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III. KINGS II. 32 --III.

do to him as he has spoken, and kill him: and thou shalt bury him, and thou shalt remove this day the blood which he shed without cause, from me and from the house of my father. 32 And the Lord has returned upon his own head the blood of his unrighteousness, inasmuch as he attacked two men more righteous and better than himself, and slew them with the sword, and my father David knew not of their blood, even Abenner the son of Ner the commander-in-chief of Israel; and Amessa the son of Jether the commander-in-chief of Juda. 33 And their blood is returned upon his head; and upon the head of his seed for ever: but to David, and his seed, and his house, and his throne, may there be peace for ever from the Lord. 34 So Banæas son of Jodae went up, and attacked him, and slew him, and buried him in his house in the wilderness.

35 And the king β appointed Banæas son of Jodae in his place over the host; and the kingdom was established in Jerusalem; and as for Sadoc the priest, the king appointed him to be high priest in the room of Abiathar. And Solomon son of David reigned over Israel and Juda in Jerusalem : and the Lord gave understanding to Solomon, and very much wisdom; and largeness of heart, as the sand, by the sea-shore γ

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γ And the wisdom of Solomon abounded exceedingly beyond the wisdom of all the δ ancients, and beyond all the wise men of Egypt ; and he took the daughter of Pharao, and brought her into the city of David, until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord first, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. In seven years he made and finished them.

And Solomon had seventy thousand bearers of burdens and eighty thousand hewers of stone in the mountain: and Solomon made the sea and the bases; and the great lavers, and the pillars and the fountain of the court, and the brazen sea — ζand he built the citadel, as a defence above it, he made a breach in the wall of the city of David ; thus the daughter of Pharao went up out of the city of David to her house which he built for her. Then he built the citadel ; and Solomon offered up three whole-burnt offerings in the year, and peace offerings on the altar which he built to the Lord, and he burnt incense before the Lord, and finished the house. And these are the chief persons who presided over the works of Solomon ; three thousand and six hundred masters of the people that wrought the works. And he built Assur, and Magdo, and Gazer, and upper Bæthoron, and Ballath : only after he had built the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about, afterwards he built these cities.

And when David was yet living; he charged Solomon, saying Behold; there is with thee Semei the son of Gera, of the seed of θ Benjamin out of Chebron : he cursed me with a


βGr.gave. δ See Appendix δ Gr. ancient sons ζ Probably some hiatus in the text. θ Gr. Jemini

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grievous curse in the day when I went into the camp; and he came down to meet me at Jordan and I swore to him by the Lord,

elfe shall not be slain with the sword. But now do not thou hold him piltlees, for thou amt a man of underatandmq,a~nd thou wilt know what thou shalt do to him, and thou ahalt bring down his Y grey hairs with blood to a the grave.

36And the king called Semei, and said to him. Build thee a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and thou shalt not go out thence any whither.;v And it shall come to pass in the clay 6that thou shalt go forth and cross over the brook gedron, eknow assuredly that thou shalt certainly die: thy blood shall be upon thine head.. And the king caused him to swear in that day. slAnd Semei said to the king, Good is the word that thou hast spoken, my lord O king: thus will thy servant do. And Semei dwelt in Jerusalem three years.

39 And it came to pass after the three years, that two servants of 8emei ran awe y to Anchus son of Maacha king of Geth : and it was told Semei, sawing, Behold, thy ser vants are in Geth. And Semei rose up, and saddled his ass, and went to Geth to Anohus to seek out his servants : and Semei went;and brought his servants out of Geth. '1 AnQ it was told Solomon, saying, Semei is gone out of Jerusalem to Geth, and has brought back. his servant& 42 And the king sent and called Seme4 and said to hunt Did I not adjure thee by the Lord, and testify to thee, soym g, In whatsoever day thou shalt go out of i7®rusalem,and go to the right or left, know certainly that thou ahalt assuredly die ? '3 And why heat thou not kept the oath of the Lord and the commandment which I commanded A thee ?

"And the king said to Semei Thou knowest all thy mischief which thylheart knows which thou didat to David my father: and the Lord has reeompensed thy mischief on thine own, head. 6 And king Solomon is blesaedhand the throne of David shall be eatablie ed before the Lord for ever. 'aAnd Solomon commanded Ban2eas the son o1 Jodae, and he went forth and slew him.

And king Solomon was very prudent and wise: and Juda end Israel tom very many, as the sand which is bT the sea for multi tude eating, and drinking, and rejoicing; and ojor~on was chief mall the kingdoms, and they ,%on lifts, and served Solomon all the days of his fe. And Solomon began tn the domains of Libanus, and he bipe t ThermEe in the wilderness. And this was the wdaily provision of Solomon, thirty measures of fine flour, and sixty measures of ground meal, ten choice calves, and twenty oxen from the pastures, and a hun dred sheep, besides stags, and does and choice fed birds. For he ruled in all the country ton this side the river, from Raphi unto uaaa, over all the kings on this side the river: and he was at peace on all sides round about; and Juda and Israel dwelt safely, every one under his vine and under b Or. it he shall be slain. y On hoary head. d or. Hades. r Or. of thy going forth. 9 Or. knowing thou shalt know. 1 or. against they ac Or. dinner. F Or. beyond. s· Or. trusting in confidence.' See H.L.

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his fig tree eating and drinking, and feast. Ing, from ban even to Bersabee, all the days of. Solomon.

dnd these were the princes of Solomon; Azariu son of Sadoc the priest, and Orniu son of Nathan chief of the officers, and he R went to his house; and Suba the scribe and Basa son of Acithalam recorder, and Abi son of Joab commander-in-chief, and Achire son of Edrai was over the Ylevies, and Banwas son of Jodae over the house. hold and over the brickwork, and Cacbur the son of Nathan was counsellor:

And Solomon had forty thousand brood mares for his chariots, and twelve thousand horses. And he reigned over all the kings from the river and to the land of the Phi listines, and to the borders of E t: so Solomon the son of David reig neyPover Israel and Juda in Jerusalem. 9Neverthe. less the people burnt incense on the high

rI es, because a house had not yet been ,Mttoth.Lord. -'And Solomon loved the Lord so as to walk in the ordinances of David his father · only he sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places. ,And be arose and went to Gabaon to sacrifice there, for that was the highest place, and great

Solomon offered a whole-burnt.offering of a thousand victims on the altar in Gabson.

6 And the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and the Lord said to Solo. man, Ask some petition for thyself. a And Solomon said, Thou hast dealt very merci. fully with ty servant David my father according as he walked before thee in truth and in righteousness, and in aprigbtness of heart with thee and thou hast kept for him this great' mercy, to s set his son upon his throne, Sas it is this day. 7And now, O Lord my (hod, thou hast e appointed thy servant in the room of David my father; and I am a little child: and know not my going out and my coming in. s But thy servant is in the midst of thy penple, whom thou hast chosen, a great people, which a cannot be numbered. 9 Thou shalt give therefore to thy servant a heart to hear and to judge thy penple ,~uatly, and to discern between good and evil: for who will be able to judge this thy w great people?

' And it was pleasing before the Lord, that Solomon asked this thing. '1 And the Lord said to him, Because thou hast asked this hing of me, and hast not asked for thy self long life and haet not asked wealth, nor hast asked the lives of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to hear judgment; Is behold, I have done ac. cording to thy word: behold, I have g~ ven thee an understanding and wise heart: there has not been any one like thee before thee, and after thee there shall not arise one like thee. 's And I have g~ven th what thou hast not asked, wealth and glory , so that there has not been any one like the among kmge '4 And if thou wilt walk in my way, to keep my commandments and, my ordi·. nances, as David thy father walked then will I multip1y th ays. a And Pomon awoke, and, behold, it was a dream: and he arose and Teams to Jerusalem, and stood B OT. rall. t Or. tributes. a Or. give. Or. as this day is. B Or. given. - X Or. shall or wilt no& u Or. heavy. f Or, many dyya * Or. names

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before. the altar that was in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord in Sion: and he offered whole-burnt-offerings, and sacrificed F ce-offerings and made a great banquet 17 himself and all his servants.

18 Then there appeared two harlots before the king, and they stood before him. uAnd the one woman said Hear me, my lord. I and this woman dwelt in one house, and we were delivered in the house. 18 And it came to pass on the third day after I was delivered, this woman also was delivered: and we were together; and there Pwas no one with us besides our two selves in the house. 19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she Yoverlaid it. 2sAnd she arose in the middle of the night, a and took my son from my ~arms and aid him in her bosom, and Maid h., dead son in my bosom. °' And I arose in the morning to suckle my son, and he was dead: and, behold, I con. sidered him in the morning, and behold it was not my son whom I bore. 4nd the other woman said, No, but the living is my

=nd the dead is thy son. So they spoke the king.

