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David's charge to Solomon.

CHAP. II. Adonijah put to death. 293 mavest prosper in all that thou doest, and 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well ; I will whithersoever thou turnest thyself. speak for thee unto the king.

4 That the LORD may continue his 19 4 Bath-sheba therefore went unto word which he spake concerning me, king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adsaying, If thy children take heed to their onijah. And the king rose up to meet way, to walk before me in truth with all her, and bowed himself unto her, and their heart, and with all their soul, there sat down on his throne, and caused a seat shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the to be set for the king's mother ; and she throne of Israel.

sat on his right hand. 5 Moreover, thou knowest also what 20 Then she said, I desire one small Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not what he did to the two captains of the nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, my mother: for I will not say thee nay. and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom 21. And she said, Let Abishag the Shuhe slew, and shed the blood of war in namite be given to Adonijah thy brother peace, and put the blood of war upon his to wife. girdle that was about his loins, and in his 22 And king Solomon answered and shoes that were on his feet.

said unto his mother, And why dost thou 6 Do therefore according to thy wis- | ask Abishag the Shunamite for Adonidom, and let not his hoar head go down jah ? ask for him the kingdom also ; for to the grave in peace.

he is mine elder brother; even for him, 7 But shew kindness unto the sons of and for Abirathar the priest, and for Joab Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be the son of Zeruiah. of those that eat at thy table: for so they 23 Then king Solomon sware by the came to me when I fled because of Absa- Lond, saying, God do so to me, and lom thy brother.

more also, if Adonijah have not spoken 8 And behold, thou hast with thee this word against his own life. Slvimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of 24 Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, Bahurim, which cursed me with a griev- which hath established me, and set me on ous curse in the day when I went to Ma- | the throne of David my father, and who hanaim : but he came down to meet me hath made me an house, as he promised, at Jordan, and I sware to him by the Adonijah shall be put to death this day. LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death 25 And king Solomon sent by the hand with the sword.

of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada ; and he 9 Now therefore hold him not guilt- fell upon him that he died. Icss: for thou art a wise man, and know- 26 [ And unto Abiathar the priest said est what thou oughtest to do unto him ; || the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto but his hoar head bring thou down to the thine own fields ; for thou art worthy of grave with blood.

death : but I will not at this time put 10 S. David slept with his fathers, and thee to death, because thou barest the was buried in the city of David.

ark of the LORD God before David my 11 And the days that David reigned father, and because thou hast been afflictorer Israel were forty years: seven years ed in all wherein my father was afflicted reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from three years reigned he in Jerusalem. being priest unto the LORD; that he might

12 í Then sat Solomon upon the throne fulfil the word of the Lord, which he of David his father; and his kingdom was spake concerning thehouse of Eli in Shiloh. established greatly:

28 9 Then tidings came to Joab : for 13 [ And Adonijah the son of Haggith Joab had turned after Adonijah, though came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solo- he turned not after Absalom. And Joab mon. And she said, Comest thou peace- fled unto the tabemacle of the Lord, and ably? And he said, Peaceably.

caught hold on the horns of the altar. 14 He said moreover, I have somewhat 29 And it was told king solomon that to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the

15 And he said, Thou knowest that the LORD ; and behold, he is by the altar. kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set Then Solomon sent Benaiah' the son of their faces on me, that I should reign : Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and 30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle is become my brother's : for it was his of the Lord, and sati unto him, Thus from the LORD.

saith the king, Come forth. And he said, 16 And now I ask one petition of thee, Nay ; but I will die here. And Benaiah ceny me not. And she said untohim, Sayon. brought the king word again, saying, Thus

17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, said Joab, and thus he answered me. unto Solomon the king, (for he will not 31 And the king said unto him, Do as say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury the Shunamite to wife.

him ; that thou mayest take away the

294 Joab slain at the allar. I. KINGS.

Solomon's petition. innocent blood which Joab shed, from 45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, me, and from the house of my father. and the throne of David shall be estab

32 And the LORD shall return his blood lished before the LORD for ever. upon his own head, who fell upon two 46 So the king commanded Benaiah the men more righteous and better than he, son of Jehoiada ; which went out, and fell and slew them with the sword, my father upon him, that he died. And the kingdom David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner was established in the hand of Solomon. the son of Ner captain of the host of Is

CHAP. III. rael, and Amasa the son of Jether cap- 1 Solomon marrieth Pharaoh's daughter. tain of the host of Judah.

