Page images

king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel. 52. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of

Nebat, who made Israel to sin. 53. For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.


10. And he

by a

ND it came (c) to pass when the LORD

would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2. And Elijah said unto Elisha, “ Tarry here, I pray thee : for the « Lord hath sent me to Beth-el.” And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, « and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave « thee.” So they went down to Beth-el. 3. And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth-el, came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, “ Knowest thou that the LORD “ will take away thy master from thy “ head to-day?” And he said, “ Yea, I « know it, hold you your peace.” 4. And Elijah said unto him, “ Elisha, Tarry here, “ I pray thee : for the Lord hath sent « me to Jericho.” And he said, “ As the « LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I « will not leave thee.” So they came to Jericho. 5. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, “ Knowest thou that the « LORD will take away thy master from • thy head to-day?” And he answered, « Yea, I know it, hold you your peace." 6. And Elijah said unto him, “ Tarry, I « pray thee, here : for the Lord hath sent

me to Jordan.” And he said, “ As the « LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I or will not leave thee.” And they two went on. 7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

8. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrap! it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided (d) hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 9. And it came to pass when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, " Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee,” And Elisha said, “I pray thee, let a double (e) portion “ of thy spirit be upon me.” said, “ Thou hast asked a hard thing " nevertheless, if thou see me when la “ taken from thee, it shall be so unto the; “ but if not, it shall not be so." 11. And it came to pass as they still went on, talked, that behold, there appeared a chario? of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder, and Elijah went up whirlwind into heaven.

12. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, “ My father, my « father, the chariot of Israel, and the « horsemen thereof.” And no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan. 14. And he took the 'mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said

. “ Where is the LORD God of Elijah?" and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither : and Elisha went over.

15. And when the sons of the prophets which (f) were to view at Jericho, saw him, they said, “ The spirit “ of Elijah doth rest on Elisha." And

saw him

(c). v. 1. “ Came to pass.” Before Christ 896.

(d) v. 8. “ Divided.” A similar miracle to that 'in Josh, iii. between 500 and 600 years before.

(e) v. 9. “A double portion.” A wise request! Not riches or earthly power !

(f) v. 15. “ Which were to view.” See verse 7. The fifty who went to watch Elijah and Elisha,

they came to meet him, and bowed them selves to the ground before him : 16. And hey said unto him, “ Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men, let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master : lest peradventure the spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.” And he said, “ Ye shall not send.” 17. And when they urged him, I he was ashamed, he said, “ Send." hey sent therefore fifty men, and they ught three days, but found him not. 1. And when they came again to him, or he tarried at Jericho) he said unto em, “ Did I not say unto you, Go not ?" 1. And the men of the city said unto isha, “Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth : but the water is naught, and the ground barren.” 20. And he said, “ Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein." And y brought it to him. 21. And he went th unto the spring of the waters, and it the salt in there, and said, “ Thus saith the LORD, “ I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence

any more death, or barren land.22. So e waters were healed unto this day, cording to the saying of Elisha which he ake. 23. And he went up from thence to Beth-el: and as he was going up by : way, there came forth little children t of the city, and mocked him, and said to him, “ Go up thou bald-head, go up thou bald-head." 24. And he turned sk, and looked on them, and cursed 'm in the name of the LORD : and there ne forth two she bears out of the wood, 1 tare forty and two children of them. .. And he went from thence to mount

rmel, and from thence he returned to maria.

man in valour, but he was a leper. 2. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid, and she waited on Naaman's wife. 3. And she said unto her mistress, “ Would God my lord were " with the prophet that is in Samaria : for “ he would recover him of his leprosy.4. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, “ Thus and thus said the maid " that is of the land of Israel.” 5. And the king of Syria said, “ Go to, go, and “ I will send a letter unto the king of “ Israel.” And he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. 6. And he brought the letter to the king (i) of Israel, saying, “ Now when “ this letter is come unto thee, behold, “ I have therewith sent Naaman my servant “ to thee, that thou mayest recover him « of his leprosy." 7. And it came to pass when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, “ Am I “ God, to kill and to make alive, that this “ man doth send unto me to recover a « man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, “ I pray you, and see how he seeketh a “ quarrel against me.” 8. And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Where“ fore hast thou rent thy clothes ? let him “ come now to me, and he shall know u that there is a prophet in Israel." 9. So Naaman came with his horses, and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, “ Go and " wash in Jordan seven times, and thy “ flesh shall come again unto thee, and " thou shalt be clean." II. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, « Behold, I thought, He will surely come « out to me, and stand, and call on the “ name of the LORD his God, and strike « his hand over the place, and recover " the leper.

