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] Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they
covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
] Wherefore his
servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin:
and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in
thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
] So they sought for
a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a
Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
] And the damsel was very
fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her
] Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I
will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run
] And his father had not displeased him at any time in
saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother
bare him after Absalom.
] And he conferred with Joab the son of
Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped
] But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and
Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to
David, were not with Adonijah.
] And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen
and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En-rogel, and called all
his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's
] But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty
men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
] Wherefore Nathan
spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that
Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it
] Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel,
that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son
] Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him,
Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly
Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then
doth Adonijah reign?
] Behold, while thou yet talkest there with
the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very
old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.
Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What
] And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by
the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall
reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
] And now, behold,
Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it
] And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in
abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest,
and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not
] And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are
upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord
the king after him.
] Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord
the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be
] And, lo, while she yet talked with the king,
Nathan the prophet also came in.
] And they told the king, saying,
Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed
himself before the king with his face to the ground.
] And Nathan
said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he
shall sit upon my throne?
] For he is gone down this day, and hath
slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they
eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.
me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada,
and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.
] Is this thing done
by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should
sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?
] Then king David
answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king's presence,
and stood before the king.
] And the king sware, and said, As the
LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,
as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy
son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so
will I certainly do this day.
] Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face
to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David
live for ever.
] And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and
Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the
] The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of
your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him
down to Gihon:
] And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet
anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God
save king Solomon.
] Then ye shall come up after him, that he may
come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have
appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.
] And Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord
the king say so too.
] As the LORD hath been with my lord the king,
even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my
lord king David.
] So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down,
and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him to
] And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the
tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people
said, God save king Solomon.
] And all the people came up after
him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the
earth rent with the sound of them.
] And Adonijah and all the
guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when
Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the
city being in an uproar?
] And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan
the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for
thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.
] And Jonathan
answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon
] And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and
Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and
the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's
] And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed
him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city
rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.
] And also
Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.
] And moreover the
king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of
Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And
the king bowed himself upon the bed.
] And also thus said the king,
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this
day, mine eyes even seeing it.
] And all the guests that were with
Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on
the horns of the altar.
] And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold,
Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the
altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his
servant with the sword.
] And Solomon said, If he will shew himself
a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if
wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
] So king Solomon
sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to
king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.
] Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die;
and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
] I go the way of all the
earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
] And keep
the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and
his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in
the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
] That the LORD may continue his
word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their
way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,
there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he
did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and
unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace,
and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his
shoes that were on his feet.
] Do therefore according to thy wisdom,
and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
] But shew
kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that
eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy
] And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera,
a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I
went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by
the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou
oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with
] So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
city of David.
] And the days that David reigned over Israel were
forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years
reigned he in Jerusalem.
] Then sat Solomon upon the throne of
David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.
Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon. And she
said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.
] He said
moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.
And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set
their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and
is become my brother's: for it was his from the LORD.
] And now I
ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say
] And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for
he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to
] And Bath-sheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the
] Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto
him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her,
and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother;
and she sat on his right hand.
] Then she said, I desire one small
petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask
on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay.
] And she said, Let
Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.
And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask
Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is
mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the
son of Zeruiah.
] Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God
do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his
] Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath
established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made
me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this
] And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
] And unto Abiathar
the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou
art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou
barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast
been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.
] So Solomon
thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the
word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in
] Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after
Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle
of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
] And it
was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and,
behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada,
saying, Go, fall upon him.
] And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of
the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay;
but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said
Joab, and thus he answered me.
] And the king said unto him, Do as
he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the
innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my
] And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head,
who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the
sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner,
captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host
] Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of
Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed,
and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the
] So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him,
and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the
] And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his
room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of
] And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto
him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence
] For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and
passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt
surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
] And Shimei
said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will
thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
] And it
came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran
away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying,
Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
] And Shimei arose, and saddled
his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and
brought his servants from Gath.
] And it was told Solomon that
Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to
swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the
day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any wither, that thou shalt surely die?
and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the commandment that I have
charged thee with?
] The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest
all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my
father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own
] And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David
shall be established before the LORD for ever.
] So the king
commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that
he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
] And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt,
and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he
had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the
wall of Jerusalem round about.
