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The First Book of the KingsThird Book of Kings (after the Latin)
The 12th Chapter
And Rehoboam went to Sichem: for all Israel were come to Sichem to make him king. And when Rehoboam the son of Nabat heard of it being yet in Egypt: for he fled to Egypt for fear of Salomon, and dwelt in Egypt. And they sent and called him: and so Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came and spoke unto Rehoboam saying: your father made our yoke grievous, but now make you the grievous service of your father and his sore yoke which he put on us, lighter, and so we will serve you. And he said unto them: depart yet for the space of three days, and then come again to me. And the people departed.
And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that stood before Salomon his father, while he yet lived, and said: what counsel give you to answer this people withal? And they said unto him: If you shall be a servant unto this people this day and serve them and answer them and speak kind words to them: they will be your servants for ever. But he left the counsel that the old men had given him, and counselled with the young men that were nourished up with him and had waited on him.
And he said unto them: what counsel give ye, to answer this people withal which have communed with me saying: make the yoke which your father did put upon us, lighter? And the young men that were brought up with him, answered him saying, this people that have said unto you: your father made our yoke heavy, make you it us lighter: thus answer them. My little finger shall be weightier than my fathers loins. And now where my father put a grievous yoke upon you, I will make it heavier. For where my father corrected you with scourges, I will chastise you with scorpions. And when Jeroboam: and all the people were come to Rehoboam the third day, as the king appointed them, saying, come to me again this day three days: the king answered the people churlishly and left the advice that old men gave him: and spoke to them after the counsel of the young men saying. My father made your yoke grievous, but I will make it grievouser. For where my father chastised you with whips, I will chastise you with scorpions. And so the king hearkened not unto the people: for the turning away was of the Lord, to perform his saying, which the Lord said by Ahiah the Silonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nabat.
And when all Israel saw that the king regarded them not, the people answered the king again saying: we have no part in David, nor inheritance in the son of Isai. To your tents therefore Israel, and now see to your own house David. And so Israel departed unto their tents. How be it over the children of Israel which dwelt in the city of Juda, did Rehoboam reign still. Then king Rehoboam sent Aduram the receiver of the tribute. And all Israel stoned him to death with stones. But king Rehoboam made speed and got him up to his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. And so Israel departed from the house of David unto this day. And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, they sent and called him unto the congregation and made him king over Israel: so there followed the house of David, but the tribe of Juda only. And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered all the house of Juda and the tribe of Beniamin an hundred and four score thousands of chosen men and good warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, and to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Salomon.
Then came the word of the Lord unto Semeiah the man of God saying: speak unto Rehoboam the son of Salomon king of Juda, and unto all the house of Juda and Benjamin, and the remnant of the people and say. Thus says the Lord: go not nor yet fight against your brethren the children of Israel, but return every man to his house, for this doing is of the Lord. And they obeyed the word of the Lord and returned and departed according to the word of the Lord. Then Jeroboam built Sichem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein. And went from that place and built Phanuel.
And Jeroboam thought in his heart: now might the kingdom return to the house of David again. For if this people shall go up and do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall their hearts turn again unto their Lord Rehoboam king of Juda. And so shall they kill me and go again to Rehoboam king of Juda. Whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold and said unto the people: you shall not need to go any more to Jerusalem. Behold your Gods Israel which brought you out of the land of Egypt. And he put the one in Bethel and the other in Dan. And that doing was a cause of sin. And the people went before the one as far as Dan. And he made houses of hill altars, and made of the lowest of the people priests which were not of the sons of Levi. And Jeroboam made a feast the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like unto the feast that was in Juda, and offered on the altar. And so did he in Bethel, to offer unto the calves that he had made. And he put in Bethel the priests of the hillaltars, which he had made. And he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel, the fifteenth day of the eighth month, which he had imagined of his own heart: and made a solemn feast unto the children of Israel, and went up to the altar to burn sacrifice.
The 13th Chapter
And behold, there came a man of God out of Juda with the word of God, to Bethel, as Jeroboam stood by the altar to offer, and cried against the altar at the commandment of the Lord and said: altar, altar, thus says the Lord. Behold a child shall be born of the house of David, Josiah by name, which upon you shall offer the priests of the hillaltars that sacrifice upon you, and shall burn mens bones upon you. And he gave them the same time a sign saying: this is the sign of that the Lord has promised.