12. Are not Abana and « Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than “ all the waters of Israel ? may I not wash

CHAP. V. Tow (8) Naaman captain of the host

of the king (b) of Syria, was a great in with his master, and honourable, cause by him the LORD had given delirance unto Syria : he was also a mighty

(g) 0. J. Before Christ 894. (b) 0.1. “King of Syria." Benhadad.

(i) v. 6. “ King of Israel," i.e. “ Jehoram, " the son of Ahab."

« All is well :' my master hath sent me, “ saying, “ Behold, even now there be

come to me from mount Ephraim two

young men of the sons of the pro“phets : give them, I pray thee, a talent of “ silver, and two changes of garments." 23. And Naaman said, “ Be content, take "two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants, and they bare them before him. 24. And wher he came to the tower, he took them fros their hand, and bestowed them in the house; and he let the men go, and the departed. 25. But he went in, and stood before his master: and Elisha said unto him, “ Whence comest thou, Gehazi?" And he said, “ Thy servant went vo

whither.” 26. And he said unto him, • Went not mine heart with thee, when “ the man turned again from his charist « to meet thee? is it a time to receive “ money, and to receive garments, and “ olive-yards, and vineyards, and step " and oxen, and men servants, and Bad « servants ?

27. The leprosy therefde 66 of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and “ unto thy seed for ever.” And he went out (1) from his presence a leper as white as snow.

“ in them and be clean ?” So he turned, and went away in a rage.

13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, “ My father, If the prophet had « bid thee do some great thing, wouldest « thou not have done it ? how much « rather then, when he saith to thee, « Wash and be clean ?" 14. Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, “ Be« hold, now I know that there is no God « in all the earth, but in Israel : now there“ fore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy « servant.” 16. But he said, “ As the « LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I « will receive none." And he urged him to take it, but he refused. Naaman said, “ Shall there not then, I “ pray thee, be given to thy servant two 66 mules burden of earth ? for thy servant 66 will henceforth offer neither burnt offer« ing (k) nor sacrifice unto other gods, « but unto the LORD. 18. In this thing “ the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my

master goeth into the house of Rim« mon to worship there, and he leaneth « on my hand, and I bow myself in the « house of Rimmon: when I bow down “ myself in the house of Rimmon, the “ LORD pardon thy servant in this thing." 19. And he said unto him, “ Go, in peace.” So he departed from him a

20. But Gehazi the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “ Behold, • my master hath spared Naaman this « Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that « which he brought: but as the LORD « liveth, I will run after him, and take 86 somewhat of him." 21. So Gehazi followed after Naaman : and when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from his chariot to meet him, and said, “ Is all well ?” 22. And he said,

17. And

CHAP. IX. ND Elisha the prophet called (mn) one

little way

said unto him, “ Gird up thy loins

, and o take this box of oil in thine hand, and go

to Ramoth-gilead. 2. And when " thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of "Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise

up from among his brethren, and camp « him to an inner chamber. 3. Then take " the box of oil, and pour it on his head, “ and say, “ Thus saith the LORD, I have « anointed thee king over Israel: then “ open the door and flee, and tarry not." 4. So the young man, even the young

[ocr errors]

(b) v. 17. “ Burnt-offering nor sacrifice.” So that burnt-offerings and sacrifices were in use amongst the Syrians.

(1) v. 27. “ Went out, &c." An instance

of speedy vengeance; the punishment following immediately upon the offence!

(m) v. 1. “Called." Before Christ 884

66 with peace

man the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 4. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said,

I have an errand to thee, O captain.” nd Jehu said, “ Unto which of all us?” nd he said, “ To thee, O captain.” 6. And je arose, and went into the house, and me poured the oil on his head, and said into him, “ Thus saith the LORD God of

Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. 7. And thou shalt smite the house (n) of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the : blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. 8. For (0) the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab, him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel. 9. And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like

the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. ? 10. And the dogs shall eat Jezebel (0) in

the portion of Jereel, and there shall be

none to bury her." And he opened the Toor, and fled. 11. Then Jeħu

came Corth to the servants of his lord, and one aid unto him, “ Is all well? wherefore

came this mad fellow to thee?” And he aid unto them, “ Ye know the man, and « his communication." 12. And they aid, It is false, tell us now." And he aid, “ Thus and thus spake he to me,

saying, “ Thus saith the LORD, I have 'r anointed thee king over Israel." 13. Then hey hasted, and took every man his

garnent, and put it under him on the top of che stairs, and blew with trumpets, sayng, “ Jehu is king." 14. So Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, conspired against Jeram : (now Joram nad kept Ramoth-gilead, he and all srael, because of Hazael king of Syria : 15. But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel, of the wounds vhich the Syrians had given him, when e fought with Hazael king of Syria.)

