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David exhorts to fear God.

vineyards for the wine-cellars was Zabdi the § hmite : 28 And over the olive-trees and the sycamore-trees that were in the low plains was Baal-hanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash : 29 And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai. 30 Over the camels also was Obil the Ishmeelite : and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite: 3. And over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagerite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David's. 32 Also Jonathan David's uncle was a counsellor, a wise man, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the king's sons: 33 And Ahithophel was the king’s counsellor: and Hushai the Archite was the king's companion: 34 And after Ahithophel was Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the general of the ho §§ was Joab. CHAP. XXVIII. A* David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men unto Jerusalem. 2 Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to . d a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lond, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building: . - 3 But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build a house for my name, because thou o a man of war, and hast shed

4 Howbeit the Lond God of Israel chose me before all the house of my fathér to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel:

5 And of all my sons, (for the Lord hath i. me many sons,) he hath chosen SoQmon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lond over Israel.

6 And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom sor ever, if he be constant to do my com


t He encourages Solomon. ~ * olment, and my judgments, as at this ay. . . . 8 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the congregation of the Lord, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lond your God; that ye may possess this good sand, and leave it for an inheritance for your children aster you for ever. 9 T. And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 10 Take heed now ; for the Lond hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it. 11 * Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof; and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy-seat, 12 And the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, and of all the chambers round about, of she treasuries ofthehouse of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: 13 Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the Lond. 14. He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments, of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service: 15 Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick. 16 And by weight he gave gold for the tables of shew-bread, for every table; and likewise silver for the tables of silver: 17 Also pure gold for the flesh-hooks, and the bowls, and the }. and for the golden basons he gave gold by weight, for every bason; and likewise silver by weight for every bason of silver: 18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 19 All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon

me, even all the works of this pattern.

David's gifts for the temple, 1. CHRONICLES.

20 And David said to Solomon his son, Bestrong, and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed, for the Lond God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. 21 And behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, even they shall be with thee for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and o the people will be wholly at thy commandment. CHAP. XXIX. Foo David the king said l' unto all the ...'. ation, Solomon my son, whom alone .#. chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is at; for the palace, is not for man, but for the Lord God. 2. Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood forthing. of wood; onyx-stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. 3. Moreover, because I have set my af. fection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, 4, Even three thousand talents of gold of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousan talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal: ..5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all o: ner of work, to be made by the handso artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord? 6 || Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers over the king's work, offered willingly, 7. And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. 8 And they with whom precious stones were sound gave them to the treasure of the, house of the Lord, by the hand of Je. hiel the Gershonite. 9. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered wilsingly, because with per

His thanksgiving.

Lord: and David the king also rejoiced
with *Wo:
10 T. Wherefore David blessed the
LoRD before all the congregation: and
David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of
Israel our father, for ever and ever.
11 Thine, O Lord, is the greatness,
and the d". and the glory, and the vic-
tory, and the majesty: for all that is in the
heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is
the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted
as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee,
and thou reignest over all; and in thine
hand is power and might; and in thine
hand it is to make great, and to give
strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank
thee, and praise thy glorious name.
14, But who am I, and what is my peo-
ple, that we should be able to offer so will-
ingly after this sort? for all things come of
thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
15 For we are strangers before thee,
and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our
days on the earth are as a shadow, and
there is none abiding.
16 O Lord our God, all this store that
we have prepared to build thee a house
for thine § name cometh of thine hand,
and is all thine own.
17 I know also, my God, that thou
triest the heart, and hast pleasure in up-
rightness. As for me, in the uprightness
of mine heart I have willingly offered all
these things: and now have I seen with
joy thy people, which are present here, to
offer willingly unto thee.
18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and
of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in
the imagination of the thoughts of the
heart of thy people, and prepare their
heart unto thee:
19 And give unto Solomon my son a
perfect heart, to keep thy commandments,
thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to
do all these things, and to build the palace,
for the which I have made provision.
20 J And David said to all the congre-
gation, Now bless the Lord your God.
And all the congregation blessed the Lord
God of their fathers, and bowed down
their heads, and worshipped the Lord,
and the king. - -
21 And they sacrificed sacrifices unto
the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings unto
the Lord, on the morrow aster that day,
even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams,
and a thousand lambs, with their drink-
offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for
all Israel:
22 And did eat and drink before the
LoRD, on that day with great gladness:
And they made Solomon the son of David

in fect heart they §d willingly to the

king the second o and anointed him 35

The death of David. CHAP.

unto the Lorp to be the chief governor,
and Zadok to be priest.
23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of
the Lord as king instead of David his
father, and prospered; and all Israel
obeyed him.
24 And all the princes, and the mighty
men, and all the sons likewise of king Da-
vid, submitted themselves unto Solomon
the king.
25 And the Lord magnified Solomon ex-
ceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and be-
stowed upon himsuch royal majesty as had
not been on any king before him in Israel.

