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His folemn Jacrificet ing, or mildew, locufts, or caterpil- God, into thy refting place, thou, and lars; if their enemies befiege them in the ark of thy ftrength: let thy the cities of their land; hatfoever priefis, O LORD God, be clothed witá fore or what foever fickness bere be: falvation, and let thy faints rejoice in 297ben what prayere, what fuppli-goodness.

cation foever fhall be made of any 42 O LORD God, turn not away the man or of all thy people frael, when face of thine anointed: remember the every one fhall know his own ore mercies of David thy fervant. and his own grief, and all foread forth his bands in this houfe:

CHAP. VII. when Solomon

30 Then hear thou from even thy N end of praying, the fire came

an dwelling place,ard forgive,and render down from heavea, and confumed the unto every man according unto all his burnt offering and the sacrifices; and ways, whofe heart thou knoweft; (for the glory of the LORD filled the houfe. tbou only knoweft the hearts of the 2 And the priests could not enter children of men :) into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's houfe.

31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, fo long as they live in the land which thou gaveft unto our fathers.

32 Morenver concerning the ftran, which is not of thy people Ifrael, but is come from a far country for thy great name's fake, and thy mighty band, and thy ftretched out arm; if they come and pray in this houfe;

33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the itranger call. eth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Ifrael, and may know that this houfe which I have built is called by thy name.

3 And when all the children of Ifrael faw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themfelves with their fa ces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped,and praifed the LORD, Jaying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.

4Then the king and all the people offered facrifices before the LORD.

5 And king Solomon offered a facri face of twenty and two thoufand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thoufand fheep: fo the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

6 And the priests waited on their 34 If thy people go out to war offices: the Levites alfo with inftrugainft their enemies by the way that ments of mufick of the LORD, which thou halt fend them, and they pray David the king had made to praise the unto thee toward this city which thou LORD, becaufe his mercy endureth for haft chofen, and the houfe which Iever, when David praifed by their have built for thy name; miniftry; and the priests founded 35Then hear thou from the heavens trumpets before them, and all Ifrael their prayer and their fupplication, flood. and maintain their cause.

7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the 36If they fin against thee, (for there middle of the court that was before no man which finneth not,) and the houfe of the LORD: for there be thou be angry with them, and deliver offered burnt offerings, and the fat of them over before their enemies, and the peace offerings, because the brafen they carry them away captives unto a altar which solonion had made was land far off or near; not able to receive the burnt offerings, 37 Yet, if they bethink themfelves and the meat offerings, and the fat." in the land whither they are carried 8 Alfo at the fame time Solomon captive, and turn and pray unto thee kept the feaft feven days, and all f in the land of their captivity, faying, rael with him, a very great congrega We have finned, we have done amifs, tion, from the entering in of Hamath and have deal wickedly; unto the river of Egypt. 38 If they return to thee with all 9 And in the eighth day they made their heart and with all their foul in a folemn affembly: for they kept the the land of their captivity, whither dedication of the altar feven days,and they have carried them captives, and the feaft feven days.

pray toward their land, which thou IO And on the three and twentieth veft unto their fathers, and toward day of the feventh month he fent the the city which thou haft chofen, and people away into their tents, glad toward the houfe which I have built and merry in heart for the goodness for thy name: that the LORD had thewed unto Da 39 Then hear thou from the hea-vid, and to Solomon, and to Ifrael his Tens, even from thy dwelling place, people.



prayer and their fupplications, 11 Thus Solomon finished the house and maintain their caufe, and forgive of the LORD, and the king's houfe: thy people which have finned againft and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, 40Now, my God, le', befeech and in his own houfe, he profperoufly thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine effected. ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

12And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and faid unto him, I

41 Now therefore arife, O LORD have heard thy prayer, and bave

God's promife.

H. CHRONICLES. Solomon's tributaries.

chofen this place to myself for an, fired to build in Jerufalem, and in houfe of facrifice.

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if.I command the locufis to devour the land, or if I fend peftilence among my people;

Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.

74 for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites,and theHivites,and the Jebusites, which were not of lfrael,

14 If my people, which are called by my name, fhall humble themselves, 8 But of their children, who were and pray, and feek my face, and turn left after them in the land, whom the from their wicked ways; then will I children of Ifrael confumed not, them hear from heaven, and will forgive did Solomon make to pay tribute until their fin, and will heal their land, this day.

