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The First Book of the Kings

Third Book of Kings (after the Latin)

(Part Two)


The 7th Chapter
     And Salomon built his own house in thirteen years space and full finished it. And he built the house of the wood of Libanon, an hundred cubits long and fifty broad, and thirty high, four square with rows of Cedar pillars and Cedar beams along upon the pillars. And the roof was Cedar above on high upon the beams that lay an high on the pillars, which pillars were forty and five in number, fifteen on a row, and the spaces between the pillars were one against another three fold. And all the doors with the side posts were four square one against another three fold.
     And he made a porch of pillars fifty cubits long and thirty cubits broad: and yet a porch before that with pillars, and a thick pillar before that. Then he made a porch to sit and judge in, siled with Cedar throughout all the pavements. And his own house where he kept residence in another court without that porch was of the same work. And then Salomon made an house for Pharaos daughter which he had taken to wife, like unto that porch.
     And all these things were of rich stones hewed after a measure and sawed with saws within and without, even from the foundation unto that whereon the beams were laid, and on the outside thereto, toward the great court. And the foundation was of rich stones and the mighty great stones of ten cubits and of eight. And above were rich stones hewed according to the same size, and also with Cedar. And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stone and one row of Cedar planks. And likewise was it in the inner court of the house of the Lord and of the porch of the temple. And king Salomon sent and fetched one Hiram out of Tyre, a widows son of the tribe Nephthalim, his father being of Tyre. Which Hiram was a craftsman in brass, and full of wisdom, understanding and cunning to work all manner of work in brass. And he came to king Salomon and wrought all his work. He cast two pillars of brass of eighteen cubits apiece high, and a string of twelve cubits might compass either of them about. And he made two head pieces of molten brass to set on the tops of the pillars, of five cubits long apiece, with garlands of braided work and hoops of chain work for the head pieces that were on the pillars, seven for the one and seven for the other. And he made the pillars, and for either of the head pieces a garland with two rows of pomegranates to cover them with all. And the head pieces that were on the tops of the pillars were wrought with lilies in the porch the space of four cubits of them. And the pomegranates above and beneath on the wreathen chains that compassed the middle of the head pieces were in number two hundred on either head piece. And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple, and when he had set up the right pillar, he called the name thereon Jachin, and when he had set up the left pillar, he called the name thereof Boaz. And the tops of the pillars were thus wrought with lilies, and so was their workmanship finished.
     Then he cast a sea of brass, ten cubits wide from brim to brim and round in compass, and five cubits high. And a string of thirty cubits might compass it about, and under the brim of it as it were apples compassed and embrased the sea of ten cubits wide in two rows cast with it when it was cast. And it stood on twelve oxen: of which three looked North, three West, three South, and three East, and the sea on high upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim wrought like the brim of a cup with flowers of lilies. And it contained two thousand baths.
     And he made ten bottoms of brass, four cubits long and four cubits broad apiece, and three high. And the works of the bottoms was on this manner that the sides were as it were flat boards between the ledges. And on the flat boards between the ledges were lions, oxen and Cherubs. And upon the ledges that were above and beneath the lions and oxen, was joined pendant work. And every bottom had four brazen wheels, whose axletrees were also of brass. And in the four corners were undersetters under the lavatory cast each over against his fellow.
     And the stalk of the lavatory was in the middle of the bottom one cubit high, and a cubit and a half round, and it had knobs thereon in the bare places which were foursquare not round. And under the sides were four wheels and their axletrees joined fast to the bottom. And the height of every wheel was a cubit and an half. And the workmanship of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel. And the axletrees, the navels, spokes and shafts were all molten. And the four undersetters in the four corners were of the very bottoms.
