Elijah

The stories of Elijah run the 13 tribes of Israel.

Elijah

Tribe Story
Judah Predicts 3.5 years of no rain

1Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word." (F. Kings 17:1 NIV)

1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.Elijah: Heb. Elijahu: Gr. Elias (F. Kings 17:1 KJV)

1Elijah who was from the Tishbites from the inhabitants of Gilead said to Ahab, As YahvahFE god of Israel lives before whom I stand there will not be dew nor rain these years but according to my word. H Jacob 5:17 (F. Kings 17:1 BRB)

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.

Reuben Fed by ravens at the brook

2Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3"Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there."

5So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

7Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. (F. Kings 17:2-7 NIV)

2The 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. 4You will drink from the brook and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.

5He went and did according to the word of Yahvah for he went and lived by the brook of Kerith that is before the Jordan. 6The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening and he drank from the brook.

7After a while the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. (F. Kings 17:2-7 BRB)

2And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, 3Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 4And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 5So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 6And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 7And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.after…: Heb. at the end of days (F. Kings 17:2-7 KJV)

Reuben has a theme of secrets, privacy or intimacy. In this story Elijah has a hideout, a secret place, where ravens bring him food.

Gad Widow's bread

8And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, 9Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.Zarephath: Gr. Sarepta 10So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, 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, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.sendeth: Heb. giveth 15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.many…: or, a full year 16And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.by: Heb. by the hand of (F. Kings 17:8-16 KJV)

8The word of Yahvah came to him saying, 9Arise, go to Zarepath Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to feed you. H Luke 4:25-26 10He arose and went to Zarepath. When he came to the gate of the city a widow woman was there gathering trees. He called to her and said, Bring me a little water in a vessel that I may drink. 11As she was going to fetch it he called to her and said, Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.

12She said, As Yahvah your god lives I have nothing but a handful of flour in a pot and a little oil in a cruse. I am gathering 2 sticks that I may go in and bake it for me and my son that we may eat it and die.

13Elijah said to her, Do not fear. FXGo and do as you have said, but first make a little cake and bring it to me. Afterward make for yourself and your son. 14For FEYahvah god of Israel says, The pot of flour will not be spent and the cruse of oil will not diminish until the day Yahvah will give rain on the face of the land.

15She went and did according to the saying of Elijah and she and he and her house ate many days. 16The pot of flour was not spent nor did the cruse of oil diminish according to the word of Yahvah which he spoke by Elijah. (F. Kings 17:8-16 BRB)

8Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9"Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food." 10So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" 11As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."

12"As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread -- only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it -- and die."

13Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.'"

15She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah. (F. Kings 17:8-16 NIV)

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 shewbread.

Asher Widow's oil

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.

Naphtali Widow's son raised

17Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18She said to Elijah, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?"

19"Give me your son," Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20Then he cried out to the LORD, "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?" 21Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!"

22The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. 23Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!"

24Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth." (F. Kings 17:17-24 NIV)

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 sore, that there was no breath left in him. 18And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? 19And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 20And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 21And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.stretched: Heb. measuredinto…: Heb. into his inward parts 22And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

24And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth. (F. Kings 17:17-24 KJV)

17It 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. 18She said to Elijah, What have I done to you prophet of god? FXAre you come to me to call my trespasses to remembrance and to kill my son?

19Elijah said to her, Give me your son. He took him from her embrace and carried him up into the upper chamber where he abode and laid him on his own bed. M Second Kings 4:21 M Acts 9:37 20FXHe cried to Yahvah and said, Yahvah my god have you also brought misfortune on this widow with whom I reside temporarily by killing her son? 21He stretched himself on the boy 3 times and cried to Yahvah and said, Yahvah my god let the soul of this boy return to him.

22Yahvah heard the voice of Elijah and the soul of the boy returned to him and he was alive. 23Elijah 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.

24The woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a prophet of god and that the word of Yahvah in your mouth is the truth. (F. Kings 17:17-24 BRB)

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.

Manasseh Mt. Carmel

1After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: "Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land." 2So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab.

Now the famine was severe in Samaria, 3and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. 4While Jezebel was killing off the LORD's prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.) 5Ahab had said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs and valleys. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the horses and mules alive so we will not have to kill any of our animals." 6So they divided the land they were to cover, Ahab going in one direction and Obadiah in another.

7As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down to the ground, and said, "Is it really you, my lord Elijah?"

8"Yes," he replied. "Go tell your master, `Elijah is here.'"

9"What have I done wrong," asked Obadiah, "that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death? 10As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he made them swear they could not find you. 11But now you tell me to go to my master and say, `Elijah is here.' 12I don't know where the Spirit of the LORD may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn't find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD since my youth. 13Haven't you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD? I hid a hundred of the LORD's prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water. 14And now you tell me to go to my master and say, `Elijah is here.' He will kill me!"

15Elijah said, "As the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today."

16So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17When he saw Elijah, he said to him, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?"

18"I have not made trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. "But you and your father's family have. You have abandoned the LORD's commands and have followed the Baals. 19Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."

