And Saul agreed completely with killing 1 him.Now on that day a great 2 persecution began 3 against the church in Jerusalem, 4 and all 5 except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions 6 of Judea and Samaria.
Now in that city was a man named Simon, who had been practicing magic 1 and amazing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great.
Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord says, ‘About this time tomorrow a seah 1 of finely milled flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.’”
The people of the Negev 1 will take possession 2 of Esau’s mountain, and the people of the Shephelah 3 will take possession 4 of the land of 5 the Philistines. They will also take possession of the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria, and the people of Benjamin will take possession 6 of Gilead. 7
Samaria’s food supply ran out. 1 They laid siege to it so long that 2 a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 3 and a quarter of a kab 4 of dove’s droppings 5 for five shekels of silver. 6
The splendid crown of Ephraim’s drunkards will be trampled underfoot.
But the Lord’s angelic messenger told Elijah the Tishbite, “Get up, go to meet the messengers from the king of Samaria. Say this to them: ‘You must think there is no God in Israel! That explains why you are on your way to seek an oracle from Baal Zebub the god of Ekron. 1
His officer Pekah son of Remaliah conspired against him. He and fifty Gileadites assassinated Pekahiah, as well as Argob and Arieh, in Samaria in the fortress of the royal palace. 1 Pekah then took his place as king.
He looked for Ahaziah, who was captured while hiding in Samaria. 1 They brought him to Jehu and then executed him. They did give him a burial, for they reasoned, 2 “He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with his whole heart.” There was no one in Ahaziah’s family strong enough to rule in his place. 3
The king of Assyria was told, 1 “The nations whom you deported and settled in the cities of Samaria do not know the requirements of the God of the land, so he has sent lions among them. They are killing the people 2 because they do not know the requirements of the God of the land.”
and in the presence of his colleagues 1 and the army of Samaria 2 he said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they be left to themselves? 3 Will they again offer sacrifice? Will they finish this in a day? Can they bring these burnt stones to life again from piles of dust?”
Ben Hadad 1 said, “I will return the cities my father took from your father. You may set up markets 2 in Damascus, just as my father did in Samaria.” 3 Ahab then said, “I want to make a treaty with you before I dismiss you.” 4 So he made a treaty with him and then dismissed him.
Oded, a prophet of the Lord, was there. He went to meet the army as they arrived in Samaria and said to them: “Look, because the Lord God of your ancestors was angry with Judah he handed them over to you. You have killed them so mercilessly that God has taken notice. 1
Men were assigned to take the prisoners and find clothes among the plunder for those who were naked. 1 So they clothed them, supplied them with sandals, gave them food and drink, and provided them with oil to rub on their skin. 2 They put the ones who couldn’t walk on donkeys. 3 They brought them back to their brothers at Jericho, 4 the city of the date palm trees, and then returned to Samaria.