] Only the people sacrificed in high
places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those
] And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David
his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high
place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that
] In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:
and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
] And Solomon said, Thou
hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked
before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a
son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
] And now, O LORD my
God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a
little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
] And thy servant
is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that
cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
] Give therefore thy
servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between
good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a
] And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked
] And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this
thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for
thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself
understanding to discern judgment;
] Behold, I have done according
to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that
there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like
] And I have also given thee that which thou hast not
asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings
like unto thee all thy days.
] And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to
keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
lengthen thy days.
] And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a
dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the
LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a
feast to all his servants.
] Then came there two women, that were
harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
] And the one woman
said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a
child with her in the house.
] And it came to pass the third day
after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were
together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the
] And this woman's child died in the night; because she
] And she arose at midnight, and took my son from
beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her
dead child in my bosom.
] And when I rose in the morning to give my
child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning,
behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
] And the other woman
said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No;
but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the
] Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that
liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the
dead, and my son is the living.
] And the king said, Bring me a
sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
] And the king
said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the
] Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the
king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the
living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine
nor thine, but divide it.
] Then the king answered and said, Give
her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother
] And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had
judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in
him, to do judgment.
] So king Solomon was king over all
] And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son
of Zadok the priest,
] Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha,
scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
] And Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the
] And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and
Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's
] And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son
of Abda was over the tribute.
] And Solomon had twelve officers over
all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his
month in a year made provision.
] And these are their names: The son
of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
] The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in
Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan:
] The son of
Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all the land of
] The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had
Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
] Baana the son of Ahilud;
to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-shean, which is by Zartanah
beneath Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, even unto the place that is
] The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead; to him
pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him
also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities
with walls and brasen bars:
] Ahinadab the son of Iddo had
] Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the
daughter of Solomon to wife:
] Baanah the son of Hushai was in
Asher and in Aloth:
] Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in
] Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king
of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he was the only officer which was
in the land.
] Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by
the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the
Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served
Solomon all the days of his life.
] And Solomon's provision for one
day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of
] Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an
hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted
] For he had dominion over all the region on this side the
river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river:
and he had peace on all sides round about him.
] And Judah and
Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan
even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon.
] And Solomon had
forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand
] And those officers provided victual for king Solomon,
and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they
] Barley also and straw for the horses and
dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man
according to his charge.
] And God gave Solomon wisdom and
understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is
on the sea shore.
] And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all
the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol,
and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round
] And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a
thousand and five.
] And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree
that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake
also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of
] And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of
Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
] And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon;
for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for
Hiram was ever a lover of David.
] And Solomon sent to Hiram,
] Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an
house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on
every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.
But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is
neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
] And, behold, I purpose to
build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my
father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall
build an house unto my name.
] Now therefore command thou that they
hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants:
and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt
appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew
timber like unto the Sidonians.
] And it came to pass, when Hiram
heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the
LORD this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great
] And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the
things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire concerning
timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.
] My servants shall
bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in
floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be
discharged there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my
desire, in giving food for my household.
] So Hiram gave Solomon
cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire.
Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food to his household,
and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by
] And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league
] And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and
the levy was thirty thousand men.
] And he sent them to Lebanon ten
thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at
home: and Adoniram was over the levy.
] And Solomon had threescore
and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the
] Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over
the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that
wrought in the work.
] And the king commanded, and they brought
great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the
] And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them,
and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the
] And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth
year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the
fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the
second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.
the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was
threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof
] And the porch before the temple of the house,
twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and
ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
] And for the
house he made windows of narrow lights.
] And against the wall of
the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round
about, both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round
] The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the
middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without
in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams
should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
] And the house,
when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought
thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in
the house, while it was in building.
] The door for the middle
chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs
into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards
] And then he built chambers against all the house, five
cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
] Concerning this
house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute
my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform
my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
] And I
will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people
] So Solomon built the house, and finished
] And he built the walls of the house within with boards of
cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the cieling: and he covered
them on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of
] And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both
the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them for it within,
even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.
] And the house,
that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.
] And the
cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers: all was cedar;
there was no stone seen.
] And the oracle he prepared in the house
within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
] And the
oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in
breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overlaid it with pure
gold; and so covered the altar which was of cedar.
] So Solomon
overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains
of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.
] And the
whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the
whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits
] And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five
cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing
unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
] And the
other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one
] The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it
of the other cherub.
] And he set the cherubims within the inner
house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of
the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other
wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the
] And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of
cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.
And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and
] And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of
olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the
] The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon
them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them
with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm
] So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive
tree, a fourth part of the wall.
