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17 And the young Men of the Princes of the Provinces went out first, and Benhadad 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 young Menthe Army which and the Syri

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 the Syrians fied, and Israel pursued them : and Benhadad the King of Syria escaped on an Horse, with the Horsemen.

21 And the King of Israel went out, and smote the Horses and Chariots, and New the Syrians with a great Slaughter.

22 And the Prophet came to the King of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thy self, and mark, and see what thou dost : for at the return of the Year the King of Syria 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 they.

25 And number thee an Army, like the Army that thou hast lost: and we will fight against them in the Plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their Voice, and did so.

26 And it came to pass at the return of the Year, that Benhadad went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.

27 And the Children of Israel were numbred, and were all present, and went against them, and the Children of Ilrael pitched before them, like two little Flocks of Kids : but the Syrians filled the Countrey.

28 And there came a Man of God, and spake unto the King of Israel, and said, Thus faith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the Hills, but he is not God of the Vallies : therefore will I deliver all this great Multitude into thine Hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

29 And they pitched one over aginst the other seven Days, and so it was, that on the seventh Day the Battle was joined: and the Children of Israel flew of the Syrians an hundred 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 Benhadad fied, and came into the City, into an inner Chamber.

31 And his Servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the Kings of the House of Israel are merciful Kings : let us, I pray thee, put Sackcloth on our Loins, and Ropes upon our Heads, and go out to the King of Ilrael ; peradventure he will save thy Life.

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 Benhadad faith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my Brother.

33 Now the Men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy Brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him : then Benhadad came forth to him, and he caused him to come up into the Chariot.

34 And Benhadad said unto him, The Cities which my Father took from thy Father, I will reitore, 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 And a certain Man of the Sons of the Prophets faid unto his Neighbour in the Word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the Main refused to smite him.

36 Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the Voice of the LORD, behold, afloon as thou art departed from me, a Lion shall say thee. And affoon as he was departed from him, a Lion found him, and flew him.

37 Then he found another Man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the Man (mote him, so that in smiling he wounded him.

38 So the Prophet departed, and waited for the King by the Way, and difguised himself with Ames upon his Face.

39 And as the King passed by, he cried unto the King: and he said, Thy Servant went out into the midit 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 pay & Talent of Silver.

40 And as thy Servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the King of Israel said unto him, So shall thy Judgment be; thyfelf hast decided it.

41 And he hafted, and took the Ashes away from his Face, and the King of Israel discerned him, that he was of the Prophets.

42 And he said unto him, Thus faith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy Hand a Man whom I appointed to utter Destruction, therefore thy Life shall go for his Life, and thy People for his People.

43 And the King of Israel went to his House heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.

C H A P. XXI. i Ahab being denied Naboth's Vineyard, is grieved. 5 Jeze

bel writing Letters against Naboth, he is condemned of Blafpheniy. 15 Ahab taketh posesion of the Vineyard. 17 Elijah denounceth Judgments against Ahab and Jezebel.

25 Wicked Ahab repenting, God deferreth the Judgment. Ver. 1 AND it came to pass after these Things, that Na

A both the Jezreelite had a Vineyard, which was in Jezrecl, hard by the Palace of Abab King of Samaria.

2 6 And Ahab spake unto b Habak. ii. 9 Wo to him that coNaboth, saying, Give me thy Naboth Gving Give me thy VETETH an evil Covetourness to his

? House, that he may fet his Neft on Vineyard, that I may have it high.' for a Garden of Herbs, be- i For the Stone shall cry out of cause it is near unto mine

ve the Wall, and the Beam out of the

Timber shall answer it. House, and I will give thee 12 Wo to him that buildeth a for it a better Vineyard than Town with Blood, and stablisheth a it : or if it seem good to the it · or if it seem good to thee,

City by Iniquity.

To Thou hast consulted Shame to I will give thce the Worth of thy House, by cutting off many Peoit in Money.

ple, and haft linned against thy 3. And Naboth said to A- Luke xii. is And he said unto hab, The Lord forbid it me, them, Take heed, and BEWARE of that I should give the Inbe- COVETOUSNESS : for a Man's Life

confifteth not in the abundance of ritance of my Fathers unto the things which he poflefTech. thee.

Ephef. v. 3 But Fornication, and 4 And Ahab came into his all Uncleannels, or CoVETOUSNESS, 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.

let it not be once named among House heavy and displeased,

you, as becometh Saints. because of the Word which 6 Le no Man deceive you with Naboth the Tezreelite had vain Words : for because of these

Things cometh the Wrath of God spoken to him: for he had ayon The Children of Disobedience.

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.

z ĉ And Jezebel his Wife I Tim. vi. 9 They that will be rich said unto him, Dost thou now?

Fall into TEMPTATION and a SNARE,

now and into many foolish and hurtful govern the Kingdom of If- LUSTS, which drown Men in DESTRUCrael? Arise and eat Bread, tion and PerditioN. and let thine Heart be merry : Root of all Evil: which while some

10 For the love of MONEY is the I will give thee the Vineyard covered after, they have Erred from of Naboth the Tezreelite. the FAITH, and pierced themselves

thro' with many Sorrows. 8 So she wrote Letters in 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.

ģ And she wrote in the Letters, saying, Proclaim a Fait, 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 blafpheme God and the King: and then carry him out, and stone him that he may dic.

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.

12 They proclaimed a Fast, and set Naboth on high among the People.

13 And there came in two Men, Children of Belial, and fat before him : and the Men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the Presence of the People, saying, Naboth did blafpheme 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 Jezebcl, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15 And when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead?, Jczebe! said to Ahab, Arile, take pofleflion


of the Vineyard of Naboth, which he refused to give thee for Money : for Naboth is not alive but dead.

16 And when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he rose up to go down to the Vineyard of Naboth, to take poflera fion of it.

17 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 d Pfal. 1xxvi, 12 He shall cut off unto him, saying, Thus faith the Spirit of Princes, he is wonderful

to the Kings of the Earth. the LORD, Hast thou KIL

Rev. xy. 4 Who shall not fear thee, LED, and also taken POSSES- O Lord, and GLORIFY thiy Name : SION? And thou shalt speak for thou only art Holy, for all Naunto him, laying, Thus laith

i tions shall come and worship before

thee, for thy JUDGMENTS are made the LORD, In the Place where manifest. Dogs licked the Blood of Naboth, shall Dogs lick thy Blood, even thine.

20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine Eneiny? And he answered, I have found thee, because thou haft sold thyself to work Evil in the fight 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 pisleih 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 haft provoked me to Anger, and made Israel to fin.

23. And of Jezebel allo 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 shall eat : 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, whoni 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 tast out before the Children of Israel. 27 And it came to pass when Ahab heard those Words,



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