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Solomon's prayer.

II, CHRONICLES.

His solemn sacrifice. by justifying the rightcous, by giving hinn ac-1.40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes cording to his righteousness.

be open, and let ihine ears be attent unto the 24 11 And if thy people Israel be put to the prayer that is made in this place. worse before the enemy, because they have sin- 41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy ned against thee; and shall return and confess resting-place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: thy name, and pray and inake supplication be- let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salfore thee in this house;

vation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and for- 42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of give the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them thine anointed : remember the mercies of David again unto the land which thou gavest to them thy servant. and to their fathers.

CHAP. VII. 26 17 When the heaven is shut up, and there Solemn dedication of the temple. is no rain, because they have sinned against luce, yet ir they pray toward this place, and Now when Solomon had made ani end of

praying, the fire came down from heaven, confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrithou dost afflict them;

fices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. 27 'Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive 2 And the priests could not enter into the house the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, of the LORD, becanse the glory of the LORD had when thou hast taught them the good way where-filled the Lord's house. in they should walk; and send rain upon thy 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how land, which thou hast given unto thy people for the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD an inheritance.

upon the house, they bowed themselves with 28 1 If there be dearth in the land, if there be their faces to the ground upon the pavement, pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, lo- and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, custs, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege For he is good; for his inercy endureth for ever. them in the cities of their land; whatsoever 4 11 Then the king and all the people offered sore, or whatsoever sickness there be :

sacrifices before the LORD. 29 Then what prayer, or what supplication so- 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenever shall be made of any man, or of all thy ly and two thousand oxen, and a hundred and people Israel, when every one shall know his twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the own sore, and his own gries, and shall spread people dedicated the house of God. forth his hands in this house;

6 And the priests waited on their offices: the 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling- Levites also with instruments of inusic of the place, and forgive, and render unto every inan LORD, which David the king had made to praise according unto all his ways, whose heart thou the Lord, because his mercy endureth for ever, knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of when David praised by their ministry; and the the children of men :)

priests sounded trumpets before then, and all 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy Israel stood. ways, so long as they live in the land which| 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the thou gavest unto our fathers.

court that was before the house of the Lord: for 32 11 Moreover, concerning the stranger, which there he offered burnt-offerings, and the fat of the is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a peacc-offerings, because the brazen altar which far country for thy great name's sake, and thy Solomon bad made was not able to receive the mighty hand, and thy stretched-out arm; if they burnt-offerings and the meat-offerings, and the fat. come and pray in this house;

8 1 Also at the same time Solomon kept the 33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that great congregation, from the cntering in of Hathe stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of math unto the river of Egypt. the earth may know thy nane, and fear thice, as 9 And in the eighth day they niade a solemn doth thy people Israel, and may know that this assembly: for they kept the dedication of the house which I have built is called by thy name. altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

34 If thy people go out to war against their ene- 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the mies by the way that thou shalt send them, and seventh month he sent the people away into they pray unto thee toward this city which thou their tents, glad and merry in licart for the good: hast chosen, and the house which I have built ness that the LORD had sliewed unto David, and for thy name;

to Solomon, and to Israel his people. 35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and their supplication, and maintain their cause, and the king's house: and all that came into Solo

36 If they sin against thee, (sor there is no man mon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with and in his own housc, he prosperously effected. them, and deliver them over before their ene- 12. 1 And the Lord appeared to Solonion by mies, and they carry them away captives unto a night, and said unto him, I have heard thy land far off or near;

prayer, and have chosen this place to myself i Vet if they bothink themselves in the land for a house of sacrifice. w) er they are carried captive, and turn and. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, of pra, unto thee in the land of their captivity, if I command the locusts to devour the land, or saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, if I send pestilence among my people; and have dealt wickedly;

14 If my people, which are called by my name, 38 If they return to thee with all their heart and shall humble themselves, and pray, and scek iny with all their soul in the land of their captivity, face, and turn from their wicked ways; then whither they have carried the captives, and will I hear from heaven, and will forgive thcir pray toward their land which thou gavest unto sin, and will heal their land. their fathers, and toward the city which thou 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine cars hast chosen, and toward the house which 1 attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. have built for thy name;

16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, onen from house, that iny name may be there for ever: and thy dwelling-place, their prayer and their sup- mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually. plications, and maintain their cause, and forgive 17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, uiy people which have sinned against thee. las David thy father walked, and do according to

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Solomon's buildings.