15 Now mine eyes fhall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

9 But of the children of Ifrael did Solomon make no fervants for his work; but they were men of war, and 16 For now have I chofen and chief of his captains, and captains of fanctified this houfe, that my name his chariots and horiemen. may be there for ever: and mine eyes IO And thefe were the chief of king and mine heart fhall be there per-Solomon's officers, even two hundred petually. and fifty,that bare rule over the people. 17And as for thee, if thou wilt walk) 11 And Solonion brought up the before me,as David thy father walked, daughter of Pharaoh out of the city and do according to all that I have of David unto the houfe that he had commanded thee, and fhalt obferve built for her: for he faid, My wife my ftatutes and my judgments: fhall not dwell in the houfe of David

18 Then will I eftablish the throne king of Ifrael, because the places are of thy kingdom, according as I have holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD covenanted with David thy father, hath come. faying, There fhall not fail thee a 12 Then Solomon offered burnt man to be ruler in Ifrael. offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,

19 But if ye turn away, and forfake my ftatutes and my commandments, which I have fet before you, and fhall go and ferve other gods, and worship them;

13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the com mandment of Mofes, on the fabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the folemn feafts, three times in the year, even in the feat of unleavened bread, and in the feat of weeks, and in the feaft of tabernacles.

20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this houfe, which I have fanctiñed for any name, will I saft out of my fight, and will make it to be a proverb and a by-word among 14 And he appointed, according to all nations. the order of David his father, the 21 And this houfe, which is high, couries of the priefts to their ferfhall be an astonishment to every one vice, and the Levites to their charges, that paffeth by it; fo that he fhall to praife and minifter before the fay, Why hath the LORD done thus priefs, as the duty of every day re unto this land, and unto this houfe? quired: the porters alio by their 22 And it fhall be anfwered, Becaufe courfes at every gate: for fo had they forfook the LORD God of their David the man of God commanded. fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worthipped them, and ferved them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them. CHAP. VIII.

15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priefts and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures. 16 Now all the work of Solonion was prepared unto the day of the ND it came to pass at the end of foundation of the house of the LORD,

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had built the houfe of the LORD, and his own house,

2 That the cities which Huram had reftored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caufed the children of li rael to dwell there.


of the LORD was perfected.

17 Then went Solomon to Ezion geber, and to Eloth, at the fea fide in the land of Edom.

18 And Huram fent him by the hands of his fervants fhips, and fervants that 3 And Solomon went to Hamath-had knowledge of the fea; and they zobah, and prevailed against it.

4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.

5 Alfo he built Beth-horon the up

per, and Beth-horon the nether, fenced

cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

went with the fervants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.


heard of the fame of Solomon

ND when the queen of Sheba

6 And Baalath, and all the ffore the came to prove Solomon with hard eities that solomon had, and all the queftions at Jerufalem, with a very chariot cities, and the cities of the great company: and camels that bare horfemen, and all that Solomon de-fpices, and gold in abundance, und

The queen of Sibeba's visit.

CHAP. X. Solomon's riches and death.

precious ftones: and when he was come to Solomon,he communed with him of all that was in her heart.

2 And Solomon told her all her queftions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had feen the wisdom of Solomon, and the houfe that he had built,

17¶Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

18 And there were fix fteps to the throne, with a footfool of gold, which were faftened to the throne, and flays on each fide of the fitting place, and two lions flanding by the ftays:

19 And twelve lions ftood there on 4 And the meat of his table, and the the one fide and on the other upon fitting of his fervants, and the attend- the fix fteps. There was not the like ance of his minifters, and their ap-made in any kingdom.

parel; his cupbearers alfo, and their 20 And all the drinking veffels of apparel; and his afcent by which he king Solomon were of gold,and all the went up into the houfe of the LORD; veffels of the houfe of the forest ot there was no more spirit in her. Lebanon were of puregold: none were of filver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

And the faid to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine pwn land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: 6 Howbeit i believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had feen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wifdom was not told me: for thou exceedeft the fame that I board.

7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy fervants, which fland Continually before thee, and hear thy wifdom.

21 For the king's fhips went to Tar. fhifh with the fervants of Huram: every three years once came the fhips of Tarthith bringing gold, and filver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

22 And king Solomun paffed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

23 And all the kings of the earth fought the prefence of Solomon, to hear his wildom, that God had put 8 Bleiled be the LORD thy God, in his heart. which delighted in thee to fet thee 24 And they brought every man his on his throne, to be king for the LORD prefent, veffels of filver, and veffels thy God: becaufe thy God loved If- of gold, and raiment, harness, and rael, to eftablish them for ever, there-pices, horfes, and mules, a rate year fore made he thee king over them, to by year.

do judgment and justice.

