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taken away; for the people offer- But Jehoshaphat would not. And ed and burnt incense yet in the Jehoshaphat slept with his fahigh places. And Jehoshaphat thers, and was buried with his made peace with the king of Is- fathers in the city of David his farael. Now the rest of the acts of ther: and Jehoram his son reignJehoshaphat, and his might that ed in his stead. Ahaziah the son he shewed, and how he warred, of Ahab began to reign over Isare they not written in the book rael in Samaria the seventeenth of the chronicles of the kings of year of Jehoshaphat king of JuJudah? And the remnant of the dah, and reigned two years over sodomites, which remained in the Israel. And he did evil in the days of his father Asa, he took sight of the LORD, and walked out of the land. There was then in the way of his father, and no king in Edom: a deputy was in the way of his mother, and king. Jehoshaphat made ships of in the way of Jeroboam the son Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold : of Nebat, who made Israel to but they went not; for the ships sin; for he served Baal, and worwere broken at Ezion-geber. Then shipped him, and provoked to said Ahaziah the son of Ahab un- anger the LORD God of Israel, acto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants cording to all that his father had go with thy servants in the ships. | done. THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
MORNING. 2 Kings V. COW Naaman, captain of the alive, that this man doth send
unto me to recover a man of his a great man with his master, and leprosy? wherefore consider, I honourable, because by him the pray you, and see how he seeketh LORD had given deliverance unto a quarrel against me. And it was Syria: he was also a mighty man so, when Elisha the man of God in valour, but he was a leper. And had heard that the king of Israel the Syrians had gone out by com- had rent his clothes, that he sent panies, and had brought away to the king, saying, Wherefore captive out of the land of Israel hast thou rent thy clothes ? let a little maid; and she waited on him come now to me, and he shall Naaman's wife. And she said un- know that there is a prophet in to her mistress, Would God my Israel. So Naaman came with his lord were with the prophet that horses and with his chariot, and is in Samaria ! for he would re- stood at the door of the house of cover him of his leprosy. And one Elisha. And Elisha sent a meswent in, and told his lord, saying, senger unto him, saying, Go and Thus and thus said the maid that wash in Jordan seven times, and is of the land of Israel. And the thy flesh shall come again to thee, king of Syria said, Go to, go, and and thou shalt be clean. But NaaI will send a letter unto the king man was wroth, and went away, of Israel. And he departed, and and said, Behold, I thought, He took with him ten talents of sil- will surely come out to me, and ver, and six thousand pieces of stand, and call on the name of the gold, and ten changes of raiment. LORD his God, and strike his hand And he brought the letter to the over the place, and recover the king of Israel, saying, Now when leper. Are not Abana and Pharthis letter is come unto thee, be- par, rivers of Damascus, better hold, I have therewith sent Naa- than all the waters of Israel? may man my servant to thee, that thou I not wash in them, and be clean ? mayest recover him of his leprosy. So he turned and went away in And it came to pass, when the a rage. And his servants came king of Israel had read the letter, near, and spake unto him, and that he rent his clothes, and said, said, My father, if the prophet Am I God, to kill and to make had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it ? | LORD liveth, I will run after him, how much rather then, when he and take somewhat of him. So saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Gehazi followed after Naaman. Then went he down, and dipped And when Naaman saw him runhimself seven times in Jordan, ac- ning after him, he lighted down cording to the saying of the man from the chariot to meet him, of God: and his flesh came again and said, Is all well? And he said, like unto the flesh of a little child, All is well. My master hath sent and he was clean. And he return- me, saying, Behold, even