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Solomon declared king.

CHAP. II.

David's charge to Solomon. 34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the | Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for lo, he prophet anoint him there king over Israel: hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God sayang, Let king Solomon swear unto me tosave king Solomon.

day that he will not slay his servant with the 35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he sworil. may come and sit upon my throne; for he 52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himshall be king in my stead, and I have ap- self a worthy man, there shall not a hair of pointed him to be ruler over Israel and over him fall to the earth : but if wickedness shall Judah.

be found in biin, he shall die. 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada an 53 So king Solomon sent, anıl they brought swered the king, and said, Amen: the LORI) him down from the altar. And he came and God of my lord the king say so tou. bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solo

37 As the Lord hath been with any lord the mon said unto him, Go to thy house. king, even so belie with Solomon, and make

CHAP. II. his throne greater than the throne of iny lord 1 Dari:!, haring given a charge to Solomon, 3 of king David.

religiousness, 5 of Joab, 7 of Barzillai, & of 38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the pro Shimci, 10 dicth. 12 Solomon succecucth. 13 phet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Adonijah, moving Bath-sheba to sue unto Sothe Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went

lomon for Abishag, is put to death. 26.4biadown, and cause Solomon to ride upon king

thar haring his life given him, is deprived of David's mule, and bronght him to Gihon.

the priesthood. 28. Joab flecing to the horns of 39 And Zadok the priest took a horn of oil

the altar, is there slain. 35 Binaiah is put in

Joub's room, and Zadok in vlbiuthar's. 36 outof the tabernacle, and anointed solomon).

Shimci, confined to Jerusalem, by occasion of And they blew the trumpet: and all the peo going thence to Gath, is put to death. ple said, God save king Solomon. 40 And all the people came up after him,

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and he charged Solomon and the people piped with pipes, and re- his son, saying, joiced with great joy, so that the earth rent 2 I go the way of all the earth (be thou with the sound of them.

strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; 41 9 And Adonijah and all the guests that 3 And keep the charge of the Loruthy were with him heard it as they had made an God, to walk in his ways, to keep his staend of cating. And when Joab heard the tutes, and his commandments, and his judg. sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is ments, and his testimonies, as it is written in this noise of the city being in an uproar?

the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper 42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jona- | in all that thou doest, and whithergocver thou than the son of Abiathar the priest came: and turnest thyself. Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou 4 That the LORD may continue his word art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings. which he spake concerning ine, saying, If thy

43 And Jonathan answered and sail to Ado- children take heed to their way, to walk be. nijah, Verily our lord king David hath male fore me in truth, with all their heart, and Solomon king.

with all their soul, there shall not fail thee 44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok (said lie) a man on the throne of Israel. the priest, and Nathan the propliet, and Be 5 Moreover, thou knowest also what Joab naiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Chere- the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he thites, and the Pelethites, and they have did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, caused him to ride upon the king's mule: ito Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa

45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed prophet have anointed him king in Ginon: the blood of war in peace, and put the blood and they are come up from thence rejoicing, of war upon his girdle that was about his so that the city rang again. This is the noise loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. that ye have heard.

6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, 46 Ånd also Solomon siiteth on the throne and let not his hoar head go down to tlie grave of the kingdom. 47 And moreover the king's serrants canie

7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Bar. to bless our lord king David, saying, Godzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those make the name of Solomon better than thy that eat at thy table: for so they came to me name, and make his throne greater than thy when I fled because of Absalom thy brother. throne. “And the king bowed hiinself upon 8 And behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the bed.

the son of Gera, a Benjanite of Bahurim, 48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be which cursed me with a grievous curse in the the LORD God of Israel, which hath given «lay when I went to Mahanaim: but he came one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to even seeing it.

him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee 49 And all the guests that were with Adoni- to death with the sword. jah were afraid, and rose up, and went every

9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless : for man his way.

thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou 50 And Adonijah feared because of Solo- oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head mon, and arose, and went, and caught hold bring thou down to the grave with blood. on the horns of the altar.

