ persuade him, and prevail also : go forthy « the LORD shall deliver it into the king's « and do so." 23. Now therefore, behold, “ hand.” 13. And the messenger that " the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the was gone to call Micaiah, spake unto him, “ mouth of all these thy prophets, and the saying, “ Behold now, the words of the “ Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee « prophets declare good unto the king with 24. But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanak “ one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, went near, and smote Micaiah on " be like the word of one of them, and cheek, and said, “ Which way went the o speak that which is good.” 14. And « Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto Micaiah said, “ As the LORD liveth, what « thee?” 25. And Micaiah said, "Be « the LORD saith unto me, that will I « hold, thou shalt see in that day, when “ speak.” 15. So he came to the king, « thou shalt go into an inner chamber and the king said unto him, “ Micaiah, " hide thyself.26. And the king or « shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to Israel said,'« Take Micaiah, and carry .. « battle, or shall we forbear?” and he 66 back unto Ammon the governor of *** answered him, “Go and prosper : for the « city, and to Joash the king's son “ LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the “ 27. and say, “ Thus saith the king, “PRE

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them. 1 King's xviii. They amounted in number to 450. 1 Kings xviii. 22. And though it is stated, 1 Kings xviii. 40. that Elijah after. wards brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there, there can be little doubt but that they were replaced. In 1 Kings xix.10. 14. Elijah complains to God, “ the children of 6 Israel have slain thy prophets with the sword,

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with bread of affliction and with water - of affliction, until I come in peace.” 3. And Micaiah said, “ If thou return at

all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me.” And he said, “ Hearken, O people, every one of you." 29. So the Trag of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of dah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 30. And e king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle, but put thou on thy robes." And

king of Israel disguised himself, and int into the battle. 31. But the king of ria commanded his thirty and two capns that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel." 32. And came to pass, when the captains of the äriots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel." And y turned aside to fight against him : and hoshaphat cried out. 33. And it came pass, when the captains of the chariots tceived that it was not the king of Israel, at they turned back from pursuing him. 4. And a certain man drew a bow at a enture, and smote the king of Israel beseen the joints of the harness : wherefore

said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.” 35. And e battle increased that day : and the king as stayed up in his chariot against the Tians, and died at even : and the blood

out of the wound into the midst of the ariot. 36. And there went a procla. ation throughout the host about the ing down of the sun, saying, “ Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.” 37. So the king died, d was brought to Samaria ; and they nied the king in Samaria. 38. And one Ished the chariot in the pool of Samaria; & the dogs licked up his blood; and they

washed his armour, according unto the word of the LORD which he (s) spake. 39. Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 40, So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead. 41. And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa, began to reign over Judah in the fourth year (t) of Ahab king of Israel ? 42. Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem : and his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 43. And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father, he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places (u). 44. And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. 45. Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah ? 46. And the (a) remnant of the sodomites which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land. 47. There was then no king in Edom : a deputy was king. 48. Jehoshaphat made ships of (y) Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold; but they went not ; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber. 49. Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, “Let my servants « go with thy servants in the ships ;" but Jehoshaphat would not. 50. And Jehoshaphat slept (z) with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father (a): and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead. 51. Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth (6) year of Jehoshaphat

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king of Judah, and reigned two years over || Nebat, who made Israel to sin, 53. For Israel. 52. And he did evil in the sight || he served Baal, and worshipped him, and of the LORD, and walked in the way of provoked to anger the LORD God of his father, and in the way of his mother, || Israel, according to all that his father had and in the way of Jeroboam the son of || done.

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|| 8. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapt CHAP. II.

it together, and smote the waters, and AND it came (c) to pass when the LORD they were divided (d) hither and thither,

