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Gehazi smitten with leprosy. CHAP. VI. The Syrians struck blind. So he departed from him a little way. I 8. T Then the king of Syria warred

20 | But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha against Israel, and took counsel with his the man of God, said, Behold, my master servants, saying, In such and such a place hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not shall be my camp. receiving at his hands that which he 9 And the man of God sent unto the brought: but as the Lord liveth, I will king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou run after him, and take somewhat of him. pass not such'a place; for thither the Sy

21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. rians are coine down. And when Naaman saw hiin running after 10 And the king of Israel sent to the him, he lighted down from the chariot to place which the man of God told him and meet him, and said, Is all well? warned him of, and saved himself there,

22 And he said, All is well. My mas- not once nor twice. ter bath sent me, saying, Behold, even now 11 Therefore the heart of the king of there be come to me from mount Ephraim Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and two young men of the sons of the prophets: he called his servants, and said unto them, give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the and two changes of garments.

king of Israel? 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take 12 And one of his servants said, None, two talents. And he urged him, and my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet bound two talents of silver in two bags, that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel with two changes of garments, and laid the words that thou speakest in thy bedthem upon two of his servants; and they chamber. bare them besre him.

13 And he said, Go, and spy where he is, 24 And when he came to the tower, he that I may send and fetch him. And it was took them from their hand, and bestowed told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. them in the house: and be let the men go, 14 Therefore sent le thither horses, and they departed.

and chariots, and a great host: and they 25 But he went in, and stood before his came by night, and compassed the city master: and Elisha said unto him, Whence about. comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy 15 And when the servant of the man of servant went no wbither.

God was risen early, and gone forth, be26 And he said unto him, Went not hold, a host compassed the city both with my heart with thee, when the man turned horses and chariots. And his servant said again from his chariot to meet thee? Isvit unto him, Alas, my master! how shall a time to receive money, and to receive we do? garments, and olive-yards, and vineyards, 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they and sheep, and oxen, and men-servants, that be with us are more than they that be and maid-servants?

with them. 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, shall cleave unto thee and unto thy seed I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may for ever. And he went out from his pre- see. And the Lord opened the eyes of sence a leper as white as snow.

the young man; and he saw: and behold, CHAP. VI.

the mountain was full of horses and chaND the sons of the prophets said unto riots of fire round about Elisha.

18 And when they came down to him, we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, 2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindand take thence every man a beam, and ness. And be smote them with blindness, let us make us a place there, where we according to the word of Elisha. may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. 19 | And Elisha said unto them, This

3 And one said, Be content, I pray is not the way, neither is this the city: folthee, and go with thy servants. And he low me, and I will bring you to the man answered, I will go.

whom ye seek. But he led them to Sa4 So he went with them. And when maria. they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. 20 And it came to pass, when they

5 But as one was felling a beam, the were come into Samaria, thai Elisha said, axe-head fell into the water: and he cried, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that and said, Alas, master! for it was bor- they may see. And the Lord opened their Towed.

eyes, and they saw; and behoid, they were 6 And the man of God said, Where fell in the midst of Samaria. it? And he shewed him the place. And 21 And the king of Israel said unto Elihe cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; sha, when he saw them, My father, shall I and the iron did swim.

smite them? shall I smite them? 7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. 22 And he answered, Thou shalt not And he put out his band, and took it. smite them: wouldest thou smite those

A lishe, Behold'ne w., the place where

Ben-hadad besieges Samaria. II. KINGS. Elisha prophesies of plenty. whom thou hast taken captive with thy in hearen, might this thing be? And he sword and with thy bow? set bread and said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine water before them, that they may eat and eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. drink, and go to their master.

3 | And there were four leprous men at 23 And he prepared great provision for the entering in of the gate: and they said them: and when they had eaten and drunk, one to another, Why sit we here until we he sent them away, and they went to their die? master. So the bands of Syria came no 4 If we say, We will enter into the more into the land of Israel.

city, then the famine is in the city, and we 24 And it came to pass after this, that shall die there: and if we sit still here, we Ben-hadad king of Syria gathered all his die also. Now therefore come, and let host, and went up, and besieged Samaria. us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they

25 And there was a great famine in Sa- save us alive, we shall live; and if they maria: and behold, they besieged it, until kill us, we shall but die. an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces 5 And they rose up in the twilight to go of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of unto the camp of the Syrians: and when dove's dung for five pieces of silver. they were come to the uttermost part of