And Jehu said, “ If it be your minds, then “ let none go forth nor escape out of the “ city to go to tell it in Jezreel.” 16. So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel, (for Joram lay there.) And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram. 17. And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, “I see a

company." And Joram said, “ Take an " horseman, and send to meet them, and “ let him say, Is it peace ?" 18. So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, “ Thus saith the king, “ Is it peace ?" And Jehu said, “ What hast thou to do

? turn thee behind me.” And the watchman told, saying, “ The messen“ ger came to them, but he cometh not " again.”

19. Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, “ Thus saith the king, Is it peace ?" And Jehu answered, “ What hast thou to “ do with peace? turn thee behind me." 20. And the watchman told, saying, “ He “ came even unto them, and cometh not “ again : and the driving is like the driving " of Jehu the son of Nimshi ; for he dri“ veth furiously.” 21. And Joram said, “ Make ready.” And his chariot was made ready And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22. And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, " Is it peace, « Jehu ?" And he answered, " What “ peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy “ mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are fo many ?" 23. And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, o Ahaziah.” 24. And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. 25. Then said Jobu to Bidkah his captain, “ Take up « and cast him in the portion of the field « of Naboth the Jezreelite ; for remember

(-) v. so.", Jezebel.” Ahab's widow, Joram's mother.

(n) v.7. “House of Ahab.” Joram, Ahab's on, was then on the throne.

() v. 8, 9, 10. A repetition of the denuniation, 1 Kings xxi. 21. 22. 23. ante.

“ how that, when I and thou rode together " after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this “ burden (9) upon him. 26. “Surely I “ have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, “ and the blood of his sons, saith the • LORD; and I will requite thee in this “ plat, saith the LORD.” Now therefore " take and cast him into the plat of ground, “ according to the word of the LORD.” 27. But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house: And Jehu followed after him, and said, “ Smite him also in the chariot." And they did so at the going up to Gur,

more of her than the scull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 36. Wherefore they came again and told him : And he said, - This is the word of the LORD, " which he spake by his servant Elijah the “ Tishbite, saying, “ In the portion of “ Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of “ Jezebel :" 37. And the carcase of Je" zebel shall be as the dung upon the face < of the field in the portion of Jezreel; " so that they shall not say, “ This is « Jezebel.”

eleventh year

[ocr errors]

carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David. 29. And in the

of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah (r) to reign over Judah. 30. And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it, and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. 31. And as Jehu entered in at the gate,

she said, “ Had Zimri () peace, " who flew his master ?" 32. And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side, who ?” And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. 33. And he said, “ Throw her down.” So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trod her underfoot. 34. And when he was come in he did eat and drink, and said, “ Go, see now this “ cursed woman, and bury her : for she is

a king's (t) daughter." 35. And they went to bury her ; but they found no


and Jehu Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel (u), and to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying, 2. “Now as soon

as this letter cometh to you, seeing your

masters sons are with you, and there are “ with you chariots and horses, a fenced

city also, and armour: 3. Look ere « out the best and meetest of


masters sons, and set him on his father's thre.. “ and fight for your master's house 4. But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, “Behold, two (x) kings stood net “ before him : how then shall we stand? 5. And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, “ We are thy servants, and will do « all that thou shalt bid us; we will not “ make any king : do thou that which is “ good in thine eyes.6. Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, “ If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken “ unto my voice, take


the heads of the

xxi. 19.

(9) v. 25. “ This burthen." See 1 Kings

« Thou shalt speak unto him (Ahab) saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place “ where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, “ shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.” So that this was verified as to Joram, as well as Ahab. (r) v. 29:

« Ahaziah.” He walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, as did the house of Ahab : for he was Ahab's son-in-law. His mother was Athaliah, daughter of Ahab, and granddaughter of Omri king of Israel. 2 Kings viii. 18. 26. 27.

(s) v.31. “Zimri.” He conspired against Baasha, and slew him, and all his house : but he reigned only seven days in Tirzah, for all Israel made Omri king. Omri took Tirzah ; and then Zimri “ went into the palace of the “ king's house, and burnt the king's house over “ him with fire, and died. 1 Kings svi. g to


15 to 28." (1) v. 34.

“ A king's daughter." The daughter of Ethbaal, King of the Zidonians. 1 Kings xvi. 31. (u) v. I.

" Jesreel, or “ Samaria." Sept.

“ Two kings,” viz. Joram, king of Israel, and Ahazia, king of Judah.

[ocr errors]


« PreviousContinue »