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            The Second Book of the CHRONICLES


CHAPTER 1

1:1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom,

and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him

exceedingly.

1:2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands

and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all

Israel, the chief of the fathers.

1:3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high

place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the

congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had

made in the wilderness.

1:4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the

place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for

it at Jerusalem.

1:5 Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of

Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and

Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.

1:6 And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD,

which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a

thousand burnt offerings upon it.

1:7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him,

Ask what I shall give thee.

1:8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto

David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.

1:9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be

established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust

of the earth in multitude.

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1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come

in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so

great?

1:11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and

thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of thine

enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom

and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over

whom I have made thee king:

1:12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee

riches, and wealth, and honor, such as none of the kings have had

that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have

the like.

1:13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at

Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the

congregation, and reigned over Israel.

1:14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a

thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand

horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king

at Jerusalem.

1:15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as

stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in

the vale for abundance.

1:16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the

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

1:17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for

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

and so brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and

for the kings of Syria, by their means.

CHAPTER 2

2:1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the

LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

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2:2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear

burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three

thousand and six hundred to oversee them.

2:3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou

didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build

him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.

2:4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to

dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for

the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and

evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the

solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever

to Israel.

2:5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all

gods.

2:6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and

heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I

should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

2:7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in

silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and

blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with

me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon:

for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon;

and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,

2:9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am

about to build shall be wonderful great.

2:10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber,

twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand

measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and

twenty thousand baths of oil.

2:11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent

to Solomon, Because the LORD hath loved his people, he hath

made thee king over them.

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2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that

made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise

son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an

house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

2:13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of

Huram my father’s,

2:14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a

man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron,

in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in

crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every

device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with

the cunning men of my Lord David thy father.

2:15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine,

which my Lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:

2:16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need:

and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou

shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.

2:17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of

Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had

numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty

thousand and three thousand and six hundred.

2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of

burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and

three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.

CHAPTER 3

3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem

in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father,

in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan

the Jebusite.

3:2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in

the fourth year of his reign.

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3:3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the

building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first

measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

3:4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it

was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the

height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with

pure gold.

3:5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid

with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.

3:6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and

the gold was gold of Parvaim.

3:7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls

thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on

the walls.

3:8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was

according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the

breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold,

amounting to six hundred talents.

3:9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he

overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

3:10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image

work, and overlaid them with gold.

3:11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing

of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house:

and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of

the other cherub.

3:12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the

wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining

to the wing of the other cherub.

3:13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty

cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.

3:14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine

linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.

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3:15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits

high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five

cubits.

3:16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of

the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on

the chains.

3:17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right

hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the

right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.

CHAPTER 4

4:1 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length

thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the

height thereof.

4:2 Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round

in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty

cubits did compass it round about.

4:3 And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it

round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two

rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.

4:4 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.

4:5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like

the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received

and held three thousand baths.

4:6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on

the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt

offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to

wash in.

4:7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and

set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.

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4:8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the

right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of

gold.

4:9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court,

and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.

4:10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the

south.

4:11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And

Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for

the house of God;

4:12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which

were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover

the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the

pillars;

4:13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of

pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the

chapiters which were upon the pillars.

4:14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;

4:15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.

4:16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their

instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the

house of the LORD of bright brass.

4:17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground

between Succoth and Zeredathah.

4:18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the

weight of the brass could not be found out.

4:19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God,

the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was

set;

4:20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn

after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;

4:21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold,

and that perfect gold;

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4:22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers,

of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for

the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple,

were of gold.

CHAPTER 5

5:1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD

was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his

father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the

instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

5:2 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

Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of

the city of David, which is Zion.

5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king

in the feast which was in the seventh month.

5:4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.

5:5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the

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

these did the priests and the Levites bring up.

5:6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were

assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen,

which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

5:7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD

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

even under the wings of the cherubims:

5:8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the

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

above.

5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the

staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not

seen without. And there it is unto this day.

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5:10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put

therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the

children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

5:11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy

place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did

not then wait by course:

5:12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of

Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being

arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps,

stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and

twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)

5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to

make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD;

and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals

and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he

is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was

filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the

cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

CHAPTER 6

6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in

the thick darkness.

6:2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy

dwelling for ever.

6:3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of

Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.

6:4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with

his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father

David, saying,

6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of

Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an

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house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to

be a ruler over my people Israel:

6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and

have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

6:7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for

the name of the LORD God of Israel.

6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in

thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it

was in thine heart:

6:9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which

shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my

name.

6:10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath

spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am

set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built

the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

6:11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD,

that he made with the children of Israel.

6:12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all

the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:

6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold of five cubits long, and

five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst

of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his

knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his

hands toward heaven.

