The stories of Elijah run the 13 tribes of Israel as do the
stories of Elisha. There's some interesting correspondance between
||Predicts 3.5 years of no rain
10 First Kings 17:1
1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, As Yahvah, god of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there will not be dew nor rain these years but according to my word.
Judah has to do with looking forward or planning ahead. To say
there won't be rain for three and a half years is within Judah's pattern.
||Fed by ravens at the brook
10 First Kings 17:2-7
2And the word of Yahvah came to him saying,
3Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook of Kerith that is before the Jordan.
4And you will drink from the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.
5So he went and did according to the word of Yahvah; for he went and lived by the brook of Kerith that is before the Jordan.
6And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
7But after a while the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
Reuben has a theme of secrets, privacy or intimacy. In this
story Elijah has a hideout, a secret place, where ravens bring him
10 First Kings 17:8-16
8And the word of Yahvah came to him saying,
9Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; look, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.
10So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, look, the widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her and said, Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.
12And she said, As Yahvah your god lives, I have nothing but a handful of flour in a pot and a little oil in a cruse; and look, I am gathering a few sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.
13And Elijah said to her, Do not fear; go and do as you have said; but first make a little cake and bring it to me, and afterward make for yourself and your son;
14for Yahvah, god of Israel, says, The pot of flour will not be spent, and the cruse of oil will not diminish, until the day that Yahvah sends rain on the land.
15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah; and she and he and her house ate many days.
16And the pot of flour was not spent, nor did the cruse of oil diminish, according to the word of Yahvah, which he spoke by Elijah.
Elijah is sent to a far place, Sidon. Going is a Gad theme.
Once there, Elijah is fed by a widow who does not run out of flour
with which to make bread. Gad's item in the tent is the table of
Oil goes with Asher, his item in the tent is the lampstand.
Here it's the widow's oil that does not run out all the time of the
famine. That the one story intertwines the bread and oil, Gad and
Asher, is normal. The two are sons of the same mother and share other
places in the grid, such as the two clauses in the second commandment.
||Widow's son raised
10 First Kings 17:17-24
17And it came to pass after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
18And she said to Elijah, What have I done to you, prophet of god? Are you come to me to call my trespasses to remembrance and to slay my son?
19And Elijah said to her, Give me your son. And he took him from her embrace, and carried him up into the upper chamber where he abode, and laid him on his own bed.
20And he cried to Yahvah and said, Yahvah God, why have you also brought misfortune on this widow with whom I reside temporarily, by slaying her son?
21Then he stretched himself on the boy 3 times and cried to Yahvah and said, Yahvah my god, let this boy's soul return to him again.
22And Yahvah heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the boy returned into him again, and he revived.
23And Elijah took the boy and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house, and delivered him to his mother; and Elijah said to her, See, your son lives.
24And the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a prophet of god and that the word of Yahvah in your mouth is truth.
The story of raising the dead son goes with Naphtali in that
it is a sign to the woman that Elijah is a prophet. Normally I would
think resurrection relates to Manasseh, but here the point seems to
be that the woman believes Elijah after this miracle because it was
evidence or proof or a sense or label for something she otherwise
could not know for sure (that he was a true prophet), which is a
Naphtali concept. Along these lines, Naphtali's spiritual gift in
First Corinthians 12 is miracles.
10 First Kings 18:1-40
1And it came to pass after many days, that the word of Yahvah came to Elijah in the 3rd year saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.
2And Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. And there was a severe famine in Samaria.
3And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the steward of his house. Now Obadiah revered Yahvah greatly;
4for when Jezebel slew the prophets of god, Obadiah took 100 prophets, and hid them by 50 in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.
5And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go through the land, to all fountains of water and to all brooks; perhaps we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we may not lose all the animals.
6So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it; Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7And as Obadiah was on the way, look, Elijah met him; and he recognized him, and fell on his face and said, Is that you, my master Elijah?
8And he answered him, It is I; then he said to him, Go, tell your master, Look, Elijah is here.
9And Obadiah said, What sin have I committed, that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
10As Yahvah your god lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent seeking you; and when they said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdoms and nations, that they had not found you.
11And now you say to me, Go, tell your master, Look, Elijah is here.
12And as soon as I am gone from you, the spirit of Yahvah will take you up and carry you where I do not know; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find you, he will slay me; but I your servant have revered Yahvah from my youth.
13Has it not been told my master what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of god, how I took 100 of the prophets of Yahvah and hid them by 50 in a cave and fed them with bread and water?
14And now you say to me, Go, tell your master, Look, Elijah is here; and he will slay me.
15And Elijah said, As Yahvah of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.
16So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told Ahab; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17And when Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Are you he who troubles Israel?
18And Elijah said to him, I have not troubled Israel; but it is you and your father's house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of Yahvah and have followed the lords.
19Now send and gather to me all Israel at mount Carmel and the prophets of the lord, 450, and the prophets of the asherahs, 450, who eat at Jezebel's table.
20So Ahab sent to all the sons of Israel, and gathered the prophets together to mount Carmel.
21Then Elijah came near to all the people, and said, How long will you halt between 2 opinions? If Yahvah is the god, follow him, but if lord, follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.
22Then Elijah said, I, even I only, remain a prophet of Yahvah; but the prophets of lord are 450 men.
23Let them therefore give us 2 bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces and lay it on wood and put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull and cut it in pieces and lay it on wood and put no fire under it.
24And you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of Yahvah my god; and the god who answers by fire, he is god. And all the people answered and said, You spoke well.
25Then Elijah said to the prophets of lord, Choose for yourselves one bull, and prepare it first; for you are many;
26and they took the bull which was given them and prepared it and called on the name of the lord from morning even until noon saying, lord, answer us. But there was no voice nor any that answered. And they cut themselves on the altar which they had made.
27And when it was noon, Elijah mocked them and said, Cry with a loud voice; for he is a god; perhaps he is meditating or he is busy or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.
28And they cried with a loud voice and they cut themselves after their custom with daggers and lances, until their blood gushed out on them.
29And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice nor any to answer nor any to listen. Then Elijah said to the prophets of the idols, Now you can move, so that I may prepare my burnt offerings. And they moved aside.
30And Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of Yahvah that was broken down.
31And Elijah took 12 stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahvah came saying, Israel will be your name;
32and with the stones he built an altar in the name of Yahvah; and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain 2 measures of seed.
33And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood and said, Fill 4 jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.
34And he said, Do it the 2nd time. And they did it the 2nd time. And he said, Do it the 3rd time. And they did it the 3rd time.
