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298 The adorning of the temple. I. KINGS. Solomon's other buildings. and side-posts were a fifth part of the wall. | ing to the measures of hewed stones, saw

32 The two doors also were of olive-ed with saws, within and without, even tree; and he carved upon them carving from the foundation unto the coping, and of cherubims, and palm-trees, and open 10 on the outside toward the great court, flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and 10 And the foundation was of costly spread gold upon the cherubims, and up- stones, even great stones; stones of ten cuon the palm-trees.

bits, and stones of eight cubits. 33 So also made he for the door of the 11 And above were costly stones, after temple posts of olive-tree a fourth part of the measures of hewed stones, and cedars. the wall.

12 And the great court mund about 34 And the two doors were of fir-tree: was with three rows of hewed stones, and the two leaves of the one door were fold- a row of cedar beams, both for the inner ing, and the two leaves of the other door court of the house of the LORD, and for were folding.

the porch of the house. 35 And he carved thereon cherubims, 13 9 And king Solomon sent and fetchand palm-trees, and open flowers; and ed Hiram out of Tyre. covered them with gold, fitted upon the 14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of carved work.

Naphtali, and his father was a man of 36 s And he built the inner court with Tyre, a worker in brass : and he was fillthree rows of hewed stone, and a row of | ed with wisdom, and understanding, and cedar beams.

cunning to work all works in brass. And 37 f In the fourth year was the foun- | he came to king Solomon, and wrought all dation of the house of the Lord laid, in his work. the month Zif:

15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of 38 And in the eleventh year, in the eighteen cubits high apiece : and a line month Bul (which is the eighth month) || of twelve cubits did compass either of was the house finished throughout all the them about. parts thereof, and according to all the 16 And he made two chapiters of moltfashion of it. So was he seven years in en brass, to set upon the tops of the pilbuilding it.

lars: the height of the one chapiter quas CHAP. VII.

five cubits, and the height of the other 1 The building of Solomon's house, 2 of the chapiter was five cubits :

house of Lebanon, 8 of the house for 17 And nets of checker-work, and Pharaoh's daughter. 13 Hiram's works. wreaths of chain-work, for the chapiters UT Solomon was building his own which were upon the top of the pillars ;

seven for the one chapiter, and seven for all his house.

the other chapiter. 2 He built also the house of the for- 18 And he made the pillars, and two est of Lebanon ; the length thereof was rows round about upon the one net-work, an hundred cubits, and the breadth there- to cover the chapiters that were upon the of fifty cubits, and the height thereof thir- | top, with pomegranates : and so did he ty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, || for the other chapiter. with cedar beams upon the pillars.

19 And the chapiters that were upon 3 And it was covered with cedar above the top of the pillars were of lily-work in upon the beams, that lay on forty-five pil- the porch, four cubits. lars, fifteen in a row.

20 And the chapiters upon the two pil4 And there were windowsin three rows, || lars had pomegranates also above, over aand light was against light in three ranks. gainst the belly which was by the net

5 And all the doors and posts were work: and the pomegranates were two square, with the windows: and light was hundred in rows round about upon the against light in three ranks.

other chapiter. 6 9 And he made a porch of pillars; the 21 And he set up the pillars in the porch length thereof was fifty cubits, and the of the temple: and he set up the right pilbreadth thereof thirty cubits : and the lar, and called the name thereof Jachin : porch was before them: and the other pil- and he set up the left pillar, and called the fars and the thick beam were before them. name thereof Boaz.

