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The queen of Sheba's visit. CHAP, XI.

Sulomon's magnificener. very much gold, and precious stones: and 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one .when she was come to Solomon, she com- side and on the other upon the six steps: muned with him of all that was in her heart. there was not the like made in any kingilom. 3 And Solomon told her all her questions: 21 9 And all king Solomon's drinking vera there was not any thing hid from the king, sels were of gold, and all the vessels of the which he told her not.

house of the forest of Lebanon were of puru 4 And when the queen of Sheba had reen gold; none were of silver: it was nothing all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he accounted of in the days of Solomon. had built,

22 For the king had at sea a navy of Thar5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting shish with the navy of Ilirain: once in three of his servants, and the attendance of his years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing ministers, and their apparel, and his cup-gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and pea bearers, and his ascent by which he went up cocks. unto the house of the LORD; there was no 23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings more spirit in her.

of the earth for riches and for wisdom. 6 And she said to the king, It was a trie 24 | And all the earth sought to Solomon, report that I heard in inine own land of thy to hear his wisdom, which God had put in acts and of thy wisdom.

his heart. 7 Howbeit, I believed not the words, until 25 And they brought every man his presenta I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and be vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and hold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and prosperity exceedeth the same which I and mules, a rate year by year. heard.

26 9 And Solomon gathered together cha 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy riots, and horsemen: and he had a thousand servants, which stand continually before thee, and four hundred chariots, and twelve thouand that hear thy wisdom.

sand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the 9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which de- cities for chariots, and with the king at Jeru. lighted in thce, to set thee on the throne of salem. Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for 27 And the king made silver to be in Jeruever, therefore made he thee king, to do salem as stones, and cedars made he to be as judgment and justice.

the sycamore-trees that are in the rałc, 1o7 10 And she gave the king a hundred and abundance. twenty talents of gold, and of spices very 28 And Solomon had horses brouglit out great store, and precious stones: there came of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's mer no more such abundance of spices as these chants received the linen yarn at a price. which the queen of Sheba gave to king) 29 And a chariot came up and went out of Solomon.

Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and 11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought a horse for a hundred and fifty: and so for gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great all the kings of the Hittites, and for the plenty of almug-trees, and precious stones. kings of Syria, did they bring them out by

12 Ånd the king made of the almug-trees their means. pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the

CHAP, XI. king's house, harps also and psalteries for 1 Solomon's wives and concubines. 4 In his old singers: there came no such almug-trees,

age they draw him to idolatry. 9 God threaten. nor were seen unto this day.

eth hin. 14 Solomon's adversaries were He 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen dad, who was entertained in Egypt, 23 Re:09., of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she ask who reigned in Damascus, 26 and Jeroboam, ed, besides that which Solomon gave her of to whom

Ahijah prophesied. 41 Solomon's acte, his royal bounty. So she turned and went

rcign, and death : Rchoboam succeedcth him to her own country, she and her servants.

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UT king Solomon loved many strange 14 Now the weight of gold that came to women, together with the daughter of Bolomon in one year was six hundred three- Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammon score and six talents of gold,

ites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 15 Besides that he had of the merchant 2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord men, and of the traffick of the spice-mer- said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not chants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and go in to them, neither shall they come in of the governors of the country.

unto you: for surely they will turn away 16 | And king Solomon made two hundred your heart after their gods: Solomon clare targets of beaten gold; six hundred shekels unto these in love. of gold went to one target.

3 And he had seven hundred wives, prin 17 And he made three hundred shields of cesses, and three hundred concubines : and beaten gold; three pounds of gold went to his wives turned away his heart. one shield: and the king put them in the 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was house of the forest of Lebanon.

old, that his wives turned away his heart 18 Moreover, the king made a great throne after other gods: and his heart was not perof ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. fect with the Lord his God, as was the heart 19 The throne had six steps, and the top of of David his father. the throne was round behind: and there 5 For Solonion went after Ashtoreth the were stays on either side on the place of the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. I the aboinination of the Ammonites.

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1. KINGS. Ahijah's prophecy to Jeroboam. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah: LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as 24 And he gathered men unto him, and be. did David his father.

came captain over a band, when David slew 7 Then did Solomon build a high place for them of Zobah : and they went to Damascus, Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, 25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the abomination of the children of Ammon. the days of Solomon, besides the mischief

8 And likewise did he for all his strange that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed and reigned over Syria. unto their gods.

26 | And Jeroboam the son of Nehat, an 99 And the LORD was angry with Solo- Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, mon, because his heart was turned from the whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow LORD God of Israel, which had appeared woman, even he lifted up his hand against unto him twice,

the king. 10 And had commanded him concerning 27 And this was the cause that he lifted up this thing, that he should not go after other his hand against the king: Solomon built gods: but he kept not that which the LORD Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city commanded.

of David his father. 11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, 28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou man of valour: and Solomon seeing the hast not kept my covenant and my statutes young man that he was industrious, he made which I have commanded thee, I will surely hin ruler over all the charge of the house rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it of Joseph. to thy servant.