35And the water ran around the altar; and they also filled the trench with water.
36And at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, Yahvah, god of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are god in Israel and that I am your servant and that I have done all these things at your word.
37Answer me, Yahvah, answer me, that all this people may know that you are Yahvah God and that you have turned their perverse heart back again.
38Then the fire of Yahvah fell, and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, Yahvah, he is god; Yahvah, he is god.
40And Elijah said to them, Seize the prophets of the lord, and do not let 1 of them escape. And they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slew them there.
The burnt sacrifice on Mt. Carmel goes fine with Manasseh, whose item
at the tabernacle is the altar of burnt offering. Also, the double 50 goes
really well with Manasseh, the United States, the double portion holder. This
too explains, in part, why there's so much text on this tribe.
10 First Kings 18:41-46
41And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink; for there is a rushing sound of heavy rain.
42So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bent himself down on the land, and put his face between his knees;
43and said to his servant, Go up now, and look toward the sea. And he went up and looked, and said, There is nothing. And Elijah said to him, Go again 7 times.
44And at the 7th time, he said, Look, there is a little cloud like a man's hand rising out of the sea. And he said to him, Go up, say to Ahab, Mount your horse, and get down before the rain stops you.
45And while he busied himself here and there, the skies were black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
46And the hand of Yahvah was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran before Ahab until he entered Jezreel.
Simeon's step on the day of atonements is the point where incense is
used to make a cloud in the holy of holies. In this series Simeon aligns with
the storm clouds that brought rain to break the famine. Also, counsel is a
theme with Simeon. In this story Elijah advises Ahab to get down to low ground
before the storm begins and everything turns muddy and becomes impassible.
Also, Elijah prayed seven times before the rain cloud came. Simeon is the
seventh tribe. So on the seventh time we have a rain cloud, on Simeon we have
a rain cloud. This little notation of "seven times" helps confirm the alignment,
especially given the temptation to somehow move Manasseh back on the raising of
the widow's son.
10 First Kings 19
1And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying, So let the gods do to me, and also more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
3And Elijah was afraid, and he arose and fled for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his disciple there.
4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under an oak tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough for me; now, Yahvah, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5Then he lay down and slept soundly under the oak tree; and look, an angel touched him and said to him, Arise and eat.
6And he looked, and saw at his head a cake baked on the coals and a cruse of water. And he ate and drank, and lay down again.
7And the angel of Yahvah came the 2nd time and touched him and said, Arise, eat and drink, because the journey is too great for you.
8And he arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food 40 days and 40 nights as far as Horeb the mount of god.
9And he entered into a cave and lodged there; and look, the word of Yahvah came to him, and he said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah?
10And he said, I have been very zealous for Yahvah, god of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken your contract, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (53:11:3)
11And he said, Go forth and stand on the mount before Yahvah. And look, Yahvah passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before Yahvah; but Yahvah was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but Yahvah was not in the earthquake;
12and after the earthquake a fire; but Yahvah was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And look, a voice came to him, and said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah?
14And he said, I have been very zealous for Yahvah, god of hosts, because the sons of Israel have forsaken your contract, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15And Yahvah said to him, Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; then go and anoint Hazael to be king over Aram;
16and Jehu the son of Nimshi you will anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you will anoint to be prophet in your place.
17And it will come to pass, that he who escapes from the sword of Hazael Jehu will slay; and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu Elisha will slay.
18Yet I have left me 7,000 in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to lord, and every mouth that has not kissed him. (53:11:4)
19So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, and 12 plows were ahead of him, and he was 1 of the 12; and Elijah came up to him and cast his mantle on him.
20And he left the plow and the oxen and went after Elijah and said to him, Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you. And he said to him, Go back again; for what have I done to you?
21And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slew them and boiled their meat with wood from the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and ministered to him.
Elijah goes to Mt. Horeb. Levi became Switzerland, with the Swiss
Alps, so the idea of the mountain fits Levi. Elijah is also brought some
food by an angel, which goes along with Levi as the one who receieves the
offerings for his service. Elisha comes on board to assist Elijah. This
is like the Levites who assist the priests.
||War with Aram
10 First Kings 20
1And Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, gathered all his army together; and there were 32 kings with him, and horses and chariots; and he went up and besieged Samaria and fought against it.
2And he sent messengers to Ahab, king of Israel, and said to him, Ben-Hadad says,
3Your silver and your gold are mine; and the most attractive of your wives and your sons are also mine.
4And the king of Israel answered and said, According to your word, my master the king, I am yours, and all that I have.
5And the messengers came again, and said, Ben-Hadad says, Although I sent to you at first saying, You will deliver to me your silver and your gold and your wives and your sons;
6yet I will send my servants to you tomorrow at about this time, and they will search your house and the houses of your servants; and whatever pleases them, they will take in their hands and bring back.
7Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said to them, Know, and see how this man seeks mischief; for he sent to me for my wives and for my sons and for my silver and for my gold; and I did not deny him.
8And all the elders and all the people said to him, Do not listen to him, nor consent.
9Therefore he said to the messengers of Ben-Hadad, Tell my master the king, All that you sent at the first to your servant I will do; but this thing I cannot do. And the messengers departed and brought him word again.
10And Ben-Hadad sent to him and said, The gods do so to me, and also more, if the dust of Samaria in handfuls will suffice for all the people who are with me.
11And the king of Israel answered and said, Let him talk; nevertheless, the one who ties a knot is not more able than the one who can untie it.
12And when Ben-Hadad heard this message as he was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, he said to his servants, Set yourselves in array against the city.
13And look, a prophet drew near to Ahab, king of Israel, and said to him, Yahvah says, Have you seen all this great army? Look, I will deliver it into your hands this day; and you will know that I am Yahvah.
14And Ahab said, By whom? And he said to him, By the young men and by the princes of the city. Then he said, Who will begin the battle? And he answered, You.
15Then he numbered the young men and the princes of the city, and they were 232; and after them he numbered all the people, even all the sons of Israel, being 7,000.
16And they went out at noon, but Ben-Hadad was drinking old wine in the pavilions, he and the kings, the 32 kings who came to help him.
17And the young men and the princes of the city went out first; and Ben-Hadad sent out men, and they told him saying, There are men come out of Samaria.
18And he said, Whether they have come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they have come out for war, take them alive.
19So these young men and these princes came out of the city, and the army followed them.
20And each slew his man; and the Arameans fled; and Israel pursued them; and Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, escaped in chariots with horsemen.
21And the king of Israel went out and destroyed the horses and chariots, and slew the Arameans with a great slaughter.
