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1st KINGS , 16
16:1 And the word of the Lord came to Jehu, son of Hanani, protesting against Baasha and saying,
2 Because I took you up out of the dust, and made you ruler over my people Israel ; and you have gone in the ways of Jeroboam, and made my people Israel do evil, moving me to wrath by their sins ;
3 Truly, I will see that Baasha and all his family are completely brushed away ; I will make your family like the family of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat.
4 Anyone of the family of Baasha who comes to death in the town, will become food for the dogs ; and he to whom death comes in the open country, will be food for the birds of the air.
5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ?
6 And Baasha went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth at Tirzah ; and Elah his son became king in his place.
7 And the Lord sent his word against Baasha and his family by the mouth of the prophet Jehu, the son of Hanani, because of all the evil he did in the eyes of the Lord, moving him to wrath by the work of his hands, because he was like the family of Jeroboam, and because he put it to death.
8 In the twenty-sixth year that Asa was king of Judah, Elah, the son of Baasha, became king of Israel in Tirzah, and he was king for two years.
Israel and Judah at war
16:9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his war-carriages, made secret designs against him : now he was in Tirzah, drinking hard in the house of Arza, controller of the king's house in Tirzah.
10 And Zimri went in and made an attack on him and put him to death, in the twenty-seventh year that Asa was king of Judah, and made himself king in his place.
16:11 And straight away when he became king and took his place on the seat of the kingdom, he put to death all the family of Baasha : not one male child of his relations or his friends kept his life.
12 So Zimri put to death all the family of Baasha, so that the word which the Lord said against him by the mouth of Jehu the prophet came about ;
13 Because of all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, which they did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath by their foolish acts.
14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ?
16:15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa, king of Judah, Zimri was king for seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were attacking Gibbethon in the land of the Philistines.
16 And news came to the people in the tents that Zimri had made a secret design and had put the king to death : so all Israel made Omri, the captain of the army, king that day in the tents.
17 Then Omri went up from Gibbethon, with all the army of Israel, and they made an attack on Tirzah, shutting in the town on every side.
18 And when Zimri saw that the town was taken, he went into the inner room of the king's house, and burning the house over his head, came to his end,
19 Because of his sin in doing evil in the eyes of the Lord, in going in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel do.
20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the secret design he made, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ?
16:21 Then there was a division among the people of Israel ; half the people were for making Tibni, son of Ginath, king, and half were supporting Omri.
22 But the supporters of Omri overcame those who were on the side of Tibni, the son of Ginath ; and death came to Tibni and to his brother Joram at that time : and Omri became king in the place of Tibni.
23 In the thirty-first year of Asa, king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel, and he was king for twelve years ; for six years he was ruling in Tirzah.
24 He got the hill Samaria from Shemer for the price of two talents of silver, and he made a town there, building it on the hill and naming it Samaria, after Shemer the owner of the hill.
16:25 And Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all those before him,
26 Copying all the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and all the sins he did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath by their foolish ways.
27 Now the rest of the acts which Omri did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ?
16:28 So Omri went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria ; and Ahab his son became king in his place.
16:29 In the thirty-eighth year that Asa was king of Judah, Ahab, the son of Omri, became king over Israel ; and Ahab was king in Samaria for twenty-two years.
30 And Ahab, the son of Omri, did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all who went before him.
31 And as if copying the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, was a small thing for him, he took as his wife Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidon, and became a servant and worshipper of Baal.
32 And he put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria.
33 And Ahab made an image of Asherah and did more than all the kings of Israel before him to make the Lord, the God of Israel, angry.
34 In his days Hiel made Jericho ; he put its base in position at the price of Abiram, his oldest son, and he put its doors in place at the price of his youngest son Segub ; even as the Lord had said by Joshua, the son of Nun.
1st KINGS , 17
17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, By the living Lord, the God of Israel, whose servant I am, there will be no dew or rain in these years, but only at my word.
2 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
3 Go from here in the direction of the east, and keep yourself in a secret place by the stream Cherith, east of Jordan.
4 The water of the stream will be your drink, and by my orders the ravens will give you food there.
5 So he went and did as the Lord said, living by the stream Cherith, east of Jordan.
6 And the ravens took him bread in the morning and meat in the evening ; and the water of the stream was his drink.
7 Now after a time the stream became dry, because there was no rain in the land.
Elijah predicts drought
17:8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
9 Up ! go now to Zarephath, in Zidon, and make your living-place there ; I have given orders to a widow woman there to see that you have food.
