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The Chronicles of the Kings of Juda
The Second Book
The 1st Chapter
And Salomon the son of David waxed strong in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and magnified him on high. And Salomon communed with all Israel, the captains over thousands and hundreds, the judges and all other Lords and ancient heads throughout all Israel. And so Salomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the hill altar of Gabaon: for there was the tabernacle of witness of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord made in the wilderness. But the Ark of God had David brought from Kariath Jarim, into the place he had prepared therefore. For he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. Moreover the brazen altar that Bezeleel the son of Uri, the son of Or had made, was at Gabaon also, before the tabernacle of the Lord. And Salomon and the congregation went to visit it. And Salomon offered there before the Lord upon the brazen altar that was by the tabernacle of witness, a thousand burntsacrifices. And the same night God appeared unto Salomon and said to him, ask what I shall give you. And Salomon said unto God: you have shown great mercy unto David my father, and have made me king in his stead. And now Lord God, let your promise unto David my father be true. For you have made me King over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Wherefore give me wisdom and knowledge how to behave myself unto this people: for who is able to judge this people that is so great?
Then God said to Salomon, because you had this in your heart, and did not ask treasure and riches, and honor and the lives of your enemies, neither yet long life: But have asked wisdom and knowledge, to judge my people, over which I have made you king: wisdom and knowledge shall be given you, and I will give you treasure, riches, and glory also, that among the kings before you or after you, none was or shall be like you. And so Salomon came from the hillaltar that was at Gabaon to Jerusalem from the tabernacle of witness and reigned at Jerusalem. And Salomon gathered chariots and horsemen: that he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and about the king at Jerusalem. And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar trees as plenty as the mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. And the horses which Salomon had, were brought him out of Egypt from Keva. The kings merchants fetched them out at Keva at a price. They came and brought out of Egypt a chariot for five hundred sickles, and an horse for one hundred and fifty. And so brought they to all the kings of the Hethites and to the kings of Siria through the hands of the said merchants.
The 2nd Chapter
And Salomon determined to build an house for the name of the Lord, and an house for his kingdom: and told out three score and ten thousand men to bear burdens and four score thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
And Salomon sent to Hiram king of Tire saying: As you did deal with David my father and did send him Cedar wood, to build him an house to dwell in, even so deal with me now: that I may build an house for the name of the Lord my God, to consecrate it to him to burn sweet odors and to set showbread before him perpetually, and for burntsacrifices morning and evening, and on the Sabbath days, and the first day of every new moon, and in the solemn feasts of the Lord our God, so to continue ever in Israel. And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above other Gods. So that who can be able to build him an house: when that heaven, neither heaven above all heavens, is able to receive him, what am I then that I should build him an house? No, but to burn sacrifice before him: send me now therefore a cunning man to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, scarlet, crimson and Jacinth color, and that can skill to grave, to be with the cunning men that are with me in Juda and Jerusalem, which David my father did prepare. And send me also Cedar trees, fir trees and Algume trees out of Libanon. For I know well your servants can skill to hew timber in Libanon. And see, my men shall be with yours, that they may prepare me timber enough. For the house which I build is great and wonderful. And behold, I sent for your servants the cutters and hewers of timber twenty thousand quarters of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand quarters of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
And Hiram king of Tire answered in writing and sent to Salomon: because the Lord loves his people, therefore he has made you king over them. And Hiram said moreover: blessed be the Lord God of Israel which has made both heaven and earth, that he has given David the king a wise son that has discretion and understanding, to build an house for the Lord, and another for his kingdom. And now I have sent a wise man and a man of understanding called Hiram Abi, and is the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, (howbeit his father was a Tirian) and he can skill to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, stone, timber, scarlet, Jacinth, byss and crimson: and grave all manner of gravings, and to find out all manner of subtle work that shall be set before him, with your cunning men, and with the cunning men of my Lord David your father. And now the wheat, barley, oil and wine which my lord has said, let him send his servants. And we will cut wood out of Libanon, as much as you shall need, and will bring it to you in ships by sea to port Japo: and from that place you may carry them to Jerusalem. And Salomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the time his father David had numbered them. And they were found an hundred and eighty thousand and six hundred. And he set eighty thousand of them to bear burdens, and eighty thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to courage and to set the people a work.