Behold the altar shall rent and the ashes that are in it shall fall out.
And when the king heard the saying of the man of God which he cried against the altar in Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar saying: hold him. And his hand which he put forth toward him dried up, that he could not pull it in again to him and the altar clave and the ashes ran out of the altar according to the token which the man of God had given at the commandment of the Lord. And the king answered and said unto the man of God: Oh pray unto the Lord your God and make intercession for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and his hand came to him again as well as before.
Then said the king unto the man of God: come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward. But the man of God answered the king, if you would give me half your house, I would not go with you neither would I eat meat or drink water in this place. For so was it charged me, through the word of God and said to me: eat no bread nor drink water nor turn again by the same way you went. And so he went another way and returned not by the way he came to Bethel. And there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel, and the words which he spoke unto the king they told their father also. And their father said unto them: what way went he? for his sons had seen what way the man of God went which came from Juda. Then said he to his sons: saddle mine Ass. And they saddled him an Ass. And he got him up thereon and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an Oak and said unto him: are you the man of God that came from Juda? And he said, yes.
Then he said to him: come home with me and eat bread. And the other said again I may not return with you, to go with you, neither may I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. For it was said to me by the commandment of the Lord, eat no bread nor drink water in this place, nor turn again by the way you went. And the old prophet said unto him: I am a prophet as well as you, and an Angel spoke unto me with the word of the Lord saying: bring him again with you to your house, and let him eat bread and drink water, and yet lied unto him. And so the other went again with him and ate bread in his house and drank water.
And as they sat at the table, the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him again. And he cried unto the man of God that came from Juda, saying: thus says the Lord: because you have disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, but came back again and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place in which he bade that you should eat no bread nor drink water: therefore your carcass shall not come unto the sepulcher of your fathers.
And when he had eaten bread and drunk, he saddled an Ass for the prophet which he had brought again. And as he journeyed a Lion met him by the way and slew him, and his carcass lay along in the way and the Ass stood thereby, and the Lion stood by the corpse also. And men that passed by, saw the carcass cast along in the way and the lion standing thereby, and went and told it in the town where the old prophet dwelt. And when the prophet that brought him back again from the way, heard thereof, he said: it is the man of God which disobeyed the mouth of the Lord. And therefore the Lord has delivered him unto the Lion which has rent him and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he said to him. And he said to his sons saddle me an Ass: so they did. And he went and found the body cast along in the way and the Ass and the lion standing thereby. And the Lion had not eaten the carcass nor hurt the Ass. And he took up the body of the man of God and put it upon the Ass and brought it again, and came to the city of the old prophet to lament him, and to bury him. And he laid his body in his own grave and lamented over him, Oh my brother. And when he had buried him, he spoke to his sons saying: when I am dead, see that you bury me in the sepulcher wherein the man of God is buried, and lay my bones by his. For the saying which he cried at the bidding of the Lord against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of hillaltars which are in the cities of Samaria, shall come to pass.
How be it for all that, Jeroboam turned not from his wicked way: but turned away and made of the lowest of the people priests of the hillaltars. Whosoever would, he filled their hands, and they became priests of the hillaltars. And this doing was sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to destroy it and to put it away from off the face of the earth.
The 14th Chapter
At that time Abiah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. And Jeroboam said unto his wife: up a fellowship and change your apparel that you be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam, and get you to Siloh. For there is Ahiah the Prophet which told me that I should be king over this people. And take with you ten leaves and cracknels and a cruse of honey, and go to him: for he will tell you what shall come of the lad. And Jeroboams wife did so: she arose and went to Siloh and came to the house of Ahiah. But Ahiah could not see, for his eyes were waxen dim for age.
And the Lord said unto Ahiah: behold the wife of Jeroboam comes, to question with you about her son which is sick. This wise and this wise answer her. And when she came, she feigned herself to be another woman. But when Ahiah heard the sound of her feet as she came to the door he said: come in you wife of Jeroboam, why feign you yourself to be another? I am sent to you a cruel messenger.
