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304 Solomon's magnificence. I KINGS.
His idolatry. 21 [ Am all king Solomon's drinking guidess of the Zidonias, and after Mil vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of com the abomination of the Ammonites. the house of the forest of Lebanon avere of 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of pure gold; none were of silver: it was the LORD, and went not fully after the nothing accounted of in the days of Solo | LORD, IS did David his father. mon.
1 7 Then did Solomon build an high 22 For the king had at sea a navy of place for Chemcsh, the abomination of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram : once 'Mab, in the hill that is before Jerusain three vears came the navy of Thar- lem, and for Mlech, the abomination of shish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, the cinildren of Ammon. and apes, and pe cocks.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange 23 So king Solomon exceeded all the wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed kings of the earth forrichesand for wisdom. unto their gols.
24 | And all the earth sought to Solo !! 9 f And the LORD was angry with Solmon, to heir his wisdom, which God 'omon, because his heart was turned from hai put in his heart.
1 the LORD God of Israel, which had ap25. And they brought every man hispeared unto him twice, present, vessels of silver, and vessels of 10 And had commanded him concerngold, and garments, and armour, and spi- ing this thir,,, that he should not go after ces, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. other gods : but he kept not that whichi
26 | And Solomon gachered together the LORD commanded. chariots and horsemen : and he had a 11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solo thousand and four hundredi chariots, and mon, Fora much as this is done of thee, twelve thousand horsemen, whom he be- and thou hast not kept my covenant and stowed in the cities for chariots, and with my statutes which I have commanded the king at Jerusalem.
thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from 27 And the king made silver to be in thee, and will give it to thy servant. Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made lie. 12 Notwithstanding, in thy days I will 10 be as the sycamore trees that are in not do it for David thy father's sake: but the vale, for abundance.
I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 28 | And Solomon had horses brought 13 Howbeit, I will not rend away all the out of Egypt, and linen yarıı : the king's kingdom ; but will give one tribe to thy merchants received the linen yarn at a son for David my servant's sake, and for price.
Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen. 29 And a chariot came up and went 14 ( And the LORD stirred up an adout of Egypt for six hundred shekils of versary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomsilver, and an horse for an hundred and ite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. fifty : and so for all the kings of the 15 For it came to pass, when David was Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did in Edom, and Joab the captain of the they bring them out by their means. host was gone up to bury the slain, after CHAP. X.
he had smitten every male in Edom; 1 Solomon's wives and concubiner in his 1 16 (For six months did Joab remain
old ager drary him to idolairy. 9 God there with all Israel, until he had cut off threatencth him. 14 His adversaries, every male in Edom:) 41 and death. 43 Rchuboum succecu- ! 17 That Hidad fied, he and certain pih him.
Edonutes of his father's servants with PUT king Solomon loved many strange him, to go into Egypt ; Hadad being yet
women, trgether with the laughter ! a little child. of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Im- 1 18 And they arose out of Midian, and inonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hit- come to Puran : and they took men with tites ;
them out of Paran, and they came to E2 Of the nations concerning wluch the gypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which LORD said unto the children of Israel, give him an house, and appointed him Ye shall nut go in to them, neither shall victnals, and give him land. . they come in unto you: for surely they! 19 And Hidad fcand great favour in will turn away your heart after their the sigiit of Pharaoh, so that he gave him gucls : Solomon clave unto these in love. I to wité the sisicr of his own wife, the sis
And he had seven hundred wives, ter of Taupenes the queen. princesses, and three hundred concubines: 1 20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare and his wives turned away luis heart. hin Genubith his son, whom Tahpenes
4 For it came to pass, when Soloinon il weaned in Pharaoh's house : and Genuwas old, that his wives turned away his bath was in Pharach's houschold among hcart ter other gods: and his heart was the sons of Pharaoh. not perfect with the LORD his God, as 21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt sias the heart of David his father:
that David slept with his fathers, and 5 For Solamon went after Ashtarcth the ll that Joab the captain of the liost was dead. Solonon's adversaries.
His death. 305 Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, l 35 But I will take the kingdom out of that I may go to mine own country. This son's hand, and will give it unto thee,
22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But | even ten tribes. what hast thou lacked with me, that, be- ||
\ 36 And unto his son will I give one hold, thou seekest to go to thine own | tribe, that David my servant may have a country? And he answered, Nothing : | light alway before me in Jerusalem, the howbeit, let me go in any wise.
city which I have chosen me to put my 23 F And God stirred him up another name there. adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, | 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt which fled from his lord Hadadezer king reign according to all that thy soul deof Zobah :
sireth, and shalt be king over Israel. 24 And he gathered men unto him, 1 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken and became captain over a band, when || unto all that I command thee, and wilt David slew them off Zobah : and they walk in my ways, and do that is right in went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, my sight, to keep my statutes and my and reigned in Damascus.
commandments, as David my servant 25 And he was an adversary to Israel | did ; that I will be with thee, and build all the days of Solomon, beside the mis thee a sure house, as I built for David, chief that Hadad did : and he abhorred and will give Israel unto thee. Israel, and reigned over Syria.