22And look, the prophet of god came near to Ahab, king of Israel, and said to him, Go, strengthen yourself, and know, and see what you have to do; for at the beginning of the year the king of Aram will come up against you.
23And the servants of the king of Aram said to him, Their god is a god of the mountains; this is why they triumphed over us; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will triumph over them.
24And do this thing: Remove the kings, each from his command, and put officers in their places;
25and number for yourself an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse and chariot for chariot; and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they. And he listened to their voice, and did so.
26And it came to pass at the beginning of the year, that Ben-Hadad gave orders to the Arameans, and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel.
27And the sons of Israel were mustered and set in array against them, like 2 little flocks of goats; but the Arameans filled the country.
28And a prophet of god drew near to Ahab, the king of Israel, and said to him, Yahvah says, Because the Arameans have said, Yahvah is a god of the mountains, but he is not a god of the valleys, therefore I will deliver all this great army into your hands, and you will know that I am Yahvah.
29So they camped, one over against the other, 7 days. And on the 7th day the battle was joined; and the sons of Israel slew of the Arameans 100,000 footmen in 1 day.
30But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell on 27,000 men that were left. And Ben-Hadad fled and came into the city into an inner chamber.
31And his servants came near and said to him, Look now, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful kings; let us put sackcloth on our heads and gird ropes on our loins and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will spare our lives.
32So they put sackcloth on their heads and girded ropes on their loins, and went to the king of Israel and said to him, Your servant Ben-Hadad says, Let me live. And the king said, Is he still alive? He is my brother.
33Now Ben-Hadad was a soothsayer, and the men surmised and quickly caught his meaning, and they said, Look your brother, Ben-Hadad. Then he said, Go, bring him. Then Ben-Hadad came forth to him; and Ahab caused him to sit with him in the chariot.
34And Ben-Hadad said to him, The cities which my father took from your father, I will restore; and I will make a market place for you in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then Ahab said, I will send you away with a contract. So he made a contract with him and sent him away.
35And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor according to the word of Yahvah, Strike me. But the man refused to strike him.
36Then he said to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of Yahvah your god, look, as soon as you are departed from me, a lion will slay you. And as soon as he departed from him, a lion found him and slew him.
37Then he found another man and said to him, Strike me. And the man struck him, and wounded him.
38So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, and disguised his face with ashes.
39And look, as the king was passing by, he cried to the king and said, Your servant went out into the middle of the battle; and look, a man turned aside, and brought a soldier to me, and said, Keep this man; if by any means he be missing, then your life will be for his life, or else you will pay a talent of silver.
40And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, So your judgment will be; you yourself have decided it.
41And he hasted and wiped off the ashes from his face; and the king of Israel realized that he was of the prophets.
42And he said to him, Yahvah says, Because you have let go out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life will go for his life and your people for his people.
43Then the king of Israel went to his house sad and displeased, and came to Samaria.
In this passage an unnamed prophet warns the king of Israel three
different times about the plans of the opposing army. It's always been
odd the way the narrative switches from amazing things happening with
Elijah to this passage with similarly amazing prophetic events, but where
the prophet is not named. A similar event happens later in Second Kings,
on the Issachar step in Elisha's list, and we're told that unnamed prophet
is Elisha. That means the unnamed prophet is this passage is Elijah. Why
the lack of name or recognition exists here on an Issachar story is not
clear to me, but may turn out to be a key insight into Issachar. Otherwise
the theme may be that war is hard work, and Issachar is the tribe that
best carries the idea of hard work or burdens.
The second part to this passage involves another prophet being struck
by someone in order to go deliver a word to Ahab. In the list of elder
prerequisites the idea of not being quick to strike goes with Issachar.
10 First Kings 21
1And it came to pass after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the house of Ahab, king of Samaria.
2And Ahab spoke to Naboth saying, Give me your vineyard that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near to my house; and I will give you for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to you, I will give you its worth in money.
3And Naboth said to Ahab, Yahvah forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.
4And Ahab went to his house sad and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid down on his bed and turned his face away and would not eat food.
5But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, Why is your spirit so sad, that you refuse to eat food?
6And he said to her, Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it please you, I will give you another vineyard for it, better than it; but he answered, I will not give you my vineyard.
7And Jezebel his wife said to him, Are you really king over Israel? Arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8So she wrote a letter in Ahab's name and sealed it with his ring, and sent the letter to the elders and to the nobles who lived in the city with Naboth.
9And she wrote in the letter saying, Proclaim a fast and set Naboth on high among the people;
10then bring 2 wicked men and set them opposite him, and let them testify against him saying, Naboth has reviled god and the king. And then take him out, and stone him, that he may die.
11And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who lived in the city with Naboth, did as Jezebel had sent to them and as it was written in the letter which she had sent to them.
12They proclaimed a fast and set Naboth on high among the people.
13And they brought 2 wicked men, and seated them opposite him; and the wicked men witnessed against Naboth saying, Naboth reviled god and the king. Then they took him outside the city and stoned him, so that he died.
14Then they sent to Jezebel saying, Naboth has been stoned, and he is dead.
15And when Jezebel heard that Naboth was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive but dead.
16And when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
17And the word of Yahvah came to Elijah the Tishbite saying,
18Arise, go down to meet Ahab, king of Israel, who is in Samaria; look, he is in the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, for he has gone there to possess it.
19And you will say to him, Yahvah says, Look, you have killed, and look, you have also taken possession; Yahvah says, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth dogs will lick your blood, even yours.
20And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, my enemy? And he answered, I have found you because you have exalted yourself to do evil in the sight of Yahvah.
21Look, I will bring evil on you, and will pluck your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male child and everyone who has authority in governing Israel,
22and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah for the provocation with which you have provoked me to anger and made Israel to sin.
23And of Jezebel Yahvah also spoke saying, The dogs will eat Jezebel in the inheritance which is in Jezreel.
24Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs will eat; and anyone who dies in the field the birds of the air will eat.
25But there was no one like Ahab, who thought to do evil in the sight of Yahvah, whom Jezebel his wife incited.
26And he did very abominably in following idols, just as the Amorites had done, whom Yahvah destroyed before the sons of Israel.
27And when Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body and fasted and lay in sackcloth and walked barefooted.
28And the word of Yahvah came to Elijah the Tishbite saying,
29Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the evil on his house.
10 First Kings 22
1And 3 years passed without war Between Aram and Israel.
2And it came to pass in the 3rd year, that Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, came down to Ahab, the king of Israel.