     And under the stalk of the lavatory in the midst of the bottom was there a round foot of half a cubit high. And thereon plain places and ledges of the self. And he graved in the plain and also on the ledges, Cherubs, lions and paulmetrees, every where round about. And on this manner he made the ten bottoms cast work: all of one measure and one size. Then he made ten lavers of brass containing forty Baths apiece, and they were of four cubits apiece, for every one of the bottoms a laver. And he put five of those bottoms on the right corner of the temple, and other five on the left: And put the sea on the right corner of the temple Eastward and toward the South.
     And Hiram made pots, shovels and basins, and so furnished all the work that he made king Salomon for the house of the Lord: that is to say two pillars and two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the two pillars, and four hundred pomegranates upon two wreaths, two rows on either wreath, to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the two pillars. And the ten bottoms of brass with ten lavers upon them: and a sea with twelve oxen under it: and pots, shovels and basins. And all these vessels which Hiram made to king Salomon for the house of the Lord were of bright brass. And in the plain of Jordan did the king cast them: even in the clay of the earth between Socoh and Zarthan. And Salomon left all the vessels unweighed, for the exceeding abundance of brass that was in them.
     And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord: the Altar of gold, and the table of gold whereon the showbread was put. And five candlesticks, for the right side, and as many for the left, before the quere, of pure gold: with flowers, lamps, and snuffers of gold: and Bowls, Psalteries, basins, spoons and fire pans of pure gold: and hinges of gold both for the doors of the quere, the place most holy, and for the doors of the temple also.
     And so was ended all the work that king Salomon made for the house of the Lord. And then Salomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated in silver, gold and other vessels, and put them to the treasure of the house of the Lord.

The 8th Chapter
     Then Salomon gathered the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and ancient Lords of the children of Israel, unto him to Jerusalem, to bring up the Ark of the appointment of the Lord out of the city of David which is Sion. And all the men of Israel assembled unto king Salomon to the feast that falls in the month Ethanim which is the seventh month. And when all the elders of Israel were come, the priests took up the Ark of the Lord, and brought it and also the tabernacle of witness and all the holy vessels that were therein. And the priests and the Levites brought them up. And king Salomon and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled, and were with him before the Ark, did offer sheep and oxen that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
     And so the priests brought the Ark of the appointment of the Lord unto his place: even into the quere of the temple and place most holy, under the wings of the Cherubs. For the Cherubs stretched out their wings over the Ark, and covered both it and also the staves thereof on high upon it. Howbeit the staves were so long that the ends of them appeared out of the holy place before the quere, but were not seen without. And there they be unto this day. And there was nothing in the Ark save the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made an appointment with the children of Israel after they were come out of Egypt.
     And when the priests were come out of the Holy place, then a cloud filled the house of the Lord, that the priests could not endure to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord. Then spoke Salomon: the Lord said, that he would dwell in darkness. I have built you an house to dwell in, and an habitation for you to abide in for ever.
     And the king turned his face and blessed all the congregation of Israel, all the congregation standing. And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which has fulfilled with his hand, that he spoke with his mouth unto David my father saying: from the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city among any of the tribes of Israel, to build an house, that my name might be there: But I have chosen David to be ruler over my people Israel.
     And it was in the heart of David my father, to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. But the Lord God said unto David my father: in that it was in your heart to build an house for my name, you did well, that you was so minded. Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son that shall come out of your loins, he shall build an house for my name. And the Lord has made good his word that he spoke. For I stood up in the room of David my father, and sat on the seat of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. And I have prepared therein a place for the Ark wherein the covenant of the Lord is, which he made with our fathers, after he had brought them out of the land of Egypt. And Salomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the sight of all the congregation of Israel and stretched out his hands to heaven and said: Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or in the earth beneath, that keep appointment and mercy with your servants that walk before you with all their hearts: which also have kept with your servants David my father, that you promised him. You spoke with your mouth and have fulfilled with your hand, as it is come to pass this day. And now Lord God of Israel, keep with your servant David my father, that you promised him saying: you shall not be without one or other before me, sitting on the seat of Israel: How be it if your children shall take heed to their ways that they walk before me, as you have walked before me. Now then O' Lord God of Israel, let your word be stable which you spoke unto your servant David my father.
