Now king David was old and stricken in years; and
they covered 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 bosom, that my lord the
king may get heat. So they sought for a fair
damsel throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the
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 knew her not.
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself,
saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and
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 goodly man; and he was born after Absalom.
And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah,
and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men
that belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
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 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 brother, he called not.
Then Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of
Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son 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
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 thy handmaid, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my
throne? why then doth Adonijah reign? Behold,
while thou yet talkest there with the king, I 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; and Abishag the Shunammite was
ministering unto the king. And Bath-sheba bowed,
and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?
And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by
Jehovah thy God unto thy handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon 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 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 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 lord the king after
him. Otherwise it will come to pass, when my
lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon
shall be counted offenders.
And, lo, while she yet talked with the king,
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 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 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 are eating and drinking before him, and say, Long live 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 called. Is this thing done by my lord the
king, and thou hast not showed unto thy servants who should sit on the
throne of my lord the king after him?
Then king David answered and said, Call to me
Bath-sheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the
king. And the king sware, and said, As Jehovah
liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
verily as I sware unto thee by Jehovah, the God
of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he
shall sit upon my throne in my stead; verily so will I do this day.
Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the
earth, and did obeisance to the king, and said, Let my lord king David
live for ever.
And king David said, Call to me Zadok the
priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they
came before the king. And the king said unto
them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to
ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:
and let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet
anoint him there king over Israel; and blow ye the trumpet, and say,
Long live king Solomon. Then ye shall
come up after him, and he shall come and sit upon my throne; for he shall
be king in my stead; and I have appointed him to be prince over Israel and
over Judah. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada
answered the king, and said, Amen: Jehovah, the God of my lord the king,
say so too. As Jehovah hath been with my
lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater
than the throne of my lord king David.
So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, went
down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him
to Gihon. And Zadok the priest took the horn of
oil out of the Tent, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and
all the people said, Long live king Solomon.
And all the people came up after him, and the
people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth
rent with the sound of them.
And Adonijah and all the guests that were with
him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the
sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being
in an uproar? While he yet spake, behold,
Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said, Come in;
for thou art a worthy man, and bringest good tidings.
And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah,
Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king:
and the king hath sent with him Zadok the
priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the
Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they have caused him to ride upon the
king's mule; and Zadok the priest and Nathan the
prophet have anointed him king in Gihon; and they are come up from thence
rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have
heard. And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of
the kingdom. And moreover the king's servants
came to bless our lord king David, saying, Thy God make the name of
Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne:
and the king bowed himself upon the bed. And
also thus said the king, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who hath
given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.
And all the guests of Adonijah were afraid, and
rose up, and went every man his way. And
Adonijah feared because of Solomon; and he arose, and went, and caught
hold on the horns of the altar. And it was told
Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon; for, lo, he hath
laid hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto
me first that he will not slay his servant with the sword.
And Solomon said, If he shall show himself a
worthy man, there shall not a hair of him fall to the earth; but if
wickedness be found in him, he shall die. So
king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came
and did obeisance to king Solomon; and Solomon said unto him, Go to thy
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should
die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I am
going the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself
a man; and keep the charge of Jehovah thy God, to
walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and
his ordinances, and his testimonies, according to that which is written in
the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself. That Jehovah
may establish his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy
children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their
heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man
on the throne of Israel. Moreover thou knowest
also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did unto me, even what he did to the two
captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa
the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and
put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his
shoes that were on his feet. Do therefore
according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to Sheol in
peace. But show kindness unto the sons of
Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table;
for so they came to me when I fled from Absalom thy brother.
And, behold, there is with thee Shimei the son of
Gera, the Benjamite, of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in
the day when I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the
Jordan, and I sware to him by Jehovah, saying, I will not put thee to
death with the sword. Now therefore hold him not
guiltless, for thou art a wise man; and thou wilt know what thou oughtest
to do unto him, and thou will bring his hoar head down to Sheol with
And David slept with his fathers, and was buried
in the city of David. And the days that David
reigned over Israel were forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron,
and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.
And Solomon sat upon the throne of David his
father; and his kingdom was established greatly.
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to
Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And
he said, Peaceably. He said moreover, I have
somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.
And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was
mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign:
howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's; for it
was his from Jehovah. And now I ask one petition
of thee; deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.
And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon
the king (for he will not say thee nay), that he give me Abishag the
Shunammite to wife. And Bath-sheba said, Well; I
will speak for thee unto the king.
Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to
speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed
himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a throne to be
set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.
Then she said, I ask one small petition of thee;
deny me not. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother; for I will not
deny thee. And she said, Let Abishag the
Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.
And king Solomon answered and said unto his
mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for
him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for
Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
Then king Solomon sware by Jehovah, saying, God
do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah hath not spoken this word against
his own life. Now therefore as Jehovah liveth,
who hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and
who hath made me a house, as he promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to
death this day. And king Solomon sent by Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him, so that he died.
And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get
thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but
I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of
the Lord Jehovah before David my father, and because thou wast afflicted
in all wherein my father was afflicted. So
Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto Jehovah, that he might
fulfil the word of Jehovah, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in
And the tidings came to Joab; for Joab had
turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled
unto the Tent of Jehovah, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
And it was told king Solomon, Joab is fled unto
the Tent of Jehovah, and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
And Benaiah came to the Tent of Jehovah, and
said unto him, Thus says the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I
will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said
Joab, and thus he answered me. And the king said
unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou
mayest take away the blood, which Joab shed without cause, from me and
from my father's house. And Jehovah will return
his blood upon his own head, because he fell upon two men more righteous
and better than he, and slew them with the sword, and my father David knew
it not, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of
Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
So shall their blood return upon the head of
Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but unto David, and unto his
seed, and unto his house, and unto his throne, shall there be peace for
ever from Jehovah. Then Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him; and he was buried in
his own house in the wilderness. And the king
put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host; and Zadok the
priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and
said unto him, Build thee a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go
not forth thence any whither. For on the day
thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, know thou for certain
that thou will surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is
good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei
dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
And it came to pass at the end of three years,
that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish, son of Maacah,
king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants are in
Gath. And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and
went to Gath to Achish, to seek his servants; and Shimei went, and brought
his servants from Gath. And it was told Solomon
that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and
said unto him, Did I not adjure thee by Jehovah, and protest unto thee,
saying, Know for certain, that on the day thou goest out, and walkest
abroad any whither, thou will surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The
saying that I have heard is good. Why then hast
thou not kept the oath of Jehovah, and the commandment that I have charged
thee with? The king said moreover to Shimei,
Thou knowest all the wickedness which thy heart is privy to, that thou
didst to David my father: therefore Jehovah shall return thy wickedness
upon thine own head. But king Solomon shall be
blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before Jehovah for
ever. So the king commanded Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada; and he went out, and fell upon him, so that he died. And the
kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of
Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of
David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house
of Jehovah, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
Only the people sacrificed in the high places,
because there was no house built for the name of Jehovah until those days.
And Solomon loved Jehovah, walking in the
statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there;
for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt-offerings did Solomon
offer upon that altar. In Gibeon Jehovah appeared
to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy
servant David my father great lovingkindness, according as he walked
before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart
with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great lovingkindness, that thou
hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
And now, O Jehovah my God, thou hast made thy
servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child; I
know not how to go out or come in. And thy
servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great
people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Give thy servant therefore an understanding heart
to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is
able to judge this thy great people?
And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon
had asked this thing. And God said unto him,
Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long
life, neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of
thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern
justice; behold, I have done according to thy
word: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that
there hath been none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any
arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee
that which thou hast not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall
not be any among the kings like unto thee, all thy days.
