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384 Ahab's falsc prophets. II. CHRONICLES. Micaidi's prophecy.

2 And after certain years he went i! 16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scatdown to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab tered upon the mountains, as sheep that killed sheep and oxen for him in abund-'; hare no shepherd : and the LORD said, ance, and for the people that he had with These have no master; let them return him, and persuaded him to go up wiih him is therefore every man to his house in peace. to Ramoth-gilead.

17 And the king of Israel said to Jehosh3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto aphat, Did I not tell thee that he would Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go not prophesy good unto me, but evil? with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he an- 1 18 Again he said, Therefore hear the swered him, I am as thou art, and my word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitpeople as thy people ; and we will be ting upon his throne, and all the host of with thee in the war.

heaven standing on his right hand and on 4 | And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquirc, I pray thce, at 19 And the LORD said, Who shall enthe word of the LORD to-day.

tice Thab king of Israel, that he may go 5 Therefore the king of Israel gather- ' up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one ered together of propliets four hundred spake saying after this manner, and anmen, and said unto them, Shall we go to other saying after that manner. Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I for 20 Then there came out a spirit, and bear? And they said, GO up; for God | stocd before the LORD, and said, I will will deliver it into the king's hand.

entice him. And the LORD said unto 6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not him, Wherewith? here a prophet of the Lord besides, that I 21 And he said, I will go out, and be a we might inquire of him?

lying spirit in the mouth of all his proph7 And the king of Israel said unto Je- || ets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt hoshaphat, There is yet one man, by entice him, ard thou shalt also prevail :

I hate him ; for he never prophesietha 22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD goodl unto me, but always evil: the same hath put a lving spirit in the mouth of is Micajah the son of Imla. And Jehosh- | these thy prophets, and the LORD hath aphat said, Let not the king say so. spoken evil against thee.

8. And the king of }srael called for one 23 Then Zedekial the son of Chenaof his officers, and said, Fetch quickly anah came hear, and smote Micaiah upon Micaiah the son of Imla.

the cheek, and said, Which way went 9 And the king of Israel and Jehosha- the spirit of the Lord from me to speak phat king of Judah sat either of them on unto thee? his throne, clothed in their robes, and 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thon they sat in a void place at the enteringshalt see on that day when thou shalt go in of the gate of Samaria ; and all the into an inner chamber to hide thyself. prophets prophesied before them.

25 Then the king of Israel said, Take 10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah ve Micaiah, and carry him back to Ahad ma le hinn horns of iron, and said, llion the governor of the city, and to Jo Thus saith the LORD, With these thou ash the king's son; shalt push Syria until they be consumed. 26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put

11 And all the prophets prophesied so, this fellow in the prison, and feed him saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and with bread of affliction and with water of prosper : for the LORD shall deliver it l affliction, until I return in peace. into the hand of the king.

27 And Micajah said, If thou certain12 And the messenger that went to call | ly return in peace, then hath not the LORD Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, I spoken by me. And he said, Hearker, the words of the prophets declare gooxil all ye people. to the king with one assent; let thy word | 28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshatherefore, I pray thee, be like one of phat the king of Judalı went up to Ratheirs, and speak thou good.

moth-gilead. 13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD! 29 And the king of Israel said unto Je liveth, even what my God saith, that will hoshiaphat, I will disguise myself, and I speak.

will go to the battle ; but put thou on thy 14 And when he was come to the king, | robes. So the king of Israel disguised the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we himself; and they went to the battle. goto Ramoth-gilead tobattle, or shall I for II 30 Now the king of Syria had comPear? And he said, Goye up, and prosper, || inanded the captains of the chariots that and they shall be delivered into your hand. vere with him, saying, Fight ye not with

15 And the king said to him, How small or great, sare only with the king many times shall I adjure thee that thou of Israel. say nothing but the truth to me in the 31 And it came to pass, when the capname of the Lord ?

li' tains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat,

Jehosha phat visiteth his kingdom. CAAP. XIX, XX. lle piroclaimeth a fast. 385 that they said, It is the king of Israel. ments, ye shall even warn them that they Therefore they compassed about him to trespass not against the Lord, and so fight; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the wrath come upon you, and upon your LORD helped him; and God moved them brethren: this do, and yeshall not trespass. to depart from him.