5 His choice. 16 His judgment be35 Their blood shall therefore return twveen the two harlots. upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever : but upon David, and raoh king of Egypt, and took Phaupon his seed, and upon his house, and raoh's daughter, and brought her into the upon his throne, shall there be peace for city of David, until he had made an end ever from the LORD.

of building his own house, and the house 34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem up, and fell upon him, and slew him : and round about. he was buried in his own house in the 2 Only the people sacrificed in high wilderness.

places, because there was no house built 35 $ And the king put Benaiah the untothename of the LORD,until those days. son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: 3 And Solomon loved the Lord, walkand Zadok the priest did the king put in ing in the statutes of David his father : the room of Abiathar.

only he sacrificed and burnt incense in 36 9 And the king sent and called for high places. Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sachouse in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and rifice there ; for that was the great high go not forth thence any whither.

place: a thousand burnt-offerings did Sol37 For it shall be, that on the day thou omon offer upon that altar. goest out, and passest over the brook 5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that Solomon in a dream by night : and God thou shalt surely die : thy blood shall be said, Ask what I shall give thee. upon thine own head.

6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed 38 And Shimei said unto the king, The unto thy servant David my father great saying is good: as my lord the king hath | mercy, according as he walked before said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in dwelt in Jerusalem many days.

uprightness of licart with thee; and thou 39 And it came to pass at the end of hast kept for him this great kindness, three years, that two of the servants of that thou hast given him a son to sit on Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maa- his throne, as it is this day. chah king of Gath: and they told Shim- 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou ei, saying, Behold thy servants be in Gath. hast made thy servant king instead of Da

40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his vid my father: and I am but a little child: ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek I know not how to go out or come in. his servants: and Shimei went and brought 8 And thy servant is in the midst of his servants from Gath.

thy people which thou hast chosen, a 41 And it was told Solomon that Shim- great people, that cannot be numbered ei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and nor counted for multitude. was come again.

9 Give therefore thy servant an under42 And the king sent and called for standing heart to judge thy people, that Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not I may discern between good and bad : for make thee to swear by the LORD, and who is able to judge this thy so great a protested nito thee, saying, Know for a people ? certain, on the day thou goest out, and 10 And the speech pleased the LORD, waikest abroad any whither, that thou that Solo.non had asked this thing. shalt surely die ? and thou saidst unto 11 And God said unto him, Because thon me, The word that I have heard is good. hast asked this thing, and hast not asked

43 Why then hast thou not kept the for thyself long life; neither hast asked onth of the LORD, and the commandment riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life that I have charged thee with ?

of thine enemies : but hast asked for thy44 The king said moreover to Shimei, self understanding to discern judgment ; Thou knowest all the wickedness which 12 Behold, I have done according to thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise David my faiher : therefore the LORD || anl an understanding heart; so that there shall return thy wickedness upon thine was none like thee before thee, neither own head;

after thee shall any arise like unto thce.

18 "And it came to pass the third day na

The two harlots

CHAP. IV. Solomon's princes and officers. 295 13 And I have also given thee that

CHAP. IV. which thou hast notasked, both riches, and 1 Solomon's princes, 7 his twelve officers. honour: so that there shall not be any a- 24 The peace and largeness of his kingmong the kings like unto thee all thy days. dom. 29 His wisdom. 14. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, SI

king Solomon was king over all to keep my statutes and my command- Israel. ments, as thy father David did walk, then 2 And these were the princes which he I will lengthen thy days.

had ; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest, 15 And Solomon awoke ; and behold, 3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of it was a dream. And he came to Jeru-Shisha, scribes ; Jehoshaphat the son of salem, and stood before the ark of the || Ahilud, the recorder. covenant of the LORD, and offered up 4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was burnt-offerings, and offered peace-offer- over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar ings, and made a feast to all his servants. were the priests :

16 Then came there two women, 5 And Azariah the son of Nathan war that were harlots, unto the king, and over the officers : and Zabud the son of stood before him.

Nathan was principal officer, and the 17 And the one woman said, O my king's friend : lord, I and this woman dwell in one And Ahishar was over the househouse ; and I was delivered of a child hold : and Adoniram the son of Abda with her in the house.

was over the tribute.

7 And Solomon had twelve officers after that I was delivered, that this wo- over all Israel, which provided victuals man was delivered also: and we were for the king and liis household : each together; there was no stranger with us man his month in a year made provision. in the house, save we two in the house. 8 And these are their names: The son

19 And this woman's child died in the of Hur, in mount Ephraim : night ; because she overlaid it.

9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and 20 And she arose at midnight, and took | in Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and my son from beside me, while thine hand- Elon-beth-hanan : mai slept, and laid it in her bosom, and 10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to laid her dead child in my bosom.

him pertained Sochoh, and all the land 21 And when I rose in the morning to of Hepher: give my child suck, behold, it was dead: 11 The son of Abinadab, in all the rebut when I had considered it in the morn- gion of Dor, which had Tapiath the ing, behold, it was not my son, which I || daughter of Solomon to wife: did bear.