6:14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the

heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest

mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their

hearts:

6:15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that

which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and

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

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6:16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant

David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There

shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel;

yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law,

as thou hast walked before me.

6:17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which

thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.

6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold,

heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much

less this house which I have built!

6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his

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

prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon

the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name

there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth

toward this place.

6:21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of

thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear

thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou

hearest, forgive.

6:22 If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to

make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house;

6:23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by

requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head;

and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his

righteousness.

6:24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy,

because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess

thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this

house;

6:25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people

Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to

them and to their fathers.

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6:26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have

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

thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;

6:27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants,

and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good

way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land,

which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.

6:28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be

blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege

them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever

sickness there be:

6:29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of

any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his

own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this

house:

6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and

render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart

thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of

men:)

6:31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live

in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

6:32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people

Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great names sake,

and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and

pray in this house;

6:33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from 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, and fear thee, as doth thy

people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is

called by thy name.

6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that

thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city

which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy

name;

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6:35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their

supplication, and maintain their cause.

6:36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,)

and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their

enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or

near;

6:37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried

captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity,

saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt

wickedly;

6:38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in

the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them

captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their

fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward

the house which I have built for thy name:

6:39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place,

their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and

forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine

ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou,

and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be

clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember

the mercies of David thy servant.

CHAPTER 7

7:1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came

down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the

sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

7:2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD,

because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.

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7:3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down,

and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed

themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and

worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his

mercy endureth for ever.

7:4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the

LORD.

7:5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand

oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and

all the people dedicated the house of God.

7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with

instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had

made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever,

when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded

trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.

7:7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was

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

and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which

Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and

the meat offerings, and the fat.

7:8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all

Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of

Hamath unto the river of Egypt.

7:9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept

the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

7:10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent

the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the

goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon,

and to Israel his people.

7:11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the kings

house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house

of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.

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7:12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him,

I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for

an house of sacrifice.

7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the

locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my

people;

7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble

themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their

wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their

sin, and will heal their land.

7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer

that is made in this place.

7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name

may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there

perpetually.

7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father

walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and

shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;

7:18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have

covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee

a man to be ruler in Israel.

7:19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my

commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and

serve other gods, and worship them;

7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I

have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my

name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb

and a byword among all nations.

7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every

one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD

done thus unto this land, and unto this house?

7:22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of

their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt,

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and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served

them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

CHAPTER 8

8:1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon

had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,

8:2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon

built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.

8:3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.

8:4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities,

which he built in Hamath.

8:5 Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether,

fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

8:6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the

chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon

desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all

the land of his dominion.

8:7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the

Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites,

which were not of Israel,

8:8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom

the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to

pay tribute until this day.

8:9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his

work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and

captains of his chariots and horsemen.

8:10 And these were the chief of king Solomon’s officers, even two

hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.

8:11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city

of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My

wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because

the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.

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8:12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar

of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,

8:13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the

commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons,

and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast

of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of

tabernacles.

8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the

courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their

charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of

every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate:

for so had David the man of God commanded.

8:15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto

the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the

treasures.

8:16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the

foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So

the house of the LORD was perfected.

8:17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in

the land of Edom.

8:18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and

servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the

servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and

fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.

CHAPTER 9

9:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she

came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a

very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in

abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to

Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

9:2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid

from Solomon which he told her not.

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9:3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon,

and the house that he had built,

9:4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the

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

and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the

house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.

9:5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine

own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:

9:6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes

had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy

wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

9:7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which

stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.

9:8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee

on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God

loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king

over them, to do judgment and justice.

9:9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and

of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there

any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.

9:10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon,

which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious

stones.

9:11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the

LORD, and to the kings palace, and harps and psalteries for

singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

9:12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire,

whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the

king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her

servants.

9:13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six

hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;

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9:14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the

kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and

silver to Solomon.

9:15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six

hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target.

9:16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred

shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the

house of the forest of Lebanon.

9:17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it

with pure gold.

9:18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold,

which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the

sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays:

9:19 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.

9:20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon 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 not any thing accounted of in the days

of Solomon.

9:21 For the kings ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram:

every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold,

and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

9:22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and

wisdom.

9:23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to

hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.

9:24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and

vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and

mules, a rate year by year.

9:25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and

twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot

cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

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9:26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land

of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.

9:27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees

made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in

abundance.

9:28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of

all lands.

9:29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not

written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of

Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against

Jeroboam the son of Nebat?

9:30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

9:31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city

of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 10

10:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel

come to make him king.

10:2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in

Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king,

heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

10:3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and

spake to Rehoboam, saying,

10:4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou

somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke

that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

10:5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And

the people departed.