7 [Then he made a porch for the throne 22 And upon the top of the pillars was where he might judge, even the porch of lily-work : so was the work of the pillars judgment; and it was covered with ce- finished. dar from one side of the floor to the other. 23 | And he made a molten sea, ten cu

8. And his house where he dwelt had bits from the one brim to the other : it another court within the porch, which was was round all about, and his height was of the like work. Solomon made also an five cubits : and a line of thirty cubits did liouse for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he compass it round about. had taken to wife, like unto this porch. 24 And under the brim of it round a

9 All these were of costly stones, accord- Il bout there were knops compassing it, ten


Hiram's works for the temple. CHAP. VIII. Ornaments and utensils. 299 in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: | side of the house, and five on the left the knops were cast in two rows, when it | side of the house : and he set the sea on the was cast.

right side of the house eastward over a25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three gainst the south. looking toward the north, and three look- 40 4 And Hiram made the Javers, and ing toward the west, and three looking to the shovels, and the basons. So Hiram ward the south, and three looking to made an end of doing all the work that ward the east: and the sea was set above he made,king Solomon for the house of upon them, and all their hinder parts were the LORD: inward.

41 The two pillars, and the two bowls 26 And it was an hand-breadth thick, of the chapiters that were on the top of and the brim thereof was wrought like the two pillars ; and the two net-works, the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies : to cover the two bowls of the chapiters it contained two thousand baths.

which were upon the top of the pillars ; 27 1 And he made ten bases of brass ; 42 And four hundred pomegranates four cubits was the length of one base, for the two net-works, even two rows of and four cubits the breadth thereof, and pomegranates for one net-work, to cover three cubits the height of it.

the two bowls of the chapiters that were 28 And the work of the bases was on upon the pillars ; this manner: They had borders, and the 43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on borciers were between the ledges : the bases ;

29 And on the borders that were be- 44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under tween the ledges were lions, oxen, and the sea; cherubims : and upon the ledges there 45 And the pots, and the shovels, and svas a base above: and beneath the lions the basons: and all these vessels which and oxen were certain additions made of Hiram made to king Solomon for the thin work.

house of the LORD, were of bright brass. 30 And every base liad four brazen 46 In the plain of Jordan did the king wheels, and plates of brass: and the four cast them, in the clay ground between corners thereof had undersetters: under Succoth and Zarthan. the laver were undersetters molten, at the 47 And Solomon left all the vessels unside of every addition.

zveighed, because they were exceeding 31 And the mouth of it within the chap- many: neither was the weight of the iter and above was a cubit : but the brass found out. mouth thereof was round after the work 48 And Solomon made all the vessels of the base, a cubit and an half: and also that pertained unto the house of the Lord: upon the mouth of it were gravings with the altar of gold, and the table of gold, their borders, four-square, not round. whereupon the shew-bread was,

32 And under the borders were four 49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, wheels; and the axletrees of the wheels five on the right side, and five on the left, were joined to the base : and the height before the oracle, with the flowers, and of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit. the lamps, and the tongs of gold,

33 And the work of the wheels was 50 And the bi yls, and the snuffers, like the work of a chariot wheel : their and the basons, and the spoons, and the axletrees, and their naves, and their fel- censers of pure gold; and the hinges of loes, and their spokes, were all molten. gold, both for the doors of the inner house,

34 And there were four undersetters to the most holy place, and for the doors of the four corners of one base: and the un- the house, to wit, of the temple. dersetters were of the very base itself. 51 So was ended all the work that king

35 And in the top of the base was there Solomon made for the house of the Lord. a round compass of half a cubit high: and And Solomon brought in the things which on the top of the base the ledges thereof David his father had dedicated ; even and the borders thereof were of the same. the silver, and the gold, and the vessels,

36 For on the plates of the ledges there did he put among the treasures of the of, and on the borders thereof, he graved house of the Lord. cherubims, lions, and palm-trees, accord

CHAP. VIII. ing to the proportion of every cne, and | 1 The dedication of the temple. 12, 55 additions round about.

Solomon's blessing. 22 His prayer. 62 37 After this manner he made the ten His sacrifice of peace-offerings. bases : all of them had one casting, one THEN

'HEN Solomon assembled the elders measure, and one size.

of Israel, and all the heads of the 38 q Then made he ten lavers of brass : | tribes, the chief of the fathers of the chilone laver contained forty baths: and every | dren of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jelaver was four cubits: and upon every rusalem, that they might bring up the ark one of the ten bases one laver.

if the covenant of the LORD out of the 39 And he put five bases on the right I city of David, which is Zion.

