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said. Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on
his harness boast himself as he that putteth
it off.

12 And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad
heard this t message as he was ^ drinking,
he and the kings in the || pavilions, that he
said unto his servants, || Set yourselves in ar-
ray. And they set themselves in array against
the city.

13 HAnd behold, there fcame a prophet
unto Ahab king of Israel, saying. Thus saith
the Lord, Hast thou seen all this great mul-
titude ? behold, "=1 will deliver it into thine
hand this day; and thou shalt know that I
am the Lord.

14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he
said. Thus saith the Lord, Even by the

II young men of the princes of the provinces.
Then he said. Who shall f order the battle ?
And he answered. Thou.

15 Then he numbered the young men of
the princes of the provinces, and they were
two hundred and thirty-two : and after them
he numbered all the people, even all the chil-
dren of Israel, being seven thousand.

16 And they went out at noon. But Ben-
hadad was ''drinking himself drunk in the
pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and
two kings that helped him.

17 And the young men of the princes of
the provinces went out first; and Ben-hadad
sent out, and they told him, saying. There
are men come out of Samaria.

18 And he said. Whether they be come
out for peace, take them alive ; or whether
they be come out for war, take them alive.

19 So these young men of the princes of
the provinces came out of the city, and the
army which followed them.

20 And they slew every one his man: and








t Feb.

/ krlit vol
buck from


e 1 Sam. 11.




are ut m]/

fnct :

So Exoil. 11


Juilg. 4. 10

f Heb. tJiaX

was SoUm.

t Heb.


b ver. 16

II Or,


II, Or.


place the en

fines-. Ji7ul

ikcjj placed



t Hcb.

t Hcb.

to the war


wiUi Israel.

11 Or, were


c ver. 38

II Or,


t Heb.
oindt or, tie

e ver. 13.

il ver. 11.

eh. 10. 9.

from ckam-

tiT to cham-


t Heb.

IV to a c&fim-

bcr within a


ch. 22. 25.

I) Gen. 37.


the Syrians are twice defeated.

the Syrians fled ; and Israel pursued them :
and Ben-hadad the king of Syria escaped on
anhorsewith the horsemen.

21 And the king of Israel went out, and
smote the horses and chariots, and slew the
Syrians with a great slaughter.

22 H And the prophet came to the king of
Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen
thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest:
^for at the return of the year the king of
S)fria will come up against thee.

23 And the servants of the king of Syria
said unto him. Their gods are gods of the
hills; therefore • they were stronger than
we ; but let us fight against them in the
plain, and surely we shall be stronger than

24 And do this thing. Take the kings
away, every man out of his place, and put
captains in their rooms :

25 And number thee an army, like the
army t that thou hast lost, horse for horse,
and chariot for chariot: and we will fight
against them in the plain, and surely we
shall be stronger than they. And he heark-
ened unto their voice, and did so.

26 And it came to pass at the return of
the year, that Ben-hadad numbered the Syri-
ans, and went up to ''Aphek, t to fight against

27 And the children of Israel were num-
bered, and II were all present, and went
against them: and the children of IsrueJ
pitched before them like two little flocks of
kids ; but the Syrians filled the country.

28 IT And there came a man of God, and
spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus
saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have
said. The Lord is God of the hills, but he is
not God of the valleys, therefore ewill I
deliver all this great multitude into thine
hand, and ye shall know that I am the

29 And they pitched one over against the
other seven days. And so it was, that in the
seventh day the battle was joined : and the
children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hun-
dred thousand footmen in one day.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the
city ; and there a wall fell upon twenty and
seven thousand of the men that were left.
And Ben-hadad fled, and came into the city,
lit into an inner chamber.

31 IF And his servants said unto him, Be-
hold now, we have heard that the kings of
the house of Israel are merciful kings : let
us, I pray thee, '■put sackcloth on our joins,
and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the
king of Israel : peradventure he will save thy




i ell. JS. !!0.

k 2 Kings 2.
3, 5, 7, 15.
I ch. 13. 17,


m ch. 13.

t Hob

emttini^ and

12. 1. &c



a 1 Sam. 8

t Hcb.
bo good m
thine ei/cs.

h Lev. 25.