3And the king of Israel said to his servants, Do you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, and how long will we keep still and not take it out of the hand of the king of Aram?
4And he said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to battle to Ramoth Gilead? And Jehoshaphat said, I will go as you go, my people as your people and my horses as your horses.
5And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Enquire, I ask, for the word of Yahvah this day.
6Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about 400 men, and said to them, Should I go to Ramoth Gilead to battle or should I refrain? And they said, Go up; for master will deliver the Arameans into the hand of the king.
7And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of Yahvah that we might ask him?
8And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may ask Yahvah; his name is Micah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Do not let the king say so.
9Then the king of Israel called a eunuch and said, Make haste and bring here Micah the son of Imlah.
10And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, were seated each on his throne, clothed with robes of different colors, at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them.
11And Zedekiah the son of a Canaanitish woman made for himself horns of iron; and he said, Yahvah says, With these you will pierce the Arameans, until you have destroyed them.
12And all the prophets prophesied so saying, Go up to Ramoth Gilead and you will triumph; for Yahvah will deliver them into your hands, king.
13And the messenger who went to call Micah spoke to him saying, Look now the words of the false prophets with one accord have predicted favorably concerning the king; let your word be like the word of one of them, and you also predict favorably.
14And Micah said, As Yahvah lives, whatever Yahvah says to me, that I will speak.
15So he came to the king. And the king said to him, Micah, should we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle or should we refrain? And he answered him, Go up and be victorious; for Yahvah will deliver them into your hand, king.
16And the king said to him, How many times will I adjure you that you tell me nothing but what is true in the name of Yahvah?
17And Micah said, I saw Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep that have no shepherd; and Yahvah said, These have no masters; let them return every man to his own house in peace.
18And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?
19And Micah said, Hear therefore the word of Yahvah; I saw Yahvah sitting on his throne, and all the host of the skies standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
20And Yahvah said, Who will persuade Ahab that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead? And one said in this manner and another said in that manner.
21And a spirit came forth, and stood before Yahvah, and said, I will persuade him.
22And Yahvah said to him, By what means? And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said to him, You will persuade him and also prevail; go forth and do so.
23Now look, Yahvah has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets and Yahvah has spoken evil concerning you.
24But Zedekiah the son of the Canaanitish woman went near and struck Micah on his cheek and said to him, Which way has the spirit of Yahvah departed from me and spoken to you?
25And Micah said to him, Look, you will see in that day, when you will go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.
26Then the king of Israel said, Take Micah and deliver him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son;
27and say, The king says: Put this fellow in the prison and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction until I come in peace.
28And Micah said, If you return in peace, then Yahvah has not spoken by me. And he said, Hear, all you people.
29So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, went up to Ramoth Gilead.
30And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself and enter into the battle; but you put on your robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself and went into the battle.
31But the king of Aram commanded the 32 captains of his chariots saying, Do not fight with small nor great, fight only with the king of Israel.
32And when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they thought he was the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him; and Jehoshaphat cried out.
33And when the captains of the chariots saw that he was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him.
34And a certain man drew his bow toward him at a venture and struck the king of Israel between the joints of the breastplate; therefore the king said to the driver of his chariot, Turn around and carry me out of the army; for the pangs of death have come on me.
35And the battle grew fiercer that day; and the king was standing in the chariot facing the Arameans, and died that evening; and the blood ran out of his wound into the hollow of his chariot.
36And at sunset a herald proclaimed throughout the army saying, Go, every man to his city and every man to his own country.
37So the king died and was brought to Samaria; and they buried him in Samaria.
38And they washed the chariot on the hill of Samaria; and they washed his armor; and the dogs licked up his blood, according to the word of Yahvah which he spoke.
39Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did and the ivory house which he built and all the cities that he built, look, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
40So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
41And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the 4th year of Ahab, king of Israel.
42Jehoshaphat was 35 years old when he began to reign; and he reigned 25 years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Arubah the daughter of Shilhi.
43And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he did not turn aside from doing what was right in the sight of Yahvah; nevertheless he did not remove the houses of idols; for the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
44And Jehoshaphat made peace with the kings of Israel.
45Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat and all the might that he showed and how he warred, look, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah.
46And the remnant of the Sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he removed from the land.
47There was then no king who reigned in Edom.
48Jehoshaphat built ships at Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold; but they did not go; for the ships were broken at Ezion Geber.
49Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with your servants in the ships, but Jehoshaphat would not consent.
50And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Joran his son reigned in his place.
51Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the 17th year of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and he reigned 2 years over Israel.
52And he did evil in the sight of Yahvah, and walked in the ways of his father and in the ways of his mother and in the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nebat who made Israel sin;
53for he served the lord and worshiped him and provoked to anger Yahvah, god of Israel, according to all that his father had done.
||Consulting Lord Zebub
11 Second Kings 1
1Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
2And Ahaziah fell down from the balcony of his upper chamber in Samaria, and was injured; so he sent messengers and said to them, Go, inquire of Lord Zebub the god of Ekron whether I will recover from this injury.
3But the angel of Yahvah said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, Is it because there is no god in Israel that you are going to inquire of Lord Zebub the god of Ekron?
4Now Yahvah says, You will not come down from the bed on which you are lying, but you will surely die. And Elijah departed.
5And when the messengers returned to Ahaziah, he said to them, Why have you turned back?
6And they said to him, A man came up to meet us and said to us, Go, turn again to the man who sent you and say to him, Is it because there is no god in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Lord Zebub the god of Ekron? Therefore Yahvah says, You will not come down from the bed on which you are lying, but you will surely die.
7And he said to them, What manner of man was he who came up to meet you and told you these words?
8And they answered him, He was lord of a hairy garment with a belt of leather about his loins. And he said to them, It is Elijah the Tishbite.
9Then he sent to him a captain of 50 with his 50. And he went up to him; and he was sitting on top of a mountain. And he said to him, Prophet of god, the king says, Come down.
10And Elijah answered and said to the captain of 50, If I am a prophet of god, then let fire come down from the skies and consume you and your 50. And fire came down from the skies and consumed him and his 50.
11Again he sent to him another captain of 50 with his 50. And he spoke to him saying, Prophet of god, the king says, Come down quickly.
12And Elijah answered and said to him, If I am a prophet of god, then let fire come down from the skies and consume you and your 50. And the fire of god came down from the skies and consumed him and his 50.
13And he sent to him the 3rd time a captain of 50 with his 50. And the captain of 50 went up and fell on his knees before Elijah and begged him and said to him, Prophet of god, let my life and the lives of these 50 servants of yours who are standing before you be precious in your sight.
