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15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign

seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were encamped against Gibbe16 thon, which belonged to the Philistines. And the people that were

encamped heard say, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also smitten the

king: wherefore all Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king 17 over Israel that day in the camp. And Omri went up from Gibbethon, 18 and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah. And it came to

pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the

Icastle of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with 19 19 fire, and died, for his sins which he sinned in doing that which was evil

in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in 20 his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin. Now the rest of the acts

of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel ?

Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts : half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half 22 followed Omri. But the people that followed Omri prevailed against

the people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath : so Tibni died, and 23 Omri reigned. In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began

Omri to reign over Israel, and reigned twelve years : six years reigned 24 he in Tirzah. And he bought the hill 2Samaria of Shemer for two

talents of silver; and he 3built on the hill, and called the name of the

city which he built, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill, 25 -Samaria. And Omri did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, 26 and dealt wickedly above all that were before him. For he walked in

all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sins wherewith he

made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger 27 with their vanities. Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did,

and his might that he shewed, are they not written in the book of the 28 chronicles of the kings of Israel? So Omri slept with his fathers, and

was buried in Samaria : and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.

Ahab builds a House for the Tyrian Baal in Samaria. 29

And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel : and Ahab the son of Omri 30 reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. And Ahab the

son of Omri did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD above all 31 that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light

thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he

took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, 32 and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an

altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made the Asherah; and Ahab did yet more to provoke the

LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel that were 34 before him. In his days did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho: he set up the gates thereof with the loss of his youngest son Segub; according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of Joshua the son of Nun.

laid the foundation thereof with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and

i Or, palace
4 Heb. Izebel.

2 Heb. Shomeron.
5 See 2 Kings xiii. 6.

3 Or, fortified the hill
6 See Josh. vi. 26.

2,3 word.

Elijah and the Three Years' Drought. 17 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was 'of the sojourners of Gilead, said

unto Ahab, As the LORD, the God of Israel, liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my

And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, 4 that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the 5 brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he

went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and 6 dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens

brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in 7 the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass, after

a while, that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

Elijah at Zarephath. 8,9 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to

Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there : behold, I have Io commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and

went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow woman was there gathering sticks : and he called to her, and said, Fetch me,

thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may

drink. 11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I 12 pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD

thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in the barrel, and a little oil in the cruse : and, behold, I am gathering two sticks,

that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, 13 and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast

said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it forth unto 14 me, and afterward make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the

LORD, the God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither

shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon 15 the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah : 16 and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. The barrel of

meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word 17 of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. And it came to pass after

these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell

sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in 18 him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou

man of God ? 2thou art come unto me to bring my sin to remembrance, 19 and to slay my son! And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he

took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into the chamber,

1 According to the Sept., of Tishbeh of Gilead.

2 Or, art thou &C.

20 where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto

the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon 21 the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son ? And he stretched

himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said,

O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. v

22 And the LORD hearkened unto the voice of Elijah ; and the soul of the 23 child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child,

and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered 24 him unto his mother : and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the

woman said to Elijah, Now I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.

Elijah on Carmel. Slaughter of the Prophets of Baal. v 18 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD

came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; 2 and I will send rain upon the earth. And Elijah went to shew himself 3 unto Ahab. And the famine was sore in Samaria. And Ahab called

Obadiah, which was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the 4 LORD greatly : for it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the

LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty 5 in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) And Ahab said unto

Obadiah, Go through the land, unto all the fountains of water, and

unto all the brooks: peradventure we may find grass and save the 6 horses and mules alive, Ithat we lose not all the beasts. So they

divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one 7 way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. And as

Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him : and he knew him, 8 and fell on his face, and said, Is it thou, my lord Elijah ? And he 9 answered him, It is I: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And

he said, Wherein have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant V 10 into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? As the LORD thy God liveth, there

is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee:

and when they said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom II and nation, that they found thee not. And now thou sayest, Go, tell 12 thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And it shall come to pass, as soon as

from thee, that the spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, V 13 he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth. Was

it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the

LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty in a 14 cave, and fed them with bread and water? And now thou sayest, Go, ✓ 15 tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here : and he shall slay me. And Elijah

said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely 16 shew myself unto him to-day. So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and 17 told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass, when

Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Is it thou, thou troubler of 18 Israel ? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel ; but thou, and

I am gone

i Or, and lose none of

thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the 19 LORD, and thou hast followed the Baalim. Now therefore send, and

gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal

four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the Asherah four hundred, 20 which eat at Jezebel's table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of 21 Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And

Elijah came near unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye

between two opinions ? if the LORD be God, follow him : but if Baal, 22 then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Then

said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, am left a prophet of the 23 LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them

therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire

under : and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on the wood, and 24 put no fire under. And call ye on the name of your god, and I will call

on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him

be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for

yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of 26 your god, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was

given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, 'hear us.

But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they ?leaped about the altar which 27 was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them,

and said, Cry aloud : for he is a god; either he is musing, or he is gone

aside, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be 28 awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner 29 with #knives and lances, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it

was so, when midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of

the offering of the evening oblation; but there was neither voice, nor 30 any to answer, nor any that regarded. And Elijah said unto all the

people, Come near unto me; and all the people came near unto him. 31 And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was thrown down. And

Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the

sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel 32 shall be thy name. And with the stones he built an altar in the name

of the LORD; and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would 33 contain 'two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut

the bullock in pieces, and laid it on the wood. And he said, Fill four

barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt offering, and on the wood. 34 And he said, Do it the second time; and they did it the second time.

And he said, Do it the third time; and they did it the third time. 35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also 36 with water. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening

oblation, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, O LORD, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done licked up

1 Or, answer
4 Heb. attention.

2 Or, limped
5 Or, a two-seah measure

3 Or, swords

37 all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this

people may know that thou, LORD, art God, 'and that thou hast turned 38 their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed

the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and 39

the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces : and they said, The LORD, he is God; 40 the LORD, he is God. And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets

of Baal ; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah 41 brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. And

Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is the 42 sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink.

And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down 43 upon the earth, and put his face between his knees. And he 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 cloud out of the sea, as small as a man's hand. And he said,

Go up, say unto Ahab, ?Make ready thy chariot, and get thee down, 45 that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in a little while, that

the heaven grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. ✓ 46 And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was

on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Elijah flees to Horeb. Call of Elisha.

19 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he 2 had slain all the prophets with the sword. 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 3 about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his

life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his 4 servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness,

and came and sat down under a “juniper tree: and he requested for

himself that he might die; and said, It is enough ; now, O LORD, take 5 away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. And he lay down

and slept under a juniper tree; and, behold, an angel touched him, and 6 said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was

at his head a cake baken on the 5 coals, and a cruse of water. And he 7 did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the

LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise 8 and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and

did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and 9 forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came thither unto

a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to

1 Or, for thou didst turn their heart backward

2 Or, Yoke
3 According to some ancient authorities,

And he was afraii, anıt arose.

4 Or, broom
5 Or, hot stones

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