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Book 11    1 Kings
001:001 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered
        him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
001:002 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.
001:003 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of
        Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the
        king.
001:004 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and
        ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
001:005 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 before him.
001:006 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.
001:007 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with
        Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
001:008 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.
001:009 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone
        of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren
        the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:
001:010 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and
        Solomon his brother, he called not.
001:011 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon,
        saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith
        doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
001:012 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel,
        that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son
        Solomon.
001:013 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?
001:014 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also
        will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
001:015 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the
        king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto
        the king.
001:016 And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the
        king said, What wouldest thou?
001:017 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.
001:018 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king,
        thou knowest it not:
001:019 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 called.
001:020 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.
001:021 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall
        sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be
        counted offenders.
001:022 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the
        prophet also came in.
001:023 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.
001:024 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah
        shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
001:025 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.
001:026 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah
        the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not
        called.
001:027 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?
001:028 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she
        came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
001:029 And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath
        redeemed my soul out of all distress,
001:030 Even 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.
001:031 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did
        reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live
        for ever.
001:032 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the
        prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before
        the king.
001:033 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:
001:034 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.
001:035 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.
001:036 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said,
        Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.
001:037 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.
001:038 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 Gihon.
001:039 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.
001:040 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.
001:041 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?
001:042 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.
001:043 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord
        king David hath made Solomon king.
001:044 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 mule:
001:045 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.
001:046 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.
001:047 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.
001:048 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.
001:049 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and
        rose up, and went every man his way.
001:050 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went,
        and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
001:051 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 today that he
        will not slay his servant with the sword.
001:052 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.
001:053 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.
002:001 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he
        charged Solomon his son, saying,
002:002 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and
        shew thyself a man;
002:003 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:
002:004 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.
002:005 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.
002:006 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar
        head go down to the grave in peace.
002:007 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 brother.
002:008 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.
002:009 Now 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 blood.
002:010 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of
        David.
002:011 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.
002:012 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his
        kingdom was established greatly.
002:013 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother
        of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,
        Peaceably.
002:014 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she
        said, Say on.
002:015 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.
002:016 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said
        unto him, Say on.
002:017 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 wife.
002:018 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.
002:019 Bathsheba 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.
002:020 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.
002:021 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah
        thy brother to wife.
002:022 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.
002:023 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 own life.
002:024 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 day.
002:025 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of
        Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
002:026 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.
002:027 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 Shiloh.
002:028 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.
002:029 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.
002:030 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.
002:031 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
        father.
002:032 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 of Judah.
002:033 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 LORD.
002:034 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
        wilderness.
002:035 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
        Abiathar.
002:036 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 any whither.
002:037 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.
002:038 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.
002:039 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.
002:040 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.
002:041 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to
        Gath, and was come again.
002:042 And 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 whither, that thou shalt surely die?
        and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
002:043 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the
        commandment that I have charged thee with?
002:044 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 head;
002:045 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David
        shall be established before the LORD for ever.
002:046 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.
003:001 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.
003:002 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was
        no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
003:003 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David
        his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high
        places.
003:004 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 altar.
003:005 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:
        and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
003:006 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.
003:007 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.
003:008 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.
003:009 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 people?
003:010 And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this
        thing.
003:011 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;
003:012 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
        unto thee.
003:013 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.
003:014 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.
003:015 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.
003:016 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king,
        and stood before him.
003:017 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.
003:018 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
        house.
003:019 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
        it.
003:020 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.
003:021 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.
003:022 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
        king.
003:023 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.
003:024 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword
        before the king.
003:025 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give
        half to the one, and half to the other.
003:026 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.
003:027 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child,
        and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
003:028 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.
004:001 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
004:002 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of
        Zadok the priest,
004:003 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat
        the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
004:004 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok
        and Abiathar were the priests:
004:005 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud
        the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's
        friend:
004:006 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of
        Abda was over the tribute.
004:007 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.
004:008 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
004:009 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh,
        and Elonbethhanan:
004:010 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all
        the land of Hepher:
004:011 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had
        Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
004:012 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo,
        and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from
        Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond
        Jokneam:
004:013 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; 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:
004:014 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
004:015 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of
        Solomon to wife:
004:016 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
004:017 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
004:018 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
004:019 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.
004:020 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in
        multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
004:021 And 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.
004:022 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of
        fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
004:023 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an
        hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and
        fatted fowl.
004:024 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.
004:025 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine
        and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the
        days of Solomon.
004:026 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his
        chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
004:027 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for
        all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his
        month: they lacked nothing.