26 And as the king of Israel was passing the camp of Syria, behold, there was no by upon the wall, there cried a woman man there. unto him, saying, Help, my lord, o king. 6 For the LORD had made the host of

27 And he said, If the Lord do not the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and help thee, whence shall I help thee? out a noise of horses, even the noise of a great of the barn-floor, or out of the wine-press? host: and they said one to another, Lo,

28 And the king said unto her, What the king of Israel hath hired against us the aileth thee? And she answered, This kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the woman said unto me, Give thy son, that Egyptians, to come upon us. we may eat him to-day, and we will eat 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the my son to-morrow.

twilight, and left their tents, and their 29 So we boiled my son, and did eat horses, and their asses, even the camp as him: and I said unto her on the next day, it was, and fed for their life. Give thy son, that we may eat him: and 8 And when these lepers came to the she hath hid her son.

uttermost part of the camp, they went into 30 | And it came to pags, when the one tent, and did eat and drink, and car. king heard the words of the woman, that ried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon and went and hid it: and came again, and the wall, and the people looked, and be entered into another tent, and carried hold, he had sackcloth within upon his thence also, and went and bid it. desh.

9 Then they said one to another, We 31 Then he said, God do so and more do not well : this day is a day of good also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry Shaphat shall stand on him this day. till the morning light, some mischief will

32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the come upon us : now therefore come, that elders sat with him; and the king sent a we may go and tell the king's household. man from before him: but ere the messen- 10 So they came and called unto the ger came to him, he said to the elders, porter of the city: and they told them, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent saying, We came to the camp of the Syrito take away my head? look, when the ans, and behold, there was no man there, messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold neither voice of man, but horses tied, and him fast at the door: is not the sound of asses tied, and the tents as they were. his master's feet behind him?

11 And he called the porters; and they 33 And while he yet tasked with them, told it to the king's house within. behold, the messenger came down unto 12 And the king arose in the night, him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of and said unto his servants, I will now shew the Lord; what should I wait for the you what the Syrians have done to us. LORD any longer?

They know that we be hungry; therefore CHAP. VII.

are they gone out of the camp, to bide THEN Elisha said, Hear ye the word themselves in the field, saying, When they

of the Lord; Thus saith the LORD, come out of the city, we shall catch them Tomorrow about this time shall a mea- alive, and get into the city. gure of fine four be sold for a shekel, and 13 And one of his servants answered two measures of barley for a shekel, in and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five the gate of Samaria.

of the horses that remain, which are left 2 Then a lord on whose hand the king in the city, (bebold, they are as all the leaned answered the man of God, and said, multitude of Israel that are leit in it: heBebold, if the Lord would make windows hold, I say, they are even as all the main

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The unbeliever trode to death. CHAP. viii. Hazael kills his master. tude of the Israelites that are consumed:) she told him. So the king appointed udand let us send and see.

to her a certain officer, saying, Restore all 14 They took therefore two chariot that was hers, and all the fruits of the field horses; and the king sent after the host of since the day that she left the land, even the Syrians, saying, Go and see.

until now. 15 And they went after them unto Jor- 7 | And Elisha came to Damascus: dan: and lo, all the way was full of gar- and Ben-hadad the king of Syria was ments and vessels, which the Syrians had sick; ani it was told him, saying, The cast away in their haste. And the mes- man of God is come kther. sengers returned, and told the king. 8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take

16 And the people went out, and spoil- a present in thy hand, and go, meet the ed the tents of the Syrians. So a measure man of God, and inquire of the Lord by of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? measures of barley for a shekel, according 9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took to the word of the Lord.

a present with him, even of every good 17 | And the king appointed the lord thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden on whose hand be leaned to have the charge and came and stood before him, and said, of the gate: and the people trulle upon Thy son Ben-hadad king of Syria hath him in the gate, and he died, as the man sentine to thee, saying, Shall I recover of of God had said, who spake when the this disease? king came down to him.

10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say 18 And it came to pass as the man of God unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: had spoken to the king, saying, Two mea-how beit, the Lord hath shewed me, that sures of barley for a shekel, and a measure he shall surely die. of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to-morrow 11 And he settled his countenance about this time in the gate of Samaria : steadfastly, until he was ashamed: and

19 And that lord answered the man of the man of God wept. God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord. 12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my should make windows in heaven, might lord? And he answered, Because I know such a thing be? And he said, Behold, the evil that thou wilt do unto the children thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shali of Israel : their strong holds wilt thou set pot eat thereof.

on fre, and their young men wilt thou slay 20 And so it fell out unto him: for the with the sword, and wilt dash their child people trode upon him in the gate, and he dren, and rip up their women with child. died.

