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578 Queen of Sheba's visit.
and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cup-bearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LoRD ; there was no more spirit in her. 5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: 6 Howbeit, I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hearthy wisdom. 8 Blessed be the Lok D thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the Los D thy God : because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. 9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And the servants also of souram, and the servanus of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum-trees and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the algumtrees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah. 12 And king Solomon gave to the ecn of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever he asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants. 13 s Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;
14 Beside that which chapmen and | father: and Rehoboam his son reigned
merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15 W. And king Solomon made two hundred targets ji. gold : six hundred she Kels of beaten gold went to one target. 16 And three hundred shields made he */bcated gold: three hundred shocis of
gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. 17 's Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. 18 And there overe six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting-place, and two lions standing by the stavs: 19 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. 201And ail the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold : none were of silver; it was not anything accounted of in the days of Solothon. 21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram : every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. . 22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 Andall the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. 24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and rainent, harness, and spices, horses, and intles, a rate year by year. 25 of And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen ; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem, 26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar-trees made he as the sycamore-trees that tire in the Ruw plains in abundance. 28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands. 29 of Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilomite, and in the visions of lado the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Isrocl forty years.
31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his
to make him king.
Rehoboam made king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. 5 And he said unto them, Come again wnto me after three days. And the Ecople departed. 6 *. And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people * 7. And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and * good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever. 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with im, that stood before him. .9 And he said unto them, What adVice give ye, that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us? 10 And the young men that were brought up with him, spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father Rhade our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little singer shall be thicker than my father's joins. 11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my fatherchastised you with whips, t I will chastise you with scorpions. 12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day. 13 And the king answered them roughby; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 14 And answered them after the advice cfthe young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the }. of Abijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. .16" And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the
*ple answered the king, saying, What "
portion have we in David 2 and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So ali Israel went to their tents. 17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that ovas over the tribute ; and the children of Israel stoned him with stoues, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. CHAP. XI. | Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah. 18 His rvives. ND when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 2. But the word of the LoRD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 4 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam. 5 s o Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 6 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 7 And Beth-zur, and Shocho, and Adullam, 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benja-min, fenced cities. 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. 12 And in every several city he fut shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side. 13 And the priests and the Levites that overe in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. 14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem : for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the Lon D :
And he ordained him priests for
the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. 16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LoRD God of their fathers. 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon. 18 1s And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; 19 Which bare him children, Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. 20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.) 22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king. 23 And he dealt wisely,and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives. CHAP. XII. 1 Rehoboam forsaking God, is funished by Shishak. 13 His reign, and death. A 'N1) it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. 2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Togypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord, 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the | Sukküms, and the Ethiopians. 4 And he took the fenced cities which fiertain (d to Judah,and came to Jerusalem. 5.1. Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lor D, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also jeft you in the hand of Shish ak. 6 Whereupon the princes of Israel, and une king humbled themselves; and they said, The 1,05 D is righteous.
His reign and death.
humbled themselves, the word of the LoR D came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries. 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LoRD, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made. 10 Instead of which, king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house. 11 And when the king entered into the house of the Lo R D, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard-chamber. 12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lo R D turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well. 13 * So king Rehoboam, strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to o: and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord. 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer, concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his
stead. CHAP. XIII. 1.4%ijah succeeding, maketh war against Jorohoam, 13 and overcom: th him. "OVV in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also kvas Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, roen four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against
7 And when the Lord saw that they
him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour.
.Abijah's victory. 4 " And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel ; 5 Ought ye not to know that the Lord God of Israel gove the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt 2 6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his
7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tender-hearted, and could not withstand them. 8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LoRD in the hand of the sons of David ; and we be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. 9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LoRD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands 2 so that whatsoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rans, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods. 10 But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him ; and the priests, which minister unto the LoR D, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business: 11 And they burn unto the Lond every morning and cvery evening burnt-sacrifices and sweet incense: the shew-bread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof to burn every evening : for we keep the charge of the Lo R D our God; but ye have forsaken him. 12 And behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the Lor D God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper. 13 * But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them : so they were before Judah, and the ambusiment was behind them. 14 And when Judah looked back, be
hold, the battle rvas before and behind :
and they cried unto the Lorn, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. 15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah silonted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah : and God delivered then, into their hand. 17And Abijah and his people slew
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them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. 18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers. 19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Beth-et with the towns thereof, and Jes; anah with the towns thereof, and Ephrain with the towns thereof. 20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah : and the Lond struck him, and he died. 21 || But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters. 22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, cre written in the story of the prophet Iddo. CHAP. XIV. 1 Msa succeeding, destroyeth idolatrio, 9 calling on § he overcometh Zeral, and shot/eth the Ethiopians. S’ Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David : ind Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. 2 And Asa did that which was good and
right in the eyes of the Lok D his God:
3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: 4 And commanded Judah to seek the Lon D. God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. 5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him. 6 T And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the Lord had given him rest. 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us ; because we have sought the Lord our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built, and prospered, 8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targe's and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand ; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand : all these overe mighty men of valour. 9 || And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian, with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 10 Then Asa went out against him. and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
382 The Ethioftians smitten. II. CHRONICLES. Ramah's building forevented.
11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power : help us, O Lok D our God ; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lor D, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee. 12 So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah ; and the Ethiopians fled. 13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves ; for : they were destroyed before the Lok D, and before his host ; and they carried away very much spoil. 14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the Lo R D came upon them : and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them. 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and cannels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. ("H.A.P. XV. 1 Asa, moved by Azariah, makesh a solemn covenant with God 16 /se fluteth down Asaachah his mother for idolatry. ND the spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded : 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and raid unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lok D is with you, while we he with him ; and if ye seek im, he will be found of you ; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a | teaching priest, and without law. 4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lon D. God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon , all the inhabitants of the countrics. 6 And nation was destroyed of nation,
abundance, when they saw that the Lord his God ovas with him. 10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11 And they offered unto the Lok D the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul ; 13 That whosoever would not seek the Lok D God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether Innon ot" WOiihan. 14 And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart,
and sought him with their whole desire;
and he was found of them : and the Lond gave them rest round about. 16 And also concerning Maachah the
| mother of Asa the king, he removed her | from being queen, because she had made
an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 18 of And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa. CHAP. XVI. 1 -fsa, by the aid of the Syrians, diverteth Baasha from building of Ramah. 11 He secker/; not to God in his disease, but to 'he/hysicians. 13 His death and burial. N the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded. 8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he hood taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lon D, that ovas before the porch of the Lor D. 9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with then, ot ! phraim and \lanasseh, and out of Sime*::: for they fell to lion cut of all Is...el in