10 So he got up and went to Zarephath ; and when he came to the door of the town, he saw a widow woman getting sticks together ; and crying out to her he said, Will you give me a little water in a vessel for my drink ?
11 And when she was going to get it, he said to her, And get me with it a small bit of bread.
12 Then she said, By the life of the Lord your God, I have nothing but a little meal in my store, and a drop of oil in the bottle ; and now I am getting two sticks together so that I may go in and make it ready for me and my son, so that we may have a meal before our death.
13 And Elijah said to her, Have no fear ; go and do as you have said, but first make me a little cake of it and come and give it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.
14 For this is the word of the Lord, the God of Israel : The store of meal will not come to an end, and the bottle will never be without oil, till the day when the Lord sends rain on the earth.
15 So she went and did as Elijah said ; and she and he and her family had food for a long time.
16 The store of meal did not come to an end, and the bottle was never without oil, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Elijah.
17:17 Now after this, the son of the woman of the house became ill, so ill that there was no breath in him.
18 And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O man of God ? have you come to put God in mind of my sin, and to put my son to death ?
19 And he said to her, Give your son to me. And lifting him out of her arms, he took him up to his room and put him down on his bed.
20 And crying to the Lord he said, O Lord my God, have you sent evil even on the widow whose guest I am, by causing her son's death ?
21 And stretching herself out on the child three times, he made his prayer to the Lord, saying, O Lord my God, be pleased to let this child's life come back to him again.
22 And the Lord gave ear to the voice of Elijah, and the child's spirit came into him again, and he came back to life.
23 And Elijah took the child down from his room into the house and gave him to his mother and said to her, See, your son is living.
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I am certain that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is true.
1st KINGS , 18
18:1 Now after a long time, the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, Go and let Ahab see you, so that I may send rain on the earth.
2 So Elijah went to let Ahab see him. Now there was no food to be had in Samaria.
3 And Ahab sent for Obadiah, the controller of the king's house. (Now Obadiah had the fear of the Lord before him greatly ;
4 For when Jezebel was cutting off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred of them, and kept them secretly in a hole in the rock, fifty at a time, and gave them bread and water.)
5 And Ahab said to Obadiah, Come, let us go through all the country, to all the fountains of water and all the rivers, and see if there is any grass to be had for the horses and the transport beasts, so that we may be able to keep some of the beasts from destruction.
6 So they went through all the country, covering it between them ; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another by himself.
Israel and Judah at war
18:7 And while Obadiah was on his way, he came face to face with Elijah ; and seeing who it was, he went down on his face and said, Is it you, my lord Elijah ?
8 And Elijah in answer said, It is I ; now go and say to your lord, Elijah is here.
9 And he said, What sin have I done, that you would give up your servant into the hand of Ahab, and be the cause of my death ?
10 By the life of the Lord your God, there is not a nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent in search of you ; and when they said, He is not here ; he made them take an oath that they had not seen you.
11 And now you say, Go, say to your lord, Elijah is here.
12 And straight away, when I have gone from you, the spirit of the Lord will take you away, I have no idea where, so that when I come and give word to Ahab, and he sees you not, he will put me to death : though I, your servant, have been a worshipper of the Lord from my earliest years.
13 Has my lord not had word of what I did when Jezebel was putting the Lord's prophets to death ? how I kept a hundred of them in a secret hole in the rock, fifty at a time, and gave them bread and water ?
14 And now you say, Go and say to your Lord, Elijah is here ; and he will put me to death.
15 And Elijah said, By the life of the Lord of armies, whose servant I am, I will certainly let him see me today.
16 So Obadiah went to Ahab and gave him the news ; and Ahab went to see Elijah.
18:17 And when he saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Is it you, you troubler of Israel ?
18 Then he said in answer, I have not been troubling Israel, but you and your family ; because, turning away from the orders of the Lord, you have gone after the Baals.
19 Now send, and get Israel together before me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal who get their food at Jezebel's table.