004:028 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought
        they unto the place where the officers were, every man
        according to his charge.
004:029 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much,
        and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea
        shore.
004:030 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children
        of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
004:031 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 about.
004:032 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a
        thousand and five.
004:033 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
        fishes.
004:034 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
        from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
005:001 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.
005:002 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
005:003 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.
005:004 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so
        that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
005:005 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.
005:006 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.
005:007 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
        people.
005:008 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.
005:009 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.
005:010 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to
        all his desire.
005:011 And 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 year.
005:012 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
        there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a
        league together.
005:013 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy
        was thirty thousand men.
005:014 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.
005:015 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,
        and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
005:016 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.
005:017 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly
        stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.
005:018 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and
        the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build
        the house.
006:001 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.
006:002 And 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 thirty cubits.
006:003 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.
006:004 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
006:005 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 about:
006:006 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.
006:007 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.
006:008 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.
006:009 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house
        with beams and boards of cedar.
006:010 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits
        high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
006:011 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
006:012 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:
006:013 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not
        forsake my people Israel.
006:014 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
006:015 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of
        cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the
        ceiling: and he covered them on the inside with wood, and
        covered the floor of the house with planks of fir.
006:016 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.
006:017 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits
        long.
006:018 And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and
        open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
006:019 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there
        the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
006:020 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.
006:021 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.
006:022 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.
006:023 And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree,
        each ten cubits high.
006:024 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.
006:025 And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were
        of one measure and one size.
006:026 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of
        the other cherub.
006:027 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 house.
006:028 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
006:029 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.
006:030 And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and
        without.
006:031 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive
        tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
006:032 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 trees.
006:033 So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive
        tree, a fourth part of the wall.
006:034 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.
006:035 And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open
        flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved
        work.
006:036 And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone,
        and a row of cedar beams.
006:037 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD
        laid, in the month Zif:
006:038 And 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.
007:001 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he
        finished all his house.
007:002 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.
007:003 And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay
        on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
007:004 And there were windows in three rows, and light was against
        light in three ranks.
007:005 And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and
        light was against light in three ranks.
007:006 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.
007:007 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 other.
007:008 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.
007:009 All 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.
007:010 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones,
        stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
007:011 And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed
        stones, and cedars.
007:012 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.
007:013 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
007:014 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 work.
007:015 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high
        apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them
        about.
007:016 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:
007:017 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 chapiter.
007:018 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.
007:019 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were
        of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
007:020 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 chapiter.
007:021 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 called the name thereof
        Boaz.
007:022 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work
        of the pillars finished.
007:023 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.
007:024 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 cast.
007:025 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.
007:026 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.
007:027 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.
007:028 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had
        borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
007:029 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 work.
007:030 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.
007:031 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.
007:032 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 half a cubit.
007:033 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 molten.
007:034 And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one
        base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
007:035 And 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 same.
007:036 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.
007:037 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one
        casting, one measure, and one size.
007:038 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 laver.
007:039 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.
007:040 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:
007:041 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;
007:042 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;
007:043 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;
007:044 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
007:045 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.
007:046 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay
        ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
007:047 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were
        exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.
007:048 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,
007:049 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,
007:050 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.
007:051 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
        LORD.
008:001 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.
008:002 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king
        Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the
        seventh month.
008:003 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the
        ark.
008:004 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
        up.
008:005 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.
008:006 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 cherubims.
008:007 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place
        of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves
        thereof above.
008:008 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.
008:009 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 of
        Egypt.
008:010 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the
        holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
008:011 So 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.
008:012 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the
        thick darkness.
008:013 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place
        for thee to abide in for ever.
008:014 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the
        congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel
        stood;)
008:015 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, saying,
008:016 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 Israel.
008:017 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house
        for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
008:018 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.
008:019 Nevertheless 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.
008:020 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.
008:021 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.
008:022 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:
008:023 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:
008:024 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.
008:025 Therefore 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.
008:026 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be
        verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
008:027 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?
008:028 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:
008:029 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.
008:030 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.
008:031 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:
008:032 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
        righteousness.
008:033 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 house:
008:034 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 fathers.
008:035 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:
008:036 Then 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 inheritance.
008:037 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 there be;
008:038 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:
008:039 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;)
008:040 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the
        land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
008:041 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people
        Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;
008:042 (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 house;
008:043 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.
008:044 If 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:
008:045 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication,
        and maintain their cause.
008:046 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 near;
008:047 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;
008:048 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:
008:049 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven
        thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
008:050 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:
008:051 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou
        broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace
        of iron:
008:052 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.
008:053 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.
