1.Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
2.Ahab said to Naboth, "Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth."
3.But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers."
4.So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.
5.His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, "Why are you so sullen? Why won`t you eat?"
6.He answered her, "Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, `Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.` But he said, `I will not give you my vineyard.` "
7.Jezebel his wife said, "Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I`ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."
8.So she wrote letters in Ahab`s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth`s city with him.
9.In those letters she wrote: "Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people.
10.But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death."
11.So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth`s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them.
12.They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people.
13.Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth has cursed both God and the king." So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.
14.Then they sent word to Jezebel: "Naboth has been stoned and is dead."
15.As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, "Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead."
16.When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth`s vineyard.
17.Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:
18."Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth`s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it.
19.Say to him, `This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?` Then say to him, `This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth`s blood, dogs will lick up your blood--yes, yours!` "
20.Ahab said to Elijah, "So you have found me, my enemy!" "I have found you," he answered, "because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD.
21.`I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel--slave or free.
22.I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.
23."`And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: `Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
24."`Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country."
25.\(There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife.
26.He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.\)
27.When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.
28.Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:
29."Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son."
1.For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.
2.But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel.
3.The king of Israel had said to his officials, "Don`t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?"
4.So he asked Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?" Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
5.But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, "First seek the counsel of the LORD."
6.So the king of Israel brought together the prophets--about four hundred men--and asked them, "Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?" "Go," they answered, "for the Lord will give it into the king`s hand."
7.But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?"
8.The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." "The king should not say that," Jehoshaphat replied.
9.So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, "Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once."
10.Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.
11.Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns and he declared, "This is what the LORD says: `With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.` "
12.All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. "Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious," they said, "for the LORD will give it into the king`s hand."
13.The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Look, as one man the other prophets are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably."
14.But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me."
15.When he arrived, the king asked him, "Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?" "Attack and be victorious," he answered, "for the LORD will give it into the king`s hand."
16.The king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"
17.Then Micaiah answered, "I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, `These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.` "
18.The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn`t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?"
19.Micaiah continued, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.
20.And the LORD said, `Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there? "`One suggested this, and another that.
21.Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, `I will entice him.
22."``By what means?` the LORD asked. " `I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,` he said. " `You will succeed in enticing him,` said the LORD. `Go and do it.
23."`so now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you."
24.Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. "Which way did the spirit from the LORD go when he went from me to speak to you?" he asked.
25.Micaiah replied, "You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room."
26.The king of Israel then ordered, "Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king`s son
27.and say, `This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.` "
28.Micaiah declared, "If you ever return safely, the LORD has not spoken through me." Then he added, "Mark my words, all you people!"
29.So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.
30.The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
31.Now the king of Aram had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, "Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel."
32.When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, "Surely this is the king of Israel." So they turned to attack him, but when Jehoshaphat cried out,
33.the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel and stopped pursuing him.
34.But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, "Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I`ve been wounded."
35.All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died.
36.As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army: "Every man to his town; everyone to his land!"
37.So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there.
38.They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria \(where the prostitutes bathed\), and the dogs licked up his blood, as the word of the LORD had declared.
39.As for the other events of Ahab`s reign, including all he did, the palace he built and inlaid with ivory, and the cities he fortified, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?
40.Ahab rested with his fathers. And Ahaziah his son succeeded him as king.
41.Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
42.Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother`s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.
43.In everything he walked in the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. The high places, however, were not removed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
44.Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.
45.As for the other events of Jehoshaphat`s reign, the things he achieved and his military exploits, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
46.He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa.
47.There was then no king in Edom; a deputy ruled.
48.Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail--they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.
49.At that time Ahaziah son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my men sail with your men," but Jehoshaphat refused.
50.Then Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Jehoram his son succeeded him.
51.Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.
52.He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, because he walked in the ways of his father and mother and in the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin.
53.He served and worshiped Baal and provoked the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger, just as his father had done.
1.After Ahab`s death, Moab rebelled against Israel.
2.Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, "Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury."
3.But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, `Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?
4.therefore this is what the LORD says: `You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!` " So Elijah went.
5.When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have you come back?"
6."A man came to meet us," they replied. "And he said to us, `Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, "This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending men to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!" ` "
7.The king asked them, "What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?"
8.They replied, "He was a man with a garment of hair and with a leather belt around his waist." The king said, "That was Elijah the Tishbite."
9.Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, "Man of God, the king says, `Come down!` "
10.Elijah answered the captain, "If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!" Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.
11.At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, "Man of God, this is what the king says, `Come down at once!` "
12."If I am a man of God," Elijah replied, "may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!" Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.
13.So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. "Man of God," he begged, "please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants!
14.See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!"
15.The angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him; do not be afraid of him." So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.
16.He told the king, "This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!"
17.So he died, according to the word of the LORD that Elijah had spoken. Because Ahaziah had no son, Joram succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah.
18.As for all the other events of Ahaziah`s reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?
1.When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
2.Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.
3.The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?" "Yes, I know," Elisha replied, "but do not speak of it."
4.Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, Elisha; the LORD has sent me to Jericho." And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went to Jericho.
5.The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?" "Yes, I know," he replied, "but do not speak of it."
6.Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan." And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So the two of them walked on.
7.Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan.
8.Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9.When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
10."You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours--otherwise not."
11.As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
12.Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.
13.He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
14.Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
15.The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
16."Look," they said, "we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley." "No," Elisha replied, "do not send them."
17.But they persisted until he was too ashamed to refuse. So he said, "Send them." And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find him.
18.When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, "Didn`t I tell you not to go?"
19.The men of the city said to Elisha, "Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive."
20."Bring me a new bowl," he said, "and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
21.Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, "This is what the LORD says: `I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.` "
22.And the water has remained wholesome to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
23.From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!"
24.He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
25.And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.