10:6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood

before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel

give ye me to return answer to this people?

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10:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people,

and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy

servants for ever.

10:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took

counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that

stood before him.

10:9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return

answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease

somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

10:10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto

him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto

thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it

somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little

finger shall be thicker than my fathers loins.

10:11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put

more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will

chastise you with scorpions.

10:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third

day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.

10:13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook

the counsel of the old men,

10:14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My

father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father

chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

10:15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of

God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by

the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

10:16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto

them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we

in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every

man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own

house. So all Israel went to their tents.

10:17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah,

Rehoboam reigned over them.

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10:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and

the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king

Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to

Jerusalem.

10:19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

CHAPTER 11

11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the

house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand

chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he

might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

11:2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God,

saying,

11:3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to

all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,

11:4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your

brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of

me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from

going against Jeroboam.

11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in

Judah.

11:6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

11:10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in

Benjamin fenced cities.

11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and

store of victual, and of oil and wine.

11:12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them

exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

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11:13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to

him out of all their coasts.

11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to

Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off

from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:

11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils,

and for the calves which he had made.

11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts

to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice

unto the LORD God of their fathers.

11:17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam

the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked

in the way of David and Solomon.

11:18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the

son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of

Jesse;

11:19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

11:20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which

bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

11:21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all

his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and

threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and

threescore daughters.)

11:22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be

ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.

11:23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all

the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and

he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.

CHAPTER 12

12:1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom,

and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD,

and all Israel with him.

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12:2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam

Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had

transgressed against the LORD,

12:3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen:

and the people were without number that came with him out of

Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

12:4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came

to Jerusalem.

12:5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes

of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of

Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have

forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of

Shishak.

12:6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves;

and they said, The LORD is righteous.

12:7 And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word

of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled

themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them

some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon

Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

12:8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my

service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

12:9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took

away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of

the kings house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of

gold which Solomon had made.

12:10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and

committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept

the entrance of the king’s house.

12:11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard

came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard

chamber.

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12:12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned

from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in

Judah things went well.

12:13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned:

for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign,

and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the

LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name

there. And his mothers name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

12:14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the

LORD.

12:15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in

the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning

genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and

Jeroboam continually.

12:16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of

David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 13

13:1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign

over Judah.

13:2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mothers name also was

Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war

between Abijah and Jeroboam.

13:3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of

war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set

the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen

men, being mighty men of valour.

13:4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount

Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;

13:5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the

kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons

by a covenant of salt?

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13:6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of

David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his Lord.

13:7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial,

and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of

Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could

not withstand them.

13:8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the

hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there

are with your golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

13:9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron,

and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the

nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate

himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a

priest of them that are no gods.

13:10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken

him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons

of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business:

13:11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening

burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in

order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the

lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the

LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.

13:12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his

priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O

children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your

fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

13:13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them:

so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.

13:14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and

behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded

with the trumpets.

13:15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah

shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel

before Abijah and Judah.

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13:16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered

them into their hand.

13:17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so

there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

13:18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the

children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD

God of their fathers.

13:19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him,

Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns

thereof, and Ephraim with the towns thereof.

13:20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah:

and the LORD struck him, and he died.

13:21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat

twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

13:22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings,

are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.

CHAPTER 14

14:1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of

David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land

was quiet ten years.

14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the

LORD his God:

14:3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high

places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:

14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers,

and to do the law and the commandment.

14:5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and

the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.

14:6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he

had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.

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14:7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make

about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet

before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have

sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built

and prospered.

14:8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of

Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare

shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all

these were mighty men of valour.

14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host

of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto

Mareshah.

14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in

the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is

nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that

have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee,

and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art

our God; let no man prevail against thee.

14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah;

and the Ethiopians fled.

14:13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto

Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not

recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and

before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.

14:14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the

LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there

was exceeding much spoil in them.

14:15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and

camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.

CHAPTER 15

15:1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

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15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa,

and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be

with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye

forsake him, he will forsake you.

15:3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and

without a teaching priest, and without law.

15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of

Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to

him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants

of the countries.

15:6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did

vex them with all adversity.

15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your

work shall be rewarded.

15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the

prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out

of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which

he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the

LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with

them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they

fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the

LORD his God was with him.

15:10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third

month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil

which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand

sheep.

15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their

fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be

put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

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15:14 And they swear unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with

shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.

15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their

heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of

them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he

removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a

grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at

the brook Kidron.

15:17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless

the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

15:18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had

dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and

vessels.

15:19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the

reign of Asa.

CHAPTER 16

16:1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of

Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he

might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

16:2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the

house of the LORD and of the kings house, and sent to Benhadad

king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

16:3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my

father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go,

break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart

from me.