10 Šo David slept with his fathers, and was 51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, I buried in the city of David.

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I. KINGS.

Joab is slain. 11 And the days that David reigned over Is-f not after Absalom;) and Joab filed unto the rael were forty years: seven years reigned he tabernacle of the Lord, and caught hold on in Hebron, and thirty and three years reign- the horns of the altar. ed he in Jerusalem.

29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab 12 | Then sat Solomon upon the throne of was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; David his father; and his kingdom was es- and behold, he is by the altar. Then Solo tablished greatly:

mon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, say134 And Adonijah the son of Ilaggith came ing, Gio, fall upon hiin. to Bath-sheba the mother of Soloinon. And 30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he the Lory, and said unto him, Thus saith the said, Peaceably.

king, Come furth. And he said, Nay; but I 14 Tle said moreover, I have somewhat 10 will die here. And Benaiah brought the say unto thee. And she said, Say 01. king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, 15 And he said, Thou knowest that the king, and thus he answered me. dom was mine, and that all Israel set their 31 And the king said unto him, Do as he faces on me, that I should reign : howbeit hath sail, and fall upon him, and bury him; the kingdoin is turned abont, and is become that thou mayest take away the innocent my brother's: for it was his from the Lorn. blood which Joab shed, from ine, and from 16 And now I ask one petition of thine, deny the house of my father.

And she said unto him, say on. 32 And the Lord shall return his blood upon 17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto his own head, who fell upon two inen more Solomon the king, (for he will not say there righteous and better than be, and slew them nay,) that he give me Ibishay the Shiman with the sworil, my father David not knowinite to wife.

ing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; I will speak captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the for thee unto the king.

son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah. 19 4 Bath-sheba therefore went into king 33 Their blood shall therefore return upon Solomon, to speak unto him for Allonijah. the head of Joab, and upon the head of his And the king rose up to meet her, and bow-seed for ever: but upon Davidl, and upon his ed himself unto her, and sat down on his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, throne, and caused a seat to be set for the shall there be peace for ever from the Lord. king's mother; and she sat on his right hand. 31 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up,

20* Then she said, I desire one small peti- and fell upon him, and slew hin: and he was tion of thec; I pray thee, say me not nay. buried in his own house in the wilderness. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mo 35 | And the king put Benaiah the son of ther: for I will not say thee nay,

Jehoiada in his room over the host: and 21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunan- Zadok the priest did the king put in the room mite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife. of Abiathar.

22 And king Solomon answered and said | 36 | and the king sent and called for Shiunto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abi- mei, and said unto hin, Build thee a house shag the Shunammite for Adonijah ? ask for in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder forth thence any whither. brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the 37 For it shall be, that on the day thon goest priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou

23 Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, shalt know for certain that thon shalt surely saying, God do so to me, and more also, if die : thy blood shall be upon thine own head. Adonijah have not spoken this worl againsi 38 And Shimei said unto the king, The sayhis own life.

ing is good: as my lord the king bath said, 24 Now therefore, as the Lornliveth, which so will thy servani do. And Shiimei cwelt hath establisheit me, and setine on the throne in Jerusalemn many days. of David my father, and who hath made me 39 and it came to pass at the end of three a house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be years, that two of the servants of Shimci ran put to death this day.

away unto Achish son of Maachah king of 25 And king Soloinon sent by the hand of Gatí: and they told Shinei, saying, Behold, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada ; and he fell thy servants bé in Gath. upon him that he died.

10 And Shimei arose and saddled his ass, 26 1 And unto Abiathar the priest said the anil went to (iath to Achish to seek his serking, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own rants: and Shimei went and brought his serfields; for thou art worthy of death: but I vants from Gatis. will not at this time put thee to death, he 41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had cause thou barest the ark of the Lord Gon gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come before David my father, and because thou again. hast been afflicted in all wherein my father 42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, was afilicted.

and said unto him, Did I not make thee to 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, being priest unto the LORD; that he might saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou fulfil

the word of the LORD, which he spake goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. that thou shalt surely die ? and thou saidst

