1Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a torch. 2It was he who brought famine on them and decimated them in his zeal. 3By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, three times also he brought down fire. 4How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah! Has anyone reason to boast as you have? - 5rousing a corpse from death, from Sheol, by the word of the Most High; 6dragging kings down to destruction, and high dignitaries from their beds; 7hearing a rebuke on Sinai and decrees of punishment on Horeb; 8anointing kings as avengers, and prophets to succeed you; 9taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses; 10designated in the prophecies of doom to allay God's wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts offathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. 11Blessed, those who wil see you, and those who have fal en asleep in love; for we too shal certainlyhave life. 12Such was Elijah, who was enveloped in a whirlwind; and Elisha was fil ed with his spirit; throughout hislife no ruler could shake him, and no one could subdue him. 13No task was too hard for him, and even in death his body prophesied. 14In his lifetime he performed wonders, and in death his works were marvel ous. 15Despite al this the people did not repent, nor did they give up their sins, until they were herded out oftheir country and scattered al over the earth; 16only a few of the people were left, with a ruler of the House of David. Some of them did what pleasedthe Lord, others piled sin on sin. 17Hezekiah fortified his city, and laid on a water-supply inside it; with iron he tunnelled through the rockand constructed storage-tanks. 18In his days Sennacherib invaded and sent Rabshakeh; he lifted his hand against Zion, and boastedloudly in his arrogance. 19Then their hearts and hands trembled, they felt the pangs of a woman in labour, 20but they cal ed on the merciful Lord, stretching out their hands towards him. Swiftly the Holy Oneheard them from heaven and delivered them by the agency of Isaiah; 21he struck the camp of the Assyrians and his Angel annihilated them. 22For Hezekiah did what is pleasing to the Lord, and was steadfast in the ways of David his father,enjoined on him by the prophet Isaiah, a great man trustworthy in his vision. 23In his days the sun moved back; he prolonged the life of the king. 24In the power of the spirit he saw the last things, he comforted the mourners of Zion, 25he revealed the future to the end of time, and hidden things long before they happened.
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