14For look, fire came down from the skies and consumed the 2 captains of the former 50s with their 50s; now let my life be precious in your sight.
15And the angel of Yahvah said to Elijah, Go down with him; do not be afraid of him. And he arose and went down with him to the king.
16And he said to him, Yahvah says, Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Lord Zebub the god of Ekron, is it because there is no god in Israel to inquire for his word? Therefore you will not come down from the bed on which you are lying, but you will surely die.
17So he died according to the word of Yahvah which Elijah had spoken. And Joram, his brother, reigned in his place in the 2nd year of Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, because he had no son.
18Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah and all which he did, look, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
||Parting the Jordan
11 Second Kings 2:1-14
1And it came to pass, when Yahvah was about to take Elijah up to the skies by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha had departed from Gilgal.
2And Elijah said to Elisha, Wait for me here, for Yahvah has sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said, As Yahvah lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel.
3And the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came forth to Elisha and said to him, Do you know that today Yahvah will take away your master from over you? And he said, Yes, I also know it; hold your peace.
4And Elijah said to Elisha, Wait for me here; for Yahvah has sent me to Jericho. And he said, As Yahvah lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho.
5And the sons of the prophets who were in Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him, Do you know that today Yahvah will take away your master from over you? And he answered, Yes, I also know it; hold your peace.
6And Elijah said to Elisha, Wait for me here, for Yahvah has sent me to the Jordan. And he said, As Yahvah lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And the 2 went on.
7And 50 men of the sons of the prophets went and stood to watch from far away; and the 2 stood by the Jordan.
8Then Elijah took his mantle and wrapped it together and struck the waters of the Jordan, and they were divided here and there, so that the 2 crossed on dry ground.
9And when they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I will do for you before I am taken away from you. And Elisha said, Let a double portion of your spirit be on me.
10And he said, You have asked too much; nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be so to you; but if not, it will not be so.
11And it came to pass, as they still went on and talked, look, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire, and separated the 2; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into the skies.
12And Elisha saw it and he cried saying, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen. And he did not see him any longer; and he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in 2 pieces.
13Then he took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan;
14and he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the waters and said, Where is Yahvah the master of Elijah? And when he had also struck the waters of the Jordan, they parted here and there; and Elisha went over.
Parting the water, like happened in Dan's plague on Egypt,
is a good Dan theme. Also, the mantle fits Dan well since his
tabernacle item is the robe worn by the high priest.
||Heals water and land
11 Second Kings 2:15-22
15And when the sons of the prophets who came to watch at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
16And they said to him, Look now, there are with your servants 50 strong men; let them go and seek your master, lest perhaps the spirit of Yahvah has taken him up and cast him on 1 of the mountains or into 1 of the valleys. And he said, You will not send.
17And when they urged him until he was embarrassed, he said, Send. So they sent therefore 50 men; and they sought him for 3 days, but did not find him.
18And when they came back to him, while he remained at Jericho, he said to them, Did I not say to you, Do not go?
19And the men of the city said to Elisha, Look, the situation of the city is pleasant, as our master sees; but the water is bad and the ground is barren.
20And he said, Bring me a new cruse and put salt in it. And they brought it to him.
21And he went forth to the spring of water and cast the salt in there, and said, Yahvah says, I have healed these waters; there will not be from there any longer death or barren land.
22So the waters were healed to this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke.
In Elijah's list the Judah story was predicting 3.5 years of
famine for lack of rain. Here in Elisha's story for Judah the water
and land is healed. This might intended to be seen as a reversal of
sorts. Not exactly sure why this is Judah theme, but Jericho as a
place probably does go with Judah in an important way given the way
the two align in the taking land narrative in Joshua.
11 Second Kings 2:23-25
23And he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up along the way, little boys came out of the city and mocked him saying, Go up, you bald head, go up, you bald head.
24And he turned back and saw them and cursed them in the name of Yahvah. And 2 she-bears came out of the forest, and tore up 42 of the boys.
25And he went from there to mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.
||War with Moab
11 Second Kings 3
1Now Joram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the 18th year of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and he reigned 12 years.
2And he did evil in the sight of Yahvah; but not like his father nor like his mother; for he put away the statue of the lord which his father had made.
3Nevertheless, he clung to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin; he did not turn aside from them.
4Now Mesha, king of Moab, was a sheepmaster, and he used to bring up to the king of Israel 100,000 fat lambs and 100,000 rams, with their wool.
5But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
6And King Joram went out of Samaria at the same time and numbered all Israel.
7Then he went on and sent to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab has rebelled against me; come with me, let us go to war against Moab. And Jehoshaphat said, I will go up as you go, my people as your people and my horses as your horses.
8And he said to him, Which way will we go up? And he answered, By the way of the wilderness of Edom.
9So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, and traveled 7 days' journey; and there was no water for the army and for the people who were with them.
10And the king of Israel said, Alas, truly for this Yahvah has called these 3 kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of Yahvah, that we may inquire of Yahvah by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.
12And Jehoshaphat said, The word of Yahvah is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13And Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother. And the king of Israel said to him, Truly for this Yahvah has called these 3 kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
14And Elisha said, As Yahvah of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, I would not look toward you nor see you.
15But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, the hand of Yahvah came on him.
16And he said, Yahvah says, Let this valley be made full of cisterns.
17For Yahvah says, You will not see wind, nor will you see rain; yet this valley will be filled with water, that you may drink, both you and your cattle and your animals.
18And this is but a small thing in the sight of Yahvah; he will also deliver the Moabites into your hands.
19And you will destroy every fortified city and every choice city, and will fell every good tree and pollute all the springs of water and mar every good piece of land with stones.
20And it came to pass in the morning, when the sacrifice was offered, that, look, water came by the way of Edom, and the land was covered with water.
21And when all the Moabites saw that the kings came up to fight against them, they called out all that were able to gird themselves with the sword and stood on the border.
22And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood;
23and they said, This is blood; the kings are surely slain, and they have killed each other; now Moab, to the spoil.
24And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them; but they continued attacking them, and they devastated Moab.
25And they destroyed the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone and filled it; and they polluted every spring of water and felled all the good trees, until the stones in the walls of the capital city were left demolished; and the slingers surrounded it and destroyed it.
26And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him 700 men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom; but he could not.
27Then he took his eldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel; and the kings departed from Moab and returned to their own country.
11 Second Kings 4:1-7
1Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha saying, Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared Yahvah; and the creditor has come to take my 2 sons to be his bondmen.