28 Then tidings came to Joab: (for Joah unto me, The word that I have heard is good. had turned after A donijah, though he turned) 43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of

Solomon's choice of wisdom. CHAP. III, IV. His judgment between the harlots. the LORD, and the commandment that I have worils: lo, I have given thee a wise and an charged thee with ?

understan.ling heari; so that there was none 44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou like thee before thee, neither after thee shall knowest all the wickedness which thy heart any ari-e like unto thee. is privy to, that thou didst 10 David iny fa 1:3 and I have also given thee that which ther: therefore the LORD shall retorii thy thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: wickedness upon thine own head;

so thattiere shall not ive any among the kings 45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and like unto thee all thy days. the throne of David shall be established be 14 And if thou wilt walk in my wars, to fore the Lord for ever.

keep my statutes and my comunandinents, as 46 So the king commanded Benaiah the thy father David did walk, then I will length son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell len thy days. upon him, that he died. And the kingdom 15 lind Solomon awoke; and beholl, it was was established in the land of Sulornon. a drean. And he came to Jerusalein, and CHAP. III.

stood before the ark of the covenant of the 1 Solomon marrieth Pharaoh's daughter. 2 Fligh LORD, and offered up burnt-offerings, and

places being in use, Solomon sacrificethat offered peace-oficrings, and made a feast to Gibeon. 5 Solomon at Gibeon, in the choice all his servants. which God gave him, preferring wisdom, ub 16? Then came there two women, that were taineth wisilom, riches, and honour. 10 Sulo-hario's, into the king, and stood before him. mon's judgment between the two harlots are l

17 And the one woman sail, () my lord, I keth him renouncd.

and this woman dwell in one house; and I ND Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh was delivered ora child with her in the house. king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's

18 And it came to pass the third day after daughter, and brought her into the city of that I was delivered, that this wornan was David, until he had made an end of building delivered also: and we were together; there his own house, and the house of the

was no stranger with us in the house, save and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

we two in the house. 2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, 19 And this woman's child died in the night; because there was no house built unto the because she overlaid it. name of the Lori), until those days.

20 And she arose at midnight, ord ook my 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking son froin beside me, while thy handmaid in the statutes of David his father: only he slept, and laid it in her bo.sci, ind laid her sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. dead child in my bosom. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice 21 And wlien i arose in the morning to give there ; for that was the great high place: a my child suck, Lehold, it was dead: but when thousand burnt-offerings did Solomon offer I had considered it in the morning, behold, it upon that altar.

was not my son, which I did bear. 5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solo H? And the other woman said, Nay; but the monin a dream by night: and God said, Ask living is my son, and the dead is thy son. what I shall give thee.

And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed and the living is niy son. Thus they spako unto thy servant David my father great mer before the king: cy, according as he walked before thee in

23 Then said the king, The one saith, This truth, and in righteousness, and in upright- is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead; ness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the for him this great kindness, that thou hast dead, and my son is the living. given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is 24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. this day.

And they brought a sword before the king. 7 And now, OLORD my God, thou hast made 25 And the king saill, Divide the living thy servant king instead of David my father: child in two, and give hall to the one, and and I am but a little child: I know not how half to the other. to go out or come in.

26 Then spake the woman whose the living 8 Ånd thy servant is in the midst of thy peo- child wasnuunto the king, for her bowels yearnple which thou hast chosen, a great people, ed upon her son, and she said, O my lord, that cannot be uumbered nor counted for give her the living child, and in no wise slay multitude.

it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine 9 Give therefore thy servant an understand- nor thine, but divide it. ing heart to judge thy people, that I may dis 27 Then the king answered and said, Give cern between good and bad: for who is able her the living child, and in no wise slay it: to judge this thy so great a people?

she is the inother thereof. 10 And the speech pleased the LORD, that 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment Solomon had asked this thing.

which the king had judged; and they fcared 11 And God said unto liim, Because thon the king: for they saw that the wisdom of hast asked this thing, and last not asked for God was in him, to do judgment. thyself long life; neither bast asked ricles

CHAP. IV. for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine

1 Solomon's princes. 7 His twelve officers for. enemies: but hast asked for thyself under

provisio?l. 20,24 The peace and largeness of standing to discern judgment;

his kingdom. 22 His daily provision. 26 His 12 Behold, I have done according to thy stables. 29 His wisdom.