And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my
statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
lengthen thy days. And Solomon awoke; and,
behold, it was a dream: and he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark
of the covenant of Jehovah, and offered up burnt-offerings, and offered
peace-offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
Then there came two women that were harlots,
unto the king, and stood before him. And the one
woman said, Oh, my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was
delivered of a child with her in the house. And
it came to pass the third day after I was delivered, that this woman was
delivered also; and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the
house, save we two in the house. And this
woman's child died in the night, because she lay upon it.
And she arose at midnight, and took my son from
beside me, while thy handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid
her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in
the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead; but when I had
looked at it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, whom I did bear.
And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is
my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy
son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
Then said the king, The one says, This is my
son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other says, Nay; but
thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
And the king said, Fetch me a sword. And they
brought a sword before the king. And the king
said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half
to the other. Then spake the woman whose the
living child was unto the king, for her heart yearned over her son, and
she said, Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it.
But the other said, It shall be neither mine nor thine; divide it.
Then the king answered and said, Give her the
living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the
king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of
God was in him, to do justice.
And king Solomon was king over all Israel.
And these were the princes whom he had: Azariah
the son of Zadok, the priest; Elihoreph and
Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the
recorder; and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was
over the host; and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;
and Azariah the son of Nathan was over the
officers; and Zabud the son of Nathan was chief minister, and the
king's friend; and Ahishar was over the
household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the men subject to
And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel,
who provided victuals for the king and his household: each man had to make
provision for a month in the year. And these are
their names: Ben-hur, in the hill-country of Ephraim;
Ben-deker, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and
Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan; Ben-hesed, in
Arubboth (to him pertained Socoh, and all the land of Hepher);
Ben-abinadab, in all the height of Dor (he had
Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife); Baana
the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is
beside Zarethan, beneath Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, as far
as beyond Jokmeam; Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead
(to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are
in Gilead; even to him pertained the region of Argob, which
is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brazen bars);
Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;
Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath the
daughter of Solomon to wife); Baana the son of
Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth; Jehoshaphat the
son of Paruah, in Issachar; Shimei the son of
Ela, in Benjamin; Geber the son of Uri, in the
land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king
of Bashan; and he was the only officer that was in the land.
Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is
by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry.
And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the
River unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they
brought tribute, and served Solomon all the days of his life.
And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty
measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the
pastures, and a hundred sheep, besides harts, and gazelles, and roebucks,
and fatted fowl. For he had dominion over all
the region on this side the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over
all the kings on this side the River: and he had peace on all sides round
about him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely,
every man under his vine and under his fig-tree, from Dan even to
Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. And Solomon
had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen. And those officers provided victuals
for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every
man in his month; they let nothing be lacking.
Barley also and straw for the horses and swift
steeds brought they unto the place where the officers were, every
man according to his charge.
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding
exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the
sea-shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the
wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the
Ezrahite, and Heman, and Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his
fame was in all the nations round about. And he
spake three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five.
And he spake of trees, from the cedar that is in
Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall; he spake also
of beasts, and of birds, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
And there came of all peoples to hear the wisdom
of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto
Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of
his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
Thou knowest how that David my father could not
build a house for the name of Jehovah his God for the wars which were
about him on every side, until Jehovah put them under the soles of his
feet. But now Jehovah my God hath given me rest
on every side; there is neither adversary, nor evil occurrence.
And, behold, I purpose to build a house for the
name of Jehovah my God, as Jehovah spake unto David my father, saying, Thy
son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build the house
for my name. Now therefore command thou that they
cut me cedar-trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy
servants; and I will give thee hire for thy servants according to all that
thou will say: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that
knoweth how to cut timber like unto the Sidonians.
And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words
of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be Jehovah this
day, who hath given unto David a wise son over this great people.
And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have heard
the message which thou hast sent unto me: I will do all thy desire
concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.
My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon
unto the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea unto the place
that thou will appoint me, and will cause them to be broken up there, and
thou will receive them; and thou will accomplish my desire, in giving
food for my household. So Hiram gave Solomon
timber of cedar and timber of fir according to all his desire.
And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures
of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus
gave Solomon to Hiram year by year. And Jehovah
gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram
and Solomon; and they two made a league together.
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all
Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.
And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a
month by courses; a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home;
and Adoniram was over the men subject to taskwork.
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that
bare burdens, and fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains;
besides Solomon's chief officers that were over
the work, three thousand and three hundred, who bare rule over the people
that wrought in the work. And the king
commanded, and they hewed out great stones, costly stones, to lay the
foundation of the house with wrought stone. And
Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders and the Gebalites did fashion
them, and prepared the timber and the stones to build the house.
And it came to pass in the four hundred and
eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of
Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month
Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of
Jehovah. And the house which king Solomon built
for Jehovah, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth
thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
And the porch before the temple of the house,
twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the
house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
And for the house he made windows of fixed
lattice-work. And against the wall of the house
he built stories round about, against the walls of the house round about,
both of the temple and of the oracle; and he made side-chambers round
about. The nethermost story was five cubits
broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits
broad; for on the outside he made offsets in the wall of the house
round about, that the beams should not have hold in the walls of
the house. And the house, when it was in
building, was built of stone made ready at the quarry; and there was
neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it
was in building. The door for the middle
side-chambers was in the right side of the house: and they went up by
winding stairs into the middle story, and out of the middle into
the third. So he built the house, and finished
it; and he covered the house with beams and planks of cedar.
And he built the stories against all the house,
each five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
And the word of Jehovah came to Solomon, saying,
Concerning this house which thou art building,
if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute mine ordinances, and keep
all my commandments to walk in them; then will I establish my word with
thee, which I spake unto David thy father. And I
will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people
So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
And he built the walls of the house within with
boards of cedar: from the floor of the house unto the walls of the
ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood; and he covered the floor
of the house with boards of fir. And he built
twenty cubits on the hinder part of the house with boards of cedar from
the floor unto the walls of the ceiling: he built them for
it within, for an oracle, even for the most holy place.
And the house, that is, the temple before the
oracle, was forty cubits long. And
there was cedar on the house within, carved with knops and open flowers:
all was cedar; there was no stone seen. And he
prepared an oracle in the midst of the house within, to set there the ark
of the covenant of Jehovah. And within the
oracle was a space of twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in
breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof; and he overlaid it with
pure gold: and he covered the altar with cedar.
So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure
gold: and he drew chains of gold across before the oracle; and he overlaid
it with gold. And the whole house he overlaid
with gold, until all the house was finished: also the whole altar that
belonged to the oracle he overlaid with gold.
And in the oracle he made two cherubim of
olive-wood, each ten cubits high. And five
cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of
the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost
part of the other were ten cubits. And the other
cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubim were of one measure and one form.
The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and
so was it of the other cherub. And he set the
cherubim within the inner house; and the wings of the cherubim were
stretched forth, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the
wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched
one another in the midst of the house. And he
overlaid the cherubim with gold.
And he carved all the walls of the house round
about with carved figures of cherubim and palm-trees and open flowers,
within and without. And the floor of the house
he overlaid with gold, within and without. And
for the entrance of the oracle he made doors of olive-wood: the lintel
and door-posts were a fifth part of the wall.
So he made two doors of olive-wood; and
he carved upon them carvings of cherubim and palm-trees and open flowers,
and overlaid them with gold; and he spread the gold upon the cherubim, and
upon the palm-trees. So also made he for the
entrance of the temple door-posts of olive-wood, out of a fourth part
of the wall; and two doors of fir-wood:
the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the
other door were folding. And he carved
thereon cherubim and palm-trees and open flowers; and he overlaid
them with gold fitted upon the graven work. And
he built the inner court with three courses of hewn stone, and a course of
In the fourth year was the foundation of the
house of Jehovah laid, in the month Ziv. And in
the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the
house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the
fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.
