1 Kings 19
Elijah, threatened by Jezebel, fleeth to Beer-sheba.
1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Iezebel all that Eliiah had done, and withall, how hee had slaine all the Prophets with the sword. 1 Kings 19:2 Then Iezebel sent a messenger vnto Eliiah, saying; So let the gods do [to me], and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them, by to morrow about this time. 1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw [that], hee arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which [belongeth] to Iudah, and left his seruant there.
In the wilderness, being weary of his life, he is comforted by an angel.
1 Kings 19:4 But he himselfe went a dayes iourney into the wildernesse, and came and sate downe vnder a Iuniper tree: and hee requested for himselfe that hee might die, and sayd, [It is] enough, now O LORD, take away my life: for I [am] not better then my fathers. 1 Kings 19:5 And as hee lay and slept vnder a Iuniper tree, behold then, an Angel touched him, and sayd vnto him, Arise, [and] eate. 1 Kings 19:6 And he looked, and behold, there was a cake baken on the coales, and a cruse of water at his head: and hee did eate and drinke, and laide him downe againe. 1 Kings 19:7 And the Angel of the LORD came againe the second time, and touched him, and sayd, Arise, [and] eate, because the iourney [is] too great for thee. 1 Kings 19:8 And hee arose, and did eate and drinke, and went in the strength of that meate fourtie dayes and fourtie nights, vnto Horeb the mount of God.
At Horeb God appeareth unto him, sending him to anoint Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha.
1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither vnto a caue, and lodged there, and behold, the word of the LORD [came] to him, and he said vnto him, What doest thou here, Eliiah? 1 Kings 19:10 And hee sayd, I haue beene very iealous for the LORD God of hostes: for the children of Israel haue forsaken thy Couenant, throwen downe thine Altars, and slaine thy Prophets with the sword: and I, [euen] I onely am left, and they seeke my life, to take it away. 1 Kings 19:11 And he sayd, Goe forth, and stand vpon the mount before the LORD. And beholde, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong winde rent the mountaines, and brake in pieces the rockes, before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the winde: and after the winde an earthquake, [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake. 1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake, a fire, [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire, a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:13 And it was so, when Eliiah heard [it], that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entring in of the caue: and behold, [there came] a voice vnto him, and sayd, What doest thou here, Eliiah? 1 Kings 19:14 And he sayd, I haue beene very iealous for the LORD God of hostes, because the children of Israel haue forsaken thy Couenant, throwen downe thine Altars, and slaine thy Prophets with the sword, and I, [euen] I onely am left, and they seeke my life, to take it away. 1 Kings 19:15 And the LORD sayd vnto him, Goe, returne on thy way to the wildernesse of Damascus: and when thou commest, anoint Hazael to be King ouer Syria. 1 Kings 19:16 And Iehu the sonne of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to bee king ouer Israel: and Elisha the sonne of Shaphat of Abel Meholah, shalt thou annoint to be Prophet in thy roume. 1 Kings 19:17 And it shall come to passe, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael, shall Iehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Iehu, shall Elisha slay. 1 Kings 19:18 Yet I haue left [me] seuen thousand in Israel, all the knees which haue not bowed vnto Baal, and euery mouth which hath not kissed him.
Elisha, taking leave of his friends, followeth Elijah.
1 Kings 19:19 So hee departed thence and found Elisha the sonne of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelue yoke of oxen before him, and hee with the twelfth: and Eliiah passed by him, and cast his mantle vpon him. 1 Kings 19:20 And he left the oxen, and ranne after Eliiah, and said, Let mee, I pray thee, kisse my father and my mother, and then I wil follow thee: and he said vnto him, Goe backe againe; for what haue I done to thee? 1 Kings 19:21 And he returned backe from him, and tooke a yoke of oxen, & slew them, and boyled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gaue vnto the people, and they did eat: then he arose, and went after Eliiah, and ministred vnto him.