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578 Queen of Sheba's visit. II. CHRONICLES.

Solomon's deatir. and camels that bare spices, and gold in gold went to one shield. And the king put abundance, and precious stones: and when them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. she was come to Solomon, she communed 17 . Moreover, the king made a great with him of all that was in her heart. throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure

2 And Solomon told her all her ques. : gold. tions: and there was nothing hid from 18 And there were six steps to the Solomon which he told her pot.

throne, with a footstool of gold, which 3 And when the queen of Sheba had were fastened to the throne, and tys seen the wisdom of Soloinon, and the on each side of the sitting-place, and two bouse that he had built,

lions standing by the siuvs: 4 And the meat of his table, and the 19 And twelve lxiis stood there on the sitting of his servants, and the attendance one side and on the other upon the six of his ministers, and their apparel ; his steps. There was not the like made in cup-bearers also, and their apparel; and any kingdom. his ascent by which he went up into the 204 And ail the drinking vessels of king house of the LORD ; there was no more Solonion were of gold, and all the vessels spirit in her.

of the house of the forest of Lebanon 5 And she said to the king, It was a were of pure gold: none were of silver; true report which I heard in mine own it was not any thing accounted of in the land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: days of Solomon.

6 Howbeit, I believed not their words, 21 For the king's ships went to Taruntil I came, and mine eyes had seen it: 1 shish with the servants of Huram: every and behold, the one half of the greatness three years once came the ships of Tarof thy wisdom was not told me: fur thou shish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and exceedest the fame that I heard.

apes, and peacocks. 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are 22 And king Solomon passed all the these thy servants, which stand continu- kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. ally before thee, and hear thy wiscom. 23%Andall the kings of the earth sought

8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which the presence of Solomon, to hear his delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, wiklom, that God had put in his heart. to be king for the LORD thy God: be- 24 and they brought every man his cause thy God loved Israel, to establish present, vessels of silver, and vessels of them for ever, therefore madle he thee king | gold, and raiirent, harness, and spices, over them, to do judgment and justice. horses, and mules, a rate year by year,

9 And she gave the king an hundred 25 And Solomon had four thousanel and twenty talents of gold, and of spices stalls for horses and chariots, and twelle great abundance, and precious stones: thousand horsemen ; whom he bestowed neither was there any such spice as the in the chariot cities, and with the king at queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. Jerusalem,

10 And the servants also of Guram, and 26 ! And he reigned over all the kings the servants of Solomon, which brought from the river even unto the land of the gold from Ophir, brought algun-tites Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. and precious stones.

27 And the king made silver in Jeri11 And the king made of the algum- salem as stores, and cedar-trees made he trees terraces to the house of the Lord, as the scamore-trces that are in the low and to the king's palace, and harps and plains in abundance.. psalteries for singers: and there were none 28 And they brought unto Solomon such seen before in the land of Judah. horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

12 And king Solomon gave to the 29 9 Now the rest of the acts of Solo queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever mon, first and last, are they not written she asked, beside that which she had in the book of Nathan the prophet, and brought unto the king. So she turned, is in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and went away to her own land, she and and in the visions of Iddo the seer against her servants.

Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 13 Now the weight of gold that came 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem to Solomon in one year was six hundred over all Israel forty years. and threescore and six talents of gold; 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers,

14 Beside that alurh charmen and and he was buried in the city of David his merchants brought. And all the kings father: and Rehoboam his son reignied of Arabia and governors of the country in his stead. brought gold and silver to Solomon.

CHIP. X. 15 T And king Solomon made two hun- 6 Rehoboam refusing the old men's CON dred targets of beaten gold: six hundred sil, 16 ten trióes revoll, 18 and he feril.

16 And three hundred shields made he for to Shechein were all Israei of beaten gold: three hundi ed shekels of to make him king:

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Rehoboam made king.

CH AP. XI. He fleeth to Jerusalem. 379 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam portion have we in David ? and we have the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, none inheritance in the son of Jesse : every whither he had fled from the

presence of

man to your tents, O Israel : anu now, Solomon the king, heard it, that Jerobo David, see to thine own house. So all am returned out of Egypt.

Israel went to their tents. * 3 And they sent and called him. So 17 But as for the children of Israel Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehom Rehoboam, saying,

boam reigned over them. 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadnow therefore ease thou somewhat the orain that was over the tribute ; and grievous servitude of thy father, and his the children of Israel stoned him with heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam will serve thee.

made speed to get him up to his chariot, 5 And he said unto them, Come again to flee to Jerusalem. unto me after three days. And the

peo- 19 And Israel rebelled against the house ple departed.

of David unto this day. 61 And king Rehoboam took counsel

CHAP. XI. with the old men that had stood before | Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Solomon his father while he yet lived, Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiuh. 18 saying, What counsel give ye me to re

His quives. turn answer to this people ?