2And Elisha said to her, What should I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house? And she said, Your servant has nothing in the house except a pot of oil.
3Then he said to her, Go, borrow for yourself vessels from the houses of all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not borrow a few.
4And then go in, and shut the door on you and on your sons, and pour out into all these vessels; and the vessel which is full bring up to me.
5So she went from him, and entered her house and shut the door on herself and on her sons who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
6And when the vessels were full, she said to her son, Bring me more vessels. But her son said to her, There are no more vessels. And the oil stopped.
7Then she came and told the prophet of god. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt, and live, you and your sons, on what is left over.
Oil basically always goes with Asher. The widow's oil story
in Elijah's list also went with Asher as it does here.
11 Second Kings 4:8-37
8And it came to pass on the next day, Elisha went and came to Shunem, where was a wealthy woman; and she constrained him to eat food. So that whenever he passed by, he turned in there to eat food.
9And she said to her husband, Look now, I perceive that the prophet of god is a holy man who passes by us continually.
10Let us make for him a little upper room, and let us set for him there a bed and a table and a chair and a candlestick, so that when he comes to us, he will turn in there.
11And it happened on a certain day, he came there, and he turned into the upper room and lay there.
12And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite woman. And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13And he said to her, Look, you have shown us all this respect; what is to be done for you? Is there anything to be spoken on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army? And she answered, I live among my own people quite well.
14Then he said, What will I do for her? And Gehazi said to him, Assuredly she has no son and her husband is old.
15And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16And he said to her, About this season, you will be pregnant, and will embrace a son. And she said, No, my master, prophet of god, do not lie to your servant.
17And the woman conceived and bore a son; at the season that Elisha had said to her, she was pregnant.
18Now when the child had grown, he went out on a certain day to his father who was with the reapers.
19And he said to his father, My head, my head. And his father said to a servant, Take him up and carry him to his mother.
20And when he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees until noon and then died.
21And she went up and laid him on the bed of the prophet of god, and shut the door on him and went out.
22Then she called to her husband and said, Send me 1 of the servants and 1 of the donkeys, that I may go hastily to the prophet of god.
23And he said to her, Why will you go to him today? It is not the new month nor sabbath. But the Shunammite gave orders;
24and they saddled a donkey for her, and she said to the servant, Drive fast; do not stop to dismount me unless I tell you.
25So she went to the prophet of god at mount Carmel. And when the prophet of god saw her far away, he said to Gehazi his disciple, Look, there is the Shunammite,
26run now to meet her, and say to her, Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.
27And when she came to the prophet of god to the mountain, she caught hold of his feet; but Gehazi came near to remove her. And the prophet of god said to him, Let her alone; for her soul is in bitter anguish; and Yahvah has hidden it from me and has not told me.
28Then she said, Did I ask a son of my master? Did I not say to you, Do not ask a son for me?
29Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand and go. If you meet any man, do not salute him; and if any man salutes you, do not answer him; and lay my staff on the face of the child.
30And the mother of the child said, As Yahvah lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And he arose and followed her.
31And Gehazi went on before them and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he returned to meet Elisha, and told him saying, The child is not awake.
32And when Elisha came into the house, look, the child was dead and lying on his bed.
33He went in therefore and shut the door on the 2 of them, and prayed to Yahvah.
34And he went up and lay on the child and put his mouth on his mouth, and his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself on him, and the flesh of the child became warm.
35Then he returned, and walked to and fro in the house; and went up and stretched himself on him; and the child sneezed 7 times, and the child opened his eyes.
36And Elisha called Gehazi and said to him, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she came to him, he said to her, Take up your son.
37Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed herself to the ground and took up her son and went out.
In Elijah's series the Naphtali story was raising the dead
son, here in Elisha's series it's the same kind of story again.
||100 prophets fed
11 Second Kings 4:38-44
38And Elisha returned to Gilgal; and there was a famine in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his disciple, Set on the great pot, and cook pottage for the sons of the prophets.
39And one of them went out into the field to gather herbs and found a wild vine in the field and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and put them into the pot of pottage; for he did not know what they were.
40So he poured out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the pottage, they cried out and said, Prophet of god, there is death in the pot, and they could not eat of it.
41But he said, Take meal and 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.
42And a certain man came from Lord Shalishah, and brought the prophet of god bread of the firstfruits, 20 loaves of barley and new wheat rubbed from the ears in a cloth. And he said, Give them to the people, that they may eat.
43And his servant said, What, should I set this before 100 men? And Elisha said to him again, Give them to the people, that they may eat; for Yahvah says, They will eat and will leave some.
44So he set it before them, and they ate and left some, according to the word of Yahvah.
In Elijah's list the passage that matches Manasseh includes the
time when Obadiah fed 100 prophets, 50 each in 2 caves, with bread and
water. Here in Elisha's list the story that goes with Manasseh is the
miraculous feeding of 100 prophets.
11 Second Kings 5
1Now Naaman, general of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him Yahvah had given deliverance to Aram; and Naaman was a valiant man, but he was a leper.
2And the Arameans had gone out raiding, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3And she said to her mistress, My master would be blessed if he would go to the prophet who is in Samaria. For he would immediately cure him of his leprosy.
4And they went in and told her master saying, Such and such said the maid who is from the land of Israel.
5And the king of Aram said to him, Come, go, I will send a letter to the king of Israel. And he departed and took with him 10 talents of silver and 6,000 pieces of gold and 10 changes of garments.
6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, and this was written in it: In the hour when this letter reaches you, look, I have sent to you Naaman my servant that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7And when the king of Israel had read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, Am I god, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends me a man to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore consider and see how he is seeking to pick a quarrel with me.
8And when Elisha the prophet of god had heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king saying, Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me now and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.
9So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10And Elisha sent a messenger to him saying, Go and wash in the Jordan 7 times, and your flesh will come again to you and you will be clean.
11But Naaman was angry, and went away and said, Look, I thought, He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of Yahvah his god and wave his hand over the place, and I will recover from the leprosy.
12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? I will go and wash in them and be clean. So he turned and went away in a rage.
13And his servants came near and spoke to him and said, Our father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, you would have done it; but look, he has told you to do a small thing. Go and wash, and be clean. And he listened to them and did so.
14And he went down and washed 7 times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the prophet of god; and his flesh came again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15And he returned to the prophet of god, he and all his company, and came and stood before him, and said to him, Look, now I know that there is no god in all the land but in Israel; now take this blessing from your servant.
16But Elisha said, As Yahvah lives, before whom I stand, I will not receive any. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
17And Naaman said, Will there not then be given to your servant 2 mules' burden of land? From now on your servant will offer neither burnt offerings nor sacrifices to any other god but Yahvah.