CHAP VIII, IX. His nary fetcheth gold from Ophir all that I have commanded thee, and shalt ob- of every day required: the porters also by their serve my statutes and my judgments :

courses at every gale: for so had David the man 18 Then will I establish the throne of thy king of God commanded. dom according as I have covenanted with David 15 And they departed not from the commandthy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a inert of the king unto the priests and Levites conman to be ruler in Israel.

cerning any matter, or concerning the treasures. 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes 16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared and my commandments, which I diave set before to the day of the foundation of the house of you, and shall go and serve other gods, and wor- the Lord, and until was finished. So the ship them;

house of the LORD was perfected. 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out 17 4 Then went Solomon 10 Ezion-geber, and of my land which I have given them; and this to Eloth, at the sea-side in the land of Edoin. house, which I have sanctified for my name, 18 And Muram sent him by the hands of his serwill i'cast out of my sight, and will make it to vants, ships, and servants that had knowledge of be a proverb and a by-word among all nations. the sea; and they went with the servants of Solo21 And this house, which is high, shall be an mon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and astonishment to every one that passcth by it; so fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Sothat he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus lomon. unto this land, and unto this house ?

CHAP. IX. 22 And it shall be answered, Because they Queen of Sheba visits Solomon. forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which

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ND when the queen of Sheba heard of the brought thein forth out of the land of Egypt, and fame of Solomon, she came to prove Sololaid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, mon with hard questions at Jerusalein, with a and served them: therefore hath he brought all very great company, and camels that bare spices, this evil upon them.

and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and CIAP. VIII.

when she was come to Solomon, she communed Solomon's yearly sacrifices.

with hiin of all that was in her heart. A all

years, wherein Solomon had built the house there was nothing hid from Solomon which he of the LORD, and his own house,

told her not. 2 That the cities which Huram had restored to 3 And when the qucen of Sheba had seen the wisSolomon, Solomon built them, and caused the dom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, children of Israel to dwell there.

4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of 3 And Solomon went to llamath-zobah, and his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, prevailed against it.

and their apparel ; his cup-bearers also, and their 4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and apparel; and his ascent by which he went up all the store-cities, which he built in Hamath. into the house of the LORD; there was no more

5 Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-spirit in her. koron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, 5 And she said to the king, It was a true reand bars;

port which I heard in mine own land of thine 6 And Baalath, and all the store-cities that So- acts, and of thy wisdom: lomon had, and all the chariot-cities, and the 6 Howbeit, I believed not their words, until I cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon de came, and mine eyes had seen it: and behold, the sired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not throughout all the land of his dominion.

told me: for thou exceedest the same that I heard. 71 As for all the people that were lest of the 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy Ilittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, servants, which stand continually before thee, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were and hear thy wisdom. not of Israel,

8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delight8 But of their children, who were left after ed in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for them in the land, whom the children of Israel the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay to establish them for ever, therefore made he chce tribute until this day.

king over them, to do judgment and justice. 9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon 9 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty make no servants for his work; but they were talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, men of war, and chief of his captains, and cap- and precious stones: neither was there any such tains of his chariots and horsemen.

spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's 10 And the servants also or Iluram, and the serofficers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare vants of Solomon, which brought gold from rule over the people.