The 3rd Chapter
And Salomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, which was showed David his father when he prepared a place in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And he began to build the second day of the second month the fourth year of his reign. And this is the foundation of Salomon in building the house of God. The length was three score cubits after the old cubit, and the breadth twenty. And the porch at the end was as large as the house breadth twenty cubits: and the height was an hundred and twenty cubits. And he overlaid it on the inner side with pure gold.
And the great house he siled with fir tree, and overlaid it with good gold, and graved thereto palm trees and chains. And he paved the house with precious stone goodly. And it was gold of Pharuiam. And he overlaid the house: both beams, posts, walls and doors with gold, and graved Cherubs upon the walls.
And he made the house most holy, whose length was twenty cubits like to the breadth of the house, and the breadth thereof was also twenty cubits. And he overlaid it with the best gold, that drew to the sum of six hundred talents. And the weight of the nails of gold was thereto fifty sickles. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
And he made in the house most holy two Cherubs of Image work, and overlaid them with gold. And the wings of the Cherubs were twenty cubits long. The one wing was five cubits and touched the wall of the house, and the other wing was likewise five cubits and touched the wing of the other Cherub. And the one wing of the other Cherub was five cubits, and touched the wall of the house, and the other wing was five cubits also, and raught to the wing of the other Cherub. So that the wings of the said Cherubs raught twenty cubits. And they stood on their feet and looked inwards. And he made a forehanging of Jacinct color, of scarlet, crimson and byss: and caused the Cherubs to be bordered thereon. And he made before the house two pillars of thirty five cubits long. And the head that was above on the top of one of them was five cubits. And he made such chains as was in the quere, and put them on the heads of the pillars, and made an hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains. And he reared up the pillars before the temple: one on the right hand and another on the left, and called the right Jachin and the left Boaz.
The 4th Chapter
And he made an altar of brass twenty cubits long and twenty cubits broad and ten cubits high. And he cast a brazen sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, and round in compass and five cubits high: and a line of thirty cubits might have compassed it round about. And the fashion of oxen did compass it round about under it: that is to wete (know), two rows of oxen cast when it was cast did compass that sea which was ten cubits wide, round about. And it stood also upon twelve oxen: of which three looked North, three West, three South and three East, and the sea upon them above on high, and the hinder parts of them inward. And the thickest of it was an handbreadth, and the brim like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies. And it received and held the thousand baths.
And he made ten lavers: and put five on the right hand and five on the left, to wash with all. And in them they thrust the flesh of the burntofferings. But the sea was for the priests to wash in. And he made ten candlesticks of gold in their fashions, and put them in the temple: five on the right hand and five on the left. And he made also ten tables and put them in the temple: five on the right side and five on the left. And he made an hundred basins of gold. And he made the court of the priests, and the great court and doors to it: and overlaid the doors of them with brass. And he set the sea in the right side of the East end, toward the South. And Hiram made pots, shovels and basins.
And Hiram finished the work he made for king Salomon unto the temple of God: The two pillars with their scalps of the two heads that were on the tops of the pillars: and the two wreaths to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the pillars: and four hundred pomegranates for the two wreaths, two rows of pomegranates for every wreath, to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the pillars. And he made bottoms, and lavers upon the bottoms: and the sea with twelve oxen under it. And thereto pots, shovels, flesh hooks, and all their vessels did Hiram Abi make for king Salomon for the house of the Lord, of bright brass. In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the thick earth, between Socoth and Zaredatha. And made of all these vessels so mighty great abundance, that the weight of brass could not be reckoned.
And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained to the house of God: the golden altar and the tables with the showbread upon them, the candlesticks with their lamps to burn after the manner before the quere, and that of pure gold, and the flowers and the lamps, and the snuffers were gold and that perfect gold: and the dressing knives, basins, spoons and censers of pure gold. And the inner doors of the place most holy, and the doors of the temple too, were gold. And so was all the work that Salomon made for the house of the Lord finished.
And when the work that Salomon made in the house of the Lord was finished: then Salomon brought in the gifts dedicate by David his father, the silver and the gold and all the Jewels, and put them among the treasure of the house of God.