] And the two doors were of fir
tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the
other door were folding.
] And he carved thereon cherubims and palm
trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved
] And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed
stone, and a row of cedar beams.
] In the fourth year was the
foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif:
in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house
finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of
it. So was he seven years in building it.
] But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years,
and he finished all his house.
] He built also the house of the
forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth
thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of
cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
] And it was
covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen
in a row.
] And there were windows in three rows, and light was
against light in three ranks.
] And all the doors and posts were
square, with the windows: and light was against light in three
] And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was
fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before
them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.
Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of
judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the
] And his house where he dwelt had another court within the
porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh's
daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch.
these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed
with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so
on the outside toward the great court.
] And the foundation was of
costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight
] And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed
stones, and cedars.
] And the great court round about was with
three rows of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court
of the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
] He was a widow's
son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in
brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all
works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his
] For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high
apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them
] And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the
tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the
height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
] And nets of checker
work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of
the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other
] And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon
the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with
pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
] And the
chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch,
] And the chapiters upon the two pillars had
pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and
the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other
] And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple:
and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set
up the left pillar, and he called the name thereof Boaz.
] And upon
the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars
] And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim
to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line
of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
] And under the brim
of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the
sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was
] It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north,
and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three
looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their
hinder parts were inward.
] And it was an hand breadth thick, and
the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it
contained two thousand baths.
] And he made ten bases of brass;
four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and
three cubits the height of it.
] And the work of the bases was on
this manner: they had borders, and the borders were between the
] And on the borders that were between the ledges were
lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and
beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin
] And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass:
and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver were undersetters
molten, at the side of every addition.
] And the mouth of it within
the chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the
work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were
gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.
] And under the
borders were four wheels; and the axletrees of the wheels were joined to the
base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half a cubit.
And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their
axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes, were all
] And there were four undersetters to the four corners of
one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a cubit high: and on
the top of the base the ledges thereof and the borders thereof were of the
] For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders
thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion
of every one, and additions round about.
] After this manner he
made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one
] Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty
baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one
] And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and
five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the
house eastward over against the south.
] And Hiram made the lavers,
and the shovels, and the basons. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that
he made king Solomon for the house of the LORD:
] The two pillars,
and the two bowls of the chapiters that were on the top of the two pillars; and
the two networks, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the
top of the pillars;
] And four hundred pomegranates for the two
networks, even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls
of the chapiters that were upon the pillars;
] And the ten bases,
and ten lavers on the bases;
] And one sea, and twelve oxen under
] And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all
these vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the LORD, were
of bright brass.
] In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them,
in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
] And Solomon left
all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: neither was the
weight of the brass found out.
] And Solomon made all the vessels
that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of
gold, whereupon the shewbread was,
] And the candlesticks of pure
gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the
flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,
] And the bowls, and
the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and
the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place,
and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.
] So was
ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon
brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and
the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the
] Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all
the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel,
unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant
of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
] And all the
men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month
Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
] And all the elders of Israel
came, and the priests took up the ark.
] And they brought up the ark
of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels
that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring
] And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that
were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and
oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
] And the
priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the
oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the
] For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the
place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof
] And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves
were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen
without: and there they are unto this day.
] There was nothing in
the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the
LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land
] And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of
the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory
of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.
] Then spake Solomon,
The LORD said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
] I have
surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for
] And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the
congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel
] And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which
spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it,
] Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out
of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house,
that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people
] And it was in the heart of David my father to build an
house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
] And the LORD said
unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my
name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.
thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy
loins, he shall build the house unto my name.
] And the LORD hath
performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my
father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an
house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
] And I have set
there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which he made
with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the
congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or
on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk
before thee with all their heart:
] Who hast kept with thy servant
David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and
hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou
promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on
the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they
walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
] And now, O God of
Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy
servant David my father.
] But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this
house that I have builded?
