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Chap. Ix.

Gods covenant in a wifion. Hirams prefent 62 And the king, and all Ifrael with for fook the LORD their God,who brought him, offered facrifice before the LORD. forth their fathers out of the land of E63 And Solomon offered a facrifice of gypt, and have taken hold upon other peace-offerings, which he offered unto the gods, and have worshipped them, and ferLORD, two and twenty thousand oxen,and ved them: therefore hath the LORD an hundred and twenty thoufand fheep: fo brought upon them all this evil. the king and all the children of Ifrael de- to And it came to pafs at the end of dicated the houfe of the LORD, twenty years, when Solomon had built the 64 The fame day did the king hallow two houfes, the houfe of the LORD, and the middle of the court that was before the the kings houfe.

houfe of the LORD: for there he offered 11(Now Hiram the king of Tyre had burnt-offerings, and meat-offerings, and furnished Solomon with cedar-trees, and the fat of the peace offerings: becaufe the firre-trees, and with gold, according to all brafeu altar that was before the LORD, his defire) that then Solomon gave Hiram was too little to receive the burnt-offer- twenty cities in the land of Galilee. ings, and meat-offerings, and the fat of 12 And Hiram came out from Tyre, to the peace offerings. fee the cities which Solomon had given

65 And at that time Solomon held a him, and they pleafed him not. feaft, and all Ifrael with him, a great con- 12 And he faid, What cities are thefe gregation, from the entring in of Hanath, which thou haft given me, my brother? unto the river of Egypt, before the LORD And he called them the land of Cabul unte our God, feven dayes and feven dayes,even this day.

fourteen dayes.

14 And Hiram fent to the king fix fcore

66 On the eighth day he fent the people talents of gold. away: & they bleffed the king, & went un- 15. And this is the reafon of the levie to their tents joyfull and glad of heart, for which king Solomon raifed, for to build allgoodnels that the LORD had done for the houfe of the LORD,and his own houfe, David his fervant, & for Ifrael his people. and Millo, and the wall of Jerufalem, and CHAP. IX. Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer. 16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone

1 Gods covenant in a vision with Solomon. 13 The mutual prefents of Solomon and up, and taken Gezer,and burnt it with fire, Hiram. 21 His yearly facrifices, and flain the Canaanites that dwelt in the

ANn it came to pals when Solomon had city, and given it for a prefent unto his finished the building of the houfe of daughter, Solomons wife. the LORD,& the kings houfe, and all Solo- 17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethmons defire which he was pleafed to do, horon the nether, 2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the fecond time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon

18 And Baalath and Tadmor in the wil dernefs, in the land.

19 And all the cities of ftore that Solo3 And the LORD faid unto him, I have mon had, and cities for his chariot, and ciheard thy prayer and thy fupplication,that ties for his horfemen,and that which Solothou haft made beforeme: I have hallow- mon defired to build in Jerufalem, and in ed this houfe which thou haft built, to put Lebanon, and in al § land of his dominion. my name there for ever, andmine eyes and 20 And all the people that were left of mine heart fhall be there perpetually. the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hi4 And ifthou wilt walke before me, as vites, and Jebufites, which were not of David thy father walked, in integrity of the children of Ifrael, heart and in uprightnefs, to do according 21 Their children that were left after to all that I have commanded thee, and them in the land, whom the children of wilt keep my ftatutes and my judgements; Ifrael alfo were not able utterly to deftroy, 5 Then I willeftablish the throne of thy upon thofe did Solomon levie a tribute of kingdome upon Ifrael for ever, as I pro-bond-ferviceunto this day. mifed to David thy father, faying, There 22 But ofthe children of Ifrael did Sofhall not fail theé a man upon the throne lomon make no bond-men: but they were of Ifrael. men of war and his fervants, and his prin5 But if you fhalt at all turn from fol- ces, and his captains, and rulers of his lowing me, you or your children, and will chariots, and his horfemen. not keep my commandements and my fta- 23 Thiefe were the chief of the officers tutes, which I have fet before you, but go that were over Solcmons work, five hunand ferve other gods, and worship them: dred and fifty, which bare rule over the

Then will cut off Ifraelout of the people that wrought in the work.

land I have given them; and this houfe 24 But Pharaohs daughter came up which I have hallowed for my Name, will out of the city of David, unto her houfe I caft out of my fight, and Ifrael fhall be a which Solomon had built for her; then did proverb, and a by-word among all people: he build Millo.

