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the innocent blood which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.

32 And the Loud 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 U<crcfi/', to wit, Abner the sou of Ncr, cap! am of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.

33 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 Loud.

34 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.

3n U And (he 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.

35 11 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee a house in Jerusalem, and dweil there, and £0 not forth thence any whither.

37 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 Dlood shall be upon thine own head.

33 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath stud, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many nays.

39 And it came to pass, at the end of threeyears, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah kingof Gath. And they told Shimei, sa3'iiig, Behold,thy servants be in Oath.

-10 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.

41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had goue from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. J

42 And the king sent and called for1 Shimei, and said "onto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto ttiee, sayiug.Kuow for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and vvalkest abroad any whither that

.NGS. Solomon's choice.

thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that 1 have heard wgood.

43 AVhy then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that 1 have charged thee with?

44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thy heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father; therefore the Loud shall return thy wickedness

[upon thine own head:

4o And king Solomon shall be hies?* jed, and the throiie of David shall !:e established before the Loan for ever. 46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada: which went out and fell upon him, that lie died. Ami the kingdom was established in Die hand of Solomon.

CHAP. III.

AND Solomou made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought het 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.

2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no hou^v built unto the name of the Loud, until those days.

3 And Solomon loved the Lont>,walk ingin the statutes or David his lather: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there: for that was the great high placet a thousand burnt-offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

5 H In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what 1 shall give thee.

a And Solomon said,Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my fathet great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righleoiui uess, 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.

7 And now, 0 Lonn my God, thou hast made tli3' servant king instead of David my father; and J am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. .

8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people wliich thou hast chosmi. a CHAP. TV. between ike harlots.

Solomon's judgment great people, tliat cannotbe numbered nor couDted for multitude.

9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, that I may discern between good anil bad: tor who is able to judge this tby so great a people?

10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11 And God said unio 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 dis-j cern judgments; I

12 Behold, 1 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 tliee, neither after thee shall any arise Uke unto thee.

13 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 ail thy days.

14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my command merits, as thy father David did walk, then 1 will lengthen thy days.

15 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 pe; oilerings, and made a feast to aJl his]

16 TT Then came there two woman,' that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

17 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.

18 And it came to pass, the third, day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there tuas no stranger; with us in die house, save we two' the house.

19 And this woman'schikl died in the] night; because she overlaid it

'20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while *hy handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in iny bosom.

21 And when I rose in the

to give my child suck, behold, it was
dead ; but when 1 had considered it in
the morning, behold, it was not my
son which I did bear.
2-2 And (he other woman said, Nay;
but the living is my son, ami 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.
'23 Then said "die king, The one saitli,
This is my son that liveth, and thy son
is the dead : and the other saitli, Nay;
but thy son is the dead, and my son is

the liv

21 And" the king said, Bring roe a sword. And thty brought a sword before the king.

2;> Ajidthe king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.

26 Then spake the woman whose the living child mas 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.

27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.

28 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 ivas in him, to do judgment.

CHAP. IV.

SO king Solomon was king over all Israel.

2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son ofZadok the priest:

3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Sliisha. scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, die recorder.

4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over die host; and Zadok and Abiathar iverc the priests;

5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; and Zabud die son of Nathan was principal oflicer, and the king's Ijiend;

6 And Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute.

7 IT And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided vict uals for the king and his household, each man his month in a year made provision.

Solomon's riches I. KINGS.

8 And these are their names: The eon of Hm\ in mount Ephrain

9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbhn, and Beth shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan.

10 The son of Hesed, in Arubotli him pertained Socholi, and all the Umd of Hepher.

11 The son of Abinadab, in aJl the region of Dor; .vhich had Tapbath tlie daughter of Solomon to wife.

12 Baana the son of Ahilud ; to pertained Tamach and Megiddo,and all Beth-sliean, which is by Zartanah, beneath Jezreel, from Beth-sliean to| Abel-Meholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam.

J3 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead ; lo him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseb, which arc in Gilead: to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Basban, threescore great cities with walls and and brazen bars.

1-1 Ahinadad the son of lddo had\ Maiianaim.

l.iAhimaaz xcr.s in Nnphtali; he also] took Basmalh, the daughter of Solomon, to wife.

Id Baanah the son of Hushai luas in Asher and in Aloth.

17 Jehoshaphatthe son of Paruah, in Lssachar.

IS Shiinei the son ofElab, in Benja

19 Gebcr the son of Uri ivas in country of Gilead, in the country of Silion king of the Amorites, and of king of Bashan; and he v;as the only oll'icrr which mas in the land.

'20 IT Judah and Israel were many, n.« the sand which is by the sea in multi tudc, eating and drinking, and making merry.

21 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.

22 1T And Solomon's provision for
day was thirty measures of line flour,
and threescore measures of meal,

23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out; of the pastures, aud a hundred sheep, besides harts, and roe-bucks, and fallow-deer, and fatter! fowl.

