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The disobedient prophet CHAP. XII.

is slain by a lion. word of the LORD unto Beth-el: man of God went which came and Jeroboam stood by the altar to from Judah. burn incense.

13 And he said unto his sons, 2 And he cried against the altar Saddle me the ass. So they sadin the word of the LORD, and said, dled him the ass: and he rode O altar, altar! thus saith the thereon, LORD; Behold, a child shall be 14 And went after the man of horn unto the house of David, God, and found him sitting under Josiah by name; and upon thee an oak: and he said unto him, Art shall he offer the priests of the thou the man of God that camest high places that burn incense upon from Judah ? And he said, I thee, and men's bones shall be am. burnt upon thee.

15 Then he said unto him, Come 3 And he gave a sign the same home with me, and eat bread. day, saying, This is the sign which 16 And he said, I may not rethe 'LORD hath spoken; Behold, turn with thee, nor go in with the altar shall be rent, and the thee: neither will I eat bread nor ashes that are upon it shall be pour- drink water with thee in this ed out.

place: 4 And it came to pass when king 17 For it was said to me by the Jeroboam

heard the saying of the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat man of God, which had cried no bread nor drink water there, por against the altar in Beth-el, that turn again to go by the way that he put forth his hand from the altar, thou camest. saying, Lay hold on him. And his 18 He said unto him, I am a prohand, which he put forth against phet also as thou art; and an anhim, dried up, so that he could not gel spake unto me by the word of pull it in again to him.

the LORD, saying, Bring him back 5 The altar also was rent, and with thee into thy house, that he the ashes poured out from the al- may eat bread and drink water. tar, according to the sign which But he lied unto him. the man of God had given by the 19 So he went back with him, word of the LORD.

and did eat bread in his house and 6 And the king answered and drank water. said unto the man of God, Entreat 20 1 And it came to pass, as they now the face of the LORD thy God, sat at the table, that the word of and pray for me, that my hand may the LORD came unto the prophet be restored me again. And the that brought him back: man of God bosought the LORD, 21 And he cried unto the man of and the king's hand was restored God that came from Judah, saying, him again, and became as it was Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch before.

as thou hast disobeyed the mouth 7 And the king said unto the man of the LORD, and hast not kept the of God, Come home with me, and commandment which the LORD refresh thyself, and I will give thee thy God commanded thee, a reward.

22 But camest back, and hast 8 And the man of God said unto eaten bread and drunk water in the king, If thou wilt give me half the place, of the which the LORD thy house, I will not go in with did say to thee, Eat no bread, and thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink no water; thy carcass shall drink water in this place:

not come unto the sepulchre of thy 9 For so was it charged me_by fathers. the word of the LORD, saying, Eat 23 1 And it came to pass, after no bread, nor drink water, nor he had eaten bread, and after he turn again by the same way that had drunk, that he saddled for him thou camest.

the ass, to wit, for the prophet 10 So he went another way, and whom he had brought back. returned not by the way that he 24 And when he was gone, a came to Beth-el.

lion met him by the way, and slew 11 I Now there dwelt an old him: and his

carcass was cast in prophet in Beth-el; and his sons the way, and the ass stood by it, came and told him all the works the lion also stood by the carthat the man of God had done that cass. day in Beth-el: the words which 25 And behold, men passed by, he had spoken unto the king, them and saw the carcass cast in the they told also to their father. way, and the lion standing by the

12 And their father said unto carcass : and they came and told them, What way went he ? for it in the city where the old prophet his sons had seen what way the dwelt.


Jeroboam's obstinacy. I. KINGS,

The rurn of 26 And when the prophet that and arose, and went to Shiloh, brought him back from the way and came to the house of Ahijah heard thereof, he said, It is the But Ahijah could not see; for his man of God, who was disobe- eyes were set by reason of his dient unto the word of the LORD : age. therefore the LORD hath delivered 5 | And the LORD said unto Ahihim unto the lion, which hath tornjah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam him, and slain him, according to cometh to ask a thing of thee for the word of the LORD, which he her son; for he is sick : thus and spake unto him.

thus shalt thou say unto her : for 27 And he spake to his sons, it shall be, when she cometh in, saying, Saddle me the ass. And that she shall feign herself to be thuy saddled him.

another woman. 28 And he went and found his 6 And it was so, when Ahijah carcass cast in the way, and the heard the sound of her feet, as she nes and the lion standing by the came in at the door, that he said, carcass: the lion had not eaten the Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; carcass, nor torn the ass.