29 And it came to pass at that time when 12 Notwithstanding, in thy days I will not Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the do it for David thy father's sake: but I will prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in rend it out of the hand of thy son.

the way; and he had clad himself with a 13 Howbeit, I will not rend away all the new garment; and they two were alone in kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son, the field: for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusa 30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that lem's sake which I have chosen.

was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces: 14 | And the LORD stirred up an adversary 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of of the king's seed in Edom.

Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out 15 For it came to pass, when David was in of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was tribes to thee: gone up to bury the slain, after he had sinit. 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my serten every male in Edom;

vant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, 16 (For six months did Joab remain there the city which I have chosen out of all the with all Israel, until he had cut off every tribes of Israel :) male in Edom :)

33 Because that they have forsaken me, 17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edom- and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess ites of his father's servants with him, to go of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the 'into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. Moabites, and Milcom the god of the chil

18 And they arose out of Midian, and came dren of Ammon, and have not walked in my to Paran: and they took men with them out ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pha- and to keep my statutes and my judgments, raoh king of Egypt; which gave him a house, as did David his father. and appointed him victuals, and gave him land. 34 Howbeit, I will not take the whole king

19 And Hadad found great favour in the dom out of his liand: but I will make hiin sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife prince all the days of his life for David my the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tah- servant's sake, whom I chose, because he penes the queen.

kept my commandments and my statutes: 20 And the sister of Talpenes bare him 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned son's hand, and will give it unto thee, even in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in ten tribes. Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pha 36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, raoh.

that David my servant may have a light al21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that ways before me in Jerusalein, the city which David slept with his fathers, and that Joab I have chosen me to put my name there. the captain of the host was dead, Hadad 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may according to all that thy soul desireth, and go to mine own country.

shalt be king over Israel. 22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my seekest to go to thine own country?' And ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep he answered, Nothing: howbeit, let me go my statutes and my commandments, as Da. in any wise.

vid my servant did, that I will be with thee, 23 & And God stirred him up another ad- and build thee a sure house, as I built for versary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which David, and will give Israel unto thee.

Death of Solomon, and recoll CHAP. XII. of lon tribes from Rehoborm.

39 And I will for this afflict the seed of Da- to Rehoboam the third day, as the king lad vid, but not for ever.

appointed, saying, Come to me agaiù the 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jero-third day. boam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into 13 And the king answered the people roughEgypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was ly, and forsook the old men's counsel that in Egypt until the death of Solomon. they gave him;

41 | And the rest of the acts of Solomon, 14 And spake to them after the counsel of and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they the young inen, saying, My father made your Bot written in the book of the acts of Solomon? yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my 42 And the time that Solomon reigned in father also chastised you wiih whips, but I Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. will chastise you with scorpions.

43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and 15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto was buried in the city of David his father: the people: forthe cause was from the LORD, and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead. that he might perforın his saying, which the CHAP. XII.

LORI) spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto JeI The Israelites, assembled at Shechem to crown roboam the son of Nebat.

Rekoboam, by Jeroboam make a suit of relar 16 | So when all Israel saw that the king ation unto him. 6 Rehoboam refusing the old hearkened not unto thein, the people anmen's counsel, by the advice of the young men, swered the king, saying, What portion have answereth them roughly. 16 Ten tribes revolting, kil Adoram, and make Rehoboam to fice. the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel:

we in David ? neither have we inheritance in 21°Rehoboam raising an army, is forbidden by Shemaiah. 25 Jeroboam strengtheneth himself now see to thine own house, David. So Isby cities, 26 and by the idolutry of the two rael departed unto their tents. calves.

17 But as for the children of Israel which ND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for dwelt in the cities of Judalı, Rehoboam make him king.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the who was over the tribute; and all_Israel son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of stoned him with stones, that he died. Thereit, (for he was fled from the presence of king fore king Rehoboam made speed to get him Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

3 That they sent and called him. And Je 19 So Israel rebelled against the house of roboam and all the congregation of Israel David unto this day. came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 20 And it came to pass when all Israel 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now heard that Jeroboam was come again, that therefore make thou the grievous service of they sent and called him unto the congregathy father, and his heavy yoke which he put tion, and made him king over all Israel : upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. there was none that followed the house of 5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for David, but the tribe of Judah only. three days, then come again to me. And the 21 s And when Rehoboam was come to Je. people departed.

