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5 Hamath. Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nether, 6 fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars; and Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and I all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.

As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the 8 Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, but of

their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel 9 consumed not, them Solomon make to pay tribute until this day. But of

the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and

horsemen. 10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and

fifty, that bare rule over the people. 11 Ånd Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David

unto the house that he had built for her : for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto

the ark of the Lord hath come. 12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the Lord on the altar of the 13 Lord, which he had built before the porch, even after a certain rate every day,

offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast

of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. 14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of

the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also

by their courses at every gate: for 9 so had David the man of God commanded. 15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and 16 Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures. Now all the

work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So 'the house of the LORD was per

fected. 17 Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to 4 Eloth, at the sea side in the land 18 of Edom. And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and

servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and

brought them to king Solomon. 9

AND when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones : and

when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her 2 heart. And Solomon told her all her questions : and there was nothing hid

from Solomon which he told her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the 4 house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants,

and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his 5 cupbearers also,

and their apparel ; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the 5 LORD; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a

true 6 report which I heard in mine own land.of thine 7 acts, and of thy wisdom : 6 howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it:

and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for 7 thou exceedest the fame that I heard. Happy are thy men, and happy are these 8 thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. Blessed

be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them

for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. 9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices

great abundance, and precious stones : neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.

1 Heb, all the desire of Solomon

which he desired to build. 2 Heb. holiness.

3 Heb. so was the commandment

of David the man of God.
4 Or, Elath, Deut. i. 8, &c.

5 Or, butlets.
6 Heb word.
7 Or, saying..

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servants.

And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which 11 brought gold from Ophir, brought 'algum trees and precious stones. And the

king made of the algum trees 23 terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the

king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers : and there were none such 12 seen before in the land of Judah. And king Solomon gave to the queen of

Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought

unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her 13

NOW the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred 14 and threescore and six talents of gold; beside that which chapmen and merchants

brought. And all the kings of Arabia and 4 governors of the country brought

gold and silver to Solomon. 15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold : six hundred 16 shekels of beaten gold went to one target. And three hundred shields made he

of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the

king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. 17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure 18 gold. And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which

were fastened to the throne, and 5 stays on each side of the sitting place, and two 19 lions standing by the stays : 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. 20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels

of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: 7 none were of 21 silver ; it was not any thing, accounted of in the days of Solomon. For the

king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram : every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, 8 ivory, and apes,

and peacocks. 22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his 24 wisdom, that God had put in his heart. And they brought every man his

present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices,

horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve

thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the 27 Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. And the king 10 made silver in Jeru

salem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in 28 the low plains in abundance. And they brought unto Solomon horses out of

Egypt, and out of all lands. 29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in

the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, 30 and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? And 31 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. And Solomon

slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father : and

Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead. 10

AND REHOBOAM went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.

And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that 3 Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam 4 and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, Thy father made our yoke

grievous : now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy 5 father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. And

he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people

departed. 6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before

Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to

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1 1 Kings x. 11, almug-trees.
2 Or, stairs.
3 Heb. highways.
4 Or, captains

5 Heb. hands.
6 Heb. shut up.
7 Or, there was no silver
in them.

8 Or, elephants' teeth.
9 That is, Euphrates.
10 Heb. gave.
11 Heb. words.

7 return answer to this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be

kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will 8 be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave

him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that 9 stood before him. And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may

return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat 10 the yoke that thy father did put upon us? And the young men that were

brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make

thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger 11 shall be thicker than my father's loins. For whereas my father put a heavy

yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with

whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the 13 king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day. And the king answered 14 them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, and

answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I

will chastise you with scorpions. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that

the Lord might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the 16 Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. And when all Israel saw that the

king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David ? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse :

every man to your tents, O Israel : and now, David, see to thine own house. 17 So all Israel went to their tents. But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in

the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute ; and the

children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam 19 % made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. And Israel

rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 11 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of

Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which

were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to 2 Rehoboam. But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, 3 saying, Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all 4 Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go

up, nor fight against your brethren : return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned

from going against Jeroboam. 5 AND Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 6,7 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, and Beth-zur, and Shoco, 8,9 and Adullam, and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, and Adoraim, and Lachish, 10 and Azekah, and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in 11 Benjamin fenced cities. And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in 12 them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. And in every several city he

put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and 13 Benjamin on his side. And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel 14 8 resorted to him out of all their coasts. For the Levites left their suburbs and

their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem : for Jeroboam and his sons 15 had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD: and he

ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves 16 which he had made. And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set

their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice 17 unto the LORD God of their fathers. So they strengthened the kingdom of

Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years : for three

years they walked in the way of David and Solomon. 18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of 19 David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; which bare 20 him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zabam. And after her he took

1 Heb. laded.

2 Heb. strengthened himself.

3 Heb. presented theinselves to him.

1 Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and 21 Ziza, and Shelomith. And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom

above all his wives and his concubines : (for he took eighteen wives, and three

score concubines ; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.) 22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among 23 his brethren: for he thought to make him king. And he dealt wisely, and

dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And

he desired many wives. 12 , ,

had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with

him. 2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of

Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the 3 LORD, with twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and

the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, 4 the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. And he took the fenced cities which pertained 5 to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Re

hoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem

because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken 6 me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak. Whereupon the

princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord 7 is righteous. And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word

of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them 3 some deliverance; and my 8 wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Never

theless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the 9 service of the kingdoms of the countries. So Shishak king of Egypt came up

against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and

the treasures of the king's house; he took all : he carried away also the shields 10 of gold which Solomon had made. Instead of which king Rehoboam made

shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that 11 kept the entrance of the king's house. And when the king entered into the

house of the Lord, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again 12 into the guard chamber. And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the

LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether : 4 ar also in

Judah things went well. 13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for

Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all

the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah 14 an Ammonitess. And he did evil, because he 5 prepared not his heart to seek

the LORD. 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book

of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And 16 there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. And Rehoboam

slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and 7 Abijah his

son reigned in his stead. 13 NOW IN THE eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign

over Judah. He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was 2 Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. 3 And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. And Abijah 8 set the

battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight

hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour. 4 5 and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; ought ye not to know that

the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to

I She is called Michaiah,

the daughter of Uriel, ch.

xlii. 2
2 Heb. a multitude of wivci.

3 Or, a little while.
4 Or, and yet in Ju-

dah there were good
things.

5 Heb. fized.
6 Heb. words.
7 I Kings xiv. 31, Abijam
8 Heb. bound together.

6 him and to his sons by a covenant of salt? Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat,

the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against 7 his lord. And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial,

and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon,

when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them. 8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the

sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden 9 calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. Have ye not cast out the priests of

the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh 'to con

secrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest 10 of them that are no gods. But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not

forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of 11 Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business : and they burn unto the LORD

every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the showbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold

with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the 12 LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him. And, behold, God himself is with

us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers;

for ye shall not prosper. 19 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them : so they 14 were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them. And when Judah

looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the 15 LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. Then the men of Judah

gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God 16 smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. And the children of 17 Israel fled before Judah : and God delivered them into their hand. And Abijah

and his people slew them with a great slaughter : so there fell down slain 18 of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. Thus the children of Israel

were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because 19 they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers. And Abijah pursued after

Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Beth-el with the towns thereof, and 20 Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephrain with the towns thereof. Neither

did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and the LORD

struck him, and he died. 21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen

daughters. 29 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written 14 in the story of the prophet Iddo. So Abijah slept with his

fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

AND ASA did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his 3 God: for he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and 4 brake down the images, and cut down the groves: and commanded Judah

to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. 5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the 4 images:

and the kingdom was quiet before hima 6 And he built fenced cities in Judah : for the land had rest, and he had no 7 war in those years; because the Lord had given him rest. Therefore he said

unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the

LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. 8 So they built and prospered. And Asa had an army of men that bare targets

and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.

And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of

1 Heb. to fill his hand.
2 Or, commentary.

3 Heb. statues.
4 Heb. sun images.

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