Chapter 19: Jezebel Sends a Threat by Messenger to Yliyah: Yliyah Runs For His Life
1 And Ahab told Jezebel (Isabel) all that Yliyah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Yliyah saying, “So let the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time”. 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life and went to Beersheba which belongs to Yahudah and left his servant there.
Yliyah Prays Yah Will End His Life Because He is Tired of Jezebel: Yah Sends a Malak to Yliyah and Tells Him to Get Up and Eat Twice: Yliyah Fasts Forty Days and Forty Nights
4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die and said, “It is enough! Now Yah, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers”! 5 Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat”. 6 Then he looked and there by his head was a cake baked on coals and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 And the angel of Yah came back the 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 he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of Yah.
Yliyah Hides in a Cave: The Word of Yah Comes to Yliyah: Yliyah Thinks He is the Only Prophet of Yah Left on the Earth
9 And there he went in a cave and spent the night in that place and behold, the word of Yah came to him and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Yliyah”? 10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for Yah Almighty of Hosts for the children of Ysrayl have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and they seek to take my life”.
Yliyah Stands Before Yah: Yliyah Hears a Still Small Voice: Yah Sends Yliyah to Anoint Hazayl Yahu and Ylishua: Yah Informs Yliyah that He Has Reserved Seven Thousand Prophets in Ysrayl to Serve Him: Yliyah is Not Alone
11 Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before Yah”. And behold, Yah passed by and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before Yah but Yah was not in the wind and after the wind an earthquake but Yah was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake, a fire but Yah was not in the fire and after the fire a still small voice. (Compare to 1 Shemuyah chapter 3 when Shemuyah heard Yah calling him). 13 So it was, when Yliyah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle (robe) and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Yliyah”? 14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for Yah Almighty of Hosts because the children of Ysrayl have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and they seek to take my life”. 15 Then Yah said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus and when you arrive, anoint Hazayl as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Yahu the son of Nimshi as king over Ysrayl. And Ylishua the son of Shaphat of Abyl Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazayl, Yahu will kill and whoever escapes the sword of Yahu, Ylishua will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Ysrayl, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him”.
Ylishua Becomes Yliyah’s Assistant
19 So he departed from there and found Ylishua the son of Shaphat (or Yahoshaphat) who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him and he was with the twelfth. Then Yliyah passed by him and threw his mantle (robe) on him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Yliyah and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother and then I will follow you”. and he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you”?
*Compare to Luke 9:59-62, Let the (spiritually) dead bury the dead. Then Yahoshua said don’t put the plow down and look back and that is what Ylishua wanted to do. We can’t put dad and mom before Yah.
21 So Ylishua turned back from him and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh using the oxen’s equipment and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Yliyah and became his servant.
*Yliyah wasn’t alone anymore. Yahoshua Ben Nun was the assistant of Moshe.
Chapter 20: Ben-Hadad of Syria Wants Ahab’s Wives Children Gold and Silver
1 Now Ben-Hadad the king of Syria gathered all his forces together: Thirty-two kings were with him, with horses and chariots. And he went up and besieged Samaria and made war against it. 2 Then he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Ysrayl and said to him, “Thus says Ben-Hadad: 3 Your silver and your gold are mine, your loveliest wives and children are mine”. 4 And the king of Ysrayl answered and said, “My master, O king, just as you say, I and all that I have are yours”. 5 Then the messengers came back and said, “Thus speaks Ben-Hadad saying, ‘Indeed I have sent to you saying you shall deliver to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children’.” 6 “But I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants. And it shall be, that whatever is pleasant in your eyes, they will put in their hands and take it”. (Exodus 20:17).
Ahab Goes to the Zahken of Ysrayl: Ben-Hadad Threatens Ahab: Ahab Sends Back a Reply: Ben Hadad Gets Ready to Fight Ysrayl with the Thirty-two Kings
7 So the king of Ysrayl called all the elders (Hebrew zahken) of the land and said, “Notice, please and see how this man seeks trouble for he sent to me for my wives, my children, my silver and my gold and I did not deny him”. 8 And all the zahken and all the people said to him, “Do not listen or consent”. 9 Therefore, he said to the messengers of Ben-Hadad, “Tell my master the king, ‘All that you sent for to your servant the first time I will do but this thing I cannot do’.” And the messengers departed and brought back word to him. 10 Then Ben-Hadad sent to him and said, “Then Ben-Hadad sent to him and said, “The gods do so to me and more also, if enough dust is left of Samaria for a handful for each of the people who follow me”. 11 So the king of Ysrayl answered and said, “Tell him, ‘Let not the one who puts on his armor boast like the one who takes it off”. 12 And it happened when Ben-Hadad heard this message, as he and the kings were drinking at the command post, that he said to his servants, “Get ready”. And they got ready to attack the city.
