THE BIBLE - KING JAMES VERSION - BOOK 12
THE BIBLE - KING JAMES VERSION - BOOK 12
Book 12 2 Kings
12:001:001 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
12:001:002 And 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 Baalzebub the god of Ekron
whether I shall recover of this disease.
12:001:003 But 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 Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
12:001:004 Now 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.
12:001:005 And when the messengers turned back unto him he said unto
them Why are ye now turned back?
12:001:006 And 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 Baalzebub
the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that
bed on which thou art gone up but shalt surely die.
12:001:007 And he said unto them What manner of man was he which came up
to meet you and told you these words?
12:001:008 And they answered him He was an hairy man and girt with a
girdle of leather about his loins. And he said It is Elijah
12:001:009 Then 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.
12:001:010 And 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.
12:001:011 Again 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.
12:001:012 And 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.
12:001:013 And 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.
12:001:014 Behold 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.
12:001:015 And 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.
12:001:016 And he said unto him Thus saith the LORD Forasmuch as thou
hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub 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.
12:001:017 So 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
12:001:018 Now 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?
12:002:001 And it came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into
heaven by a whirlwind that Elijah went with Elisha from
12:002:002 And Elijah said unto Elisha Tarry here I pray thee; for the
LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him As the
LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth I will not leave thee. So
they went down to Bethel.
12:002:003 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel 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.
12:002:004 And 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.
12:002:005 And 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.
12:002:006 And 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
12:002:007 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood to
view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
12:002:008 And 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.
12:002:009 And 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.
12:002:010 And 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.
12:002:011 And 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.
12:002:012 And 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
12:002:013 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and
went back and stood by the bank of Jordan;
12:002:014 And 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.
12:002:015 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at
Jericho saw him they said The spirit of Elijah doth rest on
Elisha. And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the
ground before him.
12:002:016 And they said unto him Behold now there be with thy servants
fifty strong men; let them go we pray thee and seek thy
master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken
him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley.
And he said Ye shall not send.
12:002:017 And when they urged him till he was ashamed he said Send.
They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days but
found him not.
12:002:018 And when they came again to him (for he tarried at Jericho)
he said unto them Did I not say unto you Go not?
12:002:019 And the men of the city said unto Elisha Behold I pray thee
the situation of this city is pleasant as my lord seeth: but
the water is naught and the ground barren.
12:002:020 And he said Bring me a new cruse and put salt therein. And
they brought it to him.
12:002:021 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters and cast the
salt in there and said Thus saith the LORD I have healed
these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or
12:002:022 So the waters were healed unto this day according to the
saying of Elisha which he spake.
12:002:023 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up
by the way there came forth little children out of the city
and mocked him and said unto him Go up thou bald head; go
up thou bald head.
12:002:024 And he turned back and looked on them and cursed them in the
name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of
the wood and tare forty and two children of them.
12:002:025 And he went from thence to mount Carmel and from thence he
returned to Samaria.
12:003:001 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in
Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah and
reigned twelve years.
12:003:002 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his
father and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal
that his father had made.
12:003:003 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
12:003:004 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster and rendered unto
the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs and an hundred
thousand rams with the wool.
12:003:005 But it came to pass when Ahab was dead that the king of Moab
rebelled against the king of Israel.
12:003:006 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time and
numbered all Israel.
12:003:007 And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah saying
The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with
me against Moab to battle? And he said I will go up: I am as
thou art my people as thy people and my horses as thy
12:003:008 And he said Which way shall we go up? And he answered The
way through the wilderness of Edom.
12:003:009 So the king of Israel went and the king of Judah and the
king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days'
journey: and there was no water for the host and for the
cattle that followed them.
12:003:010 And the king of Israel said Alas! that the LORD hath called
these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of
12:003:011 But Jehoshaphat said Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of
Israel's servants answered and said Here is Elisha the son of
Shaphat which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
12:003:012 And Jehoshaphat said The word of the LORD is with him. So the
king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down
12:003:013 And Elisha said unto the king of Israel What have I to do
with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father and to the
prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him
Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together to
deliver them into the hand of Moab.
12:003:014 And Elisha said As the LORD of hosts liveth before whom I
stand surely were it not that I regard the presence of
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah I would not look toward thee
nor see thee.
12:003:015 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass when the
minstrel played that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
12:003:016 And he said Thus saith the LORD Make this valley full of
12:003:017 For thus saith the LORD Ye shall not see wind neither shall
ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water that
ye may drink both ye and your cattle and your beasts.
12:003:018 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he
will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
12:003:019 And ye shall smite every fenced city and every choice city
and shall fell every good tree and stop all wells of water
and mar every good piece of land with stones.
12:003:020 And it came to pass in the morning when the meat offering was
offered that behold there came water by the way of Edom
and the country was filled with water.
12:003:021 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to
fight against them they gathered all that were able to put on
armour and upward and stood in the border.
