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The riches of Solomon.


Rehoboam succeeds him. and threescore and six talents of gold; 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem 14 Besides that which chapmen and over all Israel forty years. merchants brought. And all the kings of 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, Arabia and governors of the country and he was buried in the city of David his brought gold and silver to Solomon. father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in

15 ¶ And king Solomon made two hun- his stead. dred targets of beaten gold: six hundred


shekels of beaten gold went to one target. A ND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for

16 And three hundred shields made he

to Shechem were all Israel come to

of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of make him king. gold went to one shield. And the king put 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam them in the house of the forest of Leba- the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of


17 Moreover, the king made a great Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure returned out of Egypt.

4 Thy father made our yoke grievous:

gold. 3 And they sent and called him. So Je18 And there were six steps to the throne, roboam and all Israel came and spake to with a footstool of gold, which were fast- Rehoboam, saying, ened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting-place, and two lions stand-now therefore ease thou somewhat the ing by the stays: grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

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.

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.

21 For the king's 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.

5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

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?

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.

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.

22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear 9 And he said unto them, What advice his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. give ye, that we may return answer to this 24 And they brought every man his people, which have spoken to me, saying, present, vessels of silver, and vessels of Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, did put upon us?

horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 10 And the young men that were 25 And Solomon had four thousand brought up with him, spake unto him, stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father in the chariot-cities, and with the king at made our yoke heavy, but make thou it Jerusalem. somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou 26 ¶ And he reigned over all the kings say unto them, My little finger shall be from the river even unto the land of the thicker than my father's loins. Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 11 For whereas my father put a heavy 27 And the king made silver in Jerusa-yoke upon you, I will put more to your lem as stones, and cedar-trees made he as yoke: my father chastised you with whips, the sycamore-trees that are in the low but I will chastise you with scorpions. plains in abundance. 12 So Jeroboam and all the people 28 And they brought unto Solomon came to Rehoboam on the third day, as horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands. the king bade, saying, Come again to me 29 Now the rest of the acts of Solo- on the third day.

mon, first and last, are they not written in 13 And the king answered them roughthe book of Nathan the prophet, and in ly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counthe prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and sel of the old men,

in the visions of Iddo the seer against Je- 14 And answered them after the advice roboam the son of Nebat? of the young men, saying, My father made

Rehoboam raises an army:


He forsakes God. your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto : 13 And the priests and the Levites my father chastised you with whips, but I that were in all Israel resorted to him out will chastise you with scorpions. of all their coasts.

15 So the king hearkened not unto the 14(Forthe Levites left their suburbs and people for the cause was of God, that the their possession, and came to Judah and LORD might perform his word, which he Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had


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

cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD:

16 T And when all Israel saw that the 15 And he ordained him priests for the king would not hearken unto them, the high places, and for the devils, and for the people answered the king, saying, What calves which he had made.) portion have we in David? and we have 16 And after them out of all the tribes none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek man to your tents, O Israel: and now, the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, David, see to thine own house. So all Is- to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their rael went to their tents. fathers.

17 But as for the children of Israel that 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of reigned over them. Solomon strong, three years: for three 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram years they walked in the way of David that was over the tribute; and the children and Solomon.

of Israel stoned him with stones, that he 18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath died. But king Rehoboam made speed the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Je- to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab rusalem. the son of Jesse ;

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


19 Which bare him children, Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

20 And after her he took Maachah the ND when Rehoboam was come to Je-daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abi



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Judah and Benjamin a hundred and four- 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the score thousand chosen men which were daughter of Absalom above all his wives warriors, to fight against Israel, that he and his concubines: (for he took eighteen might bring the kingdom again to Reho-wives, and threescore concubines; and boam. begat twenty and eight sons, and three2 But the word of the LORD came to score daughters.) Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel brethren: for he thought to make him king. in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed

4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go of all his children throughout all the counup, nor fight against your brethren: return tries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every every man to his house for this thing is fenced city: and he gave them victual in done of me. And they obeyed the words abundance. And he desired many wives. of the LORD, and returned from going CHAP. XII. against Jeroboam.

5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, AND it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and and built cities for defence in Judah. had strengthened himself, he forsook the 6 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. and Tekoa, 2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adul-year of king Rehoboam, Shishak king of lam, Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, they had transgressed against the LORD, 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities.

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.

11 And he fortified the strong holds, and 4 And he took the fenced cities which put captains in them, and stores of victuals, pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. and of oil and wine. 5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet 12 And in every several city he put to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, shields and spears, and made them ex-that were gathered together to Jerusalem ceeding strong, having Judah and Benja-because of Shishak, and said unto them, min on his side. Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken

Rehoboam's death.


Abijah's victory. me, and therefore have I also left you in four hundred thousand chosen men. Jerothe hand of Shishak. boam also set the battle in array against 6 Whereupon the princes of Israel, and him with eight hundred thousand chosen the king humbled themselves; and they men, being mighty men of valour. said, The LORD is righteous. 4 ¶ And Abijah stood up upon mount

7 And when the LORD saw that they Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, humbled themselves, the word of the LORD and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and came to Shemaiah, saying, They have all Israel;

humbled themselves; therefore I will not 5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD destroy them, but I will grant them some God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel deliverance; and my wrath shall not be to David for ever, even to him and to his poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of sons by a covenant of salt? Shishak.

8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

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 king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

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.