     But indeed can God dwell on the earth? Behold neither heaven, nor heaven above all heavens are able to contain you: how much less then this house that I have built? but look to the prayer of your servant and his supplication O' Lord my God, to give an ear unto the voice and prayer which your servant prays before you this day, that your eyes may be open upon this house night and day, and upon the place, of which you have said, my name shall be there: that you hearken unto the prayer which your servant shall pray in this place. And hearken unto the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel which they shall pray in this place: And hear you up unto heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear have mercy. And if any man trespass against his neighbor, and his neighbor take an *adjuration to adjure him withal, and the adjuration come before your altar at this house then hearken you up to heaven, and work and judge your servants, that you condemn the wicked to bring his way upon his head, and justify the righteous to give him according to his righteousness. When your people Israel be put to the worse before their enemies, because they have sinned against you, and afterward turn again to you and praise your name, and pray and make supplication unto you in this house: Then hear you up to heaven and be merciful unto the sin of your people Israel, and bring you again unto the land which you gave unto their fathers. *adjuration: appeal to earnestly
     If heaven be shut up, that there be no rain, because they have sinned against you: yet if they pray in this place and praise your name and turn from their sins, through your scourging of them: then hear you up to heaven, and be merciful unto the sin of your servants and of your people Israel, that you show them a good way to walk in, and give rain upon your land that you have given unto your people to inherit.
     If there chance dearth in the land, pestilence, blasting or withering of corn, or that the fruits be devoured of Grasshoppers or Caterpillars, or if their enemies besiege them in the land and in their own cities, or whatsoever plague or sickness chance: then hear you up to heaven your dwelling place, all the prayers and supplications that shall be made of all men throughout all your people Israel, which shall knowledge every man the plague of his own heart, and stretch forth his hands unto this house, and be merciful, and work, and give every man according to his ways (even as you only know every mans heart, for you know the hearts of all the children of Adam) that they may fear you as long as they live upon the earth which you gave unto their fathers. And likewise if a stranger that is not of your people Israel come out of a far country for your names sake (for they shall hear of your great name and of your mighty hand and stretched out Arm) and therefore if he come and pray at this place, hear you up to heaven your dwelling place and do according to all that the stranger calls to you for: that all nations of the earth may know your name, to fear you as do your people Israel, and that it may be known that this house which I have built is called after your name.
     And when they go out to battle against their enemies *whither soever you shall send them, and shall pray unto the Lord toward the city which you have chosen and toward the house that I have built for your name: hear you their prayers and supplications, up to heaven, and judge their cause. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     And finally when they shall have sinned against you (for there is no man that sins not) and you are angry with them and have delivered them to their enemies, that they be carried away prisoners unto the land of their enemies, whether far or near, yet if they turn again unto their hearts in the land where they be in captivity, and return and pray unto you in the land of them that hold them captive, saying: we have sinned and have done wickedly and have trespassed, and so turn again unto you with all their hearts and all their souls in the land of their enemies which hold them captive, and pray unto you, toward the land which you gave unto their fathers, and toward the city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name: then hear you their prayer and supplication up to heaven your dwelling place, and judge their causes, and be merciful unto your people that have sinned against you, and unto all their trespass that they have trespassed against you, and get them favor in the sight of them that hold them captive that they may have compassion on them. For they be your people and your inheritance which you brought out of Egypt, from the furnace of iron. And let your eyes be open unto the prayer of your servant and unto the prayer of your people Israel, to hearken unto them, in all that they call unto you for. For you did separate them to be your inheritance, above all the nations of the earth, as you said by the hand of Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt O' Lord Jehovah.
