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Solomon's prayer at the CHAP. VI. dedication of the temple. rael, keep with thy servant David my fa- or mildew, locusts,or caterpillarg; if their ther that which thou hast promised him, enemies besiege them in the cities of their saying, There shall not fail thee a man in land; whatsoever sore, or whatsoever my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; sickness there be: yet so that thy children take heed to their 29 Then what prayer, or what suppliway to walk in my law, as thou hast walked cation soever shall be made of any man, before me.

or of all thy people Israel, when every one 17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, shall know his own sore, and his own let thy word be verified, which thou hast grief, and shall spread forth his hands in spoken unto thy servant David.

this house; 18 But will God in very deed dwell! 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy with men on the earth? Behold, heaven dwelling-place, and forgive, and render and the heaven of heavens cannot contain unto every man according unto all his thee ; how much less this house which I ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for have built!

thou only knowest the hearts of the chil19 Have respect therefore to the rayer dren of men :) of thy servant, and to his supplication, o 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry thy ways, so long as they live in the land and the prayer which thy servant prayeth which thou gavest unto our fathers. before thee:

32 Moreover, concerning the stran20 That thine eyes may be open upon ger, which is not of thy people Israel, but this house day and night, upon the place is come from a far country for thy great whereof thou hast said, that thou would-name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and est put thy name there ; to hearken unto thy stretched-out arm; if they come and the prayer which thy servant prayeth to-pray in this house ; ward this place.

33 Then hear thou from the heavens, 21 Hearken therefore unto the suppli- even from thy dwelling-place, and do accations of thy servant, and of thy people cording to all that the stranger calleth to Israel, which they shall make toward this thee for; that ali people of the earth may place: hear thou from thy dwelling-place, know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy even from heaven; and when thou hearest, people Israel, and may know that this house forgive.

which I have built is called by thy name. 22 | Ifa man sin against his neighbour, 34 If thy people go out to war against and an oath be laid upon him to make him their enemies by the way that thou shalt swear, and the oath come before thine al- send them, and they pray unto thee totar in this house ;

ward this city which thou hast chosen, and 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, the house which I have built for thy name; and judge thy servants, by requiting the 35 Then hear thou from the heavens wicked, by recompensing his way upon his their prayer and their supplication, and own head: and by justifying the righteous, maintain their cause. by giving him according to his righteous- 36 If they sin against thee, (for there ness.

is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be 24 And if thy people Israel be put to angry with them, and deliver them over the worse before the enemy, because they before their enemies, and they carry them have sinned against thee ; and shall return away captives unto a land far off or near; and confess thy name, and pray and make 37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the supplication before thee in this house ; land whither they are carried captive, and

25 Then hear thou from the heavens, turn and pray unto thee in the land of their and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, captivity, saying, We have sinned, we and bring them again unto the land which have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly; thou gavest to them and to their fathers.

38 If they return to thee with all their 26 T When the heaven is shut up, and heart and with all their soul in the land of there is no rain, because they have sinned their captivity, whither they have carried against thee; yet if they pray toward this them captives, and pray toward their place, and confess thy name, and turn land which thou gavest unto their fathers, from their sin, when thou dost afilict them; and toward the city which thou hast

27 Then hear thou from heaven, and chosen, and toward the house which I forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy have built for thy name; people Israel, when thou hast taught them 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, the good way wherein they should walk; even from thy dwelling-place, their prayer and send rain upon thy land, which thou and their supplications, and maintain their hast given unto thy people for an inherit-cause, and forgive thy people which have ance.

sinned against thee. 28 | If there be dearth in the land, if 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, there be pestilence, if there be blasting, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be at

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Solomon's solemn sacrifice. II. CHRONICLES. God appears to him. tentunto the prayer that is made in this place. the house of the LORD, and in his own 41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, house,

he prosperously effected. into thy resting-place, thou, and the ark of 12 | And the LORD appeared to Solo. thy strength : let thy priests, O LORD God, mon by night, and said unto him, I have be clothed with salvation, and let thy heard thy prayer, and have chosen this saints rejoice in goodness.

place to myself for a house of sacrifice. 42 O LORD God, turn not away the face 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no of thine anointed: remember the mercies rain, or if I cominand the locusts to devour of David thy servant.

the land, or if I send pestilence among my CHAP. VII.

