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Solomon's yearly sacrifice. CHAP. X. The Queen of Sheba's visit. 303 omon had, and cities for his chariots, and || his cup-bearers, and his ascent by which cities for his horsemen, and that which he went up unto the house of the LORD; Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, there was no more spirit in her. and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his 6 And she said to the king, It was a dominion.
true report that I heard in mine own 20 And all the people that were left land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hi- 7 Howbeit, I believed not the words, vites, and Jebusites, which were not of | until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: the children of Israel,
and behold, the half was not told me : 21 Their children that were left after thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the them in the land, whom the children of fame which I heard. Israel also were not able utterly to de- 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these stroy, upon those did Solomoji levy a trib- | thy servants, which stand continually beute of bond-service unto this day.
fore thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 22 But of the children of Israel did 9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which Solomon make no bond-men : but they delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne were men of war, and his servants, and of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel his princes, and his captains, and rulers of for ever, therefore made he thee king, to his chariots, and his horsen: n.
do judgment and justice. 23 These were the chief of the officers 10 And she gave the king an hundred that were over Solomon's work, five hun- and twenty talents of gold, and of spices dred and fifty, which bare rule over the rery great store, and precious stones : people that wrought in the work. there came no more such abundance of
24. But Pharaoh's daughter came up | spices as these which the queen of Sheba out of the city of David unto her house gave to king Solomon. which Solomon had built for her: then 11 And the navy also of Hiram, that did he build Millo.
brought gold from Ophir, brought in from 25 $ And three times in a year did Sol-Ophir great plenty of almug-trees, and omon offer burnt-offerings and peace-of-precious stones. ferings upon the altar which he built un- 12 And the king made of the almugto the LORD, and he burnt incense upon trees pillars for the house of the Lord, the altar that was before the LORD. "So | and for the king's house, harps also and he finished the house.
psalteries for singers: there came no such 26 | And king Solomon made a navy almug-trees, nor were seen unto this day, of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside 13 And king Solomon gave unto the Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoevland of Edom.
er she asked, beside that which Solomon 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his gave her of his royal bounty. So she servants, shipmen that had knowledge of turned and went to her own country, she the ser, with the servants of Solomon. and her servants.
28 And they came to Ophir, and fetch- 14 9 Now the weight of gold that came ed from thence gold, four hundred and to Solomon in one year was six hundred twenty talents, and brought it to king threescore and six talents of gold, Salomon.
15 Beside that he had of the merchantCHAP. X.
men, and of the traffick of the spice-mer1 The queen of Sheba admircth the wis- || chants, and of all the kings of Arabia,
dom of Solomon. 14 His riches. and of the governors of the country. ANP when the queen
of Sheba heard 16 | And king Solomon made two hunof the fame of Solomon concerning dred targets of beaten gold: six hundred the name of the LORD, she came to prove shekels of gold went to one target. him with hard questions.
17 And he made three hundred shields 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a ofbeaten gold ; three pound of gold went Fery grcat train, with camels that bare to one shield : and the king put them in spices, and very much gold, and precious the house of the forest of Lebanon. stones: and when she was come to Solo- 18 ( Moreover, the king made a great mon, she communed with him of all that | throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the was in her heart.
best gold. 3 And Solomon told her all her quest- 19 The throne had six steps, and the kuns: there was not any thing hid from top of the throne was round behind : and the king, which he told her not.
There were stays on either side on the 4 And when the queen of Sheba had place of the seat, and two lions stood beseen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house | side the stays. that he had built,
20 And twelve lions stood there on the 5 And the meat of his table, and the one side and on the other upon the six sitting of his servants, and the attendance steps: there was not the like made in of his ministers, and their apparel, and any kingdom.
304 Solomon's magnificence. I. KINGS
His idolatry. 21. q And all king Solomon's drinking guddess of the Zidoniarrs, and after Mila vessels were of goli, and all the vessels of com the abomination of the Ammonites. the house of the forest of Lebanon were of 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of pure gold; none were of silver: it was the LORD, and went not fully after the nothing accounted of in the days of Solo LORD, its did David his father. mon.
7 Then did Solomon build an high 22 For the king had at sea a navy of place for Chemosii, the abomination of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram : once Moab, in the bill that is before Jerusain three years came the navy of Thar- | lem, and for Molech, the abomination of shish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, the children of Ammon. and apes, and peacocks.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange 23 So king Solomon exceeded all the wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed kingsof the earth for richesand for wisdom. unto their gols.