18In this matter may Yahvah forgive your servant, when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there; I am the king's aide and I also worship in the house of Rimmon; and when I worship in the house of Rimmon, Yahvah pardon your servant in this matter.
19And he said to him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.
20Then Gehazi the disciple of Elisha the prophet of god, said, Look, my master has spared Naaman the Aramean, in not accepting from him what he brought; but, as Yahvah lives, I will run after him, and take something from him.
21So Gehazi ran after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he alighted from his chariot to meet him and said to him, Is all well?
22And he said, All is well. My master has sent me saying, There have just now come to me from mount Ephraim 2 men of the sons of the prophets; give them a talent of silver and 2 changes of garments.
23And Naaman said, I am willing; take 2 talents. And he urged him and bound 2 talents of silver in 2 pieces of cloth, with 2 changes of garments, and he gave them to 2 of his servants; and they carried them before him.
24And when they came to a secret place, he took them from their hand and put them in the house; and he sent the men away and they departed.
25But he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, Where have you been, Gehazi? And he said, Your servant went nowhere.
26And he said to him, My heart told me when the man alighted from his chariot to meet you. Is it a time to gain money and to gain garments and oliveyards and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male servants and female servants?
27Therefore the leprosy of Naaman will cling to you and to your seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
The seven times probably tells us where we are in the tribal
list. Also, washing in water goes with Simeon, whose tabernacle item
is the basin of water. Also, Naman is counseled to wash, and when he
does not want to, his servants give him further counsel to just go
ahead and do it. Counsel is a Simeon theme. This washing probably goes
along with Simeon's rain cloud from Elijah's list. Combining the two
we're being told that the rain storm was washing something, like leprousy,
11 Second Kings 6:1-7
1And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Look now, this place in which we live with you is too small for us.
2Let us go to the Jordan and cut from there every man a beam, and let us make a place for us to live there. And he said, Go.
3And one of them answered and said, If you please, go with your servants. And he answered, I will go.
4So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.
5But as one of them was felling a beam, the axehead fell into the water; and he cried and said, I beg you, my master, It was borrowed by your servant.
6And the prophet of god said to him, Where did it fall? And he showed him the place. And he cut off a stick and thrust it in there; and it stuck in the hole of the axehead.
7And he said, Take it up to you. And he put out his hand and took it.
||Battle with Aram
11 Second Kings 6:8-23
8Then the king of Aram warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants saying, In such and such a place we will lie in wait.
9And the prophet of god sent to the king of Israel saying, Beware that you do not pass this place; for the Arameans are lying in wait.
10And the king of Israel sent to the place of which the prophet of god told him and warned him about it, not once nor twice.
11Therefore the heart of the king of Aram was severely troubled because of this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?
12And one of his servants answered, and said, None of us, my master the king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the thing that you plan in your bedroom.
13And he said, Go and see where he is, that I may send and take him. And it was told him saying, Look, he is in Dothan.
14Therefore he sent there horsemen and chariots and a great army; and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15And when the servant of the prophet of god arose early and went out, look, an army surrounded the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, Alas, my master, what will we do?
16And he said to him, Do not fear; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.
17And Elisha prayed to Yahvah and said, Yahvah, open his eyes that he may see. And Yahvah opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw; and look, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.
18And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahvah and said, Strike this people with dimness of vision. And he struck them with dimness according to the word of Elisha.
19And Elisha said to them, This is not the way, nor is this the city; follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek. But he led them to Samaria.
20And when they came into Samaria, Elisha said, Yahvah, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And Yahvah opened their eyes, and they saw; and look, they were in the middle of Samaria.
21And the king of Israel said to Elisha when he saw them, My father, should I slay them? Should I slay them?
22And he answered, Do not slay them; would you slay those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.
23So he prepared a great banquet for them; and when they had eaten and drunk, they went to their master. So the raiders of Aram did not come across the border of Israel any longer.
Elisha tips the king off not once or twice about the location
of Aram's army. This is the same thing the unnamed prophet did three
times for the king of Israel in the story matching Issachar in Elijah's
list. Here we're also told that this unnamed prophet is actually Elisha,
which means the unnamed prophet doing the same things in Elijah's list
is actually Elijah.
11 Second Kings 6:24-7:20
24And it came to pass after this, that Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria and fought against it.
25And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey's head was sold for 80 pieces of silver and the 1/4th part of a cab of dove's dung for 5 pieces of silver.
26And as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, there cried a woman to him saying, Help me, my master the king.
27And he said to her, Let Yahvah help you; where will I help you from? Out of the threshing floor or out of the wine press?
28And the king said to her, What troubles you? And she said to him, This woman said to me, Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.
29So we cooked my son and ate him; and I said to her on the next day, Give your son, that we may eat him; but she had hidden her son.
30And when the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes as he walked on the wall, and the people looked, and saw he was wearing sackcloth inside on his flesh.
31Then he said, May god do so and also more to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat will remain on him this day.
32But Elisha was sitting in his house and the elders were sitting with him; and the king sent a messenger; but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and push him outside, because the sound of his master's feet is behind him.
33And while he was still speaking with them, the messenger came to him; and he said, Look, this evil is from Yahvah; why should I pray to Yahvah any longer?
1Then Elisha said, Hear the word of Yahvah; Yahvah says, Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel and 2 measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria.
2Then the king's aide answered and said, If Yahvah should make windows in the skies, could this thing be? And Elisha said to him, Look, you will see it with your eyes, but you will not eat of it.
3Now there were 4 leprous men sitting at the entrance of the gate; and they said to each other, Why do we sit here until we die?
4If we say, We will enter into the city, the famine is severe in the city, and we will die there; and if we still sit here, we also die. Now come and let us go to the camp of Aram; if they save us alive, we will live; and if they put us to death, we will but die.
5So they rose up early in the twilight to go to the camp of Aram; and when they came to the edge of the camp, look, there was no man there;
6for master had made the army of Aram hear the noise of horses and the noise of chariots and the noise of a great army; and they said to each other, Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the king of the Egyptians and the king of the Hittites to come on us.
7Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, even their camp as it was, and they fled for their lives.
8And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank and took from there silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid it; then they came again and entered into another tent and also carried plunder from there and went and hid it.
9Then they said to each other, We are not doing right; this day is a day of good news, and how long will we remain silent? If we wait until the morning light, some mischief will come on us; now come, let us go and tell the king's house.
