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11:017:001 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead,
said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom
I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but
according to my word.
11:017:002 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
11:017:003 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by
the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
11:017:004 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I
have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
11:017:005 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he
went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
11:017:006 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and
bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
11:017:007 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up,
because there had been no rain in the land.
11:017:008 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
11:017:009 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and
dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to
11:017:010 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the
gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering
of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray
thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11:017:011 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said,
Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
11:017:012 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake,
but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a
cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go
in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and
11:017:013 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast
said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it
unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
11:017:014 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal
shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until
the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
11:017:015 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and
she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
11:017:016 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of
oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by
11:017:017 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the
woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness
was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
11:017:018 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou
man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to
remembrance, and to slay my son?
11:017:019 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of
her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and
laid him upon his own bed.
11:017:020 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou
also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by
slaying her son?
11:017:021 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried
unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this
child's soul come into him again.
11:017:022 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the
child came into him again, and he revived.
11:017:023 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the
chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and
Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
11:017:024 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art
a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is
11:018:001 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD
came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself
unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
11:018:002 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a
sore famine in Samaria.
11:018:003 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house.
(Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:
11:018:004 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD,
that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty
in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
11:018:005 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all
fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may
find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose
not all the beasts.
11:018:006 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it:
Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by
11:018:007 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he
knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my
11:018:008 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah
11:018:009 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver
thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
11:018:010 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom,
whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they
said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and
nation, that they found thee not.
11:018:011 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
11:018:012 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee,
that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know
not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find
thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from
11:018:013 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the
prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's
prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and
11:018:014 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
here: and he shall slay me.
11:018:015 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I
stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
11:018:016 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to
11:018:017 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto
him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
11:018:018 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy
father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of
the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
11:018:019 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount
Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and
the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at
11:018:020 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the
prophets together unto mount Carmel.
11:018:021 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt
ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but
if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a
11:018:022 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a
prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and
11:018:023 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose
one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it
on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other
bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
11:018:024 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the
name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him
be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well
11:018:025 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one
bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many;
and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
11:018:026 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they
dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even
until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice,
nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which
11:018:027 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and
said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he
is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he
sleepeth, and must be awaked.
11:018:028 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner
with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
11:018:029 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied
until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that
there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that
11:018:030 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And
all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar
of the LORD that was broken down.
11:018:031 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the
tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD
came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
11:018:032 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD:
and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would
contain two measures of seed.
11:018:033 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces,
and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with
water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
11:018:034 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second
time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the
11:018:035 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the
trench also with water.
11:018:036 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening
sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD
God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day
that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and
that I have done all these things at thy word.
11:018:037 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou
art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back
11:018:038 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt
sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and
licked up the water that was in the trench.
11:018:039 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and
they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
11:018:040 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not
one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought
them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
11:018:041 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for
there is a sound of abundance of rain.
11:018:042 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the
top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and
put his face between his knees,
11:018:043 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And
he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he
said, Go again seven times.
11:018:044 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold,
there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's
hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot,
and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.
11:018:045 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was
black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And
Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
11:018:046 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his
loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
11:019:001 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how
he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
11:019:002 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the
gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the
life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
11:019:003 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and
came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his
11:019:004 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and
came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for
himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O
LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
11:019:005 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an
angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
11:019:006 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the
coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and
drink, and laid him down again.
11:019:007 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and
touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is
too great for thee.
11:019:008 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength
of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount
11:019:009 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and,
behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto
him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
11:019:010 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant,
thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the
sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to
take it away.
11:019:011 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the
LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong
wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before
the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind
an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
11:019:012 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the
fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
11:019:013 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face
in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of
the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said,
What doest thou here, Elijah?
11:019:014 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy
covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets
with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my
life, to take it away.
11:019:015 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the
wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to
be king over Syria:
11:019:016 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over
Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt
thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
11:019:017 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of
Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword
of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
11:019:018 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees
which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not
11:019:019 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat,
who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he
with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his
mantle upon him.
11:019:020 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me,
I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will
follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what
have I done to thee?
11:019:021 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and
slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the
oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he
arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
11:020:001 And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together:
and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and
chariots; and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred
11:020:002 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city,
and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,
11:020:003 Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy
children, even the goodliest, are mine.
11:020:004 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king,
according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.
11:020:005 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh
Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou
shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and
11:020:006 Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this
time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy
servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in
thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
11:020:007 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and
said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief:
for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for
my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.
11:020:008 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken
not unto him, nor consent.
