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            1st book of KINGS


CHAPTER 1

1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered

him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

1:2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my

lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and

let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the

king may get heat.

1:3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel,

and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

1:4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and

ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

1:5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be

king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to

run before him.

1:6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why

hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his

mother bare him after Absalom.

1:7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar

the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.

1:8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan

the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which

belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

1:9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of

Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren the king's

sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:

1:10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and

Solomon his brother, he called not.

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1:11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon,

saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth

reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?

1:12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that

thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.

1:13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not

thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying,

Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit

upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?

1:14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come

in after thee, and confirm thy words.

1:15 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the

king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto

the king.

1:16 And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the

king said, What wouldest thou?

1:17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swearst by the LORD thy

God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son

shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.

1:18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king,

thou knowest it not:

1:19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and

hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and

Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not

called.

1:20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that

thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the

king after him.

1:21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep

with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted

offenders.

1:22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet

also came in.

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1:23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And

when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the

king with his face to the ground.

1:24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall

reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?

1:25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and

sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the

captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat

and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.

1:26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah

the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.

1:27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it

unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king

after him?

1:28 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she

came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.

1:29 And the king swear, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath

redeemed my soul out of all distress,

1:30 Even as I swear unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying,

Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit

upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.

1:31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did

reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for

ever.

1:32 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the

prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before

the king.

1:33 The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your

lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and

bring him down to Gihon:

1:34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there

king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save

king Solomon.

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1:35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon

my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed

him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.

1:36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said,

Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.

1:37 As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with

Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord

king David.

1:38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son

of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down,

and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought

him to Gihon.

1:39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and

anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people

said, God save king Solomon.

1:40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with

pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the

sound of them.

1:41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as

they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of

the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an

uproar?

1:42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the

priest came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a

valiant man, and bringest good tidings.

1:43 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king

David hath made Solomon king.

1:44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the

prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and

the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's

mule:

1:45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him

king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that

the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.

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1:46 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.

1:47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king

David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy

name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king

bowed himself upon the bed.

1:48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel,

which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even

seeing it.

1:49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose

up, and went every man his way.

1:50 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and

caught hold on the horns of the altar.

1:51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king

Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar,

saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me today that he will not

slay his servant with the sword.

1:52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there

shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be

found in him, he shall die.

1:53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar.

And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon

said unto him, Go to thine house.

CHAPTER 2

2:1 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he

charged Solomon his son, saying,

2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew

thyself a man;

2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways,

to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments,

and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou

mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou

turnest thyself:

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2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning

me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before

me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall

not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

2:5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to

me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto

Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he

slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war

upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were

on his feet.

2:6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go

down to the grave in peace.

2:7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let

them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when

I fled because of Absalom thy brother.

2:8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a

Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in

the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me

at Jordan, and I swear to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put

thee to death with the sword.

2:9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and

knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head

bring thou down to the grave with blood.

2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of

David.

2:11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:

seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years

reigned he in Jerusalem.

2:12 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his

kingdom was established greatly.

2:13 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of

Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,

Peaceably.

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2:14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said,

Say on.

2:15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that

all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the

kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for it was his

from the LORD.

2:16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said

unto him, Say on.

2:17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he

will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to

wife.

2:18 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.

2:19 Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him

for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself

unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set

for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.

2:20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say

me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I

will not say thee nay.

2:21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah

thy brother to wife.

2:22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why

dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him

the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for

Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.

2:23 Then king Solomon swear by the LORD, saying, God do so to me,

and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his

own life.

2:24 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me,

and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made

me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this

day.

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2:25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of

Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

2:26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth,

unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not

at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the

LORD God before David my father, and because thou hast been

afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.

2:27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD;

that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake

concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

2:28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah,

though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the

tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

2:29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the

tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then

Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon

him.

2:30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto

him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will

die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus

said Joab, and thus he answered me.

2:31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him,

and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood,

which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.

2:32 And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell

upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them

with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit,

Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the

son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.

2:33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon

the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed,

and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for

ever from the LORD.

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2:34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and

slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

2:35 And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the

host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of

Abiathar.

2:36 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build

thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence

any whither.

2:37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the

brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely

die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

2:38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the

king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in

Jerusalem many days.

2:39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the

servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of

Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in

Gath.

2:40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish

to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants

from Gath.

2:41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to

Gath, and was come again.

2:42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I

not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee,

saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest

abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst

unto me, The word that I have heard is good.