20So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him."

But the people said nothing.

22Then Elijah said to them, "I am the only one of the LORD's prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire -- he is God."

Then all the people said, "What you say is good."

25Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire." 26So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "O Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." 28So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. 31Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." 32With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood."

34"Do it again," he said, and they did it again.

"Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."

38Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD -- he is God! The LORD -- he is God!"

40Then Elijah commanded them, "Seize the prophets of Baal. Don't let anyone get away!" They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there. (F. Kings 18:1-40 NIV)

1And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. 2And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. 3And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly:Obadiah: Heb. Obadiahuthe governor…: Heb. over his house 4For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)Jezebel: Heb. Izebel 5And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.that…: Heb. that we cut not off ourselves from the beasts 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 in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah? 8And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 9And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 10As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. 11And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 12And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth. 13Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me. 15And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day. 16So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim. 19Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. 20So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

21And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.opinions: or, thoughts 22Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.It is…: Heb. The word is good 25And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.hear: or, answeranswered: or, heardleaped…: or, leaped up and down at the altar 27And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.aloud: Heb. with a great voicehe is talking: or, he meditatethis pursuing: Heb. hath a pursuit 28And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.the blood…: Heb. poured out blood upon them 29And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.offering: Heb. ascendingthat regarded: Heb. attention 30And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.ran: Heb. went 36And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, 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, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. 40And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.Take: or, Apprehend (F. Kings 18:1-40 KJV)

1It 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. H Jacob 5:17 2Elijah went to show himself to Ahab.

FJThere was a severe famine in Samaria. 3Ahab called Obadiah, who was the steward of his house. Obadiah feared Yahvah greatly, 4for when Jezebel killed the prophets of god Obadiah took 100 prophets and hid them by 50 in a cave and fed them with bread and water. 5Ahab said to Obadiah, Go through the land, to all the fountains of water and to all the brooks. Perhaps we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive that we may not lose all the animals. 6They divided the land between them to pass throughout it. Ahab went 1 way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.

7As Obadiah was on the way Elijah met him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said, Is that you my master Elijah?

8He answered him, It is I. Then he said to him, Go tell your master, Elijah is here.

9Obadiah said, What sin have I committed that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ahab to kill me? 10As Yahvah your god lives there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent seeking you. When they said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdoms and nations that they had not found you. 11Now you say to me, Go tell your master, Elijah is here. 12As 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 kill me, but I your servant have feared Yahvah from my youth. 13Has it not been told my master what I did when Jezebel killed 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? 14Now you say to me, Go tell your master, Elijah is here. He will kill me.

15Elijah said, As Yahvah of hosts lives before whom I stand I will surely show myself to him today.

16Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told Ahab and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17When Ahab saw Elijah Ahab said to him, Are you he who troubles Israel?

18Elijah said to him, I have not troubled Israel, but it is you and the house of your father in that you have forsaken the commandments of Yahvah and have followed the lord. 19Now send and gather to me all Israel to the mount of Carmel and the 450 prophets of the lord and the 450 prophets of the asherahs who eat at the table of Jezebel.

20Ahab sent to all the children of Israel and gathered the prophets together to the mount of Carmel. 21Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt between 2 opinions? If Yahvah is god follow him, but if the lord follow him.

The people did not answer him a word.

22Elijah said, I, even I alone, remain a prophet of Yahvah, but the prophets of the lord are 450 men. 23Let themFE give to us 2 bulls and let them choose 1 bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on wood and put no fire under itFE and I will prepare the other bull and cut it in pieces and lay it on wood and put no fire under it 24and call on the name of their gods and I will call on the name of Yahvah my god and the god who answers by fire is god.

All the people answered and said, You spoke well.

25Elijah said to the prophets of the lord, Choose for yourselves 1 bull and prepare it first for you are many. 26They took the bull which was given them and prepared it.

They called on the name of the lord from morning even until noon saying, Lord answer us. There was no voice nor any that answered and they cut themselves on the altar which they had made.

27When 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. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened. 28They cried with a loud voice and they cut themselves after their custom with daggers and lances until their blood gushed out on them. 29FEWhen 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. Elijah said to the prophets of the idols, Now you can moveFE so that I may prepare my burnt offerings. They moved aside.

30Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. All the people came near to himFE and he repaired the altar of Yahvah that was broken down. 31Elijah took 12 stones according to the number of the tribes of the children of JacobFE to whom the word of Yahvah came saying, Israel will be your name. 32With 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. 33FEHe put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. He said, Fill 4 jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.

34He said, Do it a 2nd time. They did it a 2nd time.

He said, Do it a 3rd time. They did it a 3rd time 35and the water ran around the altar and also the trench filled with water.

36FEAt the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice Elijah the prophet came near and said, Yahvah, god of Abraham and 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 this people may know that you Yahvah are god and that you have turned their perverse hearts.

38The 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.

39All the people saw it and they fell on their faces and they said, Yahvah is god. Yahvah is god.