18:20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and got the prophets together at Mount Carmel.
21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you go on balancing between two opinions ? if the Lord is God, then give worship to him ; but if Baal, give worship to him. And the people said not a word in answer.
22 Then Elijah said to the people, I, even I, am the only living prophet of the Lord ; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23 Now, let them give us two oxen ; and let them take one for themselves, and have it cut up, and put it on the wood, but put no fire under it ; I will get the other ox ready, and put it on the wood, and put no fire under it.
24 And do you make prayers to your god, and I will make a prayer to the Lord : and it will be clear that the one who gives an answer by fire is God. And all the people in answer said, It is well said.
25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Take one ox for yourselves and get it ready first, for there are more of you ; and make your prayers to your god, but put no fire under.
26 So they took the ox which was given them, and made it ready, crying out to Baal from morning till the middle of the day, and saying, O Baal, give ear to us. But there was no voice and no answer. And they were jumping up and down before the altar they had made.
27 And in the middle of the day, Elijah made sport of them, saying, Give louder cries, for he is a god ; he may be deep in thought, or he may have gone away for some purpose, or he may be on a journey, or by chance he is sleeping and has to be made awake.
28 So they gave loud cries, cutting themselves with knives and swords, as was their way, till the blood came streaming out all over them.
29 And from the middle of the day they went on with their prayers till the time of the offering ; but there was no voice, or any answer, or any who gave attention to them.
18:30 Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me ; and all the people came near. And he put up again the altar of the Lord which had been broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the Lord had said, Israel will be your name:
32 And with the stones he made an altar to the name of the Lord ; and he made a deep drain all round the altar, great enough to take two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and, cutting up the ox, put it on the wood. Then he said, Get four vessels full of water and put it on the burned offering and on the wood. And he said, Do it a second time, and they did it a second time ;
34 And he said, Do it a third time, and they did it a third time.
35 And the water went all round the altar, till the drain was full.
18:36 Then at the time of the offering, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O Lord, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be seen this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things by your order.
37 Give me an answer, O Lord, give me an answer, so that this people may see that you are God, and that you have made their hearts come back again.
38 Then the fire of the Lord came down, burning up the offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and drinking up the water in the drain.
39 And when the people saw it, they all went down on their faces, and said, The Lord, he is God, the Lord, he is God.
40 And Elijah said to them, Take the prophets of Baal, let not one of them get away. So they took them, and Elijah made them go down to the stream Kishon, and put them to death there.
18:41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, Up ! take food and drink, for there is a sound of much rain.
42 So Ahab went up to have food and drink, while Elijah went up to the top of Carmel ; and he went down on the earth, putting his face between his knees.
43 And he said to his servant, Go now, and take a look in the direction of the sea. And he went up, and after looking said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times ; and he went seven times.
44 And the seventh time he said, I see a cloud coming up out of the sea, as small as a man's hand. Then he said, Go up and say to Ahab, Get your carriage ready and go down or the rain will keep you back.
45 And after a very little time, the heaven became black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went in his carriage to Jezreel.
46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah ; and he made himself strong, and went running before Ahab till they came to Jezreel.
1st KINGS , 19
19:1 Ahab gave Jezebel news of all Elijah had done, and how he had put all the prophets to death with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a servant to Elijah, saying, May the gods' punishment be on me if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
3 And he got up, fearing for his life, and went in flight, and came to Beer-sheba in Judah, parting there from his servant ;
A still small voice
19:4 While he himself went a day's journey into the waste land, and took a seat under a broom-plant, desiring for himself only death ; for he said, It is enough : now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.
5 And stretching himself on the earth, he went to sleep under the broom-plant ; but an angel, touching him, said to him, Get up and have some food.
6 And looking up, he saw by his head a cake cooked on the stones and a bottle of water. So he took food and drink and went to sleep again.
7 And the angel of the Lord came again a second time, and touching him said, Get up and have some food, or the journey will be overmuch for your strength.
8 So he got up and took food and drink, and in the strength of that food he went on for forty days and nights, to Horeb, the mountain of God.
19:9 And there he went into a hole in the rock for the night ; then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, What are you doing here, Elijah ?
