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14 The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pira

thonite, of the children of Ephraim : and in his course were twenty and 15 four thousand. The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was 'Heldai

the Netophathite, of Othniel : and in his course were twenty and four

thousand. 16 Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: of the Reubenites was Eliezer

the son of Zichri the ruler : of the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of 17 Maacah : of Levi, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel : of Aaron, Zadok: of 18 Judah, "Elihu, one of the brethren of David : of Issachar, Omri the son 19 of Michael : of Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah : of Naphtali, 20 Jeremoth the son of Azriel : of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea the

son of Azaziah: of the half tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah: 21 of the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah : of 22 Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner: of Dan, Azarel the son of Jeroham. 23 These were the captains of the tribes of Israel. But David took not

the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the

LORD had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of heaven. 24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but finished not: and there

came wrath for this upon Israel; neither was the number put into the

account in the chronicles of king David. 25 And over the king's treasuries was Azmaveth the son of Adiel : and

over the treasuries in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and 26 in the castles, was Jonathan the son of Uzziah : and over them that

did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of 27 Chelub: and over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite : and over

the increase of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiph28 mite: and over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in

the lowland was Baal-hanan the Gederite : and over the cellars of oil 29 was Joash : and over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the

Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the 30 son of Adlai : and over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over 31 the asses, was Jehdeiah the Meronothite : and over the flocks was Jaziz

the Hagrite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king

David's. 32 Also Jonathan David's suncle was a counsellor, a man of under

standing, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the 33 king's sons: and Ahithophel was the king's counsellor : and Hushai 34 the Archite was the king's friend : and after Ahithophel was Jehoiada

the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the captain of the king's host

was Joab. 28 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the

tribes, and the captains of the companies that served the king by course, and the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, and the rulers over all the substance and possessions of the king and

of his sons, with the 'officers and the mighty men, even all the mighty 2 men of valour, unto Jerusalem. Then David the king stood up upon

his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people : as for me, it 1 In ch. xi. 30, Heled.

+ Or, cattle 2 In 1 Sam. xvi. 6, Eliab.

5 Or, eunuchs 3 Or, brother's son

was in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant

of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God; and I had made ready 3 for the building. But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build any

house for my name, because thou art a man of war, and hast shed 4 blood. Howbeit the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me out of all the v

house of my father to be king over Israel for ever : for he hath chosen Judah to be 'prince; and in the house of Judah, the house of my father;

and among the sons of my father he took pleasure in me to make me 5 king over all Israel: and of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me

many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of 6 the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. And he said unto me, Solomon

thy son, he shall build my house and my courts : for I have chosen him 7 to be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish his

kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my 8 judgements, as at this day. Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel,

the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God : that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance to your 9 children after you for ever. And thou, Solomon my son, know thou v the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all

the imaginations of the thoughts : if thou seek him, he will be found of 10 thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed

now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch of the temple, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of

the upper rooms thereof, and of the inner chambers thereof, and of the 12 'place of the mercy-seat: and the pattern of all that he had 3 by the

spirit, for the courts of the house of the LORD, and for all the chambers

round about, for the treasuries of the house of God, and for the 13 treasuries of the dedicated things : also for the courses of the priests

and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the 14 LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD : of

gold by weight for the vessels of gold, for all vessels of every kind of

service; of silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for all vessels of 15 every kind of service : by weight also for the candlesticks of gold, and

for the lamps thereof, of gold, by weight for every candlestick and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver, silver by weight

for every candlestick and for the lamps thereof, according to the use of 16 every candlestick : and the gold by weight for the tables of shewbread, 17 for every table ;

and silver for the tables of silver : and the fleshhooks, and the basons, and the cups, of pure gold : and for the golden bowls

by weight for every bowl; and for the silver bowls by weight for every 18 bowl : and for the altar of incense refined gold by weight: and gold for

the pattern of the chariot, even the cherubim, that spread out their 19 wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD. All this, said


i Or, leader
2 Heb. house.