I would take up Elijah into heaven by so that they two went over on dry ground. a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha 9. And it came to pass when they were from Gilgal. 2. And Elijah said unto gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Elisha, “ Tarry here, I pray thee: for the “ Ask what I shall do for thee, before « Lord hath sent me to Beth-el.” And “ I be taken away from thee.” And Elisha Elisha said unto him, “ As the LORD liveth, said, “ I pray thee, let a double (e) portion « and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave « of thy spirit be upon me.” 10. And he “ thee.” So they went down to Beth-el. said, “ Thou hast asked a hard thing: 3. And the sons of the prophets that were " nevertheless, if thou see me when la at Beth-el, came forth to Elisha, and said “ taken from thee, it shall be so unto the unto him, “ Knowest thou that the LORD | « but if not, it shall not be so." 11. An “ will take away thy master from thy it came to pass as they still went on, and “ head to-day?” And he said, “ Yea, I talked, that behold, there appeared a chariot « know it, hold you your peace.” 4. And of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them Elijah said unto him, “ Elisha, Tarry here, both asunder, and Elijah went up by a “ Í pray thee : for the LORD hath sent whirlwind into heaven. 12. And Elisha « me to Jericho.” And he said, “ As the saw it, and he cried, “My father, my « LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I « father, the chariot of Israel, and the « will not leave thee.” So they came to « horsemen thereof." And he saw him Jericho. 5. And the sons of the prophets no more : and he took hold of his own that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and clothes, and rent them in two pieces. said unto him, “ Knowest thou that the 13. He took up also the mantle of Elijah « LORD will take away thy master from that fell from him, and went back, and • thy head to-day ?” And he answered, stood by the bank of Jordan. 14. And he « Yea, I know it, hold you your peace.” took the 'mantle of Elijah that fell from 6. And Elijah said unto him, “ Tarry, I him, and smote the waters, and said, « pray thee, here : for the LORD hath sent « Where is the LORD God of Elijah? « me to Jordan.” And he said, “ As the and when he also had smitten the waters " LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I they parted hither and thither : and Elisha or will not leave thee.” And they two went over. 15. And when the sons of went on. 7. And fifty men of the sons the prophets which (f) were to view at of the prophets went, and stood to view Jericho, saw him, they said, “ The spirit afar off : and they two stood by Jordan. “ of Elijah doth rest on Elisha." And

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(d) v. 8. “ Divided.”. A similar miracle to that in Josh, iji. between 500 and 600 years before.

(e) v. 9. “ A double portion." A wise request! Not riches or earthly power!

(f) v. 15. “ Which were to view." See || verse 7. The fifty who went to watch Elijah

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ey came to meet him, and bowed theme || man in valour, but he was a leper. 2. And Ives to the ground before him: 16. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, ey said unto him, “ Behold now, there and had brought away captive out of the be with thy servants fifty strong men, land of Israel a little maid, and she waited let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy on Naaman's wife. 3. And she said unto master : lest peradventure the spirit of her mistress, “ Would God my lord were the LORD hath taken him up, and cast " with the prophet that is in Samaria : for him upon some mountain, or into some « he would recover him of his leprosy.valley." And he said, “ Ye shall not 4. And one went in, and told his lord, send.” 17. And when they urged him, saying, “ Thus and thus said the maid 1 he was ashamed, he said, Send.” « that is of the land of Israel.” 5. And hey sent therefore fifty men, and they the king of Syria said, “ Go to, go, and ught three days, but found him not. " I will send a letter unto the king of 1. And when they came again to him, Israel.” And he departed and took or he tarried at Jericho) he said unto with him ten talents of silver, and six em, “ Did I not say unto you, Go not ?" thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of 1. And the men of the city said unto raiment. 6. And he brought the letter to isha, “ Behold, I pray thee, the situation the king (i) of Israel, saying, “ Now when of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth : " this letter is come unto thee, behold, but the water is naught, and the ground “ I have therewith sent Naaman my servant barren.” 20. And he said, “ Bring me « to thee, that thou mayest recover him a new cruse, and put salt therein." And “ of his leprosy.” 7. And it came to pass sy brought it to him. 21. And he went when the king of Israel had read the letter, th unto the spring of the waters, and that he rent his clothes, and said, “ Am I st the salt in there, and said, “ Thus “ God, to kill and to make alive, that this saith the LORD, “ I have healed these « man doth send unto me to recover a waters; there shall not be from thence “ man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, any more death, or barren land.22. So « I pray you, and see how he seeketh a e waters were healed unto this day, « quarrel against me.” 8. And it was so, cording to the saying of Elisha which he when Elisha the man of God had heard ake. 23. And he went up from thence that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, to Beth-el: and as he was going up by that he sent to the king, saying, “Where? way, there came forth little children « fore hast thou rent thy clothes ? let him t of the city, and mocked him, and said 66 come now to me, and he shall know to him, “ Go up thou bald-head, go up " that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9. So thou bald-head." 24. And he turned Naaman came with his horses, and with ck, and looked on them, and cursed his chariot, and stood at the door of the im in the name of the LORD : and there house of Elisha. 10. And Elisha sent a ne forth two she bears out of the wood, messenger unto him, saying, “ Go and I tare forty and two children of them. “ wash in Jordan seven times, and thy . And he went from thence to mount “ flesh shall come again unto thee, and rmel, and from thence he returned to " thou shalt be clean.” 11. But Naaman maria.

was wroth, and went away, and said,

“ Behold, I thought, He will surely come CHAP. V.