people; TOW when Solomon had made an end 14 If my people, which are called by

of praying, the fire came down from my name, shall humble theinselves, and heaven, and consumed the burnt-offering pray, and seek my face, and turn from and the sacrifices; and the glory of the their wicked ways; then will I hear from LORD filled the house.

heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will 2 And the priests could not enter into heal their land. the house of the LORD, because the glory 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and of the LORD had filled the LORD's house. mine ears attent unto the prayer that is

3 And when all the children of Israel made in this place. saw how the fire came down, and the glory 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified of the Lord upon the house, they bowed this house, that my name may be there for themselves with their faces to the ground ever: and mine eyes and my heart shall upon the pavement, and worshipped, and be there perpetually. praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; 17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk be. for his mercy endureth for ever. fore me, as David thy father walked, and

4 T Then the king and all the people do according to all that I have commanded offered sacrifices before the LORD. thee, and shalt observe my statutes and

5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice my judgments: of twenty and two thousand oxen, and a 18 Then will I establish the throne of hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So thy kingdom according as I have corethe king and all the people dedicated the nanted with David thy father, saying, house of God.

There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler 6 And the priests waited on their offices: in Israel. the Levites also with instruments of music 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my of the LORD, which David the king bad statutes and my commandments, which I made to praise the LORD, because his mercy have set before you, and shall go and serve endureth for ever, when David praised by other gods, and worship them ; their ministry; and the priests sounded 20 Then will I pluck them up by the trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. roots out of my land which I have given

7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the mid-them; and this house, which I have sancdle of the court that was before the house tified for my name, will I cast out of my of the LORD: for there he offered burnt-sight, and will make it to be a proverb and offerings, and the fat of the peace-offerings, a by-word among all nations. because the brazen altar which Solomon 21 And this house, which is high, shall had made was not able to receive the be an astonishment to every one that passburnt-offerings, and the meat-oiferings, eth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath and the fat.

the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto 8 T Also at the same time Solomon kept this house ? the seast seven days, and all Israel with 22 And it shall be answered, Because him, a very great congregation, from tbe they forsook he LORD God of their fathers, entering in of Hamath unto the river of which brought them forth out of the land Egypt.

of Egypt, and laid bold on other gods, and 9 And in the eighth day they made a worshipped them, and served them: theresolemn assembly: for they kept the dedi- fore baih he brought all thisevil upon them. cation of the altar seven days, and the

CHAP. VIII. feast seven days. 10 And on the three and twentieth day

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years, wherein Solomon had built of the seventh month he sent the people the house of the Lord, and his own house, away into their tents, glad and merry in 2 That the cities which Huram had reheart for the goodness that the LORD had stored to Solomon, Solomon built them, shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and and caused the children of Israel to dwell to Israel his people.

there. 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of 3 And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, the LORD, and the king's house : and all and prevailed against it. that came into Solomon's heart to make in 4 And he built Tadmor in the wilder

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Solomon's festival sacrifices. CHAP. IX. The queen of Sheba visits him. ness, and all the store-cities, which he of his servants, ships, and servants that built in Hamath.

had knowledge of the sea ; and they went 5 Also he built Beth-horon the upper, with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and and Beth-horon the nether, fenced-cities, took thence four hundred and fifty talents with walls, gates, and bars ;

of gold, and brought them to king Solomon. 6 And Baalath, and all the store-cities

CHAP. IX. that Solomon had, and all the chariot

the queen of Sheba heard all that Solomon desired to build in Jeru- to prove Solomon with hard questions at salem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all Jerusalem, with a very great company, the land of his doininion.

and camels that bare spices, and gold in 71 As for all the people that were left abundance, and precious stones: and when of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the she was come to Solomon, she communed Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebus- with him of all that was in her heart. ites, which were not of Israel,

2 And Solomon told her all her ques8 But of their children, who were left tions: and there was nothing hid from Soafter them in the land, whom the children lomon which he told her not. of Israel consumed not, them did Solo- 3 And when the queen of Sheba had mon make to pay tribute until this day. seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house

9 But of the children of Israel did So-that he had built, lomon make no servants for his work ; but 4 And the meat of his table, and the sitthey were men of war, and chief of bis ting of his servants, and the attendance of captains, and captains of his chariots and his ministers, and their apparel; his cuphorsemen.