The 5th Chapter
Then Salomon gathered the elders of Israel together and all the heads of the tribes and ancient lords among the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem: to bring the Ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David which is Zion. And all the men of Israel resorted unto the king in the feast of the seventh month. And when all the elders of Israel were come, the Levites took up the Ark. And the priests and the Levites brought away the Ark and the tabernacle of witness, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle. And King Salomon and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the Ark, offered sheep and oxen, so many that they could not be told or numbered for multitude.
And the priests brought the Ark of the appointment of the Lord unto his place in the quere of the temple and place most holy: even under the wings of the Cherubs, that the Cherubs stretched out their wings over the place of the Ark and covered the Ark and her staves above on high. And the staves of the Ark, were so long, that they were seen a little before the quere, but not far without. And there it remains unto this day. Moreover there was nothing in the Ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, after they were come out of Egypt. And when the priests were come out of the holy place (for all the priests that were found sanctified themselves and did not wait by course). But the Levites every one of them that were under Asaph, Heman and Iduthun, and among their children and brethren, were arrayed in byss and sang with Cymbals, Psalteries, and harps standing East from the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets. And the trumpet blowers and the singers so agreed, that it seemed but one voice in praising and thanking the Lord. And as the voice of the trumpets, cymbals and instruments of melody arose, and as they praised the Lord, how that he was good and that his mercy lasts ever, the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud: so that the priests could not endure to minister by the reason of the cloud. For the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
The 6th Chapter
Then Salomon said: the Lord has spoken it, how that he will dwell in darkness. And I have built an habitation for you and a place to dwell in for ever. And the king turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel stood. And he said: blessed be the Lord God of Israel which spoke with his mouth to my father David and has fulfilled it with his hands, for God said: since the time I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there, neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel. But now I have chosen Jerusalem to have my name there, and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel: But the Lord said to David my father: for as much as it was in your heart, to build an house for my name, you did well that you had it in your heart. Notwithstanding you shall not build the house, but your son which shall issue out of your loins, he shall build an house for my name. And the Lord has made good his saying that he has spoken. For I arose in the room of David my father, and sat on the seat of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. And therein I have put the Ark wherein the covenant of the Lord made with the children of Israel, is. And he stepped forth before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and stretched out his hands, now Salomon had made a Brazen pulpit of five cubits long and five cubits broad, and three of height, and had set it in the midst of the great court, upon that he stepped and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel and stretched out his hands to heaven and said: Lord God of Israel there is no God like you either in heaven or in earth, which keep covenant and show mercy unto your servants that walk before you with all their hearts. Which have kept with David my father that you promised him: you said it with your mouth and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is to see this day.
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 in my sight that shall sit upon the seat of Israel. Of this condition yet, if your children will take heed to their ways to walk in my law, as you have walked before me. Now Lord God of Israel let your saying be true, which you said unto your servant David. How be it in very deed, can God dwell with man on earth? Behold, neither heaven or heaven above all heavens is able to contain you: how should the house then which I have built for you do it? But turn to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication (O' Lord my God) to hearken unto the voice and prayer which your servant makes before you. That your eyes be open over this house day and night, and over the place of which you have said, that you would put your name there: to hearken unto the prayer which your servant prays at this place: hearken therefore unto the prayers of your servant and of your people Israel, which they pray in this place. But hear you it out of your dwelling place heaven: and when you hear it be merciful. If a man sin against his neighbor, and an *adjuration (earnest appeal) be laid to his charge, to adjure him withal, and the adjuration come before your altar in this house: then hear you from heaven, and work and judge your servants, that you reward the evil and bring his way upon his head, and justify the righteous and give him according to his righteousness.
Likewise if your people Israel be put to the worse before their enemies, because they have sinned against you: Yet if they turn and confess your name, and make intercession and pray before you in this house: then hear you from heaven and be merciful unto the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which you gave to them and to their fathers.
If heaven be shut up, that there be no rain, because they have sinned against you: yet if they pray at this place and confess your name and turn from their sins at your scourging: then hear you from 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 send rain upon your land which you have given unto your people, for an inheritance.