23 And the king said to them, Thou sayest, This is my son, even the living one, and this woman's son is the dead one: and thou sagest, No, but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. 2' And the king said, Fetch a sword. And they brought a sword before the ktng 28 And the king said, Divide the live child the suckling in two · and five half of it to one, and half of it to~ the other. 26 And the woman whose the living child was, answered and said to the king, (for a her bowels yearned over her son) and she said I pray thee, my. tord, give her the child, and in nowise slay it. But the other said' Let it be neither mine nor hers divide it. '7 Then the king answered anti said, (live the child to her that said, `Give it to her, and by no means slay it :' she is its mother. 2s And all Israel heard this judgment which the king judged and they feared before the king ; because they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to execute judgment.

And king Solomon reigned over Is

2 And these are the princes which he had; Azarias son of Sadoc. 3 Eliaph, and Achia son of Seba, scribes; and Josaphat son of Achilud, recorder. ' And Banwas son of Jodae over the host; and Woe and Abia. thar were priests. b And Ornia the son of Nathan was over the a officers i and Zabuth son of Nathan was W the king's E friend. 6 And Achisar was steward and Mine the chief steward ; and Eliab le, son of Saph was over the family : and Adoniram the son of Audon over the tribute

And Solomon had twelve offieers over all Israel, to provide for the king and his household each one's turn came to supply for a month in the year. s And these were their names: Been the son of Or in the mount of Ephraim, one. 9 The son of Dacar, in Makes, and in §alabin, and Beethsam s, and Elon as far as Bethanan, one. 1eThe;son of Esdi in Araboth; his was Socho and all the land of Opher. n All Nephthador

pR Or. is. ~ ()r. slept upon it. d Heb. and Alex. t `while thine handmaid slept.' t Or. caused to slbep 8 Or. her w01ab wail tmuk" 1i Or. appointed ones. W Heb. and Ales. insert ` priest.' f or, aonbanion.

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belonged to the son of Aminadab, Tephath daughter of Solomon was his wife, .one. 12 Bana son of Achiluth had Ithaanach, and Mageddo, and kis was the whole House of San which was by Smthan below` Esrae, and from Bethsan as far as Sabelmaula, as far as Maaber Lucam, one. " The son of Naber in Raboth Gulaad, to him,fell the lot of Ergab in Basan, sixty great cities with wells, and brazen bars, one. 14Achinadab son of Saddo, had Maanaim. ib Achimaas was in Nephthalim, and he took Basem: math daughter of Solomon to wife, one. 'sBaana son of Chusi, in Aser and in BaaL oth, one, 's Semei son of Ela, in Benjamin. is Gaber son of Adai in the land of Gad, the land of Seon king of Esebon and of Og king of Basan, and one officer in the land of Juda. 17 Josaphat son of Phuasud was in Issachar. 17And thus the officers provided king Solomon: and they execute every one in his month all the orders for the table of the king,they Pomit nothing. 28And they car. rigid the barley and the straw for the horses and the chariots to the place where the- king might be, each according to his charge.

And these were the requisite supplies for Solomon: in one day thirty measures of fine flour, and sigtymeasuresoffinepounded meal, Wand ten choice calves, and twenty pastured oxen, and a hundred sheep, besides stags, and choice fatted does. a' For he had dominion on this side the river, and he was at peace on all sides round about.

21And the Lord gave understanding to Solomon, and very much wisdom, and en. largement of heart, as the sand on the sea. shore. And Solomon abounded greatly beyond the wisdom of all the ancients, and beyond all the wise men of Egypt. 31 And he was wiser than all other men: and he was wiser than Gaethan,the Zarite, and than Xnan, and than Chalcad and Darala the sons of Mal. 32And Solomon spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were five thousand. 33And he spoke of trees from the cellar in Libanus even to the hyssop which comes out through the wall: he spoke also of. cattle, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fishes. 34And all the nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and ambaa. sadom from all the k~ngs of the earth, as many as heard of his wisdom.

Y And Solomon took to himself the daughter of Pharao to wife, and brought her into the city of David until he had finished the house of the Lord, and his own house, and the wall of Jerusalem. Then went up Pha. rao the king of Egypt, and took Gazer, and burnt it and the ()hanamte dwelling in Mergab ; and Pharao gave them as a dowry to his daughter the wife of Solomon: and Solomon rebuilt Gazer.

And Chiram king of Tyre sent his ser. vants to anoint Solomon in the room of David his father, because Chiram always loved David. 2 Ad Solomon sent to Chi. ram, saying, aThou knewest sany father

0 Or. change. ~ Here the chapter ends, according to Neb. and Alex. b pr. that my father David. etc.

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David, that he could not build a house to the name of the Lord my God 1 because of the wars that compassed him about, until the Lord put them under the 2 soles of his feet. 4And now the Lord my God has given me rest round about; there is no one plotting against me, and here is no 3 evil trespass against me. 5And, behold I intend to build a house to the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord God spoke to my father David, saying, Thy son whom I will set on thy throne in thy place, he shall build a house to my name. 6And now command, and let men cut wood for me out of Libanus: and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants, and I will give thee the wages of thy service, according to all that thou shalt say, because thou knowest that we have no one skilled in cutting timber like the Sidonians.

7And it came top pass, as soon as Chiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said Blessed be God to-day, who has given to David a wise son over this numerous people. 8And he sent to Solomon, saying, I have listened concerning all that thou halt sent to me for: I will do all thy will: as for timber of cedar and fir, 9my servants shall bring them down from Libanus to the sea: I will form them into rafts, and bring them to the place which thou shalt send to me about; and I will 4land them there, and thou salt take them up: and thou salt do my will, in giving bread to my household.

10So Chiram gave to Solomon cedars, and fir trees, and all his desire. 11And Solomon gave to Chiram twenty thousand measures of wheat5 as food for his house, and twenty thousand baths of beaten oil thus Solomon gave to Chiram yearly. 12And the Lord gave wisdom to Solomon as he6 promised him; and there was peace between Chiram and Solomon, and they made a covenant between them.

13And the king raised 7a levy out of all Israel, and the levy was thirty thousand men. 14And he sent them to Libanus, ten thousand taking turn every month: they were a month in Libanus and two months at home: and Adoniram was over the levy. 15And Solomon had seventy thousand bearers of burdens, and eighty thousand hewers of stone in the mountain; 16besides the rulers that were appointed over the works of Solomon, there were three thousand 8 six hundred 9 masters who wrought in the works.10 18And they prepared the stones and the timber during three years.

And it came to pass in the four hundred and fortieth year after the departure of the children of Israel out of Egypt, in the fourth year and second month 11 of the reign of king Solomon over Israel, 17 that the king commanded that they should take great and costly stones for the foundation of the house, and hewn stones. 18And the men of Solomon, and the men of Chiram hewed the stones, and laid them for a foundation.

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1In the fourth year laid the foundation of the house of the Lord, in the month Ziu, even in the second month. In the eleventh year, in the month Baal, this is the eighth month, the house was completed accorcding to all its plan, and gccording to all its arrangement. 2And the house which the king built to the Lord, 12 was 13 forty cubit in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and its height 14five and twenty cubits. 3And the porch in front of the temple - twenty cubits was its length according to the breadth of the house in front of the house: and he built the house, and finished it. 4And he made to the house secret windows inclining inward.

5And 15against the wall of the house he set chambers round about 16the temple and the ark. 6The under side was five cubits broad, and the middle part six, and the third was seven cubits broad; for he formed an interval to the house round about without the house, that they might not touch the walls of the house. 7And the house was built in the construction of it with rough hewn stones: and there was not heard in the house in the building of it hammer 17or axe, 18or any iron tool. 8And the porch of the under side was below the right wing of the house, and there was a winding ascent into the middle chamber, and from the middle to the third story. 9So he built the house and finished it; and he made the ceiling of the house with cedars. 10And he made the partitions through all the house, each five cubits high, and enclosed each partition with cedar boards.

15And he framed the walls of the house within with cedar boards, from the floor of the house and on to the inner walls and to the beams: he lined the parts enclosed with boards within, and compassed the inward parts of the house with planks of fir. 16And he built the twenty cubits from the top of the wall, one side front the floor to the beams, and he made it from the 19oracle to the most holy place. 17And the temple was forty cubits in extent, 19in front of the oracle in the midst of the house within, in order to 20put there the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 20The length was twenty cubits, and the breadth was twenty cubits, and the height of it was twenty cubits. And he covered it with 21perfect gold, and he made an altar in front of the oracle, and covered it with gold. 21And he covered the whole house with gold, 22till he had finished gilding the whole house.