2:43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the

commandment that I have charged thee with?

2:44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the

wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David

my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon

thine own head;

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2:45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall

be established before the LORD for ever.

2:46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went

out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was

established in the hand of Solomon.

CHAPTER 3

3:1 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took

Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he

had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the

LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

3:2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no

house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.

3:3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David

his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

3:4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the

great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon

that altar.

3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:

and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

3:6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my

father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and

in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou

hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a

son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

3:7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king

instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not

how to go out or come in.

3:8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast

chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for

multitude.

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3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy

people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able

to judge this thy so great a people?

3:10 And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this

thing.

3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and

hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for

thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for

thyself understanding to discern judgment;

3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a

wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee

before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

3:13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both

riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings

like unto thee all thy days.

3:14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my

commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen

thy days.

3:15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to

Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD,

and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and

made a feast to all his servants.

3:16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and

stood before him.

3:17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in

one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.

3:18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that

this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no

stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.

3:19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.

3:20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while

thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead

child in my bosom.

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3:21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it

was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it

was not my son, which I did bear.

3:22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the

dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the

living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.

3:23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and

thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the

dead, and my son is the living.

3:24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword

before the king.

3:25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to

the one, and half to the other.

3:26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king,

for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give

her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it

be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.

3:27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in

no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.

3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and

they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in

him, to do judgment.

CHAPTER 4

4:1 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.

4:2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of

Zadok the priest,

4:3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the

son of Ahilud, the recorder.

4:4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and

Abiathar were the priests:

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4:5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud

the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend:

4:6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of

Abda was over the tribute.

4:7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided

victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a

year made provision.

4:8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:

4:9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh,

and Elonbethhanan:

4:10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all the

land of Hepher:

4:11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath

the daughter of Solomon to wife:

4:12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo,

and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from

Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond

Jokneam:

4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of

Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also

pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great

cities with walls and brasen bars:

4:14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:

4:15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of

Solomon to wife:

4:16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:

4:17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:

4:18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:

4:19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the country

of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he

was the only officer which was in the land.

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4:20 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in

multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.

4:21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the

land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought

presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.

4:22 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine

flour, and threescore measures of meal,

4:23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred

sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl.

4:24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from

Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river:

and he had peace on all sides round about him.

4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and

under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of

Solomon.

4:26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots,

and twelve thousand horsemen.

4:27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all

that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they

lacked nothing.

4:28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they

unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his

charge.

4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding

much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea

shore.

4:30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of

the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

4:31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and

Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame

was in all nations round about.

4:32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a

thousand and five.

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4:33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even

unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of

beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.

4:34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from

all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

CHAPTER 5

5:1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he

had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father:

for Hiram was ever a lover of David.

5:2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,

5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house

unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were

about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles

of his feet.

5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so

that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.

5:5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the

LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father,

saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he

shall build an house unto my name.

5:6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of

Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto

thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt

appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can

skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians.

5:7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon,

that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this day,

which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people.

5:8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things

which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire concerning

timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.

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5:9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea:

and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou

shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and

thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in

giving food for my household.

5:10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his

desire.

5:11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for

food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave

Solomon to Hiram year by year.

5:12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and

there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a

league together.

5:13 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was

thirty thousand men.

5:14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses: a

month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and

Adoniram was over the levy.

5:15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,

and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;

5:16 Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the work,

three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that

wrought in the work.

5:17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly

stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

5:18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and

the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the

house.

CHAPTER 6

6:1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the

children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth

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year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the

second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

6:2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length

thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty

cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.

6:3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was

the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten

cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.

6:4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

6:5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about,

against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and

of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:

6:6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was

six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without

in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that

the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.

6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made

ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither

hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it

was in building.

6:8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house:

and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and

out of the middle into the third.

6:9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with

beams and boards of cedar.

6:10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high:

and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.

6:11 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,

6:12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk

in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my

commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with

thee, which I spake unto David thy father:

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6:13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake

my people Israel.

6:14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.

6:15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar,

both the floor of the house, and the walls of the ceiling: and he

covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the

house with planks of fir.

6:16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the

floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them for it

within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.

6:17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.

6:18 And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and

open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.

6:19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark

of the covenant of the LORD.

6:20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and

twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof:

and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the altar which

was of cedar.

6:21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made

a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it

with gold.

6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all

the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid

with gold.

6:23 And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each

ten cubits high.

