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Adonijah's request.


Joab es slain. reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my three years reigned he in Jerusalem. iather was afflicted.

12 | Then sat Solomon upon the throne 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from of David his father; and his kingdoin was being priest unto the LORD; that he might established greatly.

fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spako 13 | And Adonijah the son of Haggith concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solo.

28 | Then tidings came to Joab:(for And she said, Comest thou peace- Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he ably? And he said, Peaceably. turned not after Absalom;) and Joab fed

14 He said moreover, I have somewhat unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. caught hold on the borns of the altar.

15 And he said, Thou knowest that the 29 And it was told king Solomon that kingdom was inine, and that all Israel set Joab was filed unto the tabernacle of the their faces on me, that I should reign: Lord; and behold, he is by the altar. howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jeis become my brother's: for it was his hoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. from the Lord.

30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle 16 And now I ask one petition of thee, of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus saith deny me not. And she said unto him, the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay: Say on.

but I will die here. And Benaiah brought 17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, the king word again,, saying, Thus said unto Sclomon the king, (for he will not Joab, and thus he answered me. say ih«e nay,) that he give me Abishag the 31 And the king said unto him, Do as Shunammile to wife.

he hath said, and fall upon him, and hury 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; I will him; that thou mayest take away the inspeak for thee unto the king.

nocent blood which Joab shed, from me, 19 1 Bath-sheba therefore went unto and froin the house of my father. king Solomon, to speak unto him for Ado- 32 And the Lord shall return his blood nijah. And the king rose up to meet her, upon his own head, who fell upon two men and bowed himself unto her, and sai more righteous and better than he, and down on his throne, and caused a seat to slew them with the sword, my father Dabe set for the king's mother; and she sat vid not knowing thereof; to wit, Abner the on his right hand.

son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, 20 Then she said, I desire one small and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not host of Judan. nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, 33 Their blood shall therefore return my mother: for I will not say thee nay. upon the head of Joah, and upon the head

21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shu- of his seed for ever: but upon David, and nammite be given to Adonijah thy brother upon his seed, and upon his house, and to wise.

upon his throne, shall there be peace for 22 And king Solomon answered and ever from the LORD. said unto his inother, And why dost thou 34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and ask for him the kingdom also; for he is he was buried in his own house in the wil. mine elder brother; even for him, and for derness. Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of 35 | And the king put Benaiah the son Zeruiah.

of Jehoiada in his room over the host; and 23 Then king Solomon sware by the Zadok the priest did the king put in the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more room of Absathar. also, if Adonijah have not spoken this 36 | And the king sent and called for word against his own life.

Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee a 24 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and which hath established me, and set me on go not forth thence any whither. the throne of David my father, and who 37 For it shall be, that on the day thou hath made me a house, as he promised, goest out, and passest over the brook KidAdonijah shall be put to death this day. ron, thou shall know for certain that thou

25 And king Solomon sent by the hand shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he thine own head. fell upon him that he died.

38 And Shimei said unto the king, The 26 F And unto Abiathar the priest said saying is good: as my lord the king hath the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei own fields; for thou art worthy of death: dwelt in Jerusalem many days. but I will not at this time put thee to death, 39 And it came to pass at the end of because thou barest the ark of the Lord' three years, that two of the servants of God before David my father, and because Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maa

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The death of Shimer.


The choice of Solomon. chah king of Gath: and they told Shime, 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath. people which thou hast chosen, a great

40 And Shimei arose and saddled his people, that cannot be numbered nor ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his counted for multitude. servants: and Shimei went and brought his 9 Give therefore thy servant an under. servants from Gath.

standing heart to judge thy people, that I 41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei may discern betweengood and bad: forwho had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was is able to judge this thy so great a people ? come again.

10 And the speech pleased the LORD, 42 And the king sent and called for Shi-that Solomon had asked this thing. mei, and said unto him, Did I not make 11 And God said unto bim, Because thou thee to swear by the LORD, and protested hast asked this thing, and hast not asked unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on for thyself long life; neither hast asked the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life any whither, that thou shalt surely die ? and of thine enemies: but hast asked for thyself thou saidst unto me, The word that I have understanding to discern judgment; heard is good.