Numb. 30. 7.


God's judgment denounced against Ahab. CHAP. XXI.

32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins,
and put ropes on their heads, and came to
the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant
Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live.
And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my

33 Now the men did diligently observe
vihether any thing would come from him,
and did hastily catch it : and they said, Thy
brother Ben-hadad. Then he said. Go ye,
bring him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to
him ; and he caused him to come up into
the chariot.

34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, 'The
cities, which my father took from thy father,
I will restore ; and thou shalt make streets
for thee -in Damascus, as my father made in
Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee
away with this covenant. So he made a
covenant with him, and sent him away.

35 IT 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 departed from him, ""a lion found him,
and slew him.

37 Then he found another man, and said.
Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote
him, t so that in smiting he wounded Mm.

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 f pay a
talent of silver.

40 And as thy servant was busy here and
there, t he was gone. And the king of Israel
said unto him. So shall thy judgment bej
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

42 And he said unto him, Thus saith the
Lord, p Because thou hast let go out of thy
hand a man whom I appointed to utter de-
struction, therefore thy life shall go for his
life, and thy people for his people.

43 And the king of Israel i went to his
house heavy and displeased, and came to


o 2 Kings
10. 24.
T Heb.

t Ileb.

he Wiis not.

p ch. 22. 31.


t Hnb.

171 tlir. lop oj


c Eto(I. 22.


Lov. 24. 15,


Arts 6. 11.

d Ley. 24.


e Issl. 58. 4.

Ahab is denied NabotKs vineyard.

1 Ahab being denied NahoMs vineyard, is grieved. 5
Jezebel writing letters against Naboth, he is condemned
of blasphemy. 15 Ahab taketh possession of the vine-
yard. 17 Elijah detwunceth judgments against Ahab
and Jezebel. 25 Wicked Ahab repenting, God defer-
reth the judgment,

AND it came to pass after these things,
that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vine-
yard, 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 f seem good to
thee, I will give thee the worth of it in

3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord
forbid it me, ''that I should give the inherit-
ance 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
inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him
down upon his bed, and turned away his
face, and would eat no bread.

5 IT 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 Avill 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'sname, 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, and set Naboth f on high
among the people :

10 And set two men, sons of Belial, be-
fore him, to bear witness against him, saying,
Thou didst "blaspheme God and the king.
And then carry him out, and '' stone him, that
he may die.

11 And the men of his city, even the
elders and the nobles who were the in-
habitants 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 o They proclaimed a fast, and set IN abotn
on high among the people.




f Seo

3 Kines 9.


B Pb. 9. 12.

h ch. 13. S2.
2 Chron. 22.

k ch. 18. 17.

I 2 Kings 17.
Rom. 7. 14.

m oh. 14. 10.
2 Ivinga 9. 8.

n 1 Sam. 25.

o cli. 14. 10.

p ch. 15. 29.

Q ch. 16. 3,


r 2 Kings 9.

!l Or,


s c)i. 14, 11.

& 16. 4.

t ch. 16. 30.

II Or,



X Gen. 15.


2 Kings 21.


jr Gen. J7.

7. 2 Kings 9.

Elijah denounceth judgments against Ahab. I. KINGS.

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

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

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

16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard
that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to
go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jez-
reelite, to take possession of it.

17 IF e And the word of the Lord came to
Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

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, say-
ing. 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 Elij.ah, ''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

21 Behold, "I will bring evil upon thee,
and will take away thy posterity, and will
cut off from Ahab "him that pisseth against
the wall, and "him that is shut up and left in

22 And will make thine house like the
house of P Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and
like the house of iBaasha the son of Ahi-
jah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast
provoked me to anger, and made Israel to

23 And ■■ of Jezebel also spake the Lord,
saying. The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the

II wall of Jezreel.

24 "Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the
dogs shall eat: and him that dieth in the field
shall the fowls of the air eat.

25 If But 'there was none like unto Ahab,

which did sell himself to work wickedness

in the sight of the Lord, "whom Jezebel his

wife ll stirred up.