Go and tell Jeroboam, thus says the Lord God of Israel: for as much as I exalted you from among the common people and made you prince over my people Israel, and did rent the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it you: and you have not been as was my servant David, which kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, to do that only which seems right in mine eyes: but have done evil above all that were before you, and have gone and made the other Gods and images of metal, to provoke me, and have cast me behind your back: therefore behold I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam and will strike from Jeroboam all that pisses against the wall, and what soever is in prison or forsaken in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as men take away a dung hill, till it be consumed. And whosoever of Jeroboams house die in the town, him shall the dogs eat, and him that dies in the field, shall the fowls of the air eat: for the Lord has said it, up and get you to your house, and as soon as your foot enters the city, the lad shall die. How be it all Israel shall mourn him and bury him, for this only of all Jeroboam shall come to the sepulcher, because in him there is found goodness toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
Moreover the Lord shall stir him up a king over Israel which shall destroy the house of Jeroboam in that day. And what is that, that is now in hand? And the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed that grows in the water is shaken, and will weed Israel out of this good land which he gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond Euphrates, because they have made them groves to anger the Lord. And he will give Israel up, because of the sin of Jeroboam wherewith he did sin and made Israel sin thereto.
And Jeroboams wife arose and departed and went to Therzah, and by that she was come to the threshold of the door, the lad was dead. And all Israel buried him and lamented him, according to the word of the Lord which he spoke by the hand of his servant Ahiah the Prophet. And the rest of the deeds of Jeroboam, how he warred and how he reigned, are written in the book of the stories of the kings of Israel. And the days which Jeroboam reigned were twenty two years. And then he rested with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.
And Rehoboam the son of Salomon reigned in Juda and was forty one years old when he began to reign, and reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. His mothers name was Naamah an Ammonite. And Juda wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord and angered him above all that their fathers did, with their sin which they sinned. For they also made them hillaltars and Images and groves on every high hill and under every green tree. And thereto there was a *stews (brothel) of male children in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. And the fifth year of king Rehoboam came Sesak king of Egypt up to Jerusalem, and took away the treasure of the house of the Lord, and the treasure of the kings house and all that was to be had. And he took away the shields of gold which Salomon made. In whose stead king Rehoboam made brazen shields and put them in the keeping of the captains of the guard which waited at the door of the kings house. And as often as the king went in to the house of the Lord, they of his guard bare them, and ever brought them again into the guard chamber.
The rest of the Acts of king Rehoboam and all he did, are written in the book of Acts of the kings of Juda. And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their lives. And Rehoboam laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mothers name was Naamah an Ammonite. And Abiam his son reigned in his room.
The 15th Chapter
The eighteenth year of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, reigned king Abiam over Juda, and ruled three years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Maacah the daughter of Abesalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father which he did before him, and his heart was not whole with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless for Davids sake did the Lord his God give him a light in Jerusalem, that he set up his son after him to continue Jerusalem. Because that David did which pleased the Lord and turned from nothing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Urias the Hethite. And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam as long as he lived. And the rest of the deeds of Abiam and all that he did, are written in the book of the deeds that were done in the days of the kings of Juda. And there was war between Abiam and Jeroboam. And Abiam rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his stead.
The twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Asa to reign over Juda, and ruled in Jerusalem forty one years. And his mothers name was Maacah the daughter of Abesalom. And Asa did that seemed right in the eyes of the Lord, like David his father. And he made the *stews (brothel) of males depart the land, and put away all the Idols that his fathers had made. And thereto he put down Maacah his mother from bearing rule, because she had made an Idol in a grove. And Asa destroyed her Idol and burnt it by the brook Cedron. But he put not down the hill altars. Nevertheless Asas heart was whole with the Lord all his days. And he brought in that his father had dedicated, and the things dedicate unto the house of the Lord, silver, gold, and Jewels. And there was war between Asa and Baasa king of Israel all their days.