11 Andbehold, Amariah the chiefpriest 32 For it came to pass, that when the lis over you in all matters of the LORD; captains of the chariots perceived that it and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the was not the king of Israel, they turned ruler of the house of Judah, for all the back again from pursuing him."

king's matters: also the Levites shall be · 33 And a certain man drew a bow at a officers before you. Deal courageously, venture, and smote the king of Israel be- || and the LORD shall be with the good. tween the joints of the harness: therefore |

CHAP. XX. he said to his chariot-man, Turn thine 1 Jehoshaphat piroclaimeth a fast. 5 His hand, that thou mayest carry me out of prayer. 22 The overthrow of his enethe host ; for I am wounded.

s mics. 31 His reign.. 34 And the battle increased that day: IT came to pass after this also, that the. howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself I children of Moal), and the children up in his chariot against the Syrians until of Ammon, and with them other beside the even : and about the time of the sun the Aminonites, came against Jehoshagoing down he died.

phat to battle. CHAP. XIX.

2 Then there came some that told Je1 Jehoshaphat visiteih nis kingdom. 5 hoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great

His instructions to the judges. multitude against thee from beyond the AND Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sea on this side Syria; and behold, they

returned to his house in peace to be in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi. Jerusalem.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set 2 And Jehu the son of Hananithe seer | himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimwent out to meet him, and said to king led a fast throughout all Judah. Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the un- 4 And Judah gathered themselves togodly, and love them that hate the LORD? gether, to ask help of the Lord:even out therefore is wrath upon thee from before of all the cities of Judah they came to the LORD.

seek the LORD. 3 Nevertheless, there are good things ! 5 | And Jehoshaphat stood in the confound in thee, in that thou hast takengregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in away the groves out of the land, and hast | the house of the LORD, before the new prepared thine heart to seek God.

court, 4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: 6 And said, () LORD God of our faand he went out again through the peo thers, Art not thou God in heaven and ple from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of and brought them back unto the LORD | the heathen? and in thine hand is there God of their fathers.

not power and might, so that none is able 5 And he set judges in the land to withstand thee? throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, 1 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive city by city,

out the inhabitants of this land before thy 6 And said to the judges, Take heed | people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of what ye do: for ye judge not for man, Abraham thy friend for ever? but for the LORD, who is with you in the 8 And they dwelt therein, and have judgment.

I built thee a sanctuary thercin for thy 7 Wherefore now let the fear of the name, saying, LORD be upon you ; take heed and do it: 1 9 lf, when evil cometh upon us, as the for there is no iniquity with the LORD sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famour God, nor respect of persons, nor tak- line, we stand before this house, and in ing of gifts.

|thy presence, (for thy name is in this 8 Moreover, in Jerusalem did Jeho house,) and cry unto thee in our afflicshaphat set of the Levites, and of the tion, then thou wilt hear and help. priests, and of the chief of the fathers of 10 And now, behold, the children of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and | Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom for controversies, when they returned to thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when Jerusalemn.

they came out of the land of Egypt, but 9 And he charged them, saying, Thus they turned from them, and destroyed shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faith- | them not ; fully, and with a perfect heart.