23And he made in the oracle two cherubs of ten cubits measured size. 24And the wing of one cherub was five cubits, and his other wing was five cubits ; ten cubits 23from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other wing. 25Thus it was with the other cherub, both were alike finished with one measure. 26And the height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it with the second cherub. 27And both the cherubs were in the midst of the innermost part of

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the house; and they spread out their wings, and one wing touched the wall and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings in the midst of the house touched each other. 28And he covered the cherubs with gold.

29He graved all the walls of the house round about with the graving of cherubs and he sculptured palm trees within and without the house. 30And he covered the floor of the house within and without with gold.

31And for the door-way of the oracle he made doors of juniper wood, there were porches in a four-fold way. 34In both the doors were planks of fir; the one door had two leaves and their hinges, and the other door had two leaves and turned on hinges, 35being carved with cherubs, and there were palm-trees and open flower-leaves, and it was overlaid with gold gilt upon the engraving. 36And he built the inner court, three rows of 24hewn stones, and a row of wrought cedar round about, and he made the curtain of the court of the porch of the house that was in front of the temple.

13And 25king Solomon sent, and took Chiram out of Tyre, 14the son of a widow woman; and he was of the tribe of Nephthalim,and his father was a Tyrian; a worker in brass, and accomplished in art and skill and knowledge to work every work in brass: and he was brought in to king Solomon, and he wrought all the works.

15And he cast the two pillars for the porch of the house: eighteen cubits was the height of each pillar, and a circumference of fourteen cubits encompassed it, even the thickness of the pillar: the 26flutings were four fingers wide and thus was the other pillar formed. 16And he made two molten chapiters to 27 put on the heads of the pillars: five cubits was the height of one chapiter, and five cubits was the height of the other chapiter. 17And he made two 28ornaments of net-work to cover the 29chapiters of the pillars; even a net for one chapiter, and a net for the other chapiter. 18And hanging work, two rows of brazen pomegranates 30formed with net-work, hanging work, row upon row: and thus he framed the ornaments for the second chapiter. 21And he set up the pillars of the porch of the temple: and he set up the one pillar, and called its name Jachum: and he set up the second pillar, and called its name Boloz. 19And on the heads of the pillars he made lily-work against the porch, of four cubits and a chamber over both the pillars, and above the sides an addition equal to the chamber in width.

23And he made the sea, ten cubits from one rim to the other, the same was 31completely circular round about: its height was five cubits, and its circumference thirty-three cubits. 24And stays underneath its rim round about compassed it ten cubits round; and its rim was as the work of the rim of a cup, a lily-flower, and the thickness of it was a span. 25And there were twelve oxen under the sea: three looking to the

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looking to the east: and all teir hinder parts were Pinward, and the sea was above upon them.

27And he made ten brazen bases: fivt. cubits was the length of one base,. and four cubits the breadth of it, and its height was six cubits. 2sAnd this work of the bases was Yformed with a ,border to them, and there was a border between the ledges. 26And upon their borders between the projections were lions, and oxen, and cherubs: and on the projections, even so above, and also below were the places of lions and oxen, hanging work. "And there were four brazen wheels to one base; and-there were brazen bases, and their four sides answering to tkenk side 8,pfeces under the bases. 3f And there were ?axles in the wheels sunder the base. 32 And the height of one wheel was a cubit and a half.

was as the work of chariot wheels: their a axles, and their felloes, and the rest of their work, were all molten, - The four sidepieces were at the four comers of each base; its shoulders were formed of the base 36 And on the top of the base half a cubit was the size of it, there was a circle on the top of the base, and there was the top of its spaces and its borders : and it * was open at the top of its spaces. s° And its borders were cherubs, and lions, and palm-trees, upright, each was joined in front and within and round about. 37According to the, same form he made all the ten bases, even one order and one measure to all. 38And he made ten brazen lavers, each laver containing forty I baths, and measuring four cubits each laver placed on a several base throughout the ten bases. 39 And he put. five bases won the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and the sea was placed on the right side of the house east. ward in the direction of the south.

'° And Chiram made the caldrons, and the pans, and the bowls; and Chiram finished making all the works that he wrought for king Solomon in the house of the Lord

two pillars and the wreathen works of the pillars on the heads of the two pillars ; and the two P net-works to cover both the wreathen works of the flutings that were upon the pillars. 12 The four hundred pome. granates foor both the net-works two rows of pomegranates for one net-worl to cover both the wreathen works of the ~ases belonging to both pillars. 43 And the ten bases and the ten lavers upon the bases.

And one sea and the twee oxen under the sea. 's And the caldrons, and pans; and bowls, and all the furniture, which Chiram made for king Solomon for the house of the Lord: and there were eight and forty pillars of the house of the king and of the house of the Lord: all the works of the king which Chiram made were entirely of brass. 7There

B LiL to or into the house. -y Or. shut up. b Or, bearings, or shoulders ; d. Y. undersetters. { Or. hands. B pr, i0. a 0r. their hands and their backs. 1A Or. was opened. f Or. gallons. The Or. word seems to have this meaning, but the ffeb. word means more. * On on the shoulder6piece of the house on the right. a Or. nets.i:

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was no isreckoning of the brass of which he made all these works, from the very great abundance, there was no end of the Y weight of the brass. 's In the country round about Jordan did he cast them, in the 3 clay land between Socchoth and Sara.

48 And king Solomon took the furniture which Miram made for the house of the Lord, the golden altar, and the golden table of shewbread. 49 And he put the five candlesticks on the left, and five on the right in front of the oracle, being of Spire gold, and the lamp-stands, and the lamps, and the ® snuffers of gol. s° And there were made the xporches, and the nails, and the bowls, and the spoons, and the golden censers, M of pire gold: and the panels of the doors of the innermost part of the house, even the holy of holies, and the gel. den doors of the temple.

51 So the work of the house of the Lord which Solomon wrought was finished; and Solomon brought in the holy things of David his father and all the holy things of Solomon; he ,put the silver and the old, and the furniture, into the treasures of the house of the Lord.

' And Solomon built a house for himself in thirteen years. 2 And he built the house with the A wood of Libanus; its length was a hundred cubits, and its breadth was fifty cubits, and its height was of thirty cubits, and it was made Pwtth three rows of cedar pillars, and the pillars had a side-pieces of cedar. ' And he T formed the house with chambers above on the sides of the pillars, and the number of the pillars was each row forty and five, ' and there were three chambers, and space against space in three rows. 6 And all the doors and spaces formed like chambers were square and from door to door was a correspondence in three rows. s And he made the 4, porch of the pillars, they were fifty, cubits long and fifty broad, the porch joining them in front; and the ether pillars and the thick beam were in front of the house by the porches. 7 And there was the Porch of seats where he x would judge, the porch of judgment.

s And their house where he xwould dwell, had one court communicating with these according. to this work; and he built the house for the daughter of Pharaa whom Solomon had taken, according to this porch.

9 All these were of costly stones, sculptured at intervals within even from the founda tion even to the *top, and outward to the great court, Is founded with large costly stones, stones of ten cubits and eight cubits long. It And above with costly stones, accord ing to the measure of hewn stones, and with cedars. 18 .There were three rows of hewn stones round about the great hall, and a row of sculptured cedar: and Solomon finished all his house.

And it came to pass when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and his own house after twenty years, then king Solomon assembled all the elders of Israel

fir. weight. t Qr, weights. 3 fir. thick part of the land. ; Lie, golden, shut up. B Perhaps small vessels with a, for pouring 0% h or. rather work about the door. It (3r. shut up. f Or. g&v0. * Us. thicket. Or. nit . 08 r or, shoulders. or shoulder-pieces. T Or. coiled or wainscoted the house. b Or, portico. fin wilt. Or, ohapiters, mouldings, eta.

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in Sion, to bring the ark of the.oovenant of the Lord out of the city of David, this. is Sion a in the month of Athanin.

BAnd. the priests took, up the ark, 4and the tabernacle of testimony,and the holy furniture that was in the tabernacle of tes. timony. b And the ki and all Israel mere occupied before the:, -sacri&cing sheep and oxen, without number. . sAnd the priests

=b i in th ark into-its place, into the of th: house, even into the holy of holies, under the wings of the cherubs. 7 tl;or the cerubs Aspread out their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubs covered the ark and its holy things above. -8And the /holy staves projected, :and the ends of the holy staves appeared out of the holy places in front of the-oracle, and were not seen without. ? There was nothing in the ark . except the two tables of stone, the tables ofthe covenant which Mdses put there in Choreb, which tables' the Lord made as a covenamt with the children of Israel in their going forth from the land of Egypt.