ND when Rehoboam was come to 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please of Justah and Benjamin an hundred and them, and speak good words to them, | fourscore thousand chosen men which they will be thy servants for ever. were warriors, to fight against Israel,

8 But he forsook the counsel which the || that he might bring the kingdom again old men gave him, and took counsel with to Rehoboam. the young men that were brought up with

2 But the word of the LORD came to him, that stood before him.

Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 9 And he said unto them, What ad- 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of vice give ye, that we may return answer Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel to this people, which have spoken to me,

in Judah and Benjamin, saying, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not father did put upon us ?

go up, nor fight against your brethren: 10 And the young men that were return every man to his house: for this brought up with him, spake unto him, thing is done of me. And they obeyed saying. Thus shalt thou answer the people the words of the LORD, and returned that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father from going against Jeroboamn. made our voke heavy, but make thou it 5 7 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, somewhat lighter for us ; thus shalt thou and built cities for defence in Judalı. say unto them, My little finger shall be 6 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, thicker than my father's loins.

and Tekoa, 11 For whereas my father put a heavy 7 And Beth-zur, and Shocho, and Ayoke upon you, I will put more to your dullam, yoke: my father chastised vou with whips, 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, but I quill chastise you with scorpions. 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and

12 So Jeroboam and all the people | Azekah, came to Rehoboam on the third day, as 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hethe king bade, saying, Come again to me bron, which are in Judah and in Benja-. on the third day.

min, fenced cities. 13 And the king answered them rough- 11 And he fortified the strong holds, ly; and king Rehoboam forsook the coun- and put captains in them, and store of sel of the old men,

victual, and of oil and wine. 14 And answered them after the advice 12 And in every several city he put of the young men, saying, My father made shields and spears, and made them exyour joke heavy, but I will add thereto: ceeding strong, having Jucah anu Benjamy father chastised vou with whips, but I min on his side. will chastise you with scorpions.

13 F And the priests and the Levites 15 So the king hearkened not unto the that were in all Israel resorted to him people: for the canse was of God, that out of all their coasts. the LORD might perform his word, which 14 For the Levites left their suburbs he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shi- and their possession, and came to Judah lonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. and Jerusalem : for Jeroxm and his

16 | And when all Israel saw that the sons had cast them off from executing king would not hearken unto them, the the priest's office unto the LORD: people answered the king, saying, What 15 And he ordained hlır priests for

380 Rehoboam's wvires. II. CHRONICLES. His reign and death. the high places, and for the devils, and , humbled themselves, the word of the for the calves which he had made. LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They

16 And after them out of all the tribes have humbled themselves; therefore I of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek will not destroy them, but I will grant the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusa them some deliverance; and my wrath lem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem their fathers.

by the hand of Shishak. 17 So they strengthened the kingdom 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of that they may know my service, and the Solomon strong, three years: for three service of the kingdoms of the countries. years they walked in the way of David 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up and Solomon.

against Jerusalem, and took away thie 18 And Rehoboam took him Maha- treasures of the house of the LORD, and lath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of the treasures of the king's house ; he took David to wite, and Abihail the daughter all: he carried away also the shields of of Eliab the son of Jesse;

gold which Solomon had made. 19 Which bare him children, Jeush, 10 Instead of which, king Rehoboam and Shamariah, and Zaham.

made shields of brass, and committed 20 And after her he took Maachah them to the hands of the chief of the the daughter of Absalom; which bare guard, that kept the entrance of the him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and King's house. Shelomith.

11 And when the king entered into the 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the house of the Lord, the guard came and daughter of Absalom above all his wives | fetched them, and brought them again and his concubines: (for he took eighteen into the guard-chamber. wives, and threescore concubines; and 12 And when he humbled himself, the begat twenty and eight sons, and three-wrath of the LORD turned from him, that score claughters.)

he would not destroy him altogether; and 22 And Rehoboam madle Abijah the | also in Judah things went well. son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler 13 , So king Rehoboam strengthened among his brethren: for he thought to himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for make him king.

Rehoboam was one and forty years old 23 And he dealt wisely,and dispersed of when he began to reign, and he reigned all his children throughout all the coun- seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city tries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every | which the Lord had chosen out of all the fenced city: and he gave them victual in tribes of Israel, to put his name there. abundance. And he desired many wives. And his mother's name was Naamah an CHAP. XII.

