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Solomon's wisdom and magnificence. I. KINGS.

His wides and concubinch the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.(more-trees that are in the vale, for abundance.

6 And she said to the king, It was a true report 28 11 And Solomon had horses brought out of that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants rethy wisdom.

ceived the linen yarn at a price. 7 Huwbeit, I believed not the words, until I 29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt came, and mine eyes had seen it: and behold, for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for the half was not told me: thy wisdom and pros- a hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of peritv exceedeth the fame which I heard. the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they

8 happy are thy men, happy are these thy ser- bring them out by their means. vants, which stand continually before thee, and

CHAP. XI. that hear thy wisdom.

Solomon seduced to idolatry. 9 Blessed be the Lornethy God. Whiab oblighted Bihenkinge

Sodominh lovede ungary stranger wothe Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, he thee king, to do judgment and justice. Zidonians, and Hittites;

10 And she gave the king a hundred and twen-| 2 of the nations concerning which the LORD said ty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, unto the children of Israel," Ye shall not go in to and precious stones: there came no more such them, neither shall they come in unto you: for abundance of spices as these which the queen surely they will turn away your heart after their of Sheba gave to king Solomon.

gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 11 Ard the navy also of Hiram, that brought 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great and three hundred concubines: and his wives plenty of almug-trees, and precious stones. turned away his heart. 12 And the king made of the almug-trees pillars 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, that his wives turned away his heart after other harps also and psalteries for singers: there came gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD no such almug-trees, nor were seen unto this day. his God, as was the heart of David his father. 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the godSheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, be-dess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abosides that which Solomon gave her of his royal mination of the Ammonites. bounty. So she turned and went to her own 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, country, she and her servants.

and went not fully after the LORD, as did David 14 1 Now the weight of gold that came to So- his father. lomon in one year was six hundred threescore 7 Then did Solomon build a high place for Cheand six talents of gold,

mosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that 15 Besides that he had of the merchantmen, and is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomiof the traffick of the spice-merchants, and of all nation of the children of Ammon. the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, country.

which burntincense and sacrificed untotheirgods. 16 | And king Solomon made two hundred 911 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, betargets of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of cause his heart was turned from the LORD God gold went to one target.

of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten 10 And had commanded him concerning this gold; three pounds of gold went to one shield: thing, that he should not go after other gods: but and the king put them in the house of the forest he kept not that which the LORD commanded. of Lebanon.

11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, For18 | Moreover, the king made a great throne asmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not. of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. kept my covenant and my statutes which I have 19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom throne was round behind : and there were stays from thee, and will give it to thy servant. on either side on the place of the seat, and two 12 Notwithstanding, in thy days I will not do it lions stood beside the stays.

for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side out of the hand of thy son. and on the other upon the six steps: there was 13 Howbeit, I will not rend away all the kingnot the like made in any kingdom.

dom; but will give one tribe to thy son, for Da21 1 And all king Solomon's drinking vessels vid my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of which I have chosen. the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none 14 11 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the the days of Solomon.

king's seed in Edom. 22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish' 15 Forit came to pass, when David was in Edom, with the navy of Hiram: once in three years, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and bury the slain, after he had smitten every male silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

in Edom; 23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of 10 (For six months did Joab remain there with the earth for riches and for wisdom.

all Israel, until he had cut offevery malein Edom:) 24 | And all the earth sought to Solomon, to 17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. of his father's servants with him, to go into

25 And they brought every man his present, Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and gar- 18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to ments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, Paran: and they took men with them out of a rate year by year.

Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh 26 1 Ånd Solomon gathered together chariots, king of Egypt; which gave him a house, und and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four appointed him victuals, and gave him land. hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horse-19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of men, whom he bestowed in the cities for cha. Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of riots, and with the king at Jerusalem.

his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen 27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem 20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genu as stones, and cedars made he to be as the syca-l bath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pha

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Ten tribes revolt from Rehoboam.

I. KINGS.

The disobedient prophet slain with stones, that he died. Therefore king Re-lheard the saying of the man of God, which had hoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, cried against the altar in Beth-el, ilat he put to flee to Jerusalem.

forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold 19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David on him. And his hand, which he put forth against unto this day.

him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in 20 And it came to pass when all Israel heard that again to him. Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and call- 5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured ed him unto the congregation, and made him king out from the altar, according to the sign which over all Israel: there was none that followed the the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. 6 And the king answered and said unto the

21 1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusa- man of God, Entreat now the face of the Lord lem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and fourscore restored me again. And the man of God besought thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him fight against the house of Israel, to bring the again, and became as it was before. kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. 7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come

22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will the man of God, saying,

give thee a reward. 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, 8 And the man of God said unto the king, If king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and thou wilt give me half thy house, I will not go Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink saying,

water in this place : 24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor 9 For so was it charged me by the word of the fight against your brethren the children of Israel: LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return every man to his house; for this thing is turn again by the same way that thou camest. from me. They hearkened therefore to the word 10 So he went another way, and returned not of the LORD, and returned to depart, according by the way that he came to Beth-el. to the word of the LORD.