16:4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of

his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan,

and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.

16:5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building

of Ramah, and let his work cease.

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16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones

of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building;

and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

16:7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and

said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and

not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king

of Syria escaped out of thine hand.

16:8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very

many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the

LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.

16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole

earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is

perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore

from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house;

for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa

oppressed some of the people the same time.

16:11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in

the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in

his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he

sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

16:13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth

year of his reign.

16:14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for

himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was

filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the

apothecaries’ art: and they made a very great burning for him.

CHAPTER 17

17:1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened

himself against Israel.

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17:2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set

garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which

Asa his father had taken.

17:3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the

first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;

17:4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his

commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.

17:5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all

Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and

honor in abundance.

17:6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he

took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

17:7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to

Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and

to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.

17:8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and

Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and

Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them

Elishama and Jehoram, priests.

17:9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the

LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of

Judah, and taught the people.

17:10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands

that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against

Jehoshaphat.

17:11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and

tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand

and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he

goats.

17:12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah

castles, and cities of store.

17:13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of

war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.

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17:14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their

fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and

with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.

17:15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two

hundred and fourscore thousand.

17:16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly

offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred

thousand mighty men of valour.

17:17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him

armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.

17:18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and

fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.

17:19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the

fenced cities throughout all Judah.

CHAPTER 18

18:1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined

affinity with Ahab.

18:2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And

Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the

people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him

to Ramothgilead.

18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt

thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as

thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in

the war.

18:4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee,

at the word of the LORD to day.

18:5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four

hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to

battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will

deliver it into the king’s hand.

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18:6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD

besides, that we might enquire of him?

18:7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one

man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for

he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is

Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king

say so.

18:8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch

quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.

18:9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of

them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void

place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets

prophesied before them.

18:10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron,

and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria

until they be consumed.

18:11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to

Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the

hand of the king.

18:12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying,

Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with

one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of

theirs, and speak thou good.

18:13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith,

that will I speak.

18:14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him,

Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear?

And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered

into your hand.

18:15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that

thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?

18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as

sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no

master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.

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18:17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that

he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?

18:18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the

LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing

on his right hand and on his left.

18:19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he

may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after

this manner, and another saying after that manner.

18:20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said,

I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?

18:21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all

his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou

shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.

18:22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the

mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil

against thee.

18:23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote

Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of

the LORD from me to speak unto thee?

18:24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou

shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.

18:25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back

to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the kings son;

18:26 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

return in peace.

18:27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not

the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.

18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to

Ramothgilead.

18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise

myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So

the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.

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18:30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots

that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save

only with the king of Israel.

18:31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw

Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they

compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the

LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.

18:32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots

perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again

from pursuing him.

18:33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of

Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his

chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the

host; for I am wounded.

18:34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed

himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and

about the time of the sun going down he died.

CHAPTER 19

19:1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace

to Jerusalem.

19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and

said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and

love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from

before the LORD.

19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast

taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine

heart to seek God.

19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again

through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought

them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

19:5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of

Judah, city by city,

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19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for

man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed

and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor

respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of

the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the

judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned

to Jerusalem.

19:9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the

LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

19:10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that

dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and

commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them

that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon

you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.

19:11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of

the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house

of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers

before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the

good.

CHAPTER 20

20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the

children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites,

came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

20:2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh

a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side

Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and

proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD:

even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

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20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and

Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in

heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen?

and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able

to withstand thee?

20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this

land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham

thy friend for ever?

20:8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for

thy name, saying,

20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or

pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy

presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our

affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount

Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came

out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and

destroyed them not;

20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy

possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against

this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what

to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

20:13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their

wives, and their children.

20:14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the

son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph,

came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of

Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto

you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude;

for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

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20:16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the

cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before

the wilderness of Jeruel.

20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye

still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and

Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against

them: for the LORD will be with you.

20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and

all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD,

worshipping the LORD.

20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the

children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of

Israel with a loud voice on high.

20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the

wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood

and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;

Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe

his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers

unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as

they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for

his mercy endureth for ever.

20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set

ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount

Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the

inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and

when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one

helped to destroy another.

20:24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness,

they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies

fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

20:25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil

of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the

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dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for

themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three

days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of

Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of

the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and

Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with

joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

20:28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and

trumpets unto the house of the LORD.

20:29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries,

when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of

Israel.

20:30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest

round about.

20:31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years

old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in

Jerusalem. And his mothers name was Azubah the daughter of

Shilhi.

20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from

it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.

20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the

people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

20:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold,

they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is

mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with

Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

20:36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish:

and they made the ships in Eziongaber.