8 And at this houfe which shigh, every 25 And three times in a year did Soone that paffeth by it fhall be aftonished, tomon offer burnt-offerings, and peaceand fhall hifs; and they fhall fay, Why offerings upon the altar which he built unhath the LORD done this unto this land, to the LORD, and he burnt incenfe upon and to this houfe. the altar that was before the LORD; Sobe 25¶ Ama

And they fhall anfiyer, Because they fuifhed the houfe.

I. Kings.

The queen of Sheba. Solomons magnificence. 26 And King Solomon made a navy to Solomon in one year, was ux hundred of fhips in Ezion-geber, which is befide threetcore and fix talents ofgold. Eloth, on the faore of the Red-fea, in the 15 Belides that be bad of the merchantland of Edom. men, and ofthe traffique of the fpicemerchants, and of all the kings of Arabias and of the governors of the country.

27 And Hiram fent in the navy his fervants, fhip-men, that had knowledge of the fea, with the fervants of Solomon. 28 And they came to Ophir, and fet from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon." CHAP. X. }

The queen of Sheba admireth the wifedom
of Solomon. 14 His riches.

A the fame of Salomon, concerning the
Nd when the queen of Sheba heard of

name of the LORD, fhe came to prove him
with hard questions.

2 And he came to Jerufalem with a very great train, with camels, y bare fpices,and very much gold, and precious ftones: and when he was come to Solomon, the conmuned with .im ofal that was in her heart 3 And Solomon told her all her queftions; there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.

4 And when the queen of Sheba had feen all Solomons wisdom, and the houfe that he had built,

5 And the meat of his table, and the fitting of his fervants, and the attendance of his minifters, and their apparel, and his cup-bearers, and his afcent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD: there was no more fpirit in her.

6 And the faid to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land, of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

7 Howbeit, I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had feen it: and behold, the half was not told me: thy wildom and profperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy fervants, which ftand continually betore thee: and that hear thy wifedome.

9 Bieffed be the LORD thy God which delighted in thee, to fet thee on the throne of Ifrael: becaufe the LORD loved Ifrael for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgement and justice.

16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: fix hundred shekels of gold went to one target.

17 And be made three hundred fhields of beaten gold's three pound of gold went to one fhield; and the king put them in the houfe of the forreft of Lebanon. of ivory, and over laid it with beft gold. 18 Moreover, king made a great throne

19 The throne had fix fteps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there pereftaves on either tide on the place off feat, and two lions ftood befide the ftaves.

20 And twelve lions ftood there on the one fide, and on the other upon the fix fteps; there was not the like made in any kingdome.

21 Andall King Solomons drinking vellels were of gold, and all the veffels of the houfe of the forrelt of Lebanon were of pure gold,none were of filver,it was nothing accounted of iny dayes ofSolomon:

22 For the king had at fea a navie of Tarhifh, with the navie of Hiram, once in three years came the navie of Tarthith. bringing gold and filver, ivorie, and apes, and peacocks.

23 Soking Solomon exceeded all y kings of the earth, for riches and for wifedome.

24 And all the earth fought to Solomon to hear his wifdom, which God had put in his heart.

25 And they brought every man his prefent, vellels of filver & veffels-of gold, and garments and armour, and fpices,horfes and mules, a rate year by year. 26 And Solomon gathered together thousand and foure hundred chariots, and twelve thoufand horfemen, whom he be ftowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerufalem.

27 And the king made filver to be in Jerufalem as bones, and cedars made he to to And the gave the king an hundred be as the fycomore-tress, that are in the and twenty talents of gold, and offpices vale for abundance.

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very great ftore,and precious tones: there 28. And Solomon had horfes brought came no more fuch abundance of fpices, as out of Egypt,and linen yarn; kings mer thefe, which the queen of Sheba gave to chants received the linen yarn at a price. king Solomon. 29 Anda chariot came up and went out II And the navie alfo, of Hiram that of Egypt for ux hundred hekels of Giver brought gold from Ophir, brought in from and an Forfe for an hundred and fifty; and Ophir great plenty of almug-trees, and fo for all the kings of the Hittites, and for precious ftones. the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.

