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The Second Book of the KingsFouth Book of Kings (after the Latin)
The 1st Chapter
Ohoziah the son of Ahab began to reign upon Israel in Samaria, the seventeenth year of Jehosaphat king of Juda, and was king over Israel two year, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nabat which made Israel sin. And he served Baal and bowed himself to him and angered the Lord God of Israel, in all things, as did his father. And the Moabites rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
And Ohoziah fell through a lattice window out of an upper chamber that he had in Samaria, and fell sick. Then he sent messengers saying unto them: go and enquire of Beelzebub the God of Akaron, whether I shall recover of this disease. But the Angel of the Lord spoke to Eliah the Thesbite, up and go against the messengers of the king of Samaria and say unto them: Is it because there is no God in Israel, that you go to ask through Beelzebub the God of Akaron. Therefore thus says the Lord: you shall not come down from the bed on which you are gone up, but shall die. And Eliah departed.
And the messengers turned back again unto him. And he said unto them: why are you thus come again? And they said unto him there came a man against us and said unto us: go and turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him: Thus says the Lord. Is it because there is no God in Israel, that you send to enquire through Beelzebub the God of Akaron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed on which you are gone up, but shall surely die. And he said to them: what manner a man was that which met you and told you these words? And they said unto him: it was an hairy man and girded with a girdle of a skin about his loins. And he said unto them: it is Eliah the Thesbite.
Then the king sent unto him a captain over fifty with his fifty. And when the captain was come to him, behold: he sat on the top of an hill. And the captain said unto him: man of God, the king bids you come down. And Eliah answered and said to the captain over the fifty: if I be a man of God, fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty. And there came fire down from heaven and devoured him and his fifty. And the king went again and sent to him another captain over fifty with his fifty, which answered and said unto him: Oh man of God, thus says the king: make haste and come down. And Eliah answered and said unto them: if I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty. And there came fire down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
And the king sent again the third captain over fifty. And when the third captain over fifty was come up to him, he fell on his knees before Eliah and besought him and said unto him: Oh man of God, let my life and the life of these fifty your servants be precious in your sight. Behold there came fire down from heaven and burnt up the two fore captains over fifty with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight. Then said the Angel of the Lord unto Eliah: go down with him, and be not afraid of him. And he went down with him unto the king.
And he said unto the king, thus says the Lord: for as much as you sent messengers to ask through Beelzebub the God of Akaron, as though there had been no God in Israel to ask through his word? therefore you shall not come off the bed on which you are ascended, but shall surely die. And so he died according to the word of the Lord which Eliah spoke, and Jehoram was made king in his stead, the second year of Jehoram son of Jehosaphat king of Juda, because he had no son. The rest of the deeds of Ohoziah which he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
The 2nd Chapter
And it chanced when the Lord would take up Eliah to heaven in a whirlwind, that Eliah and Eliseus were going from Galgal. And Eliah said to Eliseus, tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel. But Eliseus said: as surely as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And when they came to Bethel, the children of the Prophets that were at Bethel came out to Eliseus and said to him: know you not how that the Lord will take away your master from you this day? And he said, I know it too, hold your peace.
Then said Eliah to Eliseus: tarry here a fellowship, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. And he said: as surely as the Lord lives, and as surely as your soul lives, I will not leave you, and so they went to Jericho. And the children of the Prophets that were at Jericho came to Eliseus and said unto him: are you not ware that the Lord will take away your master from you this day? And he answered: I know it also, hold your peace. And Eliah said to him: tarry I pray you here, for the Lord has sent me to Jordan. But he said: as surely as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And so they went both of them together. And fifty men of the sons of the Prophets went and stood in sight afar off, as they two stood by Jordan.
And then Eliah took his mantle and wrapped it together and smote the water, and it divided itself, part the one way and part the other, and they two went over on the dry land. And as soon as they were over, Eliah said to Eliseus, ask what I shall do for you before I be taken away from you. And Eliseus said: let me, I pray you, have your spirit double in me. And he said: you have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless if you see me when I am taken away from you, you shall have it so: if you do not, it shall not be. And as they went walking and talking: behold, there came a chariot of fire and horses of fire and put them asunder. And Eliah went up in the whirlwind to heaven. And Eliseus saw and cried: O my father, O my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof, and saw him no more: and therefore took his own clothes and rent them in two pieces.