12 Behold, I have done according to thy 43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath words : lo, I have given thee a wise and an of the Lord, and the commandment that I understanding heart; so that there was have charged thee with ?

none like thee beture thee, neither after 44 The king said moreover to Shimei, thee shall any arise like unto thee. Thou knowest all the wickedness which 13 And I have also given thee that which thy heart is privy to, that thou didst to thou hast not asked, both riches, and hoDavid my father: therefore the LORD shall nour: so that there shall not be any among return thy wickedness upon thineown head; the kings like unto thee all thy days.

45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, 14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to and the throne of David shall be establish- keep my statutes and my commandments, ed before the Lord for ever.

as thy father David did walk, then I will 46 So the king commanded Benaiah the lengthen thy days. son of Jehoiada ; which went out, and fell 15 And Solomon awoke ; and behold, it upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was dream. And he came to Jerusalem, was established in the hand of Solomon. and stood before the ark of the covenant of CHAP. III.

the LORD, and offered up burnt-offerings, ND Solomon made affinity with Pha- and offered peace-offerings, and made a raoh's daughter, and brought her into the 16 | Then came there two women, city of David, until he had made an end of that were harlots, unto the king, and stood building his own house, and the house of before him. the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round 17 And the one woman said, O my lord, about.

I and this woman dwell in one house; and 2 Only the people sacrificed in high was delivered of a child with ber in the places, because there was no house built house. unto the name of the LORD, until those days. 18 And it came to pass the third day after

3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking that I was delivered, that this woman was in the statutes of David his father: only he delivered also: and we were together; sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. there was no stranger with us in the house,

4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacri- save we two in the house. fice there; for that was the great high place: 19 And this woman's child died in the a thousand burnt-offerings did Solomon night; because she overlaid it, offer upon that altar.

20 And she arose at midnight, and took 5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to my son from beside me, while thy hand, Solomon in a dream by night: and God inaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and said, Ask what I shall give thee. laid her dead child in my 'osom.

6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed 21 And when I arose in the morning to unto thy servant David my father great give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but mercy, according as he walked before thee when I had considered it in the morning, in truth, and in righteousness, and in up-behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. rightness of heart with thee; and thou hast 22 And the other woman said, Nay; but kept for him this great kindness, that thou the living is my son, and the dead is thy hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as son. And this said, No; but the dead is it is this day.

thy son, and the living, is my soi..

Thus 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast they spake before the king. made thy servant king instead of David 23 Then said the king, The one saith, my father: and I am but a little child : 1 This is my son that liveth, and thy, son is know not how to go out or come in. the dead; and the other saith, Nay; but thy

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Solomon's princes and officers. CHAP. IV.

His riches and peace. son is the dead, and my son is the living. 15_Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also

24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to And they brought a sword before the king. wife :

25 And the king said, Divide the living 16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in child in two, and give half to the one, and Asher and in Aloth : half to the other.

17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in 26 Then spake the woman whose the Issachar: living child was unto the king, for herbow- 18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin. els yearned upon her son, and she said, o 19 Geber the son of Uri was in the my lord, give ber the living child, and in country of Gilead, in the country of Sibon no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it king of the Amorites, and of Og king of be ueither mine nor thine, but divide it. Bashan ; and he was the only officer which

27 Then the king answered and said, was in the land. Give her the living child, and in no wise 20 T Judah and Israel were many, as the slay it: she is the mother thereof. sand which is by the sea in multitude,

38 And all Israel heard of the judgment eating and drinking, and making merry. which the king bad judged; and they feared 21 And Solomon reigned over all kingthe king : for they saw that the wisdom of doms from the river unto the land of the God was in him, to do judgment. Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: CHAP. IV.

they brought presents, and served SoloSob O king Solomon was king over all Israel. mon all the days of his life.

2 And these were the princes which 22 | And Solomon's provision for one be bad : Azariab the son of Zadok the day was thirty measures of fine flour, and priest;

threescore measures of meal, 3 Éliboreph and Abiah, the sons of 23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of of the pastures, and a hundred sheep, Abilud, the recorder.

besides harts, and roe-bucks, and fallow4 And Benajah the son of Jehoiada was deer, and fatted fowl. over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar 24 For he had dominion over all the rewere the priests :

gion on this side the river, from Tipbsab 5 And Azariah the son of Natban was even to Azzah, over all the kings on this over the officers : and Zabud the son of side the river: and he had peace on all Nathan was principal officer, and the sides round about him. king's friend:

25 And Judab and Israel dwelt safely, 6 And Ahishar was over the household: every man under his vine and under his and Adoniram the son of Abda was over fig-tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the tribute.

the days of Solomon. 7 And Solomon had twelve officers 26 | And Solomon had forty thousand over all Israel, which provided victuals for stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve the king and his household : each man his thousand horsemen. month in a year made provision.