008:054 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.
008:055 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with
        a loud voice, saying,
008:056 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.
008:057 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let
        him not leave us, nor forsake us:
008:058 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.
008:059 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:
008:060 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is
        God, and that there is none else.
008:061 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to
        walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this
        day.
008:062 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice
        before the LORD.
008:063 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.
008:064 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 offerings.
008:065 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 days.
008:066 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 people.
009:001 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,
009:002 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had
        appeared unto him at Gibeon.
009:003 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 perpetually.
009:004 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:
009:005 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.
009:006 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 them:
009:007 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 people:
009:008 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?
009:009 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
        this evil.
009:010 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 house,
009:011 (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 Galilee.
009:012 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon
        had given him; and they pleased him not.
009:013 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.
009:014 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.
009:015 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
        Gezer.
009:016 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.
009:017 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether,
009:018 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,
009:019 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.
009:020 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites,
        Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the
        children of Israel,
009:021 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 day.
009:022 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.
009:023 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.
009:024 But 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.
009:025 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.
009:026 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is
        beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of
        Edom.
009:027 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had
        knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
009:028 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four
        hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
010:001 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 questions.
010:002 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 heart.
010:003 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any
        thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
010:004 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and
        the house that he had built,
010:005 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.
010:006 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.
010:007 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 heard.
010:008 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand
        continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
010:009 Blessed 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.
010:010 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.
010:011 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir,
        brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and
        precious stones.
010:012 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 day.
010:013 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 servants.
010:014 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was
        six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
010:015 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.
010:016 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six
        hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
010:017 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.
010:018 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid
        it with the best gold.
010:019 The 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 stays.
010:020 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
        kingdom.
010:021 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 Solomon.
010:022 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.
010:023 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches
        and for wisdom.
010:024 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which
        God had put in his heart.
010:025 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.
010:026 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.
010:027 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.
010:028 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn:
        the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
010:029 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.
011:001 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the
        daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
        Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
011:002 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.
011:003 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred
        concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
011:004 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.
011:005 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,
        and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
011:006 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not
        fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
011:007 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.
011:008 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt
        incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
011:009 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
        turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto
        him twice,
011:010 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should
        not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD
        commanded.
011:011 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.
011:012 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 son.
011:013 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.
011:014 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the
        Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.
011:015 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;
011:016 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until
        he had cut off every male in Edom:)
011:017 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's
        servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little
        child.
011:018 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 land.
011:019 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 queen.
011:020 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.
011:021 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
        country.
011:022 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.
011:023 And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of
        Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:
011:024 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.
011:025 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.
011:026 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 king.
011:027 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 his father.
011:028 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.
011:029 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:
011:030 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it
        in twelve pieces:
011:031 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:
011:032 (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:)
011:033 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.
011:034 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:
011:035 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will
        give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
011:036 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 there.
011:037 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all
        that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
011:038 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.
011:039 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for
        ever.
011:040 Solomon 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 Solomon.
011:041 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
        Solomon?
011:042 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel
        was forty years.
011:043 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city
        of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his
        stead.
012:001 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to
        Shechem to make him king.
012:002 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;)
012:003 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the
        congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
012:004 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.
012:005 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come
        again to me. And the people departed.
012:006 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?
012:007 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.
012:008 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:
012:009 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?
012:010 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.
012:011 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 scorpions.
012:012 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day,
        as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third
        day.
012:013 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old
        men's counsel that they gave him;
012:014 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 with scorpions.
012:015 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 Nebat.
012:016 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 tents.
012:017 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of
        Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
012:018 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.
012:019 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
012:020 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.
012:021 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.
012:022 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
012:023 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,
012:024 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 LORD.
012:025 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt
        therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
012:026 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return
        to the house of David:
012:027 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.
012:028 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 Egypt.
012:029 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
012:030 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship
        before the one, even unto Dan.
012:031 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the
        lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
012:032 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 made.
012:033 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.
013:001 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 incense.
013:002 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.
013:003 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.
013:004 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.
013:005 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.
013:006 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.
013:007 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and
        refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
013:008 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:
013:009 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.
013:010 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he
        came to Bethel.
013:011 Now 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.
013:012 And 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.
013:013 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled
        him the ass: and he rode thereon,
013:014 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.
013:015 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
013:016 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
        place:
013:017 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 camest.
013:018 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 him.
013:019 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and
        drank water.
013:020 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word
        of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back:
013:021 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 thee,
013:022 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 fathers.
013:023 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.
013:024 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.
013:025 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.
013:026 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.
013:027 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they
        saddled him.
013:028 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.