And then he took up the mantle of Eliah that fell from him, and went back again and stood by Jordans side, and took the mantle of Eliah that fell from him, and smote the water and said: where is the Lord God of Eliah where is he? And when he had smitten the water it divided part this way and part that way, and Eliseus went over. And the children of the Prophets of Jericho which saw from afar, said: the spirit of Eliah does rest on Eliseus, and went against him and bowed to the earth unto him. And they said unto him: see, there be among your servants fifty lusty men: let them go and seek your master: happily the spirit of the Lord has taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or in some valley. And he said: send not. Nevertheless yet they lay upon him, till he was a shamed, and said: send, and they sent fifty men which sought him three days and three nights, but found him not. And they came again to him, for he tarried at Jericho. And he said to them, did I not say unto you that you should not go?
Then the men of Jericho said to Eliseus: behold the city stands pleasantly as my Lord says, but the water is nought and the ground barren. And he said: bring me a new cruse and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went unto the spring of the water and cast the salt in over there, and said thus says the Lord: I heal this water, there shall not come from this time either death or barrenness. And the water was healthsome ever after according to the saying of Eliseus which he spoke.
And he went from that place up to Bethel. And as he was going up in the way, there came little lads out of the city and mocked him, and said to him: go up you bald head, go up you baldhead. And he turned back and looked on them and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came two Bears out of the wood and tare forty two of the boys. And he went from that place to mount Carmel, and from that place went again to Samaria.
The 3rd Chapter
Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign upon Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehosaphat king of Juda, and continued twelve year. And he wrought that was evil in the sight of the Lord: but not like his father or his mother, for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless he continued in the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nabat which made Israel sin, and shrank not therefrom.
And Mesa king of Moab which was rich of sheep (and was wont to render unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs and as many rams with the wool) rebelled against the king of Israel after the death of Ahab. And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same season, and numbered all Israel. And then went and sent to Jehosaphat king of Juda saying: the king of Moab has rebelled against me, will you go with me against the Moabites to battle? And he said: I will go, and will be as you, and my people shall be as yours, and my horses as yours. And he said: what way shall we go? And the other answered: the way through the wilderness of Edom.
And the king of Israel took his journey with the king of Juda and the king of Edom. And when they had compassed the way seven days, there was no water for the host nor for the cattle that they had with them. Then said the king of Israel: Alas, the Lord has called together these three kings to deliver them into the hands of the Moabites. But Jehosaphat said: is there here no prophet of the Lords, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israels servants answered and said: here is Eliseus the son of Saphat which poured water on the hands of Eliah. And Jehosaphat said: the word of the Lord is with him. And so the king of Israel, and Jehosaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
And Eliseus said to the king of Israel: what have I to do with you? Get you to the prophets of your father and of your mother. And the king of Israel said unto him: Oh no, but has the Lord called these three kings to deliver them into the hands of the Moabites? And Eliseus said, as sure as the Lord of Hosts lives (in whose sight I stand) and it were not that I regard the presence of Jehosaphat the king of Juda, I would not look toward you, nor yet see ye. But now bring me a minstrel. And as the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord was upon him. And he said: thus bids the Lord, make this brook full of ditches. For thus says the Lord: you shall see neither wind nor rain, and yet this brook shall be filled with water, that you may drink, and your beasts and your cattle also. And this is yet but a small thing in the sight of the Lord: But he will give the Moabites into your hands also. And you shall destroy all strong towns and all goodly cities, and shall fall all pleasant trees and stop all the wells of water, and mar all good plots of ground with stones. And in the morning about offering time: there came such a water that way from Edom that the country was filled with water.
And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come to fight against them, they gathered together, from the youngest that was able to put on harness and so upward, and waited in the borders.