20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against

Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with

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Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were

broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

CHAPTER 21

21:1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his

fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his

stead.

21:2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel,

and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these

were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.

21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of

precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave

he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he

strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and

divers also of the princes of Israel.

21:5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and

he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the

house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he

wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David,

because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he

promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

21:8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of

Judah, and made themselves a king.

21:9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with

him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which

compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.

21:10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this

day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand;

because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.

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21:11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and

caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and

compelled Judah thereto.

21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying,

Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast

not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways

of Asa king of Judah,

21:13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made

Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the

whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren

of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:

21:14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and

thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

21:15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until

thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

21:16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the

Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

21:17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away

all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons

also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save

Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

21:18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an

incurable disease.

21:19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two

years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of

sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the

burning of his fathers.

21:20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he

reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being

desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in

the sepulchres of the kings.

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CHAPTER 22

22:1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son

king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians

to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram

king of Judah reigned.

22:2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and

he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was

Athaliah the daughter of Omri.

22:3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother

was his counsellor to do wickedly.

22:4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of

Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to

his destruction.

22:5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son

of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at

Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.

22:6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds

which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king

of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went

down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was

sick.

22:7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram:

for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the

son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house

of Ahab.

22:8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment upon

the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of

the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them.

22:9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in

Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him,

they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat,

who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah

had no power to keep still the kingdom.

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22:10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was

dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of

Judah.

22:11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of

Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons that were slain,

and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the

daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she

was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew

him not.

22:12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and

Athaliah reigned over the land.

CHAPTER 23

23:1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took

the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael

the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah

the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant

with him.

23:2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all

the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they

came to Jerusalem.

23:3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in the

house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king’s son shall

reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.

23:4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you entering on

the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of

the doors;

23:5 And a third part shall be at the king’s house; and a third part at the

gate of the foundation: and all the people shall be in the courts of

the house of the LORD.

23:6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests,

and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are

holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD.

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23:7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man

with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the

house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he

cometh in, and when he goeth out.

23:8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that

Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men

that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to go out

on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the courses.

23:9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds

spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king David’s,

which were in the house of God.

23:10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his

hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the

temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king round about.

23:11 Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the

crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And

Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.

23:12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and

praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the

LORD:

23:13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the

entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all

the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also

the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing

praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.

23:14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that

were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the

ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword.

For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the LORD.

23:15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the entering

of the horse gate by the king’s house, they slew her there.

23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the

people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD’s

people.

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23:17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down,

and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the

priest of Baal before the altars.

23:18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by

the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in

the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD,

as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing,

as it was ordained by David.

23:19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that

none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.

23:20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the

governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and brought

down the king from the house of the LORD: and they came

through the high gate into the king’s house, and set the king upon

the throne of the kingdom.

23:21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after

that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.

CHAPTER 24

24:1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned

forty years in Jerusalem. His mothers name also was Zibiah of

Beersheba.

24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all

the days of Jehoiada the priest.

24:3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and

daughters.

24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the

house of the LORD.

24:5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to

them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel

money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see

that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

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24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why

hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and

out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of

Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel,

for the tabernacle of witness?

24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the

house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the

LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.

24:8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it

without at the gate of the house of the LORD.

24:9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to

bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God

laid upon Israel in the wilderness.

24:10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and

cast into the chest, until they had made an end.

24:11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto

the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw

that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s

officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his

place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in

abundance.

24:12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the

service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and

carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as

wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.

24:13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them,

and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.

24:14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money

before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the

house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal,

and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt

offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of

Jehoiada.

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24:15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an

hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.

24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because

he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his

house.

24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and

made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and

served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem

for this their trespass.

24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD;

and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada

the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,

Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the

LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the

LORD, he hath also forsaken you.

24:21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the

commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.

24:22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada

his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he

said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.

24:23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria

came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and

destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and

sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.

24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men,

and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because

they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they

executed judgment against Joash.

24:25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great

diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of

the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he

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died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him

not in the sepulchres of the kings.

24:26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of

Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a

Moabitess.

24:27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid

upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are

written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son

reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 25

25:1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,

and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his

mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not

with a perfect heart.

25:3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him,

that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.

25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in

the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The

fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die

for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.

25:5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them

captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to

the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and

he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found

them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war,

that could handle spear and shield.

25:6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of

Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

25:7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the

army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to

wit, with all the children of Ephraim.

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25:8 But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make

thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast

down.

25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the

hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the

man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more

than this.

25:10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to

him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was

greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great

anger.

25:11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and

went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten

thousand.

25:12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry

away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast

them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in

pieces.

25:13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they

should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from

Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them,

and took much spoil.

