He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,1 and now they are trying to kill me too."
The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael2 king over Aram.
Also, anoint3 Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha4 son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah5 to succeed you as prophet.
Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael,6 and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.718
Yet I reserve8 seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed9 him."