40FEElijah said to them, Seize the prophets of the lord and do not let 1 of them escape. They seized them and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slew them there. (F. Kings 18:1-40 BRB)

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.

Simeon Rain clouds

41And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.a sound…: or, a sound of a noise of rain 42So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. 44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.Prepare: Heb. Tie, or, Bind 45And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 46And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.to the…: Heb. till thou come to Jezreel (F. Kings 18:41-46 KJV)

41And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain." 42So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43"Go and look toward the sea," he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

"There is nothing there," he said.

Seven times Elijah said, "Go back."

44The seventh time the servant reported, "A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea."

So Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, `Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'"

45Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. (F. Kings 18:41-46 NIV)

41Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink, because there is a sound of rushing rain. 42Ahab went up to eat and to drink. FEElijah went up to the top of Carmel. He bent himself down on the land and put his face between his knees. H Jacob 5:18

43He said to his servant, Go up now and look toward the sea. He went up and looked.

He said, There is nothing.

Elijah said to him, Go again, 7 times.

44At the 7th time he said, There is a little cloud like a palm of a hand rising out of the sea.

He said to him, Go up, say to Ahab, Ride your horse and get down before the rain stops you.

45While he busied himself here and there the skies were black with clouds and wind and there was a great rain. Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46FEThe hand of Yahvah was on Elijah and he girded up his loins and ran before Ahab until he entered Jezreel. (F. Kings 18:41-46 BRB)

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.

Levi Mt. Horeb

1Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them."

3Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4while he himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." 5Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." 6He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

7The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 8So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9There he went into a cave and spent the night.

And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

10He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."

11The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

14He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."

15The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel -- all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him."

19So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother good-by," he said, "and then I will come with you."

"Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?"

21So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. (F. Kings 19:1-21 NIV)

1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had doneFX and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Jezebel sent by the hand of messengers to Elijah and said, Thus let the gods do to me and more if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life as the life of 1 of them.

3Elijah was afraid and he arose and fled for his life andFX came to Beer Sheba which belongs to Judah and left his disciple there. 4He himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under an oak treeFX 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. 5He lay down and slept soundly under the oak tree.

A king touched him and said to him, Arise and eat. 6He 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.

7The king of Yahvah came the 2nd time and touched him and said, Arise. Eat and drink because the journey is too great for you. 8He arose and ate and drank and went in the strength of that food 40 days and 40 nightsFX unto the mount of god to Horeb. 9He entered into a cave and spent the night there.

The word of Yahvah came on him and he said to him, What are you doing here Elijah?

10He said, I have been very zealous FXfor Yahvah god of hosts, for the children of Israel have forsaken your contractFX, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophetsFX with the sword. I only am left and they seek to take away my life.

11FXHe said, Go forth and stand on the mountain before Yahvah.

Yahvah made a great and strong wind which tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before Yahvah, but Yahvah was not in the wind. After the wind an earthquake, but Yahvah was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake a fire, but Yahvah was not in the fire. After the fire a still small voice. 13When Elijah heard it he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

A voice came to him and said to him, What are you doing here Elijah?

14He said, I have been very zealous for Yahvah god of hosts for the children of Israel have forsaken your contract, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I only am left and they seek to take away my life. Q Romans 11:3

15Yahvah said to him, GoFX return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, then go and anoint Hazael to be king over Adam. 16Jehu 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. 17FXIt will come to pass that he who escapes from the sword of Hazael Jehu will kill and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu Elisha will kill. 18I have left me 7,000 in Israel all the knees which have not bowed to lord and every mouth that has not kissed him. Q Romans 11:4

19He departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat who was plowing. 12 plows were ahead of him and he was with the 12th. Elijah came up to him and cast his mantle on him. 20He 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.

He said to him, Go back again, for what have I done to you?

21He returned back from him and took a yoke of oxen and slew them and boiled their meat and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and ministered to him. (F. Kings 19:1-21 BRB)

1And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 3And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer–sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.for himself: Heb. for his life 5And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 6And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.head: Heb. bolster 7And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

9And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? 14And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 15And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 16And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel–meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.Elisha: Gr. Eliseus 17And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 18Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.I have…: or, I will leave

19So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. 20And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?Go…: Heb. Go return 21And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him. (F. Kings 19:1-21 KJV)

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 receives the offerings for his service. Elisha comes on board to assist Elijah. This is like the Levites who assist the priests.

Issachar War with Aram

1Now Ben-Hadad king of Aram mustered his entire army. Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria and attacked it. 2He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, "This is what Ben-Hadad says: 3`Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.'"

4The king of Israel answered, "Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours."

5The messengers came again and said, "This is what Ben-Hadad says: `I sent to demand your silver and gold, your wives and your children. 6But about this time tomorrow I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.'"

7The king of Israel summoned all the elders of the land and said to them, "See how this man is looking for trouble! When he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him."

8The elders and the people all answered, "Don't listen to him or agree to his demands."

9So he replied to Ben-Hadad's messengers, "Tell my lord the king, `Your servant will do all you demanded the first time, but this demand I cannot meet.'" They left and took the answer back to Ben-Hadad.

10Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful."

11The king of Israel answered, "Tell him: `One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.'"

12Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and he ordered his men: "Prepare to attack." So they prepared to attack the city.

13Meanwhile a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, "This is what the LORD says: `Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know that I am the LORD.'"

14"But who will do this?" asked Ahab.

The prophet replied, "This is what the LORD says: `The young officers of the provincial commanders will do it.'"

"And who will start the battle?" he asked.

The prophet answered, "You will."

15So Ahab summoned the young officers of the provincial commanders, 232 men. Then he assembled the rest of the Israelites, 7,000 in all. 16They set out at noon while Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings allied with him were in their tents getting drunk. 17The young officers of the provincial commanders went out first.

Now Ben-Hadad had dispatched scouts, who reported, "Men are advancing from Samaria."

18He said, "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive."

19The young officers of the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them 20and each one struck down his opponent. At that, the Arameans fled, with the Israelites in pursuit. But Ben-Hadad king of Aram escaped on horseback with some of his horsemen. 21The king of Israel advanced and overpowered the horses and chariots and inflicted heavy losses on the Arameans.

22Afterward, the prophet came to the king of Israel and said, "Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again."

23Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, "Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they. 24Do this: Remove all the kings from their commands and replace them with other officers. 25You must also raise an army like the one you lost -- horse for horse and chariot for chariot -- so we can fight Israel on the plains. Then surely we will be stronger than they." He agreed with them and acted accordingly.

26The next spring Ben-Hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. 27When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside.

28The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, "This is what the LORD says: `Because the Arameans think the LORD is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the LORD.'"

29For seven days they camped opposite each other, and on the seventh day the battle was joined. The Israelites inflicted a hundred thousand casualties on the Aramean foot soldiers in one day. 30The rest of them escaped to the city of Aphek, where the wall collapsed on twenty-seven thousand of them. And Ben-Hadad fled to the city and hid in an inner room.

31His officials said to him, "Look, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful. Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life."

32Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, "Your servant Ben-Hadad says: `Please let me live.'"

The king answered, "Is he still alive? He is my brother."

33The men took this as a good sign and were quick to pick up his word. "Yes, your brother Ben-Hadad!" they said.

"Go and get him," the king said. When Ben-Hadad came out, Ahab had him come up into his chariot.

34"I will return the cities my father took from your father," Ben-Hadad offered. "You may set up your own market areas in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria."

Ahab said, "On the basis of a treaty I will set you free." So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.

35By the word of the LORD one of the sons of the prophets said to his companion, "Strike me with your weapon," but the man refused.

36So the prophet said, "Because you have not obeyed the LORD, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you." And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.

37The prophet found another man and said, "Strike me, please." So the man struck him and wounded him. 38Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes. 39As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, "Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, `Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.' 40While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared."

"That is your sentence," the king of Israel said. "You have pronounced it yourself."

41Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42He said to the king, "This is what the LORD says: `You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.'" 43Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria. (F. Kings 20:1-43 NIV)

1FXBar Hadad the king of Adam 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. 2He sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, Bar Hadad says, 3Your silver and your gold are mine; and the most attractive of your wives and your sons are also mine.

4The king of Israel answered and said, According to your word, my master the king, I am yours, and all that I have.

5The messengers came again and said, Bar 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.

7The 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.

8All the elders and all the people said to him, Do not listen to him, nor consent.

9Therefore he said to the messengers of Bar 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. The messengers departed and brought him word again.

10Bar 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.

11The king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, The one who ties a knot is not more able than the one who can untie it.

12When Bar 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.

13A prophet drew near to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, Yahvah says, Have you seen all this great army? I will deliver it into your hands this day; and you will know that I am Yahvah.

14Ahab said, By whom?

He said to him, By the young men and by the princes of the city.

Then he said, Who will begin the battle?

He answered, You.

15He 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 children of Israel, being 7,000. 16They went out at noon, but Bar Hadad was drinking old wine in the pavilions, he and the kings, the 32 kings who came to help him. 17The young men and the princes of the city went out first.

Bar Hadad sent out men and they told him saying, There are men come out of Samaria.

18He said, Whether they have come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they have come out for war, take them alive.

19These young men and these princes came out of the city, and the army followed them. 20Each killed his man and Adam fled and Israel pursued them and Bar Hadad the king of Adam escaped in chariots with horsemen. 21The king of Israel went out and destroyed the horses and chariots and slew Adam with a great slaughter.

22The 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 Adam will come up against you.

23The servants of the king of Adam 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. 24Do 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. He listened to their voice, and did so.

26It came to pass at the beginning of the year, that Bar Hadad gave orders to the Adamites and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. 27The children of Israel were mustered and set in array against them, like 2 little flocks of goats; but the Adamites filled the country.

28A man of god drew near to Ahab, the king of Israel, and said to him, Yahvah says, Because the Adamites 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.

29They camped, one over against the other, 7 days. On the 7th day the battle was joined; and the children of Israel killed of the Adamites 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. Bar Hadad fled and came into the city into an inner chamber.