24 And all the earth sought to Solo 9 And the LORD was angry with Solmon, to hear his wisdom, which God omon, because his heart was turned from had put in his heart.
the LORD God of Israel, which had ap25. And they brought every man his peared unto him twice, present, vessels of silver, and vessels of 10 And had commanded him concerngold, and garments, and arınour, and spi- ing this thir,;, that he should not go after ces, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. other gods : but he kept not that wirich
26 9 And Solomon gathered together the LORD commanded. charic and horsemen : and he had a 11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solo thousand and four hundred chariots, and mon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, twelve thousand horsemen, whom he be- and thou hast not kept my covenant and stowed in the cities for chariots, and with my statutes which I have commanded the king at Jerusalem.
thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from 27 And the king made silver to be in thee, and will give it to thy servant. Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he 12 Notwithstanding, in thy days I will to be as the sycamore trees that are in not do it for David thy father's sake: but the vale, for abundance.
I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 28 | And Solomon had horses brought 13 Howbeit, I will not rend away all the out of Egypt, and linen yarıı : the king's kingdom ; but will give one tribe to thy merchants received the linen yarn at a son for David my servant's sake, and for price.
Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen. 29 And a chariot came up and went 14 | And the LORD stirred up an adout of Egypt for six hundred shekels of versary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomsilver, and an horse for an hundred and ite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. fifty : and so for all the kings of the 15 For it came to pass, when David was Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did in Edom, and Joab the captain of the they bring them out by their means. host was gone up to bury the slain, after CHAP. X.
he had smitten every male in Edom; 1 Solomon's wives and concubines in his 16 (For six months did Joab remain
old age draw him to idolatry. 9 God there with all Israel, until he had cut off threateneth him. 14 His adversaries, every male in Edom:) 41 and death. 43 Rchuboum succecil- 17 That Hadad tied, he and certain pih him.
Edonites of his father's servants with B' UT king Solomon loved many strange him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet
women, together with the daugher | a little child. of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Am- 18 And they arose out of Midian, and inonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hit- came to Paran: and they took men with tites ;
them out of Paran, and they came to E2 Of the nations concerning which the gypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which LORD sail unto the children of Israel, gille him an house, and appointed him Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall victuals, and give him land. they come in unto you: for surely they 19 And Hidad found great favour in will turn away your heart arter their the signit of Pharaoh, so that he gave him gocis : Solomon clave unto these in love. to wife the sister of his own wife, the sis
3 And he had seven hundred wives, ter of Tampenes the queen. princesses, and three hundred concubines: 20 And the sister of Tahpenes bart and lis wives turned away his leart. him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon weaned in Pharaoli's house : and Genuwas old, that his wives turned away his bath was in Pharaoh's household among heart ifter other gods: and his heart was the sons of Pharaoh. not perfect with the Lord luis God, as 21. And when Hadad heard in Egypt fuus the heart of David his father: that David slept with his fathers, and
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the that Joab the captain of the host was dead. Soloruon's adversaries.
His death. 305 Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, 35 But I will take the kingdom out of that I may go to mine own country. his son's hand, and will give it unto thee,
22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But even ten tribes. what hast thou lacked with me, that, be- 36 And unto his son will I give one hold, thou seekest to go to thine own tribe, that David my servant may have a country? And he answered, Nothing : light alway before me in Jerusalem, the howbeit, let me go in any wise.
city which I have chosen me to put my 23 And God stirred him up another name there. adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt which fled from his lord Hadadezer king reign according to all that thy soul deof Zobah :
sireth, and shalt be king over Israel. 24 And he gathered men unto him, 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken and became captain over a band, when || unto all that I command thee, and wilt David slew them of Zobah : and they walk in my ways, and do that is right in went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, || my sight, to keep my statutes and my and reigned in Damascus.
commandments, as David my servant 25 And he was an adversary to Israel did ; that I will be with thee, and build all the days of Solomon, beside the mis- | thee a sure house, as I built for David, chief that Hadad did : and he abhorred and will give Israel unto thee. Israel, and reigned over Syria.
39 And I will for this afflict the seed of 26 | And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, David, but not for ever. an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's ser- 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill vant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, | Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and a widow woman, even he lifted up his fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of hand against the king.
Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death 27 And this was the cause that he lifted of Solomon. up his hand against the king : Solomon 41 | And the rest of the acts of Solo built Millo, and repaired the breaches of mon, and all that he did, and his wisthe city of David his father.
dom, are they not written in the book of 28 And the man Jeroboam was a the acts of Solomon mighty man of valour: and Solomon 42 And the time that Solomon reigned in. seeing the young man that he was in- Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. dustrious, he made him ruler over all 43 And Solomon slept with his fathe charge of the house of Joseph. thers, and was buried in the city of Da
29 And it came to pass at that time vid his father : and Rehoboam his son when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, | reigned in his stead. that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite
CHAP. XII. found him in the way ; and he had clad | 1 Rehoboam refusing the old men's counhimself with a new garment; and they sel, 16 ten tribes revolt. 26 Jeroboam's two were alone in the field:
idolatry. 30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in for all Israel were come to Shechem twelve pieces :
to make him king. 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend heard of it, (for he was fled from the presthe kingdom cut of the hand of Solomon, ence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam and will give ten tribes to thee :
dwelt in Egypt;) 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my 3 That they sent and called him. And servant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's Jeroboam and all the congregation of sake, the city which I have chosen out of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, all the tribes of Israel :)
saying, 33 Because that they have forsaken me, 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : and have worshipped Ashtoreth the god now therefore make thou the grievous dess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of service of thy father, and his heavy yoke the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the which he put upon us, lighter, and we children of Ammon, and have not walked will serve thee. in my ways, to do that which is right in 5 And he said unto them, Depart yet mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and for three days, then come again to me. my judgments, as did David his father. And the people departed.
34 Howbeit, I will not take the whole 6 And king Rehoboam consulted with kingdom out of his hand : but I will the old men that stood before Solomon his make him prince all the days of his life father while he yet lived, and said, How do for David my servant's sake, whom I ye advise that I may answer this people? chose, because he kept my command- 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If ments and my statutes :
thou wilt be a servant unto this people
306 Ten triócs revolt.
I. KINGS. Jeroboam maketh two calves. this day, and wilt serve them, and answer y to the congregation, and made him king them, and speak good words to them, over all Israel : there was none that folthen they will be thy servants for ever. lowed the house of David, but the tribe
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old of Judah only. men, which they had given him, and con- 21 & And whea Rehoboam was come to sulted with the young men that were Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of grown up with him, and which stood Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hunbefore him :
dred and fourscore thousand chosen men, 9 And he said unto them, What coun- which were warriors, to fight against the sel give ye that we may answer this peo- house of Israel, to bring the kingdom aple, who have spoken to me, saying, gain to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. Make the yoke which thy father did 22 But the word of God came unto upon us lighter ?
Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 10 And the young men that were 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of grown up with him spake unto him, say- Solomon king of Judah, and unto all the ing, Thus shalt thou speak unto this peo || house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the ple that spake unto thee, saying, Thy fa- remnant of the people, saying, ther made our yoke heavy, but make thou 24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say un- go up, nor fight against your brethren to them, My little finger shall be thicker the children of Israel : return every man than my father's loins.
to his house ; for this thing is from me. 11 And now whereas my father did They hearkened therefore to the word of lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add the LORD, and returned to depart, acto your yoke : my father hath chastised cording to the word of the Lord. you with whips, but I will chastise you 25 | Then Jeroboam built Shechem in with scorpions
mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and 12 4 So Jeroboam and all the people went out from thence, and built Penuel. came to Rchoboam the third day, as the 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now king had appointed, saying, Come to me shall the kingdom return to the house of
13 And the king answered the people - 27° if this people go up to do sacriroughly, and forsook the old men's coun- fice in the house of the LORD at Jerusasel that they gave him ;
lem, then shall the heart of this people 14 And spake to them after the coun- turn again unto their lord, even unto sel of the young men, saying, My father Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall made your yoke heavy, and I will add || kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king to your yoke : my father also chastised of Judah. you with whips, but I will chastise you 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, with scorpions.
and made two calves of gold, and said 15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto them, It is too much for you to go unto the people ; for the cause was from up to Jerusalem : behold thy gods, o the Lord, that he might perform his say- Israel, which brought thee up out of the ing, which the LORD spake by Ahijah land of Egypt. the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the soli of 29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and Nebat.
the other put he in Dan. 16 So when all Israel saw that the 30 And this thing became a sin : for king hearkened not unto them, the peo- the people went to worship before the one, ple answered the king, saying, What even unto Dan. portion have we in David ? neither have 31 And he made an house of high places, we inheritance in the son of Jesse : to and made priests of the lowest of the peo your tents, Israel : now see to thine ple, which were not of the scris of Levi. own house, David. So Israel departed 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in into their tents.
the eighth month, on the fifteenth day 17 But as for the children of Israel of the month, like unto the feast that is which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Re- in Judah, and he offered upon the altar, hoboam reigned over them.