013:029 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.
013:030 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned
        over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
013:031 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:
013:032 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.
013:033 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.
013:034 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to
        cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.
014:001 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
014:002 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.
014:003 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.
014:004 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.
014:005 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.
014:006 And 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.
014:007 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,
014:008 And 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;
014:009 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:
014:010 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 gone.
014:011 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.
014:012 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when
        thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
014:013 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 Jeroboam.
014:014 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who
        shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even
        now.
014:015 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.
014:016 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam,
        who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
014:017 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah:
        and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child
        died;
014:018 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 prophet.
014:019 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.
014:020 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years:
        and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in
        his stead.
014:021 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 Ammonitess.
014:022 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.
014:023 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves,
        on every high hill, and under every green tree.
014:024 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.
014:025 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that
        Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
014:026 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.
014:027 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 house.
014:028 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
        chamber.
014:029 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
        Judah?
014:030 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their
        days.
014:031 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.
015:001 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat
        reigned Abijam over Judah.
015:002 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was
        Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
015:003 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.
015:004 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
        establish Jerusalem:
015:005 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 Hittite.
015:006 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days
        of his life.
015:007 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.
015:008 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the
        city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
015:009 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned
        Asa over Judah.
015:010 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his
        mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
015:011 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as
        did David his father.
015:012 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed
        all the idols that his fathers had made.
015:013 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 brook Kidron.
015:014 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart
        was perfect with the LORD all his days.
015:015 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 vessels.
015:016 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
        their days.
015:017 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 of Judah.
015:018 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 Benhadad, the son of
        Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at
        Damascus, saying,
015:019 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.
015:020 So Benhadad 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 Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with
        all the land of Naphtali.
015:021 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left
        off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah.
015:022 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.
015:023 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
        feet.
015:024 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 stead.
015:025 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 years.
015:026 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
        sin.
015:027 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.
015:028 Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay
        him, and reigned in his stead.
015:029 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:
015:030 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.
015:031 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?
015:032 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
        their days.
015:033 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.
015:034 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.
016:001 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani
        against Baasha, saying,
016:002 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;
016:003 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.
016:004 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.
016:005 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 of Israel?
016:006 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah:
        and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
016:007 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.
016:008 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.
016:009 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.
016:010 And 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.
016:011 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.
016:012 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.
016:013 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 vanities.
016:014 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
        Israel?
016:015 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.
016:016 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.
016:017 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and
        they besieged Tirzah.
016:018 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.
016:019 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 sin.
016:020 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 Israel?
016:021 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 followed Omri.
016:022 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people
        that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri
        reigned.
016:023 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri
        to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in
        Tirzah.
016:024 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.
016:025 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse
        than all that were before him.
016:026 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.
016:027 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?
016:028 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and
        Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
016:029 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.
016:030 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD
        above all that were before him.
016:031 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 worshipped him.
016:032 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which
        he had built in Samaria.
016:033 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.
016:034 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.
017:001 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 word.
017:002 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
017:003 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by
        the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
017:004 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I
        have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
017:005 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.
017:006 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and
        bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
017:007 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up,
        because there had been no rain in the land.
017:008 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
017:009 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and
        dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to
        sustain thee.
017:010 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.
017:011 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.
017:012 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
        die.
017:013 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.
017:014 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.
017:015 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and
        she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
017:016 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
        Elijah.
017:017 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.
017:018 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?
017:019 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.
017:020 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?
017:021 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.
017:022 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the
        child came into him again, and he revived.
017:023 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.
017:024 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.
018:001 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.
018:002 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a
        sore famine in Samaria.
018:003 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house.
        (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:
018:004 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.)
018:005 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.
018:006 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it:
        Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by
        himself.
018:007 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 Elijah?
018:008 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah
        is here.
018:009 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver
        thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
018:010 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.
018:011 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
        here.
018:012 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 youth.
018:013 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?
018:014 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
        here: and he shall slay me.
018:015 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I
        stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
018:016 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to
        meet Elijah.
018:017 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto
        him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
018:018 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.
018:019 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 table.
018:020 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the
        prophets together unto mount Carmel.
018:021 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
        word.
018:022 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 men.
018:023 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 fire under:
018:024 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.
018:025 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 under.
018:026 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.
018:027 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 be awaked.
018:028 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner
        with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
018:029 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.
018:030 And 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 down.
018:031 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:
018:032 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.
018:033 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.
018:034 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.
018:035 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the
        trench also with water.
018:036 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 word.
018:037 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
        again.
018:038 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.
018:039 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 God.
018:040 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.
