And AhabtoldJezebel all that Elijah had done , and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.2
Then Jezebelsent a messenger unto Elijah,saying , So let the godsdo to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.3
And when he saw that, he arose , and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
But he himself went a day'sjourney into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himselfa that he might die ; and said , It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.5
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angeltouched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat .
And he looked , and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head.b And he did eat and drink , and laid him downagain .
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said , Arise and eat ; because the journey is too great for thee.
And he arose , and did eat and drink , and went in the strength of that meatfortydays and fortynights unto Horeb the mount of God.9
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?10
And he said , I have been veryjealous for the LORDGod of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left ; and they seek my life, to take it away .
And he said , Go forth , and stand upon the mountbefore the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by , and a great and strongwindrent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocksbefore 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 stillsmallvoice.13
And it was so, when Elijahheard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out , and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said , What doest thou here, Elijah?14
And he said , I have been veryjealous for the LORDGod of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left ; and they seek my life, to take it away .
And the LORDsaid unto him, Go , return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest , anointHazael to be king over Syria:16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elishac the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehuslay : and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elishaslay .
Yet I have left me seventhousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
So he departed thence, and foundElisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelveyoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth : and Elijahpassed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
And he left the oxen, and ranafterElijah, and said , Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go backagain : for what have I done to thee?
And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat . Then he arose , and wentafterElijah, and ministered unto him.