The History of the Governments
of Israel and Judah

Lesson Five

The Subject Material Of This Lesson is divided into three parts.

Josephus Book 9, Chapter 4.

Jehoram succeeds Jehoshaphat: how Joram, his namesake, King of Israel, fought with the Syrians; and what wonders were done by the prophet Elisha.

Josephus: Book 9, Chapter 5.

Concerning the wickedness of Jehoram, King of Jerusalem; his defeat, and death.

Josephus: Book 9, Chapter 6.

 How Jehu was anointed king, and slew both Joram and Ahaziah; as also what he did for the punishment of the wicked. 

The Antiquities Of The Jews: By Josephus. In these lessons we will hear the witness of the historian Josephus (Joseph Ben Mattias). His father was a Levite and his mother was of the tribe of Judah. During his life he was a priest, general, prisoner, and later a Roman citizen and author. He lived from 37 A.D. to about 100 A.D. His writings are available in any Christian Book Store. We will present Josephus account parallel to the Bible's account.

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Part One: Jehoram succeeds Jehoshaphat: how Joram, his namesake, king of Israel, fought with the Syrians; and what wonders were done by the prophet Elisha.

The Prophet Elisha Helps A Deserving Widow

2 Kings 4 - 8:15

Josephus Book 9, Chapter 4
Section 1 & 2

(1) 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 bondmen.
 
*Josephus comments: That this widow was none other than the widow of Obadiah. Nor is it unlikely that these debts were contracted by her husband for the support of those "hundreds of the Lords prophets, whom he maintained by fifty in a cave" in the days of Ahab and Jezebel. (1 Kings 18:4) which circumstance rendered it highly fit that the prophet Elisha should provide her a remedy, and enable her to redeem herself and her sons from the fear of that slavery which insolvent debtors were liable by the law of Moses.

(2) 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.

(3) Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, {even} empty vessels; borrow not a few.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) 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 the rest.

1. Jehoshaphat had a good number of children; but he appointed his eldest son, Jehoram, to be his successor, who had the same name with his mother's brother, that was king of Israel, and the son of Ahab.

Now when the king of Israel was come out of the land of Moab to Samaria, he had with him Elisha the prophet, whose acts I have a mind to go over particularly, for they were illustrious, and worthy to be related, as we have them set down in the sacred books.

2. For they say that the widow of Obadiah, Ahab's steward, came to him, and said, that he was not ignorant how her husband had preserved the prophets that were to be slain by Jezebel, the wife of Ahab; for she said that he hid a hundred of them, and had borrowed money for their maintenance, and that, after her husband's death, she and her children were carried away to be made slaves by the creditors; and she desired of him to have mercy upon her on account of what her husband did, and afford her some assistance.

And when he asked her what she had in the house, she said, "Nothing but a very small quantity of oil in a cruse."

So the prophet bid her go away, and borrow a great many empty vessels of her neighbors, and when she had shut her chamber-door, to pour the oil into them all; for that God would fill them full.

And when the woman had done what she was commanded to do, and bade her children bring every one of the vessels, and all were filled, and not one left empty, she came to the prophet, and told him that they were all full; upon which he advised her to go away, and sell the oil, and pay the creditors what was owing to them, for that there would be some surplus of the price of the oil, which she might make use of for the maintenance of her children:--and thus did Elisha discharge the woman's debts, and free her from the vexation of her creditors.

Elisha's Miracles - Raising The Dead

2 Kings 4:8-23

(8) 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 bread.

(9) And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this {is} an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

(10) 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.

(11) And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.

(12) And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.

(13) 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 people.

(14) And he said, What then {is} to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.

(15) And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.

(16) 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.

(17) And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

(18) And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.

(19) And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.

(20) And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and {then} died.

(21) And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut {the door} upon him, and went out.

(22) 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.

(23) 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.

(24) Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not {thy} riding for me, except I bid thee.

(25) 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:

(26) 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:

(27) 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 told me.

(28) Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?

(29) 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.

(30) 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 followed her.

(31) 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.

(32) And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, {and} laid upon his bed.

(33) He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord.

(34) 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 he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.

(35) 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.

(36) 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.

(37) Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.

Death In The Pot

2 Kings 4:38-41

(38) 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 pottage for the sons of the prophets.

(39) And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred {them} into the pot of pottage: for they knew {them} not.

(40) So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O {thou} man of God, {there is} death in the pot. And they could not eat {thereof}.

(41) But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast {it} into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.

Multiplication Of The Loaves And Corn

2 Kings 4:42-44

(42) And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. (43) And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the Lord, They shall eat, and shall leave {thereof}. (44) So he set {it} before them, and they did eat, and left {thereof}, according to the word of the Lord.

Healing Of The Leper

2 Kings 5:1-19

(1) Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, {but he was} a leper.

(2) And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

(3) And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord {were} with the prophet that {is} in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

(4) And {one} went in, and told his Lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that {is} of the land of Israel.