11 | Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth-el; 25 | Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount and his sons came and told him all the works Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from that the man of God had done that day in Beththence, and built Penuel.

el: the words which he had spoken unto the 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall king, them they told also to their father. the kingdom return to the house of David. 12 And their father said unto them, What way

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house went he ? for his sons had seen what way the of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart man of God went which came from Judah. of this people turn again unto their lord, even 13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thercon, kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 14 And went after the man of God, and found

28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made him sitting under an oak: and he said unto hind, two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too Art thou the man of God that camest from Ju much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy dah? And he said, I am. gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the 15 Then he said unto him, Come home with land of Egypt.

ine, and eat bread. 29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other 16 And he said, I may not return with thee, put he in Dan.

nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread noi 30 And this thing became a sin: for the people drink water with thee in this place: went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD,

31 And he made a house of high places, and Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, made priests of the lowest of the people, which nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. were not of the sons of Levi.

18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the thee into thy house, that he may eat bread and altar. So did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the drink water. But he lied unto him. calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el 19 So he went back with him, and did eat brcad the priests of the high places which he had made. in his house and drank water.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had 20 1 And it came to pass, as they sat at the tamade in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the eighth ble, that the word of the Lord came unto the month, even in the month which he had devised prophet that brought him back: of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the 21 And he cried unto the man of God that came children of Israel: and he offered upon the allar, from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forand burnt incense.

asmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the CHAP. XIII.

LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which Prophecy against the altar at Beth-el. the LORD thy God commanded thee,

Judah by the word of the LORD unto Beth-el: drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD and Jeroboain stood by the altar to burn incense. did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no wa

2 And he cried against the altar in the word ofter; thy carcass shall not come unto the sepul thc LORD, and said, O altar, aitar! thus saith the chrc of thy fathers. LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the 23 11 And it came to pass, after he had caten house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled bhall he offer the priests of the high places that for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall had brought back. be burnt upon thee.

24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, the way, and slew him: and his carcass was cast This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes stood by the carcass. that are upon it shall be poured out.

25 And behold, men passed by, and saw the 4 And it came to pass when king Jeroboam carcass cast in the way, and the lion standing by * Jeroboam's obstinacy.

CHAP. XIV.

Death of his son Abijah. the carcass : and they came and told it in the that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take city where the old prophet dwelt.

away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as 26 And when the prophet that brought him back a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone. from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man 11 Him that diethof Jeroboam in the city shall the of God, who was disobedient unto the word of dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the the LORD: therefore the Lord hath delivered him fowls of the air eat: for the LORD hath spoken it. unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain 12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own him, according to the word of the LORD, which house: and when thy feet enter into the city, he spake unto him.

the child shall die. 27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me 13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury the ass. And they saddled him.

him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the 28 And he went and found his carcass cast in the grave, because in him there is found some good way, and the ass and the lion standirg by the car- thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house cass: the lion had not eaten the carcass, nor torn of Jeroboam. the ass.

14 Moreover, the LORD shall raise him up a 29 And the prophet took up the carcass of the king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought Jeroboam that day: but what? even now. it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to 15 For the Lord'shall smite Israel, as a reed is mourn and to bury him.

shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel 30 And he laid his carcass in his own grave; and out of this good land, which he gave to their fathey mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother, thers, and shall scatter them beyond the river,

31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, because they have made their groves, provoking
that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, the Lord to anger.
then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of 16 And he shall give Israel up because of the
God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones : sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made

32 For the saying which he cried by the word of Israel to sin.
the LORD against the altar in Beth-el, and against 17 91 And Jeroboam's wise arose, and departed,
all the houses of the high places which are in the and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the
cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass. threshold of the door, the child died :

33 11 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from 18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned
his evil way, but made again of the lowest of for him, according to the word of the LORD,
the people priests of the high places: whosoever which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahi-
would, he consecrated him, and he became one jah the prophet.
of the priests of the high places.

19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he 34 And this thing became sin unto the house of warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings from off the face of the earth.

of Israel. CHAP. XIV.

20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned roere Prophecy against Jeroboam. two and twenty years: and he slept with his A Tickat time A bijāh the son of Jeroboam fell father andeNadálmhishecne reigned ombis stead2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray ed in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known old when he began to reign; and he reigned seto be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shi- venteen years in Jerusalem, the city which the loh : behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, told me that I should be king over this people. Ito put his name there: and his mother's name

3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels was Naamah an Ammonitess.
and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall| 22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord,
tell thee what shall become of the child. and they provoked him to jealousy with their

4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and sins which they had committed, above all that
went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. their fathers had done.
But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set 23 For they also built them high places, and
by reason of his age.

images and groves, on every high hill, and un-
Ś 11 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the der every green tree.
wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for 24 And there were also sodomites in the land :
her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou and they did according to all the abominations
say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, of the nations which the LORD cast out before
that she shall feign herself to be another woman.Ithe children of Israel.