31His servants came near and said to him, 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.

32They put sackcloth on their heads and girded ropes on their loins, and went to the king of Israel and said to him, Your servant Bar Hadad says, Let me live.

The king said, Is he still alive? He is my brother.

33Bar Hadad was a soothsayer and the men surmised and quickly caught his meaning and they said, Your brother, Bar Hadad.

Then he said, Go, bring him. Then Bar Hadad came forth to him and Ahab caused him to sit with him in the chariot.

34Bar 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. He made a contract with him and sent him away.

35A certain man of the children of the prophets said to his neighbor according to the word of Yahvah, Strike me. But the man refused to strike him.

36He said to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of Yahvah your god as soon as you are departed from me, a lion will kill you. As soon as he departed from him, a lion found him and killed him.

37He found another man and said to him, Strike me. The man struck him, and wounded him. 38The prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, and disguised his face with ashes. 39As the king was passing by he cried to the king and said, Your servant went out into the middle of the battle and 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. 40As your servant was busy here and there he was gone.

The king of Israel said to him, So your judgment will be. You yourself have decided it.

41He hasted and wiped off the ashes from his face; and the king of Israel realized that he was of the prophets. 42He 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. 43The king of Israel went to his house sad and displeased, and came to Samaria. (F. Kings 20:1-43 BRB)

1And Ben–hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. 2And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben–hadad, 3Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine. 4And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have. 5And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Ben–hadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children; 6Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.pleasant: Heb. desirable 7Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief: for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.I denied…: Heb. I kept not back from him 8And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor consent. 9Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Ben–hadad, Tell my lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers departed, and brought him word again. 10And Ben–hadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.follow…: Heb. are at my feet 11And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

12And it came to pass, when Ben–hadad heard this message, as he was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said unto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set themselves in array against the city.message: Heb. wordpavilions: or, tentsSet yourselves…: or, Place the engines. And they placed the engines

13And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.came: Heb. approached 14And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Even by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.young…: or, servantsorder: Heb. bind, or, tie 15Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven thousand. 16And they went out at noon. But Ben–hadad was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings that helped him. 17And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out first; and Ben–hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men come out of Samaria. 18And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive. 19So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of the city, and the army which followed them. 20And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them: and Ben–hadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen. 21And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.

22And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee. 23And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. 24And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains in their rooms: 25And number thee an army, like the army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.that thou…: Heb. that was fallen 26And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Ben–hadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.to fight…: Heb. to the war with Israel 27And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country.were all…: or, were nourished

28And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 29And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day. 30But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Ben–hadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.into an…: or, from chamber to chamber: Heb. into a chamber within a chamber

31And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life. 32So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Ben–hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother. 33Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Ben–hadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Ben–hadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot. 34And Ben–hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.streets: or, market places

35And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the Lord, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him. 36Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. 37Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.so that…: Heb. smiting and wounding 38So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face. 39And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.pay: Heb. weigh 40And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.he was…: Heb. he was not 41And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets. 42And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people. 43And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria. (F. Kings 20:1-43 KJV)

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.

Zebulun Naboth's vineyard

1Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2Ahab said to Naboth, "Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth."

3But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers."

4So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.

5His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, "Why are you so sullen? Why won't you eat?"

6He answered her, "Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, `Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.' But he said, `I will not give you my vineyard.'"

7Jezebel his wife said, "Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I'll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."

8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city with him. 9In those letters she wrote: "Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death."

11So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth has cursed both God and the king." So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. 14Then they sent word to Jezebel: "Naboth has been stoned and is dead."

15As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, "Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead." 16When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth's vineyard.

17Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: 18"Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth's vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19Say to him, `This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?' Then say to him, `This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth's blood, dogs will lick up your blood -- yes, yours!'"

20Ahab said to Elijah, "So you have found me, my enemy!"

"I have found you," he answered, "because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD. 21`I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel -- slave or free. 22I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.'

23"And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: `Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.'

24"Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country."

25(There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)

27When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.

28Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29"Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son." (F. Kings 21:1-29 NIV)

1And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.seem…: Heb. be good in thine eyes 3And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. 4And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

5But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? 6And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard. 7And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. 8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth. 9And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:on high…: Heb. in the top of the people 10And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. 11And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them. 12They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 13And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. 14Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead. 16And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

17And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. 19And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine. 20And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord. 21Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, 22And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin. 23And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.wall: or, ditch 24Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

25But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.stirred…: or, incited 26And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. 27And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. 28And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house. (F. Kings 21:1-29 KJV)

1It came to pass after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel beside the house of Ahab king of Samaria. 2Ahab spoke to Naboth saying, Give me your vineyard that I may have it for an herb 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 silver.

3Naboth said to Ahab, Yahvah forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.

4Ahab 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. He laid down on his bed and turned his face away and would not eat food.

5Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, Why is your FX spirit so sad that you refuse to eat food?

6He said to her, Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, Give me your vineyard for silver 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.

7Jezebel 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.