why feignest thou thyself to be 29 And the prophet took up the another ? for I am sent to thee with carcass of the man of God, and heavy tidings. laid it upon the ass, and brought it 7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith back: and the old prophet came the LORD God of Israel, Forasto the city, to mourn and to bury much as I exalted thee from among him.

the people, and made thee prince 30 And he laid his carcass in his over my people Israel, own grave; and they mourned 8 And rent the kingdom away over him, saying, Alas, my bro- from the house of David, and ther!

gave it thee: and yet thou hast not 31 And it came to pass, after he been as my servant David, who had buried him, that he spake to kept my commandments, and who his sons, saying, When I am dead, followed me with all his heart, to then bury me in the sepulchre do that only which was right in wherein the man of God is buried; mine eyes; lay my bones beside his hones : 9 But hast done evil above all

32 For the saying which he that were before thee: for thou cried by the word of the Lord hast gone and made thee other against the altar in Beth-el, and gods, and molten images, to proagainst all the houses of the high voke me to anger, and hast cast places which are in the cities of me behind thy back: Samaria, shall surely come to pass. 10 Therefore behold, I will

33 1 After this thing Jeroboam bring evil upon the house of Jeroreturned not from his evil way, but boam, and will cut off from Jeromade again of the lowest of the boam him that pisseth against th people priests of the high places : wall, and him that is shut up and whosoever would, he consecrated left in Israel, and will take away him, and he became one of the the remnant of the house of Jeropriests of the high places.

boam, as a man taketh away dung, 34 And this thing became sin till it be all gone. unto the house of Jeroboam, even 11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam to cut it off, and to destroy it from in the city shall the dogs eat; and off the face of the earth.

him that dieth in the field shall the CHAP. XIV.

fowls of the air eat: for the LORD Prophecy against Jeroboam. hath spoken it. A Tihat time Abijah the son of 12 Arise thou therefore, get thee

to thine own house: and when thy 2 And Jeroboam said to his feet enter into the city, the child wife, Arise, I pray thee, and dis- shall die. guise thyself, that thou be not 13 And all Israel shall mourn known to be the wife of Jero- for him, and bury him: for he boam; and get thee to Shiloh : be- only of Jeroboam shall come to hold, there is Ahijah the prophet, the grave, because in him there is which told me that I should be king found some good thing toward the over this people.

LORD God of Israel in the house 3 And take with thee ten loaves, of Jeroboam. and cracknels, and a

cruse of 14 Moreover, the LORD shall honey, and go to him: he shall raise him up a king over Israel, tell thee what shall become of the who shall cut off the house of child.

Jeroboam that day : but what? 4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, I even now.



his house foretold. CHAP. XV. Abijam's wicked reign.

15 For the LORD shall smite in their stead brazen shields, and Israel, as a reed is shaken in the committed them unto the hands of water, and he shall root up. Israel the chief of the guard,

which kept out of this good land, which he the door of the king's house. gave to their fathers, and shall 28 And it was so, when the king scatter them beyond the river, went into the house of the LORD, because they have made their that the guard bare them, and groves, provoking the LORD to brought them back into the guardanger.

chamber. 16 And he shall give Israel up 29 T Now the rest of the acts of because of the sins of Jeroboam, Rehoboam, and all that he did, who did sin, and who made Israel are they not written in the book to sin.

of the Chronicles of the kings of 17 | And Jeroboam's wife arose, Judah ? and departed, and came to Tirzah: 30 And there was war between and when she came to the thresh- Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their old of the door, the child died: days.

18 And they buried him; and 31 And Rehoboam slept with his all Israel mourned for him, accord- fathers, and was buried with his ing, to the word of the LORD, fathers in the city of David. And which he spake by the hand of his his mother's name was Naamah an servant Ahijah the prophet. Ammonitess. And Abijam his son

19 And the rest of the acts of Je- reigned in his stead. roboam, how he warred, and how

CHAP. XV. he reigned, behold, they are written Reigns of Abijam, and Asa. in the book of the Chronicles of the Ni

OW in the eighteenth year of

king Jeroboam the son of 20 And the days which Jero- Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. boam reigned were two and twenty 2 Three

years reigned he in Jeruyears: and he slept with his fa- salem. And his mother's name thers; and Nadab his son reigned in was Maachah, the daughter of his stead.

Abishalom. 21 And Rehoboam the son of 3 And he walked in all the sins Solomon reigned in Judah. Reho- of his father, which he had done boam was forty and one years old before him and his heart was not when he began to reign; and he perfect with the

LORD his God, as reigned seventeen years in Jerusa- the heart of David his father. lem, the city which the LORD did 4 Nevertheless, for David's sake choose out of all the tribes of Israel, did the LORD his God give him a to put his name there : and his lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his mother's name was Naamah an son after him, and to establish Ammonitess.