12 And the king made of the almug trees, pillars for the houfe of the LORD, and for the kings houfe, harpsalfo & pfalteries for fingers: there came no fuch almug trees, nor were feen unto this day 13 Andicing Solomon gave unto queen

CHAP. XI. 1 Solomons wives and concubines: bis old age they draw bim to idolatry

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women ( together with the daughter ebelides that which Solomongave her of monites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hitof Sheba,all her defire whatsoever he ask- of Pharaoh)women ofthe Moabites, Am

1. royal bounty fo the turned and went to herown country, the and her fervants.

tites:

2 Ofthe nations concerning which the 14 Now the weight of gold that game LORD faid unto the children of Ifrael, fe

Solomons wives.

Chap. xi. Solomons adverfaries fill not go into them, neither hall they 20 And the fifter of Tahpenes bare him come in unto you, for furely they will turn Genubath his fon, whom Talpenes weauaway your heart after theirgods: Solo- ed in Pharaohs houfe: and Genubath was mon clave unto thefe in love. in Pharaohs houfhold among the fons of Pharaoh.

3 And he had feven hundred wives, princeffes, and three hundred concubines: 21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt and his wives turned away his heart. that David flept with his fathers, and that 4 For it came to pafs when Solomon Joab the captain of the hott was dead, was old, that his wives turned away his Hadad faid to Pharaoh, Let me depart, heart after other gods, and his heart was that I may go to mine own countrey. not perfect with the LORD hisGod, as was 22 Then Pharaoh faid unto him, But the heart of David his father. what halt thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou feekeft to go to thine own countrey? And he answered, Nothing; Howbeit let me go in any wife.

5 For Solomon went after Afhtaroth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the fight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

23 1 And God ftirred him up another adverfary, Rezon, the fon of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king

7 Then did Solomon build an high place of Zobah. for Chemofh. the abomination of Moab, 24 And he gathered men unto him, and in the hill that is before Jerufalem, and became captain over a band, when David For Moleth, the abomination of the chil- flew them of Zebab: and they went to Dadren of Animon. mafcus and dwelt therein, and reigned in

8 And likewife did he for all his ftrange Damafcus. wives, which burnt incenfe, and facrificed unto their gods.

9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, becaufe his heart was turned from the LORD God of Ifrael, which had appeared unto him twice,

25 And he was an adverfary to Ifrael all the days of Solomon, befide the mifchief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Ifrael, and reigned over Syria.

26 And Jeroboam the fun of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomons fer10 And had commanded him concern- vant, (whofe mothers name was Zerual ing this thing that he fhould not go after a widow-woman) even ne lift up bis hand other gods: but he kept not that which the against the king.

LORD Commanded.

27 And this was the caufe that he lift Wherefore the LORD faid unto So- up bis hand againft the king: Solomon lomon, Forafinuch as this is done of thee, built Millo, and repaired the breaches of and thou haft not kept my covenant and the city of David his father. my ftatutes, which I have commanded 28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty thee, I will furely rend the kingdome from thee and will give it to thy fervant.

12 Notwithitanding in thy dayes I will not do it, for David thy fathers fake; but I will read it out of the hand of thy fon.

13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom: but will give one tribe to thy fon, for David my fervants fake, and for Jerufalems fake which I have chofen.

14 Andthe LORD ftirred up an adverTary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomites he was of the kings feed in Edom.

15 For it came to pafs when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the hoft was gone up to burie the flain, after he had mitten every male in Edom:

16 (Fortix moneths did Joab remain there with all Ifrael, untill he had cut off every male in Edom)

17 That Hadad Red, he and certain Edomites of his fathers fervants with him togo into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little childe.

man of valour: and Solomon feeing the young man that he was induftrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the houfe of Jofeph.

29 And it came to pafs at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerufalem, that the Prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way: and he had clad himfelf with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field.

30 And Abjah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces.

31 And he faid to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus faith the LORD, the God of Ifrael, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

32 (But he hall have one tribe for my fervant Davids fake, and for Jerufalems fake, the city which I have chofea out of all the tribes of Ifrael)

33 Because that they have forfaken me, 18 Andthey arofe out of Midian, and and have worshipped fhtaroth the godcame to Pan, and they took men with defs of the Zidonians, Chemoth the god them out of Paran, and they came to E- of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of gypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt,which gave him an houle, and appointed him viAnals, and gave him land.