And it came to pass when the priests departed out of the hol place, that the cloud filled the .house;' And the priests could not stand to minister ¢,because of the cloud, because the glory of the Lord filled the house.

And the king turned his face, and the king blessed all Israel (and the whole assem bly of Israel stood:) 1~ and he said Blessed be the Lord God of Israel to-say, who poke by his mouth- con David my father, and has fulfilled it his hands, saying, 18 From the day that I brought out my people ' have not city in any one At~reF Israel to build a house, so that my name should be there: but I chose Jerusalem that mg name should be there, and I chose David to be over my people Israel. I7And it was win the heart of my father to build a house to the name of the Lord (lod of Israel. is And the Lord said to David my father' Foras much as it, came into thine heart .to build a house to my name, thou didst well that it came upon thine heart. 11 Nevertheles, thou shalt not build the house, but thy son that has proceeded out of thy f bowels, he shall build the house to my name. 2' And the Lord has confirmed the word that he spoke, and I am risen up in the place of my father David, and I have sat down on the throne of Israel as the Lord spoke, and ,l have built the house to the name of the Lord Clod of Israel. 21 Aud I have set there a lace for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord, which the Lord made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

22 And Solomon stood up in front of the altar before all the congregation of Israel; and he spread out his hands toward heaven

23 and he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no Clod like thee in heaven above and on the earth beneath, keeping covenant and mercy with thy servant who walks before thee with all his heart'. 2' which thou bast kept toward thy servant David my father;

B pose. part. spread out with their wings. y Heb. etevea b Or, before the oloud. r Gtr.' turned away,' but probably not from the people. 0 Or. in Israel. Hebratsm A C7r. staff. a Or. upon f Grr. sides.

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for thou halt spoken by thy mouth and thou hast fulfilled it with throe hands, as at this day. 25 And now, O Lord God of Israel, keep for thy servant David my father, the yromises which'thou hast spoken to him, saying, There shall not be taken from thee a man sitting before me on the throne of Israel, provided only thy children shall take heed to their ways, to walk before ins as thou hast walked before me. 26 And now, O Lord Glad of Israel let I pray thee, thy word to David my father be confirmed.

27RBut will God indeed dwell with men upon the earth? if the heaven and heaven of a heavens will not suffice thee, how much less even this house which I have built to thy name? 29 Yet, O Lord God of Israel, thou shalt look upon my petition, to hear the yer winch thy servant prays to thee

11 in Kryapa this da t that thi T b open toward tKis house d:; 1.0

g~t,:ven toward the place of which thou saidst, My~name shall be there, to hear the prayer which thy servant prays Sat this

Rlace day and night. - And thou shalt earken to the prayer of thy servant and of thy people Israel, which they , shall pray toward this place; and thou shalt hear in thy dwelling-place in heaven, and thou shalt do and be gracious.

m Whatsoever trespasses eany one shall commit against his neighbour,-and if he shall take upon him an oath so that he should swear, and he shall come and make confession before thine altar in this house, 32 then shalt thou hear from heaven, and do and than shalt judge thy people Isrel, that the wicked should be A condemned, to reoompense his way upon his head; and to justify the righteous, to give to him acetirdinj to his righteousness -

When thy people Israel falls before enemies, because they shall sin against thee, and they shall return and confess to thy name and they shall ray and supplicate in this house, s' then salt thou hear from heaven and be gracious to the sins of thy people Israel, and thou shalt restore them to the land which thou gavest to their fathers.

When the heaven is restrained and there is no rain because they shall sin against thee, and they shall pray toward this place and shall make confession to thy name, anti shall turn from their sins when thou shaft have humbled them, 36 then thou shalt hear from heaven, and be merciful to the sins of thy servant and of thy people Israel; for thou shaft show them the good way to walk in it, and thou shalt give rain apon the earth which thou hast given to they people for an inheritance.

if there should be famine, if there should be death, because there should be blasting, locust, or if there be mildew, and if w their enemy oppress them in any one of their cities, with regard to every E calamity, every troule, 38 every prayer every supplication whatever shall be made by any man, as they shall know each the plague of his heart, and shall spread abroad his hands to this house, a' then shalt thou hearken from

R Or. `chat,' elliptieal eapreesion. 8 per. heaven. C Or, toward. 8 (3r. eaoh. , 7~ Or, ooneideredwibleed.or tawlem u Cin his. F (ir. inoidenk or oaeurrenoe. ,

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heaven, out of thine established dwelling- place, and shalt be merciful, and shalt do, and recompense to every man according to his ways, as thou shalt know his heart, for thou alone knowest the heart of all the children of men: 40that they may fear thee all the days that they live upon the land, which thou hast given to our fathers.
41And for the stranger who is not of thy people, 42when they shall come and pray toward this place, 43then shalt thou hear them from heaven, out of thine established dwelling-place, and thou shalt do according to all that the stranger shall call upon thee for, that all the nations may know thy name, and fear thee, as do thy people Israel, and may know that thy name has been called on this house which I have builded.
44If it be that thy people shall go forth to war against their enemies in the way by which thou shalt turn them, and pray in the name of the Lord 32toward the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built to thy name, 45then shalt thou hear from heaven their supplication and their prayer,and shalt execute judgment for them.
46If it be that they ahall sin against thee, (for there is not a man who will not sin,) and thou shalt bring them and deliver them up before their enemies, and they that take them captive shall carry them to a land far or near, 47and they shall turn their hearts in the land whither they have been carried captives, and turn in the land of their sojourning and supplicate thee, saying, We have sinned, we have done unjustly, we have transgressed, 48and they shall turn to thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies whither thou hast carried them captives, and shall pray to thee toward their land which thou hast given to their fathers, and the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built to thy name: 49then shalt thou hear from heaven thine established dwell ing-place, 50and thou shalt be merciful to their unrighteousness wherein they have trespassed against thee, and according to all their transgressions wherewith they have transgressed against thee, and thou shalt 33cause them to be pitied before them that carried them captives, and they shall have compassion on them: 51for they are thy people and thine inheritance, whom thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt out of the midst of the furnace of iron. 52And let thine eyes and thine ears be opened to the supplication of thy servant, and to the sup- plication of thy people Israel, to hearken to them in all things for which they shall call upon thee. 53Because thou hast set them apart for an inheritance to thyself out of all the nations of the earth, as thou spokest by the hand of thy servant Moses, when thou broughtest our fathers out of land of Egypt, 34O Lord God. - Then spoke Solomon concerning the house, when he had finished building it - He manifested the sun in the heaven: the Lord said he would dwell in darkness: build thou my house, a beautiful house for thyself to dwelt in anew. Behold, is not this written in the book of the song?

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" And it came to pass when Solomon had finished praying to the Lord all this pra~ er and supplication, that he rose ap from before the altar of the Lord after having knelt upon his knees, and his ds were spread out towards heaven.

55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with aloud voice, saying, 56 Blessed be the Lord this day, who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he said: there has not failed one word among all his good words which he s ke by the hand of his servant Moses. SMMay, the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; let him not desert us nor turn from us, 58 that he may turn our hearts toward him to walk in all his ways and to keep all his commandments, and 'his ordinances which he commanded our fathers. W And let these words, R which I have prayed before the Lord our God, be Ynear to the Lord our God day and night to maintain the cause of thy servant, and the cause of thy people Israel a for ever. se That all the nations of the earth may know that the Lord God, he %s God, and there is none beside. si And let our hearts be perfect toward the Lord our God to walk also hotly in his ordinances, ant to keep his commandments, S as at this day.

62 And the king and all the children of Israel offered sacrifice before the Lord.

And king Solomon offered for the sacrifices of peace-offering which he sacrificed to the Lord, two and twentythousand oxen, an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: and the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord. & In that day the king consecrated the middle of the court in the front of the house of the Lord; for there he offered the whole-burnt-offering, and the sacrifices, and the a fat of the peace-offerings, berause the brazen altar which was before the Lord was too little to bear the whole-burnt-offering and the sacrifices of peace-offerings.

65 And Solomon kept the feast in that day, and all Israel with him, even a great assembly from the entering in of Remath to the river of Egypt~, before the Lord our God in the house which he built, eating and drinking, and rejoicing before the Lord our God seven days. I And on the eighth day he sent away the people: and they blessed the kink and each departed to his Atabernacle rejoicing, and their heart was glad because of the good things which the Lord had done to his servant David,and to-Israel his people.

And it came to pass when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king's house, and all the work of Solomon, whatever he wished to perform, 'that the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he appeared in Gabaon.

