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B. 1 Chron. 29.

A. 1 Kings 2.



in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon

his son reigned in his stead. 29 Now the acts of David the king,

first and last, behold, they are written in the history of Samuel the seer, and in the history of

Nathan the prophet, and in the 30 history of Gad the seer ; with all

his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.]

(§ 16a.) A. 1 Kings 3.

B. 2 Chron. 1. (Solomon deals with Adonijah, Abia

thar, Joab, and Shimei; Marries Pharaoh's daughter; Sacrifices in

(Continuous.) high places.)

1 [And Solomon the sonof David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceed2 ingly. And Solomon spake unto

all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every prince in all Israel, the heads of the

fathers.] And the king went to Gibeon 3 So Solomon, and all the conto sacrifice there ; for that gregation with him, went to the the great high place : high place that was at Gibeon ;


(for there was the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant

of the LORD had made in the wil4 derness. But b the ark of God

had David brought up from Kiriath-jearim to the place that David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at 5 Jerusalem. Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, was there before the tabernacle of the LORD : and Solomon and the

$ 16.—A In this section the variations are considerable, but the materials are practically the same. b The word bax is not common. It is translated verily' or 'indeed'in Gen., Sam. and Kings, and is rendered 'but' or 'nevertheless' in Chron., Ezra and Dan.

A. 1 Kings 3.

B. 2 Chron. l. (Continued.)

(Continued.) congregation sought unto it.] 6 And Solomon went up thither

to the brasen altar before the

LORD, which was at the tent of a thousand burnt offerings did meeting, and offered a thousand

Solomon offer upon that altar. burnt offerings upon it. 5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared 7 In that night did God appear to Solomon(in a dream] by night: unto Solomon,

and and God said, Ask what I shall said unto him, Ask what I shall 6 give thee. And Solomon said, 8 give thee. And Solomon said

Thou hast shewed [unto God], Thou hast shewed unto [thy servant] David my great kindness unto father great kindness, [according David my father, as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou

hast given him a son to sit on his 7 throne, as it is this day.] And

and now, O LORD my God, thou hast hast made me king in his stead. made thy servant king instead of David my father : and I am but a little child ; I know not how 8 to go out or come in. And thy 9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise

servant is in the midst of thy unto David my father be estapeople, which thou hast chosen, a blished : for thou hast made me great people, that cannot be num king over a people like the dust

bered nor counted for multitude. of the earth in multitude. 9 Give thy servant therefore an 10 Give me now wisdom and know

understanding heart to judge thy ledge, that I may go out and people, that I may discern be come in before this people : for tween good and evil; for who is who can judge this thy people,

able to judge this thy great people ? that is so great ? 10 [And the speech pleased the

Lord, that Solomon had asked 11 this thing. ] And God said unto 11.

And God said to him, Because thou hast asked Solomon, Because this wasin thine this thing, and hast not asked heart, and thou hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast riches, wealth d, or honour, nor asked riches for thyself, nor hast the life of them that hate thee, asked the life of thine enemies ; neither yet hast asked long life ; but hast asked for thyself under but hast asked wisdom and know.

standing to discern judgement; ledge for thyself, that thou mayest 12 behold, I have done according to judge my people, over whom I

thy word : lo, I have given thee 12 have made thee king: wisdom a wise and an understanding and knowledge is granted unto heart; so that there hath been thee; and I will give thee riches, none

like thee before thee, and wealth, and honour, such as neither after thee shall any arise 13 like unto thee. And I have

also given thee that which

cyto, a late word, here first : see Dan. 1. 4 and 17, and cf. Eccles. 10. 20. a D'D, a rare word, only in Josh. 22. 8, and Eccles. 5. 19 and 6. 2.

A. 1 Kings 3.

B. 2 Chron. 1. (Continued.)

(Continued.) thou hast not asked, both riches none of the kings have had that and honour, so that there shall have been before thee, neither

not be any among the kings like shall there any after thee have 14 unto thee, all thy days. [And if the like.

thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen

thy days.] 15 And Solomon [awoke, and, be- 13 So Solomon hold, it was a dream : and he]came

came to the high place that was at Gibeon,

from before the tent of meeting), to Jerusalem, and stood before the unto Jerusalem ; and he reigned ark of the covenant of the LORD,

over Israel, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.

($ 17.) A. 1 Kings 5.

B. 2 Chron. 2. (Solomon's judgement, officers, pro. vision, wisdom.)

(Solomon's chariots. See $ 25.) 1 [And Hiram king of Tyre sent

his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father : for Hiram was ever a lover of David.]

1 [Now Solomon purposed to

build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his 2 kingdom. And Solomon told out

threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand men that were hewers in the mountains, and three thousand and six hundred to

oversee them ^.] 2 And Solomon sent to Hiramb, 3 And Solomon sent to Huram

saying, [the king of Tyre], saying,


e The LXX reads from the high place.' The text, as we have it, is simply a copyist's error. $ 17.—NOTE.—B. appears to have some additional materials.

an See below, V. 17, where this verse is repeated.

b A. Hiram. B. Huram, passim. LXX Hiram in both accounts.

c See the correspondence as given by Josephus (Ant. viii. 2. 6, and 5. 3).

A. 1 Kings 5.

B. 2 Chron. 2.

(Continued.) As thou didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.

(Continued.) 3 Thou knowest how that David

my father could not build an house for the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until

the LORD put them under the 4 soles of his feet. But now the

LORD my God hath given me rest on every side ; there is neither adversary, nor evil occurrent. 5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house for the name of the LORD my God,


Behold, I build an house for the name of the LORD my God, [to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him incense of sweet spices, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the set feasts of the LORD our God. This

is an ordinance for ever to Israel. 5 And the house which I build is

great : for great is our God above 6 all gods. But who is able to

build him an house, seeing the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him ? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn incense before him ?]

[as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall

7 Now therefore (send me a man

cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave all manner of gravings, to be with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did 8 provide.] Send

also cedar trees, (fir trees, and algum trees,] out of Lebanon : [for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon ;] and,

[behold,] my servants shall be 9 with thy servants, even to pre

pare me timber in abundance :


build the house for my name.] 6 Now therefore

command thou that they hew me cedar trees

out of Lebanon ;

and my servants shall be with thy servants; and I will give thee hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt say : for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Zidonians.

[for the house which

A. 1 Kings 5.

B. 2 Chron. 2. (Continued.)

(Continued.) I am about to build shall be 10 wonderful great.] And, behold,

I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, [and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine,) and

twenty thousand baths of oil. 7 And it came to pass, when 11 Then Huram the king of Tyre

Hiram heard the words of Solo answered in writing, which mon, that he rejoiced greatly, he sent to Solomon, Because and said,

the LORD loveth his people, he

hath made thee king over them,

Blessed be 12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD

the LORD, (the God of Israel, that

[this made heaven and earth,] day,] which hath given to David who hath given to David

a wise son (over this [the king] a wise son, great people).

[endued with discretion and understanding, that should build an house for the

LORD, and an house for his king13 dom. And now I have sent a

cunning man, endued with under14 standing, of Huram my father's,

the son of a woman of the daughters of Dand, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson ; also to grave any manner of graving, and to devise any device: that there may be a place appointed unto him with thy cunning men, and with the

cunning men of my lord David 8

And Hiram sent to thy father.] Solomon, saying, I have heard the message which thou hast sent unto me: I will do all thy desire

concerning timber of cedar, and 9 concerning timber of fir. My

servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea : and I will make them into rafts to go by sea unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be broken up there, and thou shalt receive them : and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household.

d See 1 Kings 7. 13, where the mother is said to be of the tribe of Naphtali.

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