19 And Hadad found great favour in the fight of Pharaoh, fo that he gave him to wife the fifter of his owne wife, the fifler of Taphenes the queen.

the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my wayes, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my ftatutes & my judgements, as did David his father.

34 Howbeit, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand but I will make han prince all the days of his life, Ma

I. Kings.

Solomons death. Rehoboams anfwet. for David my fervants fake, whom I chofe, mn, which they had given him,& confulbecause he kept my commandments and ted with the young men that were grown my ftatutes: up with him, and which stood before him: 9 And he faid unto them,What counfell give ye, that we may anfwer this people, who have spoken to me, faying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us, lighter?

35 But I will take the kingdom out of his ion hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

36 And unto his fun will I give one tribe, that David my fervant may have a light al way before mein Jerufalem, the city which I have chofen me to put my

name there.

37 And I will take thee, and thoufhalt eigne according to all that thy foul de freth, and fhalt be king over If ael.

38 And it fhall be, ifthou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my wayes, and do that is right in my fight, to keep my ftatutes and my commandements,as David my fervant did;that I will be with thee, and build thee a fure houfe, as I built for David, and will give Ifrael unto thee.

39 And I will for this afflict the feed of David; but not for ever.

40 Solomon fought therefore to kill Jeroboam, and Jeroboamarofe, and fled into Egypt, unto Shifhak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt unc lithe death of Solomon. 44 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wifdome, are they not written in the book of the Bets of Solomon?

42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerufalem over all Ifrael, was fourty years. 43 And Solomon flept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father:and Rehoboam his fon reigned in his ftead.

CHAP. XII

10 And the young men that were grown up with him, fpake unto him, faying, Thus fhalt thou fpeak unto this people y fpake unto thee, faying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto ussthus fhalt thou fay unto them,My little finger fhal be thicker then my fathers loins

Ir And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I wil add to your yoke: my father hath chaftifed with whips, but I will chaftife you with footpions.

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12 ¶ So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, faying, Come to me again the third day.

13 And the king anfwered the people roughly, and forfook the old mens courfel that they gave him:

14 Andipake to them after the counfell of the young men, faying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will adde to your yoke: my father alfo chaftifed you with whips, but I will chattife you fcorpions. 15Wherefore king hearkened not unto the people: for the caufe was from the LORD, that he might perform his faying which the LORD fpake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the fon of Nebat.

16 So when all Ifrael faw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people I Reboboam refusing the old mens caunfell, antwered the king, faying, What portion 16 ten tribes revolt. 16 Reboboams have wein David? neither have we inheri tance in the fon of Jefs: to your tents, O idolatry. NdRehoboam went to Shechem: for Ifrael: now fee to thine own houfe,David. And want went to Shechem to So Ifrael departed unto their tente. make him king.

17. But as for the children of Ifrael 2 And it came to pafs when Jeroboam which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehothe fun of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, boam reigned over them. heard it, (for he was fled from the pre- 18 Then king Rehoboam fent Adoram, fence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam who was over the tribute, and all Ifrael ftoned him with tones that he died: theredwelt in Egypt

3 That they fent, and called him and fore king Rehoboam made fpeed to get Jeroboam, & all the congregation offrael him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerufalem. came, and (pake unto Rehoboam, faying, 19 So Hrael rebelled against the house 4 Thy father made our yokegrievous: of David unto this day. now therefore, make thou the grievous fervice of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will ferve thee.

20 And it came to pafs when all Ifrael heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they fent and called him unto the congre gation, and made him king over all Ifrael: And he faid unto them, Depart yet for there was none that followed the houfe of three dayes, then come again to me. And David, but the tribe of Judah onely. 21 And when Rehoboam was comete the people departed. 6 Andking Rehoboam confulted with Jerufalem, he affembled all the houfe of the old men that food before Solomon his Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hunfather, while heyet lived,and faid, How do dred and fourfcore thoufand chofen men. you advife that I may anfwer this peuple? which were warriours, to fight against the 7 And they fpake unto Lim, faying, If houfe of Ifrael, to bring the kingdom a thou wilt be a fervant unto this people gain to Rehoboam the fon of Solomon, this day: and wilt ferve them, and anfwer them, and peak good words to them, then they will be thy fervants for ever.

