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Kaboth unjustly stoned. CHAP. XXII. Aha) anil Jezebel threatened.

3 And Naboth said to Shah, The king of Israel, which is in Samaria; LORD forbid it me, that I should give behold, he is in the vineyard of Nashe inheritance of my fathers unto both, whither he is gone down to thee.

possess it. 4 And Ahab came into his bouse 19 And thou shalt speak unto him, beavy and displeased, because of the saying, Tbus saith the LORD, Hast word which Naboth the Jezreelite bad bou killed, and also taken possession? spoken to bim for he had said, I will And thou shalt speak unto bim, say. not give thee the inheritance of any ing, Thus saith the LORD, In the fathers. And be laid bim down upon place where dogs licked the blood of bis bed, and turned away bis face, and Naboth sball dogs lick thy blood, eren would eat so bread.

thine. 5 But Jezebel bis wife came to him, 20 And Abab said to Elijah, Hast and said unto bin, Why is thy spirit thou found me, O mine enemy? And So sad, that thou eatest to bread? he answered, I have found thee: be.

6 And he said unto her, Because!cause thou hast sold thyself to work spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and evil in the sight of the LORD. said unto him, Give me thy vineyard 21 Behold, I will bring evil ripona, for money ; or else, if it please thee, thee, and will take away thy posterity, will give thee another vineyard for it and will cut off from Ahab him that and he answered, I will not give thee pisseth against the wall, and him that my vineyard.

is shut up and left in Israel, 7 And Jezebel his wife said unto 92 And will make thine house bkc Sim, Dost thou now govern the king the house of Jeroboam the son of Nedom of Israe! arise, and eat bread, bat, and like the house of Baasha tbe and let thine heart he merry: I willson of Abijah, for the provocation give thee the vineyard of Naboth the berewith ihou hast provoked me to Jezreelite.

anger, and made Israel to sin. 9 So she wrote letters in Ahab's 23. And of Jezebel also spake the name, and sealed them with his seal, LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Je and sent the letters unto the elders zebel by the wall of Jetreel. and to the nobles that reere in bis city,

24 tin that dieth of Ahab in the dwelling with Naboth.

city the dogs shall eat; and Lim that 9 And she wrote in the letters, say-dieth in the field shall the fowls of the mg, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth air eat. on high among the people :

25 But there was none like uato 10 And set iwo men, sons of Belial, Ahab, which did sell bimself to work before him, to bear witness against wickedness in the sight of the LORD, hiin, saying, Thou didst blaspheme wbom Jezebel his wie stirred up. God and the king. And then carry him 25 And he did ycry abominably in out, and stone him, that he may die. following idols according to all things,

11 And the men of his city, even the as did the Amorites, whom the LORD eiders and the nobles who were the cast out before the children of Israel. inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel 27 [ And it came to pass, wber had sent unto them, and as it was Ahab heard those words, that be rent written in the letters which she had bis ciothes and put sackcloth upon his sent unto them,

Hesh, and fasted, and lay in sackclotb, 12 They proclaimed a fast ; and set and went sof:ly.' Naboth on high among the people. 98 And the word of the LORD canno

13 And there came in two men, chil to Elijah the Tisobite, saying, dren of Belial, and sat before him : 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleih and the men of Belial witnessed against himself before me? Because he hun.. him, cven against Naboth, in the pre- bleth himself before me, I will not sence of the people, saying, Naboth bring the evil in bis days but in his did blaspheme God ard the king. Then son's days will I bring the evil upon they carried him forth out of the city: his house.

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CHAP. XXII. died. 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying,

ANDikthey continued three years Naboth is stoned, and is dead.' Israel.

15. And it came to pass, when Je 2 And it came to pass in tbe third zebelheard that Naboth was stoned, year, that Jehoshaphat the kiug of and was dead, that Jezebel said to Judah caine down to the king of Israel Ahab, Arise, take possession of the 3 And the king of Israel said unto vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, bis servants, Know ye that Ramotb in which he refused to give thee for mo-Gilead is ours and we be still, and ney : for Naboth is not alive, but dead. cake it not out of the hand of the king

16 And it came to pass, when Abab of Syria heard that Naboth was dead, that 4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Abab rose up to go down to the vine-wilt thou go with me to battle to yard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take Ramotb-gilead? And Jehoshaphat saidi possession of it.

to the king of Israel, I am as ibou art, 17 And the word of the LORD mv people as thy people, my borse came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, as thy borses. LR Arise, go down to meet Alab 5 And Jehostaphat said unto the

Mica!al's prophecy.