] Yet have thou respect unto the prayer
of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry
and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the
place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken
unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel,
when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling
place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
] If any man trespass
against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and
the oath come before thine altar in this house:
] Then hear thou in
heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way
upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his
] When thy people Israel be smitten down before the
enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and
confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this
] Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their
] When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because
they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy
name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:
hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people
Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give
rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an
] If there be in the land famine, if there be
pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy
besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness
] What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man,
or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own
heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
] Then hear
thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man
according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only,
knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
] That they may
fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our
] Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy
people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's
] (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong
hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this
] Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according
to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may
know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know
that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send
them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and
toward the house that I have built for thy name:
] Then hear thou
in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their
] If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that
sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so
that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or
] Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither
they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the
land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done
perversely, we have committed wickedness;
] And so return unto thee
with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies,
which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou
gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which
I have built for thy name:
] Then hear thou their prayer and their
supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their
] And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee and
all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give
them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have
compassion on them:
] For they be thy people, and thine
inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the
furnace of iron:
] That thine eyes may be open unto the
supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to
hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.
] For thou
didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine
inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou
broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.
] And it was so,
that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication
unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his
knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
] And he stood, and
blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to
all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise,
which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
] The LORD our
God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake
] That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his
ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which
he commanded our fathers.
] And let these my words, wherewith I
have made supplication before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and
night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people
Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:
] That all the
people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none
] Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God,
to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this
] And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice
before the LORD.
] And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace
offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an
hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel
dedicated the house of the LORD.
] The same day did the king hallow
the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he
offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings:
because the brasen altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive the
burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace
] And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel
with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of
Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen
] On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed
the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the
goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his
] And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the
building of the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all Solomon's
desire which he was pleased to do,
] That the LORD appeared to
Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that
thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to
put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there
] And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father
walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I
have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:
Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I
promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the
throne of Israel.
] But if ye shall at all turn from following me,
ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I
have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship
] Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have
given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out
of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all
] And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth
by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD
done thus unto this land, and to this house?
] And they shall
answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers
out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have
worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all
] And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when
Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD, and the king's
] (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with
cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that
then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of
] And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which
Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not.
] And he said,
What cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother? And he called them
the land of Cabul unto this day.
] And Hiram sent to the king
sixscore talents of gold.
] And this is the reason of the levy
which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own
house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and
] For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer,
and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and
given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife.
Solomon built Gezer, and Beth-horon the nether,
] and Baalath, and
Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,
] And all the cities of
store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his
horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon,
and in all the land of his dominion.
] And all the people that were
left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were
not of the children of Israel,
] Their children that were left
after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly
to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this
] But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen:
but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains,
and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.
] These were the
chief of the officers that were over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty,
which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.
Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon
had built for her: then did he build Millo.
] And three times in a
year did Solomon offer burnt offerings and peace offerings upon the altar which
he built unto the LORD, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the
LORD. So he finished the house.
] And king Solomon made a navy of
ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the
land of Edom.
] And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen
that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty
talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
] And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of
Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard
] And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with
camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she
was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her
] And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any
thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
] And when the queen
of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had
] And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants,
and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and
his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more
spirit in her.
] And she said to the king, It was a true report that
I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
] Howbeit I
believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold,
the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I
] Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which
stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of
Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to
do judgment and justice.
] And she gave the king an hundred and
twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones:
there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba
gave to king Solomon.
] And the navy also of Hiram, that brought
gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious
] And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the
house of the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for
singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this
] And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her
desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal
bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her
] Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year
was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold.
] Beside that
he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of
all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.
king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of
gold went to one target.
] And he made three hundred shields of
beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in
the house of the forest of Lebanon.
] Moreover the king made a
great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.
throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were
stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the
] And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the
other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any
] And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold,
and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold;
none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of
] For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the
navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold,
and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
] So king Solomon
exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in
] And they brought every man his present, vessels of
silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and
mules, a rate year by year.
] And Solomon gathered together
chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and
twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with
the king at Jerusalem.
] And the king made silver to be in
Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in
the vale, for abundance.
] And Solomon had horses brought out of
Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a
] And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six
hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all
the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out
by their means.
] But king Solomon loved many strange women, together
with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites,
Zidonians, and Hittites;
] Of the nations concerning which the LORD
said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they
come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods:
Solomon clave unto these in love.
] And he had seven hundred wives,
princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his
] For it came to pass, 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.
] For Solomon
went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the
abomination of the Ammonites.
] And Solomon did evil in the sight of
the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his
] Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the
abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the
abomination of the children of Ammon.
] And likewise did he for all
his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their
] And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him
] And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he
should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD
] Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as
this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which
I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give
it to thy servant.
] Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it
for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy
] Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give
one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which
I have chosen.
] And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon,
Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.
] For it came
to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to
bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom;
] (For six
months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in
] That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's
servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little
] And they arose 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 house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him
] And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so
that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the
] And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom
Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh's household
among the sons of Pharaoh.