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, 10 And what cause soever shall come to come to cast us out of thy possession, to you of your brethren that dwell in their which thou hast given us to inherit. cities, between blood and blood, between 12 () our God, wilt thou not judge law and commandment, statutes and judg- them? for we have no might against this

386 God fignteth for Judah. IL CHRONICLES. . Julioshüpha's regn. great company that cometh against us; 25 And when Jehoshaphat and his peoneither know we what to do: but our ple came to take away the spcil of them, eyes are upon thee.

they found among them in alundance 15 And all Judah stool before the both riches with the dead bexies, and LORD, with their little ones, their wives, precious jewels, which they stripped off and their chidren.

for themselves, more than they could car14 " Then upon Jehaziel the son of|ry away : and they were three days in Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of l gathering of the spoil, it was so much. Jeiel, the son of Vattanian, a Levite of 26 | And on the fourth day they assemthe sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the bled themselves in the valley of Berachah; Lord in the midst of the congregation ; for there they blessed the LORD : there

15 Anrl he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, fore the name of the same place was calland ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou ed, The valley of Berachali, unto this day. king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD 27 Then they returned, every man of unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in reason of this great multitude ; for the the forefront of them, to go again to Jerubattle is not yours, but God's.

salem with joy ; for the Lord had made 16 To-morrow go ye down against them to rejoice over their enemies. them: behold, they come up by the cliff 28 And they came to Jerusalem with of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end || psalteries and harps and trumpets unto of the brook, before the wilderness of the house of the LORD. Jeruel.

29 And the fear of God was on all the 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this | kingdoms of those countries, when they battle : set yourselves, stand ye still, and had heard that the LORD fought against see the salvation of the LORD with you, the enemies of Israel. O Judah and Jerusalem : fear not, nor be 30 So the realm of Jehoshaplat was quidismayed; to-morrow go out against them: . ct: for his God gave him rest round about for the LORD will be with you.

31 | And Jehoshaphat reigned over Ju18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head dah: he was thirty and five years old with his face to the ground: and all Ju- l when he began to reign, and he reigned dah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell | twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And before the LORD), worshipping the Lord. his mother's name was Azubah the daugh

19 And the Levites, of the children of ter of Shilhi. the Kohathites, and of the children of the 32 And he walked in the way of Asa Korhites, stool up to praise the LORD || his father, and departed not from it, do God of Israel with a loud voice on high. ling that which was right in the sight of

20 | And they rose early in the morn the LORD. ing, and went forth into the wilderness of 33 Howbeit, the high places were not Tekoa : and as they went forth, Jchosha- || taken away: for as yet the people had phat stood and said, Hear me, ( Judah, ll not prepared their hearts unto the God and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe l of their fathers. in the LORD your God, so shall ye bel 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaestablished; believe his prophets, so shall phat, first and last, behold, they are writye prosper.

ten in the book of Jehu the son of Hana21 And when he had consulted with ni, who is mentioned in the book of the the people, he appointed singers unto the li kings of Israel Lord, and that should praise the beauty | 35 And after this did Jehoshaphat of holiness, as they went out before the king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for king of Israel, who did very wickedly : fis mercy endureth for ever.

36 And he joined himself with him to 22 1 And when they began to sing and make ships to go to Tarshish : and they to praise, the LORD set ambushinents made the ships in Ezion-seier. against the children of Ammon, Moab, 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of and mount Seir, which were come against MareshahprophesiedagainstJehoshaphat, Judah ; and they were smitten

saying, Because thou hast joined thyself 23 For the children of Ammon and with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy Moab stood up against the inhabitants of works. And the ships were broken, that mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy they were not able to go to Tarshish. them : and when they had made an end

CHAP. XXI. of the inhabitants of Seir, every one help 1 Jchorani succeedeth Jehoshapihat, 5 His ed to destroy another.

wicked rrisn. 18 His incurable dis24 And when Judah came toward the I rase, in famous death, and burial. watch-tower in the wilderness, they look N OW Ichoshaphat slept with his facd unto the multitude, and behold, they | N thers, and was buried with his fawere dead bodies fallen to the earth, and || chers in the city of David. And Jehoram none escaped.

"his son reigned in his stead.