     And when Salomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord and from kneeling on his knees and stretching of his hands up to heaven and stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice saying: Blessed be the Lord that has given rest unto his people Israel according to all that he promised: so that there is not one word escaped of all the good promises which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. And the Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers, and forsake us not neither leave us, but that he bow our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, ordinances and customs which he commanded our fathers. And these my words which I have prayed before the Lord, be near unto the Lord our God day and night, that he defend the cause of his servant and of his people Israel evermore, that all nations of the earth may know that the Lord, he is God and none but he. And I pray God that your hearts may be sound with the Lord our God, to walk in his ordinances and to keep his laws as we do this day.
     And the king and all Israel with him, offered offerings before the Lord. And the peaceofferings that Salomon offered unto the Lord, were twenty two thousand oxen and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: And so the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. And the same day the king hallowed the middle of the court that is before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burntofferings and meatofferings and the fat of the peaceofferings, because the brazen altar that was before the Lord, was too little to receive the burntofferings and meatofferings and the fat of the peace offerings.
     And Solomon held that same time an high feast and all Israel with him, a mighty congregation, even from the coasts of Hemath unto the river of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and yet seven days, that is, fourteen days. And the eighth day he sent the people away. And they blessed the king and went unto their tents joyous and glad in heart for all the goodness that the Lord had showed unto David his servant and to Israel his people.

The 9th Chapter
     And when Salomon had finished the building of the house of the Lord and of the kings palace, and of all that his desire and lust was to make: the Lord appeared unto him again, as he appeared to him at Gabaon. And the Lord said unto him: I have heard your prayer and intercession that you made before me, and have hallowed this house which you have built, to put my name there for ever and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in pureness of heart and plainness, to do all that I have commanded you, and shall keep mine ordinances and customs: then I will stablish the seat of your kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David your father saying: You shall not be without one or other upon the seat of Israel.
     But and if you and your children shall turn away from after me, and shall not keep mine ordinances which I have set before you, but shall go and serve other Gods and bow yourselves unto them: then I will weed Israel out of the land which I have given them. And this house which I have hallowed for my name, I will put out of my sight. And Israel shall be a proverb and a fable unto all nations. And this house which is so high, all that pass by it shall be astonished and shall hiss and say: why has the Lord dealt on this manner with this land and with this house? And it shall be answered them, because they forsook the Lord their God which brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other Gods and have stooped unto him and served them: therefore has the Lord brought upon them all this evil. Then at the end of twenty years in which Salomon had built the two houses, that is to wete (know sharply), the house of the Lord and the kings palace: because Hiram the king of Tyre had supported him with Cedar, fir and gold, as much as he desired: therefore Salomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. And when Hiram was come from Tyre to see the cities which Salomon had given him, they pleased him not. Wherefore he said: what cities are these which you have given me, my brother? and he called them the land of Cabull unto this day. This Hiram had sent the king six score hundredweight of gold. And this is the sum of the tribute, which king Salomon raised to build the house of the Lord and his own house, and Mello and the walls of Jerusalem, and Hezer, and Magedo, and Gazer.
     For Pharao king of Egypt went up and took Gazer and burnt it with fire, and slew the Cananites that dwelt in the city, and gave it for a present unto his daughter that was Salomons wife. And Salomon built Gazer and Beth Horon the nether: and Baalath and Thamar in the wilderness that is in the land: and all the store cities that Salomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen and all that his lust was to build in Jerusalem and Libanon and in all the land of his Kingdom.
     And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hethites, Pherethites, Hevites and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel, the children of the said nations that were left in the land, because the children of Israel were not able to destroy them, did Salomon make tributaries unto this day. And of the children of Israel did Salomon make no bondmen. But they were men of war and his servants and his lords and Captains and rulers of his chariots and of his Horsemen. And these many lords that oversaw the work had Salomon, five hundred and fifty, which ruled the people that wrought in the work.
     And Pharaos daughter came up out of the city of David unto the house which Salomon had built for her. And after that he built Mello. And three times a year did Salomon offer burntofferings and peaceofferings upon the altar which he had built unto the Lord, to burn the fat thereon: which altar is before the Lord.