I. KINGS

Ahad is slain. king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, * And the LORD said, who shall at the word of the LORD to-day. persuade Ahab, that be may go up

6 Then be king of Israel gathered and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one the prophets together, about four hun. said on this manner, and another said dred mnen, and said unto them, Sball on tbat manner. go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or 21 And there came forth a spirit, sball i forbear? And they said, Go up; and stood before the LORD, and said, for the LORD shall deliver it into the I will persuade him. hand of the king.

22 And the LORD said unto him 7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not wherewith? And he said, I will go here a prophet of the LORD besides, forth, and I will he a lying spirit in the that we might inquire of him? mouth of all bis prophets. And be said,

8 And the king of Israel said unto Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail Jehoshapbat, There is yet one man, also: go forth, and do so. Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom 23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD we may inquire of the LORD. but 1 hath put a lying spirit in the mouth hate bim ; for he doth not prophesy of all these thy propbets, and the good concerning me, tut evil. And LORD hath spoken évil concerning Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king thee. say so.

24 | But Zedekiah the son of Che. 9 Then the king of Israel called an naanah went near, and smote Micaiab officer, and said, Hasten hitha Micaiah on the cheek, and said, which wav the son of Imlah.

went the Spirit of the LORD from me 10 And the king of Israel and Jeho- to speak unto thee! shaphat the king of Judalı sat each on 25 And Micaiah said. Beho!d, thon his throne, having put on their robes, shalt see in that day, when thou shalt in a void place, in the entrance of the go into an inner chamber to bide gate of Samaria ; and all the propbets thyself. prophesied before them.

26 And the king of Israel said, Take li And Zedekiah the son of Che- Micaiah, and carry bim back unto naanah made him horns of iron : and Amon the governor of the city, and to be said, Thus saith the LORD, With Joash the king's son ; these shalt thou push the Syrians, 27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put until thou have consumed them this fellow in the prison, and feed him

12 And all the prophets prophesied with bread of affliction and with waier $0, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, of atfliction, until I come in peace. and prosper : for the LORD shall de 29 And Micaiah said, If thou return liver it into the king's hand.

at all in peace, the LORD bath not spo13 And the messenger tbat was gone ken by me. And be said, Hearken, o to call Micaiah spake unto him, say- people, every one of you. ing, Behold now, the words of the 29 T So the king of Israel and Jehoprophets declare good unto the king shapbat the king of Judah went up to with one mouth : let thy word, I pray Ramot-gilead. thee, be like the word of one of them, 30 And the king of Israel said onto and speak that which is good.

Jeboshaphat, I will disguise myself, 14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD and enter into the battle; but put thou livetb, what the LORD saith unto me, on thy robes. And the king of Israe. that will I speak.

disguised bimself, and went into the 15. So be came to the king. And battle. the king said unto him, Micaiab, sball 31 But the king of Syria commanded we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, bis thirty and two captains that had of suall we forbear? And be answered rule over his chariots, saying, Fight bim, Go, and prosper : for the LORD neither with small nor great, save shall deliver it into the band of the only with the king of Israel.

32 And it came to pass, when the 16 And tbe king said unto him, captains of the chariots saw JeboshaHow many times shall 1 adjure thee, phat, that they said, Surely it is the that thou tell me nothing but that king of Israel. And they turned aside which is true in the name of the to fight against him: and Jehoshapbat LORD?

cried out. 17 Anu he said, I saw all Israel scat 33 And it came to pass, when the tered upon the hills, as sheep that captains of the chariots perceived that have not a shépherd : and the LORD it was not the king of Israel, that they said, These have no master . let them turned back from pursuing him. return every man to his house in 34 | And a certain mag drew a bow peace.

at a venture, and smote the king of 13 And the king of Israel said unto Israel between the joints of the bar Jebosbaphat, Did I not tell thee that ness: wherefore he said unto the he would prophesy no good concerning driver of his chariot, Tura thine hand, ine, but evil?