3And the Lord said to him, I have heard the voice of thy rayer, and thy supplication which thou max, before me: I have done for thee according to all thy prayer: I have hallowed this house which thou halt built

pr. ae. 7 !Jn appromhing. d Gr. a thing, or word of a day in a day of a year. Bat 1ex. reads Wpq, uj,14. whieh agrees with the Hat. C Gr. as this day is. 0 Gr. fats. a Or. ta~rnaoles.

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to put my name there for:ever, and mine eyes and my heart shall be there always. '1 And if thou wilt walk before me as David thy. father walked, in holiness of heart and uy rightness, and so as to do according to all that I commanded him, and shalt keep my ordinances end my commandments: then will I p establish the throne of thy kkingdom in Israel for .ever, as I epo_ke to.avid thy father, saying, There shall -not. fail thee ,a man to rule m Israel 6 But, if ye 'or your children do in any wise revolt from me, and do not keep my commandments and my ordinances, which Moses Y set before, you, and ye o and serve other gods, and, worship them: then will I out off Israel .rom the land. which I have given them, aid .this house which I have consecrated to my name I will cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a desolation and.-a by word to all nations. 3 And this house; which is high, shall be ao that: every one,that passes s y it shall be. amazed, and shall hiss; and they shall say Wherefore has the Lord done thus to this land, and -to this house? 9 And meri shall say. Because they forsook the Lord their God; who brought out their fathers from Egypt, out of the house of bondage and they attached themselves to atra a gods, and worshipped them, and serve them

therefore the Lord has brought `this evil upon them.

Then Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaooutof the cityof David into his house which he built for himself in those days.

1s!&y twenty years in which Solomon was building the two houses the house of the Lord, and the house of the king 11 Chiram king of Tyre helped Solomon with cedar C wood, and fir wood, and with old, and all that he. wished for: then the

gavp Chiram twenty cities in. the land 01 Galilee. 12 So Chiram. departed from Tyre, and went into Galilee to see the cities which Solomon gave to him ; and they pleased him not. And he said, '$ What. are these cities which thou haat given me, brother.?. And he called them Boundary until -tfiis day. '° And Chiram brought. to Solomon a hundred-and twenty talents of gold =6 even that for which king Solomon built a ship in Gasion Gabor near Math on the B shore of the a extremity of the sea in the land of Edam. 27 And Chiram sent in the ship together with the servants of, Solomon servants of his own, mariners to row, men acquainted ,with the sea. 23And they came to ophira, and took thence a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.

And the queen of Saba heard of the name of Solomon, and the name of the Lord and she came to try him with riddles. hAnd she came to Jerusalem with a very great

train ; and there carne camel's . bearing spices, and very much gold, and =precious stones. and she came in to Solomon, and told him all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon (answered all her questions: and there was not a question overlooked bay the king which. he did not answer her. And the queen..of Saba saw all the wisdom

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of Solomon, and the house which he built: b and the provision of Solomon an'd the sitting of his attendants,, and the standing of his servants, and his raiment, and his cup-bearers and his whole-burnt·offerir~g which he oIered in the house of the Lora, and she was Rutterly amazed. BAnd she said to king Solomon, It waa a true report which I heard in my land of thy y word s and thy wisdom. 7But I believed not them that told me, until I came and my eyes Saw

and, behold, the words se they reported to me are not the half: thou bast exceeded in goodness all the report which I heard iii my land. "Blessed are thy wives, blessed are these thy servants who stand before thee continually, who hear all thy wisdom. 9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, who has taken pleasure in thee, to set there upon the throne of Israel because the Lord loved Israel to establish him for ever; and he bas made thee king over them, to execute judgment with justice, and in their causes.

'o And she gave to Solomon a hundre4 and twenty talents of gold, and very, many spices, and Cprecious stones: there had not come any other spices so abundant as those which the queen of Saba gave to king Solomon.

n And the ship of,Chiram which brought the gold from Suphir, brought very much hewn timber and precious stones. a And the king made the hewn timber into buttresses of the housed the Lord. and the king's house, and lyres and harps for singers

such hewn timber had not come upon the earth nor have been seen anywhere until this clay. 13 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Saba all that she desired, whatsoever she asked, besides all that he had given her B by the hand of king Solomon: and she returned, and came into her own land, she and her servants.

:'And the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold. a Besides the tributes of them that were subjects, both merchants and all the kings of the country beyond the river, and of the princes of the land

'gAnd Solomon made three hundred spears of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold were upon one spear. 17And three hundred aslnelde of beaten gold : and three pounds of gold were in one shield : and the Lebanonking put.

them in the house of the forest of. Is And the king made a great ivory throne, and gilded it with pure gold. is The throne had six steps, and calves in bold relief WE; throne behind it, and aide-pieces on either hand of the place of the seat, and two lions standing by the side-pieces, 2°and twelve lions standing there on the six steps on either side: it was not so done in any other kingdom. 21 And all the vessels made by Solomon were of gold, and the lavers were golden, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of W pure gold; there was no silver, for it was not accounted of in d Or. in ecstasy. y pr. word. d Or. added good things to them. C Or. preeions stone.8 Of his royal bounty, d. Y. liar. arms. r rte 'shut up with gold, '% frequent phrase in Heb. and Or: for' pure gold.' See shop. & 90.

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the days of Solomon. 22Fok Solomon had a ship of.Tharsis in the sea:with.the ships of Chiramt, one ship came to the:l* eve

three years out of Tharsis, laplen wnh gold and silver, and P wrought stones, and hewn stones.

This was the arrangement of : the Y pro. vision which king Solomon fetched to build the house of the Lord and the house, of the king and the wall of Jerusalem, .and the citadel.; to fortify the city of David, and Assur, and Magdal, and (Gazer, and Beetho. ron the upper, and Jethexmath., and all the cities of the chariots, and all the cities of the horsemen and the $ fortification of Solomon phhieh hh p osed 'tn build is Jerusalem and in all the-land, so that none of the people should rule over him that was left of the Chettite and the Amorite and the Pherezite, and the Chananite anca the Evite, and the Jebusife, and the Gergesite, who were not ;of the children of Israel, their descendant's who bad been left with him in the land, :whom the children'bf Israel could not utterly destroy; and Solomon Cmade them tributaries until 'this day. But of'the children of Israel Solomon made nothing ; for they were the warriors and his servants and rulers, and captains of the third order, and the captains of his 'chariots, and his horsemen.

2s And Solomon increased beyond'all the kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom. 24And all the kings of the earth: sought the Bpr~esence of Solomon; to hear his wisdom which the Lord had -put into his heart. 25 And they brought every one their gifts vessels of gold, and raiment; and staete, and spices, and horses, and mules, a rate year by year. And Solomon had 'four thousand mares for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen: and he put them in the cities of his chariots, and with the king in Jerusalem: and he ruled over all the kings from the river to the land of the Philistines, and to the borders of Egypt.

27 And the king made gold arid silver in Jerusalem as stones and he made cedars as th

28 e spcamores in the plain for'multitude. And the goings forth of Solomon's horsemen was also out of Egypt, and the kings merchants were of .Thecue; and thek received them, out of Thecue at a price. 2sAnd that which proceeded out of Egypt went up Ehus, even a chariot forla hundred shekel. of silver and 'a horse for fifty ahekele of silver: and tVus for all the kings of the Chettians, and the kings of Syria, they came out by sea.

And king Solomon was a lover of women. 'And he had seven hundred wives, princesses,, and three hundred concubiues. 'And he took strange women; as well as the daughter of Pharao, Moabitish, Ammanitish women, Syrians and rdumeans, Chettites, and Amorrtesi 2 of the nations concerning whom the Lord forbade the children of

'Israel saying Ye shall not go in to them. -s' and ley ' shah not come in to you; lest they turn away your hearts after their idols Solomon slave to these in love.. ° And. it came to pass in the time of the old age of B Or. tamed. T This ward more commonly means' spoil ' in the O. T: d Gr. work. C lyr. rednosd then to tribute 0 ar. the8. X Gr, igav8.

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in. Kiaae xi. 3-22.

Solomon, that his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father: 3 And the strange women turned away his heart after their gods. ?Then Solomon built a high place to Cha. mos the idol of Moab, and to their king the Sidol of the children of Ammon, Sand to Astarte the abomination of the Sidoriians. 9 And thus he acted towards all his strange wives, who burnt incense and sacrificed bo their idols. s And Solomon did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he went not after the Lord, as David his father.