     And when king Salomon had made the house perfect, he made ships in Azion Gaber which is beside Eloth, on the brink of the red sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent by ship also of his servants, that were shipmen and expert in the sea, with the servants of Salomon. And they went to Ophir and fetched from that place gold, to the sum of four hundred and twenty two talents, and brought it to Salomon.

The 10th Chapter
     And the queen of Saba heard of the wisdom of Salomon concerning the name of the Lord, and came to prove him with riddles. And she came to Jerusalem with a mighty great multitude of Camels that bare sweet odors and gold exceeding much, and precious stones. And when she was come to Salomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Salomon expounded her all her questions, that there was not one thing hid from the king which he expounded her not.
     And when the queen of Saba had seen all Salomons wisdom and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the standing of his servitors and their apparel, and his butlers and his sacrifice that he offered in the house of the Lord, she was astonished. Then she said to the king: the word I heard in mine own land of your deeds and wisdom, is true. How be it I believed it not, till I came and saw it with mine eyes. And see, the one half was not told me: for your wisdom and goodness exceeds the fame which I heard. Happy are your men: and happy are these your servants, which stand ever before you and hear your wisdom. And blessed be the Lord your God which had a lust to you, to set you on the seat of Israel, because the Lord loved Israel for ever, and therefore made you king, to do equity and righteousness.
     And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of sweet odors exceeding much, and precious stones. There came never after such abundance of sweet odors as the Queen of Saba gave to king Salomon. And thereto the ships of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir great plenty of *Almuge trees and precious stones. And king Salomon made of the Almuge trees pillars in the house of the Lord in the kings palace, and made harps and psalteries for singers. There came no more Almuge trees so, nor was any more seen unto this day. And king Salomon gave unto the Queen of Saba all her desire that she asked of him: besides that he gave her with his own hand. And so she returned unto her own country with her servants. *Almuge trees : unknown but apparently a highly thought of tree.
     The weight of gold that came to Salomon in one year, was six hundred three score and six talents of gold, besides that he had of chapmen and merchants of Poticaries (apothecaries) and of all the kings of Araby and of the Lords of the country. And king Salomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold, six hundred sickles of gold went to a buckler. And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold, three pounds of gold going to a piece, and put them in the house of the wood of Libanon.
     And the king made a great seat of Ivory and covered it with precious gold. And the seat had six steps. And the top of the seat was round behind his back with pommels on either side on the place where he sat, and two Lions standing beside the pommels. And there stood twelve lions on the steps, six on a side. There was none like seen in any kingdom. And all king Salomons drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the wood of Libanon were of pure gold. And as for silver it was nothing worth in the days of Salomon. For the sea ships which the king had in the sea, with the ships of Hiram, came every third year laden with gold, silver, Ivory, apes and peacocks. And so king Salomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the world resorted to Salomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. And brought him every man his present, vessels of silver and of gold, and of raiment, harness, sweet odors, horses and Mules, year by year. And Salomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: so that he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
     And the king made silver in Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar as plenteous as mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. And Salomons horses came out of Egypt from Keva: the merchants fetched them from Keva at a price. A chariot came out of Egypt for six hundred sickles of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty. And even so by the hands of the said merchants, horses were brought out for all the kings of the Hethites and for the kings of Syria.