bearers also, and their apparel; and his 10 And these were the chief of king So- ascent by which he went up into the house lomon's officers, even two hundred and of the LORD ; there was no more spirit in bfty, that bare rule over the people. her.

ils And Solomon brought up the daugh- 5 And she said to the king, It was a ter of Pharaoh out of the city of David true report which I heard in mine owa unto the house that he had built for her: land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the 6 How beit, I believed not their words, house of David king of Israel, because the until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: places are holy, whereunto the ark of the and behold, the one half of the greatness Lord hath come.

of thy wisdom was not told me : for thou 12 T Then Solomon offered burnt-offer- exceedest the fame that I heard. ings unto the Lord on the altar of the 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are LORD, which he had built before the porch, these thy servants, which stand continu

13 Even after a certain rate every day, ally before thee, and hear thy wisdom. offering according to the commandment of 8 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new-delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, moons, and on the solemn feasts, three to be king for the Lord thy God: because times in the year, even in the feast of un- thy God loved Israel, to establish them for leavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, ever, therefore made he thee king over and in the feast of tabernacles.

them, to do judgment and justice. 14 T And he appointed, according to 9 And she gave the king a hundred and the order of David his father, the courses twenty talents of gold, and of spices great of the priests to their service, and the Le- abundance, and precious stones: neither vites to their charges, to praise and minis- was there any such spice as the queen of ter before the priests, as the duty of every Sheba gave king Sulomon. day required: the porters also by their 10 And the servants also of Huram, and courses at every gate: for so had David the servants of Solomon, which brought the man of God commanded.

gold from Ophir, brought algum-trees and 15 And they departed not from the com- precious stones. mandment of the king unto the priests and 11 And the king made of the algum-trees Levites concerning any matter, or con- terraces to the house of the Lord, and to cerning the treasures.

the king's palace, and harps and psalte16 Now all the work of Solomon was ries for singers : and there were none such prepared unto the day of the foundation seen before in the land of Judah. of the house of the Lord, and until it was 12 And king Solomon gave to the queen finished. So the house of the LORD was of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she perfected.

asked, besides that which she had brought 17 | Then went Solomon to Ezion-ge- unto the king. Soshe turned, and wentaway ber, and to Eloth, at the sea-side in the to her own land, she and her servants. land of Edom.

13 Now the weight of gold that came 18 And Huram sent him by the hands to Solomon in one year was six hundred

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The riches of Solomon. II. CHRONICLES. Rehoboaan succeeds him. and threescore and six talents of gold; 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem

14 Besides that which chapmen and over all Israel forty years. merchants brought. And all the kings of 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, Arabia and governors of the country and he was buried in the city of David his brought gold and silver to Solomon. father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in

15 | And king Solomon made two hun- his stead. dred targets of beaten gold: six hun ired

CHAP. X. shekels of beaten gold went to one target. ND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of make him king. gold went to one shield. And the king put 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam them in the house of the forest of Leba- the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt,

whither he had fled from the presence of 17 Moreover, the king made a great Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure returned out of Egypt. gold.

3 And they sent and called him. So Je. 18 And there were six steps to the throne, roboam and all Israel came and spake to with a footstool of gold, which were fast- Rehuboam, saying, ened to the throne, and stays on each side 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : of the sitting-place, and two lions stand- now therefore ease thou somewhat the ing by the stays :

grievous servitude of thy father, and his 19 And twelve lions stood there on the heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we one side and on the other upon the six will serve thee. steps. There was not the like made in 5 And he said unto them, Come again any kingdom.

unto me after three days. And the people 207 And all the drinking vessels of king departed. Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels 6 1 And king Rehoboam took counsel of the house of the forest of Lebanon were with the old men that had stood before of pure gold: none were of silver; it was Solomon his father while he yet lived, not any thing accounted of in the days of saying, What counsel give ye me to return Solomon.

answer to this people? 21 For the king's ships went to Tar- 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If shish with the servants of Huram: every thou be kind to this people, and please three years once came the ships of Tar- them, and speak good words to them, shish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and they will be thy servants for ever. apes, and peacocks.