« out to me, and stand, and call on the TOW (8) Naaman captain of the host « name of the LORD his God, and strike

of the king () of Syria, was a great « his hand over the place, and recover an with his master, and honourable, or the leper. 12. Are not Abana and cause by him the LORD had given deli « Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than rance unto Syria : he was also a mighty “ all the waters of Israel ? may I not wash

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s in them and be clean!” So he turned, I « All is well :' my mafter hath sent me, and went away in a rage. 13. And his “ saying, “ Behold, even now there be servants came near, and spake unto him, “ come to me from mount Ephraim two and said, “ My father, If the prophet had “ young men of the sons of the pro« bid thee do some great thing, wouldest ~ phets : give them, I pray thee, a talent of

thou not have done it ? how much « silver, and two changes of garments." « rather then, when he saith to thee, 23. And Naaman said, “ Be content, take « Wash and be clean ?" 14. Then went 6 two talents.” And he urged him, and he down, and dipped himself seven times bound two talents of silver in two bags, in Jordan, according to the saying of the with two changes of garments, and laid man of God: and his flesh came again like them upon two of his servants, and they unto the flesh of a little child, and he was bare them before him. 24. And when clean. 15. And he returned to the man he came to the tower, he took them from of God, he and all his company, and came, their hand, and bestowed them in the and stood before him: and he said, “ Be house; and he let the men go, and they « hold, now I know that there is no God departed. 25. But he went in, and stood « in all the earth, but in Israel: now there before his master: and Elisha said unto “ fore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy him, " Whence comest thou, Gehazi ? « servant.” 16. But he said, “ As the And he said, “ Thy servant went 10 « LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I " whither.” 26. And he said unto him,

will receive none." And he urged him « Went not mine heart with thee, when to take it, but he refused. 17. And “ the man turned again from his chariot Naaman said, “ Shall there not then, I " to meet thee? is it a time to receit o pray thee, be given to thy servant two « money, and to receive garments, and « mules burden of earth ? for thy servant “ olive-yards, and vineyards, and skills « will henceforth offer neither burnt offer. " and oxen, and men servants, and mad « ing (k) nor sacrifice unto other gods, « servants ? 27. The leprosy therefde « but unto the LORD. 18. In this thing " of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and “ the LORD pardon thy servant, that when “ unto thy seed for ever.” And he went « my master goeth into the house of Rim

out (1) from his presence a leper as mobile « mon to worship there, and he leaneth as snow. « on my hand, and I bow myself in the 6 house of Rimmon: when I bow down

CHAP. IX. “ myself in the house of Rimmon, the AND Elisha the prophet called (91) 072e « LORD pardon thy servant in this thing." A of the children of the prophets, and 19. And he said unto him, " Go, in said unto him, “ Gird up thy loins, and « peace.” So he departed from him a << take this box of oil in thine hand, and little way. 20. But Gehazi the servant of “ go to Ramoth-gilead. 2. And when Elisha the man of God, said, “ Behold, " thou comest thither, look out there « my master hath spared Naaman this « Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of « Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that "Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise & which he brought : but as the LORD Il “ up from among his brethren, and cany « liveth, I will run after him, and take « him to an inner chamber. 3. Then take o somewhat of him.” 21. So Gehazi " the box of oil, and pour it on his head, followed after Naaman : and when Naaman 66 and say, « Thus saith the LORD, I hare saw him running after him, he lighted Il « anointed thee king over Israel: then down from his chariot to meet him, and « open the door and flee, and tarry not." said, “ Is all well ?” 22. And he said, | 4. So the young man, even the young

(£) . 17. “ Burnt-offering nor sacrifice.” 1 So that burnt-offerings and sacrifices were in use amongst the Syrians.

(1) v. 27. “ Went out, &c." An instance

of speedy vengeance; the punishment following immediately upon the offence!

(m) v.1. “Called." Before Christ 884.

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