6:24 And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the

other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing

unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.

6:25 And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of

one measure and one size.

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6:26 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the

other cherub.

6:27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they

stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the

one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched

the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of

the house.

6:28 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.

6:29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved

figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and

without.

6:30 And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and

without.

6:31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the

lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.

6:32 The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them

carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and

overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and

upon the palm trees.

6:33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a

fourth part of the wall.

6:34 And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door

were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.

6:35 And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers:

and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.

6:36 And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a

row of cedar beams.

6:37 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD

laid, in the month Zif:

6:38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth

month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and

according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building

it.

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CHAPTER 7

7:1 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he

finished all his house.

7:2 He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof

was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the

height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with

cedar beams upon the pillars.

7:3 And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on

forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.

7:4 And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light

in three ranks.

7:5 And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and

light was against light in three ranks.

7:6 And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits,

and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before

them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.

7:7 Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even

the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one side

of the floor to the other.

7:8 And his house where he dwelt had another court within the porch,

which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for

Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this

porch.

7:9 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of

hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the

foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great

court.

7:10 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones

of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.

7:11 And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed stones,

and cedars.

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7:12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed

stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of the

house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.

7:13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

7:14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a

man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and

understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he

came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

7:15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and

a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.

7:16 And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops

of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the

height of the other chapiter was five cubits:

7:17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the

chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one

chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.

7:18 And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one

network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with

pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.

7:19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily

work in the porch, four cubits.

7:20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also

above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the

pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the

other chapiter.

7:21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up

the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up

the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.

7:22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of

the pillars finished.

7:23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the

other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a

line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

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7:24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing

it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were

cast in two rows, when it was cast.

7:25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and

three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south,

and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon

them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

7:26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was

wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained

two thousand baths.

7:27 And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one

base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the

height of it.

7:28 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had borders,

and the borders were between the ledges:

7:29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen,

and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and

beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin

work.

7:30 And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass: and

the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver were

undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.

7:31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit: but

the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and

an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with their

borders, foursquare, not round.

7:32 And under the borders were four wheels; and the axletrees of the

wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel was a

cubit and half a cubit.

7:33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel:

their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes,

were all molten.

7:34 And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one base:

and the undersetters were of the very base itself.

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7:35 And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a

cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and the

borders thereof were of the same.

7:36 For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof,

he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the

proportion of every one, and additions round about.

7:37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one

casting, one measure, and one size.

7:38 Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths:

and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten

bases one laver.

7:39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on

the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the

house eastward over against the south.

7:40 And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So

Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king

Solomon for the house of the LORD:

7:41 The two pillars, and the two bowls of the chapiters that were on

the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover the two

bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars;

7:42 And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two

rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of

the chapiters that were upon the pillars;

7:43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;

7:44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;

7:45 And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these

vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the

LORD, were of bright brass.

7:46 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground

between Succoth and Zarthan.

7:47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were

exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.

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7:48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of

the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the

shewbread was,

7:49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five

on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and

the tongs of gold,

7:50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons,

and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the

doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of

the house, to wit, of the temple.

7:51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of

the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his

father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels,

did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.

CHAPTER 8

8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of

the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto

king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the

covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.

8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon

at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

8:3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

8:4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of

the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the

tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were

assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing

sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

8:6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD

unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place,

even under the wings of the cherubims.

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8:7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of

the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof

above.

8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were

seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen

without: and there they are unto this day.

8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which

Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with

the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy

place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,

8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud:

for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

8:12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the

thick darkness.

8:13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee

to abide in for ever.

8:14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation

of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

8:15 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake

with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand

fulfilled it, saying,

8:16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I

chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that

my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people

Israel.

8:17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for

the name of the LORD God of Israel.

8:18 And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine

heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was

in thine heart.

8:19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall

come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.

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8:20 And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am

risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of

Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the

name of the LORD God of Israel.

8:21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of

the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them

out of the land of Egypt.

8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence

of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward

heaven:

8:23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in

heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and

mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:

8:24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou

promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast

fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

8:25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David

my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail

thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy

children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou

hast walked before me.

8:26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified,

which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.

8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and

heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house

that I have builded?

8:28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his

supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the

prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

8:29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day,

even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be

there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant

shall make toward this place.

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8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy

people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear

thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

8:31 If any man trespass against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon

him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in

this house:

8:32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants,

condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and

justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

8:33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy,

because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee,

and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee

in this house:

8:34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel,

and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their

fathers.