8She wrote a letter in the name of Ahab and sealed it with his ring and sent the letter to the elders and to the nobles who lived in the city with Naboth. 9She wrote in the letter saying, Proclaim a fast and set Naboth on high among the people. 10Bring 2 wicked men and set them opposite him and let them testify against him saying, Naboth has reviled god and the king. Q Exodus 22:28 Then take him out and stone him that he may die. Q Leviticus 24:16

11The 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. 13They 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. 14They sent to Jezebel saying, Naboth has been stoned and he is dead.

15When Jezebel heard that Naboth was dead Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, inherit the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite which he refused to give you for silver, for Naboth is not alive but dead. A Micah 4:4 16When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite to inherit it.

17The word of Yahvah was on Elijah who was from Tishbe saying, 18Arise. Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel in Samaria. He is in the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, for he has gone there to inherit it. 19You will say to him, Yahvah says, You have killed and you have also inherited. Yahvah says, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth dogs will also lick your blood. H First Kings 22:38

20FXAhab said to Elijah, Have you found me my enemy?

He answered, I have found you because you have exalted yourself to do evil before Yahvah. 21I 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. 22I 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.

23Of Jezebel Yahvah also spoke saying, The dogs will eat Jezebel by the wall which is in Jezreel. Q Second Kings 9:36

24FXAnyone 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.

25There was no one like Ahab who thought to do evil in the sight of Yahvah whom Jezebel his wife incited. 26He did very abominably in following idols, just as the Amorites had done whom Yahvah destroyed before the children of Israel.

27When Ahab heard these words he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body and fasted and lay in sackcloth and walked barefooted.

28The 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. (F. Kings 21:1-29 BRB)

Stealing inheritance.

Joseph Lying spirit

1For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. 2But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel. 3The king of Israel had said to his officials, "Don't you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?"

4So he asked Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?"

Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses." 5But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, "First seek the counsel of the LORD."

6So the king of Israel brought together the prophets -- about four hundred men -- and asked them, "Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?"

"Go," they answered, "for the Lord will give it into the king's hand."

7But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?"

8The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah."

"The king should not say that," Jehoshaphat replied.

9So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, "Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once."

10Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them. 11Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns and he declared, "This is what the LORD says: `With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.'"

12All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. "Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious," they said, "for the LORD will give it into the king's hand."

13The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Look, as one man the other prophets are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably."

14But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me."

15When he arrived, the king asked him, "Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?"

"Attack and be victorious," he answered, "for the LORD will give it into the king's hand."

16The king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"

17Then Micaiah answered, "I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, `These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.'"

18The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?"

19Micaiah continued, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. 20And the LORD said, `Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?'

"One suggested this, and another that. 21Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, `I will entice him.'

22"`By what means?' the LORD asked.

"`I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said.

"`You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. `Go and do it.'

23"So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you."

24Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. "Which way did the spirit from the LORD go when he went from me to speak to you?" he asked.

25Micaiah replied, "You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room."

26The king of Israel then ordered, "Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king's son 27and say, `This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.'"

28Micaiah declared, "If you ever return safely, the LORD has not spoken through me." Then he added, "Mark my words, all you people!"

29So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. 30The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.

31Now the king of Aram had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, "Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel." 32When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, "Surely this is the king of Israel." So they turned to attack him, but when Jehoshaphat cried out, 33the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel and stopped pursuing him.

34But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, "Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I've been wounded." 35All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died. 36As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army: "Every man to his town; everyone to his land!"

37So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there. 38They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria (where the prostitutes bathed), and the dogs licked up his blood, as the word of the LORD had declared.

39As for the other events of Ahab's reign, including all he did, the palace he built and inlaid with ivory, and the cities he fortified, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 40Ahab rested with his fathers. And Ahaziah his son succeeded him as king.

41Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. 42Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother's name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 43In everything he walked in the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. The high places, however, were not removed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 44Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.

45As for the other events of Jehoshaphat's reign, the things he achieved and his military exploits, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 46He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa. 47There was then no king in Edom; a deputy ruled.

48Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail -- they were wrecked at Ezion Geber. 49At that time Ahaziah son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my men sail with your men," but Jehoshaphat refused.

50Then Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Jehoram his son succeeded him.

51Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 52He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, because he walked in the ways of his father and mother and in the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 53He served and worshiped Baal and provoked the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger, just as his father had done. (F. Kings 22:1-53 NIV)

1FX3 years passed without war between Adam and Israel. 2It came to pass in the 3rd year that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to Ahab the king of Israel. 3The king of Israel said to his servants, Do you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, how long will we keep still and not take it out of the hand of the king of Adam?

4He said to Jehoshaphat, Will you go with me to battle to Ramoth Gilead?

Jehoshaphat said, I will go as you go, my people as your people, and my horses as your horses. 5Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Enquire I ask for the word of Yahvah this day.

6The 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?

They said, Go up for master will deliver them into the hand of the king.

7Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of Yahvah that we might ask him?

8The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet 1 man by whom we may ask Yahvah, but I hate him for he does not prophesy good concerning me but evil, MicahFX the son of Imlah.