300 The dedication of the temple. I. KINGS.

Solomon's prayer. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled build an house unto my name, thou didst themselves unto king Solomon at the || well that it was in thine heart. feast in the month Ethanim, which is the 19 Nevertheless, thou shalt not build the seventh month.

house ; but thy son that shall come forth 3 And all the elders of Israel came, and out of thy loins, he shall build the house the priests took up the ark.

unto my name. 4 And they brought up the ark of the 20 And the LORD hath performed his Lord, and the tabernacle of the congre-word that he spake, and I am risen up in gation, and all the holy vessels that were the room of David my father, and sit on in the tabernacle, even those did the the throne of Israel, as the LORD promispriests and the Levites bring up.

ed, and have built an house for the name 5 And king Solomon, and all the con- of the Lord God of Israel. gregation of Israel, that were assembled 2 And I have set there a place for the unto him, were with him before the ark, ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not which he made with our fathers, when he be told nor numbered for multitude. brought them ont of the land of Egypt.

6 And the priests brought in the ark of 22 And Solomon stood before the the covenant of the Lord unto his place, altar of the Lord in the presence of all into the oracle of the house, to the most the congregation of Israel, and spread holy place, even under the wings of the forth his hands toward heaven: cherubims.

23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, 7 For the cherubims spread forth their there is no Goc like thee, in heaven above, two wings over the place of the ark, and or on earth beneath, who keepest covethe cherubims covered the ark and the nant and mercy with thy servants that staves thereof above.

walk before thee with all their heart: 8 And they drew out the staves, that 24 Who hast kept with thy servant Dathe ends of the staves were seen out in the || vid my father that thou promisedst him : holy place before the oracle, and they thou spakest also with the mouth, and were not seen without : and there they hest fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is are unto this day.

this day. 9 There was nothing in the ark save the 25 Therefore now, Lord Gocl of Isratwo tables of stone, which Moses put el, keep with thy servant David my fathere at Horeh, when the Lord made a ther that thou promisedst him, saying, covenant with the children of Israel, when There shall not fail thee a man in my they came out of the land of Egypt. sight to sit on the throne of Israel ; so that

10 And it came to pass, when the priests thy children take heed to their way, that were come out of the holy place, that the they walk before me as thou hast walked cloud filled the house of the LORD,

11 So that the pricsts could not stand to 26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy minister becanse of the cloud: for the glo- worl, I pray thee, be verified, which thon sy of the Lord had filled the house of the spakest unto thy servant David my fatlier. LORD.

27 Bit will God indeed dwell on the 12 Then spake Solomon, The Lord earth? behold, the heaven ancl heaven of said that he would dwell in the thick dark- heavens cannot contain thee; how much

less this house that I have builded ? 13 I have surely built thee an house to 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayelwell in, a settled place for thee to abide er of thy servant, and to his supplication, in for ever.

O Lord my God, to learken unto the 14 And the king tumed his face about, | cry and to thie prayer, which thy servant and blessed all the congregation of Israel: praveth before ibce to-day: and all the congregation of Israel stood ; 29 That thine eves may be open to

15 And he said, Blessed be the LORD ward this house night and day, even toGod of Israel, which spake with his mouth ward the place of which thou hast said, unto David my father, and hath with his My name shall be there: that thou mayest hand fulfilled it, saying,

hearken unto the prayer which thy ser16 Since the day that I brought forth vant shall mike toward this place. my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose So And hcarken thou to the supplicano city out of all the tribes of Israel to tion of thy servant, ani of thy people Isbuild an house, that my name miglit hemel, when they shall pray toward this therein ; but I chose David to be over place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwellmy people Israel.

ing-place: and when thou hearest, forgive. 17 And it was in the heart of David 31 F If any man trespass against hiş my father to build an house for the name neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to of the LORD Goal of Israel.

cause him to swear, and the oath come 18 And the LORD saxl unto David my before thine altar in this house : father, Whereas it was in thine heart to 32 Then hear thou in lịcaren, and do,

before me.