And Baasa king of Israel went up against Juda and built Ramah, because that he would let none of Asas people king of Juda, go in or out. Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasure of the house of the Lord, and all the treasure of the kings house and delivered it unto his servants, and sent them to Benhadad the son of Tabremon the son of Hezion king of Siria that dwelt at Damasco, saying: there is a bond between you and me as was between your father and mine. Therefore I send you both gold and silver for a gift, that you go and break the appointment between you and Baasa king of Israel, that he may depart from me. And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ahion, Dan, Abel called Beth Maacah and all Ceneroth with all the land of Nepthali. And when Baasa heard that, he left building of Ramah and dwelt in Therzah. Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Juda, that none should be excused. And they took the stones of Ramah and the timber wherewith Baasa had built, and king Asa built there with Gabaah in Benjamin and Mazphah.
And the remnant of all the deeds of Asa and of all his might and of all that he did, and the cities which he built, are written in the chronicles of the acts done in the days of the kings of Juda. Neverthelater in his old age he was diseased in his feet. And Asa laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father. And Jehosophat his son reigned in his room. And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign upon Israel the second year of Asa king of Juda, and reigned upon Israel two year. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of his father and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin. But Baasa the son of Ahiah of the house of Isacar conspired against him, and slew him at Gebethon a city of the Philistines for Nadab and all Israel lay at siege before Gebethon. And it was the third year of Asa king of Juda, when Baasa slew him, and reigned in his stead. And as soon as he was king, he slew all the house of Jeroboam and left him naught that breathed, until he had put him clean out, agreeing unto the saying of the Lord which he spoke by his servant Ahiah the Silonite, for the sin of Jeroboam wherewith he sinned and made Israel sin, and for his angering wherewith he angered the Lord God of Israel.
The rest of the deeds of Nadab, and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And there was war between Asa and Baasa king of Israel all their days.
And the third year of Asa king of Juda, Baasa the son of Ahiah began to reign over all Israel in Therzah, and continued twenty four years. And he did that which displeased the Lord, for he walked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin.
The 16th Chapter
Then came the word of the Lord to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasa saying: for as much as I exalted you out of dust and made you captain over my people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have made my people Israel sin, to anger me with their sin: therefore I will make clean riddance of Baasa and of all his house, and will make his house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nabat. And he that dies of Baasa in the city, him shall dogs eat: and him that dies in the fields, shall the fowls of the air eat.
The rest of the deeds of Baasa, and what he did and his power, are written in the book of the histories of the kings of Israel. And Baasa fell on sleep with his fathers and was buried in Therzah. And Elah his son reigned in his stead. And thereto through the Prophet Jehu the son of Hanani, the word of the Lord came against Baasa and against his house, because of all the wickedness that he did in the sight of the Lord, in angering him with the works of his hands, that he should be like the house of Jeroboam, because he had killed Nabat.
The twenty sixth year of Asa king of Juda began Elah the son of Baasa to reign over Israel in Therzah, and continued two years. And his servant Zamri captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Therzah drinking of strong drink, in the house of Arza steward of his house in Therzah. And Zamri came and smote him and killed him the twenty seventh year of Asa king of Juda, and reigned in his stead. And as soon as he was king and sat his seat, he slew all the house of Baasa and left not a pisser against a wall.
And thereto he slew all his kin and friends, and so Zamri destroyed all the house of Baasa, according to the word of the Lord which he spoke to Baasa through Jehu the Prophet, for all the sins of Baasa and sins of Elah his son, wherewith they sinned and made Israel sin, to anger the Lord of Israel with their vanities. The rest of the deeds of Elah and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
The twenty seventh year of Asa king of Juda, Zamri reigned seven days in Therzah, the people besieging Gebethon a city of the Philistines. And when the people that lay in the siege, heard say how Zamri had conspired, and how he had slain the king also: then all Israel made Amri the captain of the men of war king the same day over Israel even in the host. And Amri departed from Gebethon and all Israel with him, and besieged Therzah. And when Zamri saw that the city must needs be taken, he went into the palace of the kings house, and set the kings house afire upon himself and there died, for his sins which he sinned in doing wickedness in the sight of the Lord, and for walking in the way of Jeroboam and in his sins which he did and made Israel sin.
The rest of the Acts of Zamri and the treason that he wrought, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. Moreover that same season was Israel divided in twain, for half the people followed Thebni the son of Gineth, to make him king. And the other half followed Amri. But the people that followed Amri prevailed against them that followed Thebni the son of Gineth. And so Thebni died and Amri reigned.