8:35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have

sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy

name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

8:36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and

of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein

they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast

given to thy people for an inheritance.

8:37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting,

mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege

them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever

sickness there be;

8:38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by

all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his

own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

8:39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do,

and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou

knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the

children of men;)

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8:40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land

which thou gavest unto our fathers.

8:41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel,

but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;

8:42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and

of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward

this house;

8:43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that

the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may

know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they

may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy

name.

8:44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever

thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the

city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built

for thy name:

8:45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and

maintain their cause.

8:46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and

thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that

they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or

near;

8:47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were

carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in

the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have

sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

8:48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul,

in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and

pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their

fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I

have built for thy name:

8:49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy

dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

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8:50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their

transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and

give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that

they may have compassion on them:

8:51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou

broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of

iron:

8:52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant,

and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto

them in all that they call for unto thee.

8:53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the

earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of

Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of

Egypt, O LORD God.

8:54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all

this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before

the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands

spread up to heaven.

8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud

voice, saying,

8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel,

according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of

all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his

servant.

8:57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him

not leave us, nor forsake us:

8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways,

and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his

judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

8:59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication

before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night,

that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his

people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:

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8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God,

and that there is none else.

8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to

walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

8:62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the

LORD.

8:63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he

offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an

hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the

children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.

8:64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was

before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings,

and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the

brasen altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive the

burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace

offerings.

8:65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a

great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of

Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven days,

even fourteen days.

8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the

king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the

goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for

Israel his people.

CHAPTER 9

9:1 And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of

the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all Solomon's

desire which he was pleased to do,

9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had

appeared unto him at Gibeon.

9:3 And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy

supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this

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house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and

mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

9:4 And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in

integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I

have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my

judgments:

9:5 Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for

ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail

thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

9:6 But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children,

and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I

have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship

them:

9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them;

and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out

of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all

people:

9:8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall

be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the

LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?

9:9 And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their

God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and

have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and

served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this

evil.

9:10 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had

built the two houses, the house of the LORD, and the king's house,

9:11 (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar

trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that

then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.

9:12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon

had given him; and they pleased him not.

9:13 And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me, my

brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day.

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9:14 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.

9:15 And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for

to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo,

and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.

9:16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and

burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city,

and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife.

9:17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether,

9:18 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,

9:19 And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his

chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon

desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of

his dominion.

9:20 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites,

Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children

of Israel,

9:21 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the

children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those

did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.

9:22 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but

they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his

captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.

9:23 These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon's

work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that

wrought in the work.

9:24 But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her

house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.

9:25 And three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt offerings and

peace offerings upon the altar which he built unto the LORD, and

he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the LORD. So he

finished the house.

9:26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is

beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.

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9:27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had

knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.

9:28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four

hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.

CHAPTER 10

10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon

concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with

hard questions.

10:2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels

that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and

when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all

that was in her heart.

10:3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing

hid from the king, which he told her not.

10:4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and

the house that he had built,

10:5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the

attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers,

and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD;

there was no more spirit in her.

10:6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine

own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

10:7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had

seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and

prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand

continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

10:9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee

on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever,

therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

10:10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and

of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more

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such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave

to king Solomon.

10:11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought

in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.

10:12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the

LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for

singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this

day.

10:13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire,

whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his

royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and

her servants.

10:14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six

hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

10:15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the

spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the

governors of the country.

10:16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six

hundred shekels of gold went to one target.

10:17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of

gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the

forest of Lebanon.

10:18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it

with the best gold.

10:19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round

behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat,

and two lions stood beside the stays.

10:20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon

the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.

10:21 And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the

vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold;

none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of

Solomon.

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10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of

Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing

gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

10:23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and

for wisdom.

10:24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which

God had put in his heart.

10:25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and

vessels of gold, and garments, and armor, and spices, horses, and

mules, a rate year by year.

10:26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had

a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand

horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with

the king at Jerusalem.

10:27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars

made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for

abundance.

10:28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the

king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.

10:29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred

shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for

all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they

bring them out by their means.

CHAPTER 11

11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the

daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites,

Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children

of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto

you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods:

Solomon clave unto these in love.

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11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred

concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned

away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with

the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,

and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully

after the LORD, as did David his father.

11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the

abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for

Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense

and sacrificed unto their gods.

