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a true report that I heard in that I heard in mine own land of

mine own land of thine 'acts, thine 'acts, and of thy wisdom. 7 and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I 6 Howbeit I believed not their

believed not the words, until I words, until I came, and mine came, and mine eyes had seen eyes had seen it: and, behold, it: and, behold, the half was not the half of the greatness of thy told me: 'thy wisdom and prospe- wisdom was not told me : thou

rity exceedeth the fame which exceedest the fame that I heard. 8 I heard. Happy are thy men, 7 Happy are thy men, and happy

happy are these thy servants, are these thy servants, which which stand continually before stand continually before thee,

thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 78 and hear thy wisdom: Blessed 9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, be the LORD thy God, which de

which delighted in thee, to set thee lighted in thee, to set thee on on the throne of Israel: because his throne, to be king for the

the LORD loved Israel for ever, LORD thy God: because thy God V therefore made he thee king, to loved Israel, to establish them 10 do judgement and justice. And v for ever, therefore made he thee

she gave the king an hundred king over them, to do judgement and twenty talents of gold, and 9 and justice. And she gave the of spices very great store, and king an hundred and twenty precious stones : there came no talents of gold, and spices in more such abundance of spices great abundance, and precious as these which the queen of stones : neither was there any

Sheba gave to king Solomon. such spice as the queen of Sheba 11 And the navy also of Hiram, 10 gave to king Solomon. And the

that brought gold from Ophir, servants also of Huram, and brought in from Ophir great the servants of Solomon, which

plenty of Salmug trees and pre- brought gold from Ophir, brought 12 cious stones. And the king made algum trees and precious stones.

of the almug trees pillars for the 11 And the king made of the algum house of the LORD, and for the trees terraces for the house of king's house, harps also and the LORD, and for the king's psalteries for the singers : there house, and harps and psalteries came no such almug trees, nor for the singers : and there were were seen, unto this day.

none such seen before in the land 13 And king Solomon gave to the I 2 of Judah. And king Solomon

queen of Sheba all her desire, gave to the queen of Sheba all whatsoever she asked, beside that her desire, whatsoever she asked, 5which Solomon gave her of his beside that which she had brought royal bounty. So she turned, and unto the king. So she turned,

i Or, sayings

1 Or, sayings

2 Heb. thou hast added wisdom and goodness to the fame.

3 In 2 Chr. ii. 8, algum trees. Perhaps, sandal wood.

4 Or, a railing Heb. a prop.

5 Heb. which he gave her according to the hand of king Solomon.

went to her own land, she and her servants.

and went to her own land, she and her servants.

14 Now the weight of gold that

came to Solomon in one year

was six hundred threescore and 15 six talents of gold, beside that

which the chapmen brought, and the traffic of the merchants, and of all the kings of the mingled

people, and of the governors of 16 the country. And king Solomon

made two hundred targets of

beaten gold : six hundred shekels 17 of gold went to one target. And

he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three 'pound of gold went to one shield : and the

king put them in the house of 18 the forest of Lebanon. Moreover

the king made a great throne of

ivory, and overlaid it with the 19 finest gold. There were six steps

to the throne, and the top of the throne was round behind : and there were *stays on either side by the place of the seat, and two

lions standing beside the stays. 20 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 king21 dom. 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: none were of silver ;

it was nothing accounted of in 22 the days of Solomon. For the

king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram : once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold,

and silver, ivory, and apes, and 23 peacocks. So king Solomon ex

13 Now the weight of gold that

came to Solomon in one year

was six hundred and threescore 14 and six talents of gold; beside

that which the chapmen and merchants brought : and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of

the country brought gold and 15 silver to Solomon.

And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold : six hundred

shekels of beaten gold went to 16 one target. And he made three

hundred shields of beaten gold; three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield : and the king

put them in the house of the 17 forest of Lebanon. Moreover

the king made a great throne of

ivory, and overlaid it with pure 18 gold. And there were six steps

to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and 'stays on either side by the place of the seat, and two

lions standing beside the stays. 19 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 king20 dom. 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 : silver was nothing

accounted of in the days of Solo21 mon. For the king had ships.

that went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram : once every three years came the ships of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver,

ivory, and apes, and peacocks. 22 So king Solomon exceeded all

ceeded all the kings of the earth 24 in riches and in wisdom. And

the kings of the earth in riches

1 Or, arms

Heb. hands.