39 And I will for this afflict the seed of 26 f And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, || David, but not for ever. an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's ser 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill vant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and a widow woman, even he lifted up his fed into Egypt, unto Shishak king of hand against the king.
Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death 27 And this was the cause that he lifted U of Solomon. up his hand against the king : Solomon | 41 | And the rest of the acts of Solo built Millo, and repaired the breaches of mon, and all that he did, and his wisthe city of David his father.
|| dom, are they not written in the book of 28 And the man Jeroboam was a the acts of Solomon mighty man of valour : and Solomon 42 And the time that Solomon reigned in
seeing the young man that he was in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. ·dustrious, he made him ruler over all 43 And Solomon slept with his fathe charge of the house of Joseph. thers, and was buried in the city of Da
29 And it came to pass at that time || vid his father : and Rehoboam his son when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, | reigned in his stead. that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite
CHAP. XII. found him in the way ; and he had clad || 1 Rehoboam refusing the old men's counhimself with a new garment ; and they sel, 16 ten tribes revolt. 26 Jeroboam's two were alone in the field:
idolatry. 30 And Ahijah caught the new gar AND Rehoboam went to Shechem : ment that was on him, and rent it in h for all Israel were come to Shechem twelve pieces :
to make him king. 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, | the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend heard of it, (for he was fled from the presthe kingdom cut of the hand of Solomon, ence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam and will give ten tribes to thee:
dwelt in Egypt;) 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my 3 That they sent and called him. And servant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's Jeroboam and all the congregation of sake, the city which I have chosen out of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, all the tribes of Israel :)
33 Because that they have forsaken me, 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : and have worshipped Ashtoreth the god now therefore make thoi the grievous dess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of service of thy father, and his heavy yoke the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the which he put upon us, lighter, and we children of Ammon, and have not walked | will serve thee. in my ways, to do that which is right in || 5 And he said unto them, Depart yet mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and for three days, then come again to me. my judgments, as did David his father. And the people departed.
34 Howbeit, I will not take the whole 6s And king Rehoboam consulted with kingdom out of his hand : but I will the old men that stood before Solomon his make him prince all the days of his life father while he yet lived, and said, How do for David my servant's sake, whom Ilye advise that I may answer this people? chose, because he kept my command-17 And they spake unto him, saying, If ments and my statutes :
thou wilt be a servant unto this people
306 Ten triócs revolt.
1. KINGS. Jeroboam maketh tovo calves. this day, and wilt serve them, and answer to the congregation, and made him king them, and speak good words to them, | over all Israel : there was none that folthen they will be thy servants for ever. lowed the house of David, but the tribe
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old of Judah only. men, which they had given him, and con 21 4 And whea Rehoboam was come to sulted with the young men that were Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of grown up with him, and which stood Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hunbefore him :
dred and fou Yscore thousand chosen men, 9 And he said unto them, What coun which were warriors, to fight against the sel give ye that we may answer this peo- house of Israel, to bring the kingdom aple, who have spoken to me, saying, gain to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. Make the yoke which thy father did put 22 But the word of God came unto upon us lighter?
Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 10 And the young men that were 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of grown up with him spake unto him, say Solomon king of Judah, and unto all the ing, Thus shalt thou speak unto this peo house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the ple that spake unto thee, saying, Thy fa | remnant of the people, saying, ther made our yoke heavy, but make thou 24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say un- go up, nor fight against your brethren to them, My little finger shall be thicker the children of Israel: return every man than my father's loins.
to his house ; for this thing is from me. 11 And now whereas my father did | They hearkened therefore to the word of lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add the LORD, and returned to depart, acto your yoke : my father hath chastised cording to the word of the Lord. you with whips, but I will chastise you 25 | Then Jeroboam built Shechem in with scorpions.
mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and 12 So Jeroboam and all the people went out from thence, and built Penuel. came to Rchoboam the third day, as the il 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now king had appointed, saying, Come to me shall the kingdom return to the house of again the third day.