11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was

turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto

him twice,

11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not

go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD

commanded.

11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is

done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes,

which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from

thee, and will give it to thy servant.

11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's

sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one

tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's

sake which I have chosen.

11:14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the

Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.

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11:15 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the

captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had

smitten every male in Edom;

11:16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had

cut off every male in Edom:)

11:17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants

with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.

11:18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took

men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto

Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed

him victuals, and gave him land.

11:19 And Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he

gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes

the queen.

11:20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom

Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in

Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pharaoh.

11:21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers,

and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad said to

Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.

11:22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me,

that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he

answered, Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.

11:23 And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of

Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:

11:24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band,

when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and

dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.

11:25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside

the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned

over Syria.

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11:26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda,

Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow

woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.

11:27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king:

Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David

his father.

11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon

seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler

over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

11:29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of

Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the

way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two

were alone in the field:

11:30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in

twelve pieces:

11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the

LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of

the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

11:32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and for

Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes

of Israel:)

11:33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped

Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the

Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have

not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and

to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

11:34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I

will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's

sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my

statutes:

11:35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it

unto thee, even ten tribes.

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11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may

have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have

chosen me to put my name there.

11:37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy

soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.

11:38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee,

and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep

my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that

I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David,

and will give Israel unto thee.

11:39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.

11:40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose,

and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt

until the death of Solomon.

11:41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his

wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

11:42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was

forty years.

11:43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of

David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 12

12:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to

Shechem to make him king.

12:2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was

yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king

Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)

12:3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the

congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,

12:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the

grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put

upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

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12:5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again

to me. And the people departed.

12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before

Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise

that I may answer this people?

12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto

this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and

speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

12:8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given

him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with

him, and which stood before him:

12:9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer

this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which

thy father did put upon us lighter?

12:10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him,

saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto

thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it

lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger

shall be thicker than my father's loins.

12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will

add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I

will chastise you with scorpions.

12:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day,

as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.

12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old

men's counsel that they gave him;

12:14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My

father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my

father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with

scorpions.

12:15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause

was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the

LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of

Nebat.

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12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the

people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David?

neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O

Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto

their tents.

12:17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah,

Rehoboam reigned over them.

12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and

all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king

Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to

Jerusalem.

12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come

again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and

made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the

house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

12:21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the

house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and

fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight

against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam

the son of Solomon.

12:22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

12:23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and

unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of

the people, saying,

12:24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your

brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for

this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the

LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the

LORD.

12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt

therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to

the house of David:

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12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at

Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their

lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me,

and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold,

and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem:

behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of

Egypt.

12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before

the one, even unto Dan.

12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the

lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the

fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and

he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the

calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the

high places which he had made.

12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the

fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had

devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of

Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

CHAPTER 13

13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of

the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn

incense.

13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said,

O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born

unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he

offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and

men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

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13:3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the

LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes

that are upon it shall be poured out.

13:4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the

man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put

forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his

hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not

pull it in again to him.

13:5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar,

according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word

of the LORD.

13:6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now

the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand

may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the

LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as

it was before.

13:7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and

refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

13:8 And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half

thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor

drink water in this place:

13:9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no

bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou

camest.

13:10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came

to Bethel.

13:11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and

told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in

Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they

told also to their father.

13:12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons

had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

13:13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him

the ass: and he rode thereon,

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13:14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an

oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest

from Judah? And he said, I am.

13:15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

13:16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee:

neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

13:17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no

bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that

thou camest.

13:18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel

spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back

with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water.

But he lied unto him.

13:19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and

drank water.

13:20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the

LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back:

13:21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying,

Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the

mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which

the LORD thy God commanded thee,

13:22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the

place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread, and

drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of

thy fathers.

13:23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had

drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet

whom he had brought back.

13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him:

and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the

lion also stood by the carcase.

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13:25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way,

and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in

the city where the old prophet dwelt.

13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard

thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto

the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him

unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the

word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

13:27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they

saddled him.

13:28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and

the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase,

nor torn the ass.

13:29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it

upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the

city, to mourn and to bury him.

13:30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over

him, saying, Alas, my brother!

13:31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his

sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre

wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:

13:32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against

the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places

which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

13:33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made

again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places:

whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the

priests of the high places.

13:34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut

it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

CHAPTER 14

14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.

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14:2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise

thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and

get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told

me that I should be king over this people.

14:3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey,

and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.

14:4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and

came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes

were set by reason of his age.

