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or else, if it please thee, I will of the people, saying, Naboth give thee another vineyard for did blaspheme God and the it: and he answered, I will not king. Then they carried him give thee my vineyard.

forth out of the city, and stoned 7 And Jezebel his wife said him with stones, that he died. unto him, Dost thou now govern 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, the kingdom of Israel? arise, saying, Naboth is stoned, and and eat bread, and let thine is dead. heart be merry : I will give thee 15 And it came to pass, when the vineyard of Naboth the Jez- Jezebel heard that Naboth was reelite.

stoned, and was dead, that JezeqSo she wrote letters in Ahab's bel said to Ahab, Arise, take name, and sealed them with his possession of the vineyard of seal, and sent the letters unto Naboth the Jezreelite, which he the elders and to the nobles that refused to give thee for money: were in his city, dwelling with for Naboth is not alive, but Naboth.

dead. 9 And she wrote in the letters, 16 And it came to saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Ahab heard that Naboth was Naboth on high among the peo- dead, that Ahab rose up to go ple :

down to the vineyard of Naboth 10 And set two men, sons of the Jezreelite, to take possession Belial, before him, to bear wit- of it. ness against him, saying, Thou 17 And the word of the LORD didst blaspheme God and the came to Elijah the Tishbite, king. And then carry him out, saying, and stone him, that he may die, 18 Arise, go down to meet

11 And the men of his city, Ahab king of Israel, which is in even the elders and the nobles Samaria : behold, he is in the who were the inhabitants in his vineyard of Naboth, whither he city, did as Jezebel had sent is gone down to possess it. unto them, and as it was written 19 And thou shalt speak unto in the letters which she had sent him, saying, Thus saith the unto them;

LORD, Hast thou killed, and 12 They proclaimed a fast, also taken possession? And thou and set Naboth on high among shalt speak unto him, saying, the people.

Thus saith the LORD, In the 13 And there came in two men place where dogs licked the children of Belial, and sat before blood of Naboth shall dogs lick him: and the men of Belial thy blood, even thine. witnessed against him, even 20 And Ahab said to Elijah, against Naboth, in the presence Hast thou found me, o mine enemy? And he answered, I came to Elijah the Tishbite, have found thee: because thou saying, hast sold thyself to work evil in 29 Seest thou how Ahab hum. the sight of the LORD.

bleth himself before me? be. 21 Behold, I will bring evil cause he humbleth himself beupon thee, and will take away fore me, I will not bring the thy posterity, and will cut off evil in his days; but in his son's from Ahab him that pisseth days will I bring the evil upon against the wall, and him that is his house. shut up and left in Israel, 22 And will make thine house

CHAP. XXII. like the house of Jeroboam, the

AHAB SEDUCED. son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahi- AND they continued three jah, for the provocation where years without war between Sy. with thou hast provoked me to ria and Israel. anger, and made Israel to sin. 2 And it came to pass in the 23 And of Jezebel also spake third year, that (Jehoshaphat the

( the LORD, saying, The dogs king of Judahlcame down to the shall eat Jezebel by the wall of king of Israel. Jezreel.

3 And the king of Israel said 24 Him that dieth of Ahab in unto his servants, Know ye

that the city, the dogs shall eat; and Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and him that dieth in the field, shall we be still, and take it not out of the fowls of the air eat.

the hand of the king of Syria ? 25 But there was none like un- 4 And he said unto Jehoshato Ahab, which did sell himself phat, Wilt thou go with me to to work wickedness in the sight battle to Ramoth-gilead ? And of the LORD, whom Jezebel his Jehoshaphat said to the king of wife stirred up.

Israel, I am as thou art, my 26 And he did very abomina- | people as thy people, my horses bly in following idols, according as thy horses. to all things as did the Amor- 5 And Jehoshaphat said unto ites, whom the LORD cast out the king of Israel, Enquire, I before the children of Israel. pray thee, at the word of the

when -. Ahab heard those words, that 6 Then the king of Israel gahe rent his clothes, and put thered the prophets together, sackcloth upon his flesh, and about four hundred men, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and said unto them, Shall I go against went softly.

Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall 28 And the word of the LORD | I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver | mouth : let thy word, I pray it into the hand of the king X thee, be like the word of one of 7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is them, and speak that which is

, there not here a prophet of the good. LORD besides, that we might 14 And Micaiah said, As enquire of him? X

the LORD liveth, what the LORD 8 And the king of Israel said saith unto me, that will I speak. unto Jehoshaphat, \There is yet 15 So he came to the king: one man, Micaiah the son of And the king said unto him, Imlah, by whom we may en- Micaiah, shall we go against quire of the LORD : but I hate Ramoth gilead to battle, or shall him ; for he doth not prophesy we forbear? And he answered good concerning me, but evilt him, Go, and prosper: for the And Jehoshaphat said, Let not LORD shall deliver it into the the king say so.

hand of the king 9 Then the king of Israel call- 16 And the king said unto ed an officer, and said, Hasten him, How many times shall I bither Micaiah the son of Im- adjure thee that thou tell me nolah.

thing but that which is true in 10 And the king of Israel and the name of the LORD? Jehoshaphat the king of Judah 17 And he said, I saw all Issat each on his throne, having rael scattered upon the hills, as put on their robes, in a void sheep that have not a shepherd: place in the entrance of the gate and the LORD said, These have of Samaria; and all the prophets no master: let them return prophesied before them. every man to his house in peace.

