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23, And he said, soon God of Israel, there z is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who a keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk b before thee with all their heart : 24 Who hast kept with thy serwant David my father that thou promisedst him : thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, c saying, 5 There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; 6 so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me. 26 And now, O God of Israel, let d thy word, (I pray thee,) be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father 27 13ut will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven e and heaven of heavens f cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded ! 28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the §. which thy servant prayeth fore thee to-day : 29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the K. of which thou hast said, g My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make 7 toward this place. 30 And h hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy o: Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place : and when thou hearest, forgive. 31 *s. If any man trespass against his neighbour, and 8 an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house : . 32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, i condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying k the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness. 33 * When thy people Israel be l smitten down, before the enemy, because they have simmed against thee, and shall turn m again to thee and confess thy name, and pray, an

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dedication of the temple. land which thou gavest unto their fathers. 35 | When heaven n is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them : 36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach othem the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance. 37 o If p there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there caterpillar; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their 10 cities: whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; 38 What prayer and supplication Soever be made by any man, or b all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house : 39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for q thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men ;) 40 That they may fear r thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers. 41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake : 42 (For they shall hear of thy reat name, and of thy s strong land, and of thy stretched-out arm ;) when he shall come and pray toward this house ; 43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth, to thee for : that t all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that 11 this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name. 44 is if thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou Shait send them, and sh pray unto the LoRD toward 12 the City which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name : 45 Then hearthou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their 13 cause. 46 If they sin against thee, (for u there is no man that sinneth not, and thou be angry with them, an


Solomon's prayer. deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away v captives unto the land of the enemy, far or Ilêat . of Yet if they shall 14 bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto illee in the land of them that Garried them captives, saying, w We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; 48 And so return a unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies which led them away captive, and pray unto thee towards y their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name : . 49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling-place, and maintain their 15 cause. 50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, an ive z them compassion before em who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them : 51 For a they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the b furnace of iron : 52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy ser: vant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee. 53 For thou didst separate them

from among all the people of the

earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest c by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O rd GOD. 54 And it was so, that when Solo: mon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lori), he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from i.; on his knees with his hands spre up to heaven. 55 And he stood, and blessed d all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 56 Blessed be the LoRD, that hath given rest unto his Fo Israel, according to all that he promised: there e hath not 16 failed one word

of all his good o: which he Tomised f by the hand of Moses

lS Servant. 57 The LoRD our God be with us,

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Solomon's Sacrifice.

as he was with our fathers: let g him not leave us, nor forsake us: 58 That he may incline h our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. 59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his serwant, and the cause of his people Israel 17 at all times, as the matter shall require : 60 That i all the people of the earth may know that k the LORD is God, and that there is none else. 61 Let your heart therefore bel perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day. 62"| And m the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the LORD. 63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace-offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousandsheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD. 64. The same day did the kmg hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD : for there he offered burnt-offerings and meat-offerings, and the fat of the peace-offerings: because the brazen n altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive the burnt-offerings and meat-offerings, and the fat of the peace-offerings. 65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, o and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering p in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they 18 blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the oodness q that the LORD had done or David his servant, and for Israel his people. CHAPTER IX. God’s covenant in a vision with Solomon. NDait came to pass,when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LoRD, and the king's house, b and all c Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do, 2 That the LoRD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had d appeared unto him at Gibeon. 3 And the LoRD said unto him. I


God's covenant with Solomon.

have hearde thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made before me : I have hallowed this house which thou hast built, to put my frame there for ever; and mine

eyes and mine heart shall be there 9 h c

perpetually. 4 And if thou wilt walk before me, as David h thy father walked, in i integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments; 5Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised k to David thy father, saying, There shali not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel. t; But ifl ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them : 7. Then m will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them ; and this house n which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight: and Israel shall be a provérbo and a by-word among all

people : - - - - 8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss ; and they shall say, Why p hath the LoRD done thus unto this land, and to this house ! 9 And *: shall answer, Because they forsook q the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore r hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil. 10 *| And s it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD, and the king's house, 11 (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees, and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.

And Hiram came out from Tyre jo

to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they l pleased him

not. 13 And he said, What cities are

these which thou hast given me,

my brother? And he called them

the land of 2 Cabul untot this day. ||

14 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.