] And when Hadad heard in Egypt that
David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead,
Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own
] Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked
with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered,
Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.
] And God stirred him up
another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer
king of Zobah:
] And he gathered men unto him, and became captain
over a band, when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt
therein, and reigned in Damascus.
] And he was an adversary to
Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he
abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.
] And Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was
Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the
] And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against
the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David
] And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and
Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all
the charge of the house of Joseph.
] And it came to pass at that
time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite
found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two
were alone in the field:
] And Ahijah caught the new garment that
was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
] And he said to
Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel,
Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten
tribes to thee:
] (But he shall have one tribe for my servant
David's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all
the tribes of Israel:)
] Because that they have forsaken me, and
have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh 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 statutes and my
judgments, as did David his father.
] Howbeit I will not take the
whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his
life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments
and my statutes:
] But I will take the kingdom out of his son's
hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
] And unto his
son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before
me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name
] And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to
all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
] And it
shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my
ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments,
as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house,
as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
] And I will
for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.
sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto
Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of
] And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he
did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of
] And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all
Israel was forty years.
] And Solomon slept with his fathers, and
was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his
] And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were
come to Shechem to make him king.
] And it came to pass, when
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled
from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel
came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
] Thy father made our yoke
grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his
heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the
] And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men,
that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye
advise that I may answer this people?
] And they spake unto him,
saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve
them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy
servants for ever.
] But he forsook the counsel of the old men,
which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up
with him, and which stood before him:
] And he said unto them, What
counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying,
Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
] And the
young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou
speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke
heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My
little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
] And now
whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my
father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
] So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the
third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third
] And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the
old men's counsel that they gave him;
] And spake to them after the
counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add
to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you
] Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people;
for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the
LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of
] So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto
them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David?
neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now
see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their
] But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the
cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
] Then king Rehoboam
sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones,
that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot,
to flee to Jerusalem.
] So Israel rebelled against the house of
David unto this day.
] And it came to pass, when all Israel heard
that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the
congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed
the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
] And when
Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the
tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were
warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to
Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
] But the word of God came unto
Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
] Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of
Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the
remnant of the people, saying,
] Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not
go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man
to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of
the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the
] Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt
therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
] And Jeroboam
said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of
] If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the
LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their
lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to
Rehoboam king of Judah.
] Whereupon the king took counsel, and made
two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to
Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of
] And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in
] And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship
before the one, even unto Dan.
] And he made an house of high
places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons
] And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on
the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he
offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he
had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had
] So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel
the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of
his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered
upon the altar, and burnt incense.
] And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by
the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn
] And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD,
and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born
unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the
priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be
burnt upon thee.
] And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is
the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the
ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
] And it came to pass,
when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against
the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold
on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could
not pull it in again to him.
] The altar also was rent, and the
ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had
given by the word of the LORD.
] And the king answered and said unto
the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that
my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the
king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.
And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself,
and I will give thee a reward.
] And the man of God said unto the
king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither
will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:
] For so was it
charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor
turn again by the same way that thou camest.
] So he went another
way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.
there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the
works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had
spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.
their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way
the man of God went, which came from Judah.
] And he said unto his
sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode
] And went after the man of God, and found him sitting
under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from
Judah? And he said, I am.
] Then he said unto him, Come home with
me, and eat bread.
] And he said, I may not return with thee, nor
go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this
] For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt
eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou
] He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an
angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee
into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto
] So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house,
and drank water.
] And it came to pass, as they sat at the table,
that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him
] And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah,
saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the
LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded
] But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in
the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no
water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy
] And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after
he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he
had brought back.
] And when he was gone, a lion met him by the
way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it,
the lion also stood by the carcase.
] And, behold, men passed by,
and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and
they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said,
It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore
the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him,
according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.
he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled
] And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the
ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase,
nor torn the ass.
] And the prophet took up the carcase of the man
of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came
to the city, to mourn and to bury him.
] And he laid his carcase in
his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my
] And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he
spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein
the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:
] For the
saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel, and
against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria,
shall surely come to pass.
] After this thing Jeroboam returned not
from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the
high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the
priests of the high places.
] And this thing became sin unto the
house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of
] At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell
] And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and
disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get
thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should
be king over this people.
] And take with thee ten loaves, and
cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall
become of the child.