now ed to the man of God, he and there be come to me from mount all his company, and came, and Ephraim two young men of the stood before him: and he said, sons of the prophets : give them, Behold, now I know that there is I pray thee, a talent of silver, and no God in all the earth, but in two changes of garments. And Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, Naaman said, Be content, take take a blessing of thy servant. But two talents. And he urged him, he said, As the LORD liveth, be- and bound two talents of silver fore whom I stand, I will receive in two bags, with two changes of none. And he urged him to take garments, and laid them upon two it; but he refused. And Naaman of his servants; and they bare said, Shall there not then, I pray them before him. And when he thee, be given to thy servant two came to the tower, he took them mules' burden of earth? for thy from their hand, and bestowed servant will henceforth offer nei. them in the house : and he let the ther burnt offering nor sacrifice men go, and they departed. But unto other gods, but unto the he went in, and stood before his LORD. In this thing the LORD master. And Elisha said unto pardon thy servant, that when him, Whence comest thou, Gemy master goeth into the house hazi? And he said, Thy servant of Rimmon to worship there, and went no whither. And he said he leaneth on my hand, and I unto him, Went not mine heart bow myself in the house of Rim- with thee, when the man turned mon: when I bow down myself in again from his chariot to meet the house of Rimmon, the LORD thee? Is it a time to receive mopardon thy servant in this thing. ney, and to receive garments, And he said unto him, Go in and oliveyards, and vineyards, peace. So he
departed from him and sheep, and oxen, and mena little way. But Gehazi, the ser- servants, and maidservants? The vant of Elisha the man of God, leprosy therefore of Naaman shall said, Behold, my master hath cleave unto thee, and unto thy spared Naaman this Syrian, in seed for ever. And he went out not receiving at his hands that from his presence a leper as white which he brought: but, as the as snow.
EVENING. 2 Kings IX. ND Elisha the prophet called Israel. Then open the door, and
flee, and tarry not. So the young phets, and said unto him, Gird man, even the young man the up thy loins, and take this box prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. of oil in thine hand, and go to And when he came, behold, the Ramoth-gilead : and when thou captains of the host were sitting ; comest thither, look out there and he said, I have an errand to Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the thee, O captain. And Jehu said, son of Nimshi, and go in, and Unto which of all us? And hé make him arise up from among said, To thee, O captain. And he his brethren, and carry him to an arose, and went into the house ; inner chamber; then take the box and he poured the oil on his head, of oil, and pour it on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the and say, Thus saith the LORD, LORD God of Israel, I have anI have anointed thee king over ointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. the king, Is it peace? And Jehu And thou shalt smite the house said, What hast thou to do with of Ahab thy master, that I may peace? turn thee behind me. And avenge the blood of my servants the watchman told, saying, The the prophets, and the blood of all messenger came to them, but he the servants of the LORD, at the cometh not again. Then he sent hand of Jezebel. For the whole out a second on horseback, which house of Ahal shall perish : and came to them, and said, Thus I will cut off from Ahab him that saith the king, Is it peace? And pisseth against the wall, and him Jehu answered, What hast thou that is shut up and left in Israel: to do with peace? turn thee beand I will make the house of A- hind me. And the watchman told, hab like the house of Jeroboam saying, He came even unto them, the son of Nebat, and like the and cometh not again: and the house of Baasha the son of Ahi- driving is like the driving of Jehu jah: and the dogs shall eat Jeze- the son of Nimshi; for he driveth bel in the portion of Jezreel, and furiously. And Joram said, Make there shall be none to bury her. ready. And his chariot was made And