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38 If they return to thee with all their heart, and with all their foul, in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land which thou gaveft unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou haft chofen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling-place, their prayer and their fupplications, and maintain their | caufe, and forgive thy people which have finned against thee.

40 Now, my God, let (I befeech thee) thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent † unto the prayer prayer of that is made in this place.

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6 h And the priests waited on their Chron offices: the Levites alfo with inftruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their miniftry: and the priests t founded trumpets before them, and Band all Ifrael ftood.

7 Moreover, Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt-offerings, and the fat of the peace-offerings, because the brafen altar which Solomon had made, was not able to receive the burnt-offerings, and the meat-offerings, and the fat.

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8 Alfo at the fame time Solo- !1 King i 8.65. mon kept the feast seven days, and all Ifrael with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Ha41 Now therefore arife, O LORD math, unto the river of Egypt. God, into thy refting-place, thou, 9 And in the eighth day they made and the ark of thy ftrength: let thya folemn affembly: for they kept it. priefts, O LORD God, be clothed the dedication of the altar feven days, with falvation, and let thy faints re- and the feast seven days. joice in goodness.

42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: $ remem14155.3. ber the mercies of David thy fervant. CHAP. VII.

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2d And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had fil5.14. led the LORDS houfe.

3 And when all the children of Ifrael faw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themfelves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, faying, For he is good, 1 Chron. f for his mercy endureth for ever. Chap. 20. 4¶ Then the king and all the Kings people offered facrifices before the LORD.

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10 And on the three and twen- ! Kings tieth day of the feventh month, he fent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodnefs that the LORD had fhewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.

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11 Thus Solomon finished the m1 Kings houfe of the LORD, and the kings houfe: and all that came into Solomons heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he profperously effected.

12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, a and have a Deut. chofen this place to myself for an houfe of facrifice.

13 If I fhut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locufts to devour the land, or if I fend peftilence among my people;

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179 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and fhalt observe my ftatutes and my judg

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19 But if ye turn away and forLev. 26. fake my ftatutes and my commandDeut. 18. ments which I have fet before you, 15,36,37 and fhall go and ferve other gods, and worship them :

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20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this houre which I have fanctified for my name, will I caft out of my fight, and will make it to be a proverb, and a by-word among all nations.

21 And this houfe which is high, fhall be an astonishment to every one that paffeth by it; fo that he shall fay, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?

22 And it fhall be answered, Because they forfook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worfhipped them, and ferved them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

CHAP. VIII.

1 Solomons buildings. 7 The Gentiles made tributaries. 12 Solomons yearly facrifices.

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2 That the cities which Huram had reftored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caufed the children of Iraei to dwell there.

3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed againit it. 4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store-cities, which he built in Hamath.

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Solomons tributaries. per, and Beth-horon the nether, fen- Befort ced cities, with walls, gates, and bars: Chrift 6 And Baalath, and all the ftore- 992 cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot-cities, and the cities of the horfemen, and ball that Solomon defired to build in Jerufalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.

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7 ¶ As for all the people that were 11 Kaa left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebufites which were not of Ifrael;

8 But of their children who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Ifrael confumed not; them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.

9 But of the children of Ifrael did Solomon make no fervants 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 Solomons officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.

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11 ¶ And Solomon brought up 10 the daughter of Pharaoh, out of the s city of David, unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife fhall not dwell in the house of David king of Ifrael, because the places are + holy, whereunto the ark of th the LORD hath come.

12 ¶ Then Solomon offered burntofferings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch :

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13 Even after a certain rate every dday, offering according to the com- 4 od mandment of Mofes, on the fabbaths, and on the new-moons, and on the folemn feafts, e three times in the e tre. year, even in the feaft of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and 15 in the feast of tabernacles.

14 ¶ And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the fcourfes of the priests to their service, f and the Levites to their charges, to £ I Chron. praife and minifter before the priests, 25.1. as the duty of every day required : the porters alfo by their courses, at every gate: for † fo had David 5.1. the man of God commanded.

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15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto D the priests and Levites, concerning any matter, or concerning the treafures.

Chap. ix.

Solomons riches. loved Ifrael, to establish them for Before ever, therefore made he thee king Chrift over them, to do judgment and cir. 992. justice.

The queen of Sheba. Before 16 Now all the work of Solomon Chrift was prepared unto the day of the eir. 992. foundation of the houfe of the LORD, and until it was finished: so the house of the LORD was perfected. 9 And the gave the king an hun17¶Then went Solomon to Ezi-dred and twenty talents of gold, and on-geber, and to Eloth, at the fea-of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any fuch fpice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.

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18 i And Huram fent him by the ichp:9. hands of his fervants, fhips, and fervants that had knowledge of the fea; and they went with the fervants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon. CHAP. IX.

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2 And Solomon told her all her queftions 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 house that he had built,

4 And the meat of his table, and the fitting of his fervants, and the attendance of his minifters, and their apparel, his cup-bearers alfo, and their apparel, and his afcent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit

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5 And the faid to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land, of thine || acts, and of thy wisdom :

6 Howbeit, I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had feen it and behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedeft the fame that I heard.