The thirty first year of Asa king of Juda, began Amri to reign over Israel twelve years and he ruled six years in Therzah. And he bought the hill of Samaria of one Semar for two hundred talents of silver, and built in the hill, and called the name of the city which he had built Samaria after the name of Semar the Lord of the hill. And this Amri wrought wickedness in the eyes of the Lord worse than all that were before him, and walked in all the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin, to anger the Lord God of Israel with their vanities. The rest of the acts of Amri which he did, and his power that he used, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And Amri laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria, and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
The thirty eighth year of Asa king of Juda, began Ahab the son of Amri to reign over Israel, and reigned in Samaria twenty two years. And he displeased the Lord above all that were before him. For it seemed him a light thing to walk in the sin of Jeroboam. But took Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonites to wife, and went and served Baal and bowed unto him. And he reared an altar to Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove, and proceeded further in angering the Lord God of Israel, than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. And it cost him Amran his eldest son when he laid the foundation, and his youngest son when he set up the gates, agreeing unto the word of the Lord which he spoke by Josua the son of Nun.
The 17th Chapter
And Eliah the Thesbite which was of the inhabiters of Galaad, said unto Ahab: as truly as the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, save as I appoint it.
And the word of God came to him saying: get you from here, now and turn you eastward, and hide yourself in the brook Karith that lies before Jordan: drink of the river for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. And he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: he went and dwelt by the brook Karith that lies before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh every morning and every evening, and he drank of the brook. And it chanced after a while that the brook dried up, because there fell no rain upon the earth. Then came the word of the Lord unto him saying: up and get you to Sarephtha a city of Sidon, and dwell there. Behold I have commanded a widow there to sustain you. And he arose and went to Sarephtha. And when he came to the gate of the city, there was a widow there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said: fetch me I pray you a little water in a dish that I may drink. And as she went to fetch it, he cried to her and said: bring me I pray you, a morsel of bread in your hand. And she answered: as surely as the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, but even an handful of Meal in a pitcher, and a little Oil in a cruse. And see, I have gathered a few sticks for to go and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it and then die.
And Eliah said unto her: fear not, but go and do as you have said: but make me thereof a little cake first of all, and bring it out to me: and afterward make for you and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: the pitcher of Meal shall not be wasted neither shall your oil cruse be without oil, until the Lord have sent rain upon the earth. And she went and did as Eliah bade. And she and he and her house did eat a good space, and the pitcher of meal wasted not neither was the oil cruse without oil according to the word of the Lord which he spoke through Eliah.
And after these things, it happened that the son of the wife of the house fell sick. And his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. Then said she unto Eliah what have I to do with you, O' you man of God? are you come unto me, that my sin should be thought on and my son slain? And Eliah said unto her: give me your son. And he took him out of her lap and carried him up into a loft where he lay, and laid him upon his own bed, and called unto the Lord and said: O' Lord my God, have you been so evil unto the widow with whom I sojourn, that you have slain her son? And he stretched himself upon the lad three times, and called unto the Lord and said: O' Lord my God, let the lads soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Eliah, and the soul of the lad came into him again and he revived. And Eliah took the boy and brought him down out of the chamber into the house and delivered him unto his mother and said: see, your son lives. Then the wife said to Eliah: now I know that you are Gods man, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth, is truth.
The 18th Chapter
And at the last the word of the Lord came to Eliah the third year saying: go show yourself unto Ahab, that I may send rain upon the earth. And Eliah went to show himself unto Ahab, for there was a great famishment in Samaria. Wherefore Ahab called Abdiah the governor of his house: which Abdiah feared God greatly: insomuch that when Jezebel destroyed the Prophets of the Lord, he took an hundred of the Prophets and hid them, fifty in one cave and fifty in another, and provided bread and water for them. And Ahab said unto Abdiah: walk through the land, unto all fountains of water and unto all brooks, to see whether any grass may be found that we may save the horses and the Mules, that we destroy not the beasts. And they divided the land between them to walk through it. Ahab went one way by himself, and Abdiah went another by himself.
