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lomon gave her of his royal Bounty : so she turned and went to her own Countrey.

C H A P. XI. Solomon's Wives and Concubines : 4 In his old Age they draw him to Idolatry : 9 God threatneth him. 14 Solomon's Adversaries were Hadad, who was entertained in Egypt; 23 Rezon, who reigned in Damascus; 26 and Jeroboam, to whom Ahijah prophesied. 41 Solomon's Afts, Reign, and Death : 43' Rehoboam sucieedeth him.

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Ver. 1 DUT King Solomon loved many strange Women,

D (together with the Daughter of Pharaoh) Women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites :

2 Of the Nations con- Deut. vii. 3 Neither shalt thou cerning which the Lord said:

Gid make MARRIAGES with them, thy

DAUGHTER thou shalt not give unto ùnto the Children of Israel, his Son, nor his DAUGHTER Thalt thou Ye shall not go into them, take unto thy Son. . neither shall they come in un- ,

* Eccles. vii. as I applied mine Heart

to KNOW, and to SEARCH, and to to you, for surely they will SEEK OUT WISDOM, and the REASON TURN away your HEART af- of Things, and to know the WICKED

NESS of FOLLY, even of FOOLISHNESS ter their Gods: Solomon clave unto these in Love.

26 And I find more BITTER than 4 For it came to pass when Death the Woman whose Heart is

SNARES and Nets, and her Hands as

d, that his Bands : whoso PLEASETH God shall Wives turned away his Heart Escape from her, but the SINNER shall after other Gods : and his be taken by hos.

Prov. vii. i My Son, KEEP my Heart was not perfect with Words, and LAY UP my COMMANDthe LORD his God, as was MENTS with thee. the Hcart of David his Fa

Fa 7 I discerned among the Youths,

a young Man void of UNDERSTANDther.

5 For Solomon went after & Palling through the Street, near Ashtoreth the Goddess of the

her Corner, and he went the way to

her Houle : Zidonians, and after Milcom

10 And behold, there met kim a the Abomination of the Am- Woman with the Attire of an Har

LOT, and subril of Heart. monites.

24 HEARKEN unto me now there6 And Solomon did evil in fore, o ye CHILDREN, and ATTEND TO the sight of the LORD, and the Words of my MOUTH. went not fully after the LORD, to her Ways, go not ASTRAY in bei

25 Let not thine HEART DECLINE 29 did David his Father. Paths. * Solomon's penitential Confeffios,

ING,

y Then did Solomon build 26 For she hath Cast Down many

m WOUNDED : yea, many strong Men an high Place for Chemosh

have been slain by her. the Abomination of Moab, in the Hill that is before Jerusalem; and for Molech the Abomination of the Children of Ammon.

8 And likewise did he for all his strange Wives, which burnt Incense and sacrificed unto their Gods.

9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his Heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.

10 And had commanded him concerning this Thing, that he should not go after other Gods : but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.

1 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my Covenant and my Statutes which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the Kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy Servant.

12 Notwithstanding in thy 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, 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 I have chosen.

14 And the Lord 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 David was in Edom, and Joab the Captain of the Host was gone up to bury the Slain, after he had smitten every Male in Edom :

16 (For fix 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, and came to Paran, 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.

19 And Hadad found great Favour in the fight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to Wife the Sister of his own Wife, the Sister of Tahpenes the Quecri,

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20 And the Sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his Son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's House : and Genubath was in Pharaoh's Houshold among the Sons of Pharaoh.

21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his Fathers, and that Joab the Captain of the Host was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own Countrey..

22 Then Pharaoh' said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that behold, thou seekest to go to thine own Countrey? And he answered, Nothing : howbeit let me go in any wise.

23 And God stirred him up another Adversary, Rezon the Son of Eliadah, which Aed from his Lord Hadadezer, King of Zobah.

24 And he gathered Men unto him, and became Captain over a Band, when David flew them of Zobah : and they went to Damascus and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.

25 And he was an Adversary unto Israel all the Days of Solomon, besides the Mischief that Hadad did : and he abu horred Israel, and reigned over Syria. .

26 And Jeroboam the Son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's Servant, (whose Mother's Name was Zeruah, a Widow-woman) even he lift up his Hand against the King.

27. And this was the Cause that he lift up his Hand against the King : Solomon built Millo, and repaired the Breaches of the City of David his Father.

28 And the Man Jeroboam was a mighty Man of Valour: and Solomon seeing the young Man that he was inJustrious, he made him Ruler over all the Charge of the

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29 And it came to pass at the time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the Prophet Ahijah the Shilonire found him in the Way : and he had clad himself with a new Garment; and they two were alone in the field.

..30 And Ahijah caught the new Garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve Pieces.

.31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten Pieces : for thus faith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the Kingdom oưt of the Hand of Salomon, and will give ion Tribes to thee :

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32 (But he shall have one Tribe for my Servant David's Sake, and for Jerusalem's Sake, the City which I have chosen out of all the Tribes of Israel)

33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the Goddess of the Zidonians, Chemoth the God of the Moabites, and Milcom the God of the Children of Ammon, and have not walked in my Ways, to do that which is right in mine Eyes, and to keep my Statutes and my Judgments, as did David his Father.

34 Howbeit, I will not take the whole Kingdom out of his Hand: but I will make him Prince all the Days of his Life, for David my Servant's Sake, whom I chose, because he kept my Commandments and my Statutes : 1

35 But I will take the Kingdom out of his Son's Hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten Tribes.

36. And unto his Son will I give one Tribe, that David my Servant may have a Light alway before me in Jerusalem, the City which I have chosen me to put my Name there.

37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy Soul desireth, and shalt be King over Israel.

38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my Ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my Statutes and my Commandments, as David my Servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure House, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

39 And I will for this amict the Seed of David, but not for ever. . 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam : and Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak King of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the Death of Solomon.

41 And the rest of the Acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his Wisdom, are they not written in the Book of the Acts of Solomon?

42 And the Time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel, was forty Years.

43 And Solomon slept with his Fathers, and was buried in the City of David his Father : and Rehoboam his Son reigned in his Stead.

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CHA P. XII. i The Israelites assembled at Shechem to crown Rehoboam, by

Jeroboam make a Suit of Relaxation unto him. 6 Rehoboam refusing the old Mens Counsel, by the Advice of young Men, answereth them roughly. 16 Ten Tribes revolting, kill Adoram, and make Rehoboam to flee. 21 Rehoboam rai. fing an Army, is forbidden by Shemaiah. 25 Jeroboam Arengthneth himself by Cities, 26 and by the Idolatry of the two Calves.

Ver. 1 AND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Ifrael

were come to Shechem to make him King. 2 And it came to pass when Jeroboam the Son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fed from the presence of King Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt.)

3. That they sent and called him : and Jeroboam, and all the Congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, faying,

4 Thy Father made our Yoke grievous : now therefore make thou the grievous Service of thy Father, and his heavy Yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three Days, then come again to me. And the People departed.

6 And King Rehoboam consulted with the old Men that stood before Solomon his Father, while he yet lived, and said, How do you advise, that I may answer this People?

7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a Servant unto this People this Day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good Words to them, then they will be thy Servants for ever.

Ś But he forsook the Counsel of the old Men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young Men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him :

9 And he said unto them, What Counsel give ye, that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the Yoke which thy Fathep did put upon us, lighter?

10 And the young Men that were grown up with him, fpake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this

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