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CHAP. IX.

Salomon bleeth the people. away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

47 Tet if they thall bethink themfelves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make fupplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, faying, We have finned, and have done perverfely, we have committed wickedness;

48 And fo return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their foul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gaveft unto their fathers, the city which thou baft chofen, and the house which Thave built for thy name:

His vifion. may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his ftatutes, and to keep his commandments as at this day.

62 And the king, and all Ifrael with him, offered facrifice before the LORD.

63 And Solomon offered a facrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thou fand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thoufand theep. So the king and all the children of Ifrael dedicated the houfe of the LORD.

64 The fame day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was be49 Then hear thou their prayer and fore the house of the LORD: for there their fupplication in heaven thy dwell-be offered burnt offerings, and meat ing place, and maintain their caufe, offerings, and the fat of the peace of 50 And forgive thy people that have ferings: because the brafen altar that finned againft thee, and all their was before the LORD was too little to tranfgreffions wherein they have receive the burnt offerings and meat tranfgreffed against thee, and give offerings, and the fat of the peace them compaffion before them who offerings. Carried them captive, that they may have compaffion on them:

51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughteft forth out of Egypt, from the midit of the furnace of iron:

52 That thine eyes may be open unto the fupplication of thy fervant, and unto the fapplication of thy people Ifrael, to hearken unto them in al! that they call for unto thee.

53 For thou didst feparate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou fpakeft by the hand of Mofes thy fervant, when thou broughteft our fathers out of Egypt, O LORD God.

54 And it was fo, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and fupplication unto the LORD, he arofe from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands fpread up to heaven.

55 And he flood, and bleffed all the congregation of Ifrael with a loud voice, faying,

56 Bleffed be the LORD, that hath given reft unto his people Ifrael, according to all that he promised: there bath not failed one word of all his good promife, which he promifed by the Band of Mofes his fervant.

57 The LORD our God be with us, he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forfake us:

be commanded our fathers.

65 And at that time Solomon held a feaft, and all Ifrael with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, be fore the LORD our God, feven days and feven days, even fourteen days.

66 On the eighth day he fent the people away: and they bleffed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his fervant, and for Ifracl his people. CHAP. IX.

ND it came to pafs, when SoloA mon had finished the building of came the houfe of the LORD, and the king's houfe, and all Solomon's defire which he was pleafed to do,

2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the fecond time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

3 And the LORD faid unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy fupplication, that thou haft made before me: I have hallowed this houfe, which thou haft built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart thall be there perpetually.

4 And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integ rity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee,and wilt keep my ftatutes and my judgments:

5 Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Ifrael for ever, as I promifed to David thy father, faying, There fhall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Ifrael.

58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his ftatutes, and his judgments, which 6 But if ye fhall at all turn from fol. lowing me, ye or your children, and So And let thefe my words, where-will not keep my commandments and with I have made fupplication before my ftatutes which I have fet before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD you, but go and ferve other gods, and Our God day and night, that he main-worthip them:

tain the caufe of his fervant, and the 7 Then will I cut off Ifrael out of caufe of his people Ifrael at all times, the land which I have given them: as the matter fhall require: and this houfe, which I have hallowed 50 That all the people of the earth for my name, will I caft out of my

Hiram's prefent.

I. KINGS.

The queen of Sheba's visit.

hight; and Ifrael fhall be a proverb lover the people that wrought in the and a by-word among all people :

8 And at this houfe, which is high, every one that paffeth by it fhall be aftonifhed, and shall hifs; and they fhall fay, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land,and to this houfe? 9 And they fhall anfwer, Because they forfook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worfhipped them, and ferved them: there fore hath the LORD brought upon them 'all this evil.

10 And it came to pafs at the end of twenty years when Solomon had built the two houfes, the houfe of the LORD, and the king's houfe,

work.

24 But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her houfe which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.

25 And three times in a year did Sologion offerburnt offerings and peace offerings upon the altar which he built unto the LORD, and he burat incenfe upon the altar that was before the LORD. So he finished the house.

26 And king Solomon made a navy of fhips in Ezion-geber, which is be fide Eloth, on the fhore of the Red fea, in the land of Edom.

27 And Hiram fent in the navy his fervants, fhipmen that had knowledge of the fea, with the fervants of Solo mon.

II (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar 28 And they came to Ophir, and trees and fir trees, and with gold, ac-fetched from thence gold, four hundred cording to all his defire,) that then and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon gave Hiram twenty ci-king Solomon. ties in the land of Galilee.