27. And those officers provided victual 8 And these are their names : The son for king Solomon, and for all that came of Hur, in mount Ephraim:

unto king Solomon's table, every man in 9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in his month : they lacked nothing. Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon- 28 Barley also and straw for the horses beth-banan:

and dromedaries brought they unto the 10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to place where the officers were, every man him pertained Sochoh, and all the land of according to his charge. Hepber:

29 | And God gave Solomon wisdom 11 The son of Abinadab, in all the re- and understanding exceeding much, and gion of Dor; which had Taphath the largeness of heart, even as the sand that daughter of Solomon to wife:

is on the sea-shore. 12 Baana the son of Abilud; to him per- 30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the tained Taanach and Megiddo, and all wisdom of all the children of the east Beth-shean, which is by Zartanah beneath country: and all the wisdom of Egypt. Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, 31 For he was wiser than all men; than even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam: Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and

13 The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead; Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and to bim pertained the towns of Jair the son his fame was in all nations round about. of Manasseh, which are in Gilead ; to him 32 And he spake three thousand proalso pertained the region of Argob, which verbs : and his songs were a thousand and is in Bashan, threescore great cities with five. walls and brazen bars :

33 And he spake of trees, from the ce14 Abinadab the son of Iddo had Maha- dar-tree that is in Lebanon,even unto the naiin:

hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he


Hiram congratulates him. 1. KINGS, The building of the temple. spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of out of all Israel , and the levy was thirty creeping things, and of fishes.

thousand men. 34 And there came of all people to hear 14 And he sent them to Lebanon ten the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of thousand a month by courses; a month they the earth, which had heard of his wisilom. were in Lebanon, and two months at home. CHAP. V.

And Adoniram was over the levy. AND Hiram king of Tyre sent his sera

15 And Solomon had threescore and ten vants unto Solomon; for he had thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore heard that they had anointed him king in thousand hewers in the mountains ; the room of his father: for Hiram was ever 16 Besides the chief of Solomon's offa lover of David.

cers which were over the work, three thou2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, sand and three hundred, which ruled over

3 Thou knowest how that David my the people that wrought in the work. father could not build a house unto the 17 And the king commanded, and they name of the LORD his God, for the wars brought great stones, costly stones, and which were about him on every side, until hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the the LORD put them under the soles of his house. feet.

18 And Solomon's builders, and Hi4 But now the LORD my God hathram's builders did hew them, and the stonegiven me rest on every side, so that there squarers: so they prepared timber and és neither adversary nor evil occurrent. stones to build the house. 5 And behold, I purpose to build a

CHAP. VI. house unto the name of the link on pinya lhed: A Nopeat came to pass in the forte bune saying, T'hy son whom I will set upon thy children of Israel were come out of the throne in thy room, he shall build a house land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solounto my name.

mon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, 6 Now therefore command thou; that which is the second month, that he began they hew me cedar-trees out of Lebanon; to build the house of the LORD. and my servants shall be with thy servants: 2 And the bouse wbich king Solomon and unto thee will I give hire for thy ser- built for the LORD, the length thereof was vants according to all that thou shalt ap- threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof point: for thou knowest that there is not twenty cubits, and the height thereof among us any that can skill to hew timber thirty cubits. like unto the Sidonians.

3 And the porch before the temple of 7 And it came to pass, when Hiram the house, twenty cubits was the length heard the words of Solomon, that he re- thereof, according to the breadth of the joiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the house, and ten cubits was the breadth LORD this day, which hath given unto Da- thereof, before the house. vid a wise son over this great people. 4 And for the house he made windows

8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, of narrow lights. I have considered the things which thou 5 T And against the wall of the house sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire he built chambers round about, against the concerning timber of cedar, and concern-walls of the house round about, both of the ing timber of fir.

temple and of the oracle : and he made 9 My servants shall bring them down chambers round about. from Lebanon unto the sea : and I will 6 The nethermost chamber was five cuconvey them by sea in floats unto the place bits broad, and the middle was six cubits that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause broad, and the third was seven cubits them to be discharged there, and thou broad: for without in the wall of the house shalt receive them: and thou shalt accom- he made narrowed rests round about, that plish my desire, in giving food for my the beams should not be fastened in the household.

walls of the house. 10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar-trees 7 And the house, when it was in buildand fir-trees according to all his desire. ing, was built of stone made ready before

11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty it was brought thither: so that there was thousand measures of wheat for food io neither bammer nor axe, nor any tool of his household, and twenty measures of iron heard in the house, while it was in pure oil : thus gave Solomon to Hiram building. year by year.