14:5 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam

cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and

thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in,

that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

14:6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she

came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam;

why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with

heavy tidings.

14:7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch

as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over

my people Israel,

14:8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it

thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept

my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do

that only which was right in mine eyes;

14:9 But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast

gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me

to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:

14:10 Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam,

and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall,

and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the

remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till

it be all gone.

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14:11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him

that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the LORD

hath spoken it.

14:12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy

feet enter into the city, the child shall die.

14:13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of

Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found

some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of

Jeroboam.

14:14 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who

shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now.

14:15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water,

and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to

their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they

have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.

14:16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who

did sin, and who made Israel to sin.

14:17 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and

when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;

14:18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to

the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant

Ahijah the prophet.

14:19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he

reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of

the kings of Israel.

14:20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years:

and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his

stead.

14:21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam

was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned

seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose

out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his

mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

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14:22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked

him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above

all that their fathers had done.

14:23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on

every high hill, and under every green tree.

14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according

to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out

before the children of Israel.

14:25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that

Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:

14:26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the

treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he took

away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

14:27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and

committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which

kept the door of the king's house.

14:28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD,

that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard

chamber.

14:29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they

not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

14:30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their

days.

14:31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his

fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah

an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 15

15:1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat

reigned Abijam over Judah.

15:2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was

Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.

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15:3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done

before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God,

as the heart of David his father.

15:4 Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a

lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish

Jerusalem:

15:5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD,

and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the

days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

15:6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days

of his life.

15:7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And

there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.

15:8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city

of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.

15:9 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa

over Judah.

15:10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's

name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.

15:11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did

David his father.

15:12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all

the idols that his fathers had made.

15:13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being

queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed

her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.

15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart

was perfect with the LORD all his days.

15:15 And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and

the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the

LORD, silver, and gold, and vessels.

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15:16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their

days.

15:17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah,

that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa king of

Judah.

15:18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the

treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's

house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king

Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of

Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

15:19 There is a league between me and thee, and between my father and

thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and

gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he

may depart from me.

15:20 So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the

hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and

Dan, and Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of

Naphtali.

15:21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off

building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah.

15:22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none

was exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the

timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king Asa built

with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.

15:23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did,

and the cities which he built, are they not written in the book of

the chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in the time of his

old age he was diseased in his feet.

15:24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in

the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his

stead.

15:25 And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the

second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two

years.

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15:26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of

his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

15:27 And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired

against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged

to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon.

15:28 Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay him,

and reigned in his stead.

15:29 And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house

of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he

had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which

he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite:

15:30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he

made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the

LORD God of Israel to anger.

15:31 Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

15:32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their

days.

15:33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of

Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years.

15:34 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of

Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

CHAPTER 16

16:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani

against Baasha, saying,

16:2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince

over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of

Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to

anger with their sins;

16:3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity

of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam

the son of Nebat.

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16:4 Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that

dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat.

16:5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his might,

are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of

Israel?

16:6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and

Elah his son reigned in his stead.

16:7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came

the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even

for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking

him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of

Jeroboam; and because he killed him.

16:8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the

son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years.

16:9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired

against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the

house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah.

16:10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty

and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.

16:11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on

his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one

that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his

friends.

16:12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the

word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the

prophet.

16:13 For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which

they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking

the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.

16:14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

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16:15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri

reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against

Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.

16:16 And the people that were encamped heard say, Zimri hath

conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel made

Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp.

16:17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and

they besieged Tirzah.

16:18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that

he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's

house over him with fire, and died.

16:19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD,

in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to

make Israel to sin.

16:20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought,

are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of

Israel?

16:21 Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of the

people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and

half followed Omri.

16:22 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people

that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri

reigned.

16:23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to

reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.

16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver,

and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built,

after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse

than all that were before him.

16:26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in

his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God

of Israel to anger with their vanities.

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16:27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that

he shewed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the

kings of Israel?

16:28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and

Ahab his son reigned in his stead.

16:29 And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab

the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri

reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.

16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above

all that were before him.

16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk

in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife

Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went

and served Baal, and worshipped him.

16:32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he

had built in Samaria.

16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD

God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before

him.

16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the

foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates

thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the

LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

CHAPTER 17

17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said

unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I

stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to

my word.

17:2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the

brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

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17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have

commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

17:5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he

went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and

bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

17:7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because

there had been no rain in the land.

17:8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell

there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain

thee.