Jerusalem: 22 And Judah did evil in the 5 Because David did that which sight of the LORD, and they pro-was right in the eyes of the LORD, voked him to jealousy with their and turned not aside from any sins which they had committed, thing that he .commanded him all above all that their fathers had the days of his life, save only in done.

the matter of Uriah the Hittite. 23 For they also built them high 6 And there was war between places, and images and groves, on Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the every high hill, and under every days of his life. green tree.

7 Now the rest of the acts of 24 And there were also sodom: Abijam, and all that he did, are ites in the land : and they did they not written in the book of the according to all the abominations Chronicles of the kings of Judah? of the nations which the LORD And there was war between Abicast out before the children of jam and Jeroboam. Israel.

8 And Abijam slept with his fa. 25 1 And it came to pass in the thers; and they buried him in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that city of David: and Asa his son Shishak king of Egypt came up reigned in his stead. against Jerusalem :

9 And in the twentieth year of 26 And he took away the trea- Jeroboam king of Israel reigned sures of the house of the Lord, Asa over Judah. and the treasures of the king's 10 And forty and one years house; he even took away all : reigned he in Jerusalem. And his and he took away all the shields of mother's name was Maachah, the gold which Solomon had made. daughter of Abishalom. 27 And king Rehoboam made 11 And Asa did that hokich was P2


Wars of Asa

and Baasha right in the eyes of the LORD, as of the Chronicles of the kings of did David his father.

Judah ? Nevertheless in the time 12 And he took away the sodom- of his old age he was diseased in ites out of the land, and removed his feet. all the idols that his fathers had 24 And Asa slept with his fathers, made.

and was buried with his fathers in 13 And also Maachah his mo- the city of David his father: and ther, even her he removed from Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his being queen, because she had made stead. an idol in a grove; and Asa de 25 | And Nadab the son of Jerostroyed her idol, and burnt it by boam began to reign over Israel the brook Kidron.

in the second year of Asa king of 14 But the high places were not Judah, and reigned over Israel two removed: nevertheless Asa's heart years. was perfect with the LORD all his 26 And he did evil in the sight days.

of the LORD, and walked in the 15 And he brought in the things way of his father, and in his sin which his father had dedicated, and wherewith he made Israel to sin. the things which bimself had dedi 27 1 And Baasha the son of Ahicated, into the house of the LORD, jah,of the house of Issachar,conspisilver, and gold, and vessels. red against him; and Baasha smote

16 T And there was war between him at Gibbethon, which belonged Asa and Baasha king of Israel all to the Philistines; for Nadab and their days.

all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon. 17 And Baasha king of Israel 28 Even in the third year of Asa went up against Judah, and built king of Judah did Baasha slay Ramah, that he might not suffer him, and reigned in his stead. any to go out or come in to Asa 29 And it came to pass, when king of Judah.

he reigned, that he smote all the 18 Then Asa took all the silver house of Jeroboam; he left not to and the gold that were left in the Jeroboam any that breathed, until treasures of the house of the LORD, he had destroyed him, according and the treasures of the king's unto the saying of the LORD, house, and delivered them into the which he spake by his servant hand of his servants : and king Asa Ahijah the Shilonite : sent them to Ben-hadad, the son of 30 Because of the sins of JeroTabrimon, the son of Hezion, king boam which he sinned, and which of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, he made Israel sin, by his provocasaying,

tion wherewith he provoked the 19 There is a league between me LORD God of Israel to anger. and thee, and between my father 31 T Now the rest of the acts of and thy father: behold, I have sent Nadab, and all that he did, are unto thee a present of silver and they not written in the book of the gold; come and break thy league Chronicles of the kings of Israel? with Baasha king of Israel, that he 32 And there was war between may depart from me.

Asa and Baasha king of Israel all 20 So Ben-hadad hearkened unto their days. king Asa, and sent the captains of 33 In the third year of Asa king the hosts which he had against the of Judah began Baasha the son of cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, Ahijah to reign over all Israel in and Dan, and Abel-beth-maachah, Tirzah, twenty and four years. and all Cinneroth, with all the 34 And he did evil in the sight of land of Naphtali.

the LORD, and walked in the way 21 And it came to pass, when of Jeroboam, and in his sin whereBaasha heard thereof, that he left with he made Israel to sin. off building of Ramah, and dwelt

CHAP. XVI. in Tirzah.