11:020:009 Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Benhadad, Tell my
lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at
the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the
messengers departed, and brought him word again.
11:020:010 And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me,
and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for
handfuls for all the people that follow me.
11:020:011 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not
him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that
putteth it off.
11:020:012 And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad heard this message, as he
was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said
unto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set
themselves in array against the city.
11:020:013 And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel,
saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great
multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day;
and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
11:020:014 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Even
by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he
said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.
11:020:015 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 children of
Israel, being seven thousand.
11:020:016 And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking himself
drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two
kings that helped him.
11:020:017 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.
11:020:018 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them
alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.
11:020:019 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of
the city, and the army which followed them.
11:020:020 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and
Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on
an horse with the horsemen.
11:020:021 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and
chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
11:020:022 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 Syria will come up
11:020:023 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.
11:020:024 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his
place, and put captains in their rooms:
11:020:025 And number thee an army, like the army 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 hearkened unto their voice, and did so.
11:020:026 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad
numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against
11:020:027 And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all
present, and went against them: and the children of Israel
pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the
Syrians filled the country.
11:020:028 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 will I deliver all this great multitude
into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
11:020:029 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 hundred thousand
footmen in one day.
11:020:030 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 fled, and came into the city, into an inner
11:020:031 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 Israel: peradventure he will
save thy life.
11:020:032 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 saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said,
Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
11:020:033 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
11:020:034 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.
11:020:035 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.
11:020:036 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.
11:020:037 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee.
And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.
11:020:038 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way,
and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.
11:020:039 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 pay a talent of
11:020:040 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;
thyself hast decided it.
11:020:041 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the
king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.
11:020:042 And he said unto him, Thus saith 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.
11:020:043 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased,
and came to Samaria.
11:021:001 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the
Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the
palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
11:021:002 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 seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of
it in money.
11:021:003 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should
give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
11:021:004 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.
11:021:005 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is
thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
11:021:006 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.
11:021:007 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 Naboth the
11:021:008 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.
11:021:009 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set
Naboth on high among the people:
11:021:010 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.
11:021:011 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
11:021:012 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the
11:021:013 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.
11:021:014 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is
11:021:015 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was
stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take
possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he
refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but
11:021:016 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
Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
11:021:017 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
11:021:018 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.
11:021:019 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, 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.
11:021:020 And Ahab said to Elijah, 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 LORD.
11:021:021 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 Israel,
11:021:022 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 sin.
11:021:023 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat
Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
11:021:024 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.
11:021:025 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to
work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his
wife stirred up.
11:021:026 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.
11:021:027 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent
his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and
lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
11:021:028 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
11:021:029 Seest 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
11:022:001 And they continued three years without war between Syria and
11:022:002 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the
king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
11:022:003 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?
11:022:004 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle
to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I
am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy
11:022:005 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
11:022:006 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about
four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against
Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go
up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
11:022:007 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
besides, that we might enquire of him?
11:022:008 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 said, Let not the king say so.
11:022:009 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten
hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
11:022:010 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat
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.
11:022:011 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.
11:022:012 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into
the king's hand.
11:022:013 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.
11:022:014 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto
me, that will I speak.
11:022:015 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah,
shall we go against Ramothgilead 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.
11:022:016 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?
11:022:017 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.
11:022:018 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
11:022:019 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw
the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
11:022:020 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up
and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and
another said on that manner.
11:022:021 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and
said, I will persuade him.
11:022:022 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? 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 persude him, and prevail
also: go forth, and do so.
11:022:023 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the
mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil
11:022:024 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah
on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD
from me to speak unto thee?
11:022:025 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when
thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
11:022:026 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
11:022:027 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.
11:022:028 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.
11:022:029 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramothgilead.
11:022:030 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
11:022:031 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 Israel.
11:022:032 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 Jehoshaphat
11:022:033 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots
perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned
back from pursuing him.
11:022:034 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king
of Israel between the joints 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.
11:022:035 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up
in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the
blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
11:022:036 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the
going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and
every man to his own country.
11:022:037 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried
the king in Samaria.
11:022:038 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the
dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour;
according unto the word of the LORD which he spake.
11:022:039 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?
11:022:040 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in
11:022:041 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in
the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
11:022:042 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 daughter of Shilhi.
11:022:043 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not
aside from it, doing 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.
11:022:044 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
11:022:045 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he
shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
11:022:046 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days
of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
11:022:047 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
11:022:048 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold:
but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
11:022:049 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my
servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat
11:022:050 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.
11:022:051 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.