Ophir, brought algum-trees and precious stones. 11 | And Solomon brought up the daughter of 11 And the king made of the algum-trees terraces Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace, that he had built for her: for he said, My wife and harps and psalteries for singers: and thera sl:all not dwell in the house of David king of were none such seen before in the land of Juda? Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto 12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sul the ark of the LORD hath come.

all lier desire, whatsoever slie asked, besides illit 12 11 Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto which she had brought unto the king. So she the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he turned, and went away to her own land, she and had built before the porch,

her servants. 13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering 13 Now the weight of gold that came to Soloaccording to the commandment of Moses, on the mon in one year was six hundred and threescore sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the so- and six talents of gold; lemn fcasts, three tiines in the year, even in the 14 Besides that which chapmen and merchants feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of brought. And all the kings of Arabia and goverweeks, and in the feast of tabernacles

nors of the country brought gold and silver lo 14 I And he appointed, according to the order Solomon. or David his father, the courses of the priests to 15 11 And king Solomon made two hundred their service, and the Levites to their charges, to targets of beaten gold: sis hundred shekels of praise and minister before the priests, as the duty beaten gold went to one target.

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Souomon's reign and death

II. CHRONICLES.

Rehoboam's proud answer 16 And three hundred shields

made ke of beaten that were brought up with him, that stood begold : three hundred shekels of gold went to one fore him. shield. And the king put them in the house of 9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye the forest of Lebanon.

that we may return answer to this people, which 17 T Moreover, the king made a great throne or have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. yoke that thy father did put upon us ?

18 And there were six steps to the throne, with 10 And the young men that were brought up a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the with him, spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt throne, and stays on each side of the sitting-thou answer the people that spake unto thee, place, and two lions standing by the stays: saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but

19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side inake thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt and on the other upon the six steps. There was thou say unto them, My little finger shall be not the like made in any kingdom.

thicker than my father's loins. 20 1 And all the drinking vessels of king Solo- 11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke i mon were of gold, and all the vessels of the upon you, I will put more to your yoke:

my fahouse of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: ther chastised you with whips, bui l will chasnone were of silver; it was not any thing ac- tise you with scorpions. counted of in the days of Solomon.

12 Šo Jeroboam and all the people came to Ro21 For the king's ships went 10 Tarshish with hoboam on the third day, as the king bade, sayo the servants of Huram: every three years once ing, Come again to me on the third day. came the ships of 'Tarshish bringing gold, and 13 And the king answered them roughly; and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 22 And king Solonnon passed all the kings of 14 And answered them after the advice of the the earth in riches and wisdom.

young men, saying, My father made your yoke 23 | And all the kings of the earth sought the heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised presence of Solomon, to liear his wisdom, that you with whips, but I will chastise you will God had put in his heart.

scorpions. 24 And they brought every man his present, ves- 15 So the king hearkcned not unto the people: sels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, for the cause was of God, that the LORD might harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate perform his word, which he spake by the hand of year by year.

Alijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for 16' And when all Israel saw that the king horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horse- would not hearken unto them, the people an men ; whom he bestowed in the chariot-cities, swered the king, saying, What portion have we and with the king at Jerusalem.

in David ? and we have none inheritance in the line 26 11 And he reigned over all the kings from the son

of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: river even unto the land of the Philistines, and and now, David, see to thine own house. So all to the border of Egypt.

Israel went to their tents. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as 17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in stones, and cedar-trees made he as the sycaniore- the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over thein. trees that are in the low plains in abundance. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was

28 And they brought unto Solonion horses out over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned of Egypt, and out of all lands.

him with stones, that he died. But king Relio29 ^ Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first boam made speed to get him up to his charint, and last, are they not written in the book of Na-to flee to Jerusalem. than the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah 19 And Israel rebelled against the house of Dathe Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer vid unto this day. against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?

CHAP. XI. 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Rehoboam reigns over Judah. Jsrael forty years. 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he

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ND when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, was buried in the city of David his father : aud min a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men Rchoboam his son reigned in his stead. which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that CHAP. X.

he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. Revolt of the ten tribes.

2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah ND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to She- the man of God, saying, 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son king of Judalı, and to all Israel in Judah and of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he lrad filed Benjamin, saying, from the presence of Solomon the king, heard 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. fight against your brethren: return every man 10

3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and his house: for this thing is done of me. And all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, they obeyed the words of the LORD, and return. 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: nowed from going against Jeroboam. therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous ser- 5 11 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and viunde of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he built cities for defence in Judah. put upon us, and we will serve thee.