6 And it was so, when Abijah heard the sound 25 T And it came to pass in the fifth year of
of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt
said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feign-came up against Jerusalem :
est thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to 26 And he took away the treasures of the house
thee with heavy tidings.

of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's 7 Go, tell Jeroboam, T'hus saith the LORD God of house; he even took away all: and he took away Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among all the shields of gold which Solomon had made the people, and made thee prince over my people 27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead Israel,

brazen shields, and committed them unto the
8 And rent the kingdom away from the house hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the
of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not door of the king's house.
been as iny servant David, who kept my com- 28 And it was so, when the king went into the
mandments, and who followed me with all his house of the LORD, that the guard baze them,
heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes; and brought them back into the guard-chamber

9 But hast done evil above all that were before 29 ^ Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and
thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other all that he did, are they not written in the book
gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
and hast cast me behind thy back:

30 And there was war between Rehoboam and
10 Therefore behold, I will bring evil upon the Jeroboam all their days.
hou se of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jero- 31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and
boam him that pisseth against the wall, and him was buried with his fathers in the city of David.

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Asa's good reign.

I. KINGS.

Jehoshaphat succeedeth him.
And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammo-king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and
niteks. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead. Mizpah.
CHAP. XV.

23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his
Reigns of Abijam, and Asa.

might, and all that he did, and the cities which the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. Chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in 2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And the time of his old age he was diseased in his his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter feet. of Abishalom.

24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buri3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, ed with his fathers in the city of David his father. which he had done before him: and his heart and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead. was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the 25 11 And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to heart of David his father.

reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king
4 Nevertheless, for David's sake did the LORD of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years.
his God give m a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up 26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and
his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem : walked in the way of his father, and in his sin

5 Because David did that which was right in the wherewith he made Israel to sin.
eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any 27 11 And Baasha the son of Abijah, of the house
thing that he commanded him all the days of his of Issachar, conspired against him; and Baasha
life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the
6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Philistines ; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege
Jeroboam all the days of his life.

to Gibbethon.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all 28 Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah
that he did, are they not written in the book of did Baasha slay him, and reigned in his stead.
the Chronicles of the kings of Judah ? And there 29 And it came to pass, when he reigned, that
was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not

8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had de buried him in the city of David : and Asa his son stroyed him, according unto the saying of the reigned in his stead.

LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the 9 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king Shilonite: of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.

30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he 10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jeru- sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his salem. And his mother's name was Maachah, provocation wherewith he provoked the LORD the daughter of Abishalom.

God of Israel to anger. 11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes 31 Il Now the rest of the acts of Nadah, and all of the LORD, as did David his father.

that he did, are they not written in the book of 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the the Chronicles of the kings of Israel ? land, and removed all the idols that his fathers 32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha had made.

king of Israel all their days. 13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he 33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began removed from being queen, because she had Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her in Tirzah, twenty and four years. idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.

34 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and 14 But the high places were not removed: never- walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin theless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD wherewith he made Israel to sin all his days.

CHAP. XVI. 15 And he brought in the things which his father Jehu's prophecy against Baasha. dedicated, into the house the , silver son of Hanani against Baasha, saying. and gold, and vessels.

2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, 16 4 And there was war between Asa and and made thee prince over my people Israel, and Baasha king of Israel all their days.

thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and
17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke
Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suf- me to anger with their sins;
fer any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baa-

18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that sha, and the posterity of his house ; and will
were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the
and the treasures of the king's house, and deliv- son of Nebat.
ered them into the hand of his servants : and 4 Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the
king Asa sent them to Ben-hadad, the son of dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the fields
Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that shall the fowls of the air eat.
dwelt at Damascus, saying,

5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what 19 There is a league between me and thee, and he did, and his might, are they not written in between my father and thy father : behold, I the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; 6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was come and break thy league with Baasha king of buried in Tirzah : and Elah his son reigned in Israel, that he may depart from me.

his stead. 20 Só Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and 7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the sent the captains of the hosts which he had sonof Hananicame the word of the LORD against against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Baasha, and against his house, even for all the Dan, and Abel-bethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, in prowith all the land of Naphtali.

voking him to anger with the work of his hands, 21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard in being like the house of Jeroboam; and bethereof, that he left off building of Ramah, and cause he killed him. dwelt in Tirzah.

8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of 22 Then king Asa made a proclamation through- Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign out all Judah ; none was exempted : and they over Israel in Tirzah, two years. took away the stones of Ramah, and the timber 9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded ; and chariots, conspired against him, as he was in

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