24 For he had dominion over all the\ region on this side the river, from Tiphsuh even to Axzah, over all tlie|

and wisdom. kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about hiin. ~!5And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under hts fig-tree, from Dan even to Beer sheba, all the days of Solomon.

26 TT And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

27 And those officers provided victuals for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked noth

28 Barley also and straw for the horses aud dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge.

29 Tf And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea-shore.

30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

31 For he was wiser than nil men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Henmih and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.

32 And he spake three thousand proverbs; find his songs were a thousand and five.

33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon, even unto the hyssop that springcth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping tilings, and of fishes.

3-1 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

CHAP. V.

AND Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for lie had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.

2 And Solomon sent to Hiram,saying,

3 Thou kuowest how that David my father could not build a house unto the name of the Loud his God, for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet.

4 But now theLono my God hath given rue rest on every side, so thai

Solomon's workmen there is neither adversary nor occurrcnt-! 5 And, behold, I purpose to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spake unto David

ny lather, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon ray throne in thy room, lie shall build a house unto my name.

6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar-trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be witli thy servants: and unto thee will 1 give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou kno west that tliere is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like nolo the Sidoriians.

7 Tf 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.

8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, say nig, I have considered the thing! which thou sentest to me for: and 1 will do all thy deeire concerning timbf-r of cedar, and concerning timbei of fir.

9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea; and 1 will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them lo be discharged there, and thou shalt receive litem : and thou shalt accomplish my desire in giving food for my Household.

10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedartrees, and fir-trees, according to all his desire.

11 And-Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat Jar food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.

12 And the Lord gave Solomon wis dom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon ; and they two made a league together.

13 IT And king Salomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was1 thirty thousand men.

14 And he sent ihem to Lebi thousand a month by courses; a month they were in Lebanon,aneftwo at home: and Adoniram luas < levy.

15 And Solomon had threescore and

CHAP. VI and labourers.

ill ten thousand that bare burdens, and 'fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains*

16 Besides the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, whicn ruled over the people that wrought in the work.

17 And the king commanded, anil t hey broughtgreat stones,costlystones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

IS And Solomon's builders and Hiam'a builders did hew them, and tne stone-squarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.

CHAP. VI.

ND it came to pass, in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel v

; come out

of the land of Egypt, in the fourtu year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in "the month Zif, whichw the second month, that he began to build the house ofthe Lord.

2 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.

3 And the porch before the temple ot the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof,accordiug :o thebrcadUi of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.

4 And for the house he made win-
lows of narrow lights.
51T And against the wall of the house

he built chambers round about//gainst
all of the house round about.
both of the temple and of the oracle ■
and he made chambers round about,

6 The nethermost chamber was live cubits broad, and the middle was six

:ubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad; for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rest.* round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls ofthe house.

7 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.

8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house; and they went ur> with winding stairs The building 1. KINGS. oj the temple

into the middle cha/nbcr, and out of I 52-3 IT And within the oracle he made the middle into the third. [two cherubims of olive-tree, each ten

9 So he built the house, and finished cubits high.

iuid covered the house with beams and boards of cedar.

10 And then lie built chambers against all the house, live cubits high, ar.d thev rested on the house with timoer of cedar.

11 1T And the word of the LoaD came to Solomon, saying,

12 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 1, perform my word with thee, which 1 opakc unto David thy lather:

13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.

14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it

IB 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.

16 And he built twenty cubits on the tides of the house, both the floor and the waJls with boards of cedar: he even oniltf/<em for it within, even fori 1 lie oracle, even for the most holy 2-lace.

17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.

18 And the cedar of the house withii was covered with knops and open flowers: all was cedar; there stone seen.

19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

20 And the oracle in the fore-part 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 uI tar which was of cedar.

21 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.

2-2 And the whole house he overlaid wiih gold, until he had finished all the house: abo the whole altar that was, by the oracle he overlaid with gold. |

24 And five cubits was the one wing of ilie 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

2o And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size.

26 The height of the one cherub war ten cubits, and so was it of the othe cherub.

27 And he set the cherubims withii the inner house: and they stretched

| forth the wings of the cherubims, so
that the wing of the one touched tuo
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.
•2S And he overlaid the cherubims
with gold.

29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims, and palm-trees, andop•ii flowers, within and without.

30 And the fluor of the house he overaid with gold, within and without.

31 IT And for the entering of the ora le he made doors of olive-tree: the intel and side-posts were a fifth part

of the wall.

32 The two doors also were of olivejtree; 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.

33 So also made he for the door of the temple-posts of olive-tree, a fourth part of the wall.

34 And the two doors were "/fir-tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.

35 And he carved thereon cherubims, and palm-trees, and open (lowers; and covered than with gold, fitted upon the carved work.

36 IT And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, ano a row of cedar beams.

37 1T In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the Loud laid, n the mouth Zif:

33 And in '.he eleventh year, in the

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