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wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces, and said, “ The Lord, he is God! the Lord, he is God!” And Elijah said unto them, “ Take the prophets of Baal ; let not one of them escape.” And they took them : and Elijah brought them to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel; and lie prayed to God for rain, seven times, and told his servant to go up and look towards the sea, to observe whether he could see any rain coming. And the servant went six times. venth time he came back, and said, “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.” And Elijah sent a message to Ahab: “Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.” And immediately afterwards the sky was black with clouds, and there came a great rain. C

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AHAZIAH AND HIS CAPTAINS.

Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, was sick; and he sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of the Philistines, whether he should recover. And Elijah went, by the command of God, to meet the messengers, and said to them, “Is there no God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron ? Now, therefore, thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”

• 1 Kings xviii. 1-40.

• 1 Kings xviii. 42–46.

And the messengers turned back, and told the king what had been said to them. The king asked them what manner of man it was that had said these words. They told him it was a man wearing a hairy skin, and with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, “ It is Elijah the Tishbite."

And he sent a captain with fifty men to bring him prisoner. Elijah was standing on the top of a hill, and the captain said to him, “ Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down." Elijah said, “ If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.” And so it happened. And the king sent another captain, and the fire from heaven consumed also him and his fifty. Then there came a third ; and he fell on his knees before Elijah, and said, “O man of God, I

pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.” Then Elijah went down with him to the king, and said to him, “ Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, as if there were 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.”a So Ahaziah died, and left no son behind him.

ELISHA.

48. By the direction of God, Elijah called Elisha to be his successor.

Elisha saw the prophet Elijah taken up to heaven in a whirlwind and in a chariot

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of fire; and the spirit and power of Elijah came upon him. At Bethel, where the golden calf was set up, some wicked young men mocked the prophet, and called after him, “ Go up, thou bald head.” Elisha, who well knew when was the time for patience, and when was the time for punishment, cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare two and forty of them. a

At one place to which Elisha went there was a school of the prophets, and the widow of a prophet cried to him, “My husband is dead, and a creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.” Elisha said to her, “ What hast thou in

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the house?” She said, “ I have not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.” “Go,” said he,

a 2 Kings ii. 23, 24.

borrow vessels; borrow not a few. 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.” She did so, and filled many vessels. Then she said to her son,“ Bring me yet another vessel.” And her son said, " There is not a vessel more." And the oil stayed. And 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.” b

NAAMAN.

49. NAAMAN, the captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, but he was a leper. Now Naaman's wife had a little maid to wait upon her, who had been brought away captive out of the land of Israel. And the little maid said, “Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.” Then Naaman took a journey into the land of Israel, and he came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean." At this Naaman was very angry, 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. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Da

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mascus, 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.

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 ?” Then he went 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. And he returned to the man of God, and offered him presents. “Behold, now I know," he said, “ that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel : now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.” And Elisha said, “As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it; but Elisha refused. And he said to him, “Go in peace.”

But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, longed for the silver and the gold, and the beautiful garments which his lord had refused. And he followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from his chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well ?” 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” And Naaman said, “ 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. And when he came to the tower, he took them

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