8 The door for the middle chamber was 12 Ånd the LORD gave Solomon wis- in the right side of the house : and they dom, as he promised him: and there was went up with winding stairs into the midpeace between Hiram and Solomon; and die chamber, and out of the middle into they two made a league together. the third. 13 | And king Soloman raised a levy! 9 So he built the house, and finished it. God's promise unto it.


The adorning of and covered the house with beams and of the one touched the one wall, and the boards of cedar.

wing of the other cherub touched the other 10 And then he built chambers against wall; and their wings touched one another all the house, five cubits high : and they in the midst of the house. rested on the house with timber of cedar. 28 And he overlaid the cherubims with

11 | And the word of the LORD came gold. to Solomon, saying,

29 And he carved all the walls of the 12 Concerning this house which thou art house round about with carved figures of in building, if thou wilt walk in my sta- cherubims, and palm-trees, and open tutes, and execute my judgments, and Powers, within and without. keep all my commandments to walk in 30 And the floor of the house he overthem; then will I perform my word with laid with gold, within and without. thee, which I spake unto David thy father: 31 | And for the entering of the oracle

13 And I will dwell among the children he made doors of olive-tree: the lintel and of Israel, and will not forsake my people side-posts were a fifth part of the wall. Israel.

32 The two doors also were of olive-tree; 14 So Solomon built the house, and and he carved upon them carvings of chefinished it.

rubims, and palm-trees, and open flowers, 15 And he built the walls of the house and overlaid them with gold, and spread within with boards of cedar, both the floor gold upon the cherubims, and upon the of the house, and the walls of the ceiling: palm-trees. and he covered them on the inside with 33 So also made he for the door of the wood, and covered the floor of the house temple, posts of olive-tree, a fourth part of with planks of fir.

the wall. 16 And be built twenty cubits on the 34 And the two doors were of fir-tree : sides of the house, both the floor and the the two leaves of the one door were foldwalls with boards of cedar: he even built ing, and the two leaves of the other door them for it within, even for the oracle, even were folding. for the most holy place.

35 And he carved thereon cherubims, 17 And the house, that is, the temple and palm-trees, and open flowers; and before it, was forty cubits long. covered them with gold, fitted upon the

18 And the cedar of the house within carved work. was carved with knops and open flowers : 36 | And he built the inner court with all was cedar; there was no stone seen. three rows of hewed stone, and a row of

19 And the oracle he prepared in the cedar beams. house within, to set there the ark of the 37 T In the fourth year was the foundacovenant of the Lord.

tion of the house of the LORD laid, in the 20 And the oracle in the forepart was/month Zif: twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits 38 And in the eleventh year, in the in breadth, and twenty cubits in che height month Bul (which is the eighth month) was thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; the house finished throughout all the parts and so covered the altar which was of cedar thereof, and according to all the fashion of

21 So Solomon overlaid the house it. So was he seven years in building it. within with pure gold: and he made a

CHAP. VII. partition by the chains of gold before the UT Solomon was building his own oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.

22 And the whole house he overlaid all his house. with gold, until he had finished all the 2 | He built also the house of the forest house : also the whole altar that was by of Lebanon; the length thereof was a the oracle he overlaid with gold. hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof

239 And within the oracle he made two fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cherubims ofolive-tree, each tencubits high. cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars,

24 And five cubits was the one wing of with cedar beams upon the pillars. the cherub, and five cubits the other wing 3 And it was covered with cedar above of the cherub: from the uttermost part of upon the beams that lay on forty-five pilthe one wing unto the uttermost part of lars, fifteen in a row. the other were ten cubits.

4 And there were windows in three rows, 25 And the other cherub was ten cubits: and light was against light in three ranks, both the cherubims were of one measure 5 And all the doors and posts were and one size.

square with the windows: and light was 26 The height of the one cherub was ten against light in three ranks. cubits, and so was it of the other cherub. 67 And he made a porch of pillars; the

27 And he set the cherubims within the length thereof was fíity cubits, and the inner house : and they stretched forth the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing porcb was before them: and the other pil.


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