018:041 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for
        there is a sound of abundance of rain.
018:042 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,
018:043 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.
018:044 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.
018:045 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.
018:046 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his
        loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
019:001 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how
        he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
019:002 Then 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 time.
019:003 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and
        came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his
        servant there.
019:004 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.
019:005 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an
        angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
019:006 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 down again.
019:007 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 thee.
019:008 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 God.
019:009 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 here, Elijah?
019:010 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.
019:011 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:
019:012 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the
        fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
019:013 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, Elijah?
019:014 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.
019:015 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:
019:016 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over
        Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt
        thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
019:017 And 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 slay.
019:018 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 him.
019:019 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.
019:020 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?
019:021 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.
020:001 And Benhadad 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 it.
020:002 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city,
        and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,
020:003 Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy
        children, even the goodliest, are mine.
020:004 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king,
        according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.
020:005 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh
        Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou
        shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and
        thy children;
020:006 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.
020:007 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 not.
020:008 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken
        not unto him, nor consent.
020:009 Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Benhadad, 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.
020:010 And Benhadad 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.
020:011 And 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.
020:012 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.
020:013 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 into thine hand this day;
        and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
020:014 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, Thou.
020:015 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 thousand.
020:016 And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking himself
        drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two
        kings that helped him.
020:017 And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out
        first; and Benhadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There
        are men come out of Samaria.
020:018 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them
        alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.
020:019 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of
        the city, and the army which followed them.
020:020 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and
        Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on
        an horse with the horsemen.
020:021 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and
        chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
020:022 And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him,
        Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for
        at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up
        against thee.
020:023 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 they.
020:024 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his
        place, and put captains in their rooms:
020:025 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 so.
020:026 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad
        numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against
        Israel.
020:027 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 country.
020:028 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 LORD.
020:029 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 day.
020:030 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 Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner
        chamber.
020:031 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.
020:032 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on
        their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy
        servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said,
        Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
020:033 Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would
        come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy
        brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then
        Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into
        the chariot.
020:034 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.
020:035 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.
020:036 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.
020:037 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee.
        And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.
020:038 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way,
        and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.
020:039 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.
020:040 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.
020:041 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the
        king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.
020:042 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.
020:043 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased,
        and came to Samaria.
021:001 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.
021:002 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.
021:003 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should
        give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
021:004 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 bread.
021:005 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is
        thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
021:006 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 vineyard.
021:007 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.
021:008 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 Naboth.
021:009 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set
        Naboth on high among the people:
021:010 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 die.
021:011 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.
021:012 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the
        people.
021:013 And 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.
021:014 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is
        dead.
021:015 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, but
        dead.
021:016 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.
021:017 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
021:018 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.
021:019 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.
021:020 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 LORD.
021:021 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,
021:022 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.
021:023 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat
        Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
021:024 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.
021:025 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.
021:026 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.
021:027 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.
021:028 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
021:029 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 his
        house.
022:001 And they continued three years without war between Syria and
        Israel.
022:002 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the
        king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
022:003 And 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 Syria?
022:004 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle
        to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I
        am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy
        horses.
022:005 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
        thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
022:006 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about
        four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against
        Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go
        up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
022:007 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
        besides, that we might enquire of him?
022:008 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one
        man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire 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.
022:009 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten
        hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
022:010 And 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.
022:011 And 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 them.
022:012 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
        Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into
        the king's hand.
022:013 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.
022:014 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto
        me, that will I speak.
022:015 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah,
        shall we go against Ramothgilead 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.
022:016 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?
022:017 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 peace.
022:018 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
        thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
022:019 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 his left.
022:020 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up
        and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and
        another said on that manner.
022:021 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and
        said, I will persuade him.
022:022 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 persude him, and prevail
        also: go forth, and do so.
022:023 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.
022:024 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?
022:025 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when
        thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
022:026 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
        son;
022:027 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 in peace.
022:028 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 you.
022:029 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
        up to Ramothgilead.
022:030 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
        battle.
022:031 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.
022:032 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
        cried out.
022:033 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 pursuing him.
022:034 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.
022:035 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.
022:036 And 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.
022:037 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried
        the king in Samaria.
022:038 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.
022:039 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 of Israel?
022:040 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in
        his stead.
022:041 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in
        the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
022:042 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.
022:043 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.
022:044 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
022:045 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?
022:046 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days
        of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
022:047 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
022:048 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold:
        but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
022:049 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my
        servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat
        would not.
022:050 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 stead.
022:051 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria
        the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned
        two years over Israel.
022:052 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:
022:053 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger
        the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had
        done.

 

 


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