So did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, calves that he had made: and he placed who was over the tribute; and all Israel in Beth-el the priests of the high places stoned him stones, that he died. There- which he had made. fore king Rehoboam made speed to get 33 So he offered upon the altar which him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day
19 So Israel rebelled against the house of the eighth month, even in the monta of David unto this day.
which he had devised of his own heart; 20 And it came to pass when all Is- and ordained a feast unto the children of rael heard that Jeroboam was come Ísrael: and he offered upon the altar, and again, that they sent and called him un-" burnt incense.
Jeroboani's hand withereth. Chap. xill. The disobedient prophet slain, 307 CHAP. XIII.
me the ass. So they saddled him the ass : 1 Jeroboam's hand withereth, 6 and at and he rode thereon,
the prayer of the prophet is restored. 14 And went after the man of God, 23 The disobedient prophet is slain by and found him sitting under an oak: and
a lion. 33 Jeroboam's obstinacy. he said unto him, Art thou the man of Arbehold, there came a man of God that camest from Judah? And he the LORD unto Beth-el : and Jeroboam 15 Then he said unto him, Come home stood by the altar to burn incense.
with me, and eat bread. 2 And he cried against the altar in the 16 And he said, I may not return with word of the LORD, and said, O altar, al- thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I tar, thus saith the LORD ; Behold, a child eat bread nor drink water with thee in shall be born unto the house of David, Jo- this place: siah by name; and upon thee shall he of- 17 For it was said to me by the word fer the priests of the high places that burn of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread incense upon thee, and men's bones shall nor drink water there, nor turn again to be burnt upon thee.
go by the way that thou camest. 3. And he gave a sign the same day, 18 He said unto him, I am a prophet saying, This is the sign which the LORD also as thou art ; and an angel spake unto hath spoken ; Behold, the altar shall be me by the word of the LORDsaying, rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall Bring him back with thee into thine be poured out.
house, that he may eat bread and drink 4 And it came to pass when king Jer water. But he lied unto him. oboam heard the saying of the man of 19 So he went back with him, and did God, which had cried against the altar eat bread in his house, and drank water. in Beth-el, that he put forth his hand 20 | And it came to pass, as they sat from the altar, saving, Lay hold on him. at the table, that the word of the LORD And his hand, which he put forth against came unto the prophet that brought him him, dried up, so that he could not pull it back : in again to him.
21 And he cried unto the man of God 5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith poured out from the altar, according to the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disthe sign which the man of God had given obeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast by the word of the LORD.
not kept the commandment which the 6 And the king answered and said un- LORD thy God commanded thee, to the man of God, Entreat now the face 22 But camest back, and hast eaten of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, bread and drunk water in the place, of that my hand may be restored me again. the which the LORD did say to thee, And the man of God besought the Lord, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy and the king's hand was restored hiin a- carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre gain, and became as it was before. of thy fathers.
7 And the king said unto the man of 23 | And it came to pass, after he had God, Come home with me, and refresh eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that thyself, and I will give thee a reward. he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the
8 And the man of God said unto the king, prophet whom he had brought back. If thou wilt give me half thine house, I 24. And when he was gone, a lion met will not go in with thee, neither will I eat him by the way, and slew him: and his bread nor drink water in this place: carcass was cast in the way, and the
9 For so was it charged me by the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, carcass. nor drink water, nor turn again by the 25 And behold, men passed by, and same way that thou camest.
saw the carcass cast in the way, and the 10 So he went another way, and re- lion standing by the carcass : and they turned not by the way that he came to came and told it in the city where the old Beth-el.
prophet dwelt. 11 | Now there dwelt an old prophet in 26 And when the prophet that brought Beth-el; and his sons came and told him him back from the way heard thereof, he all the works that the man of God had said, It is the man of God, who was disdone that day in Beth-el : the words which obedient unto the word of the LORD : he had spoken unto the king, them they therefore the LORD hath delivered him told also to their father.
unto the lion, which hath torn him, and 12 And their father said unto them, 1 slain him, according to the word of the What way went he ? for his sons had seen Lord, which he spake unto him.
what way the man of God went, which 27 And he spake to his sons, saying, · Cange froin Judah.
Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him, 13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle 28 And he went and found his carcase