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Jezreel.

A.C. 906. 41 | And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and

drink; for there is * a sound of abundance of rain,

42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, 'Go again seven times.

44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said,

Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a + Heb. Tie, man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, + Pre

pare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee
not.

45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the hea-
ven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great
rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah ; and he 1 Heb. till girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab #to the entrance inou come to of Jezreel.

1 KINGS XIX, VER. 1-19.
1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and
withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So
let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life
as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

4. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilder

ness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree : and he Heb. for his requested § for himself that he might die; and said, It is life.

enough ; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I an not
better than my fathers.

5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold,
then, an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and
eat.

6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on || Heb, Bolster, the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid

Kim down again.
7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time,
and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the jour-
ney is too great for thee.

8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the
strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Ho-
reb the mount of God.

9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there ;

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and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said A.C. 906.
unto hin, What doest thou here, Elijah?

10 And he said, " I have been very jealous for the Lord e Rom. xi. 3.
God of hosts : for the children of Israel have forsaken thy
covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets
with the sword ; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life
, to take it

away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount be-
fore the LORD. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a
great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in
pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not
in the wind : and after the wind an earthquake; but the
Lord was not in the earthquake :

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not
in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped
his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the enter-
ing in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto
him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah ?

14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord
God of hosts : because the children of Israel have forsaken
thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy pro-
phets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they
seek my life, to take it away.

15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus : and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be r2 Kings ix. king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel- xlvii. meħolah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the
sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from
the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

18 • Yet * I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the h Rom. xi.
knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth leave?
which hath not kissed him.

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8 Luke iv. 27,
called Eliseus.

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SECTION HI.

Calling of Elisha.
I KINGS XIX. ver. 19, TO THE END.
19 € So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of
Shaphat

, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oren before
him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and

upon

him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said,
Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father

and my mother, and then

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A.C. 906. I will follow thee. And he said unto him, * Go back again:

for what have I done to thee?

21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

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Ben-hadad besieges Samaria.

1 KINGS XX. VER. 1-26.
1 And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host
together : and there were thirty and two kings with him, and
horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria,
and warred against it.

2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the
city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

3 Thy silver and thy gold is mine ; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

4 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.

5 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Ben-hadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children;

6 Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about

this time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses + Heb. desir. of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is + plea

sant in thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take

able.

it away.

not back from hinn.

7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh

mischief : for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my 1 Heb. I kept children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and 1 de

nied him not.

8 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor consent.

9 Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, Al that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers departed, and brought him word again.

10 And Ben-hadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do

so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suf4 Heb. are at fice for handfuls for all the people that s follow me.

11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him,

my feet.

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Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he A. C. 901.
that putteth it off.

12 And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad heard this
* message, as he was drinking, he and the kings in the * Heb. word.
+ pavilions, that he said unto his servants, Set yourselves tor, tents,
in array. And they set themselves in array against the city. engines : And
13 © And, behold, there şcame a prophet unto Ahab eine Peaced
king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou seen
all this great multitude ? behold, I will deliver it into thine
hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.

14 And Ahab said, By whom ? And he said, Thus saith
the Lord, Even by the young men of the princes of the || Or, servants.
provinces

. Then he said, Who shall * order the battle? And Heb. bind,
he answered, Thou.
15 Then he numbered the young men of the princes of
the provinces

, and they were two hundred and thirty two:
and after them he numbered all the people, even all the
children of Israel, being seven thousand.
16 And they went out at noon.

But Ben-hadad was
drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings,
the thirty and two kings that helped him.

17 And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out first ; and Ben-hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men come out of Samaria.

18 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they be come out for war, take

19 So these young men of the princes of the provinces
came out of the city, and the army which followed them.

20 And they slew every one his man : and the Syrians
fed ; and Israel pursued them: and Ben-hadad the king of
Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen.
21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses
and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
229 And the prophet came to the king of Israel

, and
said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see
what thou doést: for at the return of the year the king of
Syria will come up against thee.

23 And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.

24 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man. out of his place, and put captains in their rooms :

25 And number thee an army, like the army. + that thou + Heb. That hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot; and we

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A.C. 901. will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be

stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice,
and did so.

SECTION V.
Second defeat of the Syrians.

I KINGS XX. ver. 26, TO THE END.

26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Heb. to the Ben-hadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek,

* to fight against Israel.

27 And the children of Israel were numbered, and + were all present, and went against them : and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country.

28° And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the

have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the vallies, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

29 And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined : and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Ben-hadad fled, and came into the city, IS into an inner chamber.

31 4 And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we chamber with have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful in a chamber. kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and

ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.

32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.

33 Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it. and they said, Thy brother Ben-hadad. Then he said, Go

ye, bring him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot.

34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore ; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in

Or, from chamber to chamber,

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