25:14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the

slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children

of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself

before them, and burned incense unto them.

25:15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah,

and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast

thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver

their own people out of thine hand?

25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto

him, Art thou made of the king’s counsel? forbear; why shouldest

thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that

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God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this,

and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

25:17 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the

son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let

us see one another in the face.

25:18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying,

The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in

Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there

passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the

thistle.

25:19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart

lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou

meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah

with thee?

25:20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might

deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought

after the gods of Edom.

25:21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in

the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh,

which belongeth to Judah.

25:22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every

man to his tent.

25:23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son

of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to

Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of

Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

25:24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were

found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of

the kings house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

25:25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death

of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

25:26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are

they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

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25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the

LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he

fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him

there.

25:28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his

fathers in the city of Judah.

CHAPTER 26

26:1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years

old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.

26:2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept

with his fathers.

26:3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he

reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mothers name also

was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.

26:4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,

according to all that his father Amaziah did.

26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had

understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the

LORD, God made him to prosper.

26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake

down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of

Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.

26:7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the

Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

26:8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread

abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself

exceedingly.

26:9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and

at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.

26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he

had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains:

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husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in

Carmel: for he loved husbandry.

26:11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to

war by bands, according to the number of their account by the

hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of

Hananiah, one of the kings captains.

26:12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of

valour were two thousand and six hundred.

26:13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and

seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty

power, to help the king against the enemy.

26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and

spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast

stones.

26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be

on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great

stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was

marvellously helped, till he was strong.

26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction:

for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the

temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

26:17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore

priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:

26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It

appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the

LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated

to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed;

neither shall it be for thine honor from the LORD God.

26:19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn

incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even

rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the

LORD, from beside the incense altar.

26:20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him,

and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him

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out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the

LORD had smitten him.

26:21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and

dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the

house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the kings house,

judging the people of the land.

26:22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the

prophet, the son of Amoz, write.

26:23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his

fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for

they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 27

27:1 Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and

he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mothers name also was

Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.

27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,

according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not

into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of

Ophel he built much.

27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the

forests he built castles and towers.

27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed

against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year

an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat,

and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon

pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before

the LORD his God.

27:7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways,

lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

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27:8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and

reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.

27:9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city

of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 28

28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned

sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in

the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also

molten images for Baalim.

28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and

burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen

whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the

hills, and under every green tree.

28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the

king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great

multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And

he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote

him with a great slaughter.

28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and

twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because

they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

28:7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the kings

son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was

next to the king.

28:8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren

two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also

away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.

28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and

he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto

them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth

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with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have

slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and

Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there

not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?

28:11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye

have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the

LORD is upon you.

28:12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the

son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah

the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against

them that came from the war,

28:13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for

whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend to

add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great,

and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

28:14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes

and all the congregation.

28:15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the

captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among

them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and

to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon

asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their

brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

28:16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help

him.

28:17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried

away captives.

28:18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and

of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and

Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with

the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they

dwelt there.

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28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel;

for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

28:20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed

him, but strengthened him not.

28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and

out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto

the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the

LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

28:23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and

he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore

will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the

ruin of him, and of all Israel.

28:24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and

cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the

doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every

corner of Jerusalem.

28:25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn

incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of

his fathers.

28:26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold,

they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city,

even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of

the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 29

29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old,

and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his

mothers name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,

according to all that David his father had done.

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29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the

doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them

together into the east street,

29:5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now

yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your

fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in

the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have

turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and

turned their backs.

29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the

lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in

the holy place unto the God of Israel.

29:8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem,

and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to

hissing, as ye see with your eyes.

29:9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our

daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of

Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

29:11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to

stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto

him, and burn incense.

29:12 Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the

son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of

Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and

of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of

Joah:

29:13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of

Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:

29:14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of

Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.

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29:15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and

came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of

the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.

29:16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the

LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they

found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the

LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the

brook Kidron.

29:17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and

on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the

LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days;

and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

29:18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have

cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering,

with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the

vessels thereof.

29:19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast

away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and,

behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.

29:20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the

city, and went up to the house of the LORD.

29:21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven

lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and

for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests

the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.

29:22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and

sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams,

they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs,

and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.

29:23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the

king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:

29:24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with

their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for

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the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering

should be made for all Israel.

29:25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals,

with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of

David, and of Gad the kings seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so

was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.

29:26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the

priests with the trumpets.

29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the

altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD

began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained

by David king of Israel.

29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the

trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering

was finished.

29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that

were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.

29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the

Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David,

and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and

they bowed their heads and worshipped.

29:31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated

yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and

thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the congregation

brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were of a

free heart burnt offerings.

29:32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation

brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and

two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the

LORD.

