1Till like a fire there appeared the prophet whose words were as a flaming furnace. f 1 Kgs 17, 1 . 2Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; 3By God’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. g 1 Kgs 17, 1; 2 Kgs 1, 9–14 . 4How awesome are you, ELIJAH! Whose glory is equal to yours? 5You brought a dead man back to life from the nether world, by the will of the LORD. h 1 Kgs 17, 22 . 6You sent kings down to destruction, and nobles, from their beds of sickness. i 1 Kgs 21, 19; 2 Kgs 1, 17 . 7You heard threats at Sinai, at Horeb avenging judgments. j 1 Kgs 19, 8ff . 8You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance, and a prophet as your successor. k 1 Kgs 19, 15ff . 9You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses. l 2 Kgs 2, 11 . 10You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. m Mal 3, 23f; Mt 17, 10 . 11Blessed is he who shall have seen you before he dies, 12O Elijah, enveloped in the whirlwind! n 2 Kgs 2, 9; 3, 13 .
Then ELISHA, filled with a twofold portion of his spirit,* wrought many marvels by his mere word. During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will. 13Nothing was beyond his power; o 13f: 2 Kgs 13, 21 . beneath him flesh was brought back into life. 14In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. 15Despite all this the people did not repent, nor did they give up their sins, Until they were rooted out of their land and scattered all over the earth. But Judah remained, a tiny people, with its rulers from the house of David. p 2 Kgs 15, 29; 18, 11 . 16Some of these did what was right, but others were extremely sinful.
Hezekiah and Isaiah*
17 HEZEKIAH fortified his city and had water brought into it; q 2 Kgs 20, 20; 2 Chr 32, 3ff. 30 . With iron tools he cut through the rock and he built reservoirs for water. 18During his reign Sennacherib led an invasion, and sent his adjutant; He shook his fist at Zion and blasphemed God in his pride. r 2 Kgs 18, 13ff; Is 36, 1ff . 19The people’s hearts melted within them, and they were in anguish like that of childbirth. 20But they called upon the Most High God and lifted up their hands to him; He heard the prayer they uttered, and saved them through ISAIAH. s 2 Kgs 19, 20 . 21God struck the camp of the Assyrians and routed them with a plague. t 2 Kgs 19, 35; Is 37, 36 . 22For Hezekiah did what was right and held fast to the paths of David, As ordered by the illustrious prophet Isaiah, who saw the truth in visions. 23In his lifetime he turned back the sun and prolonged the life of the king. u 2 Kgs 20, 11; Is 38, 8 . 24By his powerful spirit he looked into the future v 24f: 2 Kgs 20, 17; Is 40, 1ff; 42, 9; 46, 10; 48, 6; 61, 2 . and consoled the mourners of Zion; 25He foretold what should be till the end of time, hidden things yet to be fulfilled.