And they being up early in the morning, the *son arose and shone upon the water. And when the Moabites saw the water afar off, as red as blood, they said: it is blood, the kings have fought together and one slain another. Now therefore you Moabites get you to the spoil. And when they came to the Host of Israel, the Israelites stood up and laid on the Moabites, that they fled before them: And so they entered the land and destroyed the Moabites. And they overthrew the cities, and on every good parcel of land, cast every man his stone and over covered it, and stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees. And as long as the stones thereof did remain in the walls of Brick the slingers went upon it and beat it. *son: sonne exactly as it appears in the text, else where sun is written sunne.
And when the king of Moab saw, that the battle was so strong for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew the sword, to have broken up unto the king of Edom. But they could not. And then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the walls. And there came so great wrath upon Israel, that they departed from him and returned to their own land.
The 4th Chapter
And there cried a certain woman of the wives of the children of the prophets unto Eliseus saying: your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant did fear the Lord.
And the creditor is come to fetch my two sons, to be his bondmen. And Eliseus said to her: What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you in your house? And she said your handmaid has nothing at all in her house, save a pitcher with oil. And he said: Go and borrow you in other places, of all your neighbors, empty vessels and that not a few. And then go and shut the door to you and to your sons, and pour out into all those vessels, and put the full always aside.
And she went from him, and shut the door to her and her sons. And they brought to her, and she poured out. And when the vessels were full, she said to her son: bring yet a vessel. And he said: there is no more. And then the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said: go and sell the Oil and pay your creditor. And live you and your children of the rest.
And it fell on a day, that Eliseus came to Sunam, where was a rich woman that took him in for to eat bread. And as often as he came that way, he turned in over there to eat bread. And she said unto her husband: see, I perceive that the man of God is perfect, and comes always by us. Let us make him a chamber with a little wall, and let us set him there a bed, a table, a stool and a candlestick, that he may turn in over there, when he comes to us.
And it fortuned on a time that he came over there and turned into the chamber and lay there. Then he said to Gihezi his servant: call this Sunamite. And he called her, and she came before him. And Eliseus said to him, say to her I pray you: see, you have made all this provision for us, what shall we do for you? would you be spoken for to the king or to the captain of the Host? And she said I dwell among mine own people. Then he said, what is to be done for her? And Gihezi said: Verily she has no child, and her husband is old. And he said: call her. And he called her. And she came and stood at the door. Then he said: by such a time, as soon as the fruit can live, you shall embrace a son, and she said, Oh no my Lord you man of God, do not lie unto the handmaid. And the wife conceived and bare a son the same season that Eliseus had said unto her, as soon as the fruit could have life.
And when the lad was great, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father, to the harvest time. And there he complained unto his father, my head, my head. And his father said to a lad, carry him to his mother. And he took him and brought him to his mother. And he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she carried him up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door to him, and went out, and came to her husband and said: send me one of the young men and an Ass that I may run to the man of God. And he said: wherefore will you go to him today, while it is neither new moon nor Sabbath day. And she said: be content. Then she saddled an Ass and said to the lad: lead away and make me not cease riding, until I bid you.
And so she went and came unto the man of God, to mount Carmel. And when the man of God saw her a far, he said to Gihezi his servant: see, where our servant comes. Now run against her, and ask her, whether it be all well with her, and with her husband and with the lad. And she said: all is well. Then she went to the man of God up to the hill and caught him by the feet. And Gihezi went to her, to thrust her away. But the man of God said: let her alone, for her soul is vexed, and the Lord has hid it from me and has not told it me. Then she said: did I desire a son of my Lord? did I not say, that you should not bring me in a fools Paradise?
Then he said to Gihezi: gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand and away. If any man meet you, salute him not. And if any salute you, answer him not again. And put my staff upon the boy. Notwithstanding the mother of the child said: as sure as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And then he arose and followed her. Gihezi went before them and put the staff upon the lad. But there was neither voice nor attending. And then he went again against his master and told him saying: it has not awakened the lad.