Yah Sends a Prophet to Ahab: Yah Promises to Deliver This Great Multitude of Men into Ahab’s Hand: Ahab Musters the Young Men Then All Ysrayl as Yah Commanded
13 Suddenly, a prophet approached Ahab king of Ysrayl saying, “Thus says Yah: ‘Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will deliver it into your hand today and you shall know that I am Yah’.” 14 So Ahab said, “By whom”? And he said, “Thus says Yah: ‘By the young leaders of the provinces’.” Then he said, “Who will set the battle in order”? And he answered, “YOU”. 15 Then he mustered the young leaders of the provinces and there were two hundred and thirty-two and after them he mustered all the people, all the children of Ysrayl, seven thousand.
Ysrayl Defeats the Syrians
16 So they went out at noon. Meanwhile Ben-Hadad and the thirty-two kings helping him were getting drunk at the command post. 17 The young leaders of the provinces went out first. And Ben-Hadad sent out a patrol and they told him saying, “Men are coming out of Samaria”! 18 So he said, “If they have come out for peace, take them alive and if they come out for war, take them alive”. 19 Then these young leaders of the provinces went out of the city with the army which followed them. 20 And each one kill his man. So the Syrians fled and Ysrayl pursued them and Ben-Hadad the king of Syria escaped on a horse with the cavalry. 21 Then the king of Ysrayl went out and attacked the horses and chariots and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter. 22 And the prophet came to the king of Ysrayl and said to him, “Go, strengthen yourself, take note and see what you should do, for in the spring of the year the king of Syria will come up against you”.
*Getting drunk leads to fornication, filthy talk, brawling/war or demonic takeover as told by Yahudah in the Testament of the Patriarchs in the Pseudepigrapha.
The Syrians Plan an attack Against Ysrayl in the Spring of the Year Without the Thirty-two Kings
23 Then the servants of the king of Syria said to him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. Therefore, they were stronger than we but if we fight against them in the plain, surely we will be stronger than they. 24 So do this thing: Dismiss the kings, each from his position and put captains in their places–25 And you shall muster an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse and chariot for chariot. Then we will fight against hem in the plain. Surely we will be stronger than they”. And he listened to their voice and did so. 26 So it was, int he spring of the year, that Ben-Hadad mustered the Syrians and went up to Aphek to fight against Ysrayl. 27 And the children of Ysrayl were mustered and given provisions and they went against them. Now the children of Ysrayl encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, while the Syrians filled the countryside.
A Man of Yah Speaks to Ahab: The Syrians Blaspheme Yah: The Syrians are Again Defeated: The Children of Ysrayl Kill One Hundred Thousand Syrians in One Day: Yah causes a Wall to Kill Twenty-Seven Thousand Syrians: Ben-Hadad Hides in an Inner Room.
28 Then a man of Yah came spoke to the king of Ysrayl and said, “Thus says Yah: Because the Syrians have said, ‘The Almighty is Power of the hills but is not the Almighty of the valleys’ therefore, I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand and you shall know that I am Yah’.” 29 And they encamped opposite each other for seven days. So it was on the seventh day the battle was joined and the children of Ysrayl killed one hundred thousand foot soldiers of the Syrians in one day. 30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city. Then a wall fell on twenty-seven thousand of the men who were left. And Ben-Hadad fled and went into the city, into an inner chamber.
Ahab’s Treaty with Ben-Hadad
31 Then his servants said to him, “Look now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Ysrayl are merciful kings. Please, let us put sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads and go out to the king of king of Ysrayl. Perhaps he will spare your life”. 32 So they wore sackcloth around their waists and put ropes around their heads and came to the king of Ysrayl and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says, ‘Please let me live’.” And he said, “Is he still alive? He is my brother”. 33 Now the men were watching closely to see whether any sign of mercy would come from him and they quickly grasped at this word and said, “Your brother Ben-Hadad”. So he said, “Go, bring him”. Then Ben-Hadad came out to him and he had him come up into the chariot. 34 So Ben-Hadad said to him, “The cities which my father took from your father, I will restore and you may set up marketplaces for yourself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria”. Then Ahab said, “I will send you away with this treaty”. So he made a treaty with him and sent him away.
Ahab Did Not Inquire of Yah About Ben-Hadad’s Life: Ben-Hadad Blaspemed Yah: Yah Sends a Prophet to Condemn the House of Ahab
35 Now a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor by the word of Yah, “Strike me, please”. And the man refused to strike him. 36 Then he said to him, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of Yah, surely, as soon as you depart from me, a lion shall kill you”. And as soon as he left him, a lion found him and killed him. 37 And he found another man and said, “Strike me, please”. So the man struck him, inflicting a wound. 38 Then the prophet departed and waited for the king by the road and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes. 39 Now as the king passed by, he cried out to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the midst of the battle and there, a man came over and brought a man to me and said, ‘Guard this man. If by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life or else you shall pay a talent of silver’. 40 While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone”. Then the king of Ysrayl said to him, “So shall your judgment be. You yourself have decided it”. 41 And he hastened to take the bandage away from his eyes and the king of Ysrayl recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 Then he said to him, “Thus says Yah: ‘Because you have let slip out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life and your people for his people’.” 43 So the king of Ysrayl went to his house sullen and displeased and came to Samaria. (Compare to 1 Shemuyah 15:8 when Shaul spared the Amalakite king’s life and Yah said to utterly destroy them. Then Yah rejected Shaul as king).