and carry the out of the bost; for I am 19 And he said, Hear thou therefore wounded. the word of the LORD:1 saw the LORD 35 And the batt!e increased that sitting on his throne, and all the host day, and the king was stayed up in I heaven standing by him on his right bis chariot against the Syrians, and

xhoshaphat's good reign. 11. KINGS. Ahoztah's death yonetoid. or the wound into the midst of the 44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with chariot.

the king of Israel. 36 And there, went a proclamation 45 Now the rest of the acts of Jethroughout the host about the going boshaphat, and his might that he down of the sun, saying, Every man to stewed, and bow he warred, are they his city, and every man to his own not written in the book of the chrocountry,

nicles of the kings of Judab? 37 so the king died, and was 46 And the remnant of the Sodom brougbt to Samaria, and they buried ites, which remained in the days of the king in Sainaria.

his father Asa, he took out of the land. 38 And one washed the chariot in 47 There was then ao king in Edoin the pool of Samaria ; and the dogs a deputy was king. licked up his blood; and they wasbed 46 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tbar. his armour ; according unto ibe word shish to go to Ophir for gold: but they of the LORD which he spake.

went not ; for the ships were broken at 39 Now the rest of the acts of Ezion-geber. Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory 49 Then said Ahaziab the son of house which he made, and all the cities Ahab unto Jebosbaphat, Let my serthat he built, are they not written in vants go with thy servants in the sbips.

book the chronicles of the kings But Jeboshaphat would not. of Israel?

50 | And Jeboshaphat slept with his 40 So Abab slept with his fathers ; fathers, and was buried with bis faand Abaziab his son reigned in his thers in the city of David bis father, stead.

and Jehoram his son reigned in bis 41 | And Jehoshaphat the son of stead. Asa began to reign over Judab in the 61 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began fourth year of Abab king of Israel. to reign over Israel in Samaria the

42 Jebosbaphat was thirty and five seventeenth year of Jehosbapbat king years old when he began to reign; of Judah, and reigned two years over and be reigned twenty and five years Israel. in Jerusalem And bis motber's name 52 And be did evil in the sight of was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. the LORD, and walked in the way of

43 And he walked in all the way of his father, and in the way of his moAsa his father ; be turned not aside ther, and in the way of Jerohoam the from it, doing that whach was right in son of Nebat, wbo made Israel to sin : the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless 53 For he served Baal, and worthe high places were not taken away; shipped him, and provoked to anger for the people offered and burat in- the LORD God of Israel, according to cense yet in the high places.

all that bis father had done.

THE SECOND BOOK OF THE KINGS, COMMONLY CALLED

THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE KINGS.
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that sent you, and say unto him, Thus THEX, Moals rebelled against Israel saith the LORD; not because

And Abaziah fell down through sendest to inquire of Baal-zebub the a lattice in his upper chamber that was god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent not come down from that bed vs messengers, and said unto them, Go, which thou art gone up, but shalt inguire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, surely die. whether I shall recover of this disease. 7 And be said unto them, What

3 But the angel of the LORD said to manner of man was he wbich came up Elijah the Tistbjte, Arise, go up to to meet you, and told you these words? meet the messengers of the king of 8 And they answered bim, He was Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not an hairy man, and girt with a girdle because there is not a God in Israel, of leather about his loins. And he that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub said, It is Ehjab the Tishbite. the god of Ekron?

9 Then the king sent unto him a Now therefore thus saith the LORD, captain of fifty with his fifty: And he Thou shalt not come down from that went up to him: and behold, be sat bed on which thou art gone up, but on the top of an hill. And he spake shalt surely die. And Elijab departed. unto

hin, Thou man of God, the king 5. And when the messengers turned bath said, Come down. back unto him, he said unto them, 10 And Elijab answered and said to Why are ye now turned back?

the captain of fifty, If I be a man of 6 And they said unto him, There God,

then let fire come down from came a man up to meet us, and said heaven, and consume thee and thy wuto us Go, lurri again unto the king ifty. And there came down fire fru

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CHAP. III. A miraculous supply of malet. Mtuation of this city is pleasant, as my kings together, to deliver them into Jord seeth: but the water is naught, the band of Moab ! and the ground barren.