] And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and
went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for
his eyes were set by reason of his age.
] And the LORD said unto
Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son;
for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she
cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.
it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came in at the door,
that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be
another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.
] Go, tell
Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from
among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,
rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou
hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me
with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;
But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made
thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me
behind thy back:
] Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the
house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the
wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant
of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all
] Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat;
and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the LORD
hath spoken it.
] Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own
house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall
] And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he
only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some
good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of
] Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over
Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even
] For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the
water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their
fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their
groves, provoking the LORD to anger.
] And he shall give Israel up
because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to
] And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah:
and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;
And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of
the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the
] And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and
how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel.
] And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and
twenty years: and he slept with this fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his
] And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam
was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen
years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of
Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an
] And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they
provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all
that their fathers had done.
] For they also built them high
places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green
] And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did
according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before
the children of Israel.
] And it came to pass in the fifth year of
king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against
] And he took away the treasures of the house of the
LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he took
away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
] And king
Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands
of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king's
] And it was so, when the king went into the house of the
LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard
] Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he
did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
] And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their
] And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah an
Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.
] Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son
of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.
] Three years reigned he in
Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of
] And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he
had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the
heart of David his father.
] Nevertheless for David's sake did the
LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to
] Because David did that which was right in the
eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all
the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the
] And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the
days of his life.
] Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that
he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
] And Abijam
slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his
son reigned in his stead.
] And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam
king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.
] And forty and one years
reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of
] And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the
LORD, as did David his father.
] And he took away the sodomites out
of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she
had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the
] But the high places were not removed: nevertheless
Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.
] And he
brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which
himself had dedicated, into the house of the LORD, silver, and gold, and
] And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel
all their days.
] And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah,
and built Ramah, that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa king
] Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were
left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's
house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them
to Ben-hadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt
at Damascus, saying,
] There is a league between me and thee, and
between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of
silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he
may depart from me.
] So Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and
sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and
smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-beth-maachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land
] And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that
he left off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah.
] Then king Asa
made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was exempted: and they took away
the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and
king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
] The rest
of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities
which he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
of Judah? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his
] And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his
] And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel
in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two
] And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in
the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to
] And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,
conspired against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the
Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon.
Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay him, and reigned in
] And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote
all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he
had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which he spake by his
servant Ahijah the Shilonite:
] Because of the sins of Jeroboam
which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he
provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.
] Now the rest of the
acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel?
] And there was war between Asa
and Baasha king of Israel all their days.
] In the third year of
Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in
Tirzah, twenty and four years.
] And he did evil in the sight of
the LORD, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made
Israel to sin.
] Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of
Hanani against Baasha, saying,
] Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of
the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in
the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to
anger with their sins;
] Behold, I will take away the posterity of
Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house
of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
] Him that dieth of Baasha in the city
shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of
the air eat.
] Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did,
and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
] So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in
Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
] And also by the
hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against
Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of
the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like
the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.
] In the twenty
and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over
Israel in Tirzah, two years.
] And his servant Zimri, captain of
half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself
drunk in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah.
Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of
Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.
] And it came to pass,
when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the
house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his
kinsfolks, nor of his friends.
] Thus did Zimri destroy all the
house of Baasha, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake against
Baasha by Jehu the prophet,
] For all the sins of Baasha, and the
sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to
sin, in provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their
] Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
] In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did
Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against
Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
] And the people that
were encamped heard say, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king:
wherefore all Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that
day in the camp.
] And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel
with him, and they besieged Tirzah.
] And it came to pass, when
Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's
house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died,
For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking
in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to
] Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he
wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
] Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts:
half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half
] But the people that followed Omri prevailed
against the people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and
] In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah
began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in
] And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents
of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he
built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.
Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were
] For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God
of Israel to anger with their vanities.
] Now the rest of the acts
of Omri which he did, and his might that he shewed, are they not written in the
book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
] So Omri slept with
his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his
] And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah
began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri
reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
] And Ahab the
son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before
] And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him
to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel
the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and
] And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house
of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
] And Ahab made a grove;
and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings
of Israel that were before him.
] In his days did Hiel the
Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn,
and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of
the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
] And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants
of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I
stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my
] And the word of the LORD came unto him,
] Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself
by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
] And it shall be, that
thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee
] So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for
he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in
the evening; and he drank of the brook.
] And it came to pass after
a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the
] And the word of the LORD came unto him,
] Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon,
and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain
] So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the
gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he
called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that
I may drink.