The 11th Chapter
     But king Salomon loved many outlandish women: the daughter of Pharao: and of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonites and Hethites, even of nations of which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, see you come not at them, nor let them come to you: for surely they will turn your hearts after their Gods. Nevertheless to such Salomon clave and fell in love with them. And he had seven hundred very Queens and three hundred concubines which turned always his heart. For when Salomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other Gods: so that his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
     And Salomon followed Astaroth the God of the Zidons, and Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Salomon wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord and continued not after the Lord as did David his father. After that Salomon built an altar for Chamos the abomination of the Moabites in the hill that stands before Jerusalem, and unto Moloch the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his outlandish wives which burnt cense and offered unto their Gods. Then was the Lord angry with Salomon because his heart turned from the Lord God of Israel which appeared unto him twice, and gave him a charge of this thing that he should not follow other Gods. But he kept not that which the Lord commanded him: whereupon the Lord said to Salomon: for as much as this is done of you, and you have not kept mine appointment and mine ordinances which I have commanded you, therefore I will rend the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it, because of David your father: but I will take it from your son. How be it I will not take away all: but will give one tribe to your son, because of David my servant and because of Jerusalem which I have chosen.
     And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Salomon, one Hadad an Edomite and of the kings lineage of Edom. For when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury them that were slain: and had slain all the men children in Edom, for six months did Joab remain there and all Israel, till he had destroyed all the men children in Edom. And this Hadad fled and certain other Edomites of his fathers servants with him, to go to Egypt, Hadad being yet a little lad. And they arose out of Madian and went to Pharan, and took men with them out of Pharan and came to Egypt unto Pharao king thereof, which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals and gave him lands.
     And Hadad got great favor in the sight of Pharao, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Thahaphnes the Queen. And the sister of Thahaphnes bare him Senubath his son. And Thahaphnes weaned him in Pharaos house. And he was in Pharaos house among the sons of Pharao. And when Hadad heard say in Egypt that David was laid to sleep with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead also, he said to Pharao let me depart, that I may go to mine own country. Then said Pharao unto him: what lack you here with me, that you would go to your own country? And he said, nothing: how be it let me go. And God stirred up another adversary, one Razon the son of Eliada, which fled from Hadadezer king of Zobah his master. Which Razon gathered men unto him and became captain over the company, when David slew them. And they went to Damasco and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damasco. And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Salomon, with the evil that Hadad did, which abhorred Israel and reigned in Siria.
     And Jeroboam the son of Nabat an Ephrathite of Zaredah (whose mother was called Zeruah and was a widow and Salomons servant) lifted up his hand against the king. And hereof came it, that he lifted up his hand against the king. Salomon built Mello and mended broken places in the city of David his father. And this fellow Jeroboam was an active man. And when Salomon saw the young man, that he wrought so lustily in the work, he made him ruler over all the charges of the house of Joseph. And it chanced at that season as Jeroboam was gone our of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahiah the Silonite met him by the way, having a new mantle on him, and they two alone in the field. And Ahiah caught the new mantle that was on him and rent it in twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam: take you ten pieces. For this says the Lord God of Israel: behold, I will rent the kingdom out of the hands of Salomon and will give ten tribes to you, and he shall have one, for my servant Davids sake and for Jerusalem the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel: because they have forsaken me, and have bowed themselves unto Astaroth the God of the Zidons, and to Camos the God of the Moabites and to Milcom the God of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that pleases me, and mine ordinances and customs, as David his father.
     How be it I will take none of the kingdom out of his hand: but will make him chief all his life long, for David my servants sake, which I chose: because he kept my commandments and ordinances. But I will take the kingdom out of his sons hand and will give unto you ten tribes of it: and will give his son one, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me, to put my name there. And I will take you, and you shall reign upon all that your soul desires and shall be king over Israel. And if you shall hearken unto all that I command you, and shall walk in my ways and do that is right in my sight, that you keep mine ordinances and commandments as David my servant did: then will I be with you and build you an house that shall continue, as I built for my servant David, and will give Israel unto you. And therewith will I vex the seed of David, but not for ever.
     And Salomon sought to kill Jeroboam: wherefore Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt unto Sesak king of Egypt and continued there until the death of Salomon. And the rest of the Acts of Salomon and all that he did, and his wisdom are written in the book of the Acts of Salomon. And the time that Salomon reigned in Jerusalem upon all Israel, was forty years. And then he laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father, and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

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