6 lle built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and 5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me Tekoa, after three days. And the people departed. 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

6.1 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the 8 and Gath, and Mareshalı, and Ziph, old men that had stood before Solomon his father 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which ye me to return answer to this people ? are in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities. 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put kind to this people, and please them, and speak captains in them, and store of victual, and of good words to them, they will be thy servants oil and wine. for ever.

12 And in every several city he put shields and 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men spears, and made then exceeding strong having gave him, and took counsel with the young men \Judah and Benjamin on his side

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CHAP. XII, XIII. Reign and death of Rehoboam 13 11 And the priests and the Levites that were sbields of brass, and committed them to the hands in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance

14 (For the Levites left their suburbs and their of the king's house. possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem : 11 And when the king entered into the house for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, executing the priest's oflice unto the LORD: and brought them again into the guard-chamber. 15 And he ordained him priests for the high 12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of places, and for the devils, and for the calves the LORD turned from him, that he would not which he had made.)

destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things 16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel, went well. such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of 13 11 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Israel came to Jerusalemn, to sacrifice unto the Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboami was one LORD God of their fathers.

and forty years old when he began to reign, and 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes three years: for three years they walke the of Israel, to put his name there. And his mno way of David and Solomon.

ther's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 18 | And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the 14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, heart to seek the LORD. and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are

19 Which bare him children, Jeush, and Sha- Uiey not written in the book of Shenaiah' the marial, and Zaham.

prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning gene20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter alogies ? And there were wars between Rehoboof Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, am and Jeroboam continually. and Ziza, and Shelomith.

16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his of Absalom above all liis wives and his concu- son reigned iu his stead. bines: (for he took eighteen wives, and three

CHAP. XIII. score concubines; and begat twenty and eight Abijak overcometh Jeroboam. 22 Ảnd Rehoboan made" Alijah the son of Ma-Now in ticeighteenth year of king Jeroboam

began Abijah to reign over Judah. achah the chief, to be ruler anong his brethren: 2 le reigned three years in Jerusalem. Hig for he thought to make him king.

mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter 23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war betweeu children throughout all the countries of Judah Abijah and Jeroboam. and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he 3 Ånd Abijah set the battle in array with an gave them victual in abundance. And he de- arny of valiant men of war, even four hundred sired many wives.

thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the batCHAP. XII.

tle in array against him with eight hundred thouRehoboam punished by Shishak. sand chosen men, being mighty men of valour. A and , ? ,

ND it came to pass, when Rehoboam had 4 1 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaened hiniself, he forsook the law of the LORD, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; and all Israel with hiin..

5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of ? And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for king Reloboam, Shishak king of Egypt camc up ever, even to him and to his sous by a covenant against Jerusalein, because they had transgress- of salt ? ed against the LORD,

6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the servant 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and thousand horsemen : and the people were with-hath rebelled against his lord. out number that came with him out of Egypt;17 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the Lubins, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. the children of Belial, and have strengthened

4 And he took the fenced cities which perlain-themselves against Rehoboam the son of Sulo. ed to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

mon, when Rehoboam was young and tender. 591 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Re- hearted, and could not withstand them. hoboain, and to the princes of Judah, that were 8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shi- the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye shak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, be a great multitude, and there are with you goldYe have forsaken me, and therefore have I also en calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. left you in the hand of Shishak.

9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, 6 Whereupon the princes of Israel, and the king the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD made you priests after the manner of the nations is righteous.

of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to 7 And when the Lord saw that they humbled consecrate himself with a young bullock and thiemselves, the word of the Lord came to She- seven rains, the same may be a priest of them maiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; that are no gods. Therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant 10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we them some deliverance; and iny wrath shall not have not forsaken him; and the priests, which be poured out upon Jerusalení by the land of minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, Slishak.

and the Levites wait upon their business : 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants ; that 11 And they burn unto the LORD every morrthey may know my service, and the service of ing and every evening burnt-sacrifices and sweet the kingdoms of the countries.

incense: the shew-bread also set they in order 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the with the lamps thereof to burn every evening: house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's for we keep the charge of the Lord our God; bouse; he took all: he carried away also the unit ye have forsaken bim. shields of gold which Solomon had made. 12 And behold, Cod hiniself is with us for our 10 Instead of which, king Rehoboam made!captain, and his priests with souding trumpels

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Asa succeedeth Abijah.