25 And Solomon had four thousand 9 And he gave the king an hundred ftalls for horfes and chariots, and and twenty talents of gold, and of twelve thoufand horfemen; whom he pices great abundance, and precious beftowed in the chariot cities, and Rones: neither was there any fuch with the king at Jerufalem. pice as the queen of Sheba gave king Salomon.

10 And the fervants alfo of Huram, and the fervants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious tones.

11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the houfe of the Lop, and to the king's palace, and harps and pfalteries for fingers: and there were none fuch feen before in the land of Judah.

12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her defire, whatfoever he asked, beßde that which the had brought unto the king. So the turned, and went away to her own land, the and her fervants.

26¶And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philiftines, and to the border of Egypt.

27 And the king made filver in Jeru falem as ftones, and cedar trees made he as the fycamore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.

28 And they brought unto Solomon horfes out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

29 Now the reft of the acts of Solomon, firft and laft, are they not writteninthe book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijab the Shilonite, and in the vifions of Iddo the feer against Jeroboam the fon of


43 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was fix hundred and three fcore and fix talents of gold; 31 And Solomon flept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city 14 Beide that which chapmen and of David his father: and Rehoboam merchants brought. And all the kings his fon reigned in his flead.

30 And Solomon reigned in Jerufalem over all Ifrael forty years.

of Arabia and governors ofthe country

brought gold and filver to Solomon.


15 And king Solomon made two AND Rehoboam went to Shechem:

for to Shechem were all lfrael

hundred targets of beaten gold: fix come to make him king. bundred fhekels of beaten gold went to

one target.

2 And it came to pafs, when Jeroboam the fon of Nebat, who was in 16 And three hundred fhields made Egypt, whither he had fled from the be of beaten gold: three hundred prefence of Solomon the king, heard bekels of gold went to one fhield. And it, that Jeroboam returned out of the king put them in the bonfe of the Egypt.

fare of Lebanon

3 And they fent and called him, s

Ifrael revoltetbfrom Rehoboam. II. CHRONICLES. His Atrength,wives, St. Jeroboam and all Ifrael came and 18 Then king Rehoboam fent Hadopake to Rehoboam, faying, ram that was over the tribute; and 4 Thy father made our yoke griev-the children of Ifrael ftoned him with ous: now therefore eafe thou fome- ftones, that he died. But king Reho what the grievous fervitude of thy boam made fpeed to get him up to bir father, and his heavy yoke that he chariot, to flee to Jerufalem. put upon us, and we will ferve thee. 5 And he faid unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

19 And Ifrael rebelled against the houfe of David unto this day. CHAP. XI.


ND when Rehoboam was come to 6And king Rehoboam took counfe! Jerufalem, he gathered of the with the old men that had ftood behoufe of Judah and Benjamin an hun. fore Solomon his father while he yet dred and four fcore thousand chofen lived, faying, What counfel give ye me men, which were warriors, to fight to return answer to this people? against Ifrael that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

7 And they fpake unto him, faying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and fpeak good words to them, they will be thy fervants for

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9 And he faid unto them, What advice give ye that we may return anfwer to this people, which have fpoken tó me, faying, Eafe fomewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

IO And the young men that were brought up with him fpake unto him, faying, Thus fhalt thou anfwer the people that fpake unto thee, faying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it fomewhat lighter for us; thus fhalt thou fay unto them, My little finger fhall be thicker than my father's loins.

II For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chaft:fed you with whips, but I will chaftijeyou with fcorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, faying, Come again to me on the third day.

13 And the king anfwered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forfook the counfel of the old men,

14 Andanfwered them after the advice of the young men, faying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chattifed you with whips, but I will chatijcyou with fcorpions.

15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the caufe was of God, that the LORD might perform his, word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the ion of Nebat.

2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, faying, 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the lon of Solomon, king of Judah, and to ail Ifrael in Judah and Benjanin, faying,

4 Thus faith the Loan, 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 againft Jeroboam. 5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerufa lem, and built cities for defence in Judah

6 He built even Beth-lebem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

8AndGath,and Marefhah,and Ziph, 9 And Adoraim, and Lachith, and Azekah,"

10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.

II And he fortified the ftrong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.

12 And in every feveral city be put fhields and fpears, and made them ex. ceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his fide.

13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Ifrael reforted to him out of all their coafts.