13 And Hazael said, But what! is thy CHAP. VIII.

servant a dog, that he should do this great THEN spake Elisha unto the woman, thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD saying, Arise, and go thou and thy house-lover Syria. hold, and sojourn wberesoever thou canst 14 So he departed from Elisha, and sojourn : for the Lord hath called for a came to his master; who said to him, famine; and it shall also come upon the What said Elisha to thee? And he anland seven years.

swered, He told me that thou shouldest 2 And the woman arose, and did after surely recover. the saying of the man of God: and she 15. And it came to pass on the morrow, went with her household, and sojourned that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in in the land of the Philistines seven years. water, and spread it on his face, so that he

3 And it came to pass at the seven years' died: and Hazael reigned in his stead. end, that the woman returned out of the 16 | And in the fifth year of Joram the land of the Philistines: and she went son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat forth to cry unto the king for her house, being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son and for her land.

of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to 4 And the king talked with Gehazi the reign. servant of the man of God, saying, Tell 17 Thirty and two years old was he me, I pray thee, all the great things that when he began to reign; and he reigned Elisha bath done.

eight years in Jerusalem. 5 And it came to pass, as he was telling 18 And he walked in the way of the the king how he had restored a dead body kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: to life, that behold, the woman, whose son for the daughter of Ahab was his wife : he had restored to life, cried to the king and he did evil in the sight of the LORD. for her house and for her land. And Ge- 19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Juhazi said, My lord, O king, this is the wo- dah, for David his servant's sake, as he man, and this is her son, whom Elisha re-promised him to give him always a light, stored to life.

and to his children. 6 And when the king asked the woman, 20 q In bis days Edom revolted fro:

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Ahariah succeeds Jehoram. II. KINGS.

Jehu is anointed. under the hand of Judah, and made a kingi. 6 And he arose, and went into the over themselves.

house; and he poured the oil on his head, 21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD the chariots with him: and he rose by God of Israel, I have anointed thee king night, and smote the Edomites which com- over the people of the LORD, even over passed him about, and the captains of the Israel. chariots: and the people fled into their 7 And thou shalt smite the house of tents.

Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the 22 Yet Edom revolled from under the blood of my servants the prophets, and the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Lib-blood of all the servants of the LORD, at nah revolted at the same time.

the band of Jezebel. 23 And the rest of the acts of Joram, 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall

ре. and all that he did, are they not written rish: and I will cut off from Ahab him in the book of the Chronicles of the kings that pisseth against the wall, and him that of Judah ?

is shut up and left in Israel : 24 And Joram slept with his fathers, 9 And I will make the house of Ahab and was buried with his fathers in the city like the house of Jeroboam the son of Neof David; and Ahaziah his son reigned in bat, and like the house of Baasba the son his stead.

of Ahijah: 25 T In the twelfth year of Joram the 10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to none to bury her. And he opened the reign.

door, and fied. 26 Two and twenty years old was Aba- 11 | Then Jehu came forth to the serziah when he began to reign; and he vants of his lord: and one said unto him, reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his Is all well ? wherefore came this mad felé moiher's name was Athaliah, the daughter low to thee? And he said unto them, Ye of Omri king of Israel.

know the man, and his communication. 27 And he walked in the way of the 12 And they said, it is false ; tell us house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of now. And he said, Thus and thus spake the Lord, as did the house of Ahab: for he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab. have anointed thee king over Israel.

28 | And he went with Joram the son 13 Then they hasted, and took every of Ahab_to war against Hazael king of man his garment, and put it under him on Syria in Ramoth-gilead; and the Syrians the top of the stairs, and blew with trumwounded Joram.

pets, saying, Jehu is king. 29 And king Joram went back to be 14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the son of Nimshi, conspired against Joram. Syrians had given him in Ramah, when he (Now Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead, he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah Syria. went down to see Joram the son of Ahab 15 But king Joram was returned to be in Jezreel, because he was sick.

healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the CHAP. IX.

Syrians had given him, when he fought ND Elisha the prophet called one of with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu

. unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this forth nor escape out of the city to go to box of oil in thy hand, and go to Ramoth- tell it in Jezreel. gilead :

16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went 2 And when thou comest thither, look to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the Abaziah king of Judah was come down son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him to see Joram. arise up from among his brethren, and car- 17 And there stood a watchman on the ry him to an inner chamber;

tower in Jezreel, and he spied the com3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it pany of Jehu as he came, and said, I see on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, a company. And Joram said, Take a I have anointed theeking over Israel. Then horseman and send to meet them, and let open the door, and fee, and tarry not. him say, Is it peace ?

