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David's charge to Solomon.
mavest prosperin all that thou doest, and whithersoever, thou turnest thyself. 4 That the LoRD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart, and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. 5 Moreover, thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom
he slew, and shed the blood of war in
peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that overe on his feet. 6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace. 7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother. . 8 And behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim : but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. 9 Now, therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him ; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood. 10. So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 12 * Then sat Solomon upon the throne cf Dayid his father; and his kingdom was established greatly. 13 " And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably 2. And he said, Peaceably. 14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. 15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign :
howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and rother's : for it was his
is become my from the Lord. 16 And now I ask one petition of thee, denymenot. And she saidūntohim, Sayon. 17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not oy thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunamité to wife.
18 And Bath-sheba said, Well ; I will speak for thee unto the king. 19 of Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother ; and she sat on his right hand. 20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; Ifiray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay. 21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunamite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife. 22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunamite for Adonijah P ask for him the kingdom also ; for e is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. 23 Then king Solomon sware by the Lon D, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life. 24 Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day. 25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died. 26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death : but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the Lon D; that he might fulfil the word of the Lorn, which he spake concerning the house of Eliin Shiloh. 28 M Then tidings came to Joab : for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the Lorp, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. 29 And it was told king $olomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord ; and behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. 30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lon D, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying.Thus said Joab, and thus he answered mo, 31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him ; that thou mayest take away the 294 Joab slain at the altar.
innocent blood which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father. 32 And the Lorp shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereaf, to wit, Abner the son of Ner captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether captain of the host of Judah. 33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the Lord. 34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. 35 || And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar. 36 of And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither. 37 For it shall be, that on the day thou st out, and passest over the brook £i. thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die : thy blood shall be upon thine own head. 38 And Shimeisaid unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days. 39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimeiran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath: and they told Shimei, saying, Behold thy servants be in Gath. 40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek hisservants: and Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath. 41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. 42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die 2 and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good. 43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lok D, and the commandment that I have charged thee with ? 44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father : therefore the Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine
45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LoRD for ever. 46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. CHAP. III. 1 Solomon marrieth Pharaoh's daughter. 5 His choice. 16. His judgment betoween the towo harlots. ND Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the o, of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. 2 Only the people sacrificed in hi places, because there was no house built untothename of the Lord,until those days. 3 And Solomon loved the Lor D, walko in the statutes of David his father : only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high M. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt-offerings did Soiomon offer upon that altar. 5 || In Gibeon the Lorp appeared to Solomon in a dream * night : and God said, Ask what I shal give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in
| uprightness of heart with thee; and thou
hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a Dle : 10 And the speech pleased the Lorry, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thysclf long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies: but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thce a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither
after thee shall any arise like unto thce.
The two harlots.
13 And I have also given thee that which thouhastnotasked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the #. like unto thee all thy days. 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will .."; thy days. 15 And Solomon awoke ; and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt-offerings, and offered peace-offerings, and made a feast to all his servants. 16 s Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. 17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. 18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this wo— man was delivered also: and we overe together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. 19 And this woman’s child died in the might; because she overlaid it. 20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. 22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king, 23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead; and the other saith, Náy; but
thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. 24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. 25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. 26 Then spake the woman whose the firing child was unto the king, for herbowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. 27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged ; and they feared the § : for o saw that
CHAP. Iv. Solomon's firinces and officers. 295
- CHAP. IV. 1 Solomon's firinces, 7 his twelve officers. 24. The fieace and largeness of his kingdom. 29 His owisdom. So king Solomon was king over all Israel. 2 And these were the princes which he had ; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest, 3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes ; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder. 4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada runs over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: 5 And Azariah the son of Nathan ovar over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend: 6 And Ahishar was over the household : and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute. 7 || And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household : each man his month in a year made provision. 8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim : 9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan : 10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth ; to him fiertained Sochch, and all the land of Hepher: 11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife: 12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him fiertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-shean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abelmeholah, even unto the filace that is beyond Jokneam: 13 The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead; to him fiertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead;
to him also fiertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great citics
with walls and brazen bars: 14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim : 15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also o: Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wate: 16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth: 17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar: 18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin: 19 Geber the son of Uri ovas in the country of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan ; and he was the only officer which was in the land. 20 || Judah and Israel were many, as
the wisdom of was in him, to do judgment.
the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. 296 Solomon's riches and ficace.
21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the lays of his life. 22 || And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, 23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, besides harts, and roe-bucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl. 24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiph... to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him. 25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig-tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, i the days of Solomon. 26 J And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month : they lacked nothing. 28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge. 29 || And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 Forlic was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was inallnations roundabout. 32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. 33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. 34 And there came of all people to hear
the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of
the earth, which had hcard of his wisdom. CHAP. V. 1 Hiram sendeth to congratulate Solomon: 9 and furnishesh timber to build the temfile. 13 The avorkmen and labourers. A” Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. 2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, 3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the
name of the Lord his God, for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. 4. But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. 5 And behold, I pu to build an house unto the name of the LoRD my God, as the Lok D spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name. 6 Now therefore command thou, that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians. 7 's And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of omon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LoRD this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people. 8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for : and I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir. 9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea : and I will i. them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them : and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household. 10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar-trees and fir-trees according to all his desire. 11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures .# wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil : thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year. 12 And the Lor D gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together. 13 T And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel ; and the levy was thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon ten thousand a month by courses; a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home. And Adoniram was over the levy. 15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains; 16 Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that wrought in the work. 17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and The building of the temple. hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the
house. 18 And Solomon's builders, and Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stone-squarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house. CHAP. VI. 1 The building of Solomon's tensile. 11 God's fromise unto it. 37 The time of building it. A” it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lor D. 2 And the house which king Solomon built for the Lord, the length thereof ovas threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits. 3.And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits swas the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof, before the house. 4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights. 5 T And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both
of the temple and of the oracle : and he
made chambers round about :
6. The nethermost chamber ovas five cubits broad, and the middle was six cu
bits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house. 7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither; so that there was
neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of
iron heard in the house, while it was in building. 8 The door for the middle chamber ovas in the right side of the house : and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third ; 9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar. 10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high : and they rested on the house with timber of cedar. 11 * And the word of the Lok D came to Solomon, saying, 12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my stattites, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them ; then will I perform my word with thee, which I sp; *. unto David thy father :
God’s fromise unto it. 297 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will notforsake my people Israel. 14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it. 15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the ceiling: and he covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of fir. 16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built thcon for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy fulace. 17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long. 18 And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers: all was cedar ; there was no stone seen. 19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lok D. 20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the neight thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the altar which was of cedar. 2: So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold : and he made a parti
tion by the chains of gold before the oracle ; and he overlaid it with gold. 22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house ; also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold. 23 °, And within the oracle he made two cherubimsofolive-tree,cachten cubits high. 24 And five cubits ovas the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other overe ten cubits. 25 And the other cherub ovas ten cubits : both the cherubims were of one measure and one size. 26 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so ovas it of the other cherub. 27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house : and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the othcr wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house. 28 And he overlaid the cherubims with ld. 29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of Cheručinos, and palm-trees, and open ilowers, within and without. 30 And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without. 31 || And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive-tree : the lintel