29:33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three

thousand sheep.

29:34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the

burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them,

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till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified

themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify

themselves than the priests.

29:35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the

peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So

the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.

29:36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared

the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

CHAPTER 30

30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to

Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the

LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of

Israel.

30:2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the

congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second

month.

30:3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not

sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered

themselves together to Jerusalem.

30:4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.

30:5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all

Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep

the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they

had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written.

30:6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes

throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment

of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the

remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of

Assyria.

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30:7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which

trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore

gave them up to desolation, as ye see.

30:8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield

yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he

hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the

fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

30:9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your

children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive,

so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your

God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from

you, if ye return unto him.

30:10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of

Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them

to scorn, and mocked them.

30:11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun

humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.

30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do

the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of

the LORD.

30:13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of

unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation.

30:14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem,

and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into

the brook Kidron.

30:15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second

month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and

sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the

house of the LORD.

30:16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the

law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood,

which they received of the hand of the Levites.

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30:17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified:

therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers

for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD.

30:18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and

Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet

did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But

Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every

one

30:19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his

fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of

the sanctuary.

30:20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

30:21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the

feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the

Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with

loud instruments unto the LORD.

30:22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught

the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the

feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession

to the LORD God of their fathers.

30:23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days:

and they kept other seven days with gladness.

30:24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand

bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the

congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a

great number of priests sanctified themselves.

30:25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites,

and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers

that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah,

rejoiced.

30:26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon

the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.

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30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their

voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling

place, even unto heaven.

CHAPTER 31

31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went

out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut

down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out

of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until

they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel

returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

31:2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites

after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests

and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister,

and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the

LORD.

31:3 He appointed also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt

offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and

the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and

for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.

31:4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to

give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be

encouraged in the law of the LORD.

31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of

Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil,

and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all

things brought they in abundantly.

31:6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the

cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep,

and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the

LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.

31:7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps,

and finished them in the seventh month.

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31:8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they

blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.

31:9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites

concerning the heaps.

31:10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him,

and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the

house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left

plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that which is

left is this great store.

31:11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of

the LORD; and they prepared them,

31:12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things

faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei

his brother was the next.

31:13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth,

and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah,

were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother,

at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of

the house of God.

31:14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east,

was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the oblations

of the LORD, and the most holy things.

31:15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah,

Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in their set

office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to

the small:

31:16 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward,

even unto every one that entereth into the house of the LORD, his

daily portion for their service in their charges according to their

courses;

31:17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers,

and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their charges

by their courses;

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31:18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their

sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their

set office they sanctified themselves in holiness:

31:19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the fields of

the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were

expressed by name, to give portions to all the males among the

priests, and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the

Levites.

31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that

which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of

God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he

did it with all his heart, and prospered.

CHAPTER 32

32:1 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king

of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the

fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.

32:2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he

was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,

32:3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the

waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did

help him.

32:4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the

fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land,

saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much

water?

32:5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was

broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without,

and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields

in abundance.

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32:6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them

together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake

comfortably to them, saying,

32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king

of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be

more with us than with him:

32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to

help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves

upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

32:9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to

Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his

power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah

that were at Jerusalem, saying,

32:10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that

ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?

32:11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by

famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us

out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

32:12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his

altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall

worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

32:13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people

of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any

ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?

32:14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers

utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand,

that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?

32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on

this manner, neither yet believe him: for no God of any nation or

kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out

of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver

you out of mine hand?

32:16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and

against his servant Hezekiah.

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32:17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to

speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands

have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the

God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.

32:18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ speech unto the

people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to

trouble them; that they might take the city.

32:19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods

of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of

man.

32:20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the

son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.

32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of

valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of

Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And

when he was come into the house of his God, they that came forth

of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.

32:22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem

from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the

hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

32:23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and

presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the

sight of all nations from thenceforth.

32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the

LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto

him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon

him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his

heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath

of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

32:27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honor: and he made

himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones,

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and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant

jewels;

32:28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and

stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.

32:29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and

herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.

32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon,

and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David.

And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

32:31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of

Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was

done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all

that was in his heart.

32:32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold,

they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of

Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

32:33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the

chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and

the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his death. And

Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

CHAPTER 33

33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he

reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:

33:2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the

abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before

the children of Israel.

33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had

broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves,

and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

33:4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD

had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.

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33:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of

the house of the LORD.

33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of

the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used

enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit,

and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD,

to provoke him to anger.

33:7 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the

house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his

son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all

the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

33:8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the

land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take

heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole

law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.

33:9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err,

and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed

before the children of Israel.

33:10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they

would not hearken.