11:022:052 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and 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:
11:022:053 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger
the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had
Book 12 2 Kings
12:001:001 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
12:001:002 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber
that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and
said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron
whether I shall recover of this disease.
12:001:003 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise,
go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say
unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel,
that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
12:001:004 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down
from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
And Elijah departed.
12:001:005 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto
them, Why are ye now turned back?
12:001:006 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and
said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and
say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is
not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub
the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that
bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
12:001:007 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up
to meet you, and told you these words?
12:001:008 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a
girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah
12:001:009 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty.
And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an
hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath
said, Come down.
12:001:010 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be
a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume
thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and
consumed him and his fifty.
12:001:011 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his
fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus
hath the king said, Come down quickly.
12:001:012 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God,
let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy
fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed
him and his fifty.
12:001:013 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty.
And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on
his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him,
O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these
fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
12:001:014 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two
captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore
let my life now be precious in thy sight.
12:001:015 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him:
be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him
unto the king.
12:001:016 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou
hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron,
is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his
word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which
thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
12:001:017 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had
spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of
Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had
12:001:018 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
12:002:001 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into
heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from
12:002:002 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the
LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the
LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So
they went down to Bethel.
12:002:003 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to
Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will
take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I
know it; hold ye your peace.
12:002:004 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for
the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD
liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they
came to Jericho.
12:002:005 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to
Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will
take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered,
Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
12:002:006 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the
LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth,
and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two
12:002:007 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to
view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
12:002:008 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote
the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that
they two went over on dry ground.
12:002:009 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah
said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be
taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a
double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
12:002:010 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if
thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto
thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
12:002:011 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that,
behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire,
and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a
whirlwind into heaven.
12:002:012 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the
chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no
more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in
12:002:013 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and
went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
12:002:014 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote
the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and
when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and
thither: and Elisha went over.
12:002:015 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at
Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on
Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the
ground before him.
12:002:016 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants
fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy
master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken
him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.
And he said, Ye shall not send.
12:002:017 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send.
They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but
found him not.
12:002:018 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,)
he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?
12:002:019 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee,
the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but
the water is naught, and the ground barren.
12:002:020 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And
they brought it to him.
12:002:021 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the
salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed
these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or
12:002:022 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the
saying of Elisha which he spake.
12:002:023 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up
by the way, there came forth little children out of the city,
and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go
up, thou bald head.
12:002:024 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the
name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of
the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
12:002:025 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he
returned to Samaria.
12:003:001 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in
Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and
reigned twelve years.
12:003:002 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his
father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal
that his father had made.
12:003:003 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
12:003:004 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto
the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred
thousand rams, with the wool.
12:003:005 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab
rebelled against the king of Israel.
12:003:006 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and
numbered all Israel.
12:003:007 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying,
The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with
me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as
thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy
12:003:008 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The
way through the wilderness of Edom.
12:003:009 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the
king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days'
journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the
cattle that followed them.
12:003:010 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called
these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of
12:003:011 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD,
that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of
Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of
Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
12:003:012 And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the
king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down
12:003:013 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do
with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the
prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him,
Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to
deliver them into the hand of Moab.
12:003:014 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I
stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee,
nor see thee.
12:003:015 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the
minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
12:003:016 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of
12:003:017 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall
ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that
ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
12:003:018 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he
will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
12:003:019 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city,
and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water,
and mar every good piece of land with stones.
12:003:020 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was
offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom,
and the country was filled with water.
12:003:021 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to
fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on
armour, and upward, and stood in the border.
12:003:022 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon
the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as
red as blood:
12:003:023 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and
they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the
12:003:024 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose
up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but
they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
12:003:025 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land
cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all
the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in
Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers
went about it, and smote it.
12:003:026 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for
him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to
break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
12:003:027 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his
stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And
there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed
from him, and returned to their own land.
12:004:001 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of
the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is
dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and
the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be
12:004:002 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me,
what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath
not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
12:004:003 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy
neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
12:004:004 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee
and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels,
and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
12:004:005 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her
sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
12:004:006 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said
unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her,
There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
12:004:007 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell
the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of
12:004:008 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was
a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it
was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat
12:004:009 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that
this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
12:004:010 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and
let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and
a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he
shall turn in thither.
12:004:011 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into
the chamber, and lay there.
12:004:012 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And
when he had called her, she stood before him.
12:004:013 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been
careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for
thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the
captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own
12:004:014 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi
answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
12:004:015 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood
in the door.
12:004:016 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life,
thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man
of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.
12:004:017 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that
Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
12:004:018 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went
out to his father to the reapers.