If there chance dearth in the land, pestilence, burning or smiting of corn, grasshoppers or caterpillars, or that their enemies besiege them in the cities of their own land, or whatsoever plague or sickness it be. Then all the supplications and prayers that shall be made of all men among all your people Israel, which shall know every man his own sore and his own grief, and shall stretch out their hands towards this house: you shall hear from heaven your dwelling place, and shall be merciful, and give every man according unto all his way, even as you shall know every mans heart: for you only know the hearts of the children of Adam: that they may fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live upon the earth, which you gave to our fathers.
Thereto a stranger which is not of your people Israel, if he come from a far land for your great names sake and your mighty hand and stretched out arm, and therefore come and pray at this house: you shall hear him from heaven your dwelling place, and shall do according to all that the stranger calls to you for. That all the nations of the earth may know your name, and fear you, as does your people Israel: and that it may be known how that this house which I have built, is called after your name.
When your people shall go out to war, against their enemies the way that you shall send them. If they pray to you, the way toward this city which you have chosen, and house which I have built for your name: then hear from heaven, their supplication and prayer, and help them in their right.
If they shall sin against you (as there is no man, but that he shall sin) and you be angry with them and deliver them to their enemies, and they lead them away captive unto a land far or near, yet if their hearts come to them again in the land where they be in captivity, and turn and pray unto you in the land where they be in captivity saying: we have sinned and have done evil and wickedly and turn again to you, with all their hearts and all their souls, in the land of their captivity where they be kept in bondage, and so pray toward their land which you gave unto their fathers, and city which you have chosen, and to his house which I have built for your name: Then hear from heaven your dwelling place, their supplication and prayers and judge their cause, and be merciful unto your people, though they have sinned against you.
So now my God let your eyes be open and your ears attent unto the prayers made in this place. And now up Lord God in your resting place: both you and the Ark of your strength, and let your priests put on victory and your saints rejoice in goodness. And Lord God turn not away the face of your anointed: But remember the mercies promised to David your servant.
The 7th Chapter
And when Salomon had made an end of praying, there came down fire from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. And the glory of the Lord filled the house: that the priests could not go into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had fulfilled the house of the Lord. And all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, and stooped with their faces to the earth upon the pavement and bowed themselves and confessed unto the Lord, that he was good and that his mercy lasted ever.
And the king and all the people offered offerings before the Lord. So that king Salomon offered twenty two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. And so the king and all the people hallowed the house of God. And the priests waited on their offices, and the Levites with instruments of music of the Lord which king David made to confess unto the Lord that his mercy lasts ever, when David gave praise through their hands. And the priests blew trumpets fast by them: and all Israel stood. Moreover Salomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the Lord: for there he offered burntofferings and the fat of the peaceofferings, because the brazen altar which Salomon had made, was not able to receive the burntofferings and the meat offerings and the fat.
And Salomon kept a feast the same season of seven days, and all Israel with him, an exceeding great congregation, even from Hemath unto the river of Egypt. And the eighth day they made a gathering. For they kept the hallowing of the altar seven days and the feast seven days. And the twenty third day of the seventh month, he let the people depart unto their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had showed to David, to Salomon and to Israel his people. And so Salomon finished the house of the Lord and the kings house and all that came in his heart to make in the house of the Lord and in his own house, and that prosperously. And the Lord appeared to Salomon by night and said to him: I have heard your petition and have chosen this place for myself to be an house of sacrifice. Moreover if I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people: yet if my people that are named after my name, shall humble themselves and make intercession and seek my presence, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and be merciful to their sins, and will heal their land. Thereto mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attent unto the prayers made in this place. And finally I have chosen and sanctified this house, that my name be there for ever, and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
And if you shall walk before me as David your father walked, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and shall observe mine ordinances and my laws: then I will stablish the seat of your kingdom, according to the covenant I made with David your father, saying: you shall have ever one or other that shall rule in Israel. But and if you turn away and forsake mine ordinances and my commandments which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other Gods and bow yourselves to them: then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them, and will cast this house which I have sanctified for my name out of my sight, and will make a proverb and a tale of it among all nations. And this house that is so high, shall be a wonder to all that passes thereby that they shall say: why has the Lord dealt on this fashion with this land and with this house? And it shall be answered then, because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and caught hold on other Gods, and bowed to them and served them: even therefore brought he on them all this evil.
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