And Solomon was building his own house thirteen
years, and he finished all his house. For he
built the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was a hundred
cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof
thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the
pillars. And it was covered with cedar above over
the forty and five beams, that were upon the pillars; fifteen in a row.
And there were beams in three rows, and window
was over against window in three ranks. And all
the doors and posts were made square with beams: and window was over
against window in three ranks. And he made the
porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth
thereof thirty cubits; and a porch before them; and pillars and a
threshold before them. And he made the porch of
the throne where he was to judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was
covered with cedar from floor to floor. And his
house where he was to dwell, the other court within the porch, was of the
like work. He made also a house for Pharaoh's daughter (whom Solomon had
taken to wife), like unto this porch.
All these were of costly stones, even of hewn
stone, according to measure, sawed with saws, within and without, even
from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside unto the great
court. And the foundation was of costly stones,
even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
And above were costly stones, even hewn stone,
according to measure, and cedar-wood. And the
great court round about had three courses of hewn stone, and a course of
cedar beams; like as the inner court of the house of Jehovah, and the
porch of the house.
And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of
Tyre. He was the son of a widow of the tribe of
Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; and he was
filled with wisdom and understanding and skill, to work all works in
brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
For he fashioned the two pillars of brass,
eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits compassed either
of them about. And he made two capitals of
molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one
capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five
cubits. There were nets of checker-work, and
wreaths of chain-work, for the capitals which were upon the top of the
pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital.
So he made the pillars; and there were two rows
round about upon the one network, to cover the capitals that were upon the
top of the pillars: and so did he for the other capital.
And the capitals that were upon the top of the
pillars in the porch were of lily-work, four cubits.
And there were capitals above also upon the two
pillars, close by the belly which was beside the network: and the
pomegranates were two hundred, in rows round about upon the other capital.
And he set up the pillars at the porch of the
temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof
Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
And upon the top of the pillars was lily-work:
so was the work of the pillars finished.
And he made the molten sea of ten cubits from
brim to brim, round in compass, and the height thereof was five cubits;
and a line of thirty cubits compassed it round about.
And under the brim of it round about there were
knops which did compass it, for ten cubits, compassing the sea round
about: the knops were in two rows, cast when it was cast.
It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward
the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the
south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set upon them
above, and all their hinder parts were inward.
And it was a handbreadth thick: and the brim
thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it
held two thousand baths.
And he made the ten bases of brass; four cubits
was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three
cubits the height of it. And the work of the
bases was on this manner: they had panels; and there were panels between
the ledges; and on the panels that were between
the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the ledges there was a
pedestal above; and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging
work. And every base had four brazen wheels, and
axles of brass; and the four feet thereof had undersetters: beneath the
laver were the undersetters molten, with wreaths at the side of each.
And the mouth of it within the capital and above
was a cubit: and the mouth thereof was round after the work of a pedestal,
a cubit and a half; and also upon the mouth of it were gravings, and their
panels were foursquare, not round. And the four
wheels were underneath the panels; and the axletrees of the wheels were in
the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.
And the work of the wheels was like the work of
a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their felloes, and their spokes, and
their naves, were all molten. And there were
four undersetters at the four corners of each base: the undersetters
thereof were of the base itself. And in the top
of the base was there a round compass half a cubit high; and on the top of
the base the stays thereof and the panels thereof were of the same.
And on the plates of the stays thereof, and on
the panels thereof, he graved cherubim, lions, and palm-trees, according
to the space of each, with wreaths round about.
After this manner he made the ten bases: all of
them had one casting, one measure, and one form.
And he made ten lavers of brass: one laver
contained forty baths; and every laver was four cubits; and upon very one
of the ten bases one laver. And he set the
bases, five on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of
the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward,
toward the south.
And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and
the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he wrought for
king Solomon in the house of Jehovah: the two
pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the
pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that
were on the top of the pillars; and the four
hundred pomegranates for the two networks; two rows of pomegranates for
each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the
pillars; and the ten bases, and the ten lavers
on the bases; and the one sea, and the twelve
oxen under the sea; and the pots, and the
shovels, and the basins: even all these vessels, which Hiram made for king
Solomon, in the house of Jehovah, were of burnished brass.
In the plain of the Jordan did the king cast
them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan.
And Solomon left all the vessels
unweighed, because they were exceeding many: the weight of the
brass could not be found out.
And Solomon made all the vessels that were in
the house of Jehovah: the golden altar, and the table whereupon the
showbread was, of gold; and the candlesticks,
five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, of pure
gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold;
and the cups, and the snuffers, and the basins,
and the spoons, and the firepans, of pure gold; and the hinges, both for
the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of
the house, to wit, of the temple, of gold.
Thus all the work that king Solomon wrought in
the house of Jehovah was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which
David his father had dedicated, even the silver, and the gold, and
the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Jehovah.
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and
all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' houses of
the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the
ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the city of David, which is Zion.
And all the men of Israel assembled themselves
unto king Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh
month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the
priests took up the ark. And they brought up the
ark of Jehovah, and the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that
were in the Tent; even these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
And king Solomon and all the congregation of
Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark,
sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be counted nor numbered for
multitude. And the priests brought in the ark of
the covenant of Jehovah unto its place, into the oracle of the house, to
the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim.
For the cherubim spread forth their wings over
the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the staves
thereof above. And the staves were so long that
the ends of the staves were seen from the holy place before the oracle;
but they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.
There was nothing in the ark save the two tables
of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when Jehovah made a covenant with
the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
And it came to pass, when the priests were come
out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of Jehovah,
so that the priests could not stand to minister
by reason of the cloud; for the glory of Jehovah filled the house of
Then spake Solomon, Jehovah hath said that he
would dwell in the thick darkness. I have surely
built thee a house of habitation, a place for thee to dwell in for ever.
And the king turned his face about, and blessed
all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood.
And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of
Israel, who spake with his mouth unto David thy father, and hath with his
hand fulfilled it, saying, Since the day that I
brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all
the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be there; but I
chose David to be over my people Israel. Now it
was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of
Jehovah, the God of Israel. But Jehovah said
unto David my father, Whereas it was in thy heart to build a house for my
name, thou didst well that it was in thy heart:
nevertheless thou will not build the house; but
thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house
for my name. And Jehovah hath established his
word that he spake; for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and
sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah promised, and have built the house
for the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel. And
there have I set a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of Jehovah,
which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of
And Solomon stood before the altar of Jehovah in
the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands
toward heaven; and he said, O Jehovah, the God
of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth
beneath; who keepest covenant and lovingkindness with thy servants, that
walk before thee with all their heart; who hast
kept with thy servant David my father that which thou didst promise him:
yea, thou spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thy hand, as
it is this day. Now therefore, O Jehovah, the
God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast
promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit
on the throne of Israel, if only thy children take heed to their way, to
walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
Now therefore, O God of Israel, let thy word, I
pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my
But will God in very deed dwell on the earth?
behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much
less this house that I have builded! Yet have
thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O
Jehovah my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer which thy
servant prayeth before thee this day; that thine
eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place
whereof thou hast said, My name shall be there; to hearken unto the prayer
which thy servant shall pray toward this place.
And hearken thou to the supplication of thy
servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place:
yea, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place; and when thou hearest,
If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath
be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and he come and swear
before thine altar in this house; then hear thou
in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring
his way upon his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him
according to his righteousness.
When thy people Israel are smitten down before
the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; if they turn again to
thee, and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication unto thee in
this house: then hear thou in heaven, and
forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land
which thou gavest unto their fathers.