12:004:019 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to
a lad, Carry him to his mother.
12:004:020 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he
sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
12:004:021 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God,
and shut the door upon him, and went out.
12:004:022 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray
thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may
run to the man of God, and come again.
12:004:023 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is
neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
12:004:024 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and
go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
12:004:025 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And
it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he
said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
12:004:026 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it
well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with
the child? And she answered, It is well:
12:004:027 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught
him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And
the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed
within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not
12:004:028 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say,
Do not deceive me?
12:004:029 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff
in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute
him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay
my staff upon the face of the child.
12:004:030 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as
thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and
12:004:031 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the
face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing.
Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The
child is not awaked.
12:004:032 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was
dead, and laid upon his bed.
12:004:033 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and
prayed unto the LORD.
12:004:034 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon
his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his
hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of
the child waxed warm.
12:004:035 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went
up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed
seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
12:004:036 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he
called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take
up thy son.
12:004:037 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to
the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
12:004:038 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the
land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him:
and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe
pottage for the sons of the prophets.
12:004:039 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a
wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and
came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew
12:004:040 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as
they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and
said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they
could not eat thereof.
12:004:041 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and
he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there
was no harm in the pot.
12:004:042 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of
God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and
full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto
the people, that they may eat.
12:004:043 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an
hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may
eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave
12:004:044 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof,
according to the word of the LORD.
12:005:001 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a
great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the
LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty
man in valour, but he was a leper.
12:005:002 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought
away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she
waited on Naaman's wife.
12:005:003 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with
the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of
12:005:004 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said
the maid that is of the land of Israel.
12:005:005 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a
letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with
him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold,
and ten changes of raiment.
12:005:006 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now
when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith
sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him
of his leprosy.
12:005:007 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the
letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill
and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover
a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see
how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
12:005:008 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the
king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king,
saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now
to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
12:005:009 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood
at the door of the house of Elisha.
12:005:010 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in
Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee,
and thou shalt be clean.
12:005:011 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I
thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on
the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the
place, and recover the leper.
12:005:012 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all
the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So
he turned and went away in a rage.
12:005:013 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My
father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he
saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
12:005:014 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan,
according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came
again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
12:005:015 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and
came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know
that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now
therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
12:005:016 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will
receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
12:005:017 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given
to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant
will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice
unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
12:005:018 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master
goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he
leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon:
when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon
thy servant in this thing.
12:005:019 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a
12:005:020 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said,
Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not
receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD
liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
12:005:021 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him
running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet
him, and said, Is all well?
12:005:022 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying,
Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two
young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee,
a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
12:005:023 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged
him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two
changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants;
and they bare them before him.
12:005:024 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand,
and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and
12:005:025 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said
unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant
went no whither.
12:005:026 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the
man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time
to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and
vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and
12:005:027 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and
unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a
leper as white as snow.
12:006:001 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the
place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
12:006:002 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every
man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may
dwell. And he answered, Go ye.
12:006:003 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy
servants. And he answered, I will go.
12:006:004 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut
12:006:005 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the
water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was
12:006:006 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the
place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and
the iron did swim.
12:006:007 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his
hand, and took it.
12:006:008 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel
with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be
12:006:009 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying,
Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the
Syrians are come down.
12:006:010 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God
told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once
12:006:011 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for
this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them,
Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
12:006:012 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but
Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of
Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
12:006:013 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch
him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
12:006:014 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great
host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
12:006:015 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and
gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with
horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my
master! how shall we do?
12:006:016 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more
than they that be with them.
12:006:017 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes,
that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young
man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
12:006:018 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD,
and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And
he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
12:006:019 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is
this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom
ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.
12:006:020 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that
Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may
see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and,
behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
12:006:021 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My
father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them?
12:006:022 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou
smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and
with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may
eat and drink, and go to their master.
12:006:023 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had
eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their
master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of
12:006:024 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria
gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.
12:006:025 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they
besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces
of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for
five pieces of silver.
12:006:026 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there
cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.
12:006:027 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help
thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
12:006:028 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she
answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may
eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.
12:006:029 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on
the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath
hid her son.
12:006:030 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the
woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the
wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth
within upon his flesh.
12:006:031 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of
Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.
12:006:032 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and
the king sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger
came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a
murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the
messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the
door: is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?
12:006:033 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came
down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD;
what should I wait for the LORD any longer?
12:007:001 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the
LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour
be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel,
in the gate of Samaria.
