God's First Truth: Tyndale/Rogers
THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS ...
The 1st Chapter
When king David was waxen old and stricken in years, though they covered him with clothes, yet he caught no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him: let there be sought for my Lord the king a young maiden to wait upon him and to cherish him. And let her lie in his bosom, that my Lord the king may get heat. And so they sought for a fair Damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel and found one Abisag a Sunamite and brought her to the king. And the Damsel was exceeding fair, and cherished the king and ministered to him: But the king knew her not.
But Adoniah the son of Hagith exalted himself saying: I will be king. And he gat him a chariot and horsemen and fifty men to run before him. And his father rebuked him not at any time nor said so much to him as why dost thou so. And he was thereto a goodly man and his mother bare him next after Absalom. And he communed with Joab the son of Zaruiah and with Abiathar the priest. And they help Adoniah. But Sadock the priest, Banaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Semei and Rei and the men of might which were with David favoured not Adoniah. And Adoniah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings at the stone of Zoheleth which is fast by the well of Rogel, and bade all his brethren the kings sons and all the men of Juda the kings servants. But Nathan the prophet and Banaiah and the mighty men and Salomon his brother he bade not.
Whereupon Nathan spake unto Bethsabe the mother of Salomon saying: hast thou not heard how that Adoniah the son of Hagith doth reign unwitting unto our master David ? Now therefore come that I may give thee counsel, how to save thine own life and the life of thy son Salomon. Hence and get thee unto king David and say unto him: didst thou not my Lord king sware unto thy handmaid saying ? Salomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my seat, why is then Adoniah made king ? And see, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I will come in after thee and will end thy words.
And Bethsabe went in unto the king into the chamber. And the king was very old and Abisag the Sunamite ministered unto him. And Bethsabe stooped and made obeisance unto the king. And the king said: what is thy matter ? And she answered and said: My lord thou swearest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid: Salomon thy son shall reign after me and he shall sit upon my seat. But now see, Adoniah is king and thou my Lord king wettest (knew) it not. And he hath offered oxen, fatlings and sheep abundantly, and hath called all the sons of the King, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the Host. But Salomon thy servant hath he not bidden. And now my Lord king the eyes of all Israel wait on thee, to tell them who shall sit on the seat of my Lord the king after him. For else when my Lord the king is laid to rest with his fathers, I and my son Salomon shall be sinners.
And behold, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet was come. And they told the king saying: here cometh Nathan the prophet. And when he was come before the king, he made obeisance unto the king upon his face unto the ground, and said: My lord king, hast thou said, Adoniah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my seat ? For he is gone down this day and hath offered oxen, fatlings and sheep abundantly, and hath called all the kings sons and the captains of the Host, and Abiathar the priest. And see, they eat and drink before him and say. God save king Adoniah. But me thy servant and Sadock the priest and Banaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Salomon he hath not called. Is this thing done of my Lord the king and yet wouldest not show me thy servant, who should sit on the seat of my lord the king after him ?
Then king David answered and said: call me Bethsabe. And she came in and stood before him. And the king sware saying. As sure as the Lord (that hath rid my soul out of all adversity) liveth: even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel saying: Salomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my seat for me, so will I do this day. And Bethsabe bowed on her face to the earth and did obeisance unto the King and said: I pray God my lord king David may live ever. Then said king David call me Sadock the priest and Nathan the prophet and Banaiah the son of Jehoiada. And when they came before the king. The king said unto them: take with you the servants of your Lord, and set Salomon my son upon mine own Mule and carry him down to Gihon. And let Sadock the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there, to be king over Israel. And then blow ye with a trumpet and say: God save king Salomon. And then come up after him, and let him come and sit upon my seat. For he shall be king in my stead. And him I have commanded to be captain over Israel and Juda. And Banaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, Amen, and so I pray God that the Lord God of my Lord the king say so too. And as the Lord hath been with my Lord the king, even so, I pray God he may be, with Salomon and that he make his seat gloriouser than the seat of my Lord king David.
And Sadock the priest and Nathan the prophet and Banaiah the son of Jehoiada and the Cerethites and Phelethites went down, and set Salomon upon king Davids Mule and led him to Gihon. And Sadock the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle and anointed Salomon. And they blew a trumpet, and all they said: God save king Salomon. And all the people came up after him piping with pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the earth rang with the sound of them. And Adoniah and all the guests that were with him, heard it even as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said: how happeneth it there is such a noise in the city ? And as he yet spake, see, Jonathas the son of Abiathar the priest came. And Adoniah said: come for thou art a lusty blood and bringest good tidings. And Jonathas answered and said to Adoniah: Verily our Lord king David hath made Salomon king. And the king sent with him, Sadock the priest and Nathan the prophet: and Banaiah the son of Jehoiada and the Cerethites and the Phelethites, and they have set him upon the kings Mule. And Sadock the priest and Nathan the Prophet have anointed him king in Gihon. And as they came up again they rejoiced that the city did sound again. And that is the noise that ye have heard. And thereto Salomon sitteth on the seat of the kingdom. And moreover the kings servants went in to bless our Lord king David saying: thy God make the name of Salomon more favour than thine, and his seat more glorious than thine. And the king bowed himself upon the bed. And last of all thus said the king: blessed be the Lord God of Israel which hath made one to sit on my seat this day, even mine eyes seeing it.
And all the guests that were with Adoniah were afraid and rose up and went every man his way.
And Adoniah fearing Salomon arose and went and caught hold on the horns of the altar. And it
was told Salomon, how that Adoniah for fear of king Salomon hath caught handfast by the horns
of the altar saying: let king Salomon swear unto me this day, that he will not slay his servant with
the sword. And Salomon said, if he will be a child of virtue, there shall not an hair of him fall the
the earth. But and if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die for it. And thereupon king
Salomon sent and fetched him down from the altar. And he came and did obeisance unto king
Salomon. And Salomon said to him: get thee to thine house.
The 2nd Chapter
When the days of David were drawn nigh, and he should die, he charged Salomon his son saying: I must walk by the way of the world, neverthelater be thou strong and quit thyself manfully. And see that thou keep the appointment of the Lord thy God, that thou walk in his ways and keep his commandments, ordinances, laws and testimonies, even as it is written in the law of Moses: that thou mayest understand all that thou oughtest to do, and all that thou shouldest meddle with. That the Lord may make good his promise which he hath promised me saying: if thy children shall take heed to their ways, that they walk before me in truth, with all their hearts and with all their souls, then thou shalt never be without one sitting on the seat of
Moreover thou *wettest how Joab the son of Zaruiah hath served me, and what he hath done to the two captains of the Hosts of Israel: unto Abner the son of Ner and unto Amasa the son of Jether: how he slew them and shed the blood of war in time of peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins and in his shoes that were on his feet. Deal with him therefore according to thy wisdom and see that thou bring not his hear head down to the grave in peace. And show kindness unto the sons of Berselai the Galaadite, and let them be among them that eat at thine own table, because they so clave to me when I fled from Absalom thy brother. *wettest:to know sharply, every detail.
And see, thou hast with thee, Semei the son of Gera the son of Jemini of Bahurim, which cursed me with a bitter curse what time I went to Mahanahim. But he came against me to Jordan, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not slay thee with the sword. But pardon thou him not. Thou art a man of wisdom and shalt know what to do to him, see therefore that thou bring his *horre head to the grave with blood. *horre: may be hoar head as grey headed
And so David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And the days which David reigned upon Israel, were forty years: seven years in Hebron, and thirty and three years in Jerusalem. And Salomon sat upon the seat of David his father aand his kingdom was stablished mightily.
After that, Adoniah the son of Hagith came to Bethsabe the mother of Salomon. And she said: Betokeneth thy coming peace ? And he said: it betokeneth peace. Then said he, I have a matter to show thee. And she said: say on. And he said: thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel put their eyes on me, that I should reign, howbeit the kingdom was turned away and given to my brother, for it was appointed him of the Lord: and now I ask a petition of thee, whereof deny me not. And she said unto him: tell what it is. Then he said: speak I pray thee, unto Salomon the king (for he will not say thee nay) that he give me Abisag the Sunamite to wife. And Bethsabe said: well, I will speak for thee unto the king.
And thereupon Bethsabe went unto king Salomon to speak unto him for Adoniah. And the king rose up against her and bowed himself unto her, and sat him down on his seat. And there was a seat set for the kings mother, and she sat on his right side. Then she said: I must desire a little petition of thee: say me not nay. And the king said unto her: Ask on my mother: for I will not say thee nay. And she said: let Abisag the Sunamite be given to Adoniah thy brother to wife. And king Salomon answered and said unto his mother: why dost thou ask Abisag the Sunamite for Adoniah ? but rather ask for him the kingdom, seeing he is mine elder brother: Even for him ask it and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zaruiah. Then King Salomon sware by the Lord saying: God do so to me and so thereto if Adoniah have not spoken this word against himself. Now therefore as surely as the Lord liveth which hath stablished me and set me on the seat of David my father, and which hath made me an house as he promised me, Adoniah shall die this day. And king Salomon sent by the hand of Banaiah the son of Jehoiada, and smote him that he died.
And unto Abiathar the priest said the king: get thee to Anatoth unto thine own fields, for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time kill thee, because thou barest the Ark of the Lord Jehovah before David my father and because thou sufferest with my father in all his affictions. And so Salomon put away Abiathar from being priest unto the Lord: to fulfil the words of the Lord which he spake over the house of Eli in Siloh. Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adoniah but not after Salomon. Whereupon he fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord and caught handfast on the horns of the altar. And it was told king Salomon how that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord and stood by the altar. Then Salomon sent Banaiah the son of Jehoiada saying: go and smite him. And when Banaiah was come to the tabernacle of the Lord he said unto him: thus saith the king, come out. And he said nay: But I will die even here. And Banaiah brought the king word saying: thus said Joab and thus he answered me.
And the king said: do even as he hath said: smite him and bury him, and take away the blood (which Joab shed causeless), from me and from the house of my father. And the Lord bring his blood upon his own head, for he smote two men righteouser and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father unwitting: even Abner the son of Ner captain of the Host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether captain of the Host of Juda. And their blood return upon the head of Joab and on the head of his seed for ever. And prosperity be unto David, and unto his seed, and unto his house, and unto his seat, of the Lord for ever.
And Banaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and smote him and slew him and buried him in his own house in the wilderness. And the king put Banaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the Host, and put Sadock the priest in the room of Abiathar.
Then the king sent and called Semei, and said to him: build thee an house in Jerusalem and dwell there and see that thou go not once thence any whither. For be thou sure of it, the day thou goest out and passest over the river of Cedron, thou shalt die for it, and thy blood shall be on thine own head. And Semei said unto the king: is well said: as my Lord the king hath said, so will his servant do. And Semei dwelt in Jerusalem many a day. And it chanced at the end of three years that two of the servants of Semei ran away unto Achis son of Maacah king of Geth. And one told Semei saying: see, thy servants be in Geth. And Semei stood up and saddled his Ass and gat him to Geth to Achis, to seek his servants, and came and brought them again from Geth.
But it was told Salomon how that Semei had gone from Jerusalem to Geth and was come again. And the king sent and called Semei and said unto him: Did I not adjure thee by the Lord, and testified unto thee saying: be sure whensoever thou goest out and walkest abroad any whither, thou shalt die for it ? And thou answeredst me, it is good tidings that I have heard. Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I commanded thee ?
And then the king said to Semei: thou rememberest all the wickedness which thine heart knoweth
that thou didst to David my father. The Lord therefore render again thy wickedness upon thine
own head: and king Salomon be blessed, and the fear of the Lord be stablished before the Lord
for ever. And the king commanded Banaiah the son of Jehoiada: which went out and smote him
that he died. And so was the kingdom settled in the hand of Salomon.
The 3rd Chapter
Then Salomon drew affinity with Pharao king of Egypt, and took Pharaos daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had made an end of building his own house and the house of the Lord and the walls ofJerusalem round about. Only the people sacrificed in altars made on hills, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord until those days. And Salomon loved the Lord and walked in the ordinances of David his father, save only that he sacrificed and offered incense upon altars in hills.
And the king went to Gabaon, to offer there: for that was a great offering place. And there Salomon offered a thousand burnt offerings upon that altar. And in Gabaon the Lord appeared to Salamon in a dream by night. And God said: Ask what I shall give thee. And Salomon said: thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth and in righteousness and plainness of heart with thee. And thou hast kept for him this great mercy, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his seat: as it is come to pass this day.
And now Lord, my God, it is thou that hast made thy servant king instead of David my father. And I am a young lad and know not how to order myself. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a people that are so many that they cannot be told nor numbered for multitude. Give therefore unto thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, and to discern between good, and bad. For who is able to judge this thy so weighty a people ?
And it pleased the Lord well, that Salomon had desired this thing. Wherefore God said unto him: because thou hast asked this thing and hast not asked long life, neither hast asked riches, nor the lives of thine enemies, but hast asked the discretion to understand equity: See, I have done according to thy petition: and behold, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart, so that there was none like thee before, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And thereto I have given thee that thou askedst not, both riches and honour: so that there shall be no king like thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep mine ordinances and commandments as David thy father did walk, I will lengthen thy days also. When Salomon awoke, this was his dream. And he came to Jerusalem and presented himself before the Ark of the testament of the Lord, and offered burntofferings and peaceofferings, and made a feast to all his servants.
Then came there two women that were harlots unto the king and stood before him. And the one of them said: Oh my Lord I and this woman dwell in one house. And I was delivered of a child with her in the said house. And the third day after that I was delivered, she was delivered also: we two being together and no stranger with us in the house save we two alone. And this wifes child died in a night, for she had overlaid it. And then she arose at midnight and took my son from my side, while thine handmaid slept and laid it in her bosom, and put her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose up in the morning to give my child suck: see, it was dead. But when I had looked more diligently upon it in the morning: Behold, it was not my son which I did bear. And the other woman said it is not so: But the living is my son, and the dead thine. And she said again: thou sayest untrue, for the dead is thy son, and the living mine. And thus they pleaded before the king. Then said the king: the one saith, this that is alive is my son, and the dead is thine. And the other saith nay: But thy son is the dead and the live child is mine. Then said the king: bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And then the king said: Divide the living child in two, and give the one half to the one, and the other to the other.
Then spake the woman whose the living child was, unto the king (for her bowels yearned upon
her son) and said: I beseech thee my Lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. And the
other said: it shall be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the king answered and said: give
her the living child and slay it not, for she is the mother thereof. And all Israel heard of the
judgement which the king had judged and feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God
was in him to do justice.
The 4th Chapter
And so king Salomon was king over all Israel. And these were his Lords: Azariah the son of Sadock the priest: Elihoreph and Ahiah the sons of Sisa, scribes. Jehosaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder. And Banaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Host. And Sadock and Abiathar were the priests. And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the general receivers. And Zabud the son of Nathan was a waiter and the kings companion. And Ahisar the steward of household: And Adiran the son of Abda over the tribute.
And Salomon had twelve general receivers over all Israel which sustained the king and his household: each man his month in a year. Whose names are these: The son of Hur in mount Ephraim: the son of Dekar in Makez, in Salem in Bethsames, in Elon and in Bethhanan: the son of Hesed in Aruboth, and to him pertained Socoh and all the land of Hepher: the son of Abinadab, which had all the regions of Dor, and Tapheth the daughter of Salomon was his wife: Baanah the son of Ahilud had Thanach Magedo and all Bethsan which is by Zarhanah beneath Jezrahel, and from Bethsan to Abel Mehulah and unto beyond Jecmaam. The son of Gaber had Ramoth Galaad, and his were the towns of Jair the son of Manasses which lie in Galaad, and his were the coasts of Argob in Basan, three score great cities with walll and Bars of Brass.
Abinadab the son of Ado had Mahanaim: Ahimaaz had Nephthalim, and he had taken Basemath the daughter of Salomon to wife: Baanah the son of Husai had Aser and Aloth: Jehosaphat the son of Pharuah had Isachar, Semei the son of Elah had Benjamin: Gaber the son of Uri had the country of Galaad and the land of Sehon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Basan, and was alone receiver in the land. And Juda and Israel were many even as the sand of the sea in number, eating, drinking, and making merry. And Salomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river throughout all the land of the Philistines unto the borders of Egypt, and they brought presents and served Salomon all days of his life.
And Salomons food was in one day thirty quarters of manchet flour and three score quarters of meal: ten stalled oxen, and twenty out of the pastures and an hundred sheep and goats, besides harts, bucks and buballs and fat poultry. For he ruled in all the regions on the other side Euphrates from Thaphsah to Gaza and also over all the kings on the other side the said Euphrates. And he had peace with all his servants on every side. And Juda and Israel dwelt without fear, every man under his vine and under his fig tree from Dan to Bersabe, all the days of Salomon.
And Salomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for chariots and twelve thousand horsemen. And the foresaid general receivers made *purveyance for king Salomon and for all that came to king Salomons table every man his month, so that there lacked nothing. And as for barley and straw for the horses and beasts they brought unto the places where the officers were, every man in his office. *purveyance: to supply with, food and other things.
And God gave Salomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much and a large heart, even as the
sand along by the sea bank: so that Salomons wisdom exceeded the wisdom of all them of the
East country and all the wisdom of the Egyptians. And he excelled all men in wisdom, both Ethan
the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol and Dorda the sons of Nahol. And his name spread abroad
among all nations on every side. And Salomon wrote three thousand proverbs. And his songs
were a thousand and five. And he disputed of trees, even from the Cedar tree that groweth in
Libanon unto the Hyssop that springeth out of the wall. And he disputed of beasts, fowls, worms,
and fishes. And there came of all nations to hear the wisdom of Salomon, and from all kings of the
earth which had heard of his wisdom.
The 5th Chapter
And Hiram king of Tire sent his servants unto Salomon, for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father. And thereto Hiram was ever a lover of Davids. And Salomon sent again to Hiram saying: thou knowest of David my father, how he could not build an house unto the name of the Lord his God for war which he had on every side, until the Lord had put them under his foot. But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor any evil plague. And therefore I am disposed to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God, as he promised David my father saying: thy son which I will put upon thy seat for thee, he shall build an house unto my name. Now then command that they hew me Cedar trees in Libanon. And let my servants be with thine, and I will give the hire of thy servants in all such things as thou shalt appoint, for thou knowest that there are not among us that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidones.
When Hiram heard the words of Salomon, he rejoiced greatly and said: Blessed be the Lord this day which hath set David a wise son over this mighty people. And Hiram sent again to Salomon saying: I have accepted the request which thou sentest to me for, and will satisfy all thy lust, concerning timber of Cedar trees and fir. My servants shall bring them from Libanon to the sea. And I will convey them by ship unto the place that thou shalt send me word, and will cause them to be discharged there, that thou mayst receive them. And thou shalt do me this pleasure again, to minister food for mine house. And so Hiram gave Salomon Cedar trees and fir trees, as much as he desired. And Salomon gave Hiram twenty thousand quarters of wheat to feed his household withal, and twenty butts of pure oil. And so much gave Salomon to Hiram year by year.
And the Lord gave Salomon wisdom as he promised him. And there was peace between Hiram and Salomon and they were confedered together. And king Salomon raised a tribute throughout all Israel. And the tribute was thirty thousand men, which he sent to Libanon, ten thousand a month by course, so that they were one month in Libanon and two months at home.
And Adoniram was over the tribute. And Salomon had three score and ten thousand that bare burdens, and three score and ten thousand that hewed in the mountains besides the Lords he had, to oversee the work, in number three thousand and three hundred, which ruled the people that wrought in the work. And at the commandment of the king, they brought great stones and
that free stones, and hewed thereto, to lay in the foundation of the house. And Salomons masons
and the masons of Hiram did hew them, with them of the borders. And so they prepared both in
timber and stone to build the house.
The 6th Chapter
And it came to pass the four hundred and fourscore year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, and the fourth year of the reign of Salomon upon Israel, and the second month called Zif that he began to build the temple unto the Lord. And the house which Salomon built for the Lord, was three score cubits long and twenty broad and thirty cubits high. And the porch that was before the body of the temple, was twenty cubits long after the measure of the breadth of the house, and ten broad, even at the very end of the house. And he made unto the house windows to open and shut.
And under the walls of the house he made galleries round about, both round about the temple and also the quere. And so made sides round about. And the nethermost gallery was five cubits broad and the middle gallery six. And the third seven cubits broad. For he made the walls without whereon the beams lay, ever thinner and thinner, so that they were not fastened in the walls of the house. And the house was built of stone made perfect all ready before it was brought thither, so that there was neither hammer or axe either any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
And the door of the middle gallery was in the end of the house on the right side. And men went up with winding stairs into the middle gallery, and out of the middle into the third. And so he built the house and finished it, and roofed it with beams of Cedar timber made hollow and joined together. And then he built chambers over all the temple of five cubits height, and coupled the house together with beams of Cedar.
And the word of the Lord came to Salomon, saying: concerning the house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in mine ordinances and execute my laws and keep all my commandments, to walk in them: then will I make good unto thee, my promises which I promised David thy father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel. And so therefore Salomon built the house and finished it and siled the walls of the house within, with ribs of Cedar tree: even from the pavement unto the roof did he sile it within, and boarded the floor of the house with planks of fir.
And he siled twenty cubits in the end of the temple both floor and walls with Cedar, and dressed it within to be the *quere and place most holy. And the first house, that is to say, the body of the temple, was forty cubits long. And the Cedar of the house within was carved with knops (knobs) and graven with flowers, and all was Cedar timber, so that no stone was seen. And the quere that was within the temple, he prepared to set there the Ark of the appointment of the Lord. And the quere was twenty cubits long, and twenty in breadth and twenty in height. And he siled it with pure gold, and boarded the altar with Cedar. *quere: room where questons are asked; enquire
And Salomon siled the house within also with pure gold. And he made golden bars run along the quere, which he had covered with gold. And the whole house he overlaid with gold until he had ended it. And the altar that was in the quere he overlaid with gold also.
And within the quere he made two Cherubins of olive tree, ten cubits high apiece, and every wing five cubits long: so that from the uttermost part of oIle wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
And the other Cherub was ten cubits high also: so that both the Cherubs were of one measure and one size. The height of the one Cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other. And he put the Cherubs in the middle of the inner house. And the Cherubs stretched their wings, so that the one wing of the one touched the one wall, and the one wing of the other touched the other wall. And the other two wings of them touched one another in the midst of the house. And he overlaid the Cherubs with gold.
And all the walls of the house round about, he garnished with work of Cherubs and *paulme trees and graven flowers, both within in the quere and without in the temple. And the floor of the house he covered with gold both within in the quere and also without in the temple. And in the entering of the quere he made two doors of olive tree, with the upper and two side posts five square. And the two doors of olive tree he graved with graving of Cherubs and Paulme trees and graved flowers, and covered them with gold, and laid gold over the Cherubs and also the Paulme trees. And in like manner unto the door of the temple he made posts of olive tree four square, and two doors of fir tree, and either door with two folding leaves and graved thereon Cherubs, Paulme trees and flowers, and covered them with gold made plain by a ruler.*paulme: exact spelling from text. Palm trees
And then he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone and one row of Cedar wood.
In the fourth year of his reign was the foundation of the house of the Lord laid, even in the month
Zif, and in the eleventh year in the month Bul which is the eighth month, it was full finished in all
that pertained thereto, and fashioned as it should be in all points. And so was he seven years in
building of it.
The 7th Chapter
And Salomon built his own house in thirteen years space and full finished it. And he built the house of the wood of Libanon, an hundred cubits long and fifty broad, and thirty high, four square with rows of Cedar pillars and Cedar beams along upon the pillars. And the roof was Cedar above on high upon the beams that lay an high on the pillars, which pillars were forty and five in number, fifteen on a row, and the spaces between the pillars were one against another three fold. And all the doors with the side posts were four square one against another three fold.
And he made a porch of pillars fifty cubits long and thirty cubits broad: and yet a porch before that with pillars, and a thick pillar before that. Then he made a porch to sit and judge in, siled with Cedar throughout all the pavements. And his own house where he kept residence in another court without that porch was of the same work. And then Salomon made an house for Pharaos daughter which he had taken to wife, like unto that porch.
And all these things were of rich stones hewed after a measure and sawed with saws within and without, even from the foundation unto that whereon the beams were laid, and on the outside thereto, toward the great court. And the foundation was of rich stones and the mighty great stones of ten cubits and of eight. And above were rich stones hewed according to the same size, and also with Cedar. And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stone and one row of Cedar planks. And likewise was it in the inner court of the house of the Lord and of the porch of the temple. And king Salomon sent and fetched one Hiram out of Tyre, a widows son of the tribe Nephthalim, his father being of Tyre. Which Hiram was a craftsman in brass, and full of wisdom, understanding and cunning to work all manner of work in brass. And he came to king Salomon and wrought all his work. He cast two pillars of brass of eighteen cubits apiece high, and a string of twelve cubits might compass either of them about. And he made two head pieces of molten brass to set on the tops of the pillars, of five cubits long apiece, with garlands of braided work and hoops of chain work for the head pieces that were on the pillars, seven for the one and seven for the other. And he made the pillars, and for either of the head pieces a garland with two rows of pomegranates to cover them with all. And the head pieces that were on the tops of the pillars were wrought with lilies in the porch the space of four cubits of them. And the pomegranates above and beneath on the wreathen chains that compassed the middle of the head pieces were in number two hundred on either head piece. And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple, and when he had set up the right pillar, he called the name thereon Jachin, and when he had set up the left pillar, he called the name thereof Boaz. And the tops of the pillars were thus wrought with lilies, and so was their workmanship finished.
Then he cast a sea of brass, ten cubits wide from brim to brim and round in compass, and five cubits high. And a string of thirty cubits might compass it about, and under the brim of it as it were apples compassed and embrased the sea of ten cubits wide in two rows cast with it when it was cast. And it stood on twelve oxen: of which three looked North, three West, three South, and three East, and the sea on high upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim wrought like the brim of a cup with flowers of lilies. And it contained ftwo thousand baths.
And he made ten bottoms of brass, four cubits long and four cubits broad apiece, and three high. And the works of the bottoms was on this manner that the sides were as it were flat boards between the ledges. And on the flat boards between the ledges were lions, oxen and Cherubs. And upon the ledges that were above and beneath the lions and oxen, was joined pendant work. And every bottom had four brazen wheels, whose axletrees were also of brass. And in the four corners were undersetters under the lavatory cast each over against his fellow.
And the stalk of the lavatory was in the middle of the bottom one cubit high, and a cubit and a half round, and it had knobs thereon in the bare places which were foursquare not round. And under the sides were four wheels and their axletrees joined fast to the bottom. And the height of every wheel was a cubit and an half. And the workmanship of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel. And the axletrees, the navels, spokes and shafts were all molten. And the four undersetters in the four corners were of the very bottoms.
And under the stalk of the lavatory in the midst of the bottom was there a round foot of half a cubit high. And thereon plain places and ledges of the self. And he graved in the plain and also on the ledges, Cherubs, lions and paulmetrees, every where round about. And on this manner he made the ten bottoms cast work: all of one measure and one size. Then he made ten lavers of brass containing forty Baths apiece, and they were of four cubits apiece, for every one of the bottoms a laver. And he put five of those bottoms on the right corner of the temple, and other five on the left: And put the sea on the right corner of the temple Eastward and toward the South.
And Hiram made pots, shovels and basins, and so furnished all the work that he made king Salomon for the house of the Lord: that is to say two pillars and two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the two pillars, and four hundred pomegranates upon two wreaths, two rows on either wreath, to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the two pillars. And the ten bottoms of brass with ten lavers upon them: and a sea with twelve oxen under it: and pots, shovels and basins. And all these vessels which Hiram made to king Salomon for the house of the Lord were of bright brass. And in the plain of Jordan did the king cast them: even in the clay of the earth between Socoh and Zarthan. And Salomon left all the vessels unweighed, for the exceeding abundance of brass that was in them.
And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord: the Altar of gold, and the table of gold whereon the shewbread was put. And five candlesticks, for the right side, and as many for the left, before the quere, of pure gold: with flowers, lamps, and snuffers of gold: and Bowls, Psalteries, basins, spoons and fire pans of pure gold: and hinges of gold both for the doors of the quere, the place most holy, and for the doors of the temple also.
And so was ended all the work that king Salomon made for the house of the Lord. And then
Salomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated in silver, gold and other
vessels, and put them to the treasure of the house of the Lord.
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Then Salomon gathered the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and ancient Lords of the children of Israel, unto him to Jerusalem, to bring up the Ark of the appointment of the Lord out of the city of David which is Sion. And all the men of Israel assembled unto king Salomon to the feast that falleth in the month Ethanim which is the seventh month. And when all the elders of Israel were come, the priests took up the Ark of the Lord, and brought it and also the tabernacle of witness and all the holy vessels that were therein. And the priests and the Levites brought them up. And king Salomon and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled, and were with him before the Ark, did offer sheep and oxen that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
And so the priests brought the Ark of the appointment of the Lord unto his place: even into the quere of the temple and place most holy, under the wings of the Cherubs. For the Cherubs stretched out their wings over the Ark, and covered both it and also the staves thereof on high upon it. Howbeit the staves were so long that the ends of them appeared out of the holy place before the quere, but were not seen without. And there they be unto this day. And there was nothing in the Ark save the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made an appointment with the children of Israel after they were come out of Egypt.
And when the priests were come out of the Holy place, then a cloud filled the house of the Lord, that the priests could not endure to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord. Then spake Salomon: the Lord said, that he would dwell in darkness. I have built thee an house to dwell in, and an habitation for thee to abide in for ever.
And the king turned his face and blessed all the congregation of Israel, all the congregation standing. And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath fulfilled with his hand, that he spake with his mouth unto David my father saying: from the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city among any of the tribes of Israel, to build an house, that my name might be there: But I have chosen David to be ruler over my people Israel.
And it was in the heart of David my father, to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. But the Lord God said unto David my father: in that it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well, that thou wast so minded. Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house, but thy son that shall come out of thy loins, he shall build an house for my name. And the Lord hath made good his word that he spake. For I stood up in the room of David my father, and sat on the seat of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. And I have prepared therein a place for the Ark wherein the covenant of the Lord is, which he made with our fathers, after he had brought them out of the land of Egypt. And Salomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the sight of all the congregation of Israel and stretched out his hands to heaven and said: Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in heaven above or in the earth beneath, that keepest appointment and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their hearts: which also hast kept with thy servants David my father, that thou promisedest him. Thou spakest with thy mouth and hast fulfilled with thine hand, as it is come to pass this day. And now Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father, that thou promisedest him saying: thou shalt not be without one or other before me, sitting on the seat of Israel: How be it if thy children shall take heed to their ways that they walk before me, as thou hast walked before me. Now then O' Lord God of Israel, let thy word be stable which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
But indeed can God dwell on the earth ? Behold neither heaven, nor heaven above all heavens are able to contain thee: how much less then this house that I have built ? but look to the prayer of thy servant and his supplication O' Lord my God, to give an ear unto the voice and prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee this day, that thine eyes may be open upon this house night and day, and upon the place, of which thou hast said, my name shall be there: that thou hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall pray in this place. And hearken unto the supplication of thy servant and of thy people Israel which they shall pray in this place: And hear thou up unto heaven thy dwelling place, and when thou hearest have mercy. And if any man trespass against his neighbour, and his neighbour take an *adjuration to adjure him withal, and the adjuration come before thine altar at this house then hearken thou up to heaven, and work and judge thy servants, that thou condemn the wicked to bring his way upon his head, and justify the righteous to give him according to his righteousness. When thy people Israel be put to the worse before their enemies, because they have sinned against thee, and afterward turn again to thee and praise thy name, and pray and make supplication unto thee in this house: Then hear thou up to heaven and be merciful unto the sin of thy people Israel, and bring thee again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers. *adjuration: appeal to earnestly
If heaven be shut up, that there be no rain, because they have sinned against thee: yet if they pray in this place and praise thy name and turn from their sins, through thy scourging of them: then hear thou up to heaven, and be merciful unto the sin of thy servants and of thy people Israel, that thou shew them a good way to walk in, and give rain upon thy land that thou hast given unto thy people to inherit.
If there chance dearth in the land, pestilence, blasting or withering of corn, or that the fruits be devoured of Grasshoppers or Caterpillars, or if their enemies besiege them in the land and in their own cities, or whatsoever plague or sickness chance: then hear thou up to heaven thy dwelling place, all the prayers and supplications that shall be made of all men throughout all thy people Israel, which shall knowledge every man the plague of his own heart, and stretch forth his hands unto this house, and be merciful, and work, and give every man according to his ways (even as thou only knowest every mans heart, for thou knowest the hearts of all the children of Adam) that they may fear thee as long as they live upon the earth which thou gavest unto their fathers. And likewise if a stranger that is not of thy people Israel come out of a far country for thy names sake (for they shall hear of thy great name and of thy mighty hand and stretched out Arm) and therefore if he come and pray at this place, hear thou up to heaven thy dwelling place and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all nations of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee as do thy people Israel, and that it may be known that this house which I have built is called after thy name.
And when they go out to battle against their enemies whither soever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the Lord toward the city which thou hast chosen and toward the house that I have built for thy name: hear thou their prayers and supplications, up to heaven, and judge their cause.
And finally when they shall have sinned against thee (for there is no man that sinneth not) and thou art angry with them and hast delivered them to their enemies, that they be carried away prisoners unto the land of their enemies, whether far or near, yet if they turn again unto their hearts in the land where they be in captivity, and return and pray unto thee in the land of them that hold them captive, saying: we have sinned and have done wickedly and have trespassed, and so turn again unto thee with all their hearts and all their souls in the land of their enemies which hold them captive, and pray unto thee, toward the land which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: then hear thou their prayer and supplication up to heaven thy dwelling place, and judge their causes, and be merciful unto thy people that have sinned against thee, and unto all their trespass that they have trespassed against thee, and get them favour in the sight of them that hold them captive that they may have compassion on them. For they be thy people and thine inheritance which thou broughtest out of Egypt, from the furnace of iron. And let thine eyes be open unto the prayer of thy servant and unto the prayer of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them, in all that they call unto thee for. For thou didst separate them to be thine inheritance, above all the nations of the earth, as thou saidest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt O' Lord Jehovah.
And when Salomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord and from kneeling on his knees and stretching of his hands up to heaven and stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice saying: Blessed be the Lord that hath given rest unto his people Israel according to all that he promised: so that there is not one word escaped of all the good promises which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. And the Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers, and forsake us not neither leave us, but that he bow our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, ordinances and customs which he commanded our fathers. And these my words which I have prayed before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he defend the cause of his servant and of his people Israel evermore, that all nations of the earth may know that the Lord, he is God and none but he. And I pray God that your hearts may be sound with the Lord our God, to walk in his ordinances and to keep his laws as we do this day.
And the king and all Israel with him, offered offerings before the Lord. And the peaceofferings that Salomon offered unto the Lord, were twenty two thousand oxen and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: And so the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. And the same day the king hallowed the middle of the court that is before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burntofferings and meatofferings and the fat of the peaceofferings, because the brazen altar that was before the Lord, was too little to receive the burntofferings and meatofferings and the fat of the peace offerings.
And Solomon held that same time an high feast and all Israel with him, a mighty congregation,
even from the coasts of Hemath unto the river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and
yet seven days, that is, fourteen days. And the eighth day he sent the people away. And they
blessed the king and went unto their tents joyous and glad in heart for all the goodness that the
Lord had shewed unto David his servant and to Israel his people.
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And when Salomon had finished the building of the house of the Lord and of the kings palace, and of all that his desire and lust was to make: the Lord appeared unto him again, as he appeared to him at Gabaon. And the Lord said unto him: I have heard thy prayer and intercession that thou madest before me, and have hallowed this house which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in pureness of heart and plainness, to do all that I have commanded thee, and shalt keep mine ordinances and customs: then I will stablish the seat of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father saying: Thou shalt not be without one or other upon the seat of Israel.
But and if ye and your children shall turn away from after me, and shall not keep mine ordinances which I have set before you, but shall go and serve other Gods and bow yourselves unto them: then I will weed Israel out of the land which I have given them. And this house which I have hallowed for my name, I will put out of my sight. And Israel shall be a proverb and a fable unto all nations. And this house which is so high, all that pass by it shall be astonished and shall hiss and say: why hath the Lord dealt on this manner with this land and with this house ? And it shall be answered them, because they forsook the Lord their God which brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other Gods and have stooped unto him and served them: therefore hath the Lord brought upon them all this evil. Then at the end of twenty years in which Salomon had built the two houses, that is to wete(know sharply), the house of the Lord and the kings palace: because Hiram the king of Tyre had supported him with Cedar, fir and gold, as much as he desired: therefore Salomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. And when Hiram was come from Tyre to see the cities which Salomon had given him, they pleased him not. Wherefore he said: what cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother ? and he called them the land of Cabull unto this day. This Hiram had sent the king six score hundredweight of gold. And this is the sum of the tribute, which king Salomon raised to build the house of the Lord and his own house, and Mello and the walls of Jerusalem, and Hezer, and Magedo, and Gazer.
For Pharao king of Egypt went up and took Gazer and burnt it with fire, and slew the Cananites that dwelt in the city, and gave it for a present unto his daughter that was Salomons wife. And Salomon built Gazer and Beth Horon the nether: and Baalath and Thamar in the wilderness that is in the land: and all the store cities that Salomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen and all that his lust was to build in Jerusalem and Libanon and in all the land of his Kingdom.
And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hethites, Pherethites, Hevites and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel, the children of the said nations that were left in the land, because the children of Israel were not able to destroy them, did Salomon make tributaries unto this day. And of the children of Israel did Salomon make no bondmen. But they were men of war and his servants and his lords and Captains and rulers of his chariots and of his Horsemen. And these many lords that oversaw the work had Salomon, five hundred and fifty, which ruled the people that wrought in the work.
And Pharaos daughter came up out of the city of David unto the house which Salomon had built for her. And after that he built Mello. And thrice a year did Salomon offer burntofferings and peaceofferings upon the altar which he had built unto the Lord, to burn the fat thereon: which altar is before the Lord.
And when king Salomon had made the house perfect, he made ships in Azion Gaber which is
beside Eloth, on the brink of the red sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent by ship also of his
servants, that were shipmen and expert in the sea, with the servants of Salomon. And they went to
Ophir and fetched from thence gold, to the sum of four hundred and twenty two talents, and
brought it to Salomon.
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And the queen of Saba heard of the wisdom of Salomon concerning the name of the Lord, and came to prove him with riddles. And she came to Jerusalem with a mighty great multitude of Camels that bare sweet odours and gold exceeding much, and precious stones. And when she was come to Salomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Salomon expounded her all her questions, that there was not one thing hid from the king which he expounded her not.
And when the queen of Saba had seen all Salomons wisdom and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the standing of his servitors and their apparel, and his butlers and his sacrifice that he offered in the house of the Lord, she was astonished. Then she said to the king: the word I heard in mine own land of thy deeds and wisdom, is true. How be it I believed it not, till I came and saw it with mine eyes. And see, the one half was not told me: for thy wisdom and goodness exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men: and happy are these thy servants, which stand ever before thee and hear thy wisdom. And blessed be the Lord thy God which had a lust to thee, to set thee on the seat of Israel, because the Lord loved Israel for ever, and therefore made thee king, to do equity and righteousness.
And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of sweet odours exceeding much, and precious stones. There came never after such abundance of sweet odours as the Queen of Saba gave to king Salomon. And thereto the ships of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir great plenty of Almuge trees and precious stones. And king Salomon made of the Almuge trees pillars in the house of the Lord in the kings palace, and made harps and psalteries for singers. There came no more Almuge trees so, nor was any more seen unto this day. And king Salomon gave unto the Queen of Saba all her desire that she asked of him: besides that he gave her with his own hand. And so she returned unto her own country with her servants. The weight of gold that came to Salomon in one year, was six hundred three score and six talents of gold, besides that he had of chapmen and merchants of Poticaries (apothecaries) and of all the kings of Araby and of the Lords of the country. And king Salomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold, six hundred sickles of gold went to a buckler. And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold, three pounds of gold going to a piece, and put them in the house of the wood of Libanon.
And the king made a great seat of Ivory and covered it with precious gold. And the seat had six steps. And the top of the seat was round behind his back with pommels on either side on the place where he sat, and two Lions standing beside the pommels. And there stood twelve lions on the steps, six on a side. There was none like seen in any kingdom. And all king Salomons drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the wood of Libanon were of pure gold. And as for silver it was nothing worth in the days of Salomon. For the sea ships which the king had in the sea, with the ships of Hiram, came every third year laden with gold, silver, Ivory, apes and peacocks. And so king Salomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the world resorted to Salomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. And brought him every man his present, vessels of silver and of gold, and of raiment, harness, sweet odours, horses and Mules, year by year. And Salomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: so that he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
And the king made silver in Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar as plenteous as mulberry
trees that grow in the valleys. And Salomons horses came out of Egypt from Keva: the merchants
fetched them from Keva at a price. A chariot came out of Egypt for six hundred sickles of silver,
and an horse for an hundred and fifty. And even so by the hands of the said merchants, horses
were brought out for all the kings of the Hethites and for the kings of Syria.
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But king Salomon loved many outlandish women: the daughter of Pharao: and of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonites and Hethites, even of nations of which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, see ye come not at them, nor let them come to you: for surely they will turn your hearts after their Gods. Nevertheless to such Salomon clave and fell in love with them. And he had seven hundred very Queens and three hundred concubines which turned always his heart. For when Salomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other Gods: so that his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
And Salomon followed Astaroth the God of the Zidons, and Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Salomon wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord and continued not after the Lord as did David his father. After that Salomon built an altar for Chamos the abomination of the Moabites in the hill that standeth before Jerusalem, and unto Moloch the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his outlandish wives which burnt cense and offered unto their Gods. Then was the Lord angry with Salomon because his heart turned from the Lord God of Israel which appeared unto him twice, and gave him a charge of this thing that he should not follow other Gods. But he kept not that which the Lord commanded him: whereupon the Lord said to Salomon: for as much as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept mine appointment and mine ordinances which I have commanded thee, therefore I will rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it, because of David thy father: but I will take it from thy son. How be it I will not take away all: but will give one tribe to thy son, because of David my servant and because of Jerusalem which I have chosen.
And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Salomon, one Hadad an Edomite and of the kings lineage of Edom. For when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury them that were slain: and had slain all the men children in Edom, for six months did Joab remain there and all Israel, till he had destroyed all the men children in Edom. And this Hadad fled and certain other Edomites of his fathers servants with him, to go to Egypt, Hadad being yet a little lad. And they arose out of Madian and went to Pharan, and took men with them out of Pharan and came to Egypt unto Pharao king thereof, which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals and gave him lands.
And Hadad gat great favour in the sight of Pharao, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Thahaphnes the Queen. And the sister of Thahaphnes bare him Senubath his son. And Thahaphnes weaned him in Pharaos house. And he was in Pharaos house among the sons of Pharao. And when Hadad heard say in Egypt that David was laid to sleep with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead also, he said to Pharao let me depart, that I may go to mine own country. Then said Pharao unto him: what lackest thou here with me, that thou wouldest go to thine own country ? And he said, nothing: how be it let me go. And God stirred up another adversary, one Razon the son of Eliada, which fled from Hadadezer king of Zobah his master. Which Razon gathered men unto him and became captain over the company, when David slew them. And they went to Damasco and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damasco. And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Salomon, with the evil that Hadad did, which abhorred Israel and reigned in Siria.
And Jeroboam the son of Nabat an Ephrathite of Zaredah (whose mother was called Zeruah and was a widow and Salomon's servant) lifted up his hand against the king. And hereof came it, that he lifted up his hand against the king. Salomon built Mello and mended broken places in the city of David his father. And this fellow Jeroboam was an active man. And when Salomon saw the young man, that he wrought so lustily in the work, he made him ruler over all the charges of the house of Joseph. And it chanced at that season as Jeroboam was gone our of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahiah the Silonite met him by the way, having a new mantle on him, and they two alone in the field. And Ahiah caught the new mantle that was on him and rent it in twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam: take thee ten pieces. For this saith the Lord God of Israel: behold, I will rent the kingdom out of the hands of Salomon and will give ten tribes to thee, and he shall have one, for my servant Davids sake and for Jerusalem the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel: because they have forsaken me, and have bowed themselves unto Astaroth the God of the Zidons, and to Camos the God of the Moabites and to Milcom the God of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that pleaseth me, and mine ordinances and customs, as David his father.
How be it I will take none of the kingdom out of his hand: but will make him chief all his life long, for David my servants sake, which I chose: because he kept my commandments and ordinances. But I will take the kingdom out of his sons hand and will give unto thee ten tribes of it: and will give his son one, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me, to put my name there. And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign upon all that thy soul desireth and shalt be king over Israel. And if thou shalt hearken unto all that I command thee, and shalt walk in my ways and do that is right in my sight, that thou keep mine ordinances and commandments as David my servant did: then will I be with thee and build thee an house that shall continue, as I built for my servant David, and will give Israel unto thee. And therewith will I vex the seed of David, but not for ever.
And Salomon sought to kill Jeroboam: wherefore Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt unto Sesak
king of Egypt and continued there until the death of Salomon. And the rest of the Acts of
Salomon and all that he did, and his wisdom are written in the book of the Acts of Salomon. And
the time that Salomon reigned in Jerusalem upon all Israel, was forty years. And then he laid him
to rest with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father, and Rehoboam his son
reigned in his stead.
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And Rehoboam went to Sichem: for all Israel were come to Sichem to make him king. And when Rehoboam the son of Nabat heard of it being yet in Egypt: for he fled to Egypt for fear of Salomon, and dwelt in Egypt. And they sent and called him: and so Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came and spake unto Rehoboam saying: thy father made our yoke grievous, but now make thou the grievous service of thy father and his sore yoke which he put on us, lighter, and so we will serve thee. And he said unto them: depart yet for the space of three days, and then come again to me. And the people departed.
And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that stood before Salomon his father, while he yet lived, and said: what counsel give ye to answer this people withal ? And they said unto him: If thou shalt be a servant unto this people this day and serve them and answer them and speak kind words to them: they will be thy servants for ever. But he left the counsel that the old men had given him, and counselled with the young men that were nourished up with him and had waited on him.
And he said unto them: what counsel give ye, to answer this people withal which have communed with me saying: make the yoke which thy father did put upon us, lighter ? And the young men that were brought up with him, answered him saying, this people that have said unto thee: thy father made our yoke heavy, make thou it us lighter: thus answer them. My little finger shall be weightier than my fathers loins. And now where my father put a grievous yoke upon you, I will make it heavier. For where my father corrected you with scourges, I will chastise you with scorpions. And when Jeroboam: and all the people were come to Rehoboam the third day, as the king appointed them, saying, come to me again this day three days: the king answered the people churlishly and left the advice that old men gave him: and spake to them after the counsel of the young men saying. My father made your yoke grievous, but I will make it grievouser. For where my father chastised you with whips, I will chastise you with scorpions. And so the king hearkened not unto the people: for the turning away was of the Lord, to perform his saying, which the Lord said by Ahiah the Silonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nabat.
And when all Israel saw that the king regarded them not, the people answered the king again saying: we have no part in David, nor inheritance in the son of Isai. To your tents therefore Israel, and now see to thine own house David. And so Israel departed unto their tents. How be it over the children of Israel which dwelt in the city of Juda, did Rehoboam reign still. Then king Rehoboam sent Aduram the receiver of the tribute. And all Israel stoned him to death with stones. But king Rehoboam made speed and gat him up to his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. And so Israel departed from the house of David unto this day. And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, they sent and called him unto the congregation and made him king over Israel: so there followed the house of David, but the tribe of Juda only. And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered all the house of Juda and the tribe of Beniamin an hundred and four score thousands of chosen men and good warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, and to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Salomon.
Then came the word of the Lord unto Semeiah the man of God saying: speak unto Rehoboam the son of Salomon king of Juda, and unto all the house of Juda and Benjamin, and the remnant of the people and say. Thus saith the Lord: go not nor yet fight against your brethren the children of Israel, but return every man to his house, for this doing is of the Lord. And they obeyed the word of the Lord and returned and departed according to the word of the Lord. Then Jeroboam built Sichem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein. And went from thence and built Phanuel.
And Jeroboam thought in his heart: now might the kingdom return to the house of David again.
For if this people shall go up and do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall
their hearts turn again unto their Lord Rehoboam king of Juda. And so shall they kill me and go
again to Rehoboam king of Juda. Whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold
and said unto the people: ye shall not need to go any more to Jerusalem. Behold your Gods Israel
which brought you out of the land of Egypt. And he put the one in Bethel and the other in Dan.
And that doing was a cause of sin. And the people went before the one as far as Dan. And he
made houses of hill altars, and made of the lowest of the people priests which were not of the
sons of Levi. And Jeroboam made a feast the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like unto the feast
that was in Juda, and offered on the altar. And so did he in Bethel, to offer unto the calves that he
had made. And he put in Bethel the priests of the hillaltars, which he had made. And he offered
upon the altar which he had made in Bethel, the fifteenth day of the eighth month, which he had
imagined of his own heart: and made a solemn feast unto the children of Israel, and went up to the
altar to burn sacrifice.
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And behold, there came a man of God out of Juda with the word of God, to Bethel, as Jeroboam stood by the altar to offer, and cried against the altar at the commandment of the Lord and said: altar, altar, thus saith the Lord. Behold a child shall be born of the house of David, Josiah by name, which upon thee shall offer the priests of the hillaltars that sacrifice upon thee, and shall burn mens bones upon thee. And he gave them the same time a sign saying: this is the sign of that the Lord hath promised.
Behold the altar shall rent and the ashes that are in it shall fall out.
And when the king heard the saying of the man of God which he cried against the altar in Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar saying: hold him. And his hand which he put forth toward him dried up, that he could not pull it in again to him and the altar clave and the ashes ran out of the altar according to the token which the man of God had given at the commandment of the Lord. And the king answered and said unto the man of God: Oh pray unto the Lord thy God and make intercession for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and his hand came to him again as well as before.
Then said the king unto the man of God: come home with me and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. But the man of God answered the king, if thou wouldest give me half thine house, I would not go with thee neither would I eat meat or drink water in this place. For so was it charged me, through the word of God and said to me: eat no bread nor drink water nor turn again by the same way thou wentest. And so he went another way and returned not by the way he came to Bethel. And there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel, and the words which he spake unto the king they told their father also. And their father said unto them: what way went he ? for his sons had seen what way the man of God went which came from Juda. Then said he to his sons: saddle mine Ass. And they saddled him an Ass. And he gat him up thereon and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an Oak and said unto him: art thou the man of God that camest from Juda ? And he said, yee.
Then he said to him: come home with me and eat bread. And the other said again I may not return with thee, to go with thee, neither may I eat bread or drink water with thee in this place. For it was said to me by the commandment of the Lord, eat no bread nor drink water in this place, nor turn again by the way thou wentest. And the old prophet said unto him: I am a prophet as well as thou, and an Angel spake unto me with the word of the Lord saying: bring him again with thee to thine house, and let him eat bread and drink water, and yet lied unto him. And so the other went again with him and ate bread in his house and drank water.
And as they sat at the table, the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him again. And he cried unto the man of God that came from Juda, saying: thus saith the Lord: because thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, but camest back again and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place in which he bade that thou shouldest eat no bread nor drink water: therefore thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.
And when he had eaten bread and drunk, he saddled an Ass for the prophet which he had brought again. And as he journeyed a Lion met him by the way and slew him, and his carcase lay along in the way and the Ass stood thereby, and the Lion stood by the corpse also. And men that passed by, saw the carcase cast along in the way and the lion standing thereby, and went and told it in the town where the old prophet dwelt. And when the prophet that brought him back again from the way, heard thereof, he said: it is the man of God which disobeyed the mouth of the Lord. And therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the Lion which hath rent him and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he said to him. And he said to his sons saddle me an Ass: so they did. And he went and found the body cast along in the way and the Ass and the lion standing thereby. And the Lion had not eaten the carcase nor hurt the Ass. And he took up the body of the man of God and put it upon the Ass and brought it again, and came to the city of the old prophet to lament him, and to bury him. And he laid his body in his own grave and lamented over him, Oh my brother. And when he had buried him, he spake to his sons saying: when I am dead, see that ye bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried, and lay my bones by his. For the saying which he cried at the bidding of the Lord against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of hillaltars which are in the cities of Samaria, shall come to pass.
How be it for all that, Jeroboam turned not from his wicked way: but turned away and made of
the lowest of the people priests of the hillaltars. Whosoever would, he filled their hands, and they
became priests of the hillaltars. And this doing was sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to
destroy it and to put it away from off the face of the earth.
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At that time Abiah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. And Jeroboam said unto his wife: up a fellowship and change thine apparel that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam, and get thee to Siloh. For there is Ahiah the Prophet which told me that I should be king over this people. And take with thee ten leaves and cracknels and a cruse of honey, and go to him: for he will tell thee what shall come of the lad. And Jeroboams wife did so: she arose and went to Siloh and came to the house of Ahiah. But Ahiah could not see, for his eyes were waxen dim for age.
And the Lord said unto Ahiah: behold the wife of Jeroboam cometh, to question with thee about her son which is sick. This wise and this wise answer her. And when she came, she feigned herself to be another woman. But when Ahiah heard the sound of her feet as she came to the door he said: come in thou wife of Jeroboam, why feignest thou thyself to be another ? I am sent to thee a cruel messenger.
Go and tell Jeroboam, thus saith the Lord God of Israel: for as much as I exalted thee from among the common people and made thee prince over my people Israel, and did rent the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it thee: and thou hast not been as was my servant David, which kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, to do that only which seemeth right in mine eyes: but hast done evil above all that were before thee, and hast gone and made the other Gods and images of metal, to provoke me, and hast cast me behind thy back: therefore behold I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam and will strike from Jeroboam all that pisseth against the wall, and what soever is in prison or forsaken in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as men take away a dung hill, till it be consumed. And whoseover of Jeroboams house die in the town, him shall the dogs eat, and him that dieth in the field, shall the fowls of the air eat: for the Lord hath said it, up and get thee to thine house, and as soon as thy foot enterest the city, the lad shall die. How be it all Israel shall mourn him and bury him, for this only of all Jeroboam shall come to the sepulchre, because in him there is found goodness toware the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
Moreover the Lord shall stir him up a king over Israel which shall destroy the house of Jeroboam in that day. And what is that that is now in hand ? And the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed that groweth in the water is shaken, and will weed Israel out of this good land which he gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond Euphrates, because they have made them groves to anger the Lord. And he will give Israel up, because of the sin of Jeroboam wherewith he did sin and made Israel sin thereto.
And Jeroboams wife arose and departed and went to Therzah, and by that she was come to the threshold of the door, the lad was dead. And all Israel buried him and lamented him, according to the word of the Lord which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahiah the Prophet. And the rest of the deeds of Jeroboam, how he warred and how he reigned, are written in the book of the stories of the kings of Israel. And the days which Jeroboam reigned were twenty two years. And then he rested with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.
And Rehoboam the son of Salomon reigned in Juda and was forty one years old when he began to reign, and reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. His mothers name was Naamah an Ammonite. And Juda wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord and angered him above all that their fathers did, with their sin which they sinned. For they also made them hillaltars and Images and groves on every high hill and under every green tree. And thereto there was a *stews (brothel) of male children in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. And the fifth year of king Rehoboam came Sesak king of Egypt up to Jerusalem, and took away the treasure of the house of the Lord, and the treasure of the kings house and all that was to be had. And he took away the shields of gold which Salomon made. In whose stead king Rehoboam made brazen shields and put them in the keeping of the captains of the guard which waited at the door of the kings house. And as oft as the king went in to the house of the Lord, they of his guard bare them, and ever brought them again into the guard chamber.
The rest of the Acts of king Rehoboam and all he did, are written in the book of Acts of the kings
of Juda. And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their lives. And Rehoboam laid
him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mothers
name was Naamah an Ammonite. And Abiam his son reigned in his room.
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The eighteenth year of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, reigned king Abiam over Juda, and ruled three years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Maacah the daughter of Abesalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father which he did before him, and his heart was not whole with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless for Davids sake did the Lord his God give him a light in Jerusalem, that he set up his son after him to continue Jerusalem. Because that David did which pleased the Lord and turned from nothing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Urias the Hethite. And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam as long as he lived. And the rest of the deeds of Abiam and all that he did, are written in the book of the deeds that were done in the days of the kings of Juda. And there was war between Abiam and Jeroboam. And Abiam rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his stead.
The twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Asa to reign over Juda, and ruled in Jerusalem fortyone years. And his mothers name was Maacah the daughter of Abesalom. And Asa did that seemed right in the eyes of the Lord, like David his father. And he made the *stews (brothel) of males depart the land, and put away all the Idols that his fathers had made. And thereto he put down Maacah his mother from bearing rule, because she had made an Idol in a grove. And Asa destroyed her Idol and burnt it by the brook Cedron. But he put not down the hill altars. Nevertheless Asas heart was whole with the Lord all his days. And he brought in that his father had dedicated, and the things dedicate unto the house of the Lord, silver, gold, and Jewels. And there was war between Asa and Baasa king of Israel all their days.
And Baasa king of Israel went up against Juda and built Ramah, because that he would let none of Asas people king of Juda, go in or out. Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasure of the house of the Lord, and all the treasure of the kings house and delivered it unto his servants, and sent them to Benhadad the son of Tabremon the son of Hezion king of Siria that dwelt at Damasco, saying: there is a bond between thee and me as was between thy father and mine. Therefore I send thee both gold and silver for a gift, that thou go and break the appointment between thee and Baasa king of Israel, that he may depart from me. And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ahion, Dan, Abel called Beth Maacah and all Ceneroth with all the land of Nepthali. And when Baasa heard that, he left building of Ramah and dwelt in Therzah. Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Juda, that none should be excused. And they took the stones of Ramah and the timber wherewith Baasa had built, and king Asa built there with Gabaah in Benjamin and Mazphah.
And the remnant of all the deeds of Asa and of all his might and of all that he did, and the cities which he built, are written in the chronicles of the acts done in the days of the kings of Juda. Neverthelater in his old age he was diseased in his feet. And Asa laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father. And Jehosophat his son reigned in his room. And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign upon Israel the second year of Asa king of Juda, and reigned upon Israel two year. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of his father and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin. But Baasa the son of Ahiah of the house of Isacar conspired against him, and slew him at Gebethon a city of the Philistines for Nadab and all Israel lay at siege before Gebethon. And it was the third year of Asa king of Juda, when Baasa slew him, and reigned in his stead. And as soon as he was king, he slew all the house of Jeroboam and left him naught that breathed, until he had put him clean out, agreeing unto the saying of the Lord which he spake by his servant Ahiah the Silonite, for the sin of Jeroboam wherewith he sinned and made Israel sin, and for his angering wherewith he angered the Lord God of Israel.
The rest of the deeds of Nadab, and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And there was war between Asa and Baasa king of Israel all their days.
And the third year of Asa king of Juda, Baasa the son of Ahiah began to reign over all Israel in
Therzah, and continued twenty four years. And he did that which displeased the Lord, for he
walked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin.
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Then came the word of the Lord to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasa saying: for as much as I exalted thee out of dust and made thee captain over my people Israel, and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam and hast made my people Israel sin, to anger me with their sin: therefore I will make clean riddance of Baasa and of all his house, and will make his house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nabat. And he that dieth of Baasa in the city, him shall dogs eat: and him that dieth in the fields, shall the fowls of the air eat.
The rest of the deeds of Baasa, and what he did and his power, are written in the book of the histories of the kings of Israel. And Baasa fell on sleep with his fathers and was buried in Therzah. And Elah his son reigned in his stead. And thereto through the Prophet Jehu the son of Hanani, the word of the Lord came against Baasa and against his house, because of all the wickedness that he did in the sight of the Lord, in angering him with the works of his hands, that he should be like the house of Jeroboam, because he had killed Nabat.
The twenty sixth year of Asa king of Juda began Elah the son of Baasa to reign over Israel in Therzah, and continued two years. And his servant Zamri captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Therzah drinking of strong drink, in the house of Arza steward of his house in Therzah. And Zamri came and smote him and killed him the twenty seventh year of Asa king of Juda, and reigned in his stead. And as soon as he was king and sat his seat, he slew all the house of Baasa and left not a pisser against a wall.
And thereto he slew all his kin and friends, and so Zamri destroyed all the house of Baasa, according to the word of the Lord which he spake to Baasa through Jehu the Prophet, for all the sins of Baasa and sins of Elah his son, wherewith they sinned and made Israel sin, to anger the Lord of Israel with their vanities. The rest of the deeds of Elah and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
The twenty seventh year of Asa king of Juda, Zamri reigned seven days in Therzah, the people besieging Gebethon a city of the Philistines. And when the people that lay in the siege, heard say how Zamri had conspired, and how he had slain the king also: then all Israel made Amri the captain of the men of war king the same day over Israel even in the host. And Amri departed from Gebethon and all Israel with him, and besieged Therzah. And when Zamri saw that the city must needs be taken, he went into the palace of the kings house, and set the kings house afire upon himself and there died, for his sins which he sinned in doing wickedness in the sight of the Lord, and for walking in the way of Jeroboam and in his sins which he did and made Israel sin.
The rest of the Acts of Zamri and the treason that he wrought, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. Moreover that same season was Israel divided in twain, for half the people followed Thebni the son of Gineth, to make him king. And the other half followed Amri. But the people that followed Amri prevailed against them that followed Thebni the son of Gineth. And so Thebni died and Amri reigned.
The thirty first year of Asa king of Juda, began Amri to reign over Israel twelve years and he ruled six years in Therzah. And he bought the hill of Samaria of one Semar for two hundred talents of silver, and built in the hill, and called the name of the city which he had built Samaria after the name of Semar the Lord of the hill. And this Amri wrought wickedness in the eyes of the Lord worse than all that were before him, and walked in all the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin, to anger the Lord God of Israel with their vanities. The rest of the acts of Amri which he did, and his power that he used, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And Amri laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria, and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
The thirty eighth year of Asa king of Juda, began Ahab the son of Amri to reign over Israel, and reigned in Samaria twenty two years. And he displeased the Lord above all that were before him. For it seemed him a light thing to walk in the sin of Jeroboam. But took Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonites to wife, and went and served Baal and bowed unto him. And he reared an altar to Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove, and proceeded further in angering the Lord God of Israel, than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. And it cost him Amran his eldest son when he laid the
foundation, and his youngest son when he set up the gates, agreeing unto the word of the Lord
which he spake by Josua the son of Nun.
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And Eliah the Thesbite which was of the inhabiters of Galaad, said unto Ahab: as truly as the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, save as I appoint it.
And the word of God came to him saying: get thee hence and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself in the brook Karith that lieth before Jordan: drink of the river for I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. And he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: he went and dwelt by the brook Karith that lieth before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh every morning and every evening, and he drank of the brook. And it chanced after a while that the brook dried up, because there fell no rain upon the earth. Then came the word of the Lord unto him saying: up and get thee to Sarephtha a city of Sidon, and dwell there. Behold I have commanded a widow there to sustain thee. And he arose and went to Sarephtha. And when he came to the gate of the city, there was a widow there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said: fetch me I pray thee a little water in a dish that I may drink. And as she went to fetch it, he cried to her and said: bring me I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she answered: as surely as the Lord thy God liveth, I have no bread, but even an handful of Meal in a pitcher, and a little Oil in a cruse. And see, I have gathered a few sticks for to go and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it and then die.
And Eliah said unto her: fear not, but go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first of all, and bring it out to me: and afterward make for thee and thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel: the pitcher of Meal shall not be wasted neither shall thy oil cruse be without oil, until the Lord have sent rain upon the earth. And she went and did as Eliah bade. And she and he and her house did eat a good space, and the pitcher of meal wasted not neither was the oil cruse without oil according to the word of the Lord which he spake through Eliah.
And after these things, it happened that the son of the wife of the house fell sick. And his sickness
was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. Then said she unto Eliah what have I to do with
thee, O' thou man of God ? art thou come unto me, that my sin should be thought on and my son
slain ? And Eliah said unto her: give me thy son. And he took him out of her lap and carried him
up into a loft where he lay, and laid him upon his own bed, and called unto the Lord and said: O'
Lord my God, hast thou been so evil unto the widow with whom I sojourn, that thou hast slain
her son ? And he stretched himself upon the lad three times, and called unto the Lord and said: O'
Lord my God, let the lads soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Eliah, and
and the soul of the lad came into him again and he revived. And Eliah took the boy and brought
him down out of the chamber into the house and delivered him unto his mother and said: see, thy
son liveth. Then the wife said to Eliah: now I know that thou art Gods man, and that the word of
the Lord in thy mouth, is truth.
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And at the last the word of the Lord came to Eliah the third year saying: go show thyself unto Ahab, that I may send rain upon the earth. And Eliah went to show himself unto Ahab, for there was a great famishment in Samaria. Wherefore Ahab called Abdiah the governor of his house: which Abdiah feared God greatly: insomuch that when Jezebel destroyed the Prophets of the Lord, he took an hundred of the Prophets and hid them, fifty in one cave and fifty in another, and provided bread and water for them. And Ahab said unto Abdiah: walk through the land, unto all fountains of water and unto all brooks, to see whether any grass may be found that we may save the horses and the Mules, that we destroy not the beasts. And they divided the land between them to walk through it. Ahab went one way by himself, and Abdiah went another by himself.
And it chanced as Abdiah went in the way, that Eliah met him. And Abdiah knew him and fell on his face and said: art not thou my Lord Eliah ? And he said unto him: I am he. Go and tell Ahab that Eliah is here. And the other answered: what have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver me unto the hand of Ahab, to slay me ? As surely as the Lord thy God liveth there is no nation or kingdom, whither my Lord hath not sent, to seek thee. And when they said thou wast not there, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, because he found thee not. And now thou sayest: go tell thy Lord, Eliah is here. And as soon as I am gone from thee, the spirit of the Lord shall carry thee away whither I shall not know: and then when I have gone and told Ahab, and then he cannot find thee, he shall slay me. And yet I thy servant have feared the Lord from my young age. Was it not told my lord, what I did, when Jezebel slew the Prophets of the Lord ? how I hid an hundred of the Lords Prophets, fifty in one cave and as many in another, and provided them of bread and water ? And yet now thou sayest, go shew thy Lord, that Eliah is here, that he should slay me.
Then Eliah said: as truly as the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand: I will show myself unto him this day. And thereupon Abdiah went to Ahab and told him. And Ahab went against Eliah. And when Ahab saw Eliah, he said unto him: art thou he that troubleth Israel ? And he said: it is not I that trouble Israel, but thou and thy fathers house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and hast followed Baal. But now send and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel and the Prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the Prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat of Jezebels table. And Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the Prophets unto mount Carmel.
And Eliah came unto all the people and said: why halt ye between two opinions ? If the Lord be very God, follow him: or if Baal be he follow him. And the people answered him not one word. Then said Eliah unto the people: I only remain of the Lords Prophets, and Baals Prophets are four hundred and fifty. Let two oxen be given us, and let them choose the one and cut him in pieces and lay him on wood, and put no fire under. And I will dress the other and put him on wood, and will put no fire under. And call ye on the name of your God, and I will call on the name of the Lord. And then the God that answereth by fire, he is the very God.
And all the people said: it is well spoken. Then said Eliah unto the Prophets of Baal, choose you an ox and dress him first (for ye are many) and call on the name of your God, but put no fire under. And they took the ox that was given them and dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning to noon saying: O Baal hear us. But there was no voice nor answer. And they leapt about the altar that they had made. And at noon Eliah mocked them and said: call loud (for he is a God: but he is talking, or occupied, or in the way, or haply he sleepeth) that he may awake. And they cried loud, and cut themselves, as their manner was, with knives and lances, till the blood flowed on them. And when midday was passed, they prophesied until it was time to offer. But there was neither voice nor answer nor any that regarded them.
Then Eliah said to all the folk: come to me. And all the people came to him. And he mended the altar of the Lord that was broken. And he took twelve stones according to the number of the twelve tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came saying: Israel shall be thy name. And with the stones he made an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a gutter round about the altar, able to receive two pecks of corn. And he put the wood in order, and hewed the ox in pieces, and put him on the wood, and said: fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the sacrifce and on the wood. And he said: do so again. And they did so again. Then he said: do it the third time. And they did so the third time. And the water ran round about the altar, and the gutter was full of water also.
And when offering time was come, Eliah the prophet went to and said: Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and of Israel, let it be known this day, that thou art the God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I do all these things at thy commandment. Hear me O' Lord, hear me, that this people may know, that thou Lord, art the God, and that thou hast turned their hearts backward. And there fell fire from the Lord and consumed the sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the gutter. And when all the people saw that, they fell on their faces and said: the Lord he is God, the Lord he is God. Then said Eliah unto them, lay hands on the Prophets of Baal, let not one of them escape. And when they had taken them, Eliah brought them down unto the brook Kison, and slew them there.
Then Eliah said unto Ahab, get thee up and eat and drink, for there is a sound of much rain. And
when Ahab went up to eat and to drink, Eliah went up to the top of mount Carmel. And bowed
himself to the earth, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant: go up and look
toward the sea. And he went up and looked, and said: here is nothing. And he said go again seven
times. And the seventh time he said: behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like the
palm of a mans hand. Then he said: go and say to Ahab, put the horses in the chariot, and get thee
down that the rain stop thee not. And within a little while, heaven was black with clouds and
wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezrahel. And the hand of the Lord
was on Eliah, and he girded up his loins and ran before Ahab, till they came to Jezrahel.
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And Ahab told Jezabel, all that Eliah had done, and altogether how he had slain the Prophets with the sword. Then Jezabel sent a messenger unto Eliah saying: so do God to me and so thereto, except I make thy soul like one of theirs, by tomorrow this time: when he saw that, he arose and went for his life, and came to Bersabe in Juda, and left his lad there. And he went a days Journey into the wilderness, and when he was come sat down under a Juniper tree, and desired for his soul, that he might die, and said, it is now enough O' Lord, take my soul, for I am not better than my fathers.
And as he lay and slept under the Juniper tree: behold, there came an Angel and touched him, and said unto him: up and eat. And he looked about him: and see, there was a loaf of broiled bread and a cruse of water at his head. And he ate and drank and laid him down again to sleep. And the Angel of the Lord came again the second time and touched him, and said: up and eat, for thou hast a long Journey to go. And he arose and did eat and drink and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights, unto Horeb the mount of God, and entered there into a cave and lodged there all night.
And then the word of the Lord came to him and said what doest thou here, Eliah ?And he answered: I have been thorough angry for the Lord God of Hosts sake. For the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, and have broken down thine altars and slain the Prophets with the sword, and I only am left, and they seek my soul to have it too. And he said come out and stand before the Lord. And behold, the Lord went by and a mighty strong wind that rent the mountains and brake the rocks before him. But the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, came fire: but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, came a small still voice. And when Eliah heard it, he covered his face with his mantle, and went out and stood mouth of the cave. And see, there came a voice unto him and said: what doest thou here Eliah ? And he answered: I was jealous for the Lord God of Hosts sake: because the children of Israel have forsaken thine appointment and have cast down thine altars and slain thy prophets with the sword, and I only am left, and they seek my soul to have it. Then the Lord said unto him: go and turn thy way to the wilderness of Damasco, and go and anoint Hazael to be king of Siria. And Jehu the son of Namsi, anoint to be king over Israel. And Eliseus the son of Saphat of Abel Mehulah anoint to be Prophet in thy room. And whoso escapeth the sword of Hazael, him shall Jehu slay: and if any man escape the sword of Jehu, him shall Eliseus slay. And thereto I have left me seven thousand in Israel, of which never man bowed his knees unto Baal nor kissed him with his mouth.
And he departed thence and found Eliseus the son of Saphat ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen
before him, and he with the twelve. And Eliah went to him and cast his mantle upon him. And he
left the oxen and ran after Eliah and said: let me I pray thee, kiss my father and mother, and then I
will follow thee. And he said to him: go back again, for what have I done to thee ? And he went
back again from after him, and took a yoke of oxen and slew them, and dressed the flesh with the
instruments of the oxen and gave it the people, and they did eat. And then he arose and went after
Eliah and ministered unto him.
The 20th Chapter
And Benhadad king of Siria gathered all his host together, and thirty two kings with him, with horse and chariot: and went up and besieged Samaria and warred against it. And he sent mesengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him: thus saith Benhadad. Thy silver and thy gold is mine, and the best of thy wives, and the best of thy children be mine. And the king of Israel answered and said: my Lord king, according to thy saying, I am thine with all I have.
And the messengers came again to Ahab and said: thus saith Benhadad. I have therefore sent unto thee, saying: deliver me then thy silver and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children. Or else I will send my servants unto thee by tomorrow this time: and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy servants, which shall take all that is glorious in thine eyes, and bring it away with them. Then the king of Israel sent for the elders of the land and said: take heed I pray you and see, how this fellow goeth about mischief. For he sent unto me, for my wives and my children, and my silver and my gold: and I denied him nothing of it. And all the elders of Israel and all the people said: hearken not to him nor consent.
Whereupon he said unto the messengers of Benhadad: tell my Lord the king, all that he sent for the first time, that I will do: but this request I may not do. And the messengers departed and brought him word. Then Benhadad sent unto him and said: thus do the Gods to me and so thereto, if the dust of Samaria be enough for all the people that follow me, that every man may have an handful. And the king of Israel answered and said: tell him, let not him that putteth on his harness boast himself, as he putteth it off. And when Benhadad heard that tidings, as he and the kings were drinking in the pavilions, he said unto his servants: put ye in array. And they put themselves in array against the city.
And behold there came a Prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, and said to him: thus saith the Lord. Seest thou all this great multitude ? behold, I will deliver them into thine hand this day, that thou mayest know that I am the Lord. And Ahab said, by whom ? And he said thus saith the Lord: even by the men of the governors of the shires. And Ahab said: who shall join battle ? And he said, thou. Then he numbered the men of the governors of the shires: and they were two hundred and thirty two. And after them he numbered all the people, and all the children of Israel were seven thousand. And they went out at noon when Benhadad was a drinking strong drink in the pavilions with the thirty two kings that help him. And the men of the sheriffs of the shires went out first.
And Benhadad sent out, and they showed him saying: there came men out of Samaria. And he said: if they come out for peace, take them alive. And also if they come for war, take them yet alive. And when those men of the sheriffs of the shires were come out of the city and the Host after them, they slew every one of them his man. And the Sirians fled, and Israel followed after them. And Benhadad the king of Siria escaped on a horse with his horsemen. And the king of Israel went out and smote horse and chariot, and slew a great slaughter of the Sirians.
Then there came a Prophet to the king of Israel, and said to him: go forth and play the man, be wise and take heed what thou doest: for when the year is about, the king of Siria will come against thee again. Then said the servants of the kings of Siria to him: the Gods of the hills are their Gods, and therefore they had the better of us. But let us fight with them in the plain, and for what ye will, we shall have the better of them. And this do: take the kings away every man out of his place, and put dukes in their rooms. And do thou number thee an host, like the host that thou hast lost, and horse for horse and chariot for chariot, and let us fight with them in the plain, and for a wager, we get the better of them. And the king hearkened unto their voice and did even so.
And as soon as the year was about, Benhadad numbered the Sirians and went up to Aphek to war with Israel. And the children of Israel were numbered and provided of victuals, and went against them, and pitched before them like two little flocks of kids: but the Sirians filled the country. Then there came a man of God and said unto the king of Israel: thus saith the Lord. Because the Sirians say, that the Lord is but a God of the hills, and not God of the valleys too: therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand that ye may know that I am the Lord. And they pitched one over against the other seven days, and the seventh day joined battle. And the children of Israel slew of the Sirians an hundred thousand footmen in one day. And the rest fled to Aphek into the city. And there fell a wall upon twenty seven thousand of them that were left. And Benhadad fled and went into the city, from chamber to chamber.