14 For the Levites left their fuburbs and their poffeflion, and came to Judah and Jerufalem: for Jeroboam and his fons had caft them off from executing the priefl's office unto the LORD:

15 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 Ifrael fuch as fet their hearts to feek the LORD God of lfrael came to Jerufalem, to facrifice unto the 16%And when all Ifrael faw that the LORD God of their fathers. king would not hearken unto them, 17 So they ftrengthened the kingthe people answered the king, faying,dom of Judah, and made Rehoboam What portion have we in David? and the fon of Solomon ftrorg, three we have none inheritance in the fon years: for three years they walked of Jeffe: every man to your tents, O in the way of David and Solomon. Ifrael: and now, David, fee to thine 189 And Rehoboam took him Mahaown houfe. So all Ifrael went to their lath the daughter of Jerimoth the fon of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the fon of Jeffe;


17 But as for the children of Ifrae! that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over the

19 Which bare him children; Jeuh, and shamnariah, and Zaham.

XIII. Abijab fucceedeth Rehoboam.

Shibak polleth Jerufalem. CHAP 20 And after her he took Maachah II And when the king entered into the daughter of Abfalom; which bare the houfe of the LORD, the guard him Abujah, and Attai, and Ziza, and came and fetched them, and brought helomith. them again into the guard chamber. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah 12 And when he humbled himself, the daughter of Abfalom above all his the wrath of the LORD turned from wives and his concubines: (for he took him, that he would not destroy him eighteen wives, and three fcore con-altogether: and alfo in Judah things cubines; and begat twenty and eight went well. ions, and three fcore daughters.)

22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the fon of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for be thought to make him king.

23 And he dealt wifely, and difperfed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them vi&tual in abundance. And he defired many wives.


13 So king Rehoboam ftrengthened himself in Jerufalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned feventeen years in Jerufalem, the city which the LORD had chofen out of all the tribes of Ifracl, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naanah an Ammonitefs.

14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to feek the LORD. 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, firft ND it came to pafs, when Reho- and laft, are they not written in the boam had eftablished the king-book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of dom, and had ftrengthened himself, Iddo the feer, concerning genealogies? he forfook the law of the LORD, and and there were wars between Rehobo all Ifrael with him. am and Jeroboam continually.

2 And it came to pafs, that in the 16 And Rehoboam flept with his fifth year of king Rehoboam Shithak fathers, and was buried in the city of king of Egypt came up against Jerufa-David and Abijah his fon reigned in lem, because they had tranfgreffed his lead.

against the LORD,


Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.

3 With twelve hundred chariots, and three fcore thousand horfemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the 2 He reigned three years in Jeru Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethi-lem. His mother's name alfo war opians. Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of 4 And he took the fenced cities Gibeah. And there was war between which pertained to Judah, and camne Abijah and Jeroboam. to Jerufalem. 3 And Abijah fet the battle in array 5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet with an army of valiant men of war, to Rehoboam, and to the princes of even four hundred thousand chofen Judah, that were gathered together men: Jeroboam alfo fet the battle in to Jerufalem because of Shithak, and array against him with eight hundred faid unto them, Thus faith the LORD, thoufand chofen men, bring mighty Ye have forfaken me, and therefore men of valour. have I alfo left you in the hand of 4 And Abijah ftood up upon mount Shishak. Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephra 6 Whereupon the princes of Ifrael fim, and faid, Hear me, thou Jerobo and the king humbled themfelves; and jam, and all Ifrael; they faid, The LORD is righteous.

5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Ifrael gave the kingdom over Ifrael to David for ever, even to him and to his fons by a covenant of falt?

7 And when the LORD faw that they hambled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, faying, They ave humbled themfelves; therefore 1 will not destroy them, but I will grant 6 Yet Jeroboam the fon of Nebat, them fome deliverance; and my wrath the fervant of Solomon the fon of fhall not be poured out upon Jeru- David is rifen up, and hath rebelled falen by the hand of Shifhak. Jagainft his 'ord.

8 Nevertheless they fhall be his fer- 7 And there are gathered unto him vants; that they may know my fer-vain men, the children of Belial, and vice, and the fervice of the kingdoms have ftrengthened themselves againft of the countries. Rehoboam the fon of Solomon, when 9 so shihak king of Egypt came up Rehoboam was young and tenderagainst jerufalem, and took away the hearted, and could not withitand them. treafures of the houfe of the LORD, 8 And now ye think to withstand and the treasures of the king's houfe; the kingdom of the LORD in the hand be took all: he carried away alfo the of the fons of David; and ye be a great hields of gold which Solomon had multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.


10 Infteadof which king Rehoboam made fhields of brafs, and cominitted them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the King's house.

9 Have ye not caft out the priests of the LORD, the fons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you pricfts after the manner of the nations of

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