12:003:022 And they rose up early in the morning and the sun shone upon
the water and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as
red as blood:
12:003:023 And they said This is blood: the kings are surely slain and
they have smitten one another: now therefore Moab to the
12:003:024 And when they came to the camp of Israel the Israelites rose
up and smote the Moabites so that they fled before them: but
they went forward smiting the Moabites even in their country.
12:003:025 And they beat down the cities and on every good piece of land
cast every man his stone and filled it; and they stopped all
the wells of water and felled all the good trees: only in
Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers
went about it and smote it.
12:003:026 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for
him he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords to
break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
12:003:027 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his
stead and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And
there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed
from him and returned to their own land.
12:004:001 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of
the prophets unto Elisha saying Thy servant my husband is
dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and
the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be
12:004:002 And Elisha said unto her What shall I do for thee? tell me
what hast thou in the house? And she said Thine handmaid hath
not any thing in the house save a pot of oil.
12:004:003 Then he said Go borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy
neighbours even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
12:004:004 And when thou art come in thou shalt shut the door upon thee
and upon thy sons and shalt pour out into all those vessels
and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
12:004:005 So she went from him and shut the door upon her and upon her
sons who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
12:004:006 And it came to pass when the vessels were full that she said
unto her son Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her
There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
12:004:007 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said Go sell
the oil and pay thy debt and live thou and thy children of
12:004:008 And it fell on a day that Elisha passed to Shunem where was
a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it
was that as oft as he passed by he turned in thither to eat
12:004:009 And she said unto her husband Behold now I perceive that
this is an holy man of God which passeth by us continually.
12:004:010 Let us make a little chamber I pray thee on the wall; and
let us set for him there a bed and a table and a stool and
a candlestick: and it shall be when he cometh to us that he
shall turn in thither.
12:004:011 And it fell on a day that he came thither and he turned into
the chamber and lay there.
12:004:012 And he said to Gehazi his servant Call this Shunammite. And
when he had called her she stood before him.
12:004:013 And he said unto him Say now unto her Behold thou hast been
careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for
thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king or to the
captain of the host? And she answered I dwell among mine own
12:004:014 And he said What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi
answered Verily she hath no child and her husband is old.
12:004:015 And he said Call her. And when he had called her she stood
in the door.
12:004:016 And he said About this season according to the time of life
thou shalt embrace a son. And she said Nay my lord thou man
of God do not lie unto thine handmaid.
12:004:017 And the woman conceived and bare a son at that season that
Elisha had said unto her according to the time of life.
12:004:018 And when the child was grown it fell on a day that he went
out to his father to the reapers.
12:004:019 And he said unto his father My head my head. And he said to
a lad Carry him to his mother.
12:004:020 And when he had taken him and brought him to his mother he
sat on her knees till noon and then died.
12:004:021 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God
and shut the door upon him and went out.
12:004:022 And she called unto her husband and said Send me I pray
thee one of the young men and one of the asses that I may
run to the man of God and come again.
12:004:023 And he said Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is
neither new moon nor sabbath. And she said It shall be well.
12:004:024 Then she saddled an ass and said to her servant Drive and
go forward; slack not thy riding for me except I bid thee.
12:004:025 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And
it came to pass when the man of God saw her afar off that he
said to Gehazi his servant Behold yonder is that Shunammite:
12:004:026 Run now I pray thee to meet her and say unto her Is it
well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with
the child? And she answered It is well:
12:004:027 And when she came to the man of God to the hill she caught
him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And
the man of God said Let her alone; for her soul is vexed
within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me and hath not
12:004:028 Then she said Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say
Do not deceive me?
12:004:029 Then he said to Gehazi Gird up thy loins and take my staff
in thine hand and go thy way: if thou meet any man salute
him not; and if any salute thee answer him not again: and lay
my staff upon the face of the child.
12:004:030 And the mother of the child said As the LORD liveth and as
thy soul liveth I will not leave thee. And he arose and
12:004:031 And Gehazi passed on before them and laid the staff upon the
face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing.
Wherefore he went again to meet him and told him saying The
child is not awaked.
12:004:032 And when Elisha was come into the house behold the child was
dead and laid upon his bed.
12:004:033 He went in therefore and shut the door upon them twain and
prayed unto the LORD.
12:004:034 And he went up and lay upon the child and put his mouth upon
his mouth and his eyes upon his eyes and his hands upon his
hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of
the child waxed warm.
12:004:035 Then he returned and walked in the house to and fro; and went
up and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed
seven times and the child opened his eyes.
12:004:036 And he called Gehazi and said Call this Shunammite. So he
called her. And when she was come in unto him he said Take
up thy son.
12:004:037 Then she went in and fell at his feet and bowed herself to
the ground and took up her son and went out.
12:004:038 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the
land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him:
and he said unto his servant Set on the great pot and seethe