8 But he forfook the counsel of the old

22 But the word of God came unto Shemajah the man of God, faying, 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the fon of Solomon king of Judah, and unto all the

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The exufe of rebellion. Chap. xiii. houfe of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, faying,

24 Thus faith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight againit your brethren the children of Ifrael: return every man to his houfe, for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and r turned to dapart, according to the word of the LORD.

25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein, and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

26 And Jeroboam faid in his heart,Now fhall the kingdomne return to the house of David:

27 Ifthis people go up, to do facrifice in the houfe of the LORD at Jerufalem, then fhall the heart of this people turnagain unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam Ring of Judah, and they fhall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

28 Whereupon the king took counfell, and made two calves ofgold, and faid unto them, Itis too much for you to go up to Jerufalem: behold, thy gods, Offrael, brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, 29 And he fet the one in Beth-el, and the other put hein Dan.

30 And this thing became a fin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an houfe of high places, and made Priests of the lowelt of the peo ple, which were not of the fons of Lev.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feat in the eighth moneth, on the fifteenth day ofthe moneth, like unto fealt that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar, (fo did he in Beth-el) facrificing unto the calves that he hath made: and he placed in Beth-el the Prielts of the high places he had made. 33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el, y fifteenth day ofthe eighth moneth even in the moneth which he had devifed of his own heart: & ordain ed a feat unto the children of Ifrael, & he offered upon the altar, and burnt incenfe. CHAP. XIII. Ieroboams band withereth. 7 The prophet departeth from Betbel. Nd behold, there came a man of God A out of Judah, by the word of theLORD unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam ftood by the altar to burn incente.

2 And he er ed against the altar in the word of the LORD, and faid, Oaltar, altar, thus faith the LORD, Behold, a child fhall be born unto the houfe of David, Jofiah by name, and upon thee fhall he offer the Priests of the high places that burnt incenfe upon thee, and mens bones fhall be burnt upon thee.

Feroboam threatned which he put forth again!t him dried up, fo that he could not pull it in again to him

5 The altar was alfo rent, and the afhes poured out from the altar, according to the lign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.

5 And the king anfwered and faid unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God befought the LORD, and the kings hand was reftored again, and became as it was before.

7 And the king faid unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thy felf, and I will give thee a reward.

8 And the man of God faid unto the king, Ifthou wilt giveme half thine houfe, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

9 For fo it was charged me by the word of the LORD, faying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the fame way that thou cameft.

to So he went another way,and returned not by the way that he came to Beth-el.

Now there dwelt an old Prophet in Beth-el and his fons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel : the words which he had fpoken unto the king, them they told alfo to their father.

12 And their father faid unto them, What way went he? for his fons had feen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

13 And he faid unto his fons Sadie me the afs. So they fadled him the afs, and he rode thereon,

14 And went after the man of God, and found him fitting under an oale, and he faid unto him, Art thou the man of God that camet from Judah, and he faid, I am,

15 Then hefaid unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

16 And he faid, I may not return with thee nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread, nor drink water with thee in this place.

17 For it was faid to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread,nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camelt.

18. Hefaid unto him, I am a Prophet allo as thou art, and an angel fpake unto me by the word of the LORD, faying, Bring him back with thee into thine hor that he may eat bread, and drink water: but he lied unto him.

19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his houfe, and drank water. 20 And it came to pafs as they fat at. 3 And he gave a fign the fame day, fay- the table, that the word of the LORD canc ing, This is the fign which the LORD hath unto the Prophet that brought him back. fpoken: Behold, the altar fhall be rent,and 21 And he cried unto the man of God the athes y areupon it fhall be poured out. that came from Judah, faying, Thus faith 4 Andit came to pafs when king Jero- the LORD, forafmuch as thou haft difo buam heard the faying of the man of God, beyed the mouth of the LORD and haft not which had cried against the altar in Beth-el kept the commandment which the LORD that he put forth his hand from the altar, thy God commanded thee. Saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand 22 But tament back and had eaten bread,

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