1 Kings 15-17 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Reign of Abijam

15 1  And in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam son of Nebat, reigned hath Abijam over Judah; 2  three years he hath reigned in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother 'is' Maachah daughter of Abishalom; 3  and he walketh in all the sins of his father, that he did before him, and his heart hath not been perfect with Jehovah his God, as the heart of David his father; 4  but for David's sake hath Jehovah his God given to him a lamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem, 5  in that David did that which 'is' right in the eyes of Jehovah, and turned not aside from all that He commanded him all days of his life—only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite; 6  and war hath been between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life. 7  And the rest of the matters of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? And war hath been between Abijam and Jeroboam; 8  and Abijam lieth with his fathers, and they bury him in the city of David, and reign doth Asa his son in his stead.

The Reign of Asa

9  And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned hath Asa over Judah, 10  and forty and one years he hath reigned in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother 'is' Maachah daughter of Abishalom. 11  And Asa doth that which 'is' right in the eyes of Jehovah, like David his father, 12  and removeth the whoremongers out of the land, and turneth aside all the idols that his fathers made; 13  and also Maachah his mother—he turneth her aside from being mistress, in that she made a horrible thing for a shrine, and Asa cutteth down her horrible thing, and burneth 'it' by the brook Kidron; 14  and the high places have not turned aside; only, the heart of Asa hath been perfect with Jehovah all his days, 15  and he bringeth in the sanctified things of his father, and his own sanctified things, to the house of Jehovah, silver, and gold, and vessels.

Asa's League with Ben-hadad

16  And war hath been between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days, 17  and Baasha king of Israel goeth up against Judah, and buildeth Ramah, not to permit any one going out and coming in to Asa king of Judah. 18  And Asa taketh all the silver and the gold that are left in the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the house of the king, and giveth them into the hand of his servants, and king Asa sendeth them unto Ben-Hadad, son of Tabrimmon, son of Hezion king of Aram, who is dwelling in Damascus, saying, 19  'A covenant 'is' between me and thee, between my father and thy father; lo, I have sent to thee a reward of silver and gold; go, break thy covenant with Baasha king of Israel, and he goeth up from off me.' 20  And Ben-Hadad hearkeneth unto king Asa, and sendeth the heads of the forces that he hath against cities of Israel, and smiteth Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-Beth-Maachah, and all Chinneroth, besides all the land of Naphtali; 21  and it cometh to pass at Baasha's hearing, that he ceaseth from building Ramah, and dwelleth in Tirzah. 22  And king Asa hath summoned all Judah—there is none exempt—and they lift up the stones of Ramah, and its wood, that Baasha hath built, and king Asa buildeth with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah. 23  And the rest of all the matters of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities that he built, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? Only, at the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet; 24  and Asa lieth with his fathers, and is buried with his fathers in the city of David his father, and Jehoshaphat his son reigneth in his stead.

The Reign of Nadab

25  And Nadab son of Jeroboam hath reigned over Israel, in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigneth over Israel two years, 26  and doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, and goeth in the way of his father, and in his sin that he made Israel to sin. 27  And conspire against him doth Baasha son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, and Baasha smiteth him in Gibbethon, which 'is' to the Philistines—and Nadab and all Israel are laying siege against Gibbethon— 28  yea, Baasha putteth him to death in the third year of Asa king of Judah, and reigneth in his stead. 29  And it cometh to pass, at his reigning, he hath smitten the whole house of Jeroboam, he hath not left any breathing to Jeroboam till his destroying him, according to the word of Jehovah, that He spake by the hand of His servant Ahijah the Shilonite, 30  because of the sins of Jeroboam that he sinned, and that he caused Israel to sin, by his provocation with which he provoked to anger Jehovah, God of Israel. 31  And the rest of the matters of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 32  And war hath been between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.

The Reign of Baasha

33  In the third year of Asa king of Judah reigned hath Baasha son of Ahijah over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years, 34  and he doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, and walketh in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin that he caused Israel to sin.

