1 Kings

1 Kings 19 ©

1 Jezebel threatening Elijah's life for having slain Baal's prophets, he fleeth to Beer-sheba. 4 In the wilderness he groweth weary of life, but being twice strengthened by food brought him by an angel, he reacheth Horeb after having fasted forty days and forty nights. 9 At Horeb God appeareth unto him, and commissioneth him to anoint Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha. 19 He meeteth Elisha, who taking leave of his friends followeth him.


AND Ahab told Jezebel aall that Elijah had done, and *withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.


Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, bSo let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by cto morrow about this time.


And when he saw that, dhe arose, and went for his life, and came to eBeer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.


¶But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and fsat down under a juniper tree: and he requested 1for 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.


And gas he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.


And he looked, and, behold, there was ha cake *baken on the coals, and a *cruse of water at his 2head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.


And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; ibecause the journey is too great for thee.


And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the jstrength of that *meat kforty days and forty nights unto lHoreb the mount of God.


¶And he came thither unto ma cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, nWhat doest thou here, Elijah?


And he said, I have been overy jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for pthe children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and qI, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.


And he said, Go forth, and rstand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, sthe LORD passed by, and ta great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but uthe LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:


And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire va still small voice.


And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wwrapped 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, xWhat doest thou here, Elijah?


And he said, yI 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.


And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the zwilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, aanoint Hazael to be king over Syria:


And bJehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and 3Elisha the son of Shaphat of cAbel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.


And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth dthe sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from ethe sword of Jehu shall fElisha slay.


Yet 4I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not gkissed him.


¶So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and hhe with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his i*mantle upon him.


And he jleft 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, 5Go back again: for what have I done to thee?


And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and kboiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and lgave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and mwent after Elijah, and nministered unto him.