CHAP. X.

12 And Hiram came out from Tyre A heard of the fame of Solomon ND when the queen of Sheba to fee the cities which Solomon had given hin; and they pleafed him not. concerning the name of the Load, 13 And he faid, What cities are the come to prove him with hard thefe which thou haft given me, my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day.

14 And Hiram fent to the king fix fcore talents of gold.

15 And this is the reafon of the levy which king Solomuon raifed; for to build the houfe of the LORD, and his own houfe, and Millo, and the wall of Jerufalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.

16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and flain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a prefent unto his daughter, Solomon's wife.

17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Beth-horon the nether,

18 And Haalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,

queftions.

2 And the came to Jerufalem with a very great train, with camels that bare fpices, and very much gold, and precious ftones: and when the was come to Solomon, the communed with him of all that was in her heart.

3 And Solomon told her all her quel tions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which, he told her not.

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

5 And the meat of his tab'e, and the fitting of his fervants, and the attendance of his minifters, and their appa rel, and his cup-bearers, and his afcent by which he went up unto the Boute of the LORD; there was no more fpirit in her.

6 And the faid to the king, It was a 19 And all the cities of ftore that true report that I heard in mine own Solomon had, and cities for his cha-land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. riots, and cities for his horfemen, and that which Solomon defired to build in Jerufalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

20 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, PePizzites, Hivites, and febufites, which were not of the children of Ifrael,

21 Theft children that were left after them in the land, whom the chil. dren of Ifrael alfo were not able utterly to destroy, upon thofe did Solomon levy a tribute of bond fervice unto this day.

22 But of the children of Ifrael did Solomon make no bond men: but they were men of war, and his fervants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horfe

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

8 Happy are thy men, happy are thefe thy fervants, which ftand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

9 Bleffed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to fet thee on the throne of Ifrael: because the LORD loved Ifrael for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and juftice.

10 And he gave the king an bundred and twenty talentsof gold, and of fpices very great fore, and precious fones: there came no more fuch abundance of fpices as thefe 23 Thefe were the chief of the of-which the queen of Sheba gave to king Acers that were over Solomon's work, Solomon.

men.

fe hundred and fifty, which bare rote 11 And the navy alfo of Hiram, that

Solomon's magnificence.

CHAP. XI.

Solomon's idolatry..

brought gold from Ophir, brought in that are in the vale, for abundaneg from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious ftones.

12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the houfe of the LORD, and for the king's houfe, harps alfo and pfalteries for fingers: there came no fuch aimug trees, nor were feen unto

this day.

28 And Solomon had horfes brought out of Egypt, and linea yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.

29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for fix hundred hekels of filver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty and fo for all the 13 And king Solomon gave unto the kings of the Hittites, and for the queen of Sheba all her defire, whatfo-kings of Syria, did they bring them ever the afked, befide that which Solo out by their means. mon gave her of his royal bounty. So| The turned and went to her own country, fhe and her fervants.

CHAP. XI.

BUT UT king Solomon loved many Ditrange women, together with 14 Now the weight of gold that the daughter of Pharaoh, women of came to Solomon in one year was fix the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomhundred threefcore and fix talents of fites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

gold,
13 Befide that he had of the mer-
thantmen, and of the traffick of the
fpice merchants, and of all the kings
of Arabia, and of the governors of the
country.

16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: fx hundred bekels of gold went to one target. 17 And be made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one thield: and the king put them in the houfe of the foreft of Lebanon.

18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the beft gold.

2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD faid unto the children of Irael, Ye shall not go in to them, nei ther shall they come in unto you for furely they will turn away your heart after their gods. Solomon clave unto thefe in love.

3 And he had feven hundred wives, princeffes, and three hundred concu bines; and his wives turned away his heart.

4 For it came to pafs, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart 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 Aihtoreth to The throne had fix fteps, and the goddefs of the Zidonians, and the top of the throne was round beafter Milcom the abomination of the Bind: and there were fays on either Ammonites. fide on the place of the feat, and two 6 And Solomon did evil in the fight lions flood befide the flays. of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

20 And twelve lions flood there on the one fide and on the other upon the fix fleps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.