When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain,
because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and
confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them:
then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of
thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou teachest them the good
way wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast
given to thy people for an inheritance.
If there be in the land famine, if there be
pestilence, if there be blasting or mildew, locust or
caterpillar; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities;
whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
what prayer and supplication soever be made by
any man, or by all thy people Israel, who shall know every man the
plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and
forgive, and do, and render unto every man according to all his ways,
whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of
all the children of men;) that they may fear
thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our
Moreover concerning the foreigner, that is not
of thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for thy
name's sake (for they shall hear of thy great
name, and of thy mighty hand, and of thine outstretched arm); when he
shall come and pray toward this house; hear thou
in heaven thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the foreigner
calleth to thee for; that all the peoples of the earth may know thy name,
to fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and that they may know that this
house which I have built is called by my name.
If thy people go out to battle against their
enemy, by whatsoever way thou will send them, and they pray unto Jehovah
toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have
built for thy name; then hear thou in heaven
their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
If they sin against thee (for there is no man
that sinneth not), and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the
enemy, so that they carry them away captive unto the land of the enemy,
far off or near; yet if they shall bethink
themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn again,
and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them
captive, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have dealt
wickedly; if they return unto thee with all
their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who
carried them captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou
gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house
which I have built for thy name: then hear thou
their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling-place, and
maintain their cause; and forgive thy people who
have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have
transgressed against thee; and give them compassion before those who
carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them
(for they are thy people, and thine inheritance,
which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of
iron); that thine eyes may be open unto the
supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people
Israel, to hearken unto them whensoever they cry unto thee.
For thou didst separate them from among all the
peoples of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by Moses
thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord Jehovah.
And it was so, that, when Solomon had made an
end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto Jehovah, he arose
from before the altar of Jehovah, from kneeling on his knees with his
hands spread forth toward heaven. And he stood,
and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
Blessed be Jehovah, that hath given rest unto
his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not
failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by Moses his
servant. Jehovah our God be with us, as he was
with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us;
that he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk
in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his
ordinances, which he commanded our fathers. And
let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before Jehovah, be
nigh unto Jehovah our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his
servant, and the cause of his people Israel, as every day shall require;
that all the peoples of the earth may know that
Jehovah, he is God; there is none else. Let your
heart therefore be perfect with Jehovah our God, to walk in his statutes,
and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
And the king, and all Israel with him, offered
sacrifice before Jehovah. And Solomon offered
for the sacrifice of peace-offerings, which he offered unto Jehovah, two
and twenty thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the
king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of Jehovah.
The same day did the king hallow the middle of
the court that was before the house of Jehovah; for there he offered the
burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat of the peace-offerings,
because the brazen altar that was before Jehovah was too little to receive
the burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat of the
peace-offerings. So Solomon held the feast at
that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly, from the entrance of
Hamath unto the brook of Egypt, before Jehovah our God, seven days and
seven days, even fourteen days. On the eighth
day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went unto
their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that Jehovah had
showed unto David his servant, and to Israel his people.
And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished
the building of the house of Jehovah, and the king's house, and all
Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do, that
Jehovah appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him
at Gibeon. And Jehovah said unto him, I have
heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I
have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for
ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.
And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as
David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do
according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and
mine ordinances; then I will establish the throne
of thy kingdom over Israel for ever, according as I promised to David thy
father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.
But if ye shall turn away from following me, ye
or your children, and not keep my commandments and my statutes which I
have set before you, but shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
then will I cut off Israel out of the land which
I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will
I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among
all peoples. And though this house is so high,
yet shall every one that passeth by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and
they shall say, Why hath Jehovah done thus unto this land, and to this
house? and they shall answer, Because they
forsook Jehovah their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land
of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served
them: therefore hath Jehovah brought all this evil upon them.
And it came to pass at the end of twenty years,
wherein Solomon had built the two houses, the house of Jehovah and the
king's house (now Hiram the king of Tyre had
furnished Solomon with cedar-trees and fir-trees, and with gold, according
to all his desire), that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the
land of Galilee. And Hiram came out from Tyre to
see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not.
And he said, What cities are these which thou
hast given me, my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this
day. And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents
And this is the reason of the levy which king
Solomon raised, to build the house of Jehovah, and his own house, and
Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.
Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken
Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the
city, and given it for a portion unto his daughter, Solomon's wife.
And Solomon built Gezer, and Beth-horon the
nether, and Baalath, and Tamar in the
wilderness, in the land, and all the
store-cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his chariots, and the
cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build for his
pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his
dominion. As for all the people that were left
of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the
Jebusites, who were not of the children of Israel;
their children that were left after them in the
land, whom the children of Israel were not able utterly to destroy, of
them did Solomon raise a levy of bondservants unto this day.
But of the children of Israel did Solomon make
no bondservants; but they were the men of war, and his servants, and his
princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots and of his horsemen.
These were the chief officers that were over
Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, who bare rule over the people that
wrought in the work.
But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city
of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did
he build Millo.
And three times a year did Solomon offer
burnt-offerings and peace-offerings upon the altar which he built unto
Jehovah, burning incense therewith, upon the altar that was before
Jehovah. So he finished the house.
And king Solomon made a navy of ships in
Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the
land of Edom. And Hiram sent in the navy his
servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of
Solomon. And they came to Ophir, and fetched
from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of
Solomon concerning the name of Jehovah, she came to prove him with hard
questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very
great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and
precious stones; and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him
of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told
her all her questions: there was not anything hid from the king which he
told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had
seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,
and the food of his table, and the sitting of
his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and
his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of
Jehovah; there was no more spirit in her. And
she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land
of thine acts, and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I
believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and,
behold, the half was not told me; thy wisdom and prosperity exceed the
fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are
these thy servants, that stand continually before thee, and that
hear thy wisdom. Blessed be Jehovah thy God, who
delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because Jehovah
loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do justice and
righteousness. And she gave the king a hundred
and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious
stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the
queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold
from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug-trees and precious
stones. And the king made of the almug-trees
pillars for the house of Jehovah, and for the king's house, harps also and
psalteries for the singers: there came no such almug-trees, nor were seen,
unto this day.
And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all
her desire, whatsoever she asked, besides that which Solomon gave her of
his royal bounty. So she turned, and went to her own land, she and her
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in
one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
besides that which the traders
brought, and the traffic of the merchants, and of all the kings of
the mingled people, and of the governors of the country.
And king Solomon made two hundred bucklers of
beaten gold; six hundred shekels of gold went to one buckler.
And he made three hundred shields of
beaten gold; three pounds of gold went to one shield: and the king put
them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory,
and overlaid it with the 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. 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 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 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 peacocks.
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the
earth in riches and in wisdom. And all the
earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had
put in his heart. And they brought every man
his tribute, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, and
armor, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.
And Solomon gathered together chariots and
horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve
thousand horsemen, that he bestowed in the chariot cities, and 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 abundance. And the
horses which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt; and the king's
merchants received them in droves, each drove at a price.
And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for
six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred 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.
Now king Solomon loved many foreign women,
together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; of the
nations concerning which Jehovah 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 heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these
in love. And he had seven hundred wives,
princesses, and three hundred concubines; and 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 Jehovah his God, as was the heart of David his
father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the
goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the
Ammonites. And Solomon did that which was evil
in the sight of Jehovah, and went not fully after Jehovah, as did David
his father. Then did Solomon build a high place
for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, in the mount that is before
Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children of Ammon.