David : 13 And the king answered the people 27 If this people go up to do sacriroughly, and forsook the old men's coun- fice in the house of the LORD at Jerusasel that they gave him ;
lem, then shall the heart of this people 14 And spake to them after the coun- | turn again unto their lord, even unto sel of the young men, saying, My father Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall made your yoke heavy, and I will add kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king to your yoke : my father also chastised || of Judah. you with whips, but I will chastise you 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, with scorpions.
and made two calves of gold, and said 15 Wherefore the king hearkened not || unto them, It is too much for you to go unto the people ; for the cause was from up to Jerusalem : behold thy gods, 0) the Lord, that he might perform his say- Israel, which brought thee up out of the ing, which the LORD spake by Ahijah land of Egypt. the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of 29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and Nebat.
the other put he in Dan. 16 % So when all Israel saw that the 30 And this thing became a sin : for king hearkened not unto them, the peo- the people went to worship before the one, ple answered the king, saying, What I even unto Dan. portion have we in David ? neither have } 31 And he made an house of high places, we inheritance in the son of Jesse : to land made priests of the lowest of the peo your tents, ( Israel : now see to thine | ple, which were not of the scris of Levi. own house, David. So Israel departed | 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in runto their tents.
| the eighth month, on the fifteenth day 17 But as for the children of Israel l of the month, like unto the feast that is which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Re in Judah, and he offered upon the altar, hoboam reigned over them.
So did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, I calves that he had made : and he placed who was over the tribute ; and all Israel | in Beth-el the priests of the high places stoned him stones, that he died. There-which he had made. fore king Rehoboam made speed to get 33 So he offered upon the altar which him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day
19 So Israel rebelled against the house of the eighth month, even in the month of David unto this day.
l which he had devised of his own heart; 20 And it came to pass when all Is- 1 and ordained a feast unto the children of rael heard that Jeroboam was come | Ísrael: and he offered upon the altar, and again, that they sent and called him un- I burnt incense.
Jeroboani's hand withereth. CHAP. XIII. The disobedient prophet slain. 307 CHAP. XIII.
ll me the ass. So they saddled him the ass : 1 Jeroboam's hand withereth, 6 and at || and he rode thereon, the prayer of the prophet is restored. 14 And went after the man of God, 23 The disobedient prophet is slain by 1 and found him sitting under an oak: and a lion. 33 Jeroboam's obstinacy. he said unto him, Art thou the man of AND behold, there came a man of | God that camest from Judah? And he A God out of Judah by the word of said, I am. the LORD unto Beth-el : and Jeroboam 15 Then he said unto him, Come home stood by the altar to burn incense.
il with me, and eat bread. 2 And he cried against the altar in the 16 And he said, I may not return with word of the LORD, and said, () altar, al- thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I tar, thus saith the LORD ; Behold, a child eat bread nor drink water with thee in shall be born unto the house of David, Jo- this place: siah by name ; and upon thee shall he of- 1 17 For it was said to me by the word fer the priests of the high places that burn of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread incense upon thee, and men's bones shall nor drink water there, nor turn again to be burnt upon thee.
go by the way that thou camest. 3 And he gave a sign the same day, 18 He said unto him, I am a prophet saying, This is the sign which the LORD also as thou art ; and an angel spake unto hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be me by the word of the LORD, saying, rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall Bring him back with thee into thine be poured out.
house, that he may eat bread and drink 4 And it came to pass when king Jer water. But he lied unto him. oboam heard the saying of the man of 19 So he went back with him, and did God, which had cried against the altar eat bread in his house, and drank water. in Beth-el, that he put forth his hand 20 f And it came to pass, as they sat from the altar, saving, Lay hold on him. at the table, that the word of the LORD And his hand, which he put forth against came unto the prophet that brought him him, dried up, so that he could not pull it back: in again to hiin.
21 And he cried unto the man of God 5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith poured out from the altar, according to the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disthe sign which the man of God had given obeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast by the word of the LORD.
not kept the commandment which the 6 And the king answered and said un LORD thy God commanded thee, to the man of God, Entreat now the face 22 But camest back, and hast eaten of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, bread and drunk water in the place, of that my hand may be restored me again. the which the LORD did say to thee, And the man of God besought the LORD, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy and the king's hand was restored hiin a- carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre gain, and became as it was before. of thy fathers.
