- 2 Kings 1-13
- Chapter 1
- 1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
2 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, inquire of Baalzebub the god of
Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.
3 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 inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
4 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.
5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned
6 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 inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt
7 And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you
8 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 the Tishbite.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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 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.
13 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
- be precious in thy sight.
14 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.
15 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.
16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to
inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to
inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on
- which thou art
gone up, but shalt surely die.
17 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 no son.
18 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?
- Chaper 2
- 1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind,
that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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 went on.
7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two
stood by Jordan.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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 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 two pieces.
13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by
the bank of Jordan;
14 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.
15 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.
16 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
17 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.
18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I
not say unto you, Go not?
19 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 nought, and the ground barren.
20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
21 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 barren land.
22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he
23 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.
24 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.
25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
- Chapter 3
- 1 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.
2 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.
3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to
sin; he departed not therefrom.
4 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.
5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king
6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
7 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 horses.
8 And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness
9 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.
10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings
together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!
11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire 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 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 to him.
13 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.
14 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.
15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the
hand of the LORD came upon him.
16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
17 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
18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites
also into your hand.
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.
22 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:
23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one
another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
24 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.
25 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.
26 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
27 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.
- Chapter 4
- 1 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 bondmen.
2 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.
3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels;
borrow not a few.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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 the rest.
8 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 bread.
9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God,
which passeth by us continually.
10 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.
11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her,
she stood before him.
13 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 people.
14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no
child, and her husband is old.
15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16 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.
17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her,
according to the time of life.
18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the
19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his
20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till
noon, and then died.
21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him,
and went out.
22 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.
23 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.
24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy
riding for me, except I bid thee.
25 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
26 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.
27 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 told me.
28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
29 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.
30 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 followed her.
31 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.
32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his
33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.
34 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 he stretched himself upon the child; and
the flesh of the child waxed warm.
35 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.
36 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.
37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up
her son, and went out.
38 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.
39 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 them not.
40 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.
41 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.
42 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.
43 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
44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of
- Chapter 5
- 1 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.
2 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.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in
Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the
land of Israel.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house
10 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.
11 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 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.
13 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?
14 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
15 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.
16 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.
17 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.
18 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
19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
20 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.
21 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?
22 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.
23 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.
24 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 they departed.
25 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.
26 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 maidservants?
27 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.
- Chapter 6
- 1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell
with thee is too strait for us.
2 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.
3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will
4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
5 But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said,
Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut down a
stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.
8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants,
saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.
9 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.
10 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 nor twice.
11 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 show me which of us is for the king
12 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.
13 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.
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by
night, and compassed the city about.
15 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?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with
17 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.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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.
21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite
them? shall I smite them?
22 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.
23 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
24 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and
went up, and besieged Samaria.
25 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.
26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him,
saying, Help, my lord, O king.
27 And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the
barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
28 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.
29 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.
30 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.
31 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.
32 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?
33 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?
- Chapter 7
- 1 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.
2 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.
3 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 die?
4 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
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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
9 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.
10 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.
11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within.
12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now show 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.
13 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.
14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the
Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15 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 king.
16 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 LORD.
17 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.
18 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:
19 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.
20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.
- Chapter 8
- 1 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 seven years.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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 hath done.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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 hither.
8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of
God, and inquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
9 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 disease?
10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the
LORD hath showed me that he shall surely die.
11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God
12 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.
13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
And Elisha answered, The LORD hath showed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
14 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.
15 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.
16 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then
king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in
18 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.
19 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 children.
20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over
21 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.
22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at
the same time.
23 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 Judah?
24 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David:
and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
25 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.
26 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.
27 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.
28 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in
Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.
29 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
- Chapter 9
- 1 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:
2 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
3 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.
4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.
5 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
6 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.
7 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
8 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:
9 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 Ahijah:
10 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 fled.
11 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
12 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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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?
18 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.
19 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
20 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.
21 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.
22 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 many?
23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O
24 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.
25 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;
26 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.
27 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.
28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre
with his fathers in the city of David.
29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah.
30 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 window.
31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?
32 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 eunuchs.
33 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.
34 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 daughter.
35 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.
36 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:
37 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.
- Chapter 10
- 1 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,
2 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;
3 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 house.
4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how
then shall we stand?
5 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
6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye will
hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to
Jezreel by to morrow this time. Now the king's sons,
- being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.
7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and
slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.
8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the
king's sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until
9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the
people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew
10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which
the LORD spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by
his servant Elijah.
11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men,
and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house in
13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are ye? And they
answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the
king and the children of the queen.
14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the
shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.
15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to
meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with
thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand.
- And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.
16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his
17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he
had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spake to Elijah.
18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a
little; but Jehu shall serve him much.
19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his
priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall
be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtlety, to the intent that he
destroy the worshippers of Baal.
20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.
21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there
was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of
Baal was full from one end to another.
22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the
worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.
23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto
the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants
of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.
24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore
men without, and said, If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he
that letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of him.
25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that
Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And
they smote them with the edge of the sword;
- and the guard and the captains cast them out,
and went to the city of the house of Baal.
26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.
27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a
draught house unto this day.
28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu
departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were
30 And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is
right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine
heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart:
for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
32 In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the
coasts of Israel;
33 From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the
Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son
reigned in his stead.
36 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.
- Chapter 11
- 1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and
destroyed all the seed royal.
2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of
Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even
him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.
3 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over
4 And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the
captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the LORD, and made a
covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD,
- and showed them the
5 And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you
that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch of the king's house;
6 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the
guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.
7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of
the house of the LORD about the king.
8 And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and
he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth
out and as he cometh in.
9 And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest
commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them
that should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
10 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David's spears and shields,
that were in the temple of the LORD.
11 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from
the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and
12 And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the
testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and
said, God save the king.
13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the
people into the temple of the LORD.
14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the
princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew
with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.
15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the
host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her
kill with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the
16 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into
the king's house: and there was she slain.
17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they
should be the LORD'S people; between the king also and the people.
18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his
altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal
before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.
19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and all the
people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of the LORD, and came by
the way of the gate of the guard to the king's house.
- And he sat on the throne of the
20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they slew
Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house.
21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.
- Chapter 12
- 1 In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in
Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein
Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense
in the high places.
4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought
into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the
money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any
- man's heart to
bring into the house of the LORD,
5 Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the
breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.
6 But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not
repaired the breaches of the house.
7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto
them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of
your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.
8 And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the
breaches of the house.
9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it
beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the
priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of
10 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's
scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was
found in the house of the LORD.
11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had
the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and
builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD,
12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the
breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair
13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers,
basins, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought
into the house of the LORD:
14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the LORD.
15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be
bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.
16 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the LORD: it was the
17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set
his face to go up to Jerusalem.
18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram,
and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and
all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD,
- and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.
19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the
book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo,
which goeth down to Silla.
21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote
him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah
his son reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 13
- 1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz
the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
3 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the
hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their
4 And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the
oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.
5 (And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the
Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.
6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel
sin, but walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria.)
7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and
ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the
dust by threshing.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son
reigned in his stead.
10 In the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz
to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.
11 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from all the
sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.
12 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he
fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Israel?
13 And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was
buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of
Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the
chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand
upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands.
17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And
he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance
from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek,
- till thou have consumed them.
18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel,
Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or
six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou
shalt smite Syria but thrice.
20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at
the coming in of the year.
21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of
men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down,
and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
22 But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.
23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto
them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them,
neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
24 So Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his stead.
25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of
Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three
times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.