|1 Kings 19 |
1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow."
3 Then Elijah was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba in Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a juniper tree and prayed that he might die, saying, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life for I am no better than my forefathers."
5 Then as he lay and slept under the juniper tree, behold, an angel touched him and said to him, "Arise and eat."
6 He looked, and behold, there was a cake baked on the coals and a bottle of water by his head. So he ate and drank and lay down again.
7 Then the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise and eat because the journey is too great for you."
8 So he arose and ate and drank, and in the strength of that food he went for forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
9 Then he came to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came and said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" [The Word of God came to Elijah in a cave; scriptures do not travel. The Word of God spoke to Elijah; scriptures do not talk. But the Spirit of Jesus, whose name is the word of God, both travels and speaks. The Bible, scriptures, or any writing is not the Word of God; the Word of God is a living being, the Spirit of Jesus: "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And he has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:12-16.]
10 And he said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword. And I, only I, am left, and they seek to take my life."
11 Then the LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD. And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still, small voice.
13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle, and he went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
14 And he said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, only I, am left, and they seek to take my life.
15 And the LORD said to him, "Go, return the way you came to the wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.
16 And anoint Jehu, the son of Nimshi, to be king over Israel, and Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, to be prophet in your place.
17 And it shall come to pass, that whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will slay; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will slay.
18 Yet I have left myself seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."
19 So Elijah left there and found Elisha, the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and driving the twelfth pair. And Elijah went up to him and threw his mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother good by, and then I will follow you." And Elijah said to him, "Go back. For what have I done to you?"
21 So Elisha turned back, and took a yoke of oxen, slew them, and burned the yoke of the oxen to cook the meat; and he gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah and served him.
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