4 So the young man, even the young 18 So there went one on horseback to man the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. meet him, and said, Thus saith the king,

5 And when he came, behold, the cap- Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou tains of the host were sitting ; and he said, to do with peace ? turn thee behind me. I have an errand to thee, O captain. And And the watchman told, saying, The mes. Jehu said, Unto which of all us ? And he senger came to them, but he cometh not said, To thee, O captain.

again.

Jehu slays Joram.

CHAP. X.

Jezebel is eaten by dogs. 19 Then he sent out a second on horse-, 33 And he said, Throw her down. So back, which came to them, and said, Thus they threw her down: and some of her saith the king, Is it peace ? And Jehu an- blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on swered, What hast thou to do with peace ? the horses : and he trode her under foot. turn thee behind me.

34 And when he was come in, he did 20 And the watchman told, saying, He eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this came even unto them, and cometh not cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a again : and the driving is like the driving king's daughter. of Jehu the son of Nimishi; for he driveth 35 And they went to bury her: but they furiously.

found no more of her than the skull, and 21 And Joram said, Make ready. And the feet, and the palms of her hands. his chariot ras made readv. And Joram 36 Wherefore they came again, and king of Israel and Ahaziab king of Judah told him. And he said, this is the word of went out, each in his chariot, and they the LORD, which he spake hy bis servant went out against Jehu, and met him in the Elijah the Tishlite saving, In the portion portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. of Jezreelshalldogseat the fieshof Jezebel:

22 And it came to pass, when Joram 37 And the carcass of Jezebel shall be saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? as dung upon the face of the field in the And he answered, What peace, so long as portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and say, This is Jezebel. her witchcrafts are so many ?

CHAP. X. 23 And Joram turned his hands, and ND Ahab had seventy sons in Samafied, and said to Ahaziah, There is trea- ria. And Jehu wrote letters, and chery, 0 Ahaziah.

sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, 24 And Jehu drew a how with his full to the elders, and to them that brought up strength, and smote Jehoram between his Ahab's children, saying: arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, 9 Now as soon as this letter cometh to and he sunk down in his chariot.

yol, seeing your master's sons are with 25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his cap- you, and there are with you chariots and tain, Take up, and cast him in the portion horses, a fenced city also, and armour; of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite : for 3 Look even out the best and meetest remember how that, when I and thou rode of your master's sons, and set him on his together after Ahab his father, the Lord father's throne, and fight for

your master's laid this burden upon him;

house. 26 Surely I have seen yesterday the 4 But they were exceedingly afraid, blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, and said, Behold, two kings stood not besaith the LORD; and I will requite thee in fore bim : how then shall we stand ? this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore 5 And he that was over the house, and take and cast him into the plat of ground, he that was over the city, the elders also, according to the word of the LORD. and the bringers up of the children, sent

27 | But when Ahaziah the king of Ju- to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and dah saw this, he fled by the way of the will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will garden-house. Anu Jehu followed after not make any king : do thou that which is bim, and said, Smite bin also in the cha- good in thine eyes. riot. And they did so at the going up to 6 Then he vrote a letter the second time Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye Megiddo, and died there.

will heaiken unto my voice, take ye the 28 And his servants carried bim in a heads of the men your master's sons, and chariot to Jerusalem, and burie' him in come to me to Jezreel by to-morrow this his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of time. (Now the king's sons being seventy David.

persons, were with the great men of the 29 And in the eleventh year of Joram city, which brought them up:) the son of Ahab began Abaziah to reign 7 And it came to pass, when the letter over Judah.

came to them, that they took the king's 30 And when Jehu was come to Jez- sons, and slew seventy persons, and put teel, Jezebel heard of it; and she paint their heads in baskets, and sent him them ed her face, and tired her head, and look- to Jezreel. ed out at a window.

8 And there came a messenger, and 31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, told him, saying, They have brought the she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his heads of the king's sons. And he said, master?

Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering 32 And he lifted up his face to the win-in of the gate until the morning. dow, and said, Who is on my side? who? 9 And it came to pass in the morning, And there looked out to him two or three that he went out, and stood, and said to all eunuchs.

the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I

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