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Solomon's princes and officers. I. KINGS. The grandeur of his kingdom.

, 2 And these were the princes which he river: and he had peace on all sides round had: Azariah the son of Zadok the priest; about him.

3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, 25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the man under his vine and under his fig-tree, recorder.

from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days 4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was of Solomon. over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar 26 | And Solomon had forty thousand stalls uere the priests:

of horses for his chariots, and twelve thou 5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over sand horsemen. the officers : and Zabud the son of Nathan 27 And those officers provided victual for ras principal officer, anul the king's friend: king Solomon, and for all that came unto king

6 And Ahishar was over the household: Solomon's table, every man in his month: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the they lacked nothing: tribute.

28 Barley also and straw for the horses and 7 | And Solomon had twelve officers over dromedaries brought they unto the place all Îsrael, which provided victuals for the where the officers were, every man accordking and his household: each man his month ing to his charge. in a year made provision.

29 | And God gave Solomon wisdom and 8 And these are their names: The son of understanding exceeding much, and largeHur, in mount Ephraim:

ness of heart, even as the sand that is on the 9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in sea-shore. Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon 30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the beth-hanan :

wisdom of all the children of the east coun10 The son of Ilesed, in Aruboth; to him try, and all the wisdom of Egypt. pertained Sochoh, and all the land of ilepher: 31 For he was wiser than all men; than

11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chal of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter col, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his of Solomon to wife:

fame was in all nations round about. 12 Baana the son of Alilud; to him per 32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: tained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth- and his songs were a thousand and five. shean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jez 33 And he spake of trees, from the cedarreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, even tree that is in Lebanon, even unto the hysunto the place that is beyond Jokneam: sop that springeth out of the wall: he spake

13 The son of Geber, iv Ram:th-gilead; to also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping him pertained the towns of Jair the son of things, and of fishes. Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also 34 And there came of all people to hear the pertained the region of Argob, which is in wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the Bashan, threescore great cities with walls earth, which had heard of his wisdom. and brazen bars:

CHAP. V. 14 Ahinadal the son of Iddo had Mahanaim: 15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took i Ilirom sending to congratulate Solomon, is

certifind of his purpose to build the temple, Basniath the daughter of Solomon to wife:

and reil to furnish him with timber there16 Baanah the son of Ilushai was in Asher

to. 7 Hiram blessing God for Solomon, and and in Aloth:

requesting food for his family, furnisheth him 17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issa with trees. 13 The number of Solomon's workchar:

men and labourers. 18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin. ND Iliram king of Tyre sent his ser

19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country vants unto Solomon; for he had heard of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of that they had anointed him king in the room the Amorites, and of Oz king of Bashan; of his father: for Iliram was ever a lover of and he was the only officer which was in David. the land.

2 And Solomon sent to Tiram, saying, 20 Judah and Israel were many, as the 3 Thou knowest how that David my father sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating could not build a house unto the name of the and drinking, and making merry:

Lord bis God, for the wars which were 21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms about him on every side, until the LORD put fro tile river unto the land of the Philis-them unde the soles of his feet. tines, and unto the border of Egypt: they 4 But now the Lord my God hath given brought presents, and served Solomon all me rest on every side, so tħat there is neither the days of his life.

adversary nor evil occurrent. 22 | And Solomon's provision for one day 5 And Behold, I purpose to build a house was thirty measures of fine four, and three- unto the name of the Lord my God, as the score measures of meal,

Lorn spake unto David my father, saying 23 T'en fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of Thy son whom I will set upon thy throne in the pastures, and a hundred sheep, besides thy room, he shall build a house unto my name. harts, and roe-bucks, and fallow-deer, and 6 Now therefore command thou, that they fatted fowl.