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27, And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 28 And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead. 29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, 30 With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over

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26 TThus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.

Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.

T The Second Book of the CHRONICLES.

CHAP. I. ND Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lond his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly. 2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every vernor in all Israel, the chief of the thers. 3. So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilerness. 4. But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjath-jearim to the place which lavid had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. 5 Moreover, the brazen altar, that Be&aleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the p: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it. 6 And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before the Lord, which was a the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt-offerings upon it. 7. In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, }. what l shall give thee. 8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hat shewed great mercy unto David m father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 9 Now, O Lord God, let thy promise onto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge; that I may É. out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy Fo that is so great? 11 And God said to Solomon, Because

this was in thine heart, and thou hast not
asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the
life of thine enemies, neither yet hastask-
ed long life; but hast asked wisdom and
knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest
judge my people, over whom I have made
thee king: -
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted
unto thee; and I will give thee riches and
wealth, and honour, such as none of the
kings have had that have been before thee,
* shall there any after thee have the
13 T Then Solomon came from his
iourney to the high place that was at Gi-
eon to Jerusalem, from before the taker:
nacle of the congregation, and reigned
over Israel. -
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and
horsemen: and he had a thousand and
four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen, which he placed in the chariot-
cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
15 And the o made silver and gold
at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and
cedar-trees made he as the sycamore-trees
that are in the vale for abundance.
16 And Solomon had horses brought Out
of Egypt, and linen }. the king's mer-
chants received the linen yarn at a price.
17 And they fetched up, and brought
forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hun-
dred shekels of silver, and a horse for a
hundred and fifty: and so bo they
out horses for all the kings of the Hittites,
and for the kings of §§ by their means.

A\| Solomon determined to build a
house for the name of the Lord, and
a house for his kingdom.
2 And Solomon told out threescore and
ten thousand men to bear burdens, and

loversee them.

fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, Hand three thousand and six hundred to

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Solomon's message to Huram. II. CHRONICLES.

3 T And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him a house to dwell therein, even so deal with me. 4 Behold, I build a house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shew-bread, and for the burnt-offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel. 5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods. 6. But who is able to build him a house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him 2 who an I then that I should build him a house, save only to burn sacrifice before him 2 7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide. 8 Send me also cedar-trees, fir-trees and algum-trees ott of Lebanon: (for know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon;) and behold, my servants shall be with thy servants, 9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great. 10 And behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil. 11 Ts. Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them. 12 Huram-said moreover, Blessed be the Lohd God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build a house for the LoRD, and a house for his kingdom. 13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's, 14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson ; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.

JMeasure of the temple.

15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine which m lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants;

16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to JeTuSalern.

17 || And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered thent; and they were found a hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.

18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the pople a work.


HEN Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared untô David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign. 3 || Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was a hundred an ...}}: and he overlaid it within with pure gold. 5 And the greater house he ceiled with fir-tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm-trees and chains. 6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty; and the gold was gold of Parvaim. 7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls. 8 And he made the most holy house, the length, whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents. 9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold. 10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image-work, and overlaid them with gold. 11 T And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the The pillars and nolten sea. CHAP.

wall of the house; and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub. 12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub. 13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward. 14, "I And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon. 15 Also he made before the house two pillars'of thirty and five cubits o: and the chapiter that was on the top of each of em was five cubits. 16And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made a hundred pomegranates, an put them on the chains. 17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that o left Boaz,

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IV, V. The vessels of the temple. .”

8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made a hundred basons of gold.

9 || Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.

10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.

11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;

12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars; and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars;

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13 And four hundred pomegranates on

the two wreaths ; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars. 14. He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; ". . 15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it. 16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the flesh-hooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to .# Soloo for the house of the Loop, bright raSS. 17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the § ground between Succoth and Zeredathah. 18 Thus Solomon made all these yessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out. 19ts And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shew-bread was set; 20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they, should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold; 21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold; 2: And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.


TH; all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lond was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated ; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the

house of God. 2 T Then Solomon assembled the el

lder. of 1srael, and all the heads of the

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