11 And Zedekiah the son of 18 And the king of Israel said Chenaanah made him horns of unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell iron : and he said, Thus saith thee that he would prophesy no the LORD, With these shalt thou good concerning me, but evil ? push the Syrians, until thou 19 And he said, Hear thou have consumed them.

therefore the word of the LORD: 12 And all the prophets pro. I saw the Lord sitting on his phesied so, saying, Go up to throne, and all the host of heaRamoth-gilead, and prosper : ven standing by him on his for the LORD shall deliver it right hand, and on his left. into the king's hand.

20 And the LORD said, Who 13 And the messenger that was shall persuade Ahab, that he gone to call Micaiah spake unto i may go up and fall at Ramothhim, saying, Behold now, the gilead? And one said on this words of the prophets declare manner, and another said on good unto the king with one

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21 And there came forth a 29 So the king of Israel, and
spirit, and stood before the Jehoshaphat the king of Judah,
Lord, and said, I will persuade went up to Ramoth-gilead.

30 And the king of Israel said
22 And the LORD said unto unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
him, Wherewith ? And he said, || myself, and enter into the bat-
I will go forth, and I will be a tle ; but put thou on thy robes.
lying spirit in the mouth of all And the king of Israel disguised
his prophets. And he said, himself, and went into the bat-
Thou shalt persuade him, and tle.
prevail also: go forth, and do 31 But the king of Syria com-

manded his thirty and two cap23 Now, therefore, behold, the tains that had rule over his chaLord hath put a lying spirit in riots, saying, Fight neither with the mouth of all these thy pro- small nor great, save only with phets, and the Lord hath spo- the king of Israel. ken evil concerning thee. * 32 And it'came to pass, when

24 But Zedekiah the son of the captains of the chariots saw Chenaanah went near and smote Jehoshaphat, that they said, SureMicaiah on the cheek, and said, ly it is the king of Israel. And Which way went the Spirit of they turned aside to fight against the Lord from me to speak un- him: and Jehoshaphat cried out. to thee?

33 And it came to pass, when 25 And Micaiah said, Behold, the captains of the chariots perthou siialt see in that day, when ceived that it was not the king of thou shalt go into an inner cham- Israel, that they turned back ber to hide thy self.

from pursuing him. 26 And the king of Israel said, 34. And a certain man drew a Take Micaiah, and carry him || bow at a venture, and smote the back unto Amon the governor || king of Israel between the joints of the city, and to Joash the of the harness: wherefore he said king's son,

unto the driver of his chariot, 27 And say, Thus saith the Turn thine hand, and carry me king, Put this fellow in the pri- | out of the host; for I am woundsor, and feed him with bread of ed. affliction and with water of afflic- 35 And the battle increased tion, until come in peace. that day: and the king was stay

29 And Micaiah said, If thou ed up in his chariot against the return at all in peace, the LORD Syrians, and died at even : and hath not spoken by me. And he the blood ran out of the wound said, Hearken, 0 people, every

into the midst of the chariot. one of you.

36 And there went a proclama

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tion throughout the host about | 44 And Jehoshaphat made peace the going down of the sun, say, with the king of Israel. ing, Every man to his city, and 45 Now the rest of the acts of every man to his own country. Jehoshaphat, and his might that

37 So the king died, and was he shewed, and how he warred, brought to Samaria; and they are they not written in the book buried the king in Samaria. of the chronicles of the kings of

38 And one washed the chariot Judah ? in the pool of Samaria; and the 46 And the remnant of the So. dogs licked up his blood; and domites, which remained in the they washed his armour, ac days of his father Asa, he took cording unto the word of the out of the land. LORD which he spake.

47 There was then no king in 39 Now the rest of the acts of Edom: a deputy was king. Ahab, and all that he did, and 48 Jehoshaphat made ships of the ivory house which he made, Tharshish to go to Ophir for and all the cities that he built, gold: but they went not; for the are they not written in the book ships were broken at Ezion. of the chronicles of the kings of geber. Israel?

49 Then said Ahaziah the son 40 So Ahab slept with his fa- of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let thers; and Ahaziah his son my servants go with thy serreigned in his stead.

vants in the ships. But Jeho41 And Jehoshaphat the son of shaphat would not. Asa began to reign over Judah 50 And Jehoshaphat slept with in the fourth year of Ahab king his fathers, and was buried with of Israel.

his fathers in the city of David 42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and his father : and Jehoram his five years old when he began to son reigned in his stead, reign ; and he reigned twenty 51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab and five years, in Jerusalen. began to reign over Israel in SaAnd his mother's name was | maria the seventeenth year of Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and

43 And he walked in all the reigned two years over Israel. way, of Asa his father; he turn- 52 And he did evil in the ed not aside from it, doing that sight of the Lord, and walked which was right in the eyes of in the way of his father, and in the LORD: nevertheless, the the way of his mother, and in high places were not taken the way of Jeroboain the son away; for the people offered and of Nebat, who made Israel to burnt incense yet in the high sin : places.

53 For he served Baal, and

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