7 And the king said unto the man of 23 | And it came to pass, after he had God, Come home with me, and refresh eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that thyself, and I will give thee a reward. he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the
8 And the man of God said unto the king, prophet whom he had brought back. If thou wilt give me half thine house, I 24 And when he was gone, a lion met will not go in with thee, neither will I eat him by the way, and slew him: and his bread nor drink water in this place: carcass was cast in the way, and the
9 For so was it charged me by the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, carcass. nor drink water, nor turn again by the 25 And behold, men passed by, and same way that thou camest.
saw the carcass cast in the way, and the 10 So he went another way, and re- | lion standing by the carcass : and they turned not by the way that he came to came and told it in the city where the old
prophet dwelt. 11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in 26 And when the prophet that brought Beth-el; and his sons came and told him him back from the way heard thereof, he all the works that the man of God had said, It is the man of God, who was disdone that day in Beth-el : the words which obedient unto the word of the LORD: he had spoken unto the king, them they therefore the Lord hath delivered him told also to their father.
| unto the lion, which hath torn him, and 12 And their father said unto them, it slain him, according to the word of the What way went he ? for his sons had seen Lord, which he spake unto him.
what way the man of God went, which 27 And he spake to his sons, saying, · Came froin Judah.
Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him, 13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle!! 28 And he went and found his carcase
303 Abijah falleth sick.
Jeroboam tarcsteced. cast in the way, and the ans and the lion LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exstanding by the carcass: the lion had not alted thee from among the perple, and cauen the carcass, nor torn the ass. made thee prince orer my poopic Israel,
29 And the prophet took up the car- 8 And rent the kingdom away from the cans of the man of God, and laid it upon house of David, and gave it thee: and yet the ass, and brought it back: and the oid thou hast not been as my servant David, prophet came to the city, to mourn and who kept my commandments, and who to bury him.
followed me with all his heart, to do that 30 And he laid his carcass in his own only thich was right in mine eyes; grave; and they mourned over him, say- 9 But hast done evil above all that were ing, Alas, my brother!
before thee: for thou hast gone and made 31 And it came to pass, after he had thee other gods, and molten images, to buried him, that he spake to his sons, say- provoke me to anger, and hast cast me. ing, When I am dead, then bury me in behind thy back : the sepulchre wherein the man of God is 10 Therefore behold, I will bring evil buried ; lay my bones beside his bones : upon the house of Jeroboam, and will
32 For the saying which he cried by cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth the word of the LORD against the altar against the wall, and him that is shut up in Beth-el, and against all the houses of i and left in Israel, and will take away the the high places which are in the cities of remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a Samaria, shall surely come to pass. man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.
33 | After this thing Jeroboam return- | 11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the ed not from his evil way, but made again city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of the lowest of the people priests of the in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: high places: whosoever would, he conse || for the LORD hath spoken it. crated him, and he became one of the 12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to priests of the high places.
thine own house: and when thy feet enter 34 And this thing became sin unto the into the city, the child shall die. house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, 13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and to destroy it from off the face of the and bury him : for he only of Jeroboam earth.
shall come to the grave, because in him CHAP. XIV.
there is found some good thing toward 1 Abijah being sick, Jeroboam sendeth his the LORD God of Israel in the house of
wife dinguised with presents to the pro Jeroboam. phet Ahijgh at Shiloh. 5 Ahijah fore 14 Moreover, the LORD shall raise him
warned, denounceth God's judgment. | up a king over Israel, who shall cut off AT that time Abijah the son of Jero the house of Jeroboam that day : but A boam fell sick.
what ? even now. 2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, 15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that reed is shaken in the water, and he shall thou be not known to be the wife of Jero | root up Israel out of this good land, which boam ; and get thee to Shiloh : behold, he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter there is Ahijah the prophet, which told them beyond the river, because they have me that I should be king over this people. I made their groves, provoking the LORD
3 And take with thee ten loaves, and to anger. cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go 16 And he shall give Israel up because to him: he shall tell thee what shall be- ll of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and come of the child.
who made Israel to sin. 4. And Jeroboam's wife did so, and a 17 | And Jeroboam's wife arose, and rose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the departed, and came to Tirzah : and when house of Ahijah. But Alijah could not || she came to the threshold of the door, sce; for his eyes were set by reason of the child died; his age.
18 And they buried him ; and all Israel 5 And the Lord said unto Ahijah, | mourned for him, according to the word Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask ll of the LORD, which he spake by the hand it thing of thee for her son ; for he is sick:|| of his servant Ahijah the prophet, tous and thus shalt thou say unto her : 1 19 And the rest of the acts of Jerobofor it shall be, when she cometh in, that she am, how he warred, and how he reigned, shall feign herself to be another woman. behold, they are written in the book of
6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the chronicles of the kings of Israel. the sound of her feet, as she came in at 20 And the days which Jeroboam reignthe door, that he said, Come in, thou ed acre two and twenty years: and he wife of Jeroboam ; why feignest thou thy-|| slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son self to be another for I am sent to thee reigned in his stead. vith heavy tidings.
21 | And Rehoboam the son of Solomon : 7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith tiell reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty