God's First Truth: Tyndale/Rogers
THE CHRONICLES OF THE KINGS OF JUDA
THE SECOND BOOK
The 1st Chapter
And Salomon the son of David waxed strong in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and magnified him on high. And Salomon communed with all Israel, the captains over thousands and hundreds, the judges and all other Lords and ancient heads throughout all Israel. And so Salomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the hill altar of Gabaon: for there was the tabernacle of witness of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord made in the wilderness. But the Ark of God had David brought from Kariath Jarim, into the place he had prepared therefore. For he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. Moreover the brazen altar that Bezeleel the son of Uri, the son of Or had made, was at Gabaon also, before the tabernacle of the Lord. And Salomon and the congregation went to visit it. And Salomon offered there before the Lord upon the brazen altar that was by the tabernacle of witness, a thousand burntsacrifices. And the same night God appeared unto Salomon and said to him, ask what I shall give thee. And Salomon said unto God: thou hast shown great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me king in his stead. And now Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be true. For thou hast made me King over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Wherefore give me wisdom and knowledge how to behave myself unto this people: for who is able tojudge this people that is so great ?
Then God said to Salomon, because thou hadst this in thine heart, and didst not ask treasure and
riches, and honour and the lives of thine enemies, neither yet long life: But hast asked wisdom and
knowledge, to judge my people, over which I have made thee king: wisdom and knowledge shall
be given thee, and I will give thee treasure, riches, and glory also, that among the kings before
thee or after thee, none was or shall be like thee. And so Salomon came from the hillaltar that was
at Gabaon to Jerusalem from the tabernacle of witness and reigned at Jerusalem. And Salomon
gathered chariots and horsemen: that he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve
thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and about the king at Jerusalem. And
the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar trees as plenty as the
mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. And the horses which Salomon had, were brought him out
of Egypt from Keva. The kings merchants fetched them out at Keva at a price. They came and
brought out of Egypt a chariot for five hundred sickles, and an horse for one hundred and fifty.
And so brought they to all the kings of the Hethites and to the kings of Siria through the hands of
the said merchants.
The 2nd Chapter
And Salomon determined to build an house for the name of the Lord, and an house for his kingdom: and told out three score and ten thousand men to bear burdens and four score thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
And Salomon sent to Hiram king of Tire saying: As thou didst deal with David my father and didst send him Cedar wood, to build him an house to dwell in, even so deal with me now: that I may build an house for the name of the Lord my God, to consecrate it to him to burn sweet odours and to set shewbread before him perpetually, and for burntsacrifices morning and evening, and on the Sabbath days, and the first day of every new moon, and in the solemn feasts of the Lord our God, so to continue ever in Israel. And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above other Gods. So that who can be able to build him an house: when that heaven, neither heaven above all heavens, is able to receive him, what am I then that I should build him an house ? Nay, but to burn sacrifice before him: send me now therefore a cunning man to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, scarlet, crimson and Jacinth colour, and that can skill to grave, to be with the cunning men that are with me in Juda and Jerusalem, which David my father did prepare. And send me also Cedar trees, fir trees and Algume trees out of Libanon. For I know well thy servants can skill to hew timber in Libanon. And see, my men shall be with thine, that they may prepare me timber enough. For the house which I build is great and wonderful. And behold, I sent for thy servants the cutters and hewers of timber twenty thousand quarters of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand quarters of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
And Hiram king of Tire answered in writing and sent to Salomon: because the Lord loveth his
people, therefore he hath made thee king over them. And Hiram said moreover: blessed be the
Lord God of Israel which hath made both heaven and earth, that he hath given David the king a
wise son that hath discretion and understanding, to build an house for the Lord, and another for
his kingdom. And now I have sent a wise man and a man of understanding called Hiram Abi, and
is the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, (howbeit his father was a Tirian) and he can skill
to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, stone, timber, scarlet, Jacinth, byss and crimson: and grave all
manner of gravings, and to find out all manner of subtle work that shall be set before him, with
thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my Lord David thy father. And now the wheat,
barley, oil and wine which my lord hath said, let him send his servants. And we will cut wood out
of Libanon, as much as thou shalt need, and will bring it to thee in ships by sea to port Japo: and
thence thou mayest carry them to Jerusalem. And Salomon numbered all the strangers that were
in the land of Israel, after the time his father David had numbered them. And they were found an
hundred and eighty thousand and six hundred. And he set eighty thousand of them to bear
burdens, and eighty thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to
courage and to set the people a work.
The 3rd Chapter
And Salomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, which was shewed David his father when he prepared a place in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And he began to build the second day of the second month the fourth year of his reign. And this is the foundation of Salomon in building the house of God. The length was three score cubits after the old cubit, and the breadth twenty. And the porch at the end was as large as the house breadth twenty cubits: and the height was an hundred and twenty cubits. And he overlaid it on the inner side with pure gold.
And the great house he siled with fir tree, and overlaid it with good gold, and graved thereto palm trees and chains. And he paved the house with precious stone goodly. And it was gold of Pharuiam. And he overlaid the house: both beams, posts, walls and doors with gold, and graved Cherubs upon the walls.
And he made the house most holy, whose length was twenty cubits like to the breadth of the house, and the breadth thereof was also twenty cubits. And he overlaid it with the best gold, that drew to the sum of six hundred talents. And the weight of the nails of gold was thereto fifty sickles. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
And he made in the house most holy two Cherubs of Image work, and overlaid them with gold.
And the wings of the Cherubs were twenty cubits long. The one wing was five cubits and touched
the wall of the house, and the other wing was likewise five cubits and touched the wing of the
other Cherub. And the one wing of the other Cherub was five cubits, and touched the wall of the
house, and the other wing was five cubits also, and raught to the wing of the other Cherub. So
that the wings of the said Cherubs raught twenty cubits. And they stood on their feet and looked
inwards. And he made a forehanging of Jacinct colour, of scarlet, crimson and and byss: and
caused the Cherubs to be bordered thereon. And he made before the house two pillars of thirty
five cubits long. And the head that was above on the top of one of them was five cubits. And he
made such chains as was in the quere, and put them on the heads of the pillars, and made an
hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains. And he reared up the pillars before the temple:
one on the right hand and another on the left, and called the right Jachin and the left Boaz.
The 4th Chapter
And he made an altar of brass twenty cubits long and twenty cubits broad and ten cubits high. And he cast a brazen sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, and round in compass and five cubits high: and a line of thirty cubits might have compassed it round about. And the fashion of oxen did compass it round about under it: that is to wete(know), two rows of oxen cast when it was cast did compass that sea which was ten cubits wide, round about. And it stood also upon twelve oxen: of which three looked North, three West, three South and three East, and the sea upon them above on high, and the hinder parts of them inward. And the thickest of it was an handbreadth, and the brim like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies. And it received and held the thousand baths.
And he made ten lavers: and put five on the right hand and five on the left, to wash with all. And in them they thrust the flesh of the burntofferings. But the sea was for the priests to wash in. And he made ten candlesticks of gold in their fashions, and put them in the temple: five on the right hand and five on the left. And he made also ten tables and put them in the temple: five on the right side and five on the left. And he made an hundred basins of gold. And he made the court of the priests, and the great court and doors to it: and overlaid the doors of them with brass. And he set the sea in the right side of the East end, toward the South. And Hiram made pots, shovels and basins.
And Hiram finished the work he made for king Salomon unto the temple of God: The two pillars with their scalps of the two heads that were on the tops of the pillars: and the two wreaths to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the pillars: and four hundred pomegranates for the two wreaths, two rows of pomegranates for every wreath, to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the pillars. And he made bottoms, and lavers upon the bottoms: and the sea with twelve oxen under it. And thereto pots, shovels, flesh hooks, and all their vessels did Hiram Abi make for king Salomon for the house of the Lord, of bright brass. In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the thick earth, between Socoth and Zaredatha. And made of all these vessels so mighty great abundance, that the weight of brass could not be reckoned.
And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained to the house of God: the golden altar and the tables with the shewbread upon them, the candlesticks with their lamps to burn after the manner before the quere, and that of pure gold, and the flowers and the lamps, and the snuffers were gold and that perfect gold: and the dressing knives, basins, spoons and censers of pure gold. And the inner doors of the place most holy, and the doors of the temple too, were gold. And so was all the work that Salomon made for the house of the Lord finished.
And when the work that Salomon made in the house of the Lord was finished: then Salomon
brought in the gifts dedicate by David his father, the silver and the gold and all the Jewels, and put
them among the treasure of the house of God.
The 5th Chapter
Then Salomon gathered the elders of Israel together and all the heads of the tribes and ancient lords among the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem: to bring the Ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David which is Zion. And all the men of Israel resorted unto the king in the feast of the seventh month. And when all the elders of Israel were come, the Levites took up the Ark. And the priests and the Levites brought away the Ark and the tabernacle of witness, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle. And King Salomon and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the Ark, offered sheep and oxen, so many that they could not be told or numbered for multitude.
And the priests brought the Ark of the appointment of the Lord unto his place in the quere of the
temple and place most holy: even under the wings of the Cherubs, that the Cherubs stretched out
their wings over the place of the Ark and covered the Ark and her staves above on high. And the
staves of the Ark, were so long, that they were seen a little before the quere, but not far without.
And there it remaineth unto this day. Moreover there was nothing in the Ark save the two tables
which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel,
after they were come out of Egypt. And when the priests were come out of the holy place (for all
the priests that were found sanctified themselves and did not wait by course). But the Levites
every one of them that were under Asaph, Heman and Iduthun, and among their children and
brethren, were arrayed in byss and sang with Cymbals, Psalteries, and harps standing East from
the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets. And the trumpet
blowers and the singers so agreed, that it seemed but one voice in praising and thanking the Lord.
And as the voice of the trumpets, cymbals and instruments of melody arose, and as they praised
the Lord, how that he was good and that his mercy lasteth ever, the house of the Lord was filled
with a cloud: so that the priests could not endure to minister by the reason of the cloud. For the
glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
The 6th Chapter
Then Salomon said: the Lord hath spoken it, how that he will dwell in darkness. And I have built an habitation for thee and a place to dwell in for ever. And the king turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel stood. And he said: blessed be the Lord God of Israel which spake with his mouth to my father David and hath fulfilled it with his hands, for God said: since the time I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there, neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel. But now I have chosen Jerusalem to have my name there, and have chosen David to be 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 said to David my father: for as much as it was in thine heart, to build an house for my name, thou didst well that thou haddest it in thine heart. Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house, but thy son which shall issue out of thy loins, he shall build an house for my name. And the Lord hath made good his saying that he hath spoken. For I arose 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 therein I have put the Ark wherein the covenant of the Lord made with the children of Israel, is. And he stepped forth before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and stretched out his hands, now Salomon had made a Brazen pulpit of five cubits long and five cubits broad, and three of height, and had set it in the midst of the great court, upon that he stepped and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel and stretched out his hands to heaven and said: Lord God of Israel there is no God like thee either in heaven or in earth, which keepest covenant and shewest mercy unto thy servants that walk before thee with all their hearts. Which hast kept with David my father that thou promisedest him: thou saidest it with thy mouth and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is to see this day.
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 in my sight that shall sit upon the seat of Israel. Of this condition yet, if thy children will take heed to their ways to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now Lord God of Israel let thy saying be true, which thou saidest unto thy servant David. How be it in very deed, can God dwell with man on earth ? Behold, neither heaven or heaven above all heavens is able to contain thee: how should the house then which I have built for thee do it ? But turn to the prayer of thy servant and to his supplication (O' Lord my God) to hearken unto the voice and prayer which thy servant maketh before thee. That thine eyes be open over this house day and night, and over the place of which thou hast said, that thou wouldest put thy name there: to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth at this place: hearken therefore unto the prayers of thy servant and of thy people Israel, which they pray in this place. But hear thou it out of thy dwelling place heaven: and when thou hearest it be merciful. If a man sin against his neighbour, and an *adjuration (earnest appeal) be laid to his charge, to adjure him withal, and the adjuration come before thine altar in this house: then hear thou from heaven, and work and judge thy servants, that thou reward the evil and bring his way upon his head, and justify the righteous and give him according to his righteousness.
Likewise if thy people Israel be put to the worse before their enemies, because they have sinned against thee: Yet if they turn and confess thy name, and make intercession and pray before thee in this house: then hear thou from heaven and be merciful unto the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
If heaven be shut up, that there be no rain, because they have sinned against thee: yet if they pray at this place and confess thy name and turn from their sins at thy scourging: then hear thou from heaven and be merciful unto the sin of thy servants and of thy people Israel, that thou show them a good way to walk in, and send rain upon thy land which thou hast given unto thy people, for an inheritance.
If there chance dearth in the land, pestilence, burning or smiting of corn, grasshoppers or caterpillars, or that their enemies besiege them in the cities of their own land, or whatsoever plague or sickness it be. Then all the supplications and prayers that shall be made of all men among all thy people Israel, which shall know every man his own sore and his own grief, and shall stretch out their hands towards this house: thou shalt hear from heaven thy dwelling place, and shalt be merciful, and give every man according unto all his way, even as thou shalt know every mans heart: for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of Adam: that they may fear thee and walk in thy ways as long as they live upon the earth, which thou gavest to our fathers.
Thereto a stranger which is not of thy people Israel, if he come from a far land for thy great names sake and thy mighty hand and stretched out arm, and therefore come and pray at this house: thou shalt hear him from heaven thy dwelling place, and shalt do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for. That all the nations of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doeth thy people Israel: and that it may be known how that this house which I have built, is called after thy name.
When thy people shall go out to war, against their enemies the way that thou shalt send them. If they pray to thee, the way toward this city which thou hast chosen, and house which I have built for thy name: then hear from heaven, their supplication and prayer, and help them in their right.
If they shall sin against thee (as there is no man, but that he shall sin) and thou be angry with them and deliver them to their enemies, and they lead them away captive unto a land far or near, yet if their hearts come to them again in the land where they be in captivity, and turn and pray unto thee in the land where they be in captivity saying: we have sinned and have done evil and wickedly and turn again to thee, with all their hearts and all their souls, in the land of their captivity where they be kept in bondage, and so pray toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, and city which thou hast chosen, and to his house which I have built for thy name: Then hear from heaven thy dwelling place, their supplication and prayers and judge their cause, and be merciful unto thy people, though they have sinned against thee.
So now my God let thine eyes be open and thine ears attent unto the prayers made in this place.
And now up Lord God in thy resting place: both thou and the Ark of thy strength, and let thy
priests put on victory and thy saints rejoice in goodness. And Lord God turn not away the face of
thine anointed: But remember the mercies promised to David thy servant.
The 7th Chapter
And when Salomon had made an end of praying, there came down fire from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. And the glory of the Lord filled the house: that the priests could not go into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had fulfilled the house of the Lord. And all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, and stooped with their faces to the earth upon the pavement and bowed themselves and confessed unto the Lord, that he was good and that his mercy lasted ever.
And the king and all the people offered offerings before the Lord. So that king Salomon offered twenty two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. And so the king and all the people hallowed the house of God. And the priests waited on their offices, and the Levites with instruments of music of the Lord which king David made to confess unto the Lord that his mercy lasteth ever, when David gave praise through their hands. And the priests blew trumpets fast by them: and all Israel stood. Moveover Salomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the Lord: for there he offered burntofferings and the fat of the peaceofferings, because the brazen altar which Salomon had made, was not able to receive the burntofferings and the meat offerings and the fat.
And Salomon kept a feast the same season of seven days, and all Israel with him, an exceeding great congregation, even from Hemath unto the river of Egypt. And the eighth day they made a gathering. For they kept the hallowing of the altar seven days and the feast seven days. And the twenty third day of the seventh month, he let the people depart unto their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had shewed to David, to Salomon and to Israel his people. And so Salomon finished the house of the Lord and the kings house and all that came in his heart to make in the house of the Lord and in his own house, and that prosperously. And the Lord appeared to Salomon by night and said to him: I have heard thy petition and have chosen this place for myself to be an house of sacrifice. Moreover if I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people: yet if my people that are named after my name, shall humble themselves and make intercession and seek my presence, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and be merciful to their sins, and will heal their land. Thereto mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attent unto the prayers made in this place. And finally I have chosen and sanctified this house, that my name be there for ever, and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
And if thou shalt walk before me as David thy father walked, to do according to all that I have
commanded thee, and shalt observe mine ordinances and my laws: then I will stablish the seat of
thy kingdom, according to the covenant I made with David thy father, saying: thou shalt have ever
one or other that shall rule in Israel. But and if ye turn away and forsake mine ordinances and my
commandments which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other Gods and bow
yourselves to them: then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given
them, and will cast this house which I have sanctified for my name out of my sight, and will make
a proverb and a tale of it among all nations. And this house that is so high, shall be a wonder to all
that passeth thereby that they shall say: why hath the Lord dealt on this fashion with this land and
with this house ? And it shall be answered then, because they forsook the Lord God of their
fathers which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and caught hold on other Gods, and bowed
to them and served them: even therefore brought he on them all this evil.
The 8th Chapter
And after twenty years when Salomon had built the house of the Lord, and his own house: he built the cities that Hiram gave him, and put of the children of Israel in them. And Salomon went to Hemath Zobah and strengthened it. And he built Thadmor in the wilderness and all the store cities which he built in Hemath. And he built Bethhoron the upper and Bethhoron the nether, and made them strong cities with walls, gates and bars. And Baalath and all the store cities that Salomon had, and all the chariot cities and the cities of Horsemen, and all that Salomon had lust (earnest desire) to build in Jerusalem and Libanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.
And all the people that were left of the Hethites, Amorites, Pheresites, Hevites and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel: even the children of them, which were left after them in the land, and were not consumed of the children of Israel, them did Salomon make tributaries unto this day. But of the children of Israel did Salomon make no bondmen in his work: but they were men of war and rulers and great Lords with him, and captains over his chariots and Horsemen. And king Salomons officers that oversaw and ruled the people, were two hundred and fifty.
And Salomon brought the daughter of Pharao out of the city of David into the house that he had made for her. For he said: my wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, for it is holy, because the Ark of the Lord came into it.
And from thenceforth Salomon offered burntofferings unto the Lord on the altar of the Lord which he had built before the porch to offer day by day according to the commandment of Moses, and in the sabbaths and new moons, and the three solemn feasts of the year, the feast of sweetbread, the feast of weeks and the feast of booths.
And Salomon put the sorts of priests in companies as David his father had ordered them, unto the offices, and the Levites unto their wait, for to praise and minister before the priests day by day, and the porters by course at every gate. For so had David the man of God commanded. And the commandment of the king unto the priests and the Levites concerning whatsoever cause it was, and concerning the treasures, was not disobeyed.
And all the work of Salomon went lustely forward even unto the day of the foundation of the
house of the Lord was laid: and from thence till he had finished it, that the house of the Lord was
perfect. And then went king Salomon to Azion Gaber and to Eloth and to the seas side in the land
of Edom. And Hiram sent him by the hand of his servants, ships and servants that could skill of
the sea: Which went with the servants of Salomon to Ophir, and brought thence four hundred and
fifty talents of gold, and brought it to king Salomon.
The 9th Chapter
And the queen of Saba heard of the fame of Salomon and came to prove him with riddles at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and with camels that bare sweet adours and plenty of gold and precious stone. And when she was come to Salomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Salomon *soiled her all her questions, that there was nothing hid from Salomon, which he told her not.*soiled: may be that planting of the seed of wisdom.
And when the queen of Saba had seen the wisdom of Salomon and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table and the sitting of his servants and the standing of his waiters, and their apparel, and his butlers with their apparel, and his parlour out of which he went into the house of the Lord, there was no more heart in her.
And then she said to the king: the saying which I heard in mine own land, of thine acts and of thy wisdom, is truth. But I believed not the words of them, until I came and mine eyes had seen it. And see, the one half of thy wisdom was not told me: thou exceedest the same that I heard, happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants which stand before thee always and hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the Lord thy God which had lust to thee, to make thee king on his seat, unto the Lord thy God. Because thy God loved Israel, to make them continue ever, therefore made he the king over them to do right and equity.
And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of sweet odours an exceeding great abundance with precious stones, that there was no such sweet odours as the queen of Saba, gave king Salomon. And thereto the servants of Hiram and the servants of Salomon which brought gold from Ophir, brought also Algume wood and precious stones. And the king made of the Algume wood stairs for the house of the Lord and in the kings palace, and harps and psalteries for singers. And there was no such wood seen before in the land of Juda. And king Salomon gave to the queen of Saba all her desire that she asked above that she brought unto the king. And so she turned and went away unto her own land with her servants.
The sum of gold that came to Salomon in one year, was six hundred and sixty six talents of gold, besides that which chapmen and merchants brought, and all the kings of Arabia and dukes of countries brought gold and silver to Salomon. And king Salomon made two hundred bucklers of gold, six hundred sickles of beaten gold to a buckler: and three hundred shields of Beaten gold, three hundred sickles of gold to a shield, and he put them in the house of the forest of Libanon.
And the king made a great seat of Ivory and overlaid it with pure gold. And there were six steps to the seat with a footstool of gold fastened to the seat: and pommels on each side of the sittingplace, and two lions standing by the pommels. And twelve lions stood one side and on the other, upon six steps, and there was no such in any kingdom.
And all the drinking vessels of king Salomon were gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Libanon, were pure gold. And as for silver, it was counted nothing worth in the days of Salomon. For the kings ships went to Tharsis with the servants of Hiram every three years once. And the ships of Tharsis brought gold, silver, the teeth of elephants, apes and peacocks.
And king Salomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Salomon, to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart. And they brought every man his present in vessels of silver and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, sweet odours, horses and mules year by year.
And Salomon had four thousand mangers of horses and chariots for them, and twelve thousand horsemen. And he bestowed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. And he reigned over all the kings from Euphrates unto the land of the Philistines and to the borders of Egypt. And the king made silver in Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar trees as plenteous as the mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. And Salomon had horses brought him out of Egypt and out of all lands.
And the rest of the acts of king Salomon both first and last are written in the book of Nathan the
Prophet and in the prophecy of Ahiah the Silonite and in the visions of Jadi the sear of visions
against Jeroboam the son of Nabat. And when Salomon had reigned in Jerusalem upon all Israel
forty years, 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.
The 10th Chapter
And Rehoboam went to Sichem: for to Sichem were all Israel come to make him king. And when Jeroboam the son of Nabat, being in Egypt heard it (for he was fled for fear of Salomon the king) he returned out of Egypt. And they sent and called him. And so Jeroboam and all Israel came and communed with Rehoboam and said. Thy father made us a grievous yoke: but remit thou somewhat of the grievous service of thy father and of his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. And he said to them: come again after three days to me. And the people departed.
And king Rehoboam counselled with elders that stood before Salomon his father, while he lived, and said: what counsel give ye me, to answer this people again ? And they told him saying: if thou shalt be kind to this people and please them and shalt speak loving words to them, they will be thy servants for ever. But he left the counsel which the elders gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were nursed up with him and had stand in his presence, and said to them: what advice give ye that I may answer this people which have communed with me saying: Abate(make less) somewhat of the yoke which thy father did put upon us.
And the young men that were nursed up with him talked with him saying: thus answer the people that spake to thee saying. Thy father made our yoke heavy: But make thou our yoke somewhat lighter. Thus wise answer them: my little finger shall be heavier than thy fathers loins. For where my father put a heavy yoke upon you I will put more thereto, and where my father chastised you with whips I will chastise you with scorpions.
And when Jeroboam and all Israel were come the third day, as the king bade saying: come again to me the third day. The king answered them cruelly, for king Rehoboam left the counsel of the aged men, and answered them after the advice of the young men saying. If my father made your yoke grievous, I will add thereto, and 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 God, that the Lord might make good his saying which he spake by the hand of Ahiah the Silonite to Jeroboam the son of Nabat.
And when all Israel saw that the King would not hear them, the people answered the king saying:
what part have we with David or inheritance with the son of Isai ? let every man of Israel go to his
tent. And now David see to thine own house. And thereupon all Israel gat them to their tents, so
that Rehoboam reigned over no more of the children of Israel than dwelt in the cities of Juda.
Then king Rehoboam sent to them Haburam that was over the tribute, and the children of Israel
stoned him with stones that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed and gat him up in his chariot
to fly to Jerusalem. And so Israel departed from the house of David unto this day.
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And when Rehobam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of David and Benjamin to the number of nine score thousand choice men of war to fight with Israel, for to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. But the word of the Lord came to Semeiah the man of God saying: speak unto Rehoboam the son of Salomon king of Juda and to all Israel that are in Juda, and to Benjamin and say: thus saith the Lord. Go not nor fight with your brethren: But return every man to his house, for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord and returned from going against Jeroboam.
And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built strong cities in Juda: as Bethlehem, Etam and Thekuah: Bethzur, Socho and Odollam: Geth, Maresah and Ziph: Adurahim, Lachis and Asecah: Zarah Aialon and Hebron. Which were the strong cities of Juda and Benjamin. And when he had repaired such strong cities, he put captains in them and store of victuals, and of oil and wine. And he ordained in all cities shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong. And so Juda and Benjamin were under him.
And the priests and Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him, out of all their coasts. In so much that the Levites left their Suburbs and possessions and came to Juda and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them out from ministering unto the Lord. And he ordained him priests of hillaltars both to field devils and also to the calves which he had made. And after them there came of all the tribes of Israel ( such as their hearts moved them to seek the Lord God of Israel ) to Jerusalem to offer unto the Lord God of their fathers. And so they strengthed the kingdom of Juda and made Rehoboam the son of Salomon mighty three years long, for three years they walked in the way of David and Salomon.
And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail
the daughter of Eliab the son of Isai, which bare him children: Jeus, Samariah and Zaham. And
after her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom which bare him Abiah, Ethai, Ziza and
Salumith. But Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and
concubines for he took eighteen wives and three score concubines, and begat three score
daughters and twenty eight sons. And Rehoboam made Abiah the son of Maacah the chief ruler
among his brethren, for to make him king. And he played wisely and scattered of all his children
throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin in every strong city. And he gave them
abundance of victuals, and asked many wives.
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And when Rehoboam had stablished the kingdom, and made it strong, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him, wherefore the fifth year of king Rehoboam, Sesak the king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem because they had transgressed against the Lord with twelve hundred chariots and three score thousand horsemen. And the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt, with them of Libia, and the Succhites and the blackmoors. And they took the strong cities that were in Juda and came to Jerusalem.
Then came Semeiah the Prophet to Rehoboam and to the Lords of Juda that were gathered to Jerusalem for fear of Sesak, and said to them: thus saith the Lord, ye have left me, and therefore will I leave you also in the hands of Sesak. Whereupon the Lords of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said: the Lord is righteous. And when the Lord saw that they submitted themselves, the word of the Lord came to Semeiah saying: they meek themselves, and therefore I will not destroy them. But I will deliver them somewhat, and my wrath shall not fall upon Jerusalem.Neverthelater they shall be his servants, to know what difference is between my service and the service of the kingdoms of other lands.
And Sesak king of Egypt came to Jerusalem and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the kings house, and shortly he took all. And he took also the shields of gold which Salomon made. Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and put them in the keeping of the captains of his guard which waited in the gate of the kings house. And as oft as the king went to the house of the Lord, the guard went and fetched them, and brought them again unto the guard chamber. And so because he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, and destroyed not all together. And thereto there were many good things yet in Juda.
And king Rehoboam waxed mighty in Jerusalem and reigned. And Rehoboam was forty one years old when he was made king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. And his mothers name was Naamah an Ammonite. And he did evil: for he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.
The acts of Rehoboam first and last are written in the sayings of Semeiah the Prophet and of Ado
the sear of visions, so much as his genealogy and the perpetual war that was between Rehoboam
and Jeroboam during their life. And Rehoboam laid him to sleep with his fathers and was buried in
the city of David, and Abiah his son reigned in his stead.
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The eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abiah to reign over Juda, and he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gabaah. And there was war between Abiah and Jeroboam. And Abiah made a battle with an Host of fighting men of four hundred thousand chosen men. And Jeroboam put in array to fight against him, with eight hundred thousand picked men and strong.
And Abiah stood up upon Zemaraim an hill in mount Ephraim and said: hear me thou Jeroboam and all Israel. Becometh it not you to know how the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom of Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons, with a salted covenant. But Jeroboam the son of Nabat the servant of Salomon the son of David, rebelled against the Lord. And there gathered to him lewd men and unthrifties, and prevailed against Rehoboam the son of Salomon: for Rehoboam was young and tender hearted and not strong enough for them.
And now ye think to prevail against the kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the sons of David, because ye be a great multitude and have with you the golden calves which Jeroboam made you for Gods. And have ye not cast out the priests of the Lord the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests like the nations of other lands: even whoseover cometh and filleth his hand with an ox and seven rams, the same is made priest to them that are no Gods.
But with us is the Lord our God whom we have not forsaken, and the priests of the sons of Aaron ministering unto the Lord, and the Levites in office, burning unto the Lord every morning and every evening burntofferings and sweet cense: and the shewbread put in order upon a pure table: and the candlestick of gold with the lamps of the same, to be lighted every evening. For we keep the watch of the Lord our God: but ye have forsaken him. Moreover see, God is with us in the forward, and his priests, and the roaring trumpets to cry alarm against you. Ye children of Israel fight not with the Lord God of your fathers: for it will not prosper with you.
But for all that Jeroboam sent men privily above to come behind upon them: and so they were before Juda, and the layers in wait were behind them. And when Juda turned and saw the battle behind and before, they cried unto the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets and the men of Juda gave a shout. And as the men of Juda shouted, God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abiah and Juda. And the children of Israel fled before Juda, and the Lord delivered them into the hands of Juda. And Abiah and his people slew a great slaughter of them: so that there were stricken down dead of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. And so the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Juda prevailed: because they leaned unto the Lord God of their fathers. And Abiah followed after Jeroboam and won certain cities from him: Bethel with the towns belonging thereto, and Jesanah with the towns that longed thereto, and Ephron with her towns. And Jeroboam recovered not strength again in the days of Abiah. And at the last the Lord plagued him, that he died.
And Abiah waxed mighty, and took him fourteen wives, and begat twenty two sons and sixteen
daughters. The rest of the acts of Abiah and his ways and his doings are written in the story of the
Prophet Ado. And when Abiah was laid to sleep with his fathers, they buried him in the city of
David, and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In whose days the land was quiet ten years.
The 14th Chapter
And Asa did that was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, and took away the altars of strangers and the hillaltars, and brake the Images and cut down the groves, and commanded Juda to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to do according to the law and commandment. And he put away out of all the cities of Juda, the hillaltars and the idols: for the kingdom was quiet before him. And he built strong cities in Juda: because the land was in rest, and he had no war in those years. For the Lord had given him rest.
And therefore he said to Juda: let us build these cities and compass them with walls and towers, gates and bars, while we have the land quiet. For we have fought the Lord our God: and because we have fought him, he hath given us rest on every side. And so they built and prospered. And Asa had an Army that bare shield and spear, out of Juda three hundred thousand, and out of Benjamin that bare shield and drew bows two hundred and eighty thousand, and were all strong men.
And there came out against them Zarah the Morian with an Host of ten hundred thousand, and three hundred chariots, and came as far of Maresa. And Asa went out to him, and they put in array to battle in the valley of Zephatah beside Maresa. And Asa cried unto the Lord his God and said: Lord, it is all one with thee to help them that have no power, with few or with many: help us O' Lord our God, for we trust to thee, and in thine name be come against this multitude. Thou art the Lord our God. let not man prevail against thee.
And the Lord smote the black Moors before Asa and Juda, that they fled. And Asa and the people
that was with him, followed after them as far as Gerar. And the black Moors were overthrown,
that there bode none alive of them, but were destroyed of the Lord and of his Host. And they
carried away a mighty great prey. And they smote all the cities round about Gerar. For the fear of
the Lord came upon them. And they robbed all the cities for there was exceeding much to be
robbed in them. And thereto they smote the tents of cattle and carried away plenty of sheep and
camels, and returned to Jerusalem.
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And the spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Obed. And he went out against Asa and said to him: hear me Asa and all Juda and Benjamin. The Lord is with you, while ye be with him, and if ye shall seek him, he will be found of you: but and if ye shall forsake him, he will forsake you. There will come many days in Israel, in which there shall be no true God nor priest that teacheth, nor any law. And in their tribulation they shall turn unto the Lord God of Israel and shall seek him, and he shall be found of them. And in those days there shall be no peace to them that go out and in. But great vexation upon the inhabitors of all lands. For one nation shall destroy another, and one city another: for God will traunce them with all adversity. But pluck you up your hearts and let not your hands faint, for your works shall be rewarded.
When Asa heard those words and the prophecy of Azariah the son of Obed the Prophet, he took courage and put away the abominations out of all the land of Juda and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he won in mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord that was before the porch of the Lord. And he gathered all Juda and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim, Manasse and Simeon. For there fell many to him out of Israel, when they saw that God was with him. And they assembled at Jerusalem the third month of the fifteen year of the reign of Asa. And they offered unto the Lord that same time of the spoil which they had brought seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
And they made a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers, with all their hearts and all their souls: so that all that sought not the Lord God of Israel, should die for it, whether he were small or great, man or woman. And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice and shouting and with trumpets and horns. And all Juda rejoiced in the oath, for they had sworn with all their hearts, and sought him with all their lust, and he was found of them. And the Lord gave them rest round about.
And thereto king Asa put Maacah his mother out of authority, because she had made an idol in a
grove: and brake down her idol and stamped it and burnt it by the brook Cedron. But they put not
the hillaltars out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was pure all his life. And he brought into
the house of God the dedicate gifts which he and his father had dedicated in gold, silver and other
Jewels. And there was no more war unto the thirty fifth year of the reign of Asa.
The 16th Chapter
In the thirty sixth year of the reign of Asa, came Baasa king of Israel against Juda and built Ramah, to the intent that he would let none that pertained to Asa king of Juda, have passage in and out. Whereupon Asa fetched out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the kings house, and sent it to Benhadad king of Siria, that dwelt at Damasco, and said. There is a confederation between me and thee, and so was between my father and thine, wherefore I have sent thee silver and gold, that thou go and break thine appointment with Baasa king of Israel, that he may depart from me. And Benhadad granted unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his army against the cities of Israel. And they beat Aion, Dan, Abelmaim and all the store cities of Nephthali. And when Baasa heard that, he left building of Ramah and let his work cease. And then Asa the king took all Juda and carried away and stones and timber of Ramah wherewith Baasa was abuilding: and he built therwith Gabaa and Mazphah.
At that same time Hanani the sear, came to Asa king of Juda and said to him: because thou trustedest in the king of Siria, and trustest not in the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Siria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the black moors and they of Libia a great host with exceeding many chariots and horsemen ? And yet because thou trustedest in the Lord, he delivered them into thine hands. For the eyes of the Lord behold all the earth, to strength the hearts of them that are whole with him. Herein thou hast done foolishly, and therefore from henceforth thou shalt have war. Whereupon Asa was wroth with the sear and put him in the converting house, for he was displeased with him because of that. Moreover Asa oppressed certain of the people the same season.
The deeds of Asa both first and last, are written in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel. And
the thirty ninth year of his reign Asa fell sick of his feet, and that his disease exceeded. And
thereto in his sickness he asked no counsel of the Lord, but of Physicians. And at the last Asa fell
on sleep with his fathers and died when he had reigned fifty one years. And they buried him in his
own sepulchre which he had made in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which he had filled
with sweet odours of diverse kinds, made by the craft of the apothecaries. And they did exceeding
great cost about burying of him.
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And Jehosaphat his son reigned in his stead and was mightier than Israel. And he put soldiers in all the strong cities of Juda, and set rulers both in the land of Juda and also in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had won. And the Lord was with Jehosaphat, because he walked in the old ways of his father David, and sought not Baals: But sought the Lord God of his father and walked in his commandments and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the Lord stablished the kingdom in his hand and all Juda brought him presents, that he became exceeding rich and glorious. And his heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord, and he put down yet more of the hillaltars and groves out of Juda.
And the third year of his reign he sent of his Lords: Benhail, Abdiah, Zachariah, Nathanael and Michaah to teach in the cities of Juda: and with them Semeiah, Nathaniah, Zabadiah, Asahel, Semiramoth, Jehonathan, Adoniah, Thobiah and Thobodoniah Levites: and with them Elisama and Joram priests. And they taught in Juda, and had the book of the law with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Juda and taught the people.
And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Juda, that they durst not war with Jehosaphat. And the Philistines brought Jehosaphat gifts and tribute silver. And thereto the Arabians brought him of sheep, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats. And so Jehosaphat prospered and grew up on high. And he built in Juda, castles and store cities. And he had great substance in the cities of Juda, and fighting men and men of might in Jerusalem.
And this is the order in the houses of their fathers, of the captains over thousands in Juda: Ednah
the captain and with him of fighting men three hundred thousand. And next to him Jehohanan a
captain and with him two hundred and eighty thousand. And by his side Amaziah the son of
Zechri willing unto the Lord, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men. And of the
children of Benjamin, Eliada was a man of might, and had with him armed with bows and shields
two hundred thousand. And by his side Jehosabad with whom were an hundred and eighty
thousand trimmed for war. These waited on the king, besides those which the king had put in
strong cities throughout all Juda.
The 18th Chapter
And Jehosaphat became very rich and glorious, and joined affinity with Ahab. And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab slew sheep and oxen plenteously for him and for the people that came with him, and entreated him to go up unto Ramoth in Galaad. And Ahab king of Isreal said to Jehosaphat king of Juda: wilt thou go with me to Ramoth in Galaad ? And he answered him, I will be as thou, and my people shall be as thine and we will be with thee in the war.
But Jehosaphat said unto the king of Israel: ask I pray thee the word of the Lord. And the king of Israel gathered together of the Prophets four hundred men, and said unto them: shall we go to Ramoth in Galaad to fight, or shall I cease ? And they said, go: the Lord shall deliver it into the kings hand. And Jehosaphat said, is there yet here never a Prophet more of the Lords, that we might ask of him ? And the king of Israel said to Jehosaphat, there is yet one, to ask the Lord by him: But I hate him, for he never prophesieth me good, but always evil, one Micheah the son of Jemla. And Jehosaphat said: let not the king say so.
Then the king of Israel called one of his chamberlains and said: fetch hither quickly Micheah the son of Jemla. And the king of Israel and Jehosaphat king of Juda sat either of them on his seat in their apparel, in a threshing floor beside the gate of Samaria, and all the Prophets prophesying before them. And one Zedekiah the son of Chananah made him horns of iron and said, thus saith the Lord: with these thou shalt winnow Siria until thou hast brought them to nought. And all the Prophets prophesied even so saying: Go up to Ramoth in Galaad and prosper, for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
And the messenger that went to call Micheah, spake to him saying: behold, the words of the Prophets are pleasant to the king with one assent, let thy words I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and speak that which is pleasant. And Micheah said: as truly as the Lord liveth, even what my God saith, 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 fight, or shall I be in rest ? And he answered: go ye and prosper, for the Lord shall deliver it into your hands. But the king said to him: how often times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but truth to me, in the name of the Lord.
Then he said: I see all Israel scattered in the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said: these 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 not prophesy good unto me, but evil ?
And he answered: therefore hear ye the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sit upon his seat, and all the company of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said: who shall deceive Ahab king of Israel, that he may go and be overthrown at Ramoth in Galaad. And while one said thus and another that, there came out a spirit and stood before the Lord and said: I will deceive him. And the Lord said to him, how ? And he said: I will go out and will be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets. And the Lord said, thou shalt deceive him and shalt prevail, go out and do even so. And now behold the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these thy prophets, and yet the Lord hath spoken evil against thee. And Zedekiah the son of Chananah, went to and smote Micheah upon the cheek, and said: by what way went the spirit of the Lord from me, to speak in thee ? And Micheah said: thou shalt see the day when thou shalt run from chamber to chamber, for to hide thyself. Then said the king of Israel, take ye Micheah and deliver him to Amon the governor of city, and to Joas the kings son and say, thus saith the king: put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread and water of tribulation, until I come again in peace. And Micheah said: if thou come again in peace, then hath not the Lord spoken in me. And Micheah said moreover, hearken to ye people every one of you. And so the king of Israel and Jehosaphat went up to Ramoth in Galaad. Then said the king of Israel to Jehosaphat: change thee and get thee to battle, but see thou have thine own apparel upon thee. And the king of Israel changed himself, and they went to battle. But the king of Siria commanded the captains of his chariots saying: see that ye fight not against small or great, save against the king of Israel only.
And when the captains of the chariots saw Jehosaphat, they had went (thought ?) he had been the
king of Israel, and therefore compassed about him, to fight. But Ichosaphat cried out, and the
Lord help him, and God *tysed (enticed ?) them away from him. For when the captains of the
chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from him. And a
certain man drew his bow ignorantly and smote the king of Israel between the Joints of his
*habergeon. And he said to the chariot man, turn thine hand and carry me out of the host, for I
am hurt. And the battle arose that day. Howbeit the king of Israel continued standing in his
chariot against the Sirians until evening. And about the *son going down he died. *habergeon:
short sleeveless coat of chain mail armor. *son: sonne exactly as found in the text other places see
sun spelled sunne.
The 19th Chapter
And Jehosaphat king of Juda returned to his house safe and sound to Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the sear, went out against him and said to king Jehosaphat: oughtest thou to help the wicked, and to love them that hate the Lord. In this verify is the wrath of the Lord upon thee. Neverthelater there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast put away groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God. And as Jehosaphat dwelt at Jerusalem, he went to again and went among the people from Bersabe to mount Ephraim, and brought them again unto the Lord God of their fathers. And he set Judges in the land, throughout all the strong cities of Juda, city by city, and said to the Judges take heed what ye do: for ye be not Judges in the law of man, but of God, which is with you in the words of the law. Wherefore let the fear of the Lord be with you, and take heed and do it. For there is no unrighteousness in the Lord our God nor regarding of persons, nor taking of rewards.
Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehosaphat set of the Levites and of the priests and of the ancient
heads of Israel, over the customs of the Lord and causes of strife. And then they returned again
to Jerusalem. And he charged them saying: do even so in the fear of the Lord with truth and pure
heart. And whatsoever come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and
blood, law, commandment, ordinances and customs: see that ye warn them, that they trespass not
against the Lord, lest wrath come upon you and on your brethren. Thus do and ye shall not
offend. And see here Amariah the priest which is head over you in all matters of the Lord, and
Zabadiah the son of Ismael a ruler in the house of Juda, he is over all causes concerning the king,
with officers of the Levites before you. Take courage to you and go upon it, and the Lord shall be
with the good.
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After that came the children of Moab and the children of Ammon and with them the Ammonites against Jehosaphat to battle. And there came that told Jeshosaphat saying: there cometh a great multitude against thee from the other side the sea out of Siria. And see they be in Hasason Thamar which is Engadi. And Jehosaphat feared and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed fasting throughout all Juda. And Juda gathered themselves together to ask counsel of the Lord. And thereto there came out of all the cities of Juda to seek the Lord. And Jehosaphat stood in the congregation of Juda and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court and said: Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven, and reignest not thou on all the kingdoms of the heathen ? And in thine hand is power and might, that no man can stand before thee. Art not thou our God which didst cast out the inhabiters of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy lover for ever ? And they dwelt therein and have built thee a temple therein unto thy name, and said: when evil cometh upon us, as the sword of judgement, pestilence or hunger: then if we stand before this house and before thee (for thy name is in this house) and shall cry unto thee in our tribulation, thou shalt hear and help.
And now behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, by which thou wouldest not let Israel go, when they came out of Egypt: but they departed from them and destroyed them not. And see, how they reward us, to come for to cast us out of thy possession which thou hast possessed us with all. O' our God, wilt thou not judge them ? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us. Neither know we what to do: but our eyes be unto thee.
And as all Juda stood before the Lord with their young ones, their wives and their children: the spirit of the Lord came upon Jahasiel the son of Zachariah the son of Banaiah the son of Jeiel the son of Mathaniah a Levite of the sons of Asaph, even as he was in the midst of the congregation. And he said: hearken all Juda and the inhabiters of Jerusalem, and also king Jehosaphat. Thus saith the Lord unto you: be not afeard or faint hearted by reason of this great multitude. For the war is not yours, but Gods. And tomorrow ye shall go down to them: see, they come up at Zis, and ye shall meet them in the flags of the brook before the wilderness of Jeruel. Moreover it belongeth not to you for to fight this quarrel: but step forth and stand and behold the help of the Lord which is with you: fear not, nor let your heart fail you, O ye of Juda and of Jerusalem. Tomorrow go out to them: for the Lord is with you.
And Jehosaphat bowed himself with his face to the city, and all Juda and the inhabiters of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, to bow themselves unto the Lord. And the Levites and the children of the Cahathites and of the Corahites stood up, to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high. And so they arose early in the morning and get them out unto the wilderness of Thekua. And as they went out Jehosaphat stood and said: hear me Juda and the inhabiters of Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God, and so shall ye continue: and believe his prophets and so shall ye prosper. And he gave the people counsel, and set the singers of the Lord and them that praised in holy apparel, to go out before the army and to say: praise the Lord for his mercy lasteth ever. And what time they began to laud and praise, then the Lord set layers await against the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, to destroy them utterly and to wipe them out. And when they had made an end of the inhabiters of Seir, then they help to destroy each other.
And when Juda came to Mazphah in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude. And behold, they were dead carcases fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And Jehosaphat and his people went to rob away the spoil of them and found among them abundance of goods and raiment and of pleasant Jewels, and caught from them more than they could carry away: so that they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. And the fourth day they assembled in the valley of blessing, for there they blessed the Lord. And therefore they called the name of the said place the valley of blessing unto this day. And so all the men of Juda and Jerusalem returned and Jehosaphat among the thickest of them, for to go again to Jerusalem with gladness: for the Lord had made them to rejoice of their enemies. And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets, even unto the house of the Lord. And the fear of God fell in the kingdoms of all lands, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel. And so the realm of Jehosaphat was in tranquillity: for his God had given him rest on every side.
And Jehosaphat reigned upon Juda, and was thirty five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty five years in Jerusalem. And his mothers name was Asuba the daughter of Silhi. And he walked in the way of Asa his father and bowed not therefrom, to do that was pleasant in the sight of the Lord. How be it they put not down the hillaltars, neither did the people yet prepare their hearts unto the God of their fathers. The rest of the acts of Jehosaphat first and last are written in the works of Jehu the son of Hanani, which noted them in the book of the kings of Israel.
After this Jehosaphat king of Juda joined himself with Ohoziah king of Israel, which was a wicked
doer. And he coupled himself with him, to make ships to go to Tharsis. And they made the ships
in Azion Gaber. And Elieser the son of Dodanah of Maresa prophesied against Jehosaphat:
saying: because thou hast joined thyself with Ohoziah the Lord hath broken thy works. And the
ships were broken that they were not able to go to Tharsis.
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Jehosaphat laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David and Jehoram his son reigned in his room: which Jehoram had other brethren, sons ofJehosaphat, Asariah, Jehiel, Zachariah, Asariah, Michael and Sephatia. All these were the sons of Jehosapaht king of Juda. And their father gave them many great gifts in silver, gold and other precious things with strong cities in Juda: but the kingdom he gave to Jehoram, because he was the eldest. And when Jehoram was up upon the kingdom of his father and settled, he slew all his other brethren with the sword, and diverse of the Lords of Israel thereto. Jehoram was thirty two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab (for a daughter of Ahab was his wife) and he wrought evil in the eyes of the Lord. How be it the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
In his days the Edomites departed from under the hand of Juda and made them a king. And Jehoram went forth with his lords and all his chariots with him and rose by night and laid on the Edomites. Which compassed him in and the captains of his chariots. And so Edom departed from under the hand of Juda unto this day. That same time also did lobnah depart from under his power, because he left the Lord God of his fathers. Moreover he made hillaltars in the mountains of Juda, and cause the inhabiters of Jerusalem to commit adultery, and he thrust Juda out of the way.
And there came a writing to him from Eliah the prophet of this tenor. Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father: because thou walkedst not in the ways of Jehosaphat thy father and in the ways of Asa king of Juda, but walkedst in the ways of Asa king of Israel and hast made Juda and the dwellers of Jerusalem go awhoring, like to the whoring of the house of Ahab, and hast thereto slain thy brethren that were thy fathers house, which were better than thou: Therefore behold the Lord will smite thee with a mighty plague in thy folk, in thy children, in thy wives and in thy goods. And thou shalt have much disease through infirmity in thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of thy sickness, day by day.
And the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabians that border
on the black moors. Which came against Juda and all to tare the land, and carried away all the
substance that was found in the kings house, and thereto his sons and his wives: so that there was
never a son left him save Jehoahaz his youngest son. And after all that, the Lord smote him in his
bowels with an incurable disease. And in process of time, even about the end of two years, his
guts fell out by reason of his sickness: and so he died of evil diseases. But they made him no
bonfire, like the bonfires of his fathers. When he began to reign, he was twenty seven years old,
and reigned in Jerusalem eight years. And he walked not pleasantly and they buried him in the city
of David: but not in the sepulchre of the kings.
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And the inhabiters of Jerusalem made Ohoziah his youngest son king in his stead. For the men of war that came with the Arabians in the host, had slain all his elder sons. And so Ohoziah the son of Jehoram king of Juda, was made king. Two and forty years old was he when he began to reign, and reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Athaliah the daughter of Amri. And he walked also in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counseller for to do evil. Wherefore he did that displeased the Lord like to the house of Ahab, for they were his counsellers after the death of his father, to his destruction. And he also walked after their counsel. And Jehoram son of Ahab king of Israel went to fight with Hazael king of Siria at Ramoth in Galaad: and they of Ramoth wounded him. Wherefore he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which were given him at Ramoth, when he fought with Hazael king of Siria. And Ohoziah the son of Jeroam king of Juda went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was diseased. For it was thrust into Ohoziah of God to go to Jehoram, and that when he was come, he should go out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Namsi whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab.
And as Jehu was executing justice upon the house of Ahab. He found the Lords of Juda and the sons of the brethren of Ohoziah that waited on Ohoziah, and he slew them. And he sought Ohoziah, and they caught him where he was hid in Samaria, and brought him to Jehu. And when they had slain him they buried him: because (said they) he was the son of Jehosaphat which sought the Lord with all his heart. And there was none of the house of Ohoziah that could obtain to be king.
For Athaliah the mother of Ohoziah, when she saw her son was dead, arose and spake with all the
seed of the kingdom of the house of Juda. But Jehosabeath the daughter of the king took Jehoas
the son of Ohoziah and stole him from among the kings sons that were slain, and put him and his
nurse in a sleeping chamber. And so Jehosabeath the daughter of king Jehoram and wife of
Jehoiada the priest (because she was the sister of Ohoziah) hid him from Athaliah that she slew
him not. And he was with them hid in the house of God six years. And Athaliah reigned over the
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And in the seventh year Jehoiada took heart, and made a bond with the captains of hundreds: Azariah the son of Jehoram, Ismael the son of Johanan, Azariah the son of Obed, Maaciah the son of Adaiah and Elisaphat the son of Zechri. And they went about in Juda and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Juda and the ancient heads of Israel: and they came to Jerusalem. And all the congregation made a bond with the king in the house of God. And Jehoiada said to them: behold, the kings son must reign over the children of David, as the Lord hath said.
This it is therefore that ye shall do. The third part of you priests and Levites which come in the Sabbath day, shall keep the doors and another third part shall be in the kings house and another third part shall be in the gate of the foundation, and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the Lord. And there shall none come into the house of the Lord, save the priests and the Levites that minister. They shall go in, for they are holy: and all the people shall keep the watch of the Lord. And the Levites shall compass the king round about, and every man his weapon in his hand: and whatsoever other man come into the house of the Lord, he shall die for it, and they shall be with the king, as he cometh in and as he goeth out.
And the Levites and all Juda did in all things as Jehoiada the priest commanded, and took every man his men: both them that came in and them that went out the sabbath day: for Jehoiada the priest did let none of the companies depart. And Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds spears and shields and bucklers that pertained to king David and were in the house of God. And he set all the people and every man his weapon in his hand, from the right corner of the house to the left corner of the house, along by the altar and the house round about the king. And they brought out the kings son and put upon him the crown and the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him and said: God save the king.
When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she went among the people into the house of the Lord. And when she saw the king stand at his pillar in the entering, and the Lords and trumpets about the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing with trumpets, and the singers with instruments of music teaching to praise. Then she rent her clothes and cried: treason, treason. And Jehoiada the priest went out with the captains of hundreds that were appointed to govern the host and said to them: have her out without the arrays and whoseover followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest said: slay her not in the house of the Lord. And they laid hands on her, and when she was come out to the entering of the horsegate in the kings house, they slew her there.
And Jehoiada made a bond between him and all the people and the king, to be the Lords people. And all the people went to the house of Baal and destroyed it, and brake his altars and his images, and slew Mathan the priest of Baal before the altars. And Jehoiada put the offices of the house of the Lord in the hands of the priests the Levites, which David had divided in companies for the house of the Lord, to offer burntofferings unto the Lord, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as it was ordained by David. And he set porters unto the gates of the house of the Lord, that none that was unclean in any point should enter in.
And he took the captains of hundreds and the nobles, and the governors of the people and all the
folk of the land, and brought the king down out of the house of the Lord, and they went through
the high gate in the kings house, and set the king upon the seat of the kingdom. And all the people
of the land rejoiced, and the city was in tranquillity: but they slew Athaliah with the sword.
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Jehoas was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Zebiah of Bersabe. And Jehoas did that pleased the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest. And Jehoiada gave him two wives, and he begat sons and daughters.
It chanced after that, that Jehoas was minded to mend the house of the Lord. And upon that he gathered together the priests and the Levites and said to them: go out through the cities of Juda and gather of all Israel silver, to strength the house of your God, year by year, and see that ye haste the thing: howbeit the Levites were slack. Then the king called Jehoiada that was the chiefest, and said to him: Why requirest thou not of the Levites to bring in, out of Juda and Jerusalem the sum appointed by Moses the servant of the Lord, and by the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness. For wicked Athaliah and her children had broken the house of God, and had thereto bestowed all the dedicate gifts of the house of the Lord, about Baals.
Wherefore at the kings commandment, they made a coffer, and set it at the gate of the house of the Lord: and made proclamation through Juda and Jerusalem to bring in to the Lord the taxation of Moses the servant of God, which he set upon Israel in the wilderness. And the Lords and all the people rejoiced and brought in and cast into the coffer until it was full. And when the time came that the chest should be brought in by the hands of the Levites at the appointment of the king, when they saw that there was much money: then came the kings scribe and one appointed by the high priest, and poured out that was in the coffer, and then took it and carried it to his place again, and thus they did day by day, and gathered much money.
And the king and Jehoiada gave it to workmen that wrought upon the house of the Lord, and hired Masons and carpenters to redress the house of the Lord, and so did they artificers in iron and brass, to repair the house of the Lord. And the workmen wrought and the work mended through their hands: and they made the house of God as it ought to be, and strengthed it. And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money to the king and Jehoiada, and therewith were made vessels for the house of the Lord: even vessels to minister withal and to serve for burntofferings as ladies and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burntofferings in the house of the Lord continually all the days of Jehoiada. And Jehoiada waxed old and full of years and died. And hundred and thirty years old was he when he died. And they buried him in the city of David among the kings because he had done good in Israel, and on God and on his house. And after the death of Jehoiada, came the Lords of Juda and made obeisance to the king. And then he hearkened unto them. And so they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and Images. And then came there wrath upon Juda and Jerusalem, for this their trespasses sake. Notwithstanding yet God sent Prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord. And they testified unto them. But they would not hear.
And the spirit of God came upon Zachariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, and he stepped up above the people and said to them. Thus saith God: why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord ? ye shall therefore not prosper, but as ye have forsaken him, so shall he forsake you. Whereupon they conspired against him and stoned him with stones, at the commandment of the king: even in the court of the house of the Lord. And so Jehoas the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said: the Lord see and require a reckoning.
And when the year was out, the host of the Sirians came against him: and they came to Juda and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the Lords of the people from among the people and sent all the spoil of them unto the king to Damasco. And though the army of Siria came with a small company of men, yet the Lord delivered a very great host into their hands, because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. And thereto they served Jehoas according.
And as soon as they were departed from him, though they left him in great diseases: yet his own
servants conspired against him for the blood of the children of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him
on his bed. And when he was dead, they buried him in the city of David: but not in the sepulchres
of the kings. And these are they that conspired against him: Zabad the son of Samaath an
Ammonite and Jehosabad the son of Simrith a Moabite. And his sons and the sum of the tax that
came to him, and the foundation of the house of God, are written in the story of the book of
kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
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Amaziah was twenty five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Jehoiadan of Jerusalem. And he did that pleased the Lord: but not with the whole heart. And as soon as he was settled in the kingdom, he slew them that killed the king his father. But he slew not their children as it is written in the law, even in the book of Moses to whom the Lord commanded saying: the fathers shall not die for the childrens causes, nor the children for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin. And Amaziah gathered Juda together and made captains over thousands and over hundreds in the houses of their fathers throughout all Juda and Benjamin. And he numbered them from twenty years and above, and found them three hundred thousand lusty men able to go to battle, and that could handle spear and shield. And he hired thereto an hundred thousand fighting men out of Israel, for an hundred talents of silver.
But there came a man of God to him and said: king, let not the army of Israel go with thee: for the Lord is not with Israel neither with any of the house of Ephraim. Or else if thou needs wilt, then go and do it, and make thyself strong to battle: and thou shalt see, that God shall make thee fall before thine enemies. For God hath power to help or to cast down. And Amaziah said again to the man of God, what shall we do then, for the hundred talents which I have given unto the host of Israel ? And the man of God said: the Lord is able to give thee much more than that.
And then Amaziah severed that army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again. Wherefore they were exceeding wroth with Juda, and returned to their own home in great anger.
And Amaziah took heart and carried out his host and went to Saltdale. Where he slew of the children of Seir ten thousand. And other ten thousand the children of Juda took alive, and carried them unto the top of a rock and cast them down from the top of the rock that they all to burst: but the men of the army which Amaziah had turned back and would not let go with his people to battle, ran upon the cities of Juda from Samaria unto Bethhoron and slew three thousand of them and won much spoil.
And it chanced, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, and had brought the Gods of the children of Seir, he set them up to be his Gods, and bowed himself before them and burned cense unto them. Wherefore the Lord was wroth with Amaziah and and sent to him a prophet, and said to him: why seekest thou the Gods of the people which were not able to deliver their own people out of thine hands ? And as the prophet spake to him, he said to the prophet: have men made thee of the kings counsel ? cease, lest thou be beaten. And the prophet ceased and said: I am sure that God hath taken counsel to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and obeyest not my counsel.
Then Amaziah king of Juda took advice and sent to Joas the son of Jehoahaz the son of Jehu king of Israel and said: come, and let us see each other. And Joas king of Israel sent again to Amaziah king of Juda saying: a thistle in Libanon sent to a Cedar tree of Libanon saying: give thy daughter to my son to wife. But there came the wild beasts of Libanon and trod down the thistle. Thou thinkest: see, I have beaten the Edomites, therefore thine heart ariseth to glorify thyself. Now bide at home: what needeth thee to provoke to evil, that thou perish and Juda with thee.
But Amaziah rested not: for it came of God, even to deliver them into the hands of their enemies: and that because they had sought the Gods of the Edomites. And Joas king of Israel came up: and they saw either other, both he and Amaziah king of Juda at Bethsames in Juda. And Juda was put to the worse before Israel, and fled every man to his tent. And Joas king of Israel took Amaziah king of Juda the son of Jehoas the son of Ohoziah at Bethsames: and brought him to Jerusalem, and tare the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits long. And he took all the gold and silver and all the Jewels that were found in the house of God with Obed Edom and the treasure of the kings house and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
And Amaziah the son of Jehoas king of Juda lived after the death of Joas son of Jehoahaz king of
Israel fifteen years. The rest of the acts of Amaziah first and last are written in the book of the
kings of Juda and Israel. And after that time that Amaziah did turn away from the Lord, they
conspired treason against him in Jersulem: and he fled to Lachis. Whither they sent after him and
slew him there, and brought him up with horses and buried him with his fathers in the city of Juda.
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Then all the people of Juda took Oziah which was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. And he built Eloth and brought it again to Juda after the king was laid to rest with his fathers. Sixteen years old was Oziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty two years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Jecaliah of Jerusalem. And he did that pleased the Lord, in all points as did his father Amaziah. And he sought God while Zachariah the teacher to see God lived: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
And he went to battle against the Philistines and brake down the walls of Geth, and the walls of Jabneh and the walls of Asdod, and built cities about Asdod and among the Philistines. And God help him against the Philistines and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and against the Meunites. And the Ammonites gave tribute to Oziah, and his name spread abroad even to Egypt: for he played the man and exceeded. Moreover Oziah built towers in Jerusalem over the corner gate, and over the valley gate, and over other corners, and made them strong. And he built towers in the wilderness and digged many wells. For he had much cattle, both in the valley and also in the plain: and plowmen and vinedressers in the mountains and in Carmel, for he loved husbandry.
And Oziah had an host of fighting men that went out to war in the army and were told and numbered by Jeiel the scribe and Maasiah an officer, under the hand of Hananiah one of the kings Lords. And the whole number of the ancient heads of the men of might were two thousand and six hundred and under the hands of them was the army of the host, three hundred and seven thousand, and five hundred that made war with might and strength, to help the king against his enemies. And Oziah provided them throughout all the host, shields, spears, helmets, habergeons, bows and slings for stones. And he made engines in Jerusalem by the craft of artificers to be on the towers and corners, to shoot arrows and great stones with all. And his name spread far abroad, for he was wonderfully help, until he was become mighty.
And in his greatness his heart arose, that he was marred: and transgressed against the Lord his God. For he went into the temple of the Lord to burn cense upon the altar of incense. But Asariah the priest went in after him with four score priests of the Lord that were bold men. And they stepped to Oziah the king and said to him: it pertaineth not to thee Oziah to burn cense unto the Lord, but to the priests the children of Aaron that are consecrate for to burn incense. Come out of the sanctuary, for thou hast trespassed, and it shall be no worship to thee before the Lord God.
And Oziah was wroth and had cense in his hand to offer, and in his indignation against the priest,
the leprosy sprang in his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, even beside the
incense altar. And Asariah the chief priest with all the other priests looked upon him: and behold
he was a leper in his forehead, and they vexed him thence. And thereto he was fain to go out,
because the Lord had plagued him. And Oziah the king continued a leper unto the day of his death
and dwelt in an house at liberty: how be it, he was cast out of the house of the Lord. And Joatham
his son had the governance of the kings house and judged the people of the land.The rest of the
acts of Oziah both first and last, did Isaiah the prophet the son of Amos write. And when Oziah
was laid to rest with his fathers, they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial of the kings.
For they said: he is a leper. And Joatham his son reigned in his stead.
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Joatham was twenty five years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Jerusah the daughter of Zadoc. And he did that pleased the Lord in all points as did his father Oziah: save, that he came not to the temple of the Lord, and that the people did yet corrupt themselves. He built the high gate of the temple of the Lord, and on the wall Ophel he built much. Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Juda, and in the wood country he built castles and towers.
And he fought with the king of the children of Ammon, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand quarters of wheat and as much barley. So much also did the children of Ammon give him the second year and the third too. And Joatham became mighty, because he directed his way before the Lord his God.
The rest of the acts of Joatham and all his wars and his ways are written in the book of the kings
of Israel and Juda. He was twenty five years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years
in Jerusalem. And when Joatham was laid to rest with his fathers, they buried him in the city of
David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
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Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not that pleased the Lord, as did his father David: but walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made thereto Baals of metal. And he offered cense in the valley of the children of Hennon, and burnt his children in fire after the abomination of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. And he offered burnt cense in hillaltars and on mountains and under every green tree.
Wherefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hand of the king of the Sirians: which beat him and carried away a great multitude of his captive into Damasco. And thereto he was delivered into the hand of the king of Israel which slew of his a mighty slaughter. For Phakeh the son of Romeliah slew in Juda an hundred and twenty thousand in one da.y, and all fighting men: and that because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. And Zechri a mighty man in mount Ephraim slew Maasiah the kings son and Asrican the Lord steward of household, and Elcanah that was next to the king. And the children of Israel took prisoners of their brethren two hundred thousand wives, sons and daughters, and thereto carried away much spoil of them, and brought it to Samaria.
But there was a prophet of the Lords named Obed which went out to the host which came to Samaria and said to them: see, because the Lord God of your fathers was wroth with Juda, he delivered them into your hands. And ye have slain them with cruelness that reacheth up to heaven. And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Juda and Jerusalem and to make them bondmen and bondwomen. What other thing do ye (ye unhappy) then offend the Lord your God. But now hear me, and deliver the captives again which ye have taken of your brethren: for the great wrath of the Lord is upon you ?
And certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, as Asariah the son of Johanan, Barachiah the son of Mesimeloth, Jehezekiah the son of Selum and Amasa the son of Hadalai stood up against them that came from war, and said unto them: ye shall not bring in the captives hither. For where we have offended the Lord already, ye intend to add more to our sins and trespass. For our trespass is great already, and there is fierce wrath upon Israel: And upon that the men of arms left the captives and the spoil before the Lords and all the congregation.
And there arose certain appointed thereto by name, and took the prisoners and clothed all that were naked among them, of the spoil, and arrayed them and shoed them and gave them to eat and to drink and anointed them, and carried all that were feeble of them upon asses and brought them to Jericho the city of *Paulme trees fast by their brethren: and then returned to Samaria again. Paulme trees:is the exact spelling, refers palme trees
And at that same time king Ahaz sent unto the kings of Assur to have help. And the Edomites
came yet again and slew of Juda and carried away some captives. And the Philistines invaded the
cities in the low country and the south of Juda: and took Bethsames, Aialon, Gaderoth and Socoh
with the towns longing thereto, and Thimna with the towns of the same, and Gimso with her
towns, and dwelt therein. For the Lord brought Juda low, because of Ahaz king of Juda which
made Juda naked and transgressed against the Lord. And Thiglah Palneser king of Assur came
upon him and besieged him, but prevailed not against him. For Ahaz took away out of the house
of the Lord and out of the kings house and out of the Lords houses, and gave unto the king of
Assur, though it help him not. And thereto in the very time of his tribulation did king Ahaz
trespass yet more against the Lord. For he offered unto the Gods of them of Damasco which beat
him and said, because the Gods of the Sirians help them, therefore will I offer to them, that they
may help me also. But they were his destruction and the destruction of all Israel. And Ahaz
gathered together the vessels of the house of God and brake them, and shut up the doors of the
house of the Lord, and made him altars in all corners of Jerusalem. And in all the cities of Juda
city by city he made hillaltars to burn incense unto other Gods, and angered the Lord God of his
fathers. The rest of his acts and all his ways both first and last are written in the book of the kings
of Juda and Israel. And when Ahaz was laid to rest with his fathers, they buried him in the city of
Jerusalem: but brought him not unto the sepulchres of the kings of Juda. And Hezekiah his son
reigned in his stead.
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Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty five years old, and reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. And his mothers name was Abiah the daughter of Zachariah. And he did that was right in the sight of the Lord in all points as did David his father. He opened the doors of the house of the Lord in the first year and first month of his reign, and he repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them together into the east street: and said unto them.
Hear me ye Levites: purify yourselves and hallow the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and bring out the filthiness out of the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed and done evil favouredly in the eyes of the Lord our God: and have forsaken him, and turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord and turned to their backs. And beside that they have shut up the doors of the porch and quenched the lamps and have neither burned cense nor offered burntofferings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
Wherefore the wrath of the Lord fell on Juda and Jerusalem: and he scattered them and made them so thin that men hiss at it, even as ye see with your eyes. For see, our fathers were overthrown with the sword and our sons, our daughters and our wives were carried away captive for the same cause. Now have I in my heart to stike a covenant with the Lord God of Israel: that his wrath may cease. Now therefore my sons be not negligent: for the Lord had chosen you to stand before him, and for to minister and burn offerings to him.
Then the Levites arose: Nahath the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Asariah being of the children of the Cahathites: and the sons of Merari, Kis the son of Abdi and Asariah the son of Jehaleleel: and of the Gersonites, Joah the son of Simma and Eden the son of Joah: and of the sons of Elizaphan, Simri and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph, Zachariah and Mathaniah: and of the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Semei; and of the sons of Jeduthun, Semaiah and Oziel. And they gathered their brethren and purified themselves, and then went at the commandment of the king by the word of the Lord, for to cleanse the house of the Lord. And the priests went into the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord, and in the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it and carried it out into the brook Cedron. They began the first day of the first month to purify, and came the eighth day to the porch of the Lord: so that they had purged the house of the Lord in eight days in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
And then they went into Hezekiah the king and said: we have cleansed all the house of the Lord, and the altar of burntofferings with all his vessels, and the shewbread table with all his apparel: and thereto all the vessels which king Ahaz did cast aside when he reigned and transgressed, them we have repaired and sanctified: and see, they are before the altar of the Lord. And Hezekiah the king rose early and gathered the Lords of the city and went up to the house of the Lord. And there were brought seven oxen, seven rams, seven lambs and seven kids to be a sinoffering for the kingdom, for the sanctuary and for Juda. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the Lord.
And they slew the oxen: and the priests received the blood and sprinkled it on the altar: and they slew the rams and sprinkled the blood upon the altar: and they slew the lambs and sprinkled the blood upon the altar. And then they brought forth the kids of the sin offering before the king and the congregation which put their hands upon them. And the priests slew them and offered the blood of them upon the altar, to make satisfaction for all Israel: for the king said: that the burntoffering and the sinoffering should serve for all Israel. And they set the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, psalteries and harps according to the commandments of David and of Gad the kings sear of visions and of Nathan the prophet. For so was the commandment of the Lord through the hand of his prophets. And so the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with trumpets. And Hezekaih commanded to offer the burntoffering upon the altar. And when the burntoffering began, the song of the Lord began, and the trumpets with the instruments of David king of Israel. And all the congregation bowed themselves, and the singers sang, and the trumpets blew, and continued until the burntoffering was finished.
And when they had made an end of the burntoffering, the king and all that were with him kneeled down and bowed themselves and gave praise and thanks. And Hezekiah the king and the lords bade the Levites to praise the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the sear of visions. And the Levites praised that they rejoiced again, and the other stooped and bowed themselves.
And Hezekiah answered and said: now that ye have filled your hands to the Lord, go to and bring in the sacrifices and thankofferings into the house of the Lord. And the congregation brought in the sacrifices and thankofferings, and all that were willing brought burntofferings. And the number of the burntofferings which the congregation brought in was seventy oxen and an hundred rams amd two hundred lambs: and all for burntofferings to the Lord. And beside that they dedicated six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
But the priests were too few, and were not able to slay all the burntofferings. Wherefore their
brethren the Levites help them till the work was ended, and until the priests were sanctified. For
the Levites were purer hearted to sanctify themselves then the priests. And thereto the
burntofferings were many with the fat of the peaceofferings and the drinkofferings that belonged
to the burntofferings. And so the service pertaining to the house of the Lord went forward. And
Hezekiah rejoiced and all the people, that God had made the folk so ready: for the thing was
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And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Juda: and thereto wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to offer passover unto the Lord God of Israel. And the king held a counsel with his Lords and all the congregation at Jerusalem to keep the feast of passover in the second month. For they could not keep it at that time: for there were not priests enough sanctified, neither was the people gathered together to Jerusalem. And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation. And they decreed that it should be proclaimed throughout all Israel from Bersabe to Dan, that they should come and hold the feast of the passover unto the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not often done it, as it is writen how they should.
And the messengers went with letters of the hand of the king and of his Lords throughout all Israel and Juda, at the commandment of the king which said: children of Israel, turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and so will he turn to the remnant of you that are escaped out of the hands of the king of Assur. And be ye not like your fathers and your brethren which trespassed against the Lord of your fathers, which therefore gave them up that they are wasted as ye see. Wherefore be not stiff necked like unto your fathers, but yield yourselves unto the Lord, and come to his holy place which he hath sanctified for ever, and serve the Lord your God, that his wrath may turn from you. For if ye turn unto the Lord, then your bethren and your children shall find compassion in the presence of them that hold them captive, that they may come again unto this land: for the Lord your God is full of mercy and compassion, and will not turn his face from you, if ye turn again to him.
And the posts went from city to city throughout the land of Ephraim and Manasseh and even unto Zabulon. But they laughed them to scorn and mocked them. Nevertheless yet diverse of Asser, Manasseh and of Zabulon meekened themselves and came to Jerusalem. And thereto the hand of God was in Juda, to make them of one accord to do the commandment of the king and the captains, which was according to the word of the Lord. And so there assembled to Jerusalem much people and a mighty great congregation, to hold the feast of sweet bread in the second month.
And they arose and put away the altars that were in Jerusalem. And thereto all the incense they did away and cast them into the brook Cedron. And they slew passover the fourteenth day of the second month. And the priests and Levites sanctified themselves for shame, and brought in the burntofferings into the house of the Lord. And they stood in their standing after their manner according to the law of Moses the man of God. And the priests sprinkled the blood receiving it of the hands of the Levites. And because there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: and therefore did the Levites slay passover for all that were not clean to sanctify them to the Lord.
There was very much people out of Ephraim, Manasseh, Jsakar and Zabulon that were not clean, and therefore did eat passover otherwise than writing specifieth. But Hezekiah prayed for them and said: the good Lord be merciful to all that set their hearts to seek the God that is the Lord God of their fathers, though they do it not according to the cleanness of the holy place. And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. And so the children of Israel that were found at Jerusalem, held the feast of sweet bread seven days with great gladness, and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day with loud instruments.
And Hezekiah spake heartily unto the Levites that had good understanding of the Lord. And they did eat that feast seven days long and offered peaceofferings and thanked the Lord God of their fathers. And the whole assembly took counsel to keep seven days more: and they held those seven days with gladness. For Hezekiah king of Juda gave for heaveofferings to the congregation a thousand oxen and seven thousand sheep. And the Lords gave to the congregation for heaveofferings a thousand oxen and ten thousand sheep. And the priests sanctified themselves, that they were enough.
And all the congregation of Juda with the priests and Levites, and all the congregation that came
out of Israel and the strangers, both that came out of the land of Israel and that dwelt in Juda,
rejoiced: and there was great joy in Jerusalem. For since the time of Salomon the son of David
king of Israel it happened not so in Jerusalem. And the priests and the Levites arose and blessed
the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer went up unto his holy dwelling place
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And when they had finished all this: then all Israel that were found in cities of Juda, went out and brake the Images and cut down the groves, and all to brake the hillaltars and the other altars throughout all Juda and Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had made an end of them. And afterward all the children of Israel returned every man to his possession in their own cities.
And Hezekiah set the priests and the Levites in their order to wait by course, every man according to his office whether priest or Levite: for the burntofferings and peaceofferings, and to minister and to thank and to pray in the gates of the lodge of the Lord. And the king gave a portion of his substance for burntofferings at morning and even, and for burntofferings on the Sabbath days and new moons and other solemn feasts, according as it is written in the law of the Lord. And he bade the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the part of the priests and Levites, that they might be maintained in the law of the Lord. And as soon as the word came abroad the children of Israel brought abundance of first fruits of corn, wine, oil and honey, and of all manner of fruits of the field: and the tithes of all manner of things brought they in plenteously. And the children of Israel and Juda that dwelt in the cities of Juda, they also brought in the tithes of oxen and sheep, and tithes of dedicate things which were dedicated to the Lord their God, and put them on heaps. In the third month they began to lay the heaps and finished them the seventh.
And when Hezekiah and the Lords came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and his people Israel. And Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadock answered him and said since they began to bring the heaveofferings into the house of the Lord, we have eaten and had enough, and yet left abundance, for the Lord hath blessed his people and thereof is this heap left. And Hezekiah bade dress up the store houses about the house of the Lord. And so they did, and carried in the heaveofferings and the tithes and the dedicate gifts even of fidelity.
Over which Chonaniah the Levite had the rule with Semei his brother next to him. And Jehiel, Asariah, Nahath, Asael, Jerimoth, Josabad, Eliel, Jesmachiah, Mahath and Bananiah were overseers ordained by Chonaniah and Semei his brother, at the appointment of Hezekiah the king, and Asariah the ruler of the house of God. And Chore the son of Jemma the Levite porter of the East door had the oversight of the freewill offerings of God, to give heaveofferings unto the Lord, and was over things most holy. And under him were Eden, Miniamin, Jesua, Semeiah, Amariah and Secheniah, in the the cities of the priests of their fidelity, to give to their brethren their portions, as well to the small as to the great.
And to the males also that were reckoned from three year and above among all that went into the house of the Lord day by day, to do service and to wait by course. And to the priests that were reckoned in the households of their fathers from twenty years and above, to wait when their courses came. And to them that were reckoned throughout all their babes, wives, sons and daughters throughout all the congregation. For to the fidelity of them did men commit their sanctified gifts. And thereto among the children of Aaron the priests were men named by name in the fields of the suburbs of all their cities, city by city, for to give portions to all the males of the priests and to all that were reckoned among the Levites.
And of this manner did Hezekiah throughout all Juda, and did that was good, right and truth,
before the Lord his God. And in all the works that he began in the service of the house of God, to
seek his God after the law and commandment, that did he with all his heart, and prospered.
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After these deeds and truth, Sennaherib king of Assur came and entered into Juda and pitched against the strong cities and thought to draw them to him. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennaherib was come and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem: he took counsel with his captains and men of might, to stop the water of the fountains that were without the city: and they were content to help him. And so there gathered much people together and stopped all the wells and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, intending that the kings of Assur should not find much water when they came ? And he went to lustily and built up the wall where it was broken, and made towers above upon, and yet another wall without, and repaired Mello the city of David, and made many darts and shields.
And he set Captains of war over the people and gathered them together unto the large street of the gate of the city and spake gently to them saying: Pluck up your hearts and be strong: Be not afraid or in any wise discouraged for dread of the king of Assur, and of the great multitude that is with him: for there is one greater with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh: But with us is the Lord our God for to help us and to fight our battles. And the people were well couraged with the words of Hezekiah king of Juda.
After that Sennaherib king of Assur sent of his servants to Jerusalem (he himself lying before Lachis, and all his kingdom with him) unto Hezekiah king of Juda and unto all Juda that were at Jerusalem saying. Thus saith Sennaherib king of Assur: wherein do ye trust, O ye that are besieged in Jerusalem ? Hezekiah deceiveth you, to deliver you to death, hunger and thirst, saying: the Lord our God shall rid us out of the hand of the king of Assur. Is it not that Hezekiah that put down his hillaltars and his other altars, and commanded Juda and Jerusalem saying: before one altar ye shall bow yourselves and upon that offer also.
Moreover have ye not heard what I and my fathers have done unto the people of all lands ? were the Gods of the people of other lands able to save their lands out of my hand ? which of all the Gods of those nations that my fathers destroyed was it, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand ? Wherefore now let not Hezekiah deceive you either persuade you of this fashion, nor yet believe him. For as no God among so many nations and kingdoms, was able to rid his people out of mine hand and the hands of my fathers: even so much less shall your God keep you out of mine hand. And yet more did his servants speak against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. And thereto he wrote a letter to rail on the Lord God of Israel and spake therein saying: as the Gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, no more shall the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand. And they cried with a loud voice in the Jews speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the walls, to fear them and to dismay them, that they might have taken the city. And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the Gods of the nations of the earth, which are the work of the hands of men.
But Hezekiah the king and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed concerning the thing and cried up to heaven. And the Lord sent an angel and destroyed all the men of war and the Lords and captains of the host of the king of Assur, that he turned his face with shame towards his own land. And when he was come into the house of his God, he was there overthrown with the sword even by them that issued out of his bowels. And so the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabiters at Jerusalem out of the hands of Sennaherib king of Assur and of all other, and maintained them on all sides. In so much that many brought presents unto the Lord to Jerusalem and precious gifts to Hezekiah king of Juda: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.
In those days Hezekiah was sick unto the death and besought the Lord: which answered him and showed him a wonderful miracle: But Hezekiah did not according to the courtesy showed him, for his heart arose: and therefore came there wrath upon him and upon Juda and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding Hezekiah meekened himself for the arising of his heart, both he and the inhabiters of Jerusalem. Wherefore the wrath of the Lord fell not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour. And he gathered him treasure of silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields and of all manner pleasant Jewels: and made store houses for the fruits of corn, wine and oil: and stables for all manner of beasts, and folds for sheep. And he made him towns because he had cattle of sheep and oxen great abundance. For God had given him substance exceeding much. And the said Hezekiah stopped the upper water springs of Eihon and brought them down to the West side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. But when the ambassadors of the Lords of Babilon were sent to him to enquire of the wonder that chanced in the land, God left him: to tempt him that all that was in his heart might be known.
The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and his goodness are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet
the son of Amoz in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel. And then Hezekiah laid him to rest
with his fathers, and they buried him in the highest sepulchre of the sons of David: and Juda and
the inhabiters of Jerusalem did him worship at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his
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Manasseh was twelve years old when he was made king, and reigned fifty five years in Jerusalem. And he did wickedly in the sight of the Lord, like unto the abominations of the heathen which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. For he went to and built again the hillaltars which Hezekiah his father had broken down. And he reared up altars unto Baals and made groves and bowed himself unto all the host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the house of the Lord: of which the Lord hath said in Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. And he made altars unto all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he burnt his children in fire in the valley of the sons of Hennon. And he observed dismal days and occupied witchcraft and sorcery, and maintained workers with spirits and sears of fortunes: and wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to anger him withal.
And he put the carved Image of an Idol which he had made, in the house of God. Of which house God said to David and to Salomon his son, in this house here in Jerusalem which I have chosen out of all the tribes, I will put my name for ever, and no more bring the seat of Israel from the land which I have ordained for your fathers. If so be they shall be diligent to do all I have commanded by Moses in all the law ordinances and manners. But Manasseh made Juda and the inhabiters of Jerusalem to error and to do worse than the heathen which the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel. And when the Lord spake to Manasseh and to his people, they attended not to him.
Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the Captains of the host of the King of Assur, which took Manasseh in an hold and bound him with chains and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in tribulation he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself exceedingly before the God of his fathers, and made intercession to him: and he was entreated of him and heard his prayer and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. And then Manasseh knew how that the Lord was very God.
After that he built a wall without the city of David on the west side of Gihon in the brook and so
forth to fish gate and round about Ophel and brought it up of a very great height, and put captains
of war in all the strong cities of Juda. And he took away strange Gods and the Idol out of the
house of God, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of God and in
Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. And he made an altar unto the Lord and sacrificed
thereon peaceofferings and thankofferings, and charged Juda to serve the Lord God of Israel.
Nevertheless the people did offer still in the hillaltars, how be it unto the Lord their God only.
The rest of the acts of Manasseh and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the sears of
visions that spake to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, are written among the deeds of
the kings of Israel. And his prayer and how he was heard, and all his sin and trespass, and the
places where he made hillaltars and set up groves and carved Images before he was meekened, are
written among the deeds of the sears of visions. And when Manasseh was laid to rest with his
fathers, they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his room. Amon was
twenty two years old, when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem. And he did
that displeased the Lord like unto Manasseh his father, for Amon sacrificed to all the carved
Images which Manasseh his father made, and served them, and meekened not himself before the
Lord as Manasseh his father had meekened himself: But Amon trespassed greatly. Wherefore his
own servants conspired against him and slew him in his own house. And the people of the land
slew all that had conspired against king Amon. And thereto the people of the land made Josiah his
son king in his room.
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Josiah was made king when he was eight years old, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty one years. And he did that pleased the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father bowing neither to the right hand or to the left. In so much that the eighth year of his reign, when he was yet a lad, he began to seek after the God of David his father. And in the twelfth year he began to purge Juda and Jerusalem of hillaltars, groves, carved Images, and Images of metal: so that they brake down the altars of Baals even in his presence, and the Idols that were upon them, he caused to be destroyed. And the groves, carved Images, and Images of metal he brake and made dust of them, and strawed it upon the graves of them that had offered to them. And he burnt the bones of the priests upon the altars, and cleansed Juda and Jerusalem. And even so did he in the cities of Manasse, Ephraim, Simeon and Nephthali thereto. And in the wildernesses of them round about he plucked asunder altars and the groves and did beat them and stamp them to powder, and beat down the idols throughout all the land of Israel: and then returned to Jerusalem again.
And in the eighteenth year of his reign when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Saphan the son of Azaliah, and Maasiah the governor of the city and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God. And when they came to Helkiah the high priest, men delivered them the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the entries had gathered of the hands of Manasse and Ephraim and of all that yet remained in Israel and of all Juda and Benjamin and of the inhabiters of Jerusalem. And they put it in the hands of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the Lord. which gave it to the labourers that wrought on the house of the Lord, to repair and mend it, and to masons and carpenters to buy hewed stone and timber for to make couples and beams for the houses which the kings of Juda had destroyed: And the men wrought in the work of fidelity.
And the overseers of them to courage them forward, were Jahath and Obadiah Levites of the children of Merari: and Sechariah and Mesulam of the children of the Cahathites, and as many other of the Levites as could skill of instruments of Music. And over the bearers of burdens and over all that wrought, in whatsoever workmanship it were, were there scribes, officers and porters of the Levites.
And as they brought out the money that was brought into the house, Helkiah the priest found the book of the law of the Lord given by Moses. And Helkiah answered and said to Saphan the scribe: I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord, and gave the book to Saphan. And Saphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word again, saying: all that was committed to thy servants, that do they. And they have poured out the money that was found in the house of the Lord and have delivered into the hands of the overseers of the workmen. And then Saphan the scribe showed the king, saying: Helkiah the priest hath given me a book, and he read it before the king.
And when the king had heard the words of the law, he tare his clothes, and commanded Helkiah and Ahikam the son of Saphan and Abadon the son of Micah and the said Saphan the scribe and Asaia a servant of the kings, saying: go and enquire of the Lord for me and for them that are left in Israel and Juda concerning the words of the book that is found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is fallen upon us, because our fathers kept not the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written in this book.
And Helkiah with them that pertained to the king went to Holdah a prophetess wife of Selum the son of Thekohath the son of Masarah keeper of the wardrobe (which prophetess dwelt in Jerusalem in the second ward) and they communed so with her. And she said unto them: thus saith the Lord God of Israel, tell ye the man that sent you to me. Even thus saith the Lord: see, I will bring evil upon this place and upon the inhabiters thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Juda, because they have forsaken me and have offered unto other Gods to anger me with all manner works of their hands, therefore is my wrath set on fire against this place and shall not be quenched.
And as for the king of Juda which sent you to enquire of the Lord, so shall ye say unto him: thus saith the Lord God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard. Because thine heart did melt and thou didest meek thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place and against the inhabiters thereof: and humblest thyself before me, and tarest thy clothes and weepest before me, that have I heard also saith the Lord. Behold I will take thee to thy fathers and thou shalt be put in thy grave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all the mischief that I will bring upon this place and upon the inhabiters of the same, And they brought the king word again. Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Juda and Jerusalem. And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Juda and the inhabiters of Jerusalem and the Priests and Levites and all the people great and small: and read all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the Lord. And the King stood at his standing and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep his commandments, his witnesses and his statutes with all his heart and with all his soul and to fulfil the words of the appointment written in the said book.
And he made to come forth all that were found in Jerusalem and Benjamin, and the inhabiters of
Jerusalem promised to keep the covenant of the God which was the God of their fathers. And
Josiah put away all manner of abominations out of all lands that pertained to the children of Israel,
and brought all that were found in Israel, to serve the Lord their God. And they turned not aside
from after the Lord God of their fathers as long as he lived.
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And Josiah held the feast of passover unto the Lord in Jerusalem, and they slew passover in the fourteenth day of the first month. And he set the priests in their offices and aided them in the service of the house of the Lord. And he said to the Levites that taught throughout all Israel and were sanctified unto the Lord: put the holy ark in the house which Salomon the son of David king of Israel did build, ye need not to bear it upon your shoulders. Wherefore now serve the Lord your God and his people Israel. And prepare yourselves by your ancient households and companies, according to the writing of David King of Israel, and the writing of Salomon his son. And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the ancient households of your brethren the children of the people, and after the division of the ancient households of the Levites, and kill passover, sanctify and prepare your brethren that they may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.
And Josiah gave to the common people in lambs and kids, for passoverofferings only, unto all that were present thirty thousand by tale, and three thousand oxen, even of the kings substance. And his Lords gave willingly both unto the people and also unto the priests and unto the Levites. Helkiah, Zachariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for passoverofferings two thousand and six hundred lambs and kids, and three hundred oxen. And Conaniah with Semeiah and Nathaneel his brethren, and Hasabiah and Jaiel and Josabad Lords of the Levites, gave unto the Levites five thousand passover offerings, and five hundred oxen. And so the service went forward: and the priests stood in their places, and the Levites in their companies at the kings commandment. And they slew passover: and the priests sprinkled the blood receiving it of the Levites, and the Levites stripped the beasts. And they fetched away the burntofferings, to give them unto the common people as they were divided by ancient houses, for to offer unto the Lord, like as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen too. And they dressed the passover with fire as the manner was. But the other hallowed dedicate beasts they sod (boiled) in pots, cauldrons and pans and divided them quickly among all the common people. And afterward they made ready for themselves and for the priests and for the children of Aaron, which were busied in offering of burntofferings and the fat until night. And therefore the Levites prepared for themselves and for the priests the sons of Aaron. And the singers the children of Asaph stood in their standing according to the commandment of David and Asaph, Heman and Jduthun the kings sear of visions: and the porters waited at every gate, and might not depart from their service: But their brethren the Levites prepared for them. And so all the service of the Lord went forward the said day, in offering passover of burntofferings upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josiah.
And so the children of Israel that could be found, offered passover the same time and kept the feast of sweet bread seven days. And there was no passover like to that, kept in Israel from the time of Samuel the prophet: neither did any of the kings of Israel hold such a passover feast as did Josiah and the priests and Levites and all Juda, and as much of Israel as could be had, and the inhabiters of Jerusalem. And this passover was holden in the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah.
After all this, when Josiah had finished the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against
Carcamis upon Euphrates, and Josiah went out against him. And the other sent messengers to him
saying: what have I to do with thee thou king of Juda ? I came not against thee now at this time,
but against an house with whom I have war, and God bade me haste. Leave off therefore and
meddle not with God which is with me, lest he destroy thee. Nevertheless Josiah turned not his
face from him, but made him ready to fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho
out of the mouth of God. And when he was come to fight in the valley of Magedo, the shooters
shot against the king Josiah. And the king said to his servants: carry me away for I am sore hurt.
And his servants had him out of the chariot and put him in another, and brought him to Jerusalem
where he died and was buried in the sepulchre of his fathers. And all Juda and Jerusalem mourned
for Josiah. And Jeremiah lamented Josiah, and all singing men and singing women speak of Josiah
to this day, and made it an ordinance in Israel: and they be written in lamentations. The rest of the
acts of Josiah and his goodness in following the writing of the law, and his deeds first and last are
written in the book of the kings of Israel and Juda.
The 36th Chapter
And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah and made him king for his father in Jerusalem. And Jehoahaz was twenty three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. For the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem and merced the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king upon Juda and Jerusalem, and turned his name unto Jehoiakim, but Jehoahaz his brother Necho took and carried him to Egypt. And Jehoakim was twenty five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned an eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that displeased the Lord his God. Against him came Nabuchodonozor king of Babylon and bound him in fetters to carry him to Babylon. Thereto the king Nabuchodonozor carried off the vessels of the house of the Lord to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon. The rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his Abominations, and that was laid to his charge, are written in the book of the Kings of Israel: and Jehoiacin his son reigned in his stead. Jehoiacin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and did that displeased the Lord. And when the year was out, king Nabuchodonozor sent and fetched him to Babylon with the goodly vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Juda and Jerusalem.
And Zedekiah was twenty one years old when he began to reign, and reigned a eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did that displeased the Lord his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet at the mouth of the Lord. And thereto he rebelled against Nabuchodonozor which had received an oath of him by God, and was too stiff necked and too hard hearted to turn unto the Lord God of Israel. Thereto all the rulers of the priests with the people trespassed apace after all manner of abominations of the heathen and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, sending them betimes: for he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God and despised their words and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord so arose against his people that it was past remedy. And so he brought upon them the king of Caldeye and slew their young men with the sword in their holy temple, and neither spared young man nor maiden, neither old man, neither so much as him that stooped for age: But gave all into his hand.
And all the vessels of the house of God both great and small, and the treasures of the house of God, and the treasures of the king and his lords he carried to Babylon every whit. And they burnt the house of God and brake down the walls of Jerusalem and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire with all the goodly stuff thereof, and marred it. And he carried away them that had escaped the sword, to Babylon, where they were servants to him and his children, until the kingdom of Persia began to rule, to fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had her pleasure of her Sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate, she kept Sabbath until she had fulfilled seventy years.
And the first year of Cyrus king of Persia to finish the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah,
the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all
this kingdom, and thereto to set it up in writing, saying: Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, all the
kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me, which hath charged me to build him
an house in Jerusalem that is in the land of Juda. Wherefore whoseover is among you of all his
people, the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.
The end of the second book of the Chronicles of the kings of Juda