3 Or, in his spirit





David "have I been made to understand in writing from the hand of 20 the LORD, even all the works of this pattern. And David said to

Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed : for the LORD God, even my God, is with thee; he

will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until all the work for the service of 21 the house of the LORD be finished. And, behold, there are the courses

of the priests and the Levites, for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with thee in all manner of work every willing man that hath skill, for any manner of service : also the captains and all the

people will be wholly at thy commandment. 29 And David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son,

whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is 2 great : for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God. Now I

have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the things of silver, and the brass for the things of brass, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, stones for inlaid

work, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and 3 marble stones in abundance. Moreover also, because I have set my

affection to the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of mine

own of gold and silver, I give it unto the house of my God, over and 4 above all that I have prepared for the holy house; even three thousand

talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of 5 refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal : of gold for the

things of gold, and of silver for the things of silver, and for all manner

of work to be made by the hands of artificers. Who then offereth 6 willingly 3 to consecrate himself this day unto the LORD? Then the

princes of the fathers' houses, and the princes of the tribes of Israel,

and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers 7 over the king's work, offered willingly; and they gave for the

service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass

eighteen thousand talents, and of iron a hundred thousand talents. 8 And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the

treasure of the house of the LORD, under the hand of Jehiel the Ger9 shonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly,

because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and 10 David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed

the LORD before all the congregation : and David said, Blessed be thou, II O LORD, the God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O

LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty : for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine ;

thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou rulest over all ; and in

thine hand is power and might ; and in thine hand it is to make great, 13 and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee,

i Or, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even &c.

2 Or, beryl
3 Heb. to fill his hand.


14 and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people,

that we should 'be able to offer so willingly after this sort ? for all 15 things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we

are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were : our 16 days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no Rabiding. O LORD

our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for 17 thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in upright

As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, 18 which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. O LORD, the God

of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in

the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare V19 their heart unto thee: and give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart,

to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do

all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made 20 provision. And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD

your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the 21 LORD, and the king. And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and

offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day,

even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with 22 their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel ; and did

eat and drink before the LORD on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the LORD to be prince, and Zadok to be priest.

I Kings 1. I.

1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered 2 him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto

him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin : and let

her stand before the king, and cherish him; and let her lie in thy 3 bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair

damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag the 4 Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very

fair ; and she cherished the king, and ministered to him; but the king 5 knew her not. Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself

, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and 6 fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at

any time in saying, Why hast thou done so ? and he was also a very 7 goodly man; and he was born after Absalom. And he conferred with

Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest : and they 8 following Adonijah helped him. But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah

the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and

1 Heb. retain strength.
2 Heb. of thine hand.
3 Heb. hope.

4 Or, establish
5 Or, leader
6 Or, all his life



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the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. 9 And Adonijah 'slew sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of

Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel; and he called all his brethren the 10 king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants : but Nathan

the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his 11 brother, he called not. Then Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the

mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son 12 of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not? Now

therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest 13 save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. Go and get thee

in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, o king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall

reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne ? why then doth 14 Adonijah reign? Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I 15 also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words. And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber : and the king was very old

; 16 and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. And Bath

sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, 17 What wouldest thou ? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest

by the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon 18 thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And

now, behold, Adonijah reigneth ; and thou, my lord the king, knowest 19 it not: and he hath 'slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance,

and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and

Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not 20 called. And 'thou, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are upon

thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my 21 lord the king after him. Otherwise it shall come to pass, when


lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall 22 be counted offenders. And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, 23 Nathan the prophet came in. And they told the king, saying, Behold,

Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he 24 bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. And

Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after 25 me, and he shall sit upon my throne ? For he is gone down this day,

and hath 'slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the

priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save 26 king Adonijah. But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest,

and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not 27 called. Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not

shewed unto thy servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the 28 king after him? Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath

sheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the 29 king. And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, who hath 30 redeemed my soul out of all adversity, verily as I sware unto thee by the

i Or, sacrificed

2 Another reading is, and now, my lord the king, thou &C.

3 Another reading is, now.
4 Heb. sinners.
5 Another reading is, servant.

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