10 And he said, I have been burning for the honour of the Lord, the God of armies ; for the children of Israel have not kept your agreement ; they have made destruction of your altars, and have put your prophets to death with the sword : till I, even I, am the only one living ; and now they are attempting to take away my life.
11 Then he said, Go out and take your place on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord went by, and mountains were parted by the force of a great wind, and rocks were broken before the Lord ; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind there was an earth-shock, but the Lord was not in the earth-shock.
12 And after the earth-shock a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a soft breath.
13 And Elijah, hearing it, went out, covering his face with his robe, and took his place in the opening of the hole. And there a voice came to him saying, What are you doing here, Elijah ?
14 And he said, I have been burning for the honour of the Lord, the God of armies ; for the children of Israel have not kept your agreement ; they have had your altars broken down, and have put your prophets to death with the sword : till I, even I, am the only one living ; and now they are attempting to take away my life.
15 And the Lord said to him, Go back on your way through the waste land to Damascus ; and when you come there, put the holy oil on Hazael to make him king over Aram ;
16 And on Jehu, son of Nimshi, making him king over Israel ; and on Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, to be prophet in your place.
17 And it will come about that the man who gets away safe from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will put to death ; and whoever gets away safe from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will put to death.
18 But I will keep safe seven thousand in Israel, all those whose knees have not been bent to Baal, and whose mouths have given him no kisses.
19:19 So he went away from there and came across Elisha, the son of Shaphat, ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen, he himself walking with the twelfth ; and Elijah went up to him and put his robe on him.
20 And letting the oxen be where they were, he came running after Elijah, and said, Only let me give a kiss to my father and mother, and then I will come after you. But he said to him, Go back again ; for what have I done to you ?
21 And he went back, and took the oxen and put them to death, and cooking their flesh with the yokes of the oxen, he gave the people a feast. Then he got up and went after Elijah and became his servant.
1st KINGS , 21
Chapters 20 and 21 are generally considered to be reversed.
21:1 Now Naboth the Jezreelite had a vine-garden in Jezreel, near the house of Ahab, king of Samaria.
2 And Ahab said to Naboth, Give me your vine-garden so that I may have it for a garden of sweet plants, for it is near my house ; and let me give you a better vine-garden in exchange, or, if it seems good to you, let me give you its value in money.
3 But Naboth said to Ahab, By the Lord, far be it from me to give you the heritage of my fathers.
4 So Ahab came into his house bitter and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him, I will not give you the heritage of my fathers. And stretching himself on the bed with his face turned away, he would take no food.
21:5 But Jezebel, his wife, came to him and said, Why is your spirit so bitter that you have no desire for food ?
6 And he said to her, Because I was talking to Naboth the Jezreelite, and I said to him, Let me have your vine-garden for a price, or, if it is pleasing to you, I will give you another vine-garden for it : and he said, I will not give you my vine-garden.
7 Then Jezebel, his wife, said, Are you now the ruler of Israel ? Get up, take food, and let your heart be glad ; I will give you the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite.
21:8 So she sent a letter in Ahab's name, stamped with his stamp, to the responsible men and the chiefs who were in authority with Naboth.
9 And in the letter she said, Let a time of public sorrow be fixed, and put Naboth at the head of the people ;
10 And get two good-for-nothing persons to come before him and give witness that he has been cursing God and the king. Then take him out and have him stoned to death.
11 So the responsible men and the chiefs who were in authority in his town, did as Jezebel had said in the letter she sent them.
12 They gave orders for a day of public sorrow, and put Naboth at the head of the people.
13 And the two good-for-nothing persons came in and took their seats before him and gave witness against Naboth, in front of the people, saying, Naboth has been cursing God and the king. Then they took him outside the town and had him stoned to death.
14 And they sent word to Jezebel, saying, Naboth has been stoned and is dead.
21:15 Then Jezebel, hearing that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, said to Ahab, Get up and take as your heritage the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he would not give you for money, for Naboth is no longer living but is dead.
16 So Ahab, hearing that Naboth was dead, went down to the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite to take it as his heritage.
21:17 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
21:18 Go down to Ahab, king of Israel, in Samaria ; see, he is in the vine-garden of Naboth the Jezreelite, where he has gone to take it as his heritage.