(5) And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand {pieces} of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

(6) And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have {therewith} sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

(7) And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, {Am} I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

(8) And it was {so}, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.

(9) So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

(10) And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

(11) But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

(12) {Are} not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

(13) And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, {if} the prophet had bid thee {do some} great thing, wouldest thou not have done {it}? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

(14) Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

(15) And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that {there is} no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

(16) But he said, {As} the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take {it}; but he refused.

(17) And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the Lord.

(18) In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant, {that} when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant in this thing.

(19) And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

Gehazi's Punishment

2 Kings 5:20-27

(20) But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, {as} the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

(21) So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw {him} running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, {Is} all well?

(22) And he said, All {is} well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.

(23) And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid {them} upon two of his servants; and they bare {them} before him.

(24) And when he came to the tower, he took {them} from their hand, and bestowed {them} in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.

(25) But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence {comest thou}, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.

(26) And he said unto him, Went not mine heart {with thee}, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? {Is it} a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

(27) The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper {as white} as snow.

 

Iron Walks On Water

2 Kings 6:1-7

(1) And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

(2) Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

(3) And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.

(4) So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

(5) But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

(6) And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast {it} in thither; and the iron did swim.

(7) Therefore said he, Take {it} up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

War With Syria

2 Kings 6:8-23

Josephus Book 9, Chapter 4, Section 3

(8) Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place {shall be} my camp.

(9) And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.

(10) And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

(11) Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us {is} for the king of Israel?

(12) And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that {is} in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

(13) And he said, Go and spy where he {is}, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, {he is} in Dothan.

(14) Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

(15) And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

(16) And he answered, Fear not: for they that {be} with us {are} more than they that {be} with them.

(17) And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain {was} full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

(18) And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

(19) And Elisha said unto them, This {is} not the way, neither {is} this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.

(20) And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, Lord, open the eyes of these {men}, that they may see. And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, {they were} in the midst of Samaria.

(21) And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite {them}? shall I smite {them}?

(22) And he answered, Thou shalt not smite {them}: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master.

(23) And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.

3. Elisha also sent a hasty message to Joram, and exhorted him to take care of that place, for that therein were some Syrians lying in ambush to kill him.

So the king did as the prophet exhorted him, and avoided his going a-hunting; and when Benhadad missed of the success of his lying in ambush, he was wroth with his own servants, as if they had betrayed his ambushment to Joram; and he sent for them, and said they were the betrayers of his secret counsels; and he threatened that he would put them to death, since such their practice was evident, because he had intrusted this secret to none but them, and yet it was made known to his enemy: and when one that was present said, that he should not mistake himself, nor suspect that they had discovered to his enemy his sending men to kill him, but that he ought to know that it was Elisha the prophet who discovered all to him, and laid open all his counsels.

So he gave order that they should send some to learn in what city Elisha dwelt.

Accordingly, those that were sent brought word that he was in  Dothan; wherefore Benhadad sent to that city a great army, with horses and chariots, to take Elisha; so they encompassed the city round about by night, and kept him therein confined; but when the prophet's servant in the morning perceived this, and that his enemies sought to take Elisha, he came running, and crying out after a disordered manner to him, and told him of it; but he encouraged him, and bade him not be afraid, and to despise the enemy, and trust in the assistance of God, and was himself without fear; and he besought God to make manifest to his servant his power and presence, so far as was possible, in order to the inspiring him with hope and courage.

Accordingly, God heard the prayer of the prophet, and made the servant see a multitude of chariots and horses encompassing Elisha, till he laid aside his fear, and his courage revived at the sight of what he supposed was come to their assistance.

After this Elisha did further entreat God, that he would dim the eyes of their enemies, and cast a mist before them, whereby they might not discern him.

When this was done, he went into the midst of his enemies, and asked them who it was that they came to seek; and when they replied, "The prophet Elisha," he promised he would deliver him to them, if they would follow him to the city where he was.

So these men were so darkened by God in their sight and in their mind, that they followed him very diligently; and when Elisha had brought them to Samaria, he ordered Joram the king to shut the gates, and to place his own army round about them; and prayed to God to clear the eyes of these their enemies, and take the mist from before them.

Accordingly, when they were freed from the obscurity they had been in, they saw themselves in the midst of their enemies; and as the Syrians were strangely amazed and distressed, as was but reasonable, at an action so divine and surprising; and as king Joram asked the prophet if he would give him leave to shoot at them, Elisha forbade him so to do; and said, that "it is just to kill those that are taken in battle; but that these men had done the country no harm, but, without knowing it, were come thither by the Divine Power;"--so that his counsel was to treat them in an hospitable manner at his table, and then send them away without hurting them.

Wherefore Joram obeyed the prophet; and when he had feasted the Syrians in a splendid and magnificent manner, he let them go to Benhadad their king.

