1 Then Elisha said,
Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow
about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a
shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate
2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man
of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in
heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt
see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the
gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we
4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is
in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here,
we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host
of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if
they kill us, we shall but die.
5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the
Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the
camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise
of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great
host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath
hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of
the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their
tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it
was, and fled for their life.
8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp,
they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried
thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and
came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence
also, and went and hid it.
9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is
a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till
the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore
come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and
they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians,
and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but
horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
11 And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's
12 And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants,
I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know
that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to
hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of
the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.
13 And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take,
I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left
in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel
that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the
multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send
14 They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent
after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15 And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way
was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast
away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the
16 And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians.
So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures
of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
17 And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to
have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in
the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake
when the king came down to him.
18 And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king,
saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of
fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time
in the gate of Samaria:
19 And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold,
if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing
be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes,
but shalt not eat thereof.
20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him
in the gate, and he died.
1 Then spake Elisha
unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise,
and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou
canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it
shall also come upon the land seven years.
2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of
God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land
of the Philistines seven years.
3 And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman
returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth
to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of
God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that
Elisha hath done.
5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had
restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose
son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house
and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is
the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king
appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that
was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that
she left the land, even until now.
7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Ben-hadad the king of Syria
was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come
8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand,
and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him,
saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?
10 And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.
11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.
12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
13 And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
14 So he departed from Elisha, and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to thee? And he answered, He told me that thou shouldest surely recover.
15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.
16 And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Je hoshaphat king of Judah began to reign.
17 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.
20 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves.
21 So Joram went over to Zair, and all the chariots with him: and he rose by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him about, and the captains of the chariots: and the people fled into their tents.
22 Yet Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
23 And the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
24 And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign.
26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab.
28 And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.
29 And king Joram went back to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
1 And Elisha the
prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said
unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine
hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead:
2 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son
of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise
up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber;
3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say,
Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.
4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to
5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting;
and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said,
Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.
6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil
on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even
7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I
may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood
of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off
from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is
shut up and left in Israel:
9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah:
10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel,
and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door,
11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one
said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to
thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.
12 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus
and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have
anointed thee king over Israel.
13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put
it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets,
saying, Jehu is king.
14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired
against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead, he and all
Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.
15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the
wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with
Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then
let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it
16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram
lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he
spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company.
And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and
let him say, Is it peace?
18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus
saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to
do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying,
The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.
19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them,
and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered,
What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.
20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and
cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu
the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.
21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready.
And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out,
each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met
him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.
22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is
it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the
whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah,
There is treachery, O Ahaziah.
24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram
between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he
sunk down in his chariot.
25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him
in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember
how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father,
the LORD laid this burden upon him;
26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the
blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in
this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into
the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.
27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the
way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said,
Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going
up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died
28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and
buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of
29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah
to reign over Judah.
30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and
she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at
31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace,
who slew his master?
32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is
on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.
33 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and
some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses:
and he trode her under foot.
34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said,
Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's
35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her
than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.
36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This
is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah
the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat
the flesh of Jezebel:
37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face
of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not
say, This is Jezebel.