rusalem, he assenıbled all the house of Ju64 And king Rehoboam consulted with the dah, with the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred old men that stood before Solomon his father and fourscore thousand chosen men, which while he yet lived, and said, How do ye ad- were warriors, to fight against the house of vise that I may answer this people ? Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Reho

7. And they spake unto him, saying, If thou boam the son of Solomon. wilt be a servant unto this people this day, 22 But the word of God came unto Shemaand wilt serve them, and answer them, and iah the man of God, saying, speak good words to them, then they will be 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solothy servants for ever.

mon, king of Judah, and unto all the house 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant which they had given him, and consulted of the people, saying, with the young men that were grown up with 24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, him, and which stood before him:

nor fight against your brethren the children 9 And he said unto them, What counsel of Israel: return every man to his house; for give ye that we inay answer this people, who this thing is from me. They hearkened there. have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke fore to the word of the Lord, and returned which thy father did put upon us lighter? to depart, according to the word of the LORD. 10 And the young men that were grown up

25 | Then Jeroboam built Shechem in with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein;, and thou speak unto this people that spake unto went out from thence, and built Penuel. thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus the kingdom return to the house of David. shalt thou say unto thein, My little finger 27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the shall be thicker than my father's loins. house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shali

11 And now whereas iny father did lade you the heart of this people turn again unto their with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: lord, eren unto Rehoboam king of Judah, my father hath chastised you with whips, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rebut I will chastise you with scorpions. hoboam king of Judah. 12 So Jeroboam and all the people came

28 Whercupon the king took counsel, and

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I. KINGS.

The disobedient prophet made two calves of gold, and said unto them, 8 And the man of God said unto the king, If It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: thou wilt give me half thy house, I will not behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor thee up out of the land of Egypt.

drink water in this place: 29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and the 9 For so was it charged me by the word of other put he in Dan.

the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink 30 And this thing became a sin : for the water, nor turn again by the same way that people went to worship before the one, eren thou camest. anto Dan.

10 So he went another way, and returned 31 And he made a house of high places, and not by the way that he came to Beth-el. made priests of the lowest of the people, 11! Now there dwelt an old prophet in which were not of the sons of Levi.

Beth-el; and his sons came and told him all 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the the works that the man of God had done that eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the day in Beth-el : the words which he had month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, spoken unto the king, them they told also to and he offered upon the altar. So did he in their father. Beth-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he 12 And their father said unto them, What had made: and he placed in Beth-el the way went he ? for his sons had seen what priests of the high places which he had made. way the man of God went which came from 33 So he offered upon the altar which he Judah. had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the 13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me eighth month, even in the month which he the ass. So they saddled him the ass : and had devised of his own heart; and ordained he rode thereon, a feast unto the children of Ísrael: and he 14 And went after the man of God, and offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. found him sitting under an oak : and he said CHAP. XII.

unto him, Art thou the man of God that 1 Jeroboam's hand, that offered violence to him camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

that prophesied against his altar at Beth-el, 15 Then he said unto him, Come home with withereth, 6 and at the prayer of the prophet is me, and eat bread. restored. 7 The prophet, refusing the king's

16 And he said, I may not return with thee, Entertainment, departeth from Beth-el. 11 An old prophet, seducing him, bringeth him back.

nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread 20 He is reproved by God, 24 slain by a lion, 26 nor drink water with thee in this place: buricd by the old prophet, 31 who confirmeth 17 For it was said to me by the word of the his pròphecy. 33 Jeroboam's obstinacy. LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink

ŃD behold, there came a man of God water there, nor turn again to go by the way

out of Judah by the word of the LORD that thou cainest. unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam stood by the 18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also altar to burn incense.

as thou art; and an angel spake unto me 2 And he cried against the altar in the word by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar! thus him back with thee into thy house, that he Baith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be may eat bread and drink water. But he lied horn unto the house of David, Josiah by name; unto him. and upon thee shall be offer the priests of the 19 So he went back with him, and did eat high places that burn incense upon thee, and bread in his house and drank water. inen's bones shall be burnt upon thee. 20 | And it came to pass, as they sat at the

3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, table, that the word of the Lord came unto This is the sign which the Lord hath spo- the prophet that brought him back : ken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and ihe 21 And he cried unto the man of God that ashes that are upon it shall be poured out. came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the

4 And it came to pass when king Jeroboam LORD, Forasmuch as thou last disobeyed the heard the saying of the man of God, which mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the had cried agaiust the altar in Beth-el, that he commandinent which the LORD thy God put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay cominanded thee, bold on him. And his hand, which he put 22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread forth against him, dried up, so that he could and drunk water in the place, of the which not pull it in again to him.

the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, 5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes and drink no water; thy carcass shall not poured out from the altar, according to the come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. sign which the man of God had given by the 23 | And it came to pass, after he had eaten word of the LORD.

bread, and after he had drunk, that he sad 6 And the king answered and said unto the dled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet man of God, Entreat now the face of the whom he had brought back. LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my 24 And when he was gone, a lion met him hand may be restored me again. And the by the way, and slew him: and his carcass man of God besought the LORD), and the was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, king's hand was restored him again, and be the lion also stood by the carcass. caine as it was before.

