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Solomon's yearly sacrifice. omon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. 20 And all the people that overe left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which overe not of the children of Israel, 21 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bond-service unto this day. 22 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bond-men : but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsem, n. 23 These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work. 24 MBut Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo. 25's And three times in a year did SolQmon offer burnt-offerings and peace-offerings upon the altar which he built unto the LöRD, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the Lok D. So he finished the house. 26's And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Floth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of sea, with the servants of Solomon. 28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king
Solomon. CHAP. X. 1 The queen of Sheba admireth the visdom of Solomon. 14. His riches. ND when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a Very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stolics: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon told her all her quest
ons: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. |
4 And when the queen of Sheba had *een all Solomch’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, .5 And the meat of his table, and the Soting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and |
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his cup-bearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord ; there was no more spirit in her. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that 1 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 seen it : and behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hearthy wisdom. 9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice. 10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of Fo and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. ii. And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug-trees, and precious stones. 12 And the king made of the almugtrees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug-trees, nor were seen unto this day. 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants. 14 || Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold, 15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice-merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country. 16 || And king Solomon made two hundred o: of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target. 17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield : and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon, 18 "I Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. 19. The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.
twelve thousand horsemen, whom he be-, stowed in the cities for chariots, and with
the king at Jerusalem. 27 And the king made silver to be in
Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in
the vale, for abundance. 28 1s And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn : the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a rice. 29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty : and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means. - CHAP. XI. 1 Solomon’s wives and concubines in his old age draw him to idolatry. 9 God threateneth him. 14 His adversaries, 41 and death. 43 IRchoboam succeedr//, /ioni. UT king Solomon loved many stral:ge women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ainnonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 2 Of the nations concerning which the LoRD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you : for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his hcart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtorctii the
His idolatry. goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Low D, and went not fully after the LoRoots did David his father. 7 Then did Solomon build an high lace for Chemosh, the abomination of | Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Milech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. | 9 || And the Lop D was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from | the LoRD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 10 And had commanded him concerning this thin, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lo R D commanded. 11 Wherefore the Lo R D said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and tinou hast not o my covenant and my statutes which I have commanded | thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 12 Notwithstanding, in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but | I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 13 Howbeit, I will not rend away all the kingdom ; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my scrvant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen. 14 " And the LoRD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. 15 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of thc | host was gone up to bury the slain, after | he had smitten every male in Edom ; 16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:) | 17 That Hadad fled, he and certain | Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt ; Hadad being yet a little child. 18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran ; and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Fgypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land. 19 And Hidad found great favour in || the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave hini | to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tampetes the queen. 20 And the sister of Tahpenes barc | him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in l'haraoh's house : and Genu| bath was in Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pharaoh. 21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the lost was dead.
Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country. 22 Then §. said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered, Nothing: howbeit, let me go in any wise. 23 of And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah : 24. And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah ; and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. 25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did : and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria. 26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. 27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, repaired the breaches of the city of David his father. 28 And the man Jeroboam ovas a mighty man of valour; and Solomon seeing the young man that he was inhe made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph. 29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the o: Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two overe alone in the field: 30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces: 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LoRD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee: 32 (But he shall have one tribe for m servant Lavid's sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) 33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keesh my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father. 34 Howbeit, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand : but I will e him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I
chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes :
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35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. 36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in ... the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did ; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. 39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever. 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak, king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon. 41 || And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomono 42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father : and Rchoboam his son reigned in his stead. CHAP. XII. 1 Rehoboam refusing the old men's counsel, 16 ten tribes revolt. 26 Jeroboam's idolatry. NID Rehoboam went to Shechern : for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the prèsence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 3 That § sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam,
* 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. 5 And he said; unto them, Depart yet
for three days, then come again to me.
And the people departed. 6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people
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this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak, good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him : 9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this peoK. who have spoken to me, saying, ake the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter 2 10 And the young men that were wn up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little singer shall be thicker than my father's loins. 11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke : my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 12 W. So Jeroboam and all the people
came to Rchoboam the third day, as the
king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. 13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him ; 14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoké: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people ; for the cause was from the Loni, that he might perform his saying, which the LoRD spake by Ahijäh the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Neoat. 16 °s So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David neither have ove inheritance in the son of Jesse : to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, IDavid. So Israel departed unto their tents, 17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them, 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 20 And it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him un
to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that fol. lowed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. 21 of And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. 22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying, 24 Thus saith the Lord, Še shall not go | nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house ; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, 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 said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David : 27. If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unts, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem : behold thy gods, 0 Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship, before the one, even unto Dan. 31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the peo: ple, which were not of the sons of Levi. 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of the high places
which he had made.
33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the mon which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
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CHAP. XIII. 1 Jeroboam's hand ovithereth, 6 and at the frayer of the firoshet is restored. 23 The disobedient frofibet is slain by a lion, 33 Jeroboam’s obstinacy. NI) behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Beth-cl: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, al- | tar, thussaith the Lord ; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he of fer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee. 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be sent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out. 4 And it came to pass when king Jerhom heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Beth-el, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. and his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. 5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LoRD. 6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Entreat 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 besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him a§ain, and became as it was before. 7. And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. 8 And theman of Godsaid unto the king, Itihou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat breadnor drink water in this place: 9 For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, or drink water, nor turm again by the same way that thou cameSt. 10 So he went another way, and reourned not by the way that he came to Beth-el. 11 "Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth-el; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Beth-el: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. 12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? for his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which
me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, 14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah 2 And he said, I am. 15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. 16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thce in this place: 17 For it was said 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 camest.
18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art ; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lorp, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, 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 house, and drank water. 20 || And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord i. unto the prophet that brought him back : 21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment, which the LoRD thy God commanded thee, 22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; th carcass shall not come unto the sepulchrc. of thy fathers. 23 T And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 24. And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him : and his carcass was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the Can"Cass, 25 And behold, men passed by, and saw the carcass cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcass: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. 26 And when the prophet that brought
him back from the way heard thereof, he
said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord : therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LoRD, which he spake unto him. 27. And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him, 28 And he went and found his carcaso