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The building of the temple. CHAP. Iv. The altar and mole: sea, 373 manner before the oracle, of pure gold; |

edunto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign. 3 * Now these are the things ovherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 4 And the porch that was in the front &f the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold. 5 And the greaterhouse he ceiled with fir-tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm-trees and chains. 6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim. 7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls. 8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine o, amounting to six hundred talents. 9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. Ånd he overlaid the upper chambers with gold. 10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image-work, and overlaid them with gold. 11 * And the wings of the cherubims overe twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing roas likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub. 12 And one wing of the other cherub Toas five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five costs also, joining to the wing of the cther cherub. 13The wings of these cherubims spread themselves foith twenty cubits; and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward. 14 " And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon. 15 Also he made before the house two Pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits. 15 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the illars; and made an hundred pomegran“les, and put them on the chains. ' 17 And he reared up the pillars before

the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the namic of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz. CHAP. IV. 1 The altar of brass. 2 The molten sca. 6 The ten tavers, candlesticks, and tables. 19. The instruments of gold. ORFOVER he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length whereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof. 2 T Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. 3 And under it ovas the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen overe cast, when it was cast. 4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. 5 And the thickness of it ovas an handbreadth, and the brim of it like thc work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths. 6 *[He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them : such things as they offered for the burnt-offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in. 7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left. 8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold. 9 || Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass. 10 And he set the sca on the right side of the east end, over against the south: 11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God; 12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapíters which were on the top of the pillars; 13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of polme

granates on each wreath, to cover the

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21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold; 22 And the snuffers, and thic basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the citry of the house, the inher doors thereof for the most holy /l/ace, and the doors of the house of the temple, zvere of gold. CHAP. V. 1 The dedicated treasures. 27 he bringing uft of the ark of the covenant. 11God being fraised, giveth a sign of his favour. HUS all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lo RD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated ; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God. 2 || Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lo RD out of the city of David, which is Zion. . 3 Wherefore all the men of Israel as

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II. CHRONICLES. God gives a sign of favour.

place, to the oracle of the house, into the

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the cherubims: 8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark, and the staves thereof above. 9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day. 10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the Lo R D made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. 11 || And it came to pass,when the priests were come out of the holy filace : (for all the priests that were present were sanctifict, and did not then wait by course: 12 Also the Levites which overe the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren; being arrayed in white linen,

having cymbals and psalteries and harps,

stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) 13 It came even to pass, as the trum

eters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lo RD ; and when they lift

ed up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and

praised the Lo R D, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a | cloud, even the house of the LoRD ;

14 So that the priests could not stand

to minister by reason of the cloud: for the

§. of the LoRD had filled the house of Sod.

CHAP. VI. 1 Solomon having blessed the fieofile, blesseth God. 12 His firayer at the consecration of the tem/ile. To said Solomon, The Lok D hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 2. But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. 3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel:

the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.

6 Also o; Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled into him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

7 And the priests, brought in the ark of the covenant of the LöRD unto his

and all the congregation of Israel stood. | 4 And he said, Blessed be the Lor D God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to ''', father David, saying, 5 Since the day that I brought forth my

| people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to

build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel :

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6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people israel. 7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Los D. God of Israel : 8 But the Lord said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. 10 The Low D therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LoRD promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lo RD God of Israel. 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, that he made with the children of Israel. 12 And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 13 (For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,) 14 And said, O Lo RD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and she west mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 15 Thou which hast kept with thy serwant David my father that which thou hast* him ; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 16 Now therefore, O Lo RD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying. There shall not fail thee synan in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast ked before me. 17 Now then, O Lo RD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David. 18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth 2 behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built 19 Have respect therefore to the prayer ‘f thy servant, and to his supplication, O Loan my God, to hearken into the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: 20 That thine eyes may be open upon

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Isis frayer. 375 this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said, that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. 21 Hearken thcresore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place : hearthou from thy dwelling-place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. 22 i. a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and, the oath come before thine altar in this house; 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness. 24 || And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers. 26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. 28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land ; whatsoever sore, or whatsoever sickness there be : 29 Then what prayer, or what supplication soever shall be made of any man,

or of all thy people Israel, when every

one shall know his own sore, and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house : 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive, and render unto every man accordin; unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest ; (for thou only knowest the healts of the children of men :) 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land whic'; thou gavest unto our fathers. 32 || Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great 376 Solomon's frayer. name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm ; if they come and pray in this house ; 33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for ; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is callcd by thy name. 34. If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they play unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy ilali) e : 35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 36 If they sin against thee, (for there is tlo lilan . sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near ; 37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the Hand of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done anniss, and have dealt wickedly; 38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carrictl them captives, and pray toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name: 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling-place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee. 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 41 Now therefore arise, O Lok D God, into thy resting-place, thou, and the ark. of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lor D God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 42 O Lok D God, turn not away the face of thine anointed : remember the mercies of David thv servant. CHAP. VII. I God giving testimony to Solomon’s


forayer, the fieofile worshift him, 4 Solomon’s : OVV when Solomon had made an - end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burntoffering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.

His solemn sacrifices,

2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lok D, because the glory of the Lok D had filled the Lord's house, 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the lory of the Lok D upon the house, they #. themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good ; for his mercy endureth for ever. 4 * Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lorp. 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 And the priest waited on their of fices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the Lok D, which David the king had made to praise the Lor D, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised § their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord : for there he offered burntofferings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brazen altar which Sol. omon had made was not able to receive the burnt-offerings, and the meat-offerings, and the fat. 8 || Also at the same time Solomon kept the feastseven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the enter. ing in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. 9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the delication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness É. the Lord had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, to Israel his people. 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LoRD, and the king's house; and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lok D, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. 12" And the Lord appeared toSolomo by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among

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15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as 1)avid thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 18 Then will I establish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel. 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake iny statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall and serve other gods, and worship en = 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of m sight, and will make it to be a prover and a by-word among all nations. 21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LoRD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LoRD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other and worshipped them, and served em: therefore *. he brought all this evil upon them. CHAP. VIII. 1Solomon's buildings. 7The Gentiles made tributaries. 12Solomon's yearly sacrifices. A D it came to pass at the end of wenty years, wherein Solomon had b.... the house of the LoRD, and his own house, 2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there. 3 And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and prevailed against it. 4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store citics, which he built in Hamath. 5 Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nother, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars; 6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot citjes, and the cities of the hoisconen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerus.tlen, and in Leixanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion. 7 * 4s for all the pcople that were left

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Jis yearly sacrifices. 377 of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, 8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Sol. omon make to pay tribute until this day. 9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his charious and horsemen. 10 And these overe the chief of kin Solomon's officers, even two hundred .# fifty, that bare rule over the people. il, T And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the filaces are holy, whereunto the ark of the LoRD hath come. 12 || Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto the LoR D on the altar of the LoRD, which he had built before the porch, 13. Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment, of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast. of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. 14 || And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had, David the man of God commanded. 15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures. 16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the Lord, and until it. was finished. So the house of the LoRD was perfected. 17 || Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom. 18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants,ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon o: and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon. CHAP. IX. 1 The queen of Sheba admireth Solomon's wisdom. 13 Solomon's riches. £9 His death. A* when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solovnon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company,

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