33:11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host

of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns,

and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

33:12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God,

and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

33:13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his

supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.

Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.

33:14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the

west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish

gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great

height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.

33:15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house

of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of

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the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the

city.

33:16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon

peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve

the LORD God of Israel.

33:17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet

unto the LORD their God only.

33:18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his

God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of

the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of

the kings of Israel.

33:19 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his

sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places,

and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled:

behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.

33:20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his

own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

33:21 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and

reigned two years in Jerusalem.

33:22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did

Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved

images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;

33:23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his

father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.

33:24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own

house.

33:25 But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against

king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in

his stead.

CHAPTER 34

34:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in

Jerusalem one and thirty years.

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34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and

walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the

right hand, nor to the left.

34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he

began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth

year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places,

and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

34:4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the

images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves,

and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces,

and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them

that had sacrificed unto them.

34:5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and

cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

34:6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon,

even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

34:7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had

beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols

throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.

34:8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the

land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and

Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the

recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.

34:9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the

money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites

that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and

Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and

Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.

34:10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight

of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that

wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house:

34:11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone,

and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which the kings

of Judah had destroyed.

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34:12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them

were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and

Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it

forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments

of musick.

34:13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of

all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of the

Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.

34:14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the

house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of

the LORD given by Moses.

34:15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found

the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah

delivered the book to Shaphan.

34:16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king

word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants,

they do it.

34:17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the

house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the

overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.

34:18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest

hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.

34:19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law,

that he rent his clothes.

34:20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan,

and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a

servant of the king’s, saying,

34:21 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel

and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for

great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us,

because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do

after all that is written in this book.

34:22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah

the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of

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Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the

college:) and they spake to her to that effect.

34:23 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell

ye the man that sent you to me,

34:24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and

upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in

the book which they have read before the king of Judah:

34:25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto

other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works

of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this

place, and shall not be quenched.

34:26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the

LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of

Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;

34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself

before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and

against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me,

and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard

thee also, saith the LORD.

34:28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered

to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I

will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So

they brought the king word again.

34:29 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and

Jerusalem.

34:30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men

of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the

Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears

all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the

house of the LORD.

34:31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the

LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments,

and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all

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his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in

this book.

34:32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to

stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the

covenant of God, the God of their fathers.

34:33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries

that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were

present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And

all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God

of their fathers.

CHAPTER 35

35:1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem:

and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first

month.

35:2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the

service of the house of the LORD,

35:3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy

unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the

son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon

your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people

Israel,

35:4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your

courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and

according to the writing of Solomon his son.

35:5 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the

families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the

division of the families of the Levites.

35:6 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your

brethren, that they may do according to the word of the LORD by

the hand of Moses.

35:7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for

the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of

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thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the

king’s substance.

35:8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and

to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house

of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two

thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

35:9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and

Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto

the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and

five hundred oxen.

35:10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place,

and the Levites in their courses, according to the king’s

commandment.

35:11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood

from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

35:12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give

according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer

unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did

they with the oxen.

35:13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance:

but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and

in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.

35:14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests:

because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of

burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites

prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.

35:15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to

the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun

the king’s seer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might

not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites

prepared for them.

35:16 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep

the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the

LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah.

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35:17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at

that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

35:18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days

of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such

a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all

Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of

Jerusalem.

35:19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover

kept.

35:20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of

Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and

Josiah went out against him.

35:21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with

thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but

against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to

make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me,

that he destroy thee not.

35:22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but

disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not

unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight

in the valley of Megiddo.

35:23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his

servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

35:24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in

the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem,

and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers.

And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

35:25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the

singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day,

and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written

in the lamentations.

35:26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to

that which was written in the law of the LORD,

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35:27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book

of the kings of Israel and Judah.

CHAPTER 36

36:1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and

made him king in his father’s stead in Jerusalem.

36:2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign,

and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.

36:3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned

the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

36:4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah

and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took

Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,

and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was

evil in the sight of the LORD his God.

36:6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound

him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

36:7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the

LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

36:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which

he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written

in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son

reigned in his stead.

36:9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he

reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that

which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

36:10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and

brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of

the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and

Jerusalem.

36:11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign,

and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

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36:12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God,

and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking

from the mouth of the LORD.

36:13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made

him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his

heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.

36:14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed

very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted

the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.

36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his

messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had

compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words,

and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose

against his people, till there was no remedy.

36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who

slew their young men with the sword in the house of their

sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old

man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.

36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the

treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king,

and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of

Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and

destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to

Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the

reign of the kingdom of Persia:

36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until

the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate

she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the

LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished,

the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he

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made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in

writing, saying,

36:23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath

the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to

build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there

among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and

let him go up.