hew me cedar-trees out of Lebanon; and 24 For he had dominion over all the region my servants shall be with thy servants: and on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to l unto thee will I give hire for thy servants

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Hiram assists Solomon

CHAP. VI.

in the building of the temple. according to all that thou shalt appoint: for, house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, thou knowest that there is not among us any according to the breadth of the house; and that can skill to hew timber like unto the ten cubits was the breadth thereof, before Sidonians,

the house. 71 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard 4 And for the house he made windows of the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced great- narrow lights. ly and said, Blessed be the LORD this day, ,5.1 And against the wall of the house he which hath given unto David a wise son built chambers round about, against the over this great peopie.

walls of the house round about, both of the 8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I temple and of the oracle: and he made have considered the things which thou sent- chambers round about. est to me for: and I will do all thy desire 6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits concerning timber of cedar, and concerning broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, timber of fir.

and the third was seven cubits broad: for 9 My servants shall bring them down from without in the wall of the house he made Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey narrowed rests round about, that the beams them by sea in floats unto the place that thou should not be fastened in the walls of the shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be house. discharged there, and thou shalt receive 7 And the house, when it was in building, them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire, I was built of stone made ready before it was in giving food for my household.

brought thither: so that there was neither 10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar-trees hammer nor axe, nor any tool of iron heard and fir-trees according to all bis desire. in the house, while it was in building.

11 And Solomon gave Hiran twenty thou- ! 8 The door for the middle chamber was in sand measures of wheat for food to his house the right side of the house: and they went hold, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus up with winding stairs into the middle cham. gave Solomon to Hiram year by year. ber, and out of the middle into the third. 12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, 9 So he built the house, and finished it; and as he promised him: and there was peace covered the house with beams and boards of between Hiram and Solomon; and they two cedar. made a league together.

10 And then he built chambers against all the 13 | And king Solomon raised a levy out house, five cubits high: and they rested on of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thou- the house with timber of cedar. sand men.

11 | And the word of the LORD came to 14 And he sent them to Lebanon ten thou- Solomon, saying, sand a month hy courses; a month they were 12 Concerning this house which thou art in in Lebanon, and two months at home. And building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, Adoniram was over the levy.

and execute my judgments, and keep all my 15 And Solomon had threescore and ten commandments to walk in them; then will I thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore perform my word with thee, which I spake thousand hewers in the mountains;

upto David thy father: 16 Besides the chief of Solomon's officers 13 And I will dwell among the children of which were over the work, three thousand Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel. and three hundred, which ruled over the 14 Só Solomon built the house, and finishpeople that wrought in the work.

ed it. 17' And the king commanded, and they

15 And he built the walls of the house withbrought great stones, costly stones, and hew-in with boards of cedar, both the floor of the ed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. house, and the walls of the ceiling: and he

18 And Solomon's builders, and Hiram's covered them on the inside with wood, and cobuilders did hew them,and the stone-squarers: vered the floor of the house with planks of fir. so they prepared timber and stones to build 16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides the house.

of the house, both the floor and the walls with CHAP. VI.

boards of cedar: he even built them for it 1 The building of Solomor's temple. 5 The cham- within, even for the oracle, eren for the most bers thereof. 11 God's promise unto it. 15 The holy place. ceiling and adorning of it. 23 The cherubims. 17 And the house, that is, the temple before 31 The doors. 36 The court. 37 The time of it, was forty cubits long; building it.

18 And the cedar of the house within was ND it came to pass in the four hundred carved with knops and open flowers: all was

and eightieth year after the children cedar; there was no stone seen. of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, 19 And the oracle he prepared in the house in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over within, to set there the ark of the covenant Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second of the LORD. month, that he began to build the house of 20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenthe LORD.

ty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in 2 And the house which king Solomon built breadth, and twenty cubits in the height there, for the LORD, the length thereof was three- of: and he overlaid it'with pure gold; and score cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty so covered the altar which was of cedar, cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits. 21 So Solomon overlaid the house within 3 And the porch before the temple of the with pure gold: and he made a partition by

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