16 1  And a word of Jehovah is unto Jehu son of Hanani, against Baasha, saying, 2  'Because that I have raised thee up out of the dust, and appoint thee leader over My people Israel, and thou walkest in the way of Jeroboam, and causest My people Israel to sin—to provoke Me to anger with their sins; 3  lo, I am putting away the posterity of Baasha, even the posterity of his house, and have given up thy house as the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat; 4  him who dieth of Baasha in a city do the dogs eat, and him who dieth of his in a field do fowl of the heavens eat.' 5  And the rest of the matters of Baasha, and that which he did, and his might, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 6  And Baasha lieth with his fathers, and is buried in Tirzah, and Elah his son reigneth in his stead. 7  And also by the hand of Jehu son of Hanani the prophet a word of Jehovah hath been concerning Baasha, and concerning his house, and concerning all the evil that he did in the eyes of Jehovah to provoke Him to anger with the work of his hands, to be like the house of Jeroboam, and concerning that for which he smote him.

The Reigns of Elah and Zimri

8  In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah reigned hath Elah son of Baasha over Israel in Tirzah, two years; 9  and conspire against him doth his servant Zimri (head of the half of the chariots) and he 'is' in Tirzah drinking—a drunkard in the house of Arza, who 'is' over the house in Tirzah. 10  And Zimri cometh in and smiteth him, and putteth him to death, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigneth in his stead; 11  and it cometh to pass in his reigning, at his sitting on his throne, he hath smitten the whole house of Baasha; he hath not left to him any sitting on the wall, and of his redeemers, and of his friends. 12  And Zimri destroyeth the whole house of Baasha, according to the word of Jehovah, that He spake concerning Baasha, by the hand of Jehu the prophet: 13  concerning all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, that they sinned, and that they caused Israel to sin to provoke Jehovah, God of Israel, with their vanities. 14  And the rest of the matters of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

15  In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, reigned hath Zimri seven days in Tirzah; and the people are encamping against Gibbethon, which 'is' to the Philistines; 16  and the people who are encamping hear, saying, 'Zimri hath conspired, and also hath smitten the king;' and all Israel cause Omri head of the host to reign over Israel on that day in the camp. 17  And Omri goeth up, and all Israel with him, from Gibbethon, and they lay siege to Tirzah. 18  And it cometh to pass, at Zimri's seeing that the city hath been captured, that he cometh in unto a high place of the house of the king, and burneth over him the house of the king with fire, and dieth, 19  for his sins that he sinned, to do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, to walk in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin that he did, to cause Israel to sin; 20  and the rest of the matters of Zimri, and his conspiracy that he made, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

The Reign of Omri

21  Then are the sons of Israel parted into halves; half of the people hath been after Tibni son of Ginath to cause him to reign, and the half after Omri; 22  and stronger are the people that are after Omri than the people that are after Tibni son of Ginath, and Tibni dieth, and Omri reigneth. 23  In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah reigned hath Omri over Israel twelve years; in Tirzah he hath reigned six years, 24  and he buyeth the mount Samaria from Shemer, with two talents of silver, and buildeth 'on' the mount, and calleth the name of the city that he hath built by the name of Shemer, lord of the hill—Samaria. 25  And Omri doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, and doth evil above all who 'are' before him, 26  and walketh in all the way of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and in his sin that he caused Israel to sin, to provoke Jehovah, God of Israel, with their vanities. 27  And the rest of the matters of Omri that he did, and his might that he got, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 28  And Omri lieth with his fathers, and is buried in Samaria, and Ahab his son reigneth in his stead.