25 And behold, men passed by, and saw the ? And the king said unto the man of God, carcass cast in the way, and the lion standing Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and by the carcass: and they came and told it in I will give thee a reward.

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CHAP. XIV. God's judgments against Jeroboam 26 And when the prophet that brought him | 6 And it was so, when Alijah heard the back from the way heard thereof, he said, It sound of her feet, as she came in at the door is the man of God, who was disobedient that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam unto the word of the Lord: therefore the why feignest thou thyself to be another ? fou LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which I am sent to thee with heavy tidings. hath torn him, and slain him, according to 7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus faith the LORI the word of the LORD, which he spake unto Ciod of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee him.

from anong the people, and made thee prince 27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle over ny people Israel, me the ass. And they saddled him.

8 And rent the kingdom away from the 28 And he went and found his carcass cast house of David, and gave it thee: and ye in the way, and the ass and the lion stand- thou hast not been as my pervant David, whe ing by the carcass: the lion had not eaten | kept my commandments, and who followe the carcass, por torn the ass.

me with all his heart, to do that only which 29 And the prophet took up the carcass of was right in mine eyes; the man of God, and laid it upon

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9 But hast done evil above all that were be brought it back: and the old prophet came fore thee; for thou hast gone and male the to the city, to mourn and to bury him. other gods, and inolten images, to provok

30 And he laid his carcass in his own grave; me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, back: my brother!

10 Therefore behold, I will bring evil upos 31 And it came to pass, after he had buried the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off fron him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When Jeroboam hin that pisseth against the wall I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre and him that is shut up and left in Israel, an wherein the man of God is buried; lay my will take away the remnant of the house o bones beside his bones:

Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till i 32 For the saying which he cried by the be all gone. word of the Lord against the altar in Beth 11 llinn that dieth of Jeroboam in the city el, and against all the houses of the high shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in th places which are in the cities of Samaria, field shall the fowls of the air cat: for th shall surely come to pass.

Lord bath spoken it. 33 | After this thing Jeroboam returned 12 Arise thon therefore, get thee to thin not from his evil way, but made again of the own house: and when thy feet enter into the lowest of the people priests of the high city, the child shall die. places: whosoever would, he consecrated 13 And all Israel shall nourn for him, an him, and he became one of the priests of the bury hin: for he only of Jeroboain sha high places

come to the grave, because in hin there i 34 And this thing became sin unto the house found some good thing toward the LORD Go of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy of Israel in the house of Jeroboam. it from off the face of the earth.

14 Moreover, the LORD shall raise him up CIIAP. XIV.

king over Israel, who shall cut off the bous 1.Abijah being sick, Jeroboam sendeth his wife of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now disguised with presents to the prophet Thijah

15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a ree at Shiloh. 5 Ahijuh forewarned by God, de- is shaken in the water, and he shall root u nounceth God's judgincnt. 17. Abijah dieth and Israel out of this good land, which he gav is buried. 19 Nudab succeedeth Jeroboam. 21 to their fathers, and shall scatter them be Rehoboam's wicked reign. 25 Shishak spoileth yond the river, because they have made thei Jerusalem. 29 Abijam succecdeth Rehoboam.

groves, provoking the LORD to anger. T that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam '16 And he shall give Israel up because

the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and wli 2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I made Israel to sin. pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be 17 | And Jeroboam's wife arose, and de not known to be the wife of Jeroboain; and parted, and came to Tirzah : and when slı get thee to Shiloh: behold, uiere is Ahijah came to the threshold of the door, the chil the prophet, which told me that I should be died: king over this people.

18 And they buried him; and all Israe 3 And take with thee ten loaves, and crack- mourned for hiin, according to the word nels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him : the LORD, which he spake by the hand he shall tell thee what shall become of the his servant Ahijab the prophet. child.

19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboan 4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, how he warred, and how he reigned, bebolo and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of they are written in the book of the Chron Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his cles of the kings of Israel. eyes were set by reason of his age.

20 And the days which Jeroboam reigne 5. And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Be- ueretwo and twenty years: and he slept wie hold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a his fathers; and Nadab his son reigned thing of thee for her son; for he is sick : his stead. "thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it 21 | And Rehoboam the son of Solomo shall be, when she cometh io, that she shall reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty an feign herself to be another woman. one years old when he began to reign; an

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