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He overcometh the Ethioptans in cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, tude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man fight ye not against the LORD God of your fa-prevail against thee. thers; for ye shall not prosper.

12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, 13 1 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. come about behind them: so they were before 13 And Asa and the people that were with him Judah, and the ambushment was behind them. pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians

14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the were overthrown, that they could not recover battle was before and behind: and they cried un-themselves; for they were destroyed before the to the LORD, and the priests sounded with the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away trunpets.

very much spoil. 15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and 14 And they smote all the cities round about as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, Gerar; for the fear of the Lord came upon then: that God smote Jeroboain and all Israel before and they spoiled all thic cities; for there was exAbijah and Judah.

ceeding much spoil in them. 16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: 15 They smotc also the tents of cattle, and carand God delivered them into their hand. ried away sheep and camels in abundance, and

17 And Abijah and his people slew them with returned io Jerusalem. a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Is

CHAP. XV. rael five hundred thousand chosen men.

Asa's covenant with God. 18 Thus the children of Israel were brought un

A sobe Spirit of God came upon Azariah die der at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God? And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto of their fathers.

him, flear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Ben19 And A bijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took jamin; The LORD is with you, while yo be with cities from him, Beth-el with the towns there- him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; of, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you, Ephrain with the towns thereof.

3 Now for a long season Israel hath been witr 20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again out the true God, and without a teaching priest, in the days of Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and without law. and he died.

4 But when they in their trouble did turn into 21 !! But Abijah waxed mighty, and married the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, hic was fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, fouud of them. and sixteen daughters.

And in those times there was no peace to him 22 And the rest of the acts of Alijah, and his that went out, nor to him that came in, but great ways, and his sayings, are written in the story vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the of the prophet Iddo.

countries. CHAP. XIV.

6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city Asa destroyeth idolatry.

of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Soilijah slept witlo his fathers, and they bus ba Bec xe strong, therefore, and let noe your bands son reigned in his stead. In his days the land 8 And when Asa lieard these words, and the was quiet ten years.

prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, 2 And Asa did that which was good and right and put away the abominable idols out of all the in the eyes of the LORD his God :

land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the ci3 For he took away the altars of the strange ties which he had taken from mount Ephraim, gods, and the high places, and brake down the and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was beimages, and cut down the groves:

fore the porch of the LORD. 4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God 9 And lie gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and of their fathers, and to do the law and the con- the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Mamiandment.

nasseh, and out of Simeon : for they sell to him 5 Also he took away ontof all the cities of Judah out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the high places and ihe images: and the kingdom the Lord his God was with him. was quiet before him.

10 So they gathered themselves together at Jc611 And he built fenced cities in Judah : for the rusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year land had rest, and he had no war in those years; of the reign of Asa. because the Lord had given hini rest.

11 And they offered unto the LORD thesame time, 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build of the spoil which they had brought, seven hunthese cities, and make about them walls, and tow- ured oxen and seven ihousand sleep. ers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the us; because we bave sought the LORD Our God, LORD God of their fathers with all their heart we have sought him, and he hath given us rest and with all their soul; on every side. So they built, and prospered. 13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD

8 And Asa had an army of men that bare tar-God of Israel should be put to death, whether gets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thou- small or great, whether man or woman, sund; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and 14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand : voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and all these were mighty men of valour.

with cornets. 9.1! And there came out against them Zerah the 15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath : for they Ethiopian, with a host of a thousand thousand, had sworn with all their heart, and sought himn and three hundred chariots; and came unto Ma- with their whole desire; and he was found of reshah.

them: and the Lord gave them rest round about. 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set 16 11 And also concerning Manchah the mother the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah ai of Asa theking, le removed her from being queen, Mareshah.

because she had made an idol in a grove: and 11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whe-lit at the brook Kidron. ther with many, or with them that have 110 pow 17 But the higlı places were 1101 taken away out er: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on of Israel: neverilieless the heart of Asu was per thee, and in thy name we go against this multi-licct all his days.

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