1 Heb. maneh. 2 Or, arms

Heb. hands.

all the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom,

which God had put in his heart. 25 And they brought every man his

present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

23 and wisdom. And all the kings

of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom,

which God had put in his heart. 24 And they brought every man his

present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, ar

mour, and spices, horses, and 25 mules, a rate year by year. And

Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he be

stowed in the chariot cities, and 26 with the king at Jerusalem. And

he ruled over all the kings from the River even unto the land of

the Philistines, and to the border 27 of Egypt. And the king made

silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the

sycomore trees that are in the 28 lowland, for abundance. And

they brought horses for Solomon out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

26 And Solomon gathered toge

ther chariots and horsemen : and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he be

stowed in the chariot cities, and 27 with the king at Jerusalem. And

the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore

trees that are in the lowland, for 28 abundance. 1 And the horses

which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt; and the king's mer

chants received them in droves, 29 each drove at a price. And a

2 Chronicles 1. 14.1 14 And Solomon gathered chariots

and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the

chariot cities, and with the king 15 at Jerusalem. And the king made

silver and gold to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees

that are in the lowland, for 16 abundance. And the horses

which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt; the king's mer

chants received them in droves, 17 each drove at a price. And they

fetched up, and brought out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred

chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of

i See 2 Chr. ix. 28.

1 For the rest of this chapter see pp. 74,

75.

silver, and an horse for an hun-
dred and fifty: and so for all the
kings of the Hittites, and for the
kings of Syria, did they bring
them out 'by their means.

shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.

1 Kings 11. 1. Now king Solomon loved many strange women, 'together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, 2 Zidonians, and Hittites; of the nations concerning which the LORD

said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you: for surely they will turn away your 3 heart after their gods : Solomon clave unto these in love. And he

had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and 4 his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon

was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods : and his

heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David 5 his father.

For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the 6 Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And

Solomon did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and went 7 not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build

an high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, in the mount

that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children 8 of Ammon. And so 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 away from the LORD, the God of Israel, which had appeared 10 unto him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing,

that he should not go after other gods : but he kept not that which the vi LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Foras

much as this Sis done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and

my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the king12 dom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy

days I will not do it, for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it 13 out of the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend away all the

kingdom; but I will give one tribe to thy son, for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.

And the LORD raised up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the 15 Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. For it came to pass,

when David *was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone 16 up to bury the slain, and had smitten every male in Edom; (for Joab

and all Israel remained there six months, until he had cut off every 17 male in Edom ;) that Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his

father's servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little

V14

1 Heb. in their hand.
2 Or, besides
3 Heb. is with thee.

4 The Sept. and Syr. read, destroyed Edom.

18 child. 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 19 victuals, and gave him land. And Hadad found great favour in the

sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own 20 wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. And the sister of Tahpenes

bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's

house : and Genubath was in Pharaoh's house among the sons of 21 Pharaoh. 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 22 Pharaoh, Let me depart

, that I may go to mine own country. Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered, Nothing :

howbeit let me depart in any wise. 23 And God raised up another adversary unto him, Rezon the son of 24 Eliada, which had fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah : and he

gathered men unto him, and became captain over a troop, when David

slew them of Zobah : and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, 25 and reigned in Damascus. And he was an adversary to Israel all the

days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred

Israel, and reigned over Syria. 26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, a servant

of Solomon, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, he 27 also lifted up his hand against the king. And this was the cause that

he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and 28 'repaired the breach of the city of David his father. And the man

Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon saw the young

man that he was industrious, and he gave him charge over all the 29 olabour of the house of Joseph. And it came to pass at that time, when

Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite

found him in the way; now Ahijah had clad himself with a new 30 garment; and they two were alone in the field. And Ahijah laid hold 31 of the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces. And

he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD,

the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand 32 of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee: (but he shall have one

ribe, for my servant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city 33 which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) because that they

have forsaken me, and have worshipped. Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom, the god of the children of Ammon; and they have not walked in my ways, to do that

which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgements, 34 as did David his father. 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 command35 ments and my statutes: but I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, 36 and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. And unto his son will I give

one tribe, that David my servant may have a lamp alway before me in

1 Heb. closed up.

2 Heb. burden.

3. Or, who kept

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