Ammonitess. 1 Rehoboam forsaking God, is frunished 14 And he did evil, because he pre

by Shishak. 13 His reign, and death. pared not his heart to seek the Lord. Ancit came to pass, when Rehoboam 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and

had established the kingdom, and last, are they not written in the book of had strengthened himself, he forsook the Shemajah tlie prophet, and of Iddo the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. seer, concerning genealogies? And there

2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth were wars between Rehoboain and Jero year of king Relioboam Shishak king of boam continually: Igypt came up againstJerusalem, because 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathey had transgressed against the Lord, thers, and was buried in the city of Da

Ś With tweive hundred chariots, and vid: and Abijah his son reigned in his threescore thousand horsemen: and the stead. people were without number that came

CHAP. XIII. with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the 1 Abijah succeediny, maketh war against Sukküns, and the Ethiopians.

Jeroboam, 13 and overcomith him.

TOW in the of pertained to Judah,and came to Jerusalem.

5. Then came Shemajah the prophet over Judah. to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Ju- 2 He reigned three rears in Jerusalem. dah, that were gathered together to Je- His mother's name also was Michniah the risiem because of Shishak, and said un- daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there to them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have

was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. forsaken me, and therefore have I also 3 And Abijah set the battle in array eft you in the hand of Shishak.

with an army of valiant men of war, even 6 'Whereupon the prices of Israel, four hundred thousand chosen men: Jerand the king humbled themselves; and loboam also set the battle in array aginst they said, The LORD is righteous. him with eight hundred thousand chosen

1 And when the LORD saw that they limen, being mighty men of valour.

ok känd he took the tenced cities which. N Jeronoain began Abijah to reign

Abijah's victory.

CHAP. XIV.

Asa succeedeth him. 381 4 1 And Abijah stood up upon mount them with a great slaughter : so there Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, fell down slain of Israel five hundred and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and thousand chosen men. all Israel ;

18 Thus the children of Israel were 5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD | brought under at that time, and the chilGod of Israel gve the kingdom over Is- dren of Judah prevailed, because they rerael to David for ever, evrn to him and lied upon the Lord God of their fathers. to his sons by a covenant of salt?

19 And Abijah pursued after Jerobo6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the am, and took cities from him, Beth-et servant of Solomon the son of David, with the towns thereof, and Jesiianah is risen up, and hath rebelled against his with the towns thereof, and Ephrain lord.

with the towns thereof. 7 And there are gathered unto him 20 Neither did Jeroboam recover vain men, the children of Belial, and have strength again in the days of Alijah : strengthened themselves against Reho- and the LORD struck him, and he died. boam the son of Solomon, when Reho- 21 [ But Abijah waxed mighty, and boam was young and tender-hearted, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty could not withstand them.

and two sons, and sixteen daughters. 8 And now ye think to withstand the 22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the and his ways, and his sayings, are writsons of David; and ye be a great multi- || ten in the story of the prophet Iddo. tude, and there are with you golden calves,

CHAP. XIV. which Jeroboam made you for gods. | Asa succeeding, destroyeth idolatry, 9

9 Have ye not cast out the priests of calling on God, he overcometh Zerah, the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the find spoileth the Ethionians. Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? they buried bim in the city of David: so that whatsoever cometh to consecrate und Asa his son reigned in his stead. In himself with a young bullock and seven his days the land was quiet ten years. rams, the same may be a priest of them 2 And Asa did that which was good and that are no gnds.

right in the eyes of the Lord his God: 10 But as for us, the LORD is our Goci, 3 For he took away the altars of the and we hare not forsaken bim; and the strange gods, and the high places, and priests, which minister unto the LORD, brake down the images, and cut down are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites

the groves : unit upon their business ;

4 And commanded Judah to seek the 11 And they burn unto the LORD every LORD God of their fathers, and to do the morning and every evening burnt sacri- law and the commandment. fices and sweet incense : the shew-bread 5 Also he took away out of all the citalso set they in order upon the pure table; | ies of Judah the high places and the and the candlestick of gold with the lamps l images : and the kingdom was quiet bethereof to burn every evening : for we

fore him. keep the charge of the LORD our God; 6 | And he built fenced cities in Judah: but ye have forsaken him.

for the land had rest, and he had no war 12 And behold, God himself is with in those years ; because the Lord hac us for our captain, and his priests with given him rest. samding trumpets to cry alarm against 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let you. O children of Israel, fight ye not is build these cities, and make about against the LORD God of your fathers; them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, for ye shall not prosper.

while the land is yet before us ; because 13 | But Jeroboain caused an am- we have sought the LORD our Gol, we bushment to come about behind them : I have song!ıt him, and he hath given us rest so they were before Judah, and the am. on every side. So they built, and prospered, bushment was behind them.