And it chanced as Abdiah went in the way, that Eliah met him. And Abdiah knew him and fell on his face and said: are not you my Lord Eliah? And he said unto him: I am he. Go and tell Ahab that Eliah is here. And the other answered: what have I sinned, that you would deliver me unto the hand of Ahab, to slay me? As surely as the Lord your God lives there is no nation or kingdom, *whither my Lord has not sent, to seek you. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition. And when they said you was not there, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, because he found you not. And now you say: go tell your Lord, Eliah is here. And as soon as I am gone from you, the spirit of the Lord shall carry you away *whither I shall not know: and then when I have gone and told Ahab, and then he cannot find you, he shall slay me. And yet I your servant have feared the Lord from my young age. Was it not told my lord, what I did, when Jezebel slew the Prophets of the Lord? how I hid an hundred of the Lords Prophets, fifty in one cave and as many in another, and provided them of bread and water? And yet now you say, go show your Lord, that Eliah is here, that he should slay me.
Then Eliah said: as truly as the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand: I will show myself unto him this day. And thereupon Abdiah went to Ahab and told him. And Ahab went against Eliah. And when Ahab saw Eliah, he said unto him: are you he that troubles Israel? And he said: it is not I that trouble Israel, but you and your fathers house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and have followed Baal. But now 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 of Jezebels table. And Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the Prophets unto mount Carmel.
And Eliah came unto all the people and said: why halt you between two opinions? If the Lord be very God, follow him: or if Baal be he follow him. And the people answered him not one word. Then said Eliah unto the people: I only remain of the Lords Prophets, and Baals Prophets are four hundred and fifty. Let two oxen be given us, and let them choose the one and cut him in pieces and lay him on wood, and put no fire under. And I will dress the other and put him on wood, and will put no fire under. And call you on the name of your God, and I will call on the name of the Lord. And then the God that answers by fire, he is the very God.
And all the people said: it is well spoken. Then said Eliah unto the Prophets of Baal, choose you an ox and dress him first (for you are many) and call on the name of your God, but put no fire under. And they took the ox that was given them and dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning to noon saying: O Baal hear us. But there was no voice nor answer. And they leapt about the altar that they had made. And at noon Eliah mocked them and said: call loud (for he is a God: but he is talking, or occupied, or in the way, or haply he sleeps) that he may awake. And they cried loud, and cut themselves, as their manner was, with knives and lances, till the blood flowed on them. And when midday was passed, they prophesied until it was time to offer. But there was neither voice nor answer nor any that regarded them.
Then Eliah said to all the folk: come to me. And all the people came to him. And he mended the altar of the Lord that was broken. And he took twelve stones according to the number of the twelve tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came saying: Israel shall be your name. And with the stones he made an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a gutter round about the altar, able to receive two pecks of corn. And he put the wood in order, and hewed the ox in pieces, and put him on the wood, and said: fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the sacrifice and on the wood. And he said: do so again. And they did so again. Then he said: do it the third time. And they did so the third time. And the water ran round about the altar, and the gutter was full of water also.
And when offering time was come, Eliah the prophet went to and said: Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and of Israel, let it be known this day, that you are the God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I do all these things at your commandment. Hear me O' Lord, hear me, that this people may know, that you Lord, are the God, and that you have turned their hearts backward. And there fell fire from the Lord and consumed the sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the gutter. And when all the people saw that, they fell on their faces and said: the Lord he is God, the Lord he is God. Then said Eliah unto them, lay hands on the Prophets of Baal, let not one of them escape. And when they had taken them, Eliah brought them down unto the brook Kison, and slew them there.
Then Eliah said unto Ahab, get you up and eat and drink, for there is a sound of much rain. And when Ahab went up to eat and to drink, Eliah went up to the top of mount Carmel. And bowed himself to the earth, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant: go up and look toward the sea. And he went up and looked, and said: here is nothing. And he said go again seven times. And the seventh time he said: behold, there arises a little cloud out of the sea, like the palm of a mans hand. Then he said: go and say to Ahab, put the horses in the chariot, and get you down that the rain stop you not. And within a little while, heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezrahel. And the hand of the Lord was on Eliah, and he girded up his loins and ran before Ahab, till they came to Jezrahel.
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