Jehoshaphat said, Do not let the king say so.

9The king of Israel called a eunuch and said, Make haste and bring MicahFX the son of Imlah here.

10FXThe king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were each seated 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. 11Zedekiah, the son of a Canaanitess, made for himself horns of iron and he said, Yahvah says, With these you will pierce the Adamites until you have destroyed them.

12All the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth Gilead and you will triumph, for Yahvah will deliver them into your hands, king.

13The king who went to call Micah spoke to him saying, Now the words of the prophets with 1 accord have predicted favorably concerning the king, let your word be like the word of 1 of them, and you also predict favorably.

14Micah said, As Yahvah lives, whatever Yahvah says to me, that I will speak.

15He came to the king and the king said to him, Micah, should we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle or should we refrain?

FXHe answered him, Go up and be victorious, for Yahvah will deliver them into your hand king.

16The 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?

17Micah 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.

18The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me but evil?

19FXMicah 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. 20Yahvah said, Who will persuade Ahab that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead.

One said in this manner and another said in that manner. 21A spirit came forth and stood before Yahvah and said, I will persuade him.

22Yahvah said to him, By what means?

He said, I will go forth and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.

He said to him, You will persuade him and also prevail. Go forth and do so.

23Now Yahvah has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets and Yahvah has spoken evil concerning you.

24Zedekiah, the son of the Canaanitess, 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?

25Micah said to him, You will see in that day when you will go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.

26The 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 house and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction until I come in peace.

28Micah said, If you return in peace then Yahvah has not spoken by me. He said, Hear all you people.

29The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. 30The 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.

31The king of Adam commanded the 32 captains of his chariots saying, Do not fight with small nor great, but fight only with the king of Israel. 32When 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. 33When the captains of the chariots saw that he was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him.

34A 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. 35The battle grew fiercer that day and the king was standing in the chariot facing Adam and died that evening and the blood ran out of his wound into the hollow of his chariot. 36At sunset a herald proclaimed throughout the army saying, Go every man to his city and every man to his own country.

37The king died and was brought to Samaria and they buried him in Samaria. 38They 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. H First Kings 21:19

39FEThe rest of the words of Ahab and all that he did and the ivory house which he built and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the scroll of the words of the days of the kings of Israel? 40Ahab slept with his fathers and Ahaziah his son reigned after him.

41Jehoshaphat 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. FXHis mother's name was Arubah the daughter of Shilhi. 43He walked in all the ways of Asa his father. He did not turn aside from doing what was right in the sight of Yahvah, but he did not remove the houses of idols for the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. 44Jehoshaphat made peace with the kings of Israel.

45FEThe rest of the words of Jehoshaphat and all the might that he showed and how he warred are they not written in the scroll of the words of the days of the kings of Judah? 46FXThe remnant of the holy which remained in the days of his father Asa he removed from the land. 47There was then no king who reigned in Adam.

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.

50Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father and Joram his son reigned after him.

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. 52FXHe 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 bowed to him and provoked to anger Yahvah god of Israel according to all that his father had done. (F. Kings 22:1-53 BRB)

1And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel. 2And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. 3And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?still…: Heb. silent from taking it 4And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth–gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses. 5And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day. 6Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth–gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. 7And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him? 8And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. 9Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.officer: or, eunuch 10And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.void…: Heb. floor 11And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them. 12And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth–gilead, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the king's hand. 13And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good. 14And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.

15So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth–gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. 16And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord? 17And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace. 18And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil? 19And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. 20And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth–gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.persuade: or, deceive 21And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. 22And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. 23Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee. 24But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee? 25And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.into…: or, from chamber to chamber: Heb. a chamber in a chamber 26And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son; 27And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace. 28And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.

29So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth–gilead. 30And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.I will…: or, when he was to disguise himself, and enter into the battle 31But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel. 32And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out. 33And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him. 34And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.at a…: Heb. in his simplicityjoints…: Heb. joints and the breastplatewounded: Heb. made sick 35And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.increased: Heb. ascendedmidst: Heb. bosom 36And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.

37So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.was brought: Heb. came 38And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the Lord which he spake. 39Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not 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 stead.

41And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. 42Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 43And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places. 44And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. 45Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not 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 took out of the land. 47There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king. 48Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion–geber.made…: or, had ten ships 49Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not.

50And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

51Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel. 52And he 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 Nebat, who made Israel to sin: 53For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done. (F. Kings 22:1-53 KJV)

Benjamin Consulting Lord Zebub

1After Ahab's death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, "Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury."

3But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, `Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?' 4Therefore this is what the LORD says: `You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!'" So Elijah went.

5When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have you come back?"

6"A man came to meet us," they replied. "And he said to us, `Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, "This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending men to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!"'"

7The king asked them, "What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?"

8They replied, "He was a man with a garment of hair and with a leather belt around his waist."

The king said, "That was Elijah the Tishbite."

9Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, "Man of God, the king says, `Come down!'"