Then said his servants unto him: behold, we have heard say, that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Let us put sack cloth about our Loins and ropes about our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: haply he will save thy life. And they girded sack cloth about their loins and put ropes about their heads, and went out to the king of Israel and said: thy servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee let me live. And he said: is he yet alive ? what he is my brother. And they took the word for good luck and hastily caught it out of his mouth and said: yea thy brother Benhadad. Then he said: go and bring him. And Benhadad came out to him, and the other took him up into the chariot. And Benhadad said: the cities which my father took from thy father, I will restore again. And thou shalt make streets for thee in Damasco, as my father did in Samaria. And I will make an appointment with thee and send thee away. And so he made an appointment with him and sent him away.
Then a certain man of the children of the Prophets said unto his fellow with the word of the Lord, smite me I pray thee. And the man would not smite him. And he said, because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the Lord: behold, as soon as thou art departed from me a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a Lion found him and slew him. Then he found another man and said to him: smite me I pray thee. And the man gave him a good stripe and wounded him. And the Prophet went forth and waited for the king by the way and put ashes upon his eyes, and put himself out of knowledge. And when the king came by, he cried unto him and said, thy servant went out in the midst of the battle. And see, there was one began to flee. And there came a man to me and said: keep this man. And if he be missed thy life shall go for his, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. And as thy servant had here and there to do, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him: even so shall thy judgement be as thou hast defined it thyself.
And he hasted and took the ashes away from his eyes: and the king of Israel knew him, that he
was of the Prophets. And he said unto the king, thus saith the Lord: because thou hast let go a
man that ought to have died, thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his. And the king of
Israel went to his house wayward and heavy, and entered into Samaria.
The 21st Chapter
After these things were done, it chanced that Naboth the Jezrahelite had a vineyard in Jezrahel hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake unto Naboth saying: let me have thy vineyard, to make me a garden of herbs thereof, because it lieth so nigh my house: and I will give thee a better vineyard for it: or if it please thee I will give thee, the worth of it in silver. But Naboth said to Ahab: the Lord forbid that from me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
Then went Ahab unto his house wayward and evil apaid, because of the words which Naboth the Jezrahelite had spoken unto him saying: I will not give to thee, the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed and turned away his face, and would eat no meat. And when Jezabel his wife came to him, and said unto him: why art thou so froward, that thou eatest no meat ? And he said unto her, I spake unto Naboth the Jazrahelite, and said unto him: give me thy vineyard for silver, or else if thou wilt, I will give thee another vineyard for it. And he said: I will not give thee my vineyard.
Then said Jezabel his wife unto him: what a goodly kingdom were thou able to make in Israel ? up and eat meat and set thine heart at rest, for I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezrahelite. And she wrote a letter in Ahabs name and sealed it with his seal, and sent it unto the elders and chief men of his city that dwelt where Naboth dwelt. And she wrote in the letter saying: proclaim fasting and set Naboth on high among the people, and set two unthriftes before him, and let them testify against him saying: thou didst curse both God and the king. And upon that carry him out and stone him to death.
And the elders and nobles of his city, which dwelt in his city, did as Jezabel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letter which she had sent unto them. They proclaimed fasting, and set Naboth on high among the people, and there came in two unthrifty persons and sat before him. And the two unthrifty persons witnessed against Naboth before the people saying: Naboth did curse God and the king. And upon that they carried him out of the city and stoned him with stones to death. And then they sent to Jezabel saying: Naboth is stoned to death. And when Jezabel heard that Naboth was stoned to death: she said to Ahab: up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth, the Jezrahelite, which he denied to give thee for silver, for Naboth is not alive, but dead. And when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead. He stood up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezrahelite, to take possession of it.
And the word of the Lord came unto Eliah the Thesbite saying: up and go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria. Behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth: for he is gone down thither, to take possession of it. And say unto him: thus saith the Lord, thou hast killed and thereto gotten possession. And say moreover unto him, thus saith the Lord: in the place where dogs lapped the blood of Naboth, shall dogs lap even thy blood also. And Ahab said to Eliah: hast thou found me thine enemy at any time ? And he said yea, because thou art utterly given to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord. Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will make clean riddance of thee, and will destroy unto Ahab all that pisseth against the wall, and if ought be prisoned or forsaken in Israel: and will make thine house, like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, and like the house of Baasa the son of Ahiah, for the angering wherewith thou hast angered and made Israel sin.
And thereto against Jezabel came the word of the Lord saying: dogs shall eat Jezabel, under the walls of Jezrahel. And he that dieth of Ahab in the town, him shall dogs eat: and he that dieth in the fields, him shall the fowls of the air eat. For there was none at all like Ahab, that was so utterly given to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, and that because Jezabel his wife pricked him forward. And therefore he did exceeding abominably, in following Idols, in all things like as did the Amorites which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.
When Ahab heard those words, he rent his clothes and put sack cloth about his flesh and fasted,
and lay in sack and went comfortless. And the word of the Lord came to Eliah the Thesbite
saying: seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me ? because he so submitteth himself
before me, I will not bring that evil in his days: but in his sons days, I will bring evil upon his
The 22nd Chapter
And they continued three year without war between Siria and Israel. And the third year Jehosaphat king of Juda came to the king of Israel. Then said the king of Israel unto his servants, know ye not that Ramoth in Galaad is ours, and we sit still and take it not out of the hands of the king of Siria ? And he said unto Jehosaphat: wilt thou go with me to battle, to Ramoth in Galaad ? And Jehosaphat said unto the king of Israel: I will be as thou art, and my people shall be as thine, and my horses as thine.
And Jehosaphat said unto the king of Israel: ask counsel, I pray thee, of the Lord today. And then the king of Israel gathered of the Prophets together, upon a four hundred men, and said unto them: shall I go to Ramoth in Galaad to battle, or be still ? And they said, go: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hands of the king. And Jehosaphat said: is there never a Prophet of the Lords here more, that we might enquire of him ? And the king of Israel said to Jehosaphat: there is yet one, by whom we may ask counsel of the Lord, one Micheah the son of Jemlah. But I hate him: for he never prophesieth good unto me, but evil. And Jehosaphat said: let not the king say so. Then the king of Israel called unto one of his chamberlains and said: fetch Micheah the son of Jemlah hither at once.
And the king of Israel and Jehosaphat the king of Juda sat either in his seat and their apparel on them, in a void place beside the entering of the gate of Samaria, and all the Prophets prophesying before them. And Zedekiah the son of Canaanah made horns of iron and said, thus saith the Lord: with these horns thou shalt winnow the Sirians until thou have made an end of them. And all the Prophets prophesied even so, saying: go to Ramoth in Galaad and prosper, for the Lord shall deliver it into the hands of the king.
And the messenger that was gone to call Micheah, said unto him: see, the words of the Prophets speak good unto the king with one voice: let thy words I pray thee be like the words of one of them, and speak that is good. And Micheah said: as surely as the Lord liveth, what the Lord putteth in my mouth, that will I speak. And when he was come to the king, the king said to him: Micheah, shall we go to Ramoth in Galaad to battle, or shall we be still ? And he said unto him: go and prosper, the Lord deliver it unto the hands of the king. And the king said unto him, how often shall I adjure thee, that thou tell me nothing but truth, in the name of the Lord ?
Then he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have no shepherds. And the Lord said: those have no master, let them return, every man to his house in peace. Then said the king of Israel to Jehosaphat: did I not tell thee, that he would prophesy no good unto me, but evil ? And Micheah said: hear therefore the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sit on his seat and all his company of heaven standing about him, on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said: who shall deceive Ahab that he may go and be slain at Ramoth in Galaad ? and one said on this manner and another on that. Then came forth a spirit and stood before the Lord and said: I will deceive him. And the Lord said: wherewith ? And he said: I will go out and be a false spirit in the mouths of all Prophets. And the Lord said, thou shalt deceive him and also prevail, go forth and do even so. Now therefore behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy Prophets: when in very deed the Lord hath spoken evil toward thee.
Then Zedechiah the son of Canaanah went and smore Micheah on the cheek, and said: how is the spirit of the Lord gone from me, to speak in thee ? And Michaeah said: behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go from chamber to chamber to hide thee. And the king of Israel said: take Micheah and carry him back again into Arnon the governor of the city, and unto Joab the kings son, and say: thus saith the king. Put ye this fellow in the prison house and feed him with bread and water straitly, until I return in peace. Then Micheah said, if thou come safe again, the Lord hath not spoken in me. And he said moreover, hearken to the people every one of you.
And so the king of Israel and Jehosaphat the king of Juda went up to Ramoth in Galaad. And the king of Israel said to Jehosaphat change thee and get thee to war: but put on thine own apparel. And the king of Israel changed himself, and went to battle also. But the king of Siria had commanded the captains of his chariots of which he had thrity two saying: fight neither with small nor great, save with the king of Israel only. And when the captains of the chariots saw Jehosaphat, they thought he had been the king of Israel, and therefore turned to him to fight. But Jehosaphat cried out. And when the captains of the chariots saw that he was not the king of Israel, they turned back from him.
And a certain man drew a bow ignorantly and smote the king of Israel between the ribs of his harness. Wherefore the king said unto the driver of his chariot, turn thy hand and carry me out of the host, for I am hurt. And the battle increased that day, and the king continued in his chariot before the Sirians, and died at evening. And the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the chariot. And there went a proclamation throughout the host after the *son was down, saying: every man to his city and to his own country. And when the king of Israel was dead, they came to Samaria and buried him there. And while they washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria, the dogs licked up his blood, and harlots washed him according to the word of the Lord which he spake. *son: exactly as in the text; sonne. else where is sun spelled sunne
The rest of the deeds of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and the cities that he built, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. And when Ahab was laid to rest with his fathers, Ohoziah his son reigned in his stead.
Jehosaphat the son of Asa began to reign upon Juda, the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel, and was thirty five years old when he began to reign and reigned twenty five years in Jerusalem. And his mothers name was Azubah the daughter of Salahi. And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father and bowed not therefrom. But did that was right in the eyes of the Lord. Only he did not put the hillaltars out of the way: for the people offered and burnt their sacrifices yet, in the hillaltars. And he had peace with the king of Israel.
And the rest of the deeds of Jehosaphat, and the might that he used, and how he warred, are
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Juda. And the remnant of the stews (brothel)
of the males, which remained in the days of his father, he put clean out of the land. There was
then no king in Edom, the king was but a debite (deputy). And Jehosaphat made ships in the sea
to go to Ophir for gold, but they went not: for the ships brake at Azion Gaber. Then said Ohoziah
the son of Ahab unto Jehosaphat: let my servants go with thine in the ships. But Jehosaphat would
not. And Jehosaphat laid him to sleep with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city
of David his father. And Jehoram his son reigned in his room.
The end of the First of the kings.
(the third book of the kings from the Latin)