9And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because he turned away his heart from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared twice to him, i°and charged him concerning this matter, by no means to go after other god's but to' take heed to do what the Lord God commanded him; neither was his heart perfect with the Lord, according to the heart of David his father. '1 And the Lord said to Solomon, Because it has been thus with: thee, and thou hast not kept my, commandments and my ordinances which I commanded thee, l will surely rend thy kingdom out of thy hand, and PV. it to thy servant. '9 Onl in thy days wll not do. Y it for Davit thy father's sake: but I will take it out of the hand of thy son. '3Only I will. not take away the whole kingdom: I will give one tribe to thy son for avid my servant's sake, and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen.

14 And the Lord raised up an enemy to Solomon, Ader the Idumamn, and Esrom son of liadab who dwelt in Raama, and Adadezer king of Suba his master; (and men gathered to him, and he was head of the conspiracy, and he seized on Da--.,, and they were adversaries to Israel all the days of Solomon: and Ader the Idumwan was of the seed royal in Iduma:a. 1° And it happened that while David was utterly destroying Edom, while Joab captain of the host was going to burp the dead, when they slew every male in Idumeea= (is for Josh and all Israel abode there six months in Idumsea, until he utterly destroyed every male in Idumesa;) 17 that Ader ran away he and all the Idumeeans of the servants of his father with him ; and they went into Egypt; and Ader was then a little child. Is And there rise up men out of the city of Madiam, and they come to Phamn and take men with them, and come to Pharao kin,3 of Rgypt~ . and Ader went in to Pharao, ena he gave him a house, and appointed him provision. '9 And Ader found great favour in the sight of Pbaaao, and he gave him his wife's sister in marriage, the elder sister of Thekemina 9° And the sister of Thekemina bore to him, even to Ader, Ganebath her son ; and Thekemina brought him up in the midst of the sons of Ph&=, and Ganebath was in the midst of the sons of Pharao. .

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21 t And hdhis fathers, lan~ythathJoab the captain of the host was dead and Ader said to Yharao, Let me go, and I will return to my country. 23 And Pharao said to

0 Bee SeA -v lir. them.

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Ader; P-What lackest thou with me? that lo! thou seekest to depart to thy country? and Ader said to him, By all means let me go. So Ader returned to his country; this as the mischief which Ader did, and he was a bitter enemy of Israel, and he reigned in the land of Edom.

26 And Jeroboam the son of Nabat, the Ephrathite of Sarira, the son of a widow, was servant of Solomon. 2% And this was the occasion -tof his lifting up his hands against king Solomon: now king Solomon built the citadel, he completed the forti. fication of the city of David his father. 28 And the man Jeroboam was very strong

and Solomon saw the young man that he was a active, and he set him over the levies of the house of Joseph.

21 And it came' to pass at that time, that Jeroboam went forth from Jerusalem, and Achia the Selonite the prophet found him in the way, and caused him to turn aside out of the way: and Aehia was clad with a new garment, and they i; two were alone in the field. s° And Achia laid hold of his new_ garment that was,uion him, and tore it CAW twelve pieces. and he said to Jero. boam, Take to thyself ten pieces, for thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, hrend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give thee ten a tribes. 11 Yet he shall have two tribes, for my servant Da. vid's sake, and for. the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel. 33 Because he forsook me, and sacrificed to Astarte the abomination of the Sidonians, and to Chamos, and to the idols of Moab, and to A their king, the w abomination of the children of Ammon, and he walked not in my ways, to do that which was right before me, as David his father did. 34 Howbeit I will not take the whole king. dom out of his hand, (for I will certainky resist him all the days of his life,) for Da. vid my servant's sake, whom I have chosen.

But I will take the kingdom out of the hand of his son, and give thee ten tribes. 36 But. to his son I will give the two remain. my trbes, that my servant David may have an establishment continually before me in Jerusalem, the city which I ave chosen. for myself to put my name there. 17 And I will take thee, and thou shalt rein $as thy .soul desires, and thou shalt be king over Israel. 31And it shall come to pass, if thou wilt keep all the commandments that I shall give thee, and wilt walk in my ways and do that which is right before me, to keep my ordinances and my commandments, as David my servant did, that l will be with thee, and will build thee a sure house, as I built to David:

40And Solomon sought to slay Jeroboam: but he arose and fled into Egypt, to Sumkim king of E t, and he was in Egypt until Solomon

"And the rest of the rhistory of Solo. mon, and all that he did, and all ins wisdom, behold are not these things written in the book of the P life of Solomon? °s And ,the days during which Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel were forty years.

B Gr. Wherein at thou wanting P 7 Gr. as he lifted up hands. d Or. a man of works. t Or. both. B (err. sceptres. See meL or, Moloch. or Miloom. w or, provocation. E Gr. in all. or amour all which, ate. r Gr. words. p Vr. words or tloiapa,

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OAnd Solomon slept with his fathers and they buried him in the city of David his father. And it came to pass when Jeroboam son of Nabat heard of it even while he was

et in Egypt as he fled.from the face of olomon and dwelt in Egypt, he straightwag comes into his own city into the land ofarira in the mount of Epbraim. "And king Solomon slept with his fathers, and Roboam his son reigned in his stead.

And king Roboam goes to Sikima ; for all Israel were coming to Sikima to make him king. 'And the people spoke to king Ro. boam, saying Thy father made our yoke heavy; 4 but do thou now lighten somewhat of the hard service of thy father, and of his heavy yoke which he R put upon us, and we will serve thee. b And he said to them, Depart for three days, and return to me. And they departed.

e And the king referred the matter to the elders, who stood before Solomon his father while he was yet living,saying, How do ye advise y that I should answer this

VI'? 7And they spoke to him, .

OtIrou wilt this day be a servant laytInhgis peogle, and wilt serve them, and wilt speak to them good words, then will they be thy servants continually.

$But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they gave him, and consulted with the young men who were brought up with him, who stood in his presence. sAnd he said to them, What counsel do ye give? And what shall I answer to this people who speak to me,hsaying, Lighten somewhat of the yoke w ish thy father has put upon us?

'e And the young men who had been brought up with him, who stood before his face spoke to bim, saying, Thus shalt thou say to this people who have spoken to thee, gay. irig, Thy father made our yoke heavy, and do thou now lighten i! from off us: thus shalt thou say to them, My 8little ,finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. "And Cwhereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I also will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

L And all Israel came to king Roboam on the third day, as the king spoke to them, saying, Return to me on the third day. "And the king answered the people harshly

and Roboam forsook the counsel of the olc~ men which they counselled him. HAnd he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saping, My father made your yoke heavy, and l will add' to gur

toke: my father chastised you with w ut I will chastise you with scorpions. Ips'

'6 And the king hearkened not to the peo. plc, because the change was from the Lord that he might establish his word which he tpoke a by Achia the Selonite concerning Jeroboam the son of Rabat. M And all Israel

0 to,. grove. y sir, and I should answer a word, eto. d Or, littleness, _(#r. now , 0 Or. by the band

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saw that the king did not hearken to them: and the people answered the' kin~ saying, What portion have we in DavfdT neither have we any inheritance in the son of Jessae. Depart, O Israel to thy tents: now feed thine own house, `David. So Israel departed to his tents.

Is And the king sent Adoniram who was over the tribute; and they stoned him with stones, and he died: and king Roboam R made haste to rise to flee to-Jerusalem.

19 So Israel'Yrebelled against the house-3f David until this day. 2° And it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned out of Egypt, that they sent and called him to the assembly, and they made him king oven Israel: and. none fol· lowed the house of David except the tribe of Juda and Benjamin only.

n And Roboam went into Jerusalem, and he assembled the congregation of Juda, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and twenty thousand young men, warriors, bo fight against the house of Israel, to recover the kingdom to Roboq~m the son of Solomon. 22 And the word of the Lord came to Sainaia the man of God, saying, 23 Speak to Roboam the son of Solomon, kin of Juda= and to all the house of Juda anf Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying, a' Thus with the Lord; Ye shall not go up; neither shall ye fight with your brethren the Bona of Israel: return each man to his owa'home; for this thing is from me; and they heark. ened to the word of the Lord, and the~ ceased from going up, according to the word of the Lord.

So king Solomon sleeps with his fathers, and is buried with his fathers in the city of David; and Roboam his son reigned in his stead in Jerusalem, being sixteen years old 8 when he began to reign, and he Fed twelve years in Jerusalem: and his -oet'T1.% name was Noonan, daughter of Ana son of Naas king of the children of Ammon. . And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked not in the way, of David his father.

And there was a man of mount Ephraim a servant to Solomon, and his name was Jeroboam ; and the name of his motherwas Sarna, a harlot; and Solomon made him head of the levies of the house of Joseph: and he built for Solomon Sarira in mount Ephraim ; and he had three hundred oh& riots of horses: he built the citadel with the levies of the house of Ephraim ; he fort .ified the city of David, and aspired to the kingdom. And Solomon sought to kill him ; and he was, afraid, and escaped to Susakim king of Egypt, and was with him until Solomon died.

And Jeroboam heard in Egypt that Solomon was dead; and he spoke in the ears of Susakim king of Egypt, say~ng, Let me go, and I will depart into my land · and Suss. kim said to him, Ask any request, and I will grant it thee. And Susakim gave is Jero.

8 (lr. prevented. y Gr. disowned allegiance. b pr. in his reigning.

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boron Ano the eldest sister of Thekemina his wife to be his wife: she was great among the daughters of the king, and she bore to Jeroboam Abia his son: and Jero. boam said to Susakim, Let me indeed go, and I will depart.

And Jeroboam departed out of Egypt, and came into the land of Sarira that was in mount Ephraim, and thither the whole tribe of Ephraim assembles, and Jeroboam built a fortress there.

And his young child was sick with a very severe sickness ; and Jeroboam went to enquire concerning, the child: and he said to Ano his wife, Arise, go, enquire of God concerning the child, whether he shall 9re cover from his sickness. Now there was a man in Selom, and his name was Achia : and he was Y sigty years old, and the word of the Lord was with him. And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, and take in thine hand loaves for the man of God and cakes for his children, and grapes, and a pot of honey. And the woman arose, and took in her hand bread, and two cakes, and grapes, and a pot of honey for Achia: and the man was old and his 5eyes were dim, so that he could not see. And she arose p from Sarira and went; and it came to pass when she had come into the city to Achia the Selonite, that Achia said to his servant, Go out now to meet Ano the wife of Jeroboam, and thou shalt say to her, Come in, and stand not still: for thus saith the Lord, I send grievous tidings to thee. And Ano went in to the man of God; and Achia said to her Why bast thou brought me bread and grapes,and rakes. ,andspotofhoaey7 Thus Bait the Lord, Behold, thou shalt depart from me, and it shall come to pass when thou bast entered into the city, even into Sarira, that thy maidens shall come out to meet thee and shall say to thee, The child is dead : for thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will destroy every male of Jeroboam, and there shall be the dead of Jeroboam in the city, them the dogs shall eat, and him that has died in the field shall the irds of the air eat, and he shall lament for the child, saying, Woe is me, Lord! for there has been found in him some good thing touching the Lord. And the woman departed, when she heard this: and it came to pass as she entered into Sarira, that the child died; and there came forth a wailing to meet leer. And Jeroboam went to Sikima in mount Ephraim, and as sembled there the tribes of Israel; and Roboam the son of Solomon went up thi. ther. And the word of the Lord came to Samaias son of Enlamir saym g, Take to thy. self a new garment which has not gone into the water, and rend it into twelve pieces; and thou shalt give some to Jeroboam, and shalt say to him, Thus saith the Lord, Take to thyself ten pieces to cover thee: and Jeroboam took them : and Samaias said, Thus saith the Lord conmrning the ten tribes of Israel.

And the people said to Roboam the son of Solomon, Thy father made his yoke heavy upon us, and made the meat of his table heavy; and now thou shalt lighten them

8 Br. llse. q Hr. a son of sixty 9eare. d Gr. were blunted from eeeica.

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upon us,, and we will serve thee. And Ro boam said to the people, Wait three days, and I will return you an answer: and Ito. boam said, Bring in to me the elders and I will take counsel with them what I shad answer to the people on the third day. So Roboam spoke in their ears, as the people sent to him to sail: and the elders of the people said, Thus the people have spoken to thee.

And Roboam p rejected their counsel, and it pleased him not: and he sent and brought in those who had been brought ap with him · and he said to them, Thus and thus has the people sent to me to say and they that had been brought up with him said, Thus shalt thou speak to the people, saying, My Y little forger shall be thicker than m father's loins; my father, scourged you wit whips but I will rule you with scorpions.

And the saying pleased Roboam, and he answered the people as the young men, they that were brought up with him, counselled him: and all the people spoke as one, ma~ every one to his neighbour, and they cried out all together, saying, We have no r t in David, nor inheritance in the son of J~esses

to thy tents, O Israel, every one; for this man as not for a prince or a ruler over us: And all the people- was dispersed from Sikima, and they departed every one to his tent: and Roboam strengthened himself and depaxted, and mounted his chariot, and entered into Jerusalem: and there follow him the whole tribe of-Juda, and the whole tribe of Benjamin. And it came to pass at the beginning of the year, that Roboam gathered all the men of J uda and Benjamin, and went up to fight with Jeroboam at Sikima. And the word of the Lord came to Samseas the man of (hod, sayi Speak to Roboam king of Juda, and to the house of Juda and Benjamin and to the remnant of the shat ~hus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, neither shall ye fight with your brethren the sons of Israel: re turn every man to his house, for this thing is from me. And they hearkened to the word of .the Lord, and forbore to go up, ac cording to the word of the Lord. %5 And Jeroboam built Sikima in mount Ephraim and dwelt in it, and. went forth thence and built Phanuel. 26And Jeroboam said in his heart, Behold, now the kingdom will return to the house of David. 27 If this people shall go up to offer sacrifice in the house of the gUp at Jerusalem, then the heart of the people will return to the Lord and to their master, to Roboam king off Juda, and they will slay me. 28 And the king took counsel, and went, and made two golden heifers, and said to the people Let it suffice you s to have gone hitherto to Nra salem : behold thy gods, O Israel who brought thee up out of the land of kggpt. 29 And he put one in Bethel, and he Sput the-otber in Dan. a° And this thing became a sin; and the people went before one as far as Dan and left the house of the Lord. 31 And fie made houses on the high places, and madepriests of any part of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi. d Or, dispersed. y Gir. littleness. a Gir. to go. i: Glr. gave.

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III. KINGS X11. 32-X111. 14. a And Jeroboam appointed a feast in th~ eighth mouth, on the fifteenth day of th month, accoring to the feast in the land o Juda; 33 and went up to the altar which h made in Bsrthel to sacrifice to the heifer which he made, and he placed in Beethe

=th 'eats of the high places which he h9A ferl And he went up to the altar which he had made, on the fifteenth day in th~ eighth month, at the feast which he devise( out of his own heart; and he made a feast tA the children of Israel, and went up to the altar to sacrifice.

And, behold, there came a man of God on of Juda by the word of the Lord to Bxthel and Jeroboam stood at the altar to sacri flee. 2 And he cried against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar thus saith the Lord, Behold, a son is to b, born to the house of David, rs Josias b; name; and he shall offer upon thee the priests of the high places, even of them tha sacrifice upon thee, and le shall burn men'; bones upon thee. sAnd in that day one shall give a sign saying, This as the wore which the Lord us spoken, saying, Behold the altar is rent, and the fatness upon i~ shall be poured out.

q And it came to pass when king Jeroboan heard the words of the man of God why called on the altar that was in Bwthel, tha the king stretched forth his hand from the altar, saying, Take hold of him. And, be hold, his hand, which he stretched fort against him, withered, and he could no draw it Sack to himself. bAnd the alts; was rent, and the fatness was poured on from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God gave by the word of tb~ Lard. sAnd king Jeroboam said to the man of God Intreat the Lord thy God ani let my hand Y be restored to me. Ana the man of God intreated the Lord, and he re stored the king's hand to him, and it became as before.

7And the king said to the man of God Enter with me into the house, and dine and I will give thee a gift. s And the man o: God said to the king If thou shouldest give me the half of thine house, I s would not gc in with thee neither will I eat bread, nee ther will I t~rink water in this place; for thus the Lord charged me by his word, say. ing, 9Eat no bread, and drink no water, and return not by the way by which thou tamest '°So_he departed by another way, and re turned not by the way by which he came t< Beethel.