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7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemoth, the abomination of Moab, in the bill that is before Je 21 And all king solomon's drink-rufalem, and for Molech, the abori ing veffels were of gold, and all the nation of the children of Ammon. veffels of the house of the foreft of 8 And likewife did he for all his Lebanon were of pure gold; noneftrange wives, which burnt incenfe were of filver: it was nothing account-and incrificed unto their gods. ed of in the days of Solomon.

22 For the king had at fea a navy of Thar bith with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharthith, bringing gold, and filver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, becaufe his heart was turned from the LORD God of Ifrael, which had appeared unto him twice, 10And had commanded bim concern. ing this thing, that he thould not go after other gods; but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.

23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. 11 Wherefore the LORD faid unto 24 And all the earth fought to So-Solomon, Forafmuch as this is done of lomon, to hear his wifdom, which God thee, and thou haft not kept my co had put in his heart. venant and my ftatutes, which I have 25 And they brought every man his commanded thee, I will furely rend prefent, vefels of River, and veffels the kingdom from thee, and will give of gold, and garments, and armour, it to thy fervant. and fpices, hurfes, and mules, a rate) 12 Notwithstanding in thy days I year by year. will not do it for David thy father's 26 And Solomon gathered togeth-fake: but I will rend it out of the hand er chariots and horfmen: and he had of thy fon a thousand and four hundred chariots, 13 Howbeit I will not rend away all and twelve thousand horfemen, when the kingdom; but will give one tribe he beltowed in the cities for chariots, to thy fon for David my fervant's fake, and with the king at Jerufalem. and for Jerufalem's lake which I have 27 And the king made filver to be In jerufalem as tones, and cedars 14 And the LORD ftirred up an admade he to be as the fycamore trees verfay unte Solomon, Hadad the

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

16 (For fix months did Joab remain there with all Ifrael, until he had cut off every male in Edom:)

17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's fervants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.

18 And they arofe out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an houfe, and appointed him victuals, and gave him

land.

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himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:

30 And Ahijah caught the new gar. ment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:

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

32 (But he hall have one tribe for my fervant David's fake, and for Je. rufalem's fake the city which I have chofen out of all the tribes of Ifrac!:)

33 Because that they have forfaken me, and have worshipped Afhtoreth the goddefs of the Zidonians, Che moth 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 keep my ftatutes and my judgments, as did David his father. 34 Howbeit I will not take the whole 20 And the filter of Tahpenes bare kingdom out of his hand; but I will him Genubath his fon, whom Tah-make him prince all the days of his penes weaned in Pharaoh's houfe: life for David my fervant's fake whom and Geaubath was in Pharaoh's houfe- I chofe, becaufe he kept my commandhold among the fons of Pharaoh. ments and my flatutes:

19 And Hadad found great favour in the fight of Pharaoh, fo that he gave bim to wife the fifter of his own wife, the fifter of Tahpenes the queen.

21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David flept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the hoft was dead, Hadad faid to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.

22 Then Pharaoh faid unto him, But what haft thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou feekeft to go to thine own country? And he anfwered, Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wife.

23 And God ftirred him up another adverfary, Rezon the fon of 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 flew them of Zobab: and they went to Damaicus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damafcus.

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

Syria.

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

36 And unto his fon will I give one tribe, that David my fervant may have a light alway before me in Jeru falem, the city which I have chofen me to put my name there.

37 And I will take thee, and thou fhalt reign according to all that thy foul defireth, and fhalt be king over Ifrael,

38 And it fhall be, if thou wilt hearken untoall that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, anddo that is right in my fight, to keep my fat utes and my commandments, as David my fervant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a fare houfe, as 1 built for David, and will give lirael

unto thee.

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

40 Solomon fought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arofe, and fed into Egypt, unto Shifhak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

26 And Jeroboam the fon of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's fervant, whofe mother's name was 41 Andthe rest of the acts of SoloZeruah, a widow woman, even he mon, and all that he he did, and his lifted up bis hand againft the king. wiklom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

27 And this was the caufe that he Aifted up his hand againft the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.

42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerufalem over all Ifrael was forty years.

43 And Solomon flept with his fa 28 And the man Jeroboam was a thers, and was buried in the city of mighty man of valour: and Solomon David his father; and Rehoboam his feeing the young man that he was in-fon reigned in his ftead. duftrious, he made him ruler over all

29 And it came to país at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerufalem that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found himin the way; and he had clad

CHAP. XII.

ND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Ifrael were come to She. chem to make him king.

2 And it came to pafs, when Jero boam the fun of Nebat, who was yes

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