12 Baana the son of Ahilud ; to him 22 And the other woman said, Nay ; || pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and ail but the living is my son, and the dead is Beth-shean, which is by Zartanah bethy son. And this said, No; but the dead neath Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abelis thy son, and the living is my son. Thus meholah, even unto the place that is bethey spake before the king.

yond Jokneam : 23 Then said the king, The one saith, 13 The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilThis is my son that liveth, and thy son is ead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the dead; and the other saith, Nay; but the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; thy son is the dead, and my son is the to him also pertained the region of Argob,

which is in Bashan, threescore great cities 24 And the king said, Bring me asword with walls and brazen bars : And they brought a sword before the king. 14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mi

25 And the king said, Divide the living hanaim: child in two, and give half to the one, and 15 Ahimaaz qvas in Naphtali ; he also half to the other.

took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to 26 Then spake the woman whose the wife: living child was unto the king, for her bow- 16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in els yearned upon her son, and she said, O || Asher and in Aloth: my lord, give her the living child, and in 17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Do wise slay it. But the other said, Let it Issachar: be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. 18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:

27 Then the king answered and said, 19 Geber the son of Uri was in the Give her the living child, and in no wise country of Gilead, in the country of Sislay it: she is the mother thereof. hon king of the Amorites, and of Og king

28 And all Israel heard of the judg- of Bashan ; and he was the only officer ment which the king had judged; and which was in the land. they feared the king : for they saw that 20 | Judah and Israel were many, as the wisdom of God quas in him, to do the sand which is by the sea in multitude, judgment.

eating and drinking, and making merry.


296 Solomon's riches and peace. I. KINGS. Hiram congratulateth him.

21 And Solomon reigned over all king- name of the Lord his God, for the war's doms from the river unto the land of the which were about him on every side, unPhilistines, and unto the border of Egypt: | til the Lord put them under the soles of they brought presents, and served Solo- his feet. mon all the days of his life.

4 But now the Lord my God hath 22 | And Solomon's provision for one | given me rest on every side, so that there day was thirty measures of fine flour, and is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. threescore measures of meal,

5 And behold, I purpose to build an 23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out house unto the name of the LORD my of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, God, as the LORD spake unto David my besides harts, and roe-bucks, and fallow- father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set deer, and fatted fowl.

upon thy throne in thy room, he shall 24 For he had dominion over all the build an house unto my name. region on this side the river, from Tiph- 6 Now therefore command thou, that sah even to Azzah, over all the kings on they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon ; this side the river: and he had peace on and my servants shall be with thy serall sides round about him.

vants : and unto thee will I give híre for 25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, thy servants according to all that thou every man under his vine and under his shalt appoint : for thou knowest that there fig-tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, is not among us any that can skill to hew all the days of Solomon.

timber like unto the Sidonians. 26 | And Solomon had forty thousand 7 And came to pass, when Hiram stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve heard the words of Solomon, that he rethousand horsemen.

joiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the 27 And those officers provided victual Lord this day, which hath given unto for king Solomon, and for all that came David a wise son over this great people. unto king Solomon's table, every man in 8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, his month : they lacked nothing:

I have considered the things which thou 28 Barley also and straw for the horses | sentest to me for : and I will do all thy and dromedaries brought they unto the desire concerning timber of cedar, and place where the officers were, every man concerning timber of fir. according to his charge.

9 My servants shall bring them down 29 | And God gave Solomon wisdom from Lebanon unto the sea : and I will and understanding exceeding much, and convey them by sea in floats unto the place largeness of heart, even as the sand that that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause is on the sea shiore.

them to be discharged there, and thou 30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the shalt receive them : and thou shalt acwisdom of all the children of the east complish my desire, in giving food for my country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. | household.

31 For lie was wiser than all men; than 10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar-trees Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and and fir-trees according to all his desire. Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol : 11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty and his fame was in all nations roundabout. thousand measures of wheat for food to

32 And he spake three thousand prov- his household, and twenty measures of erbs: and his songs were a thousand and pure oil : thus gave Solomon to Hiram five.

year by year. 33 And he spake of trees, from the 12 And the Lord gave Solomon wiscedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto | dom, as he promised him: and there was the hyssop that springeth out of the wall : peace between Hiram and Solomon; and he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and they two made a league together. of creeping things, and of fishes.