19 Say to him, The Lord says, Have you put a man to death and taken his heritage ? Then say to him, The Lord says, In the place where dogs have been drinking the blood of Naboth, there will your blood become the drink of dogs.
21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you come face to face with me, O my hater ? And he said, I have come to you because you have given yourself up to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.
21 See, I will send evil on you and put an end to you completely, cutting off from Ahab every male child, him who is shut up and him who goes free in Israel ;
22 And I will make your family like the family of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and like the family of Baasha, the son of Ahijah, because you have made me angry, and have made Israel do evil.
23 And of Jezebel the Lord said, Jezebel will become food for dogs in the heritage of Jezreel.
24 Any man of the family of Ahab who comes to his death in the town will become food for the dogs ; and he who comes to his death in the open country will be food for the birds of the air.
21:25 (There was no one like Ahab, who gave himself up to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, moved to it by Jezebel his wife.
26 He did a very disgusting thing in going after false gods, doing all the things the Amorites did, whom the Lord sent out before the children of Israel.)
21:27 Hearing these words, Ahab, in great grief, put haircloth on his flesh and went without food, sleeping in haircloth, and going about quietly.
28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
29 Do you see how Ahab has made himself low before me ? because he has made himself low before me, I will not send the evil in his life-time, but in his son's time I will send the evil on his family.
1st KINGS , 20
Defeat of Syria by Ahab
Chapters 20 and 21 are generally considered to be reversed.
20:1 Now Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got all his army together, and thirty-two kings with him, and horses and carriages of war ; he went up and made war on Samaria, shutting it in.
2 And he sent representatives into the town to Ahab, king of Israel ;
3 And they said to him, Ben-hadad says, Your silver and your gold are mine ; and your wives and children are mine.
4 And the king of Israel sent him an answer saying, As you say, my lord king, I am yours with all I have.
5 Then the representatives came back again, and said, These are the words of Ben-hadad : I sent to you saying, Give up to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children ;
6 But I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, to make a search through your house and the houses of your people, and everything which is pleasing in your eyes they will take away in their hands.
20:7 Then the king of Israel sent for all the responsible men of the land, and said, Now will you take note and see the evil purpose of this man : he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, and I did not keep them back.
8 And all the responsible men and the people said to him, Do not give attention to him or do what he says.
9 So he said to the representatives of Ben-hadad, Say to my lord the king, All the orders you sent the first time I will do ; but this thing I may not do. And the representatives went back with this answer.
10 Then Ben-hadad sent to him, saying, May the gods' punishment be on me if there is enough of the dust of Samaria for all the people at my feet to take some in their hands.
11 And the king of Israel said in answer, Say to him, The time for loud talk is not when a man is putting on his arms, but when he is taking them off.
12 Now when this answer was given to Ben-hadad, he was drinking with the kings in the tents, and he said to his men, Take up your positions. So they put themselves in position for attacking the town.
20:13 Then a prophet came up to Ahab, king of Israel, and said, The Lord says, Have you seen all this great army ? See, I will give it into your hands today, and you will see that I am the Lord.
14 And Ahab said, By whom ? And he said, The Lord says, By the servants of the chiefs who are over the divisions of the land. Then he said, By whom is the fighting to be started? And he made answer, By you.
15 Then he got together the servants of all the chiefs who were over the divisions of the land, two hundred and thirty-two of them ; and after them, he got together all the people, all the children of Israel, seven thousand.
20:16 And in the middle of the day they went out. But Ben-hadad was drinking in the tents with the thirty-two kings who were helping him.
17 And the servants of the chiefs who were over the divisions of the land went forward first ; and when Ben-hadad sent out, they gave him the news, saying, Men have come out from Samaria.
18 And he said, If they have come out for peace, take them living, and if they have come out for war, take them living.
20:19 So the servants of the chiefs of the divisions of the land went out of the town, with the army coming after them.
20 And every one of them put his man to death, and the Aramaeans went in flight with Israel after them ; and Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got away safely on a horse with his horsemen.
21 And the king of Israel went out and took the horses and the war-carriages, and made great destruction among the Aramaeans.
20:22 Then the prophet came up to the king of Israel, and said to him, Now make yourself strong, and take care what you do, or a year from now the king of Aram will come up against you again.
