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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. And 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. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Arise, 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. And 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.

20 The act was Jezebel's, but the Ahab said to Elijah, Hast sin was Ahab's ; and he felt its thou found me, O mine ene

weight. Else, why did he see in the my? And he answered, I prophet of God an enemy! Con

science told him that he was himself have found thee: because

an enemy to God, to his servants, thou hast sold thyself to work and to his laws. His love of the evil in the sight of the Lord. world was indeed enmity with God. Behold, 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

22 Utter destruction shall fall upon up and left in Israel,

the people, from the highest to the will make thine house like lowest ; even to the houseless wan: the house of Jeroboam the

derer who makes the streets his son of Nebat, and like the home. All suffer for this sin of house of Baasha the son of

their wicked monarch. Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin. And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Him 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. 25 But there was none

25 We find (in chap. xvi. 31) that like unto Ahab, which did Jezebel, when Ahah married her, sell himself to work wicked- was a worshipper of Baal. Dreadfui ness in the sight of the LORD, proof, that with the froward we learn whom Jezebel his wife stirred

frowardness. up. And 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. And 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. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the

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Tishbite, saying, " Seest thou 29 This instance of divine kzky is how Ahab humbleth himself recorded to encourage repentazee. before me? because he bum, and with heart and mind turn to my

Let me profit by the epevarameci, bleth himself before me, I God with a firmner faith, a bene will not bring the evil in his obedience, and a brigtter buse, days: but in his son's days through Jesus Christ my Redes-r. will I bring the evil upon his house.

EVENING. 1 kings xxii. And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel. And it came to pass in the third year, that Jeboshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is our's, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria ? And 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. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD

6 These were false prophets. to day. Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth-griead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the 7 This distinction shows that the hand of the king. ?And Je- four hundred were not prej nets of hoshaphat said, Is there not the Lord. here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him ? * And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, and the infidel hate the truth and its

8 So moe-the wicked, the worldly, There is yet one man, Mi- minister, because the message from caiah the son of Imlah, by heaven which in his ofice be dewhom we may enquire of the livers, finds a response in their own LORD: but I hate him ; for consciences, that their ways are evil

and their hearts not right with God. he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah. And 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. And 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.

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And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand.

And 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. And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lokd saith unto

15 This was spoken ironically. That me, that will I speak. 's So it was so understood by Ahab is evihe came to the king. And dent from the king's indignant reply the king said unto him, Mi- in the following verse. caiah, 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. And 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? And 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. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil ? And 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. And 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. And there came forth a spirit and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. 22 And the LORD said

22 What though spirits of evil le unto him, Wherewith ? And continually at hand to injure ushe said, I will go forth, and spirits of good are never far from us I will be a lying spirit in the for our succour. mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persnade him, and prevail also : go forth, and do so.

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hundred prophets of Baal, ver. 6. 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. But 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 ? And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the

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city, and to Joash the king's son ; and 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. And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me.

And he said, Hearken, 0 people, every one of you. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. And 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. But 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.

And 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. 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. " And a cer

34 What men do at a venture, God tain man drew a bow at a

directs to some certain end ; and venture, and smote the king that end is his own glory and the of Israel between the joints good of his faithful servants. Not a of the harness : wherefore he sparrow falleth to the ground but he

knoweth it. In Him put your trust. said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host ; for I am wounded. And 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. And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to 37 To die in battle for our country's his own country. So the weal, with a good conscience toward king died, and was brought God and man, is a noble death.

Ahab perished in a mean and ignoble to Samaria ; and they buried

and profitless disguise. Man's eye the king in Samaria. And

he escaped ; but he escaped neither one washed the chariot in the the eye nor the hand of an avenging pool of Samaria ; and the God. dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour ; according unto the word of the Lord which he spake. Now 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? So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead. And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign

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over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. Jehoshaphat 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. And 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. And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. Now 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 ? And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land. There was then no king in Edom : a deputy was king. Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold : but they went not; for the ships were broken at

Ezion - geber. 19 Jehoshaphat evidenced a proper 49 Then said Ahaziah the son moral courage in refusing any alliof Ahab unto Jehoshaphat,

ance with the wicked. Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not. And 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. Ahaziah 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. And 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 : 53 for he served

53 () let me strive to please God! Baal, and worshipped him, It is an awful thing to provoke him and provoked to anger the

to anger. He is able to destroy both LORD God of Israel, accord

soul and body in hell. ing to all that his father had done.

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The eleventh Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. 2 Kings v. Now Naaman, captain of the

1 Men may be prosperous, but-some host of the king of Syria, was sorrow will remind them that this is

a world of trouble and of trial. a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria : he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies,

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