12:007:002 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of
God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in
heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt
see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
12:007:003 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the
gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we
12:007:004 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in
the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we
die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of
the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they
kill us, we shall but die.
12:007:005 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the
Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the
camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
12:007:006 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise
of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great
host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel
hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings
of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
12:007:007 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their
tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it
was, and fled for their life.
12:007:008 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp,
they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried
thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and
came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence
also, and went and hid it.
12:007:009 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a
day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till
the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now
therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
12:007:010 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they
told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and,
behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but
horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
12:007:011 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's
12:007:012 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I
will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know
that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to
hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of
the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
12:007:013 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I
pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in
the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel
that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the
multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us
send and see.
12:007:014 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent
after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
12:007:015 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was
full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away
in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the
12:007:016 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians.
So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two
measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the
12:007:017 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to
have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in
the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake
when the king came down to him.
12:007:018 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king,
saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of
fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in
the gate of Samaria:
12:007:019 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold,
if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing
be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes,
but shalt not eat thereof.
12:007:020 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in
the gate, and he died.
12:008:001 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to
life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and
sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath
called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land
12:008:002 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of
God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the
land of the Philistines seven years.
12:008:003 And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman
returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went
forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
12:008:004 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God,
saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha
12:008:005 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had
restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose
son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house
and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is
the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
12:008:006 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king
appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that
was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that
she left the land, even until now.
12:008:007 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria
was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come
12:008:008 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand,
and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him,
saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
12:008:009 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even
of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and
came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of
Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this
12:008:010 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest
certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he
shall surely die.
12:008:011 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was
ashamed: and the man of God wept.
12:008:012 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because
I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel:
their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men
wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children,
and rip up their women with child.
12:008:013 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he
should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath
shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
12:008:014 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said
to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me
that thou shouldest surely recover.
12:008:015 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth,
and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he
died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.
12:008:016 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel,
Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Je
hoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
12:008:017 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he
reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
12:008:018 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the
house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he
did evil in the sight of the LORD.
12:008:019 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's
sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his
12:008:020 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and
made a king over themselves.
12:008:021 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and
he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him
about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled
into their tents.
12:008:022 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day.
Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
12:008:023 And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
12:008:024 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in
12:008:025 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel
did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.
12:008:026 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign;
and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
12:008:027 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in
the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was
the son in law of the house of Ahab.
12:008:028 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against
Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded
12:008:029 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds
which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought
against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram
king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in
Jezreel, because he was sick.
12:009:001 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the
prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this
box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:
12:009:002 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of
Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise
up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber;
12:009:003 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say,
Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.
12:009:004 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to
12:009:005 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were
sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And
Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O
12:009:006 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil
on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD,
even over Israel.
12:009:007 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may
avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of
all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
12:009:008 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off
from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is
shut up and left in Israel:
12:009:009 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of
12:009:010 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and
there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and
12:009:011 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said
unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee?
And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.
12:009:012 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and
thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have
anointed thee king over Israel.
12:009:013 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it
under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets,
saying, Jehu is king.
12:009:014 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired
against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all
Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.
12:009:015 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the
wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with
Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds,
then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to
tell it in Jezreel.
12:009:016 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay
there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
12:009:017 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he
spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a
company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet
them, and let him say, Is it peace?
12:009:018 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus
saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to
do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told,
saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.
12:009:019 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them,
and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered,
What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.
12:009:020 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and
cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu
the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.
12:009:021 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready.
And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out,
each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met
him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.
12:009:022 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it
peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the
whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so
12:009:023 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah,
There is treachery, O Ahaziah.
12:009:024 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram
between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he
sunk down in his chariot.
12:009:025 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in
the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for
remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab
his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him;
12:009:026 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the
blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in
this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him
into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.
12:009:027 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the
way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and
said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the
going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo,
and died there.
12:009:028 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and
buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of
12:009:029 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began
Ahaziah to reign over Judah.
12:009:030 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and
she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a
12:009:031 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace,
who slew his master?
12:009:032 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on
my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three
12:009:033 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some
of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and
he trode her under foot.
12:009:034 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go,
see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's
12:009:035 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than
the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.
12:009:036 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is
the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the
Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the
flesh of Jezebel:
12:009:037 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of
the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not
say, This is Jezebel.
12:010:001 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters,
and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the
elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying,
12:010:002 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's
sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses,
a fenced city also, and armour;
12:010:003 Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and
set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's
12:010:004 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings
stood not before him: how then shall we stand?
12:010:005 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city,
the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to
Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all that thou
shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is
good in thine eyes.