he opened the door, and fled. ready. And Joram king of Israel Then Jelu came forth to the ser- and Ahaziah king of Judah went vants of his lord: and one said out, each in his chariot, and they unto him, Is all well? wherefore went out against Jehu, and met came this mad fellow to thee? him in the portion of Naboth the And he said unto them, Ye know Jezreelite. And it came to pass, the man, and his communication. when Joram saw Jehu, that he And they said, It is false; tell us said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he now. And he said, Thus and thus answered, What peace, so long spake he to me, saying, Thus saith as the whoredoms of thy mother the LORD, I have anointed thee Jezebel and her witchcrafts are king over Israel. Then they hast- $0 many? And Joram turned his ed, and took every man his gar- hands, and fled, and said to Ahament, and put it under him on the ziah, There is treachery, 0 Ahatop of the stairs, and blew with ziah. And Jehu drev a bow with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king. his full strength, and smote JehoSo Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat ram between his arms, and the the son of Nimsli conspired a- arrow went out at his heart, and gainst Joram. (Now Joram had he sunk down in his chariot. Then kept Ramoth-gilead, he and all said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Israel, because of Hazael king of Take up, and cast him in the porSyria. But king Joram was re- tion of the field of Naboth the Jez. turned to be healed in Jezreel of reclite: for remember how that, the wounds which the Syrians had when I and thou rode together given him, when he fought with after Ahab his father, the LORD Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu laid this burden upon him; Surely said, If it be your minds, then let I have seen yesterday the blood none go forth nor escape out of of Naboth, and the blood of his the city to go to tell it in Jezreel. sons, saith the LORD; and I will So Jehu rode in a chariot, and requite thee in this plat, saith the went to Jezreel; for Joram lay Lord. Now therefore take and there. And Ahaziah king of Ju- cast him into the plat of ground, dah was come down to see Jo- according to the word of the ram. And there stood a watch- LORD. But when Ahaziah the man on the tower in Jezreel, and king of Judah saw this, he fled he spied the company of Jehu as by the way of the garden house. he came, and said, I see a com- And Jehu followed after him, and pany. And Joram said, Take an said, Smite him also in the chahorseman, and send to meet them, riot. And they did so at the going and let him say, Is it peace? So up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. there went one on horseback to And he fled to Megiddo, and died meet him, and said, Thus saith there. And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, on the horses: and he trode her and buried him in his sepulchre under foot. And when he was with his fathers in the city of Da- come in, he did eat and drink, vid. And in the eleventh year of and said, Go, see now this cursed Joram the son of Ahab began A- woman, and bury her: for she is haziah to reign over Judah. And a king's daughter. And they went when Jehu was come to Jezreel, to bury her: but they found no Jezebel heard of it; and she paint more of her than the skull, and ed her face, and tired her head, the feet, and the palms of her and looked out at a window. And hands. Wherefore they came aas Jehu entered in at the gate, gain, and told him. And he said, she said, Had Zimri peace, who This is the word of the LORD, slew his master? And he lifted up which he spake by his servant his face to the window, and said, Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the Who is on my side? who? And portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat there looked out to him two or the flesh of Jezebel: and the carthree eunuchs. And he said, case of Jezebel shall be as dung Throw her down. So they threw upon the face of the field in the her down: and some of her blood portion of Jezreel ; so that they was sprinkled on the wall, and shall not say, This is Jezebel.
THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
MORNING. 2 Kings X. ANDahab had seventy sons in to pass, when the letter came to Samaria.