20:23 Then the king of Aram's servants said to him, Their god is a god of the hills ; that is why they were stronger than we: but if we make an attack on them in the lowlands, we will certainly be stronger than they.
24 This is what you have to do: take away the kings from their positions, and put captains in their places ;
25 And get together another army like the one which came to destruction, horse for horse, and carriage for carriage; and let us make war on them in the lowlands, and certainly we will be stronger than they. And he gave ear to what they said, and did so.
20:26 So, a year later, Ben-hadad got the Aramaeans together and went up to Aphek to make war on Israel.
27 And the children of Israel got themselves together, and food was made ready and they went against them; the tents of the children of Israel were like two little flocks of goats before them, but all the country was full of the Aramaeans.
28 And a man of God came up and said to the king of Israel, The Lord says, Because the Aramaeans have said, The Lord is a god of the hills and not of the valleys ; I will give all this great army into your hands, and you will see that I am the Lord.
29 Now the two armies kept their positions facing one another for seven days. And on the seventh day the fight was started ; and the children of Israel put to the sword a hundred thousand Aramaean footmen in one day.
30 But the rest went in flight to Aphek, into the town, where a wall came down on the twenty-seven thousand who were still living. And Ben-hadad went in flight into the town, into an inner room.
31 Then his servants said to him, It is said that the kings of Israel are full of mercy : let us then put on haircloth, and cords on our heads, and go to the king of Israel ; it may be that he will give you your life.
32 So they put on haircloth, and cords on their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, Your servant Ben-hadad says, Let me now keep my life. And he said, Is he still living ? he is my brother.
33 Now the men took it as a sign, and quickly took up his words; and they said, Ben-hadad is your brother. Then he said, Go and get him. So Ben-hadad came out to him and he made him get up into his carriage.
34 And Ben-hadad said to him, The towns my father took from your father I will give back; and you may make streets for yourself in Damascus as my father did in Samaria. And as for me, at the price of this agreement you will let me go. So he made an agreement with him and let him go.
20:35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbour by the word of the Lord, Give me a wound. But the man would not.
36 Then he said to him, Because you have not given ear to the voice of the Lord, straight away when you have gone from me a lion will put you to death. And when he had gone, straight away a lion came rushing at him and put him to death.
37 Then he came across another man, and said, Give me a wound. And the man gave him a blow wounding him.
38 So the prophet went away, and pulling his head-band over his eyes to keep his face covered, took his place by the road waiting for the king.
39 And when the king went by, crying out to him he said, Your servant went out into the fight; and a man came out to me with another man and said, Keep this man : if by any chance he gets away, your life will be the price of his life, or you will have to give a talent of silver in payment.
40 But while your servant was turning this way and that, he was gone. Then the king of Israel said to him, You are responsible ; you have given the decision against yourself.
41 Then he quickly took the head-band from his eyes ; and the king of Israel saw that he was one of the prophets.
42 And he said to him, These are the words of the Lord: Because you have let go from your hands the man whom I had put to the curse, your life will be taken for his life, and your people for his people.
43 Then the king of Israel went back to his house, bitter and angry, and came to Samaria.
1st KINGS , 22
22:1 Now for three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.
2 And it came about in the third year, that Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, came down to the king of Israel.
3 And the king of Israel said to his servants, Do you not see that Ramoth-gilead is ours? and we are doing nothing to get it back from the hands of the king of Aram.
4 And he said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead to make war ? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as you are : my people as your people, my horses as your horses.
22:5 Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Let us now get directions from the Lord.
6 So the king of Israel got all the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, Am I to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not ? And they said, Go up : for the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.
7 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no other prophet of the Lord here from whom we may get directions ?
8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man by whom we may get directions from the Lord, Micaiah, son of Imlah; but I have no love for him, for he is a prophet of evil to me and not of good. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
9 Then the king of Israel sent for one of his unsexed servants and said, Go quickly and come back with Micaiah, the son of Imlah.
10 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, were seated on their seats of authority, dressed in their robes, by the doorway into Samaria ; and all the prophets were acting as prophets before them.
11 And Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, made himself horns of iron and said, The Lord says, Pushing back the Aramaeans with these, you will put an end to them completely.
12 And all the prophets said the same thing, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and it will go well for you, for the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.