And so did he for all his foreign wives, who
burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
And Jehovah was angry with Solomon, because his
heart was turned away from Jehovah, the God of Israel, who had appeared
unto him twice, and had commanded him
concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept
not that which Jehovah commanded. Wherefore
Jehovah 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.
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. 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 Jehovah raised up an adversary unto
Solomon, Hadad the 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 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 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 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, who gave him a house, and appointed him
victuals, and gave him land. And Hadad found
great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the
sister of his own 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 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 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 only
let me depart.
And God raised up another adversary unto
him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who 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, and reigned in Damascus.
And he was an adversary to Israel all the days
of Solomon, besides the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred
Israel, and reigned over Syria.
And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of
Zeredah, a servant of Solomon, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow, he
also lifted up his hand against the king. And
this was the reason why he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon
built Millo, and repaired the breach of the city of David his father.
And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor;
and Solomon saw the young man that he was industrious, and he gave him
charge over all the labor 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 garment; and they
two were alone in the field. And Ahijah laid
hold 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 says Jehovah, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom
out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee
(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); because that they
have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the
Sidonians, 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 mine ordinances, 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, who kept my
commandments and my statutes; but I will take
the kingdom out of his son's hand, 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 Jerusalem, the
city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
And I will take thee, and thou will reign
according to all that thy soul desireth, and will be king over Israel.
And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all
that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that which is right
in mine eyes, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant
did; that I will be with thee, and will build thee a sure house, as I
built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
And I will for this afflict the seed of David,
but not for ever. Solomon sought therefore to
kill Jeroboam; but Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king
of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.
Now 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? And the time that Solomon reigned
in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.
And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was
buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel
were come to Shechem to make him king. And it
came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was yet
in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of king Solomon, and
Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt, and they sent and
called him), that Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came, and spake
unto Rehoboam, saying, 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.
And he said unto them, Depart yet for three
days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men,
that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What
counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
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.
But he forsook the counsel of the old men which
they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up
with him, that stood before him. And he said
unto them, What counsel give ye, that we may return answer to this people,
who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy father did put upon
us lighter? And the young men that were grown
up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus will thou say unto this people
that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make
thou it lighter unto us; thus will thou speak unto them, My little finger
is thicker than my father's loins. And now
whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke:
my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam
the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come to me again the third day.
And the king answered the people roughly, and
forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him,
and spake to them after the counsel of the
young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your
yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
scorpions. So the king hearkened not unto the
people; for it was a thing brought about of Jehovah, that he might
establish his word, which Jehovah spake by Ahijah the Shilonite to
Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
And when all Israel saw that the king hearkened
not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we
in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents,
O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their
tents. But as for the children of Israel that
dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over
the men subject to taskwork; and all Israel stoned him to death with
stones. And king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee
to Jerusalem. So Israel rebelled against the
house of David unto this day. And it came to
pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was returned, that they sent and
called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there
was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he
assembled all the house of Judah, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and
fourscore thousand chosen men, that were warriors, to fight against the
house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of
Solomon. But the word of God came unto Shemaiah
the man of God, saying, Speak unto Rehoboam the
son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and
Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying,
Thus says Jehovah, Ye shall not go up, nor
fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to
his house; for this thing is of me. So they hearkened unto the word of
Jehovah, and returned and went their way, according to the word of Jehovah.
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill-country
of Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and he went out from thence, and built
Penuel. And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now
will the kingdom return to the house of David:
if this people go up to offer sacrifices in the
house of Jehovah at Jerusalem, then will the heart of this people turn
again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will
kill me, and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.
Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two
calves of gold; and he said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to
Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the
land of Egypt. And he set the one in Beth-el,
and the other put he in Dan. And this thing
became a sin; for the people went to worship before the one, even
unto Dan. And he made houses of high places,
and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of
Levi. And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the
eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that
is in Judah, and he went up unto the altar; so did he in Beth-el,
sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the
priests of the high places that he had made.
And he went up unto the altar which he had made
in Beth-el on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month
which he had devised of his own heart: and he ordained a feast for the
children of Israel, and went up unto the altar, to burn incense.
And, behold, there came a man of God out of
Judah by the word of Jehovah unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam was standing by
the altar to burn incense. And he cried against
the altar by the word of Jehovah, and said, O altar, altar, thus says
Jehovah: Behold, a son shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by
name; and upon thee shall he sacrifice the priests of the high places that
burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall they burn upon thee.
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is
the sign which Jehovah hath spoken: Behold, the altar shall be rent, and
the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
And it came to pass, when the king heard the
saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar in Beth-el,
that Jeroboam put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him.
And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could
not draw it back again to him. The altar also
was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign
which the man of God had given by the word of Jehovah.
And the king answered and said unto the man of
God, Entreat now the favor of Jehovah thy God, and pray for me, that my
hand may be restored me again. And the man of God entreated Jehovah, and
the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.
And the king said unto the man of God, Come home
with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
And the man of God said unto the king, If thou
wilt give me half thy house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I
eat bread nor drink water in this place; for so
was it charged me by the word of Jehovah, saying, Thou will eat no bread,
nor drink water, neither return by the way that thou camest.
So he went another way, and returned not by the
way that he came to Beth-el.
Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth-el; and
one of his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had
done that day in Beth-el: the words which he had spoken unto the king,
them also they told unto their father. And
their father said unto them, What way went he? Now his sons had seen what
way the man of God went, that came from Judah.
And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass.
So they saddled him the ass; and he rode thereon.
And he went after the man of God, and found him
sitting under an oak; and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that
camest from Judah? And he said, I am. Then he
said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go
in with thee; neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this
place: for it was said to me by the word of
Jehovah, Thou will eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to
go by the way that thou camest. And he said
unto him, I also am a prophet as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by
the word of Jehovah, saying, Bring him back with thee into thy house, that
he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.
So he went back with him, and did eat bread in
his house, and drank water.
And it came to pass, as they sat at the table,
that the word of Jehovah came unto the prophet that brought him back;
and he cried unto the man of God that came from
Judah, saying, Thus says Jehovah, Forasmuch as thou hast been disobedient
unto the mouth of Jehovah, and hast not kept the commandment which Jehovah
thy God commanded thee, but camest back, and
hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which he said to thee,
Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy body shall not come unto the
sepulchre of thy fathers. And it came to pass,
after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him
the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.
And when he was gone, a lion met him by the
way, and slew him: and his body was cast in the way, and the ass stood by
it; the lion also stood by the body. And,
behold, men passed by, and saw the body cast in the way, and the lion
standing by the body; and they came and told it in the city where the old
And when the prophet that brought him back from
the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient
unto the mouth of Jehovah: therefore Jehovah hath delivered him unto the
lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of
Jehovah, which he spake unto him. And he spake
to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled it.
And he went and found his body cast in the way,
and the ass and the lion standing by the body: the lion had not eaten the
body, nor torn the ass. And the prophet took up
the body of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back;
and he came to the city of the old prophet, to mourn, and to bury him.
And he laid his body in his own grave; and they
mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
And it came to pass, after he had buried him,
that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the
sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.
For the saying which he cried by the word of
Jehovah against the altar in Beth-el, and against all the houses of the
high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.
After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his
evil way, but made again from among all the people priests of the high
places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, that there might be priests
of the high places. And this thing became sin
unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off
the face of the earth.
At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell
sick. And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I
pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of
Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, who
spake concerning me that I should be king over this people.
And take with thee ten loaves, and cakes, and a
cruse of honey, and go to him: he will tell thee what shall become of the
child. And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose,
and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not
see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.
And Jehovah said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife
of Jeroboam cometh to inquire of thee concerning her son; for he is sick:
thus and thus will thou say unto her; for it will be, when she cometh in,
that she will feign herself to be another woman.
