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[even] from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for ; that all people of the earth may know thy name and fear thee, as [doth] thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy Iname. 34. If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built 35 for thy name ; Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 36 If they sin against thee, (for [there is] no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before [their] enemies, and they carry them away captives unto 37 a land far off or near ; Yet [is] they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we 38 have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly : If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul, in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and [toward] the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the 39 house which I have built for thy name : Then hear thou from the heavens, [even] from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee. 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and [let] thine ears [be] attent unto the prayer [that is made] in 41 this place. Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in 42 goodness. O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed : remember the mercies of David thy servant.

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The accefitance of Solomon's firayer testified by fire from heaven ; ufton which the fleafile worshift God ; and Solomon sacrifices at the

dedication.

1. OW when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled 2 the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's 3 house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire. came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LoRD, [saying, Ror [he is] good ; for his mercy [endureth] for ever. Vol. III. Iii

4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the 5 Lord. And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep = 6 so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of music of the LoRD, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy [endureth] for ever, when David praised by their ministry ; and the priests Y sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that [was] before the house of the LoRD : for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brazen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat. 8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the en9 tering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly : for they kept the dedica10 tion of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had showed unto David, and to Solo11 mon, and to Israel his people. Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king’s house : and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. 12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon, by night, and said unto. him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place te 13 myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or 14 if I send pestilence among my people; If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their 15 land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto 16 the prayer [that is made] in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: 17 and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, 18 and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; Then will I establish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covemanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee 19 a man [to be] ruler in Israel. But if ye turn away and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them ; 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them ; and this house which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it [to be] 21 a proverb, and a byword among all nations, And this house

- which is high, shall be an astoffshment to every one that passeth by it, so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus

22 unto this land, and unto this house 2 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them : therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

CHAP. VIII.

...An account of Solomon’s buildings ; the remnants of the Hittites, &c. made tributaries ; and Solomon’s yearly sacrifices.

l N D it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the Lord, and his own 2 house, That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there. And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it. And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities which he built in Hamath. Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with 6 walls, gates, and bars; And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion. 7 [As for] all the people [that were] left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, [But] of their children who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until 9 this day. But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work ; but they [were] men of war, and chief 10 of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen. And these [were] the chief of king Solomon’s officers, [even] two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people. 11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wise shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because [the places are] holy, whereunto the ark of the LoRD hath come. 12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the Lord on the 13 altar of the Lord, which he had built before the porch, Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, [even] in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. 14 And he appointed according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to

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their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required : the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded. 15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the - treasures. 16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the Lord, and until it was finished. [So] the house of the Lord was perfected. 17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea18 side in the land of Edom. And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea ; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought [them] to king Solomon.

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CHAP. IX.

The queen of Sheba's visit to Solomon ; her admiration of his wis. - dom ; and an account of his riches and death.

.1 N D when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solo- mon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at , Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that -2 was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions : and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, 4 and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the Lord : there 5 was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, [it was] a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and 6 of thy wisdom : Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen [it:] and behold the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me : [for] thou ex7 ceedest the fame that I heard. Happy [are] thy men, and happy [are] these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, 8 and hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the LoRD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, [to be] king for the Load thy God : because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them to do judgment 9 and justice. And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba 10 gave king Solomon. And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought

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algum trees and precious stones. And the king made [of] the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers ; and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah. And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside [that] which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants. Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and three score and six talents of gold : Beside [that which] chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. And king Solomon made two hundred targets [of] beaten gold : six hundred [shekels] of beaten gold went to one target. And three hundred shields [made he of] beaten gold : three hundred [shekels] of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of I.ebanon. Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. And [there were] six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, [which were] fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays : And twelve lions stood there on the one side, and on the other, upon the six steps : there was not the like made in any kingdom. And all the drinking vessels of kin Solomon [were of] gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon [were of] pure gold : none [were of] silver; it was [not] any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram : every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses and mules, a rate year by year. And Solomon had fourthousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestow. ed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that [are] in the low plains in abundance. And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands. Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, [are] they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father : and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead,

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