10So they came and called to the doorkeepers of the city; and they told them saying, We went to the camp of Aram, and look, there was no man there, nor voice of man, but only horses and donkeys tied and tents as they were.
11And the doorkeepers called out and told it to the king's house inside.
12And the king arose in the night and said to his servants, I will now tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we are hungry; therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field saying, When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and then get into the city.
13And one of his servants answered and said, Let some horsemen take 5 of the horses that remain; if they are captured, let them be considered a loss like all the army of Israel that has perished; therefore let us send and see.
14So 2 couples of horsemen mounted, and the king sent them after the army of Aram saying, Go and see.
15And they went after them as far as the Jordan; and look, all the road was full of garments and vessels which the Arameans had left behind in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the king.
16And the people went out and plundered the camp of Aram. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel and 2 measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of Yahvah.
17And the king placed his aide in charge of the gate; and the people trod on him at the gate and he died, as the prophet of god had said when he came down as a messenger to him.
18And it came to pass as the prophet of god had foretold to the king saying, A measure of fine flour for a shekel and 2 measures of barley for a shekel will be sold tomorrow at this time in the gate of Samaria.
19But that mighty man had answered the prophet of god and said, If Yahvah should make windows in the skies, could this thing be? And the prophet had said, Look, you will see it with your eyes, but you will not eat of it.
20And so it happened to him; for the people trod on him in the gate and he died.
Earlier the story for Zebulun was Jezebel having Naboth killed
so Ahab could take Naboth's vineyard. Here there's a famine and some
woman complains such that the king wants to hold Elisha responsible
and kill him. In both accounts there's a woman and the king who does
not have what he wants, either because it does not belong to him or
because there's a famine. In this story, related to Zebulun, is the
temptation to steal the plunder. Stealing is a Zebulun theme, his
commandment being do not steal. Also, at the end of the story, the
king's aid is trampled under foot and dies. On the body of christ
Zebulun is one of the feet.
11 Second Kings 8:1-6
1Then Elisha said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, Arise and go, you and your house, and stay wherever you can; for Yahvah has called for a famine; and it will come on the land for 7 years.
2So the woman arose and did according to the word of the prophet of god; and she went with her house and stayed in the land of the Philistines 7 years.
3And at the end of the 7 years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went forth to cry to the king for her house and for her field.
4And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the prophet of god saying, Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.
5And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored a dead body to life, look, the woman whose son he had restored to life cried to the king for her house and for her field. And Gehazi said, My master the king, this is the woman and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life;
6and when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed to her a certain officer and said to him, Restore all that was hers and all the produce of her field from the day that she left the land even until now.
11 Second Kings 8:7-29
7And Elisha came to Damascus; and Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, was sick; and it was told him saying, The prophet of god has come here.
8And the king said to Hazael, Take a present with you and go to meet the prophet of god, and inquire of Yahvah by him saying, Will I recover from this disease?
9So Hazael went to meet him and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, 40 camels' burden, and came and stood before him and said to him, Your son Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, has sent me to you saying, Will I recover from this disease?
10And Elisha said to him, Go, say to him, You will surely recover; but Yahvah has shown me that he will surely die.
11Then the prophet of god wept.
12And Hazael said, Why does my master weep? And Elisha said to him, Because I know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel; their strongholds you will set on fire, their young men you will slay with the sword, and you will dash their sons against the ground and rip up their pregnant women.
13And Hazael said, But what, is your servant a dog, that he should do this terrible thing? And Elisha answered, Yahvah has shown me that you will be king over Aram.
14So Hazael departed from Elisha and came to his master; and his master said to him, What did Elisha say to you? And he answered, Thus he said to me: You will surely recover.
15And on the next day, Hazael took a thick cloth and dipped it in water and spread it on the king's face, so that he died; and Hazael reigned in his place.
16And in the 5th year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign.
17He was 32 years old when he began to reign; and he reigned 8 years in Jerusalem.
18And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab; for the sister of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the sight of Yahvah.
19Yet Yahvah would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised to him that he would give an heir to his sons all the days.
20In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah and set up a king over themselves.
21So Jehoram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him; and he rose by night to strike the Edomites who had surrounded him and his commanders with chariots; but the people fled to their tents.
22So Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah even to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
23And the rest of the acts of Jehoram and all that he did, look, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah.
24And Jehoram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
25In the 11th year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign.
26Ahaziah was 22 years old when he began to reign; and he reigned 1 year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri, king of Israel.
27And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of Yahvah, as did the house of Ahab; for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.
28And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael, the king of Aram, at Ramoth Gilead; and the Arameans wounded Joram.
29And Joram the son of Ahab went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Arameans had inflicted on him at Ramoth, when he fought against Hazael, king of Aram. And Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Joram, the son of Ahab, in Jezreel, because he was sick.
In the Benjamin story in the Elijah list the issue is whether
someone is going to recover from their sickness. So some details are
repeating here again.
||Anointing of Jehu
11 Second Kings 9:1-13
1Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, Gird up your loins and take this flask of oil in your hand and go to Ramoth Gilead;
2and when you get there, look for Jehu the son of Nimshi, and go in and make him arise up from among his brothers, and bring him into an inner chamber;
3then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head, and say to him, Yahvah says: I have anointed you king over my people Israel. Then open the door and flee, and do not tarry.
4So the young prophet went to Ramoth Gilead.
5And when he came in, look, the commanders of the army were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to you, commander. And Jehu said, To which of us? And he said to him, To you, commander.
6And he arose and went into an inner chamber; and he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, Yahvah, god of Israel, says: I have anointed you king over the people of Yahvah, even over Israel.
7And you will strike the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the servants of Yahvah, at the hand of Jezebel.
8For I will destroy the whole house of Ahab, and I will cut off from Ahab every male and everyone in authority in Israel;
9and 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;
10and the dogs will eat Jezebel in the inheritance of Naboth in Jezreel, and there will not be anyone to bury her. And he opened the door and fled.
11Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his master; and they said to him, Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you? And he said to them, You know the man, and his folly.
12And they said to him, You are lying; tell us now. And he said to them, Such and such he spoke to me saying, Yahvah says, I have anointed you king over Israel.
13Then they hurried 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.
In the previous list Elisha received Elijah's mantel when the
narrative arrived at the tribe of Dan. Here it's the annointing of
Jehu. Why exactly this goes with Dan is not clear to me, but the
similarities of the two passages are obvious and the earlier passage
included the crossing of the Jordan which is a clear Dan theme.
On the whole these two lists are great, but further study is needed
to flesh out some of the meaning and implications of the matches.