15's And this is the reason of the to levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, v and

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Solomon's yearly sacrifice. the wall w of Jerusalem, and Hazor, a and Megiddo, y and z Gezer. 16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer,and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife. 17And Solomon built Gezer, and Beth-horon a the nether, 18 And Baalath, b and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land, 19 And ail the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, c and cities for his horsemen, and 3 that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in ail the land of his dominion. 20 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of israel, 21. Their children that were left d after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able e utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice funto this day. 22 But of the children of Israelg did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and hi captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen. 23 These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, which B rule over the people that wrought in the work. 24 "I But h Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her i house which Solomon had built for her: then k did he build Miłło. 25 °s And three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt-offerings and peace-offerings upon the altar which he built unto the LORD, and he burnt incense 4 upon the altar that was before the LORD. So he finished the house. 26 of And l king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, m which is beside Eloth.On the 5 shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. 7 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. * 28 And n they came to Ophir, 0 and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to o; Solomon.


The queen of Sheba admireth the wisdom of Solomon. A.D a when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, The queen of Sheba

concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions,b 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon fold her all her 1 questions: there was not any thing hid from the king which he told ner not. 4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, 5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the * attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his 3 cup-bearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the ; ORD ; there was no more spirit in le]". 6 And she said to the king, It was a true 4 report that I heard in mine own land of thy 5 acts and of thy wisdom. 7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it : and, behold, the half was not told me : 6thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. 8 Happy c are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hearthy wisdom. 9 Blessed d be the Lond thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to e do judgment and justice. 10 And f she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold and of spices very great store, an precious stones : there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. 11 And the navy g also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, o in from Ophir great plenty of 7almug trees,and precious stones. 12 And the king made of the almug trees 8 pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever, she asked, beside that 9 which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.

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admireth Solomon's wisdom.

14 of Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold. 15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffic of the spice-merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the 10 governors of the country. 16"| And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold : six hundred shekels of gold went to One target, in And he made three hundred h shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield : and the king put them in the house t of the forest of Lebanon. 18"| Moreover the kin great throne of ivory, an it with the best gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round 11 behind : and there were 12 stays

made a overiaid

* on either side on the place of the

seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not 13 the like made in any kingdom. 21. T And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; 14 mone were of silver: , it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. 22. For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshishk with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold and silver, 15 ivory, and apes, an peacocks. 23 Sol king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. 24 of And all the earth sought 16 to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which m God had put in his heart, 25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 26 os And Solomon gathered together chariots n and horsemen : and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem. 27 And the king 17 made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for abundance. 28's 18 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen Solomon's wives, &c. yarn: o, the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.

29 And a chariot tame up and

went out of Egypt for six hundre shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of theop Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their 19 means. CHAPTER XI Solomon’s acts, reign, and death. B". king Solomon loved many A strange women, (1 together with the daughter of Pharaoh,) women of the Moabites, Ammon#. Edomites, Zidonians, and Hitites ; 2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said a unto the children of Israel, Yeshall not go into them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods. Solomon clave unto these in love. 3. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives b turned away his heart. 4 For it came to so when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect c with the Lord his God, as was d the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after 2 Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and 8 went not fully after the LoRD, as did David his father. 7. Them did Solomon build an high place e for Chemesh, f the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the clildren of

Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. 9 off And the LORD was angry g with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LoRD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.h 10 And had commanded him conCerming this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LoRD commanded. 11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is * done of thee, and thou hast not kept i Iny covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend k the kingdom from thee, and will give it ! to thy servant.

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Płis adversaries. 12 Notwithstanding in thy m days i will not do it, for David thy father's sake; but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 13 Howbeit n I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, which o I have chosen. 14"| And the LORD p stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite : he was of the king's seed in Edom. 15 For it came to pass, when q David was in Edom, and Joab, the captain of the host, was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male r in Edom ; , , 16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom :) 17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. 18 And they arose out of Midian, s and came to Paran : t and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land. ig And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife w the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpemes the queen. 20 And the sister of Tahpemes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house : and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household, among the sons of Pha

raoh. 21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and w that Joab, the captain of the host, was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, 6 Let me depart, that I may go to mine own coun

try. 22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own o And he answered, 6 Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise. 23 of And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer w king of Zobah. 24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when a David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. 25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did : and

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