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.

6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord.

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 tender-hearted, and could not withstand them.

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 you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

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 12 And when he humbled himself, the with a young bullock and seven rams, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that same may be a priest of them that are no he would not destroy him altogether: and gods. also in Judah things went well.

10 But as for us, the LORD is our God,

13 ¶ So king Rehoboam strengthened and we have not forsaken him; and the himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for priests, which minister unto the LORD, are Rehoboam was one and forty years old the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait when he began to reign, and he reigned upon their business:

seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city 11 And they burn unto the LORD every which the LORD had chosen out of all the morning and every evening burnt-sacritribes of Israel, to put his name there. And fices and sweet incense: the shew-bread his mother's name was Naamah an Am- also set they in order upon the pure table; monitess. and the candlestick of gold with the lamps

14 And he did evil, because he prepared thereof to burn every evening: for we keep not his heart to seek the LORD. the charge of the LORD our God; but ye

15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and have forsaken him. last, are they not written in the book of 12 And behold, God himself is with us Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the for our captain, and his priests with soundseer concerning genealogies? And there ing trumpets to cry alarm against you. O were wars between Rehoboam and Jero- children of Israel, fight ye not against the boam continually. LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.


13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment

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hold, the battle was before and behind: 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. and they cried unto the LORD, and the His mother's name also was Michaiah the priests sounded with the trumpets. daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there 15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. and as the men of Judah shouted, it came 3 And Abijah set the battle in array to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all with an army of valiant men of war, even Israel before Abijah and Judah.

Asa succeeds him.


Asa covenants with God.

16 And the children of Israel filed before 11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his Judah: and God delivered them into their God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with hand. thee to help, whether with many, or with 17 And Abijah and his people slew them that have no power: help us, O LORD them with a great slaughter: so there fell our God; for we rest on thee, and in th

chosen men.

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.

LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, 13 And Asa and the people that were and took cities from him, Beth-el with the with him pursued them unto Gerar: and towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they towns thereof, and Ephraim with the could not recover themselves; for they towns thereof. were destroyed before the LORD, and be20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength fore his host; and they carried away very again in the days of Abijah: and the LORD much spoil. struck him, and he died.

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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; forthere was exceeding much spoil in them.

15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. CHAP. XV.

AND the Spirit of God came upon Aza

riah the son of Oded:

In 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 for-
sake him, he will forsake you.

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: 4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

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.

3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

5 And in those times there was no peace 6 ¶ And he built fenced cities in Judah: to him that went out, nor to him that came for the land had rest, and he had no war in, but great vexations were upon all the in those years; because the LORD had inhabitants of the countries. given him rest.

6 And nation was destroyed of nation, 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us and city of city: for God did vex them build these cities, and make about them with all adversity.

walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not the land is yet before us; because we have your hands be weak; for your work shall sought the LORD our God, we have sought be rewarded.

him, and he hath given us rest on every 8 And when Asa heard these words, and side. So they built, and prospered. the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took 8 And Asa had an army of men that bare courage, and put away the abominable targets and spears, out of Judah three hun-idols out of all the land of Judah and Bendred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that jamin, and out of the cities which he had bare shields and drew bows, two hundred taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed and fourscore thousand: all these were the altar of the LORD, that was before the mighty men of valour. porch of the LORD.

9¶ And there came out against them 9 And he gathered all Judah and BenZerah the Ethiopian, with a host of a jamin, and the strangers with them out of thousand thousand, and three hundred cha- Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: riots; and came unto Mareshah. for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

10 So they gathered themselves together

Ramah's building prevented. II. CHRONICLES.

at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

Jehoshaphat's good reign.

7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto 11 And they offered unto the LORD the him. Because thou hast relied on the king same time, of the spoil which they had of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy brought, seven hundred oxen and seven God, therefore is the host of the king of thousand sheep. Syria escaped out of thy hand.

12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or


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 thy hand.

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew 14 And they sware unto the LORD with himself strong in the behalf of them whose a loud voice, and with shouting, and with heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou trumpets, and with cornets. hast done foolishly: therefore from hence

15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: forth thou shalt have wars. for they had sworn with all their heart, 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and sought him with their whole desire; and put him in a prison-house; for he was and he was found of them: and the LORD in a rage with him because of this thing. gave them rest round about. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.

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.

17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

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.

19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa. CHAP. XVI.

11 ¶ And behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

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.

13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

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 IN the six and thirtieth year of the reign apothecaries' art; and they made a very of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up great burning for him. against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.


2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,


ND Jehoshaphat his son reigned in
his stead, and strengthened himself
against Israel.

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.

3 There is a league between me and thee, 3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, as there was between my father and thy because he walked in the first ways of his father: behold, I have sent thee silver and father David, and sought not unto Baalim; gold; go, break thy league with Baasha 4 But sought to the LORD God of his king of Israel, that he may depart from me. father, and walked in his commandments, 4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king and not after the doings of Israel. Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store-cities of Naphtali.

5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.

5 And it came to pass, when Baasha 6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, of the LORD: moreover he took away the and let his work cease. high places and groves out of Judah.

6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; 7 Also in the third year of his reign he and they carried away the stones of Ra-sent to his princes, even to Ben-hail, and mah, and the timber thereof, wherewith to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to NeBaasha was building, and he built there-thaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the with Geba and Mizpah. cities of Judah.

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