Jehoramzicked reign. CHAP, xxii. Ahaziah's reign and death. 387

2 And he had brethren the sons of Je- il gainst Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines. hoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehjel, and Zech ll and of the Arabians, that were near the ariah, and Azarjah, and Michael, and Ethiopians : Shephatiah : all these were the sons of 17 And they came up into Judah, and Jchoshaphat king of Israel.

brake into it, and carried away all the 3 And their father gave them great substance that was found in the king's gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious || house, and his sons also, and his wives ; things, with fenced cities in Judah : but so that there was never a son left him, the kingdom gave he to Jehoram ; be save Jehoahaz the youngest of his sons. cause he was the first-born.

18 And after all this the LORD 4 Now when Jehorain was risen up to smote him in his bowels with an incurathe kingilom of his father, he strengthen ble disease, ed himself, and slew all his brethren with 19 And it came to pass, that in process the sword, and diver's also of the princes of time, after the end of two years, his of Israel.

bowels fell out by reason of his sickness : 5 4 Jehoram tras thirty and two years so he died of sore diseases. And his peon old when he began to reign, and he reign- ple made no burning for him, like the ed eight years in Jerusalem.

burning of his fathers. 6 Ånd he walked in the way of the ll 20 Thirty and two years old was he kings of Israel, like as did the house of when he began to reign, and he reigned Ahab : for he had the daughter of Ahab || in Jerusalem cight years, and departed to wife: and he wrought that which was || without being desired: howbeit they buevil in the eyes of the LORD.

ried him in the city of David, but not in 7 Howbeit the LORD would not de the sepulchres of the kincs. stroy the house of David, because of the

- CHAP. XXII. covenant that he had made with David, 11 Ahaziah succeeding, reigneth wickedly. and as he promised to give a light to him 5 He is slain by Jehu. 10 Athaliah, deand to his sons for ever.

stroying all the seed royal, save Joash, 8 [In his days the Edomites revolted usurpeth the kingdom. from under the dominion of Judah, and A ND the inhabitants of Jerusalem made themselves a king

A made Ahaziah his youngest son king 9 Then Jehoram went forth with his in his stead: for the band of men that princes, and all his chariots with him : I came with the Arabians to the camp had and he rose up by night, and smote the 1 slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son Edomites which compassed him in, and of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. the captains of the chariots.

2 Forty and two years oll wis Ahaziah 10 So the Edomites revolted from un when he began to reign, and he reigned der the hand of Judah unto this day. The one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name same time also did Libnah revolt from un also wis Athaliah the daughter of Omri. der his hand ; because he had forsaken the 3 He also walked in the ways of the Lord God of his fathers.

| house of Ahab : for his mother was his 11 Moreover, he made high places in counsellor to do wickedly. the mountains of Judah, and caused the 4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit for- the LORD like the house of Ahab : for nication, and compelled Judah thereto. they were his counsellors, after the death

12 And there came a writing to him of his father, to his destruction. from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus 1 5 He walked also after their counsel, saith the LORD God of David thy father, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab Because thou hast'not walked in the ways king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the of Syria at Ramoth-gilead: and the Syriways of Asa king of Judah,

ans smote Joram. 13 But hast walked in the way of the 6 And he returned to be healed m Jezkings of Israel, and hast made Judah and reel because of the wounds which were the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whor given him at Ramal, when he fought with ing, like to the whoredoms of the house of Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the Aliab, and also hast slain thy brethren of son of Jelioram king of Judah went down thy father's house, which were better than to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jez

reel, because he was sick. 14 Behold, with a great plague will the 7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of LORD smite thy people, and thy children, God by coming to Joram: for when he was and thv wives, and all thy goods:

come, he went out with Jehoram against 15 And thou shalt have great sickness | Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. fall out by reason of the sickness day by 8 And it came to pass, that when Jehut day.

was executing judgment upon the house. 16 | Moreover, the LORD stirred up a- ll of Ahab, and found the princes of Judalr,

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388 Jehoiada maketh Joash king. II. CHRONICLES.