22:13 Now the servant who had gone to get Micaiah said to him, See now, all the prophets with one voice are saying good things to the king ; so let your words be like theirs and say good things.
14 And Micaiah said, By the living Lord, whatever the Lord says to me I will say.
15 When he came to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, are we to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not ? And in answer he said, Go up, and it will go well for you ; and the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.
16 Then the king said to him, Have I not, again and again, put you on your oath to say nothing to me but what is true in the name of the Lord ?
17 Then he said, I saw all Israel wandering on the mountains like sheep without a keeper; and the Lord said, These have no master : let them go back, every man to his house in peace.
18 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not say that he would not be a prophet of good but of evil ?
19 And he said, Give ear now to the word of the Lord : I saw the Lord seated on his seat of power, with all the army of heaven in their places round him at his right hand and at his left.
20 And the Lord said, How may Ahab be tricked into going up to Ramoth-gilead to his death? And one said one thing and one another.
21 Then a spirit came forward and took his place before the Lord and said, I will get him to do it by a trick.
22 And the Lord said, How? And he said, I will go out and be a spirit of deceit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Your trick will have its effect on him: go out and do so.
23 And now, see, the Lord has put a spirit of deceit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the Lord has said evil against you.
22:24 Then Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, came near and gave Micaiah a blow on the side of the face, saying, Where is the spirit of the Lord whose word is in you?
25 And Micaiah said, Truly, you will see on that day when you go into an inner room to keep yourself safe.
26 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon, the ruler of the town, and to Joash, the king's son ;
27 And say, It is the king's order that this man is to be put in prison and given prison food till I come again in peace.
28 And Micaiah said, If you come back at all in peace, the Lord has not sent his word by me.
22:29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, went up to Ramoth-gilead.
30 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will make a change in my clothing, so that I do not seem to be the king, and will go into the fight ; but do you put on your robes. So the king of Israel made a change in his dress and went into the fight.
31 Now the king of Aram had given orders to the thirty-two captains of his war-carriages, saying, Make no attack on small or great, but only on the king of Israel.
32 So when the captains of the war-carriages saw Jehoshaphat, they said, Truly, this is the king of Israel ; and turning against him, they came round him, but Jehoshaphat gave a cry.
33 And when the captains of the war-carriages saw that he was not the king of Israel, they went back from going after him.
34 And a certain man sent an arrow from his bow without thought of its direction, and gave the king of Israel a wound where his breastplate was joined to his clothing ; so he said to the driver of his war-carriage, Go to one side and take me away out of the army, for I am badly wounded.
35 But the fight became more violent while the day went on ; and the king was supported in his war-carriage facing the Aramaeans, and the floor of the carriage was covered with the blood from his wound, and by evening he was dead.
36 And about sundown a cry went up from all parts of the army, saying, Let every man go back to his town and his country, for the king is dead.
22:37 And they came to Samaria, and put the king's body to rest in Samaria.
38 And the war-carriage was washed by the pool of Samaria, which was the bathing-place of the loose women, and the dogs were drinking his blood there, as the Lord had said.
39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all he did, and his ivory house, and all the towns of which he was the builder, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ?
40 So Ahab was put to rest with his fathers ; and Ahaziah his son became king in his place.
41 And Jehoshaphat, the son of Asa, became king over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab's rule over Israel.
22:42 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he was king for twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.
43 He did as Asa his father had done, not turning away from it, but doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord ; but the high places were not taken away : the people went on making offerings and burning them in the high places.
44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
22:45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his great power, and how he went to war, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah ?
46 He put an end to the rest of those who were used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods, all those who were still in the land in the time of his father Asa.
22:47 At that time there was no king in Edom ;
48 And the representative of King Jehoshaphat made a Tarshish-ship to go to Ophir for gold, but it did not go, because it was broken at Ezion-geber.
49 Then Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, said to Jehoshaphat, Let my men go with yours in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not let them.
50 Then Jehoshaphat went to rest with his fathers, and his body was put into the earth in the town of David his father ; and Jehoram his son became king in his place.
22:51 Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, became king over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of the rule of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, and he was king over Israel for two years.
52 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, going in the ways of his father and his mother, and in the ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel do evil.
53 He was a servant and worshipper of Baal, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath, as his father had done.
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