8 And Asa had an army of men that 14 And when Judah looked back, be- bare targets and spears, 'out of Judah hold, the battle was before and behind : three hundred thousand ; and out of Benand they cried unto the Lord, and the i jamin, that bare shields and drew bows, priests sounded with the trumpets.

two hundred and fourscore thousand : 15 Then the men of Judah gave a all these were mighty men of valour. shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, 9 4 And there came out against them it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam Zerah the Ethiopian, with an host of a and all Israel before Abijah and Judan. thousand thousand, and three hundreri

16 And the children of Israel Aed be- chariots; and came unto Mareshah. fore Jucah : and Gol delivered them 10 Then Asa went out against him, into their hand.

and they set the bat:le in array in the 17 And Abijah and his people slew valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

382 The Ethiopiams sinilfen. II. CHRONICLES. Ramah's building forevented. - 11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his, abundance, when they saw that the LORD Gail, and said, LORD, it is nothing with his God was with him. Nice to help, whether with many, or 10 So they gathered themselves togethwith thein that have no power : help er at Jerusalem in the third month, in us, () LORD our God ; for we rest on the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. thee, and in thy name we go against 11 And they offered unto the LORD this multitude. 0 LORD, thou art our i the same time, of the spoil which they God; let net man prevail against thee. had brought, seven hundred oxen and

12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians seven thousand sheep. before Asa, and before Judah; and the 12 And they entered into a covenant to Ethiopians fled.

seek the LORD God of their fathers with · 13 And Asa and the people that were all their heart and with all their soul ; with him pursued them unto Gerar: and 13 That whosoever would not seek the Ethiopians were overthrown, that the LORD God of Israel should be put to they could not recover themselves ; for death, whether small or great, whether they were destinved before the Lord, man or woman. and before his hosi ; and they carried 14 And they sware unto the LORD with away very much spoil.

a loud voice, and with shouting, and with 14 Aud they smote all the cities round trumpets, and with cornets. about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD 15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath : came upon them : and they spoiled all for they had sworn with all their heart, the cities; for there was exceeding much and sought him with their whole desire; spoil in them.

and he was found of them : and the LORD 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, I gave them rest round about. and carried away sheep and camels in 16 And also concerning Maachah the abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. mother of Asa the king, he removed her CHAP. XV.

from being queen, because she had made 1 Asa, moved by Azariah, maketh a sol- an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her

emn covorani with God. 16 The puuteih idol, and stamped it, and bumt it at the doun Marachah his mother for idolatry, brook Kidron. AND the spirit of God came upon 17 But the high places were not taken A Azariah the son of Oded :

away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and of Asa was perfect all his days. said unto liim, Hear ye me, Asa, and all 18 & And he brought into the house of Judah and Benjanin; Tie LORD is with God the things that his father had dediyou, while ve be with him ; and if ve seek cated, and that he himself had dedicated, him, he will be found of you ; but if yesilver, and gold, and vessels. forsake him, he will forsake you.

19 And there was no more warunto the 3 Now for a long season Israel hath been five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa. without the true God, and without ail

CHAP. XVI. teaching priest, and without law.

11 Asa, bu the aid of the Syrians, diverteth 4 But when they in their trouble did Baasha from building of kamah. 11 He turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and seekeih not to God in his disease, but to sought him, he was found of ihem.

The physicians. 15 His death and burial. 5 And in those times there was no peace IV the six and thirtieth year of the reign to him that went out, nor to hin that I of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up came in, but great vexations qvere upon against Judah, and built Ramah, to the all the inliabitants of the countries.

intent that he might let none go out or 6 And nation was destroyed of nation, come in to Asa king of Judah. and city of city: for God did vex them! 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold with all adversity.

out of the treasures of the house of the 7 He ye strong therefore, and let not 'Lord and of the king's house, and sent your hands be weak; for your work shall to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at be rewarded.

Dainascus, saying, 8 And when Asa beard these words, i 3 There is a league between me and and the prophecy of Odled the prophet, i thee, as there was between my father and he took courage, and put away tile abom- thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver inable idols out of all the land of Judah il and gold ; go, break thy league with and Benjamin, and out of the cities which Biasha king of Israel, that he may depart he had taken from mount Ephraim, and from me. renewed the altar of the LORD, that was ! 4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king before the porch at the LORD.

Asa, and sent the captains of his armies 9 And he gathered all Judah and Pen- against the cities of Israel ; and they jamin, and the strangers with them oilt of stucte Jon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, Sphraim and Manasseh, and out of Sine- and all the store cities of Naphtaii.

i for they fell to lain out of all Isisill in. Sind it came to pass, when Bagsha

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