] And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her,
and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of
meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two
sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and
] And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast
said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after
make for thee and for thy son.
] For thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail,
until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
] And she
went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house,
did eat many days.
] And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did
the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by
] And it came to pass after these things, that the son of
the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore,
that there was no breath left in him.
] And she said unto Elijah,
What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my
sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
] And he said unto her,
Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a
loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
] And he cried
unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the
widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
] And he stretched
himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my
God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him
again, and he revived.
] And Elijah took the child, and brought him
down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and
Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
] And the woman said to Elijah,
Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in
thy mouth is truth.
] And it came to pass after many days, that the word of
the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab;
and I will send rain upon the earth.
] And Elijah went to shew
himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared
the LORD greatly:
] For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets
of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a
cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
] And Ahab said unto
Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks:
peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose
not all the beasts.
] So they divided the land between them to pass
throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by
] And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him:
and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord
] And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold,
Elijah is here.
] And he said, What have I sinned, that thou
wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath
not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of
the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
] And now thou
sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
] And it shall
come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall
carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot
find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my
] Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the
prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty
in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
] And now thou
sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay
] And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I
stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
] So Obadiah went
to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
] And it
came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that
] And he answered, I have not troubled Israel;
but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of
the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
] Now therefore send, and
gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred
and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's
] So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered
the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
] And Elijah came unto all
the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God,
follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a
] Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a
prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty
] Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose
one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no
fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no
] And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call
on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And
all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
] And Elijah
said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress
it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire
] And they took the bullock which was given them, and they
dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying,
O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped
upon the altar which was made.
] And it came to pass at noon, that
Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking,
or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must
] And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their
manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon
] And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they
prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there
was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near
unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken
] And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of
the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying,
Israel shall be thy name:
] And with the stones he built an altar
in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would
contain two measures of seed.
] And he put the wood in order, and
cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels
with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he
said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with
] And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the
evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of
Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in
Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy
] Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that
thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back
] Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt
sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water
that was in the trench.
] And when all the people saw it, they fell
on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the
] And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let
not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the
brook Kishon, and slew them there.
] And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get
thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of
] So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to
the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face
between his knees,
] And said to his servant, Go up now, look
toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he
said, Go again seven times.
] And it came to pass at the seventh
time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a
man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee
down, that the rain stop thee not.
] And it came to pass in the
mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a
great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
] And the hand of
the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the
entrance of Jezreel.
] And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and
withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more
also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this
] And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and
came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant
] But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness,
and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he
might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not
better than my fathers.
] And as he lay and slept under a juniper
tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and
] And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the
coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him
] And the angel of the LORD came again the second time,
and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for
] And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the
strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of
] And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and,
behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou
] And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD
God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down
thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am
left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
] And he said, Go
forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed
by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the
rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an
earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
] And after the
earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still
] And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped
his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.
And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here,
] And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down
thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am
left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
] And the LORD said
unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou
comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
] And Jehu the son of
Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat
of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu
slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha
] Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees
which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed
] So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat,
who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth:
and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
] And he
left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my
father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back
again: for what have I done to thee?
] And he returned back from
him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the
instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he
arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
] And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host
together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and
chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against
] And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city,
and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,
] Thy silver and thy gold
is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are
] And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king,
according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.
] And the
messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Ben-hadad, saying, Although I
have sent unto thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and
thy wives, and thy children;
] Yet I will send my servants unto thee
to morrow about this time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses of
thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they
shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
] Then the king of
Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see
how this man seeketh mischief: for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my
children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him
] And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken
not unto him, nor consent.
] Wherefore he said unto the messengers
of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant
at the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers
departed, and brought him word again.
] And Ben-hadad sent unto
him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria
shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.
the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his
harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.
] And it came to
pass, when Ben-hadad heard this message, as he was drinking, he and the kings in
the pavilions,that he said unto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they
set themselves in array against the city.
] And, behold, there came
a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen
all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it in to thine hand this day;
and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
] And Ahab said, By whom?
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Even by the young men of the princes of the
provinces. Then he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered,
] Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the
provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered
all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven
] And they went out at noon. But Ben-hadad was drinking
himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings that
] And the young men of the princes of the provinces
went out first; and Ben-hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men
come out of Samaria.
] And he said, Whether they be come out for
peace, take them alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them
] So these young men of the princes of the provinces came
out of the city, and the army which followed them.