And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of
her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of
Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee
with heavy tidings. Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus
says Jehovah, the God of Israel: Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among
the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,
and rent the kingdom away from the house of
David, and gave it thee; and yet thou hast not been as my servant David,
who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do
that only which was right in mine eyes, but hast
done evil above all that were before thee, and hast gone and made thee
other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me
behind thy back: therefore, behold, I will
bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam
every man-child, him that is shut up and him that is left at large in
Israel, and will utterly sweep away the house of Jeroboam, as a man
sweepeth away dung, till it be all gone. Him
that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth
in the field shall the birds of the heavens eat: for Jehovah hath spoken
it. Arise thou therefore, get thee to thy
house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury
him; for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there
is found some good thing toward Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the house
of Jeroboam. Moreover Jehovah will raise him up
a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but
what? even now. For Jehovah will smite Israel,
as a reed is shaken in the water; and he will root up Israel out of this
good land which he gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the
River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking Jehovah to anger.
And he will give Israel up because of the sins
of Jeroboam, which he hath sinned, and wherewith he hath made Israel to
And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and
came to Tirzah: and as she came to the threshold of the house, the
child died. And all Israel buried him, and
mourned for him, according to the word of Jehovah, which he spake by his
servant Ahijah the prophet.
And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he
warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel. And the days
which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his
fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.
And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in
Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which Jehovah had chosen
out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there: and his mother's
name was Naamah the Ammonitess. And Judah did
that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and they provoked him to
jealousy with their sins which they committed, above all that their
fathers had done. For they also built them high
places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every
green tree; and there were also sodomites in
the land: they did according to all the abominations of the nations which
Jehovah drove out before the children of Israel.
And it came to pass in the fifth year of king
Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem;
and he took away the treasures of the house of
Jehovah, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and
he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
And king Rehoboam made in their stead shields
of brass, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard,
who kept the door of the king's house. And it
was so, that, as oft as the king went into the house of Jehovah, the guard
bare them, and brought them back into the guard-chamber.
Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all
that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Judah? And there was war between
Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. And Rehoboam
slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of
David: and his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. And Abijam his son
reigned in his stead.
Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the
son of Nebat began Abijam to reign over Judah.
Three years reigned he in Jerusalem: and his
mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
And he walked in all the sins of his father,
which he had done before him; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah
his God, as the heart of David his father.
Nevertheless for David's sake did Jehovah his
God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to
establish Jerusalem; because David did that
which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and turned not aside from anything
that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of
Uriah the Hittite. Now there was war between
Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.
And the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that
he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they
buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of
Israel began Asa to reign over Judah. And forty
and one years reigned he in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Maacah
the daughter of Abishalom. And Asa did that
which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, as did David his father.
And he put away the sodomites out of the land,
and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
And also Maacah his mother he removed from
being queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and
Asa cut down her image, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
But the high places were not taken away:
nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect with Jehovah all his days.
And he brought into the house of Jehovah the
things that his father had dedicated, and the things that himself had
dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.
And there was war between Asa and Baasha king
of Israel all their days. And Baasha king of
Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suffer
any one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that
were left in the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of
the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants; and
king Asa sent them to Ben-hadad, the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion,
king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
There is a league between me and thee,
between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present
of silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that
he may depart from me. And Ben-hadad hearkened
unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of
Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth,
with all the land of Naphtali. And it came to
pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off building Ramah, and
dwelt in Tirzah. Then king Asa made a
proclamation unto all Judah; none was exempted: and they carried away the
stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and
king Asa built therewith Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
Now the rest of all the acts of Asa, and all
his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they
not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? But in
the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.
And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried
with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehoshaphat his son
reigned in his stead.
And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign
over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah; and he reigned over
Israel two years. And he did that which was
evil in the sight of Jehovah, and walked in the way of his father, and in
his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin. And
Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him;
and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines; for
Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon.
Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did
Baasha slay him, and reigned in his stead. And
it came to pass that, as soon as he was king, he smote all the house of
Jeroboam: he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had
destroyed him; according unto the saying of Jehovah, which he spake by his
servant Ahijah the Shilonite; for the sins of
Jeroboam which he sinned, and wherewith he made Israel to sin, because of
his provocation wherewith he provoked Jehovah, the God of Israel, to anger.
Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that
he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Israel? And there was war between Asa and
Baasha king of Israel all their days.
In the third year of Asa king of Judah began
Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, and
reigned twenty and four years. And he did
that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and walked in the way of
Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.
And the word of Jehovah came to Jehu the son of
Hanani against Baasha, saying, Forasmuch as I
exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel,
and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people
Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
behold, I will utterly sweep away Baasha and his
house; and I will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat. Him that dieth of Baasha in the city
shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the field shall the birds
of the heavens eat.
Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he
did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of Israel? And Baasha slept with his
fathers, and was buried in Tirzah; and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
And moreover by the prophet Jehu the son of
Hanani came the word of Jehovah against Baasha, and against his house,
both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of Jehovah, to
provoke him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house
of Jeroboam, and because he smote him.
In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of
Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, and
reigned two years. And his servant Zimri,
captain of half his chariots, conspired against him. Now he was in Tirzah,
drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household in
Tirzah: and Zimri went in and smote him, and
killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and
reigned in his stead. And it came to pass, when
he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he smote all the
house of Baasha: he left him not a single man-child, neither of his
kinsfolks, nor of his friends. Thus did Zimri
destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of Jehovah, which
he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet,
for all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of
Elah his son, which they sinned, and wherewith they made Israel to sin, to
provoke Jehovah, the God of Israel, to anger with their vanities.
Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that
he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of
Judah did Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were encamped
against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
And the people that were encamped heard say,
Zimri hath conspired, and hath also smitten the king: wherefore all Israel
made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp.
And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel
with him, and they besieged Tirzah. And it came
to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the
castle of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire,
and died, for his sins which he sinned in doing
that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, in walking in the way of
Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his
treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel?
Then were the people of Israel divided into two
parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him
king; and half followed Omri. But the people
that followed Omri prevailed against the people that followed Tibni the
son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri reigned.
In the thirty and first year of Asa king of
Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, and reigned twelve years:
six years reigned he in Tirzah. And he bought
the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the
hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of
Shemer, the owner of the hill, Samaria. And
Omri did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and dealt wickedly
above all that were before him. For he walked
in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sins wherewith he
made Israel to sin, to provoke Jehovah, the God of Israel, to anger with
their vanities. Now the rest of the acts of
Omri which he did, and his might that he showed, are they not written in
the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried
in Samaria; and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king
of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son
of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
And Ahab the son of Omri did that which was
evil in the sight of Jehovah above all that were before him.
And it came to pass, as if it had been a light
thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he
took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and
went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And
he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in
Samaria. And Ahab made the Asherah; and Ahab
did yet more to provoke Jehovah, the God of Israel, to anger than all the
kings of Israel that were before him. In his
days did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof
with the loss of Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates thereof with
the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of Jehovah,
which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the
sojourners of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As Jehovah, the God of Israel,
liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years,
but according to my word. And the word of
Jehovah came unto him, saying, Get thee hence,
and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is
before the Jordan. And it shall be, that thou
will drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee
there. So he went and did according unto the
word of Jehovah; for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is
before the Jordan. And the ravens brought him
bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he
drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a
while, that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
And the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying,
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to
Sidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain
thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath; and
when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering
sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little
water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she
was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee,
a morsel of bread in thy hand. And she said, As
Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in the
jar, and a little oil in the cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two
sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat
it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear
not; go and do as thou hast said; but make me thereof a little cake first,
and bring it forth unto me, and afterward make for thee and for thy son.
For thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, The
jar of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until
the day that Jehovah sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of
Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
The jar of meal wasted not, neither did the
cruse of oil fail, according to the word of Jehovah, which he spake by
And it came to pass after these things, that
the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his
sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do
with thee, O thou man of God? thou art come unto me to bring my sin to
remembrance, and to slay my son! And he said
unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried
him up into the chamber, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
And he cried unto Jehovah, and said, O Jehovah
my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by
slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon
the child three times, and cried unto Jehovah, and said, O Jehovah my God,
I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
And Jehovah hearkened unto the voice of Elijah;
and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
And Elijah took the child, and brought him down
out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother; and
Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman
said to Elijah, Now I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word
of Jehovah in thy mouth is truth.
And it came to pass after many days, that the
word of Jehovah came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, Go, show
thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And
the famine was sore in Samaria. And Ahab called
Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared Jehovah greatly:
for it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets
of Jehovah, that Obadiah took a hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in
a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) And
Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go through the land, unto all the fountains of
water, and unto all the brooks: peradventure we may find grass and save
the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.
So they divided the land between them to pass
throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way
And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah
met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Is it thou, my
lord Elijah? And he answered him, It is I: go,
tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
And he said, Wherein have I sinned, that thou
wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
As Jehovah thy God liveth, there is no nation
or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they
said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they
found thee not. And now thou sayest, Go, tell
thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And it
will come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of
Jehovah will carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell
Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he will slay me: but I thy servant fear
Jehovah from my youth. Was it not told my lord
what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of Jehovah, how I hid a hundred
men of Jehovah's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and
water? And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord,
Behold, Elijah is here; and he will slay me.
And Elijah said, As Jehovah of hosts liveth,
before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to-day.
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and
Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass,
when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Is it thou, thou troubler
of Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled
Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the
commandments of Jehovah, and thou hast followed the Baalim.
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel
unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and
the prophets of the Asherah four hundred, that eat at Jezebel's table.
So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel,
and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
And Elijah came near unto all the people, and
said, How long go ye limping between the two sides? if Jehovah be God,
follow him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not
a word. Then said Elijah unto the people, I,
even I only, am left a prophet of Jehovah; but Baal's prophets are four
hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give
us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut
it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under; and I will
dress the other bullock, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under.
And call ye on the name of your god, and I will
call on the name of Jehovah; and the God that answereth by fire, let him
be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal,
Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are
many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under.
And they took the bullock which was given them,
and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even
until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that
answered. And they leaped about the altar which was made.
And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked
them, and said, Cry aloud; for he is a god: either he is musing, or he is
gone aside, or he is on a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth and must be
awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut
themselves after their manner with knives and lances, till the blood
gushed out upon them. And it was so, when
midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of the offering of
the evening oblation; but there was neither voice, nor any to
answer, nor any that regarded.
And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near
unto me; and all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar
of Jehovah that was thrown down. And Elijah
took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of
Jacob, unto whom the word of Jehovah came, saying, Israel shall be thy
name. And with the stones he built an altar in
the name of Jehovah; and he made a trench about the altar, as great as
would contain two measures of seed. And he put
the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid it on the wood.
And he said, Fill four jars with water, and pour it on the burnt-offering,
and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second
time; and they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time;
and they did it the third time. And the water
ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
And it came to pass at the time of the offering
of the evening oblation, that Elijah the prophet came near, and
said, O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be
known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and
that I have done all these things at thy word.
Hear me, O Jehovah, hear me, that this people
may know that thou, Jehovah, art God, and that thou hast turned
their heart back again. Then the fire of
Jehovah fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the
stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it, they fell on
their faces: and they said, Jehovah, he is God; Jehovah, he is God.
and Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of
Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them; and Elijah brought
them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and
drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah
went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth,
and put his face between his knees. And he said
to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and
looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
And it came to pass at the seventh time, that
he said, Behold, there ariseth a cloud out of the sea, as small as a man's
hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Make ready thy chariot,
and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
And it came to pass in a little while, that the
heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And
Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel: and the hand of
Jehovah was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to
the entrance of Jezreel.
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done,
and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
Then Jezebel send a messenger unto Elijah,
saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as
the life of one of them by to-morrow about this time.
And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his
life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his
servant there. But he himself went a day's
journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper-tree:
and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough;
now, O Jehovah, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
And he lay down and slept under a juniper-tree;
and, behold, an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
And he looked, and, behold, there was at his
head a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water. And he did eat and
drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of
Jehovah came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and
eat, because the journey is too great for thee.
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in
the strength of that food forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged
there; and, behold, the word of Jehovah came to him, and he said unto him,
What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I
have been very jealous for Jehovah, the God of hosts; for the children of
Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy
prophets with the sword: and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my
life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth,
and stand upon the mount before Jehovah. And, behold, Jehovah passed by,
and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the
rocks before Jehovah; but Jehovah was not in the wind: and after the wind
an earthquake; but Jehovah was not in the earthquake:
and after the earthquake a fire; but Jehovah
was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he
wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entrance of
the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest
thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been
very jealous for Jehovah, the God of hosts; for the children of Israel
have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy
prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my
life, to take it away.
And Jehovah said unto him, Go, return on thy
way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, thou will anoint
Hazael to be king over Syria; and Jehu the son
of Nimshi will thou anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha the son of
Shaphat of Abel-meholah will thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
And it shall come to pass, that him that
escapeth from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay; and him that escapeth
from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet
will I leave me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have
not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son
of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him,
and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed over unto him, and cast his
mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran
after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother,
and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again; for what
have I done to thee? And he returned from
following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their
flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they
did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his
host together; and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses
and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and fought against it.
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel,
into the city, and said unto him, Thus says Ben-hadad,
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also
and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.
And the king of Israel answered and said, It is
according to thy saying, my lord, O king; I am thine, and all that I have.
And the messengers came again, and said, Thus
speaketh Ben-hadad, saying, I sent indeed unto thee, saying, Thou will
deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children;
but I will send my servants unto thee to-morrow
about this time, and they shall search thy house, and the houses of thy
servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they
shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
Then the king of Israel called all the elders of
the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh
mischief: for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for
my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.
And all the elders and all the people said unto
him, Hearken thou not, neither consent.
Wherefore he said unto the messengers of
Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy
servant at the first I will do; but this thing I may not do. And the
messengers departed, and brought him word again.
And Ben-hadad sent unto him, and said, The gods
do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for
handfuls for all the people that follow me. And
the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth
on his armor boast himself as he that putteth it off.
And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad
heard this message, as he was drinking, he and the kings, in the
pavilions, that he said unto his servants, Set yourselves in array.
And they set themselves in array against the city.
And, behold, a prophet came near unto Ahab king
of Israel, and said, Thus says Jehovah, Hast thou seen all this great
multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thy hand this day; and thou
will know that I am Jehovah. And Ahab said, By
whom? And he said, Thus says Jehovah, By the young men of the princes of
the provinces. Then he said, Who shall begin the battle? And he answered,
Thou. Then he mustered the young men of the
princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty-two: and
after them he mustered all the people, even all the children of Israel,
being seven thousand.
And they went out at noon. But Ben-hadad was
drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and
two kings that helped him. And the young men of
the princes of the provinces went out first; and Ben-hadad sent out, and
they told him, saying, There are men come out from Samaria.
And he said, Whether they are come out for
peace, take them alive, or whether they are come out for war, taken them
alive. So these went out of the city, the young
men of the princes of the provinces, and the army which followed them.
And they slew every one his man; and the
Syrians fled, and Israel pursued them: and Ben-hadad the king of Syria
escaped on a horse with horsemen. And the king
of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the
Syrians with a great slaughter.