26 And he did very abominably in follow-

a 2 Chron.
18. 2, Sec.

h Oeut. 4.

t Hob.
silnit from
taking it.

c 2 Kmgs 3.

e 2 Kings 3.

II Or,

t Ileb

Ahab is seduced by false prophets.

ing idols, according to all things "as did the
Amoritcs, whom the Lord cast out before
the children of Israel.

27 And it came to pass, when Ahab
heard those words, that he rent his clothes,
and yput sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted,
and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

28 And the word of the Lord came to
Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

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


1 Ahab, seduced by false prophets, according to the word
of Micaiah, is slam at Ramoth-gilead. 37 l^he dogs
lick up his blood, and Ahaziah succeedeth fiim. 41
Jehoshaphafs good reign. 45 His acts. 50 Jehoram
succeedeth him. 51 Ahaziah' s evil reign.

AND they continued three years without
war between Syria and Israel.

2 And it came to pass in the third year,
that ''Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came
down to the king of Israel.

3 And the king of Israel said unto his
servants. Know ye that ''Ramoth in Gilead
is ours, and we he t still, and 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 king of Israel, "Yam
as thou art., my people as thy people, my
horses as thy horses.

5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king
of Israel, Inquire, 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 Ra-
moth-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 inquire of him?

8 And the king of Israel said unto Jeho-
shaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the
son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire 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 || of-
ficer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son
of Imlah.

10 And the king of Israel, and Jehosha-
phat the king of Judah, sat each on his
throne, having put on their robes, in a fvoid
place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria ;
and all the prophets prophesied before them.


Micaiah foretelleth AhaVs death.

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, say-
ing, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper:
for the Lord shall deliver it into the king's

13 And the messenger that was gone to
call Micaiah spake unto him, saying. Be-
hold now, the words of the prophets declare
good unto the king with one mouth : let thy
word, I pray thee, be like the word of one
of them, and speak that which is good.

14 And Micaiah said. As the Lord liv-
eth, ""what the Lord saith unto me, that
will I speak.

15 IT 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
prosper : 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 ff 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 Je-
hoshaphat. 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 sit-
ting 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 || per-
suade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at
Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this man-
ner, and another said on that manner.

21 And there came forth a spirit, and
stood before the Lord, and said, I will per-
suade him.

22 And the Lord said unto him. Where-
with ? 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 spirit 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.

CHAP. xxn.


fNumb. Sit.


Matt. 9.

h lsai.6. 1.
Dan. 7. 9.
i Job 1. 6.
b,i. 1.
Pa. 103. 20,

Dan. 7. 10.
Zech. 1. in.
Vatt. 18. 10.
Heb. 1. 7,

II Or,

k Judg. 9.


.loll 12. la

F.zok. 14

2 ThosB. 2.


I Ezck. 14.



m 2 Cliron.
le). 23.

!> °'' K
jrovi Cham'

ber to cham-
t Hob.
a chamber
in a cliavf
ch. iJO. 30.

n Numb. 16.

Deut 18, 20,
2J, 22.

II Or,

wltnt ftc was
to dmctiise
himself, and
enter ivto
Vie battle.
o 2 Chron.
35. 22.

P 2 Chron.
18. 31.
Prov. 13. 20.

t Heb. .
171 his sim-
2 Sam. 15.

t Heb.
joints and
the breast-

t Heb. .
made sick.
t Heb.

t Heb.
L osom.

\ Heb

Ahab is slain at Ramoth-gilead.

and said, "Which way went 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 go || into
t an inner chamber to hide thyself.

26 And the king of Israel said. Take
Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the
governor of the city, and to Joash the king's

27 And say, Thus saith the king. Put this
fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread
of affliction, and with water of affliction, until
I come in peace.

28 And Micaiah said. If thou return at
all in peace, "the Lord hath not spoken
by me. And he said. Hearken, O people,
every one of you.

29 So the king of Israel and Jehosha-*
phat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-

30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehb-
shaphat, || I will disguise myself, and enter
into the battle ; but put thou on thy robes.
And the king of Israel "disguised himself,
and went into the battle.