7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy fervants, which ftand continually before thee, and hear thy wifdom.

8 Bleffed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to fet thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: becaufe thy God

10 And the fervants alfo of Huram, and the fervants of Solomon, b which brought gold from Ophir, Chap. brought algum-trees, and precious ftones.

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12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her defire, whatfoever she asked, befides that which the had brought unto the king: fo fhe turned and went away to her own land, the and her fervants.

13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year, was fix hundred and threescore and fix talents of gold;

14 Befides that which chapmen and merchants brought: and all the kings of Arabia, and governors of the country brought gold and filver to Solomon.

15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: fix hundred fbekels of beaten gold went to one target.

16 And three hundred fhields made he of beaten gold: three hundred hekels of gold went to one fhield: and the king put them in the houfe of the foreft of Lebanon.

17 ¶ Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

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18 And there were fix fteps to the throne, with a foot-ftool of gold, which were faftened to the throne, and stays on each fide of the fitting-t Heb. place, and two lions standing by the itays.

19 And twelve lions ftood there on the one fide, and on the other upon the fix fteps. There was not the like made in any kingdom.

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20 And all the drinking-veffels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the veifels of the houfe of the foreft of Lebanon were of † pure gold: Heb.

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21 For the kings fhips went to Tarfhifh with the fervants of Huram every three years once came the fhips of Tarthith bringing gold and filver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

22 And king Solomon paffed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

23¶And all the kings of the earth fought the prefence of Solomon, to hear his wildom, that God had put in his heart.

24 And they brought every man his prefent, veffeis of filver, and veffels of gold, and raiment, harness, and fpices, hories, and mules, a rate year by year.

25 And Solomon had four thousand ftalls for horfes and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the chariot-cities, and with the king at Jerufalem. 26 And he reigned over all the e Gen. 15. kings, e from the river, even unto That is, the land of the Philistines, and to the Supprates border of Egypt.

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27 And the king + made filver in Jerufalem as ftones, and cedar-trees made he as the fycomore-trees, that are in the low plains, in abundance.

28 f And they brought unto Solemon horfes out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, firft and laft, are they not written in the book of Nathan the Kings prophet, hand in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of i Iddo the feer, against Jeroboam the fon of Nebat?

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ST. 40.

Rehoboam refufing the old mens

And they sent and called him: Before fo Jeroboam and all Ifrael came and Chrift fpake to Rehoboam, saying,

4 Thy father made our yoke grievous, now therefore ease thou fomewhat the grievous fervitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will ferve thee. § And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

6 And king Rehoboam took counfel with the old men that had ftood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, faying, What counfel give ye me, to return anfwer to this people?

7 And they spake unto him, faying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy fervants for ever.

8 But he forfook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counfel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

9 And he faid unto them, What advice give ye, that we may return anfwer to this people, which have fpoken to me, faying, Eafe fomewhat the yoke that thy father did put up

on us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him, fpake unto him, faying, Thus fhalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke hea vy, but make thou it fomewhat lighter for us thus fhalt thou fay unto them, My little finger fhall be thicker than my fathers loins.

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11 For whereas my father † put a ardı heavy yoke upon you, I will put 30 And Solomon reigned in Jeru- more to your yoke: my father chafalem over all Ifrael forty years. ftited you with whips, but I will cha31 And Solomon flept with his fa-flife you with fcorpions. thers, and he was buried in the city of David his father, and Rehoboam his fon reigned in his ftead.

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1 Rehoboam refufing the old mens counfel, 16 ten tribes revolt, and he fleeth.

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2 And it came to pals when Jeroboam the fon of Nebat (who was in Kings Egypt, bwhither he had fled from the prefence of Solomon the king) heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

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16¶ And when all Ifrael faw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, faying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the fon of Jeffe: every man to your tents, O Ifrael: and now David fee to thine own house. So all Ifrael went to their tents.

17 But as for the children of Ifrael that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam fent Hadoram that was over the tribute, and the children of Ifrael stoned him with tones, that he died: but king Ang Rehoboam † made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to jerutalem.

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12 And in every several city he put fhields and fpears, and made them exceeding ftrong, having Judah and Benjamin on his fide.

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16 8 And after them out of all the tribes of Ifrael, fuch as fet their hearts to feek the LORD God of Ifrael, came to Jerufalem, to facrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the fon of Solomon ftrong, 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 fon of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jefle:

19 Which bare him children; Jeufh, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

20 And after her, he took h Maachah the daughter of Abfalom, which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

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21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah Chap. 13. the daughter of Abfalom, above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines, and begat twenty and eight ions, and threelcore daughters)

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22 And Rehoboam made Abijah i see Deut. the fon of Maachah the chief, to be 16, 17. ruler among his brethren for he thought to make him king.

23 And he dealt wifely, and dis--perfed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual inbundance: and ↑ Heb.. he defired + many wives.

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