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2 Kings chapter 3

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In the eighteenth year of Jehosh'aphat king of Judah, Jeho'ram the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Sama'ria, and he reigned twelve years.
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He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, though not like his father and mother, for he put away the pillar of Ba'al which his father had made.
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Nevertheless he clung to the sin of Jerobo'am the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it.
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Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder; and he had to deliver annually to the king of Israel a hundred thousand lambs, and the wool of a hundred thousand rams.
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But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
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So King Jeho'ram marched out of Sama'ria at that time and mustered all Israel.
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And he went and sent word to Jehosh'aphat king of Judah, "The king of Moab has rebelled against me; will you go with me to battle against Moab?" And he said, "I will go; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
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Then he said, "By which way shall we march?" Jeho'ram answered, "By the way of the wilderness of Edom."
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So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the beasts which followed them.
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Then the king of Israel said, "Alas! The LORD has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab."
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And Jehosh'aphat said, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?" Then one of the king of Israel's servants answered, "Eli'sha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Eli'jah."
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And Jehosh'aphat said, "The word of the LORD is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehosh'aphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
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And Eli'sha said to the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother." But the king of Israel said to him, "No; it is the LORD who has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab."
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And Eli'sha said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, whom I serve, were it not that I have regard for Jehosh'aphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you, nor see you.
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But now bring me a minstrel." And when the minstrel played, the power of the LORD came upon him.
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And he said, "Thus says the LORD, `I will make this dry stream-bed full of pools.'
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For thus says the LORD, `You shall not see wind or rain, but that stream-bed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your cattle, and your beasts.'
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This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD; he will also give the Moabites into your hand,
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and you shall conquer every fortified city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop up all springs of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones."
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The next morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, till the country was filled with water.
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When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out, and were drawn up at the frontier.
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And when they rose early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood.
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And they said, "This is blood; the kings have surely fought together, and slain one another. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!"
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But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose and attacked the Moabites, till they fled before them; and they went forward, slaughtering the Moabites as they went.
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And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone, until it was covered; they stopped every spring of water, and felled all the good trees; till only its stones were left in Kir-har'eseth, and the slingers surrounded and conquered it.
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When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through, opposite the king of Edom; but they could not.
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Then he took his eldest son who was to reign in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there came great wrath upon Israel; and they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.

2 Kings chapter 4

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Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Eli'sha, "Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the LORD, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves."
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And Eli'sha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil."
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Then he said, "Go outside, borrow vessels of all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.
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Then go in, and shut the door upon yourself and your sons, and pour into all these vessels; and when one is full, set it aside."
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So she went from him and shut the door upon herself and her sons; and as she poured they brought the vessels to her.
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When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another." Then the oil stopped flowing.
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She came and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest."
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One day Eli'sha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food.
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And she said to her husband, "Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who is continually passing our way.
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Let us make a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there."
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One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there.
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And he said to Geha'zi his servant, "Call this Shu'nammite." When he had called her, she stood before him.
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And he said to him, "Say now to her, See, you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you? Would you have a word spoken on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?" She answered, "I dwell among my own people."
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And he said, "What then is to be done for her?" Geha'zi answered, "Well, she has no son, and her husband is old."
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He said, "Call her." And when he had called her, she stood in the doorway.
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And he said, "At this season, when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son." And she said, "No, my lord, O man of God; do not lie to your maidservant."
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But the woman conceived, and she bore a son about that time the following spring, as Eli'sha had said to her.
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When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers.
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And he said to his father, "Oh, my head, my head!" The father said to his servant, "Carry him to his mother."
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And when he had lifted him, and brought him to his mother, the child sat on her lap till noon, and then he died.
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And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.
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Then she called to her husband, and said, "Send me one of the servants and one of the asses, that I may quickly go to the man of God, and come back again."
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And he said, "Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor sabbath." She said, "It will be well."
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Then she saddled the ass, and she said to her servant, "Urge the beast on; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you."
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So she set out, and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When the man of God saw her coming, he said to Geha'zi his servant, "Look, yonder is the Shu'nammite;
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run at once to meet her, and say to her, Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?" And she answered, "It is well."
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And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet. And Geha'zi came to thrust her away. But the man of God said, "Let her alone, for she is in bitter distress; and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me."
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Then she said, "Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say, Do not deceive me?"
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He said to Geha'zi, "Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go. If you meet any one, do not salute him; and if any one salutes you, do not reply; and lay my staff upon the face of the child."
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Then the mother of the child said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So he arose and followed her.
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Geha'zi went on ahead and laid the staff upon the face of the child, but there was no sound or sign of life. Therefore he returned to meet him, and told him, "The child has not awaked."
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When Eli'sha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed.
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So he went in and shut the door upon the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.
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Then he went up and lay upon the child, putting his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands; and as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm.
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Then he got up again, and walked once to and fro in the house, and went up, and stretched himself upon him; the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
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Then he summoned Geha'zi and said, "Call this Shu'nammite." So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, "Take up your son."
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She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground; then she took up her son and went out.
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And Eli'sha came again to Gilgal when there was a famine in the land. And as the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, "Set on the great pot, and boil pottage for the sons of the prophets."
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One of them went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and cut them up into the pot of pottage, not knowing what they were.
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And they poured out for the men to eat. But while they were eating of the pottage, they cried out, "O man of God, there is death in the pot!" And they could not eat it.
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He said, "Then bring meal." And he threw it into the pot, and said, "Pour out for the men, that they may eat." And there was no harm in the pot.
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A man came from Ba'al-shal'ishah, bringing the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Eli'sha said, "Give to the men, that they may eat."
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But his servant said, "How am I to set this before a hundred men?" So he repeated, "Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, `They shall eat and have some left.'"
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So he set it before them. And they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

2 Thessalonians chapter 1

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Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
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Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
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Therefore we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you are enduring.
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This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering--
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since indeed God deems it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
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and to grant rest with us to you who are afflicted, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,
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inflicting vengeance upon those who do not know God and upon those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
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They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
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when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.
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To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power,
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so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians chapter 2

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Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren,
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not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
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Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,
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who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
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Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this?
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And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
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For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
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And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming.
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The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
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and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
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Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false,
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so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
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To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
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Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
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comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

2 Thessalonians chapter 3

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Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you,
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and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.
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But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from evil.
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And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things which we command.
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May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
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Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
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For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you,
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we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you.
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It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct an example to imitate.
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For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat.
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For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
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Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.
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Brethren, do not be weary in well-doing.
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If any one refuses to obey what we say in this letter, note that man, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
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Do not look on him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
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I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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