31 But the king of Syria commanded
his thirty and two captains that had rule
over his chariots, saying. Fight neither with
small nor great, save only with the king of

32 And it came to pass, when the cap-
tains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that
they said. Surely it is the king of Israel.
And they turned aside to fight against him :
and Jehoshaphat p cried out.

33 And it came to pass, when the cap-
tains of the chariots perceived that it was
not the king of Israel, that they turned back
from pursuing him.

34 And a certain man drew a bow t at
a venture, and smote the king of Israel be-
tween the t joints of the harness: where-
fore he said unto the driver of his chariot,
Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the
host ; for I am f wounded.

35 And the battle f increased that day:
and the king was stayed up in his chariot
against the Syrians, and died at even : and
the biood ran out of the wound into the
t midst of the chariot.

36 And there went a proclamation through-
out the host about the going down of the
sun, saying, Every man to his city and
every man to his own country.

37 H So the king died, and fwas brought
to Samaria; and they buried the king m
Samaria. . . ,

38 And one washed the chariot in tne
of Samaria; and the dogs licked up


his blood; and

they was

hed his armour;

Jehoshaphat' s good reign.

according lunto the word of the Lord which
he spake.

39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab,
and all that he did, and ■" the ivory house
which he made, and all the cities that he
built, are they not written in the book of
the Chronicles of the kings of Israel 1

40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and
Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

41 H And ' Jehoshaphat the son of Asa
began to reign over Judah in the fourth
year of Ahab king of Israel.

42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years
old when he began to reign ; and he reigned
twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Azubah the daugh-
ter of Shilhi.

43 And 'he walked in all the ways of Asa
his father ; he turned not aside from it, do-
ing that which was right in the eyes of the
Lord: nevertheless "the high places were
not taken away ; for the people offered and
burnt incense yet in the high places.

44 And '^ Jehoshaphat made peace with
the king of Israel.

45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehosha-
phat, and his might that he shewed, and
hoAV he warred, are they not written in the
book of the Chronicles of the kings of
Judah ?








q ch. 21. 19.

y ch. 14. 24.

&, 1.1 12.


I Anioa 3.

I Gen. 25.

2 Sam. 8. 14.

2 Kings 3.
9. & 8. 20.

a 2 Cliron.

20. 35, &o.

II Or, liad

ten ships.


b ch. lU. 22.

c 2 Chron.

20. 37.



Began tn

reign alone

vcr. 51.

8 3 Chron.


e 2 Chron.

21. 1.


Now he be-

giiiB to reign


t 2 Chron.

r vcr. 40.


u ch. 14. 23.

t 15.. 14^

2 Kings 12.

B ch. 1.5. 26.

■K 2 Chron.

19. 2.

2 Cor. 6. 14.


oh. llj. 31.

Ahaziah' s evil reign. ■

46 yAnd the remnant of the Fodomites,
which remained in the days of his father
Asa, he took out of the land.

47 ^ There was then no king in Edom :
a deputy was king.

48 '^ Jehoshaphat || *> made ships of Thar-
shish to go to Ophir for gold: "but they
went not: for the ships were broken at
"^ Ezion-geber.

49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab
unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with
thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat
would not.

50 II And " Jehoshaphat slept with his
fathers, and was buried with his fathers in
the city of David his father : and Jehoram
his son reigned in his stead.

51 IT ''Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to
reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth
year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and
reigned two years over Israel.

52 And he did evil in the sight of the
Lord, and e 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.






1 Moah relelleth. 2 Ahaziah, sending to Baal-zelub,
hath his judginent by Elijah. 5 Elijah twice hring-
eth fire from heaven upon them whom Ahaziah sent to
apprehend him. 13 He pitieth the third captain, and,
encouraged by an angel, telleth the king of his death.
17 Jehoram succeedeth Ahaziah.

THEN Moab "rebelled against Israel
^ after the death of Ahab.

2 And Ahaziah fell down through a
lattice in his upper chamber that was in
Samaria, and was sick : and he sent messen-

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