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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 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 will give thee another Vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my Vineyard.

7. And Jezebel his Wife 1 Tim. vi. 9 They that will be kick said unto him, Dost thou now


and into many foolish and hurthal govern the Kingdom of Il Lusts, which drown Men in DESTALO rael? Arise and eat Bread, TION and PERDITION.

10 For the love of MONEY is the and let thine Heart be merry : R and let thine heart be merry: Root of all Evil: which while some I will give thee the Vineyard coveted after, they have arred from of Naboth the Jezreelite.

the FAITH, and pierced themselves 8 So she wrote Letters in

n thro' with many Sorrows. Ahab's Name, 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.

g And she wrote in the Letters, saying, Proclaim a Falt, and set Naboth on high among the People:

10 And set two Men, Sons of Belial, before 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.

u And the Men of his City, even the Elders, and the Nobles, who were the Inhabitants in his City, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the Letters which she had sent unto them.

among the People.

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 died.

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

15 And when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and · was dead, that Tczebel said to Ahab, Arise, take poffelion

carried" hid blafpheme the Presence witneffed agaihial, and


of the Vineyard of Naboth, which he refused to give thee for Money : for Naboth is not alive but dead. no And when no vinto in 16 And when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he rose

com was uca up to go down to the Vineyard of Naboth, to take pofler.

fion of it. • 19 And the WORD of the LORD came to Elijah the Tilhbite, 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 pofless it.

19 4 And thou shalt speak d Pfal. 1xxvi. 12 He shall cut off unto him, saying, Thus faith the Spirit of Princes, he is wonderful the LORD, Hast thou KIL

to the Kings of the Earth.

Rev. xv. 4 Who shall not fear thee, LED, and also taken posses- O Lord, and GLORIFY thy Name? SION? And thou shalt speak for thou only art Holy, for all Na

tions shall come and worship before

us anth thee, for thy JUDGMENTS are made the LORD, In the place where manifeft. Dogs licked the Blood of Naboth, shall Dogs lick thy Blood,

even thine. i 20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine

Enemy? And he answered, I have found thee, because thou - haft fold thyself to work Evil in the sight of the LORD.

21 Behold, I will bring Evil upon thee, and will take away thy PostERITY, and will cut off from Ahab him that piffeth against the Wall, and him that is shut up, and left in Ifrael,

22 And will make thine House like the House of Jeroboam the Son of Nebat, and like the House of Baasha the Son of Ahijah, for the Provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to Anger, and made Israel to fin.

23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The Dogs shall EAT Jezebel by the Wall of Jezreel.

24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the City, the Dogs Thall cat: and him that dieth in the Field, shall the Fowls of the Air eat.

25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did fell himself to work Wickedness in the fight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his Wife STIRRED up.

26 And he did very abominably in following Idols, according to all Things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the Children of Israel. 27 And it came to pass when Ahab heard those Words,


that that he rent his Clothes, and put 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 Seelt thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the Evil in his Days : but in his Son’s Days will I bring the Evil upon his House.

CH A P. XXII. i Ahab seduced by false Prophets, according to the Word of Mi.

caiah, is pain at Ramoth-Gilead : 37 The Dogs lick up bis · Blood, and Abaziah succeedeth him. 41 Jebosbaphat's good

· Reign, 45 and Aets. 50 Jehoram fucceedeth him. si do : haziah's evil Reign.

Ver. 1 AND they continued three Years without War be

A tween Syria and Israel. 2 And it came to pass in the third Year, that Jeholhaphat 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 be still, and take it not out of the Hand of the King of Syria?)

4 And he said unto Jeholhaphat, Wilt thou go with me to Battle to Ramoth-Gilead? - And Jehoshaphat said to the King of Israel, I am as thou art, my People as thy People, my Horses as thy Horses.

5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the King of Israel, Enquire, I pray thce, 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 Ramoth-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 enquire of him?

8 And the King of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one Man (Micaiah the Son of Imlah) by whom we may enquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he doth not prophesy Good concerning me, but Evil. And Jehoshaphat faid, Let not the King say so.

9 Then the King of Israel called an Officer, and said, Halten hither Micaiah the Son of Imlah.

10 And the King of Israel, and Jehoshaphat the King of Judah, fate each on his Throne, having put on their Robes, in a void Place, in the Entrance of the Gate of Samaria, and all the Prophets prophesied before them.

11 And Zedekiah the Son of Chenaanah made him Horns of Iron, and he said, Thus faith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.

12 And all the Prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-Gilead, and prosper : for the LORD shall deliver it into the King's Hand.

13 And the Messenger that was gone to call Micaiah, spake unto him, saying, Behold 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 liveth, what the Lord faith unto me, that will I speak.

15 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 Ihall deliver it into the Hand of the

Ramotho all the propuntil thou haveORD, With him Horns


16 And the King faid 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 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 Jehoshaphat, 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 fitting 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 persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one said on this Manner, and another faid on that Manner. . 21 And there came forth a Spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.


22 And

22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And ne faid, 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 Prophets, and the LORD hath spoken Evil concerning thee.

24 But Zedekiah the Son of Chenaanah went near, and (mote Micaiah on the Cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee.

25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shall see in that Day when thou shalt go into an inner Chamber to hide thyself.

26 And the King of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and care ry him back unto Amou the Governour of the City, and to Joath the King's Son :

27 And say, Thus faith the King, Put this Fellow in the Prison, and feed him with Bread of Affliction, and with Wa:er 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 Jehoshaphat the King of Judah went up to Ramoth-Gilead.

30 And the King of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, 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, fave only with the King of Israel.

32 And it came to pass when the Captains of the Chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the King of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him : and Jeholhaphat cried out. .

33 And it came to pass, when the Captains of the Chariots perceived that it was not the King of Israel, that they turned back froin pursuing him.

34 And a certain Man drew a Bow at a Venture, and smote the King of Israel between the Joynts of the Harness : wherefore he said unto the Driver of his Chariot Turn thine Hand, and carry me out of the Host, for I am wounded.

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