8 But he forsook the counsel which the 22 And king Solomon passed all the old men gave him, and took counsel with kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. the young men that were brought up with

23 | And all the kings of the earth him, that stood before him. sought the presence of Solomon, to hear 9 And he said unto them, What advice his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. give ye, that we may return answer to this

24 And they brought every man his people, which have spoken to me, saying, present, vessels of silver, and vessels of Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, did put upon us ? horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 10 And the young men that were

25 † And Solomon had four thousand brought up with him, spake unto him, stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father in the chariot-cities, and with the king at made our yoke heavy, but make thou it Jerusalem.

somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou 26 ? And he reigned over all the kings say unto them, My little finger shall be from the river even unto the land of the thicker than my father's loins. Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 11 For whereas my father put a heavy

27 And the king made silver in Jerusa-soke upon you, I will put more to your lem as stones, and cedar-trees made he yoke: my father chastised you with whips, the sycamore-trees that are in the low but I will chastise you with scorpions. plains in abundance.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people 28 And they brought unto Solomon came to Rehoboam on the third day, as borses out of Egypt, and out of all lands. the king bade, saying, Come again to me

29 | Now the rest of the acts of Solo- on the third day: mon, first and last, are they not written in 13 And the king answered them roughthe book of Nathan the prophet, and in ly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counthe prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and sel of the old men, in the visions of Iddo the seer against Je- 14 And answered them after the adrice roboam the son of Nebat?

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CHAP. XI, XII.

He forsakes God. your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: 13 | And the priests and the Levites my father chastised you with whips, but I that were in all Israel resorted to him out will chastise you with scorpions. of all their coasts.

15 So the king hearkened not unto the 14(Forthe Levites left their suburbs and people : for the cause was of God, that the their possession, and came to Judah and Lord might perform his word, which he Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite cast them off from executing the priest's to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

office unto the LORD: 16 | And when all Israel saw that the 15 And he ordained him priests for the king would not hearken unto them, the high places, and for the devils, and for the people answered the king, saying, What calves which he had made.) portion have we in David ? and we have 16 And after them out of all the tribes none inheritance in the son of Jesse : every of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek man to your tents, O Israel: and now, the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, David, see to thine own house. So all Is- to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their rael went to their tents.

fathers. 17 But as for the children of Israel that 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of reigned over them.

Solomon strong, three years : for three 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram years they walked in the way of David that was over the tribute; and the children and Soloạon. of Israel stoned him with stones, that he 18 ! And Rehoboam took him Mahalath died. But king Rehoboam made speed the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to get bim up to his chariot, to flee to Je- to wife, and Abibail the daughter of Eliab rusalem.

the son of Jesse ; 19 And Israel rebelled against the house 19 Which bare him children, Jeush, of David unto this day.

and Shamariah, and Zaham. CHAP. XI.

20 And after her he took Maachah the ND when Rehoboam was come to Je- daughter of Absalom; wbich bare him AbiJudah and Benjamin a hundred and four- 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the score thousand chosen men which were daughter of Absalom above all his wives warriors, to fight against Israel, that he and his concubines: (for he took eighteen might bring the kingdom again to Reho- wives, and threescore concubines ; and boam.

begat twenty and eight sons, and three2 But the word of the LORD came to score daughters.) Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son 3 Speak unto Rehoboain the son of of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel brethren: for he thought to make him king: in Judah and Benjamin, saying,

23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go of all his children throughout all the counup, nor fight against your brethren: return tries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every every man to his house : for this thing is fenced city: and he gave them victual in done of me. And they obeyed the words abundance. And he desired many wives. of the Lord, and returned from going

CHAP. XII. against Jeroboam. 51 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, AND it came to pass, when Rehoboam

had established the kingdom, and and built cities for defence in Judah. had strengthened himself, he forsook the

6 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. and Tekoa,

2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adul- year of king Rehoboam, Shishak king of

Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because 8' And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, they had transgressed against the LORD,

9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and Azekah,

threescore thousand horsemen: and the 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, people were without number that came which are in Judah and in Benjamin, with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the fenced cities.

Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and 4 And he took the fenced cities which put captains in them, and stores of victuals, pertained to Judah, and carne to Jerusalem. and of oil and wine.

5 T Then came Sheinaiah the prophet 12 And in every several city he put to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, shields and spears, and made them ex- that were gathered together to Jerusalem ceeding strong, having Judah and Benja- because of Shishak, and said unto them, min on his side.

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