Solomon's thanksgiving


at the dedication, 301 and judge thy servants, condemning the 45 Then hear thou in heaven their wicked, to bring his way upon his head ; | prayer and their supplication, and mainand justifying the righteous, to give him tain their cause. according to his righteousness.

46 If they sin against thee,(for there is no 534 When thy people Israel be smitten man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry down before the enemy, because they with them, and deliver them to the enemy, have sinned against thee, and shall turn so that they carry them away captives again to thee, and confess thy name, and unto the land of the enemy, far or near; pray, and make supplication unto thee in 47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves this house :

in the land whither they were carried cap34 Then hear thou in heaven, and for- tives, and repent and make supplication give the sin of thy people Israel, and unto thee in the land of them that carried bring them again into the land which them captives, saying, We have sinned, thou gavest unto their fathers.

and have done perversely, we have com55 (When heaven is shut up, and there mitted wickedness; is norain, because they have sinned against 48 And so return into thee with all their thee ; if they pray toward this place, and heart, and with all thei: soul, in the land confess thy naine, and turn from their of their enemies, which led them away sin, when thou aillictest them :

captive, and pray unto thee toward their 36 Then hear thou in heaven, and for- Tind, which thou gavest unto their fathers, give the sin of thy servants, and of thy the city which thou hast chosen, and the people Israel, that thou teach them the house which I have built for thy name: goed way wherein they should walk, and 49 Then hear thou their praver and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast their supplication in heaven thy dwellinggiven to thy people for an inheritance. place, and maintain their cause,

37 If there be in the land famine, if 50 And forgive thy people that have there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, sinned against ihee, and all their transgreslocust, or if there be caterpillar; if their sions wherein they have transgresset aenemy besiege them in the land of their gainst thee, and give them compassion becities, whatsoever plague, whatsoever fore them who carrel them ciptive, that sickness there be ;

they may have compassion on them: 39 What prayer and supplication shev- 51 For they be thy people, and thine er be made by any man, or by all thy peo inheritance, which thou broughtest forth? ple Israel, whichi shall know every man out of Egypt, from the midst of the furthe plague of his own heart, and spread nice of iron : forth his hands towards this house :

52 That thine eyes may be open unto 39 Then heir thou in heaven thvilwell- the supplication of thy servant, and unto ing-piace, and forgive, and do, and give to the supplication of thy people Israel, to every man according to his ways, whose hearken unto them in all that they call heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou for unto thee. only, knowest the hearts of all the chil- 53 For thou didst separate them from

among all the people of the earth, to be 40 That they may fear thee all the thine inhoritance, as thou spakest by the days that they live in the land which hand of Moses thy servant, when thou thou gerest unto our fathers.

broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O 41 Moreover, concerning a stranger,

LORD God, that is not of thy people Israel, but com- 54 And it was so, that when Solomon eth out of a far country for thy name's had made an end of praying all this prayer

and supplication unto the LORD, he a42 (For they shall hear of thy great rose from before the altar of the LORD, name, and of thy strong hand, and of the from kneeling on his knees, with his hands stretched out aim ;) when he shall come spread up to heaven. and pray towards this house ;

55 And he stood, and blessed all the 43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling- congregation of Israel with a loud voice, place, and do according to all that the saying, stranger calleth to thee for: that all peo- 56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given ple of the earth may know thy name, to rest unto his people Israel, according to fear thee, as do thy people Israil; and that all that he promised: there hath not failthey may know that this house which I ed one word of all his good promise, have builded is called isy thy name.