And when Eliseus was come to the house: Behold, the lad was dead and laid upon his bed. And he went in and shut the door to the lad and him, and prayed unto the Lord. And he went up and lay upon the lad, and put his mouth on his mouth, and his eyes on his eyes, and the palm of his hands on the palm of his hands, and spread himself upon the lad that the flesh of the child waxed warm. And went again and walked once up and down in the house, and then went up and spread himself upon him. And the lad sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. And he called Gihezi and said: Call for this Sunamite. And he called her. And when she was come to him, he said: take your son. Then she went and fell at his feet and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son and went out. When Eliseus was come to Galgal again, there was a *darth in the land, and the children of the prophets dwelt with him. Then he said to his servant, put on a great pot, and make pottage for the children of the prophets. And one went out into the field, to gather herbs, and found as it were a wild vine, and gathered thereof *Coloquintidaes his lapful, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage, they unwitting. And they poured out for the men to eat. And when they had tasted of the pottage, they cried out and said: there is death in the pot you man of God, and could not eat thereof. Then he said: bring meal. And he cast it into the pot and said: fill for the people that they may eat, and there was no harm in the pot. *darth: dearth; famine, shortage of food. *Coloquintidaes: unknown, plant? but apparently poisonous.
There came a man from Baalsalisa and brought the man of God bread of first fruits, even twenty leaves of barley, and new corn in a cloth he had. And Eliseus bade put it before the people that they might eat. Then his minister said: what should I set this before an hundred men? And he said: set it before the people and let them eat. For thus says the Lord: they shall eat and leave. And he set it before them, and they ate and left, according to the word of the Lord.
The 5th Chapter
Naaman captain of the Host to the king of Siria, was great with his master and well taken: for through him the Lord saved Siria. And he was an active man, and yet a leper. And there had gone a company of Soldiers out of Siria a running, and had brought out of the country of Israel a little maid, which was with Naamans wife. And the Damsel said unto her lady: I would my master were with a prophet that is in Samaria: he would deliver him of his leprosy. And she went and told her husband saying: thus and thus says the maid that is out of the land of Israel. And the king of Siria said: go your way, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he went and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiments. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel containing this tenor: Now when this letter is come up to you: Behold I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you should rid him of his leprosy. And when the king of Israel had read the letter, he rent his clothes and said: am I God, to slay and to make alive, that he should send to me, for to deliver a man from his leprosy. But consider I pray you, and see, how he picks quarrels with me. And when Eliseus the man of God, heard how that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, he sent to the king saying: wherefore have you rent your clothes? let him come to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.
And Naaman came with his horses and his chariot, and stood at the door of Eliseus. Then Eliseus sent a messenger saying: go and wash you in Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you as before, and you shall be clean. And Naaman was wroth and went away, and said: Behold, I thought in myself, he would have come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and put his hand on the place of the disease, and so take away the leprosy. Are not Abanah and Pharphar, rivers of Damasco, better than all the waters of Israel? Might I not rather wash in them and be clean? And so he turned and departed in an anger. Then came his servants and communed with him and said: Father if the prophet had bid you done some great thing, thought you not to have done it? How much rather then should you do it, while he says to you only, wash and be clean. Then he went down and washed seven times in Jordan, as the man of God bade, and his flesh changed, like unto the flesh of a little boy, and he was clean.
Then he turned again to the man of God and all his company with him, and came and stood before him and said. Behold I know that there is no God in all the world, but in Israel. And now I pray you take a blessing of your servant. But he said as surely as the Lord lives before whom I stand, I will receive none. And the other would have constrained him to receive: but he would not do it. And Naaman said, if you will not: yet I pray you, may there not be given to your servant the burden of two mules of earth. For your servant will from this time offer neither burnt sacrifice nor offering unto any other God, than to the Lord. But herein the Lord be merciful to your servant, for when my master goes into the house of Remon to worship there, he leans on mine hand, and I must worship in the house of Remon, let the Lord I pray you be merciful unto your servant in this case. And he said to him: go in peace. And when he was departed from him a furlong of ground, Gihezi the servant of Eliseus the man of God, said: see, my master has kept off, this Sirian Naaman that he would not receive of his hand that he offered. As surely as the Lord lives I will run after him and take somewhat. And so Gihezi went after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him coming after him, he came down off the chariot against him, and said: is all well? And he said yes.