11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there 90 And he said, Bring me a new not here a prophet of the LORD, that cruse, and put salt therein. And they we may inquire of the LORD by hua? brought it to bim.

And one of the king of Israel's servants 91 And he went forth unto the answered and said, Here is Elisha the spring of the waters, and cast the salt son of Shaphat, which poured water in there, and said, Thus saith the on the hands of Elijah. LORD, I have bealed these waters ; 19 And Jehos baphat said, The word there 'shall not be from thence any of the LORD is with him. so the king more death, or barren land.

of Israel, and Jehoshaphat, and the 92 So the waters were healed unto king of Edom, went down to hiin. this day, according to the saying of 13 And Elisha suid yoto the king of Elisha which be spake.

Israel, What have I to do with thee? 23 And he went up from thence get thee to the prophets of thy rather, unto Beth-el : and as he was going up and to the propheis of thy mother. by the way, there came forth little and the king of Israel said unto him, children out of the city, and mocked Nay : for the LORD bath called these him, and said unto bim, Go up, thou three kings together, to deliver them bald-bead; go up, thou bald-head. into the hand of Moab.

24 And he turned back, and look 14 And Elisha said, As the LORD o! ed on them, and cursed them in the hosts liveth, before wbom i stand, name of the LORD. And there came surely, were it not that I regard the forth two she-bears out of the wood, presence of Jehoshaphat the king of and tare forty and two children of Judah, I would not look toward thee, them.

nor see thee. 25 And he went from thence to mount 15 But now bring me a minstrel. Carmel, and from thence be returned And it came to pass, when the minto Samaria.

strel played, that the hand of the CHAP. III.

LORD came upon bim. NOW Jeboram the son of Ahab be 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD,

gan to reign over Israel in Samaria Make this valley full of ditches. in the eighteenth year of Jehoshapbat 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall king of Judah, and reigned twelve not see wind, neither shall ye see years.

rain ; yet that valley shall be filled 2 And he wrought evil in the sight with water, that ye may drink, both of the LORD ; but not like his father, ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. and like his mother : for be put away 18 And this is but a light thing in the image of Baal that his father had the sight of the LORD: he will deliver inade.

the Moabites also into your hand. 3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the

19 And ye shall smite every fenced sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, city, and every choice city, and shall wbich made Israel to sin; he departed fell every good tree, and stop all wells Dot therefrom.

of water, and mar every good piece of 4 | And Mesba king of Moab was a land with stones. sheep-master, and rendered unto the 20 And it came to pass in the king of Israel an hundred thousand morning, when the meat-offering was lambs, and an bundred thousand rams, offered, that behold, there came wawith the wool.

ter by the way of Edom, and the coun5 But it came to pass, when Ahab try was filled with water. was dead, that the king of Moab re 21 And when all the Moabites belled against the king of Israel. heard that the kings were come up to

6.1 Ănd king Jehoran went out fight against them, they gathered ali of Samaria the same time, and num- that were able to put on armour, aná bered all Israel.

upward, and stood in the border. And he went and sent to Jehosha 22 And they rose up early in the phat the king of Judab, saying, The morning, and the sun shone upon the king of Moab hath rebelled against water, and the Moabites saw the water; me wilt thou go with me against on the other side as red as blood Moab to battle? And he said, I will 23 And they said, This is blood : the go up : I am as thou art, my people kings are surely slain, and they have as thy people, and my horses as thy smitten one another: now therefore horses.

Moab, to the spoil, 8 And he said, which way shall we 24 And when they came to the canıp go up. And be answered, The way of Israel, the Israelites rose up and through the wilderness of Edom. smote the Moabites, so that they fled

9 So the king of Israel went, and before them: but they went forward the king of Judab, and the king of smiting the Moabites, even in their Edom: and they fetched a compass of country. peven days' journey: and there was no 25 And they beat down the cities, water for the host, and for the cattle and on every good piece of land cast tbat followed tbem.

every man his stone, and filled it; 10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! and they stopped all the wells of wa shat the LORD bath called these three ter, and felled all the good trees: oply

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