] And they slew
every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them: and Ben-hadad
the king of Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen.
] And the
king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians
with a great slaughter.
] And the prophet came to the king of
Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thy self, and mark, and see what thou
doest: for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against
] And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their
gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us
fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than
] And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of
his place, and put captains in their rooms:
] And number thee an
army, like the army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for
chariot: and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be
stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did
] And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Ben-hadad
numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against
] And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all
present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them
like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the
] And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of
Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD
is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver
all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the
] And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And
so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of
Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one
] But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall
fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Ben-hadad
fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.
] And his
servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of
Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and
ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will
save thy life.
] So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put
ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant
Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is
] Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing
would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother
Ben-hadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to him; and
he caused him to come up into the chariot.
] And Ben-hadad said
unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and
thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then
said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with
him, and sent him away.
] And a certain man of the sons of the
prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee.
And the man refused to smite him.
] Then said he unto him, Because
thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed
from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion
found him, and slew him.
] Then he found another man, and said,
Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded
] So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way,
and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.
] And as the king
passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the
midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me,
and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be
for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.
] And as
thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said
unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel
discerned him that he was of the prophets.
] And he said unto him,
Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I
appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and
thy people for his people.
] And the king of Israel went to his
house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.
] And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth
the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab
king of Samaria.
] And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy
vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my
house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem
good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance
of my fathers unto thee.
] And Ahab came into his house heavy and
displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him:
for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid
him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no
] But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is
thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
] And he said unto
her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy
vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another
vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my
] And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern
the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I
will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
] So she wrote
letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto
the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with
] And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and
set Naboth on high among the people:
] And set two men, sons of
Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme
God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may
] And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who
were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it
was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of
Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the
people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him
forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead,
that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the
Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive,
] And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was
dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to
take possession of it.
] And the word of the LORD came to Elijah
the Tishbite, saying,
] Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel,
which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone
down to possess it.
] And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus
saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt
speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the
blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
] And Ahab
said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found
thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the
] Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy
posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him
that is shut up and left in Israel,
] And will make thine house
like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the
son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and
made Israel to sin.
] And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying,
The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
] Him that dieth
of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall
the fowls of the air eat.
] But there was none like unto Ahab,
which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel
his wife stirred up.
] And he did very abominably in following
idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out
before the children of Israel.
] And it came to pass, when Ahab
heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh,
and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
] And the word
of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
] Seest thou how
Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will
not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon
] And they continued three years without war between
Syria and Israel.
] And it came to pass in the third year, that
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is
ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of
] And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to
battle to Ramoth-gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as
thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.
Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of
the LORD to day.
] Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets
together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against
Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord
shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
] And Jehoshaphat said,
Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of
] And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet
one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I
hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat
said, Let not the king say so.
] Then the king of Israel called an
officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne,
having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of
Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith
the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed
] And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's
] And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto
him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king
with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and
speak that which is good.
] And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth,
what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.
] So he came to the
king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to
battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD
shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
] And the king said
unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that
which is true in the name of the LORD?
] And he said, I saw all
Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD
said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in
] And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not
tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on
his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on
] And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may
go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said
on that manner.
] And there came forth a spirit, and stood before
the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
] And the LORD said unto
him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in
the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail
also: go forth, and do so.
] Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath
put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath
spoken evil concerning thee.
] But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah
went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit
of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
] And Micaiah said, Behold,
thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide
] And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him
back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's
] And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison,
and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come
] And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the
LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of
] So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramoth-gilead.
] And the king of Israel said unto
Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on
thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the
] But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two
captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor
great, save only with the king of Israel.
] And it came to pass,
when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is
the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat
] And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots
perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from
] And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and
smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said
unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host;
for I am wounded.
] And the battle increased that day: and the king
was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the
blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun,
saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in
] And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and
the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the
word of the LORD which he spake.
] Now the rest of the acts of
Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities
that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
] So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son
reigned in his stead.
] And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to
reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the
daughter of Shilhi.
] And he walked in all the ways of Asa his
father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of
the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people
offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
] And Jehoshaphat
made peace with the king of Israel.
] Now the rest of the acts of
Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he
took out of the land.
] There was then no king in Edom: a deputy
] Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for
gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at
] Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat,
Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would
] And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his
] Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in
Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years
] And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked
in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
] For he served
Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel,
according to all that his father had done.