them, that they took the king's letters, and sent to Samaria, unto sons, and slew seventy persons, the rulers of Jezreel, to the eld- and put their heads in baskets, ers, and to them that brought up and sent him them to Jezreel. Ahab's children, saying, Now as And there came a messenger, soon as this letter cometh to you, and told him, saying, They have seeing your master's sons are with brought the heads of the king's you, and there are with you cha- sons. And he said, Lay ye them riots and horses, a fenced city in two heaps at the entering in also, and armour; look even out of the gate until the morning. the best and meetest of your mas- And it came to pass in the mornter's sons, and set him on his fa- ing, that he went out, and stood, ther's throne, and fight for your and said to all the people, Ye be master's house. But they were righteous: behold, I conspired aexceedingly afraid, and said, Be- gainst my master, and slew him : hold, two kings stood not before but who slew all these? Know him: how then shall we stand? now that there shall fall unto the And he that was over the house, earth nothing of the word of the and he that was over the city, the LORD, which the LORD spake conelders also, and the bringers up cerning the house of Ahab: for of the children, sent to Jehu, say- the LORD hath done that which ing, We are thy servants, and will he spake by his servant Elijah. do all that thou shalt bid us; we So Jehu slew all that remained will not make any king: do thou of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, that which is good in thine eyes. and all his great men, and his Then he wrote a letter the second kinsfolks, and his priests, until time to them, saying, If ye be he left him none remaining. And mine, and if ye will hearken unto he arose and departed, and came my voice, take ye the heads of the to Samaria. And as he was at the men your master's sons, and come shearing house in the way, Jehu to me to Jezreel by to morrow met with the brethren of Ahaziah this time. Now the king's sons, king of Judah, and said, Who are being seventy persons, were with ye? And they answered, We are the great men of the city, which the brethren of Abaziah; and we brought them up. And it came go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the appointed fourscore men without, queen. And he said, Take them and said, If any of the men whom alive. And they took them alive, I have brought into your hands and slew them at the pit of the escape, he that letteth him go, his sliearing house, even two and for- life shall be for the life of him. ty men; neither left he any of And it came to pass, as soon as them. And when he was departed he had made an end of offering thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the burnt offering, that Jehu said the son of Rechab coming to meet to the guard and to the captains, him: and he saluted him, and Go in, and slay them; let none said to him, Is thine heart right, come forth. And they smote them as my heart is with thy heart? with the edge of the sword; and And Jehonadab answered, It is. the guard and the captains cast If it be, give me thine hand. And them out, and went to the city of he gave him his ha ; and he the house of Ba And they took him up to him into the cha- brought forth the images out of riot. And he said, Come with me, the house of Baal, and burned and see my zeal for the Lord. Só them. And they brake down the they made him ride in his chariot. image of Baal, and brake down And when he came to Samaria, the house of Baal, and made it he slew all that remained unto a draught house unto this day. Ahab in Samaria, till he had de- Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of stroyed him, according to the say- Israel. Howbeit from the sins of ing of the LORD, which he spake Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who to Elijah. And Jehu gathered all made Israel to sin, Jehu departed the people together, and said unto not from after them, to wit, the them, Ahab served Baal a little ; golden calves that were in Beth-el, but Jehu shall serve him much. and that were in Dan. And the Now therefore call unto me all LORD said unto Jehu, Because the prophets of Baal, all his ser- thou hast done well in executing vants, and all his priests ; let that which is right in mine eyes, none be wanting : for I have a and hast done unto the house of great sacrifice to do to Baal; who- Ahab according to all that was in soever shall be wanting, he shall mine heart, thy children of the not live. But Jehu did it in sub- fourth generation shall sit on the tilty, to the intent that he might throne of Israel. But Jehu took destroy the worshippers of Baal. no heed to walk in the law of the And Jehu said, Proclaim a so- LORD God of Israel with all his lemn assembly for Baal. And they heart: for he departed not from proclaimed it. And Jehu sent the sins of Jeroboam, which made through all Israel: and all the Israel to sin. In those days the worshippers of Baal came, so that LORD began to cut Israel short: there was not a man left that and Hazael smote them in all came not. And they came into the coasts of Israel; from Jordan the house of Baal; and the house eastward, all the land of Gilead, of Baal was full from one end to the Gadites, and the Reubenites, another. And he said unto him and the Manassites, from Aroer, that was over the vestry, Bring which is by the river Arnon, even forth vestments for all the wor- Gilead and Bashan. Now the rest shippers of Baal. And he brought of the acts of Jehu, and all that them forth vestments. And Jehu he did, and all his might, are went, and Jehonadab the son of they not written in the book of Rechab, into the house of Baal, the chronicles of the kings of and said unto the worshippers of Israel? And Jehu slept with his Baal, Search, and look that there fathers: and they buried him in be here with you none of the Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son servants of the LORD, but the reigned in his stead. And the worshippers of Baal only. And time that Jehu reigned over Iswhen they went in to offer sacri- rael in Samaria was twenty and fices and burnt offerings, Jehu eight years.