which he promised lay the hand of Moses 44 If thy people go out to battle - nis servant. gainst their enemy, whithers ever thou 57 The LORD our God be with us, shalt send them, and shall pray unto the as he was with our fathers : let him not LORD toward the city which thou hast leave us, nor forsike us : chosen, and toward the house that I have 58 That he may incline our hearts un

to him, to walk in all his ways, and te

dren of men ;)


built for thy name :

302 Solo:non's thanksgiving, Sc. I. KINGS.

Mis vision. keep his commandments, and his stat- as David thy father walked, in integrity utes, and his judgments, which he com- of heart, and in uprightness, to do acmanded our fathers.

cortling to all that I have commanded 59 And let these my words wherewith | thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my I have made supplicatiou before the judgments: LORD, be nigh unto the Lord our God 5 Then I will establish the throne of day and night, that he maintain the thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I cause of his servant, and the cause of his promised to David thy father, saying, people Israel at all times, as the matter There shall not fail thee a man upon the shall require :

throne of Israel. 60 That all the people of the earth 6 But if ye shall at all turn from followmay know that the Lord is God, and ing me, ye or your children, and will that there is none else.

not keep my commandments and my stat61 Let your heart therefore be perfect utes which I have set before you, but go with the Lord our God, to walk in his and serve other gods, and worship them: statutes, and to keep his commandments, 7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the as at this day.

land which I have given them; and this 62 || And the king, and all Israel with house which I have hallowed for my him, offered sacrifice before the Lord. name, will I cast out of my sight; and

63 And Solomon offered a sacritice of Israel shall be a proverb and a by-word peace-offerings, which he offered unto the among all people: Lord, two and twenty thousand oxen, 8 And at this house which is high, and an hundred and twenty thousand every one that passeth by it shall be asheep. So the king and all the children of stonished, and shall hiss; and they shall Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto

64 The same day did the king hallow this land, and to this house? the middle of the court that was before 9 And they shall answer, Because they the house of the Lord: for there he offer i forsook the Lord their God, who brought ed burnt-offerings, and meat-offerings, forth their fathers out of the land of and the fat of the peace-offerings: because Egypt, and have taken hold upon other the brazen altar that was before the LORD gods, and have worshipped them, and svas too little to receive the burnt-offer- served them; therefore hath the LORD ings, and meat-offerings, and the fat of brought upon them all this evil. the peace-offerings.

10 And it came to pass at the end of 65 And at that time Solomon held a twenty years, when Solomon had built feast, and all Israel with him, a great the two houses, the house of the LORD, congregation, from the entering in of and the king's house, Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before 11 (Nosv Hiram the king of Tyre had the LORD our God, seven days and seven furnished Solomon with cedar-trees and days, even fourteen days.

tir-trees, and with gold, according to all 66 On the eighth day he sent the peo- his desire,) that then king Solomon gave ple away: and they blessed the king, and Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. went unto their tents joyful and glad, of 12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to heart for all the goodness that the LORD see the cities which Solomon had given had done for David his servant, and for him; and they pleased him not. Israel liis people.

13 And he said, What cities are these CHAP. IX.

which thou hast given me, my brother 1 God's covenant in a vision with Solo- And he called them the land of Cabul

mon. 10 The mutual presents of Solomon unto this day. and Hiram. 25 His yearly sacrifices. 14 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore had finished the building of the to talents of gold,

15 | And this is the reason of the levy house of the LORD, and the king's house, which king Solomon raised; for to build pund all Solomon's desire which he was the house of the LORD, and his own house, pleased to do.

and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and 2 That the Lord appeared to Solomon | Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer. the second time, as he had appeared unto 16 lior Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone him at Gibeon.

up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with 3 And the Lord said unto him, I tire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt have heard thy prayer and thy suppli- in the city, and given it for a present uncation that thou hast made before me: to his daughter, Solomon's wife. I have hallowed this house, which thou 17 And Solomon built Gezer, and hast built, to put my name there for ever; Beth-horon the nether, and mine eyes and mine heart shall be 18 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the there perpetually.

wilderness, in the land, 4 And if thou wilt walk before me, 19 And all the cities of store that Sol.

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