The Reign of Ahab

29  And Ahab son of Omri hath reigned over Israel in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah, and Ahab son of Omri reigneth over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years, 30  and Ahab son of Omri doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah above all who 'are' before him. 31  And it cometh to pass—hath it been light his walking in the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat?—then he taketh a wife, Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Zidonians, and goeth and serveth Baal, and boweth himself to it, 32  and raiseth up an altar for Baal, in the house of the Baal, that he built in Samaria; 33  and Ahab maketh the shrine, and Ahab addeth to do so as to provoke Jehovah, God of Israel, above all the kings of Israel who have been before him. 34  In his days hath Hiel the Beth-Elite built Jericho; in Abiram his first-born he laid its foundation, and in Segub his youngest he set up its doors, according to the word of Jehovah that He spake by the hand of Joshua son of Nun.

Elijah Predicts Drought

17 1  And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, saith unto Ahab, 'Jehovah, God of Israel, liveth, before whom I have stood, there is not these years dew and rain, except according to my word.' 2  And the word of Jehovah is unto him, saying, 3  'Go from this 'place'; and thou hast turned for thee eastward, and been hidden by the brook Cherith, that 'is' on the front of the Jordan, 4  and it hath been, from the brook thou dost drink, and the ravens I have commanded to sustain thee there.' 5  And he goeth and doth according to the word of Jehovah, yea, he goeth and dwelleth by the brook Cherith, that 'is' on the front of the Jordan, 6  and the ravens are bringing to him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening, and of the brook he drinketh. 7  And it cometh to pass, at the end of days, that the brook drieth up, for there hath been no rain in the land,

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

8  and the word of Jehovah is unto him, saying, 9  'Rise, go to Zarephath, that 'is' to Zidon, and thou hast dwelt there; lo, I have commanded there a widow woman to sustain thee.' 10  And he riseth, and goeth to Zarephath, and cometh in unto the opening of the city, and lo there, a widow woman gathering sticks, and he calleth unto her, and saith, 'Bring, I pray thee, to me, a little water in a vessel, and I drink.' 11  And she goeth to bring 'it', and he calleth unto her and saith, 'Bring, I pray thee, to me a morsel of bread in thy hand.' 12  And she saith, 'Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but the fulness of the hand of meal in a pitcher, and a little oil in a dish; and lo, I am gathering two sticks, and have gone in and prepared it for myself, and for my son, and we have eaten it—and died.' 13  And Elijah saith unto her, 'Fear not, go, do according to thy word, only make for me thence a little cake, in the first place, and thou hast brought out to me; and for thee and for thy son make—last; 14  for thus said Jehovah, God of Israel, The pitcher of meal is not consumed, and the dish of oil is not lacking, till the day of Jehovah's giving a shower on the face of the ground.' 15  And she goeth, and doth according to the word of Elijah, and she eateth, she and he, and her household—days; 16  the pitcher of meal was not consumed, and the dish of oil did not lack, according to the word of Jehovah that He spake by the hand of Elijah.

17  And it cometh to pass, after these things, the son of the woman, mistress of the house, hath been sick, and his sickness is very severe till that no breath hath been left in him. 18  And she saith unto Elijah, 'What—to me and to thee, O man of God? thou hast come unto me to cause mine iniquity to be remembered, and to put my son to death!' 19  And he saith unto her, 'Give to me thy son;' and he taketh him out of her bosom, and taketh him up unto the upper chamber where he is abiding, and layeth him on his own bed, 20  and crieth unto Jehovah, and saith, 'Jehovah my God, also on the widow with whom I am sojourning hast Thou done evil—to put her son to death?' 21  And he stretcheth himself out on the lad three times, and calleth unto Jehovah, and saith, 'O Jehovah my God, let turn back, I pray Thee, the soul of this lad into his midst;' 22  and Jehovah hearkeneth to the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the lad turneth back into his midst, and he liveth. 23  And Elijah taketh the lad, and bringeth him down from the upper chamber of the house, and giveth him to his mother, and Elijah saith, 'See, thy son liveth!' 24  And the woman saith unto Elijah, 'Now, this I have known, that a man of God thou 'art', and the word of Jehovah in thy mouth 'is' truth.'

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