The Siege Of Samaria

2 Kings 6:24-7:2

Josephus Book 9, Chapter 4, Section 4

(24) And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.

(25) And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was {sold} for fourscore {pieces} of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five {pieces} of silver.

(26) And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.

(27) And he said, If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

(28) And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.

(29) So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.

(30) And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, {he had} sackcloth within upon his flesh.

(31) Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

(32) But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and {the king} sent a man from before him: but ere the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away mine head? look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door: {is} not the sound of his master's feet behind him?

(33) And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil {is} of the Lord; what should I wait for the Lord any longer?

(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 of Samaria.

(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.

4. Now when these men were come back, and had shewed Benhadad how strange an accident had befallen them, and what an appearance and power they had experienced of the God of Israel, he wondered at it, as also at that prophet with whom God was so evidently present; so he determined to make no more secret attempts upon the king of Israel, out of fear of Elisha, but resolved to make open war with them, as supposing he could be too hard for his enemies by the multitude of his army and power.

So he made an expedition with a great army against Joram, who,  not thinking himself a match for him, shut himself up in Samaria, and depended on the strength of its walls; but Benhadad supposed he should take the city, if not by his engines of war, yet that he should overcome the Samaritans by famine, and the want of necessaries, and brought his army upon them, and besieged the city; and the plenty of necessaries was brought so low with Joram, that from the extremity of want, an ass's head was sold in Samaria for fourscore pieces of silver; and the Hebrews bought a sextary of dove's dung, instead of salt, for five pieces of silver.

Now Joram was in fear lest somebody should betray the city to the enemy, by reason of the famine, and went every day round the walls and the guards, to see whether any such were concealed among them; and by being thus seen, and taking such care, he deprived them of the opportunity of contriving any such thing; and if they had a mind to do it, he by this means prevented them; but upon a certain woman's crying out, "Have pity on me, my lord," while he thought that she was about to ask for somewhat to eat, he imprecated God's curse upon her, and said, he had neither thrashing-floor nor wine-press, whence he might give her anything at her petition.

Upon which she said, she did not desire his aid in any such thing, nor trouble him about food, but desired that he would do her justice as to another woman; and when he bade her say on, and let him know what she desired, she said, she had made an agreement with the other woman, who was her neighbor and her friend, that because the famine and the want was intolerable, they should kill their children, each of them having a son of their own, "and we will live upon them ourselves for two days--the one day upon one son, and the other day upon the other; and, " said she, " I have killed my son the first day, and we lived upon my son yesterday; but his other woman will not do the same thing, but hath broken her agreement, and hath hid her son."

This story mightily grieved Joram when he heard it: so he rent his garment, and cried out with a loud voice, and conceived great wrath against Elisha the prophet, and set himself eagerly to have him slain, because he did not pray to God to provide them some exit and way of escape out of the miseries with which they were surrounded; and sent one away immediately to cut off his head, who made haste to kill the prophet; but Elisha was not unacquainted with the wrath of the king against him; for as he sat in his house by himself, with none but his disciples about him, he told them that Joram, who was the son of a murderer, had sent one to take away his head; "but," said he, "when he that is commanded to do this comes, take care that you do not let him come in, but press the door against him, and hold him fast there, for the king himself will follow him, and come to me, having altered his mind."

Accordingly, they did as they were bidden, when he that was sent by the king to kill Elisha came; but Joram repented of his wrath against the prophet; and for fear he that was commanded to kill him should have done it before he came, he made haste to hinder his slaughter, and to save the prophet: and when he came to him, he accused him that he did not pray to God for their deliverance from the miseries they lay under, but saw them so sadly destroyed by them.

Hereupon Elisha promised, that the very next day, at the very same hour in which the king same to him, they should have great plenty of food, and that two sheafs of barley should be sold in the market for a shekel, and a seah of fine flour should be sold for a shekel.

This prediction made Joram, and those that were present, very joyful, for they did not scruple believing what the prophet said, on account of the experience they had of the truth of his former predictions; and the expectation of plenty made the want they were in that day, with the uneasiness that accompanied it, appear a light thing to them; but the captain of the third band, who was a friend of the king, and on whose hand the king leaned, said, "Thou talkest of incredible things, O prophet! for as it is impossible for God to pour down torrents of barley, or fine flour, out of heaven, so is it impossible that what thou sayest should come to pass."

To which the prophet made this reply--"Thou shalt see these things come to pass, but thou shalt not be in the least a partaker of them."

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Questions

Question #1: When Benhadad, the enemy of Israel, saw a demonstration of God's power on behalf of Israel, what do he do?

      (  ) a.  He repented and made peace with Israel.
      (  ) b.  He changed his tactics and continued to make war.

Question #2: When God works miracles for His people, do the wicked back off or do they try all the harder to defeat God and His people?

      (  ) a.  The wicked give up and leave us alone.
      (  ) b.  The wicked don't give up until they are dead.

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