And the prophet came near to the king of
Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what
thou doest; for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up
against thee. And the servants of the king of
Syria said unto him, Their god is a god of the hills; therefore they were
stronger than we: but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely
we shall be stronger than they. And do this
thing: take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains
in their room; and number thee an army, like
the army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot;
and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be
stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.
And it came to pass at the return of the year,
that Ben-hadad mustered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight
against Israel. And the children of Israel were
mustered, and were victualled, and went against them: and the children of
Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of kids; but the
Syrians filled the country. And a man of God
came near and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus says Jehovah,
Because the Syrians have said, Jehovah is a god of the hills, but he is
not a god of the valleys; therefore will I deliver all this great
multitude into thy hand, and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.
And they encamped one over against the other
seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined;
and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians a hundred thousand footmen
in one day. But the rest fled to Aphek, into
the city; and the wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand men that were
left. And Ben-hadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.
And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we
have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let
us, we pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads,
and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.
So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and
put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said,
Thy servant Ben-hadad says, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he
yet alive? he is my brother. Now the men
observed diligently, and hasted to catch whether it were his mind; and
they said, Thy brother Ben-hadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then
Ben-hadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the
chariot. And Ben-hadad said unto him,
The cities which my father took from thy father I will restore; and thou
will make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. And
I, said Ahab, will let thee go with this covenant. So he made a
covenant with him, and let him go.
And a certain man of the sons of the prophets
said unto his fellow by the word of Jehovah, Smite me, I pray thee. And
the man refused to smite him. Then said he unto
him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of Jehovah, behold, as soon as
thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was
departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.
Then he found another man, and said, Smite me,
I pray thee. And the man smote him, smiting and wounding him.
So the prophet departed, and waited for the
king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.
And as the king passed by, he cried unto the
king; and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and,
behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this
man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life,
or else thou will pay a talent of silver. And
as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of
Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
And he hasted, and took the headband away from
his eyes; and the king of israel discerned him that he was of the
prophets. And he said unto him, Thus says
Jehovah, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand the man whom I had
devoted to destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy
people for his people. And the king of Israel
went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.
And it came to pass after these things, that
Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the
palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake
unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden
of herbs, because it is near unto my house; and I will give thee for it a
better vineyard than it: or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the
worth of it in money. And Naboth said to Ahab,
Jehovah forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers
unto thee. And Ahab came into his house heavy
and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken
to him; for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my
fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and
would eat no bread.
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto
him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
And he said unto her, Because I spake unto
Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money;
or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for
it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou
now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thy heart
be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed
them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles
that were in his city, and that dwelt with Naboth.
And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a
fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
and set two men, base fellows, before him, and
let them bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst curse God and the
king. And then carry him out, and stone him to death.
And the men of his city, even the elders and
the nobles who dwelt in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them,
according as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high
among the people. And the two men, the base
fellows, came in and sat before him: and the base fellows bare witness
against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying,
Naboth did curse God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the
city, and stoned him to death with stones. Then
they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that
Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take
possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to
give thee for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that
Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth
the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
And the word of Jehovah came to Elijah the
Tishbite, saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab
king of Israel, who dwelleth in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of
Naboth, whither he is gone down to take possession of it.
And thou will speak unto him, saying, Thus
says Jehovah, Hast thou killed and also taken possession? And thou will
speak unto him, saying, Thus says Jehovah, In the place where dogs licked
the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O
mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee, because thou hast sold
thyself to do that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah.
Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will
utterly sweep thee away and will cut off from Ahab every man-child, and
him that is shut up and him that is left at large in Israel:
and I will make thy house like the house of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah
for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and hast
made Israel to sin. And of Jezebel also spake
Jehovah, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the rampart of Jezreel.
Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs
shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the birds of the heavens
eat. (But there was none like unto Ahab, who
did sell himself to do that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, whom
Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very
abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites did,
whom Jehovah cast out before the children of Israel.)
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those
words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and
fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
And the word of Jehovah came to Elijah the
Tishbite, saying, Seest thou how Ahab humbleth
himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring
the evil in his days; but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his
And they continued three years without war
between Syria and Israel. And it came to pass in
the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king
of Israel. And the king of Israel said unto his
servants, Know ye that Ramoth-gilead is ours, and we are still, and take
it not out of the hand of the king of Syria? And
he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilead?
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as
thy people, my horses as thy horses.
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel,
Inquire first, I pray thee, for the word of Jehovah.
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets
together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against
Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the
Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king.
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a
prophet of Jehovah besides, that we may inquire of him?
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat,
there is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Jehovah, Micaiah the son of
Imlah: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but
evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Then the king of Israel called an officer, and
said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.
Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king
of Judah were sitting each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, in an
open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets
were prophesying before them. And Zedekiah the
son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said, Thus says Jehovah,
With these will thou push the Syrians, until they be consumed.
And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go
up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper; for Jehovah will deliver it into the
hand of the king.
And the messenger that went to call Micaiah
spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets
declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray
thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak thou good.
And Micaiah said, As Jehovah liveth, what
Jehovah says unto me, that will I speak. And
when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go
to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go
up and prosper; and Jehovah will deliver it into the hand of the king.
And the king said unto him, How many times
shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto me nothing but the truth in the
name of Jehovah? And he said, I saw all Israel
scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and Jehovah
said, These have no master; let them return every man to his house in
peace. And the king of Israel said to
Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good
concerning me, but evil? And Micaiah
said, Therefore hear thou the word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on
his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand
and on his left. And Jehovah said, Who shall
entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on
this manner; and another said on that manner.
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before
Jehovah, and said, I will entice him. And
Jehovah said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and will
be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou
will entice him, and will prevail also: go forth, and do so.
Now therefore, behold, Jehovah hath put a lying
spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets; and Jehovah hath spoken
evil concerning thee.
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near,
and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of
Jehovah from me to speak unto thee? And Micaiah
said, Behold, thou will see on that day, when thou will go into an inner
chamber to hide thyself. And the king of Israel
said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city,
and to Joash the king's son; and say, Thus
says the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of
affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.
And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in
peace, Jehovah hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hear, ye peoples, all
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king
of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. And the king
of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and go into the
battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised
himself, and went into the battle. Now the king
of Syria had commanded the thirty and two captains of his chariots,
saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of
Israel. And it came to pass, when the captains
of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of
Israel; and they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried
out. And it came to pass, when the captains of
the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back
from pursuing him. And a certain man drew his
bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the
armor: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thy hand,
and carry me out of the host; for I am sore wounded.
And the battle increased that day: and the king
was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even; and
the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the chariot.
And there went a cry throughout the host about
the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria;
and they buried the king in Samaria. And they
washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his
blood (now the harlots washed themselves there); according unto the
word of Jehovah which he spake. Now the rest of
the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he built,
and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel? So Ahab
slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign
over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when
he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
And he walked in all the way of Asa his father;
He turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of
Jehovah: howbeit the high places were not taken away; the people still
sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and
his might that he showed, and how he warred, are they not written in the
book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
And the remnant of the sodomites, that remained
in the days of his father Asa, he put away out of the land.
And there was no king in Edom: a deputy was
king. Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go
to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at
Ezion-geber. Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab
unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But
Jehoshaphat would not. And Jehoshaphat slept
with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his
father; And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over
Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah,
and he reigned two years over Israel. And he
did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and walked in the way of
his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the
son of Nebat, wherein he made Israel to sin.
And he served Baal, and worshipped him, and
provoked to anger Jehovah, the God of Israel, according to all that his
father had done.