10Elijah answered the captain, "If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!" Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, "Man of God, this is what the king says, `Come down at once!'"

12"If I am a man of God," Elijah replied, "may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!" Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. "Man of God," he begged, "please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!"

15The angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him; do not be afraid of him." So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

16He told the king, "This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!" 17So he died, according to the word of the LORD that Elijah had spoken.

Because Ahaziah had no son, Joram succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. 18As for all the other events of Ahaziah's reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? (S. Kings 1:1-18 NIV)

1Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. 2And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease. 3But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron? 4Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.Thou shalt…: Heb. The bed whither thou art gone up, thou shalt not come down from it

5And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back? 6And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. 7And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?What…: Heb. What was the manner of the man 8And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

9Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. 10And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. 11Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. 12And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

13And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.fell: Heb. bowed 14Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight. 15And the angel of the Lord said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king. 16And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baal–zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

17So he died according to the word of the Lord which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah; because he had no son. 18Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? (S. Kings 1:1-18 KJV)

1FXMoab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. 2Ahaziah fell down from the balcony of his upper chamber in Samaria and was injured. He sent messengers and said to them, Go inquire of Lord Zebub the god of Ekron whether I will recover from this injury.

3A king 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? 4Thus Yahvah says, You will not come down from the bed on which you are lying, but you will surely die. FXElijah departed.

5The messengers returned to Ahaziah. He said to them, Why have you turned back?

6They 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.

7He said to them, What manner of man was he who came up to meet you and told you these words?

8They answered him, He was lord of a hairy garment with a belt of leather about his loins.

He said to them, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

9FJHe sent to him a captain of 50 with his 50. He went up to him and he was sitting on top of a mountain. He said to him, Prophet of god the king says, Come down.

10Elijah 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. Fire came down from the skies and consumed him and his 50.

11Again he sent to him another captain of 50 with his 50. He spoke to him saying, Prophet of god the king says, Come down quickly.

12Elijah 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. The fire of god came down from the skies and consumed him and his 50.

13He sent to him the 3rd time a captain of 50 with his 50. 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 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.

15The king of Yahvah said to Elijah, Go down with him. Do not be afraid of him. He arose and went down with him to the king.

16He said to him, Yahvah says, Because you have sent kings 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. 17He died according to the word of Yahvah which Elijah had spoken.

Joram his brother reigned after him in the 2nd year of Joram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah because he had no son. 18FEThe rest of the words of Ahaziah and all which he did are they not written in the scroll of the words of the days of the kings of Israel? (S. Kings 1:1-18 BRB)

Dan Parting the Jordan

1When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel."

But Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.

3The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?"

"Yes, I know," Elisha replied, "but do not speak of it."

4Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, Elisha; the LORD has sent me to Jericho."

And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went to Jericho.

5The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?"

"Yes, I know," he replied, "but do not speak of it."

6Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan."

And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So the two of them walked on.

7Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?"

"Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.

10"You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours -- otherwise not."

11As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

13He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. (S. Kings 2:1-14 NIV)

1And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth–el. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth–el. 3And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth–el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 4And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 5And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 6And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.to view: Heb. in sight, or, over against 8And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.Thou hast…: Heb. Thou hast done hard in asking 11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

12And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

13He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;bank: Heb. lip 14And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. (S. Kings 2:1-14 KJV)

1It came to pass when Yahvah was about to take Elijah up to the skies in a whirlwindFJ Elijah and Elisha went from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, Wait for me here, for Yahvah has sent me to Beth El.

Elisha said, As Yahvah lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. They went down to Beth El.

3The children of the prophets who were at Beth El came forth to Elisha and said to him, Do you know that today Yahvah will take away your master from over you?

He said, Yes, I also know it. Hold your peace.

4Elijah said to Elisha, Wait for me here, for Yahvah has sent me to Jericho.

He said, As Yahvah lives and as your soul lives I will not leave you. They came to Jericho.

5The children 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?

He answered, Yes, I also know it. Hold your peace.

6Elijah said to Elisha,FJ Wait for me here, for Yahvah has sent me to the Jordan.

He said, As Yahvah lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. FJThey both went.

750 men of the children of the prophets went and stood to watch from far away. Both stood on the edge of Jordan. 8Elijah took his mantle and wrapped it togetherFJ and struck the waters of the Jordan and they were divided here and there and both passedFJ on dry ground.

9When they had passed Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I will do for you before I am taken away from you.

Elisha said, Let a double portion of your spirit be on me.

10He said, You have asked too much. If you see me when I am taken from you it will be so to you, but if not it will not be so.

11It came to pass as they talked and walked there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire that separated the 2 of them. Elijah went up in a whirlwind to the skies. 12Elisha saw it and he cried saying, My father. My father. The chariot of Israel and its horsemen. He did not see him any longer. He took hold of his clothes and tore them in 2 pieces.

13He took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from himFJ and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the waters and said, Where is Yahvah, the master of Elijah? When he had also struck the waters of the Jordan they parted here and there and Elisha went over. (S. Kings 2:1-14 BRB)

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.