13 1 And king Solomon raised a levy 34 And there came of all people to hear out of all Israel ; and the levy was thirty the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of thousand men. the earth, which had heard of his wisdom. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon ten CHAP. V.

thousand a month by courses; a month 1 Hiram sendeth tocongratulate Solomon: they were in Lebanon, and two months at

9 and furnisheth timber to build the tem- | home. And Adoniram was over the levy. ple. 13 The workmen and labourers. 15 And Solomon had threescore and A DrvHhitam on er seine Plais

servants unto Solomon; for he had score thousand hewers in the mountains; heard that they had anointed him king 16 Beside the chief of Solomon's officers in the room of his father : for Hiram was which were over the work, three thouever a lover of David.

sand and three hundred, which ruled o2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, ver the people that wrought in the work.

3 Thou knowest how that David my fa- 17 And the king commanded, and they ther could not build an house unto the brought great stones, costly stones, and The building of the temple. CHAP. vi. God's promise unto it. 297 Jewed stones, to lay the foundation of the 13 And I will dwell among the children of house.

Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel. 18 And Solomon's builders, and Hi- 14 So Solomon built the house, and ram's builders did hew them, and the finished it. stone-squarers : so they prepared timber 15 And he built the walls of the house and stones to build the house.

within with boards of cedar, both the floor CHAP. VI.

of the house, and the walls of the ceil1 The building of Solomon's temple. uing: and he covered them on the inside

God's promise unto it. 37 The time of with wood, and covered the floor of the building it.

house with planks of fir. A peót came to pass in the four hun 16 And he built twenty cubits on the

dred and eightieth year after the sides of the house, both the floor and the chudren of Israel were come out of the walls with boards of cedar: he even built land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Sol- them for it within, even for the oracle, omon's reign over Israel, in the month even for the most holy place. Zaf, which is the second month, that he 17 And the house, that is, the temple began to build the house of the Lord. before it, was forty cubits long.

2 And the house which king Solomon 18 And the cedar of the house within built for the Lord, the length thereof was was carved with knops and open flowers : threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof all cvus cedar ; there was no stone seen. twenty cubits, and the height thereof thir- 19 And the oracle he prepared in the ty cubits.

house within, to set there the ark of the 3 And the porch before the temple of covenant of the LORD. the house, twenty cubits ruas the length 20 And the oracle in the forepart was thereof, according to the breadth of the twenty cubits in length, and twenty cuhouse; and ten cubits was the breadth | bits in brcadth, and twenty cubits in the thereof, before the house.

height thereof : and he overlaid it with 4 And for the house he made windows | pure gold; and so covered the altar which of narrow lights.

was fcedar. 5 | And against the wall of the house Li So Solomon overlaid the house withhe built chambers round about, against in with pure gold : and he made a partithe walls of the house round about, both tion by the chains of goid before the oraof the temple and of the oracle : and he cle; and he overlaid it with gold. made chambers round about :

22 And the whole house he overlaid 6 The nethermost chamber was five with gold, until he had finished all the cubits broad, and the middle was six cu- house : also the whole altar that was by bits broad, and the third seas seven cubits the oracle he overlaid with gold. broad: for without in the wall of the house 23 4 And within the oracle he made two he made narrowed rests round about, that cherubimsofolive-tree,cachtencubits high. the bec:ms should not be fastened in the 24 And tive cubits was the one wing walls of the house.

of the cherub, and five cubits the other 7 And the house, when it was in build- wing of the cherub: from the utterinost ing, was built of stone made ready before part of the one wing unto the uttermost it was brought thither; so that there was part of the other were ten cubits. neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of 25 And the other cherub was ten cuiron heard in the house, while it was in bits : both the cherubims were of one building

me:isure and one size. 8 The door for the middle chamber was 26 The heiglit of the ove cherub was ten in the right side of the house : and they cubits, and so was it of the other cherub. went up with winding stairs into the mid- 27 And he set the cherubims within the dle chamber, and out of the middle into | inner house : and they stretched forth the the third ;

wings of the cherubins, so that the wing 9 So he built the house, and finished it; l of the one touched the one wall, and the and covered the house with beams and wing of the other cherub touched the othboards of ceilar.

er wall; and their wings touched one an10 And then he built chanıbers against other in the midst of the house. all the house, five cubits high : and they 28 And he overlaid the cherubims with rested on the house with timiser of cedar. gold.

11 | And the word of the LORD caine 29 And he carved all the walls of the to Solomon, saying,

house round about with carved figures of 12 Concerning this house which thou art cherubims, and palm-trees, and open in building, if thou wilt walk in my stat- flowers, within and without. utes, and execute my judgments, and keep So And the fioor of the house he overall my commandments to walk in them; laid with gold, within and without. then will I perform my word with thee, 31 | And for the entering of the oracle which I spake unto David thy father : he made doors of olive-tree : the lintel

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