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34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and A.C. 889.
last, behold, they are written in the * book of Jehu the son
of Hanani,' who † is mentioned in the book of the kings of Kings xvi.
Israel

1 KINGS XXII. VER. 45 & 50.
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?

50 g And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was
buried with his fathers in the city of David his father : and
Jeboram his son reigned in his stead.

2 CHRONICLES XVII. VER. 1. 1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself 8) Kings xv.

24. against Israel.

1 KINGS XXII. VER. 48.

48 Jehoshaphat I made ships of Tharsbish to go to Ophir for gold: but they Or, had len

ships. sent not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber,

CHAPTER IV.

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PART II.
Events in the kingdom of Israel contemporary with the reign

of Jehoshaphat.

SECTION I.
Reign of Ahab continued; Elijah predicts a drought, and raises

the Widow's son.

1 KINGS XVII.
1 And & Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants
of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel Jahu, Lukeiv.
liveth, before whom I stand, a there shall not be dew nor Elias.
rain these years, but according to my word.

2 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,
3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thy-
self by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook;
and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

5 So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan,

6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the moming, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank

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of the brook.

? And it came to pass || after a while, that the brook Heb. Ql the dried up, because there had been no rain in the land,

and of days.

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A.C. 008. 8 9 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

9 Arise, get thee to * Zarephath, which belongeth to called streptoZidon, and dwell there : behold, I have commanded a

widow woman there to sustain thee.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks : and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

1l And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

12 And she said, as the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse : and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.

13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of

meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until + Heb. giveth. the day that the LORD + sendeth rain upon the earth.

15 And she went and did according to the saying of Or, a fell Elijah : and she, and he, and her house, did eat I many

days.

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the

cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which Heb. by the he spake by Elijah. hand of,

11 9 And it came to pass after these things, that the son
of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his
sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with
thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call
my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son ?
19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son.

And he
took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft,
where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son ?

21 And he || stretched himself upon the child three times,

and cried unto the Lord, and said, O LORD my God, I Heb, into pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.

22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah ; and the parts.

soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out

year.

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of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his A.C. 908.
mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

24 g And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know
that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD
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SECTION II.
Elijah proves the truth of his mission, and flies from Jezebel.

1 KINGS XVIII.
1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of 906.
the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go,
shes thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the
earth.
2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And
there was a sore famine in Samaria.

3 And Ahab called * Obadiah, which was † the governor Heb. Oba.
of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly : Heb. over

4 For it was so, when & Jezebel cut off the prophets of
the Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and
hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and
water.)

; And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto
all fountains of water, and unto all brooks : peradventure
we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, s that Heb. that
we lose not all the beasts.

6 So they divided the land between them to pass through-beasts.
out it

: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went
another way by himself.

7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met
him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art
thou that my lord Elijah?
8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold,
Elijah is here.
9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest
deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?

10 As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or
kingdom whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee; and
when they said, He'is not there; he took an oath of the
kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Eli-
jah is here.
12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as

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, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.

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A.C.906. 13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew

the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.

15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him : and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 | And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Ari thou he that troubleth Israel?

18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel ; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.

19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.

20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How *Or,thoughts. long halt ye between two * opinions? if the LORD be God,

follow him : but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under : and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by

fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, + Heb. The + It is well spoken. word is good.

25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and

they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morn1 Or, answer. ing even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there

was no voice, nor any that S answered. And they || leaped wpand down upon the altar which was made.

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked

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them, and said, Cry * aloud : for he is a god; either the A.C. 906.
is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or per- Heb. with a
adventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their lateth.
manner with knives and lancets, till & the blood gushed out pursuit
29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they them.
prophesied until the time of the || offering of the evening sa- !! Heb. ascend-
crilice

, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor
any that regarded.

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto
me. And all the people came near unto him. And he re-
paired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the num-

of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word
of the Lord came, saying, " Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of xvii

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the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great
as would contain two measures of seed.

33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in
pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels
with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the
wood.

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it
the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And
they did it the third time.

35 And the water tran round about the altar; and he + Heb. weni.
filled the trench also with water.

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the
evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and
said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be
known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I
thy, servant, and that I have done all these things at thy
word.

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may
know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast
turned their heart back again.

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the
bumt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust,
and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their
faces : and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD,
he is the God.

40 And Elijah said unto them, # Take the prophets of 1 Or, appre.
Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them :
and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and
slew them there.

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