But my master has sent me saying: see, there be two young men come to me out of Ephraim of the children of the prophets: give them I pray you, one talent of silver and a couple of good garments. And Naaman said: adventure and take two talents of silver in two bags, with two goodly garments: and delivered them unto two of his servants, to bear it before him. And he went in the dark and took it of their hands and bestowed it in the house, and let the men go, and they departed.
Then he went and stood before his master. And Eliseus said to him: from where comes Gihezi? And he said: your servant went no *whither. And he said: went not mine heart with you, when the man turned and came of his chariot against you? Is it a time to receive silver and to receive garments, olive trees, vineyards, oxen, sheep, menservants and maidservants? The leprosy therefore of Naaman cleave unto you, and unto your seed for ever. And he went out from him a leper as white as snow.
*whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
The 6th Chapter
Then said the children of the prophets unto Eliseus: see, the place where we dwell with you, is too little for us. Let us there take every man a beam and build us a place there, to dwell in. And he said: go ye. And one said: begin I pray you, and go with your servants. And he said: I will, and so went with them.
And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. And as one was heaving of a beam, the axe head fell into the water. And he cried out and said: Alas master, for it was lent me. And the man of God said: Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut an helve and cast it in over there, and made the axe head swim. And he said: take it up to you. And the other stretched his hand and caught it.
And the king of Siria fought against Israel, and took counsel with his servants saying: In such a place and in such a place will I pitch. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel saying: Beware you go not by such a place, for there are the Sirians gone down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there more than once or twice.
And the heart of the King of Siria was troubled therewith, that he sent for his servants and said to them: will you not show me which of us tells the king of Israel? And one of his servants said: no my Lord king: Eliseus the prophet that is in Israel, he tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your sleeping chamber. Then he said: go and spy where he is that I may send and fetch him. And one told the king saying: see, he is in Dothan. And he sent over there horse and chariots and a great Host. And they came over there by night and compassed the town about.
And when the servant of the men of God rose up early and was gone out: Behold: there was an Host round about the town with horses and chariots. Then said his lad to him: Alas master, what shall we do? And he said: fear not, there are more with us than with them. And Eliseus prayed and said: Lord open the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Eliseus. And when the soldiers came down to him, Eliseus prayed unto the Lord and said: Smite this people with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the desire of Eliseus. Then Eliseus said unto them this is not the way, nor this is not the town: But follow me and I will bring you to the man you seek. And he led them to Samaria.
When they were come to Samaria, Eliseus said: Lord, open their eyes and let them see. And the Lord opened their eyes that they saw. And behold they were in the midst of Samaria. And then said the king of Israel unto Eliseus when he saw them: shall I smite them, shall I smite them father : And he said: smite them not. But smite them you take with your own sword and with your own bow. But set bread and water before them, and let them eat and drink, and go to their master. And he made great ordinance before them. And when they had eaten and drunk, sent them away, and they went to their master. And so the Soldiers of Siria came no more into the land of Israel.
After this Benhadad king of Siria gathered all the Host, and went and besieged Samaria. And there arose great dearth in Samaria: for they had besieged it, until an Asses head was worth four score sickles of silver, and the fourth part of a Cab of doves dung worth five sickles. And as the king of Israel walked upon the walls there cried a woman to him, saying: help, my Lord king. And he said: No, the Lord help you. But wherewith should I help you, with corn or wine? Then said the king to her: what ails you? And she answered: this woman here said to me, bring your son and let us eat him today, and we will eat mine tomorrow. And so we dressed my son and did eat him. And I said to her another day, bring your son that we may eat him. But she has hid her son. When the king heard the words of the woman, he rent his clothes even as he was walking on the walls. And when the people looked upon him: see, he was clothed in sack under. Then he said: God do so and so to me: if the head of Eliseus the son of Saphat tarry on him this day. And as Eliseus sat in his house and the elders with him, the king sent one from him. But before the messenger came at him, he said to the elders: see you not how the son of this murderer has sent, to take off mine head? Be circumspect therefore when the messenger comes, and shut the door, and thrust him back therewith: for the sound of his masters feet follows him. And while he yet talked with them: Behold the messenger was come unto him. And he said: behold, this evil is of the Lord, what more shall we look for of the Lord.
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