Jehu's Prophecy against Baasha. 22. Then king Asa made a procla- THEN the word of the LORD mation throughout all Judah ; came to Jehu the son of Hanone was exempted: and they took nani against Baasha, saying, away the stones of Ramah, and 2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee the timber thereof, wherewith out of the dust, and made thee Baasha had builded ; and king Asa prince over my people Israel, and built with them Geba of Benjamin, thou hast walked in the way of Jeand Mizpah.

roboam, and hast made my people 23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, Israel to sin, to provoke me to and all his might, and all that he anger with their sins; did, and the cities which he built, 3 Behold, I will take away the are they not written in the book /posterity of Baasha, and the pos



Zimri's conspiracy. CHAP. XVI. Omri's wicked reign terity of his house ; , and will make spired, and hath also slain the thy house like the house of Jero- king; wherefore all Israel made boam the son of Nebat.

Omri, the captain of the host, king 4 Him that dieth of Baasha in over Israel that day in the camp. the city shall the dogs eat; and 17 And Omri went up from Gibhim that dieth of his in the fields bethon, and all Israel with him, shall the fowls of the air eat. and they besieged Tirzah.

5 Now the rest of the acts of 18 And it came to pass, when Baasha, and what he did, and his Zimri saw that the city was taken, might, are they not written in the that he went into the palace of the book of the Chronicles of the kings king's house, and burnt the king's of Israel?

house over him with fire, and died, 6 So Baasha slept with his fa 19 For his sins which he sinned thers, and was buried in Tirzah: and in doing evil in the sight of the Elah his son reigned in his stead. LORD, in walking in the way of

7 And also by the hand of the Jeroboam, and in his sịn which he
prophet Jehu the son of Hanani did, to make Israel to sin.
came the word of the LORD against 20 Now the rest of the acts of
Baasha, and against his house, Zimri, and his treason that he
even for all the evil that he did in wrought, are they not written in
the sight of the LORD, in provoking the book of the Chronicles of the
him to anger with the work of his kings of Israel ?
hands, in being like the house of 21 [ Then were the people of Is-
Jeroboam; and because he killed rael divided into two parts : half

of the people followed Tibni the
8 In the twenty and sixth year of son of Ginath, to make him king;
Asa king of Judah began Elah the and half followed Omri.
son of Baasha to reign over Israel 22 But the people that followed
in Tirzah, two years.

Omri prevailed against the people 9 And his servant Zimri, captain that followed Tibni the son of of half his chariots, conspired Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri againgt him, as he was in Tirzah, reigned. drinking, himself drunk in the 23 1 In the thirty and first year house of Arza, steward of his of Asa king of Judah began Omri house in Tirzah.

to reign over Israel, twelve years. 10 And Zimri went in and smote six years reigned he in Tirzah. him, and killed him, in the twenty 24 And he bought the hill Sama and seventh year of Asa king of ria of Shemer for two talents of silJudah, and reigned in his stead, ver, and built on the hill, and called

11 1 And it came to pass, when the name of the city which he built, he began to reign, as soon as he sat after the name of Shemer, owner on his throne, that he slew all the of the hill, Samaria. house of Baasha: he left him not 25 | But Omri wrought evil in one that pisseth against a wall, the eyes of the LORD, and did worse neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his than all that were before him. friends.

26 For he walked in all the way 12 Thus did Zimri destroy all of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and the house of Baasha, according to in his sin wherewith he made Israel the word of the LORD, which he to sin, to provoke the LORD God of spake against Baasha by Jehu the Israel to anger with their vaniprophet,

ties. 13 For all the sins of Baasha, and 27 Now the rest of the acts of the sins of Elah his son, by which Omri which he did, and his might they sinned, and by which they that he shewed, are, they not made

Israel to sin, in provoking written in the book of the Chronithe LORD God of Israel to anger cles of the kings of Israel? with their vanities.

28 So Omri slept with his fathers, 14 Now the rest of the acts of and was buried in Samaria : and Elah, and all that he did, are they Ahab his son reigned in his stead. not written in the book of the 29 T And in the thirty and eighth Chronicles of the kings of Israel? year of Asa king of Judah began

15 1 In the twenty and seventh Ahab the son of Omri to reign over year of Asa king of Judah did Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. reigned over Israel in Samaria And the people were encamped twenty and two years. against Gibbethon, which belonged 30 And Ahab the son of Omri to the Philistines.

did evil in the sight of the LORD 16 And the people that were en-above all that were before him. camped heard say, Zimri hath con 31 And it came to pass, as if it

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