17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate

of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of

sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little

water in a vessel, that I may drink.

17:11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring

me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but

an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold,

I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and

my son, that we may eat it, and die.

17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but

make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after

make for thee and for thy son.

17:14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall

not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the

LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she,

and he, and her house, did eat many days.

17:16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail,

according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

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17:17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman,

the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore,

that there was no breath left in him.

17:18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man

of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and

to slay my son?

17:19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her

bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him

upon his own bed.

17:20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast

thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by

slaying her son?

17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto

the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's

soul come into him again.

17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child

came into him again, and he revived.

17:23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the

chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and

Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

17:24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a

man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

CHAPTER 18

18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD

came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto

Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore

famine in Samaria.

18:3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house.

(Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

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18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD,

that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a

cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

18:5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains

of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to

save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.

18:6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab

went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by

himself.

18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he

knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord

Elijah?

18:8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

18:9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy

servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?

18:10 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom,

whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He

is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they

found thee not.

18:11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the

Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so

when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay

me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.

18:13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets

of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's

prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

18:14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and

he shall slay me.

18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I

stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.

18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to

meet Elijah.

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18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto

him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy

father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the

LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel,

and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets

of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.

18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the

prophets together unto mount Carmel.

18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye

between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if

Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet

of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one

bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and

put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on

wood, and put no fire under:

18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name

of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.

And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock

for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the

name of your gods, but put no fire under.

18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed

it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon,

saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that

answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and

said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he

is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

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18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with

knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied

until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was

neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all

the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the

LORD that was broken down.

18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the

tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD

came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and

he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two

measures of seed.

18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and

laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and

pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second

time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third

time.

18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench

also with water.

18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening

sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God

of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou

art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all

these things at thy word.

18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou

art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back

again.

18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice,

and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water

that was in the trench.

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18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they

said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one

of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought

them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is

a sound of abundance of rain.

18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the

top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put

his face between his knees,

18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he

went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go

again seven times.

18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there

ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said,

Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that

the rain stop thee not.

18:45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black

with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode,

and went to Jezreel.

18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his

loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

CHAPTER 19

19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he

had slain all the prophets with the sword.

19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods

do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of

them by to morrow about this time.

19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to

Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

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19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came

and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that

he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my

life; for I am not better than my fathers.

19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel

touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

19:6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals,

and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid

him down again.

19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and

touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too

great for thee.

19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of

that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount

of God.

19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the

word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest

thou here, Elijah?

19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts:

for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down

thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I

only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the

LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong

wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the

LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an

earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire:

and after the fire a still small voice.

19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his

mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And,

behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou

here, Elijah?

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19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts:

because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown

down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I,

even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

19:15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the

wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to

be king over Syria:

19:16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over

Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou

anoint to be prophet in thy room.

19:17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of

Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of

Jehu shall Elisha slay.

19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which

have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed

him.

19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who

was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the

twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

19:20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray

thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee.

And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

19:21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew

them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and

gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went

after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

CHAPTER 20

20:1 And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and

there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots;

and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.

20:2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and

said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,

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20:3 Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children,

even the goodliest, are mine.

20:4 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king,

according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.

20:5 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh

Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou

shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy

children;

20:6 Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this time,

and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy servants;

and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall

put it in their hand, and take it away.

20:7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said,

Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief: for he

sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver,

and for my gold; and I denied him not.

20:8 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not

unto him, nor consent.

20:9 Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Benhadad, Tell my lord

the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first I

will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers departed,

and brought him word again.

20:10 And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me,

and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for

all the people that follow me.

20:11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not

him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

20:12 And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad heard this message, as he

was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said unto

his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set themselves in

array against the city.

20:13 And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel,

saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great

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multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and

thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

20:14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the LORD,

Even by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he

said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.

20:15 Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces,

and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he

numbered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven

thousand.

20:16 And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking himself

drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings

that helped him.

20:17 And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out first;

and Benhadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men

come out of Samaria.

20:18 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them alive;

or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.

20:19 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of the

city, and the army which followed them.

20:20 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel

pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse

with the horsemen.

20:21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots,

and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.

20:22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him, Go,

strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at the

return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee.

20:23 And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are

gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us

fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than

they.

20:24 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his

place, and put captains in their rooms:

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20:25 And number thee an army, like the army that thou hast lost, horse

for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will fight against them in

the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he

hearkened unto their voice, and did so.

