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35 C And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said
unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I
pray

thee. And the man refused to smite him.
36 Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed
the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as thou art departed
from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was de-
parted from him, a lion found him, and slew him.

37 Then be found another man, and said, Smite mė, I
pray thee. And the man smote him, * so that in smiting he Heb, smit-
wounded him.

wounding 38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

39 And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt + pay a talent of silver.

+ Heb. weigh. 40 And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was Heb. he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.

41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets

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42 And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Be- ich. xxii. 37.
cause thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I
pointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his
life, and thy people for his people.
43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and
displeased, and came to Samaria

SECTION VI.
Seizure of Naboth's Vineyard.

1 KINGS XXI.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the
Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the
palace of Ahab king of Samaria.

2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy
vineyard

, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give « Heb. be good

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3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him : for he had said, I will not give thee the inhe ritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread ?

6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.

7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Na: both the Jezreelite.

8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.

9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, * Heb. in the and set Naboth * on high among the people : top of the poo

10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he

11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.

12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth. is not alive, but dead.

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16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth A. C. 899. was dead

, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of
Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
17 C And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tish-

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18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria : behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.

19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession ? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the

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22 And will make thine house like the house of n Jero- n ch. xv. 29. boam the son of Nebat, and like the house of • Baasha the och. xvi. 3. son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast

pro: voked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.

23 And Pof Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The Kings ix. dogs shall eat Jezebel by the * wall of Jezreel.

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25 ( But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell
himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom

26 And he did very abominably in following idols, accord-
ing to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast
out before the children of Israel.

27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words,
that he rent bis clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh,
and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly,
28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tish-

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29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil, upon his house.

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SECTION VII. *

Death of Ahab.

1 KINGS XXII, VÉR. 1-41.
1 And they continued three years without war between
Syria and Israel.

2 And it came to pass in the third year, that 9 Jehosha-
phat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

3 And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know Heb. silent ye that Ramoth in Gilead is our's, and we be * still, and from taking it. take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?

4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me

to battle to Ramoth-gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the 1 2 Kings iii. 7. king of Israel, *1 am as thou art, my people as thy people,

my horses as thy horses.

5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I

pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.

6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?

8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him ; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

9 Then the king of Israel called an + officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah,

10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of

Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in * Heb. Noor. a Ivoid place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria ; and

all the prophets prophesied before them.

11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron : and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.

12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper : for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand.

13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now,

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14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the A.C. 897. Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.

15 ( So he came to the king. And the king said unto
him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle,
or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and
per: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the
king,

16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall
I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is
true in the name of the LORD?

17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd : and the LORD said, These have no master : let them return every man to his house in peace.

18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?

19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord : I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.

20 And the Lord said, Who shall * persuade Ahab, that + Or, deceive. he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead ? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. 21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.

22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also go forth, and do so.

23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying
spint in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD
hath spoken evil concerning thee.

24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and
smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went $8. Chrom
the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?

25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that
day, when thou shalt got into an inner chamber to hide 1 Or, from
thyself.

26 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry Chamber in a
him back unto Amon the governor of the

city, and to Jeas chamber
27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the
prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water

peace.
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