Athaliah is slain. and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, 1 8 So the Lerites and all Judah did acthat ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them. cording to all things that Jehoiada the

9 And he sought Ahaziah : and the priest had commanded, and took every caught him, (tor he was hid in Samaria,) man his men that were to come in on the and brought him to Jehu: and when sabbath, with them that were to go out on they had slain him, they buried him : Be- the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest disCase, said they, he is the son of Jehosha- | missed not the courses. phat, who sought the LORD with all his 9 Moreover, Jehoiada the priest delivheart. So the house of Ahaziah had no ered to the captains of hundreds spears, power to keep still the kingdom.

ind bucklers, and shields, that had been 10 % But when Athaliah the mother of king David's, which were in the house Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she of God. arose, and destrined all the seed royal of 10 And he set all the people, every man the hisse cf Judah.

having his weapon in his hand, from the 11 But Jehosh beath, the daughter of right side of the temple to the left side of the king, trok Joash the son of Ahaziah, the temple, along by the altar and the and stole him from among the king's sons temple, by the king round about. that were slain, and put him and his nurse 11 Then they brought out the king's in a bed-chamber. So Jehoshabeath, the il son, and put upon him the crown, and daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Je-li gave him the testimony, and made him hoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of king. And Jehojada and his sons anomtAhazi ih,) hid him from Athaliah, so that led him, and said, God save the king. she slew hi'n not.

12 | Now when Athaliah heard the 12 And he was with them hid in the noise of the people running and praising house of God six years : and Athaliah the king, she came to the people into the reigned over the land.

honse of the LORD: CHAP. XXIII.

13 And she looked, and behold, the king 1 Jehoiada maketh Joash king. 12 Atha- || stood at his pillar at the entering in, and

liah is slain, 16 Jehoiada restoreth the || the princes and the trumpets by the king : worship of God.

and all the people of the land rejoiced, and AND in the seventh year Jehoiada sounded with trumpets, also the singers il strengthened himself, and took the || with instruments of musick, and such as captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of || taught to sing praisc. Then Athaliah rent Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jeho || her clothes, and said, Treason, treason ! hanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, 14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and || out the captains of hundreds that were Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into cove- || set over the host, and said unto them, nant with him.

Have her forth of the ranges : and whoso 2 And they went about in Judah, and followeth her, let him be slain with the gathered the Levites out of all the cities sword. For the priest said, Slay her not of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of || in the house of the LORD. Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.

15 So they laid hands on her; and when 3 And all the congregation made a cov- | she was come to the entering of the horse enant with the king in the house of God. || gate by the king's house, they slew her And he said unto them, Behold, the king's there. son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of | 16 | And Jehoiada made a covenant the sons of David.

between him, and between all the people, 4 This is the thing that ye shall do ; and between the king, that they should A third part of you entering on the sab- || be the LORD's people. bath, of the priests and of the Levites, 17 Then all the people went to the shall be porters of the doors;

house of Baal, and brake it down, and 5 And a third part shall be at the king's ||

| brake his altars and his images in pieces, house; and a third part at the gate of the land slew Mattan the priest of Baal before foundation, and all the people shall be in the altars. the courts of the house of the LORD. 18 Also Jehojada appointed the offices

6 But let none come into the house of of the house of the Lord by the hand of the LORD, save the priests, and they that the priests the Levites, whom David had minister of the Levites; they shall go in, | distributed in the house of the LORD, to for they are inoly: but all the people shall offer the burnt-offerings of the Lord, as keep the watch of the LORD.

it is written in the law of Moses, with 7. And the Levites shall compass the rejoicing and with singing, as it was orking round about, every man with his || dained by David. weapons in his hand ; and whosoever else 19 And he set the porters at the gates cometh into the house, he shall be put to l of the house of the Lord, that none which death: but be ye with the king when he was unclean in any thing should enter in. cometh in, and when he goeth out.

20 And he took the captains of hun.

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