20:26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad

numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against

Israel.

20:27 And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and

went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them

like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country.

20:28 And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel,

and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said,

The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys,

therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and

ye shall know that I am the LORD.

20:29 And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it

was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children

of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one

day.

20:30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon

twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And

Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.

20:31 And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that

the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray

thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go

out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.

20:32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their

heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant

Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet

alive? he is my brother.

20:33 Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come

from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother

Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Benhadad came

forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot.

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20:34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took

from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in

Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will

send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with

him, and sent him away.

20:35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his

neighbor in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the

man refused to smite him.

20:36 Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of

the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion

shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion

found him, and slew him.

20:37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And

the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.

20:38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and

disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

20:39 And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy

servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man

turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man:

if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or

else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.

20:40 And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the

king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast

decided it.

20:41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king

of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.

20:42 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let

go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction,

therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his

people.

20:43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and

came to Samaria.

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CHAPTER 21

21:1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite

had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab

king of Samaria.

21:2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that

I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my

house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it

seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.

21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should

give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

21:4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the

word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had

said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid

him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat

no bread.

21:5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy

spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

21:6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite,

and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it

please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he

answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.

21:7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the

kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry:

I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal,

and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in

his city, dwelling with Naboth.

21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set

Naboth on high among the people:

21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness

against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And

then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

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21:11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were

the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and

as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.

21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him:

and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth,

in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God

and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and

stoned him with stones, that he died.

21:14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

21:15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned,

and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of

the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he

refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.

21:16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that

Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,

to take possession of it.

21:17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

21:18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria:

behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to

possess it.

21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD,

Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak

unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs

licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And

he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to

work evil in the sight of the LORD.

21:21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy

posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the

wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,

21:22 And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of

Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the

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provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made

Israel to sin.

21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat

Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.

21:24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that

dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

21:25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work

wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife

stirred up.

21:26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all

things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the

children of Israel.

21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent

his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in

sackcloth, and went softly.

21:28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

21:29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he

humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days:

but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.

CHAPTER 22

22:1 And they continued three years without war between Syria and

Israel.

22:2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of

Judah came down to the king of Israel.

22:3 And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that

Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the

hand of the king of Syria?

22:4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to

Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as

thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.

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22:5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee,

at the word of the LORD to day.

22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four

hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead

to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the LORD

shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

22:7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD

besides, that we might enquire of him?

22:8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one

man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the

LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning

me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

22:9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither

Micaiah the son of Imlah.

22:10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each

on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the

entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied

before them.

22:11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and

he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the

Syrians, until thou have consumed them.

22:12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to

Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the

king's hand.

22:13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him,

saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto

the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the

word of one of them, and speak that which is good.

22:14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith

unto me, that will I speak.

22:15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall

we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he

answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into

the hand of the king.

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22:16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee

that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the

LORD?

22:17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that

have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let

them return every man to his house in peace.

22:18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee

that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?

22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the

LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by

him on his right hand and on his left.

22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up

and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another

said on that manner.

22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and

said, I will persuade him.

22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go

forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.

And he said, Thou shalt persude him, and prevail also: go forth,

and do so.

22:23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the

mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil

concerning thee.

22:24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah

on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD

from me to speak unto thee?

22:25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou

shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.

22:26 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto

Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;

22:27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and

feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I

come in peace.

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22:28 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath

not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of

you.

22:29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to

Ramothgilead.

22:30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise

myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And

the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.

22:31 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that

had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor

great, save only with the king of Israel.

22:32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw

Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And

they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out.

22:33 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived

that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from

pursuing him.

22:34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of

Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the

driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host;

for I am wounded.

22:35 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in

his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran

out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.

22:36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going

down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to

his own country.

22:37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the

king in Samaria.

22:38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs

licked up his blood; and they washed his armor; according unto the

word of the LORD which he spake.

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22:39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory

house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not

written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

22:40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his

stead.

22:41 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the

fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.

22:42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign;

and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his

mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

22:43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not

aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD:

nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people

offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.

22:44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.

22:45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he

shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the

chronicles of the kings of Judah?

22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of

his father Asa, he took out of the land.

22:47 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.

22:48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but

they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.

22:49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my

servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would

not.

22:50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his

fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned

in his stead.

22:51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the

seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two

years over Israel.

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22:52 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of

his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of

Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:

22:53 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger

the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.