11 And there dwelt an old prophet ix Beethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God did on that day in Bsethel, and the words which he spoke to the king: and Cthey turned the face of their father. 12And their father spoke to them, saying= Which way went he? and his sons shew him the way by which the man of God who came out of Juda went up. And he said to his sons, Saddle me the ass: and they saddled him the ass, and he mounted it, 14 and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak

3 Or. Jowae the name to him. y Gr. Mom to me. 6 pr. will not. ( Wide variation from the Hebrew.

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and he said to him, Art thou the man off God that came out of. Juda7 And he said to him, I am. 'b And he paid to him, Come with me, and eat bread. 'e And he said, I shall not by any means be able to return with thee, neither will I eat bread neither will I drink water in this place. a I'or thus the Lord commanded me by word, saying, Eat not bread there, and drink not water, and return not thither by the way by which thou camest.

is And he said to him. I also am a prophet as thou art; and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back to thee into thy huse, and let.b;m eat bread and drink, water: but he lied .to.him. "And. he brought him back; and,;he. ate bread and drank water in his house. ,

2°And it came to. pass while, they were sitting at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet that brought him back. 21 and he spoke to the man of God that came out of Juda, sayin , Thus.saith the Lord, Because thou hast resisted the word of the Lord, and hast not; kept the commandment which the 'Lord thy -God commanded thee, 22 but hast returned, and eaten bread and drunk water in the ace of which he spoke to thee saying, ' 'hou shalt not eat read, and salt not drink waterl therefore thy body shall in,nowise enter into the sepulchre of thy fathers.

23 And it came to pass after he had eaten bread and drunk water, that he saddled the ass for him, and be turned and departed. 2' And a lion found him in the way, and slew him; and his body was cast out in the way, and the. ass was standing by it, and the lion also was standing by the body. 25 And, behold, men were passing by, and saw the carcass cast in the way, and the lion was standing near the carcass: and they went in and spoke of it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. 26And the prophet. that turned him back out of. the way heard, and said, This is the man of God who rebelled against the word of the Lord.y 28 And he went and found. the body cast.in the way, and the ass and the lion were standing by the body: and the lion had not.devoured the body of the man of God, and had not torn the ass.

29 And the prophet took up the' baly of the man of God, and laid it on his ass ; and the prophet brought him back to his city, to bury him in his own tomb, :3°and they bewailed him, saying, Alas, brother. 3' And it came to pass after he had.lamented him, that he spoke to his sons, saying;a_Whenever I die, bury me in this tomb wherein the man of God is buried; lay me by his bones, that my bones: may be preserved with his bones. 32Ifor the word will surely come to, pass which he spoke b~ the word of the Lord ega~net the altar m Wthel, and against the high houses in Samaria.

13And after this Jeroboam turned not from his sin, but he turned and made of part of the people priests of the high placetr r whoever would, he consecrated him, and h® became a priest for the high places. s' And

S Lit. embittered. y See Appendix. d or. if I die.( (1r. th!e word.

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this sthing became sin to the house of Jeroboam even to its destruction and its removaj from the face of the earth.

m y And Roboam son of Solomon ruled over Juda. Roboama was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in the city Jerusa lem, which the Lord chose to put his name there out of all the tribes of Israel: and his mother's name was Naama the Ammonitess. 22 And Roboam did evil in the sight of the Lord; and he provoked him in all the things which their fathers did in their sins which they sinned. 23 And they built for them selves high places, and pi~llars and planted groves on every igh hill, an c~ under every shady tree. 24 And there was a conspiracy in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord removed B from before the children of Israel.

25 And it came to pass in the fifth year a of the reign of Roboam, Susakim king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; 26 and took all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king's house, and the golden spcars which David took out of the hand of the sons of Adrazaar king of Suba, and brought them into Jerusalem, even all that be took, and the oIdenAshields which Solomon had 7zade, ,and carried them away into Egypt. 7And kin Roboam made brazen spiel s instead of t~em; and the chiefe of the -body guard, who kept the gate of the house of the king, were placed in charge over them. 28 And it came to pass when the sing went into the house of the Lord. that the body guard took them up, and timed them in the ,chamber of the body guard.

29 And the rest of the a history of Roboam, and all that he did behold, are they not written in the book of the chronicles Tof the kings of Juda? 3sAnd there was war between Roboam and Jeroboam continually. s' And Roboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Abiu his son reigned in his stead.

And in the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nabat Abiu son of Roboam reigns over Juda. =And he reigned Othree years over Jerusalem: and his mother's name woe Maacha, daughter of Abessalom. sAnd he walked in the sins of his father which he wrought in his presence and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his food, as ands the heart of his father David. 4 Howbeit for David's sake the Lord gave him a remnant that he might establish his children after bim, and might establish Jerusalem. 5 Forasmuch as David did that which was right in the sight of the Lord: he turned not from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life.

7And the rest of the x history of Abiu, and all that be did, behold, are not these written in the book of 41 the chronicles of

Or. word. y The first 80 verses of this chapter are supplied by the Alex. See App. d Or. a son of 41 years in hu rerirnins. ( Gr. of d Or. from the face of a 13r. of Roboam reigning. IA O'r. arms. F Words in brackets not in Neb. or Ales r ()r. runners by the side of. o The Heb. 0 is retained in the 13r. o (fir. words. ~r Or. to or for. d Alex. is years. x Or. words. * Lie. the words of the days.

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III. KINGS XV; 8-24. the kings of Juda 7 And there was war between Abiu'and Jeroboam. sAnd Abiu slept with his fathers in the twenty-fourth

9r of Jeroboam - and he is buried with .a fathers in the 'city of David- . and A sa his son reigns in his stead.

9 d In the four and twentieth year of 3e. roboam king of Israel, Asa begins to reign over Juda. 19And he reigned forty=one Y years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Ana, daughter of Abessalom. 11 And Asa did tat which was right in the sight of the Lord, as David his father. -la And he removed the 8 sodomites. out of.the -land, and abolished all the practices which his fathers Shad kept up. 13 And he removed Ana his mother from being, queen, foras· much as she B gathered a meeting in her grove : and Asa cut down her retreats and burnt them with fire in the brook of Kedron. 14 But he removed not the high places ; nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect with the Lord all his days. 16And he brought in the pillars of his father he even brought in his old and silver pillars into the house of the Lord, and his vessels.

18 And there was war between Asa and Baasa king of Israel all their days. '1 And Rama king of Israel went up against Juda, and built Rama, so that no one should go out or come in for Asa king. of Juda.

1sAnd Asa took all the silver and the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king's house, and gave them into the hands of his servants, and king AA sent them out to the son of Ader, the son of Taberiema son of Azin king of Syr~a, who dwelt in Damascus, saying, 9Mar covenant between me and thee; and between my father and thy father: lo! I have sent forth to thee gold and silver for gifts: come, break thy league with Baasa king of Israel, A that-he may

up from me. And the son of Ader hear ened to king Asa, and sent the chiefs of his forces to the cities of Israel; and they smote Ain' Dan and Abel of the house,of Maaeh

and all Chennereth, as far as the whole-land of iephthali. 31 And it came to~ pass' when Baasa heard it, that he left o$',,building Rama, and returned to Thersa. .

22And king Asa charged all Juda without exception: and they take ap the stones of Rama and its timbers with which Baasa was building ; and king Asa built with them upon the wwhole hill of Benjamin, and the watch-tower.

23 And the rest of the history of Asa, and all his f mighty deeds which he wrought, 'and the 'cities which he built, behold, are not these written in the book of the chronicles *of the kings ofJuda? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet. 24 And Asa slept with his fathers.

9 Heb. and d lax. In the twentieth year. y f xr. Year. Hebratm. 3 Lib eaorifices. ?;Or: did, or wrought. A 0r. made. a Or. and he shell. a Neb. Geba and Mizpeh. f Or. might. ' * G r. for.

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and Swae buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Josaphat his son reigns in his stead.

'And Nabat son of Jeroboam reigns over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Juda, and he reigned two years in Israel. ' And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sinswherein he caused Israel to sin.

17And Baum son-of Achia, who was over the house of Belaan son of Achia, conspired against him, and smote him in (Iabathon of the Philistines; for Nabat and all Israel were besieging (Iabathon. - And Bases. slew him in the third year of Asa son of Asa king of Juda; and reigned in his,stead. '9 And it came to pass when he reigned, that he smote the whole house of Jeroboam, and left Ynone that breathed of Jeroboam, until he had destroyed him utterly' according to the word of the Lord which he spoke by his servant Achia the Selonite SOS for the sins of Jeroboam, who led Israel into sin, even

I bD his provocation wherewith he provoked Lord God of Israel. 31 And the rest of the history of Nabat, and all that he did behold, are not these written in the book o the chronicles ~of the kings of Israel? s 'And in the third year of Asa king of Judo, Baasa the son of Achia begins- to reign over Israel in Thersa, twenty and four years. 36 And he did that which was evil in the al bt of the Lord, and walked in the his s as he aused the to s nbat, and in

And the word of the Lord came by the hand of Ju son of Anani to Baasa saying, ' Forasmuch as I lifted thee up ?trom the earth and made thee ruler over my people Israej; and thou bast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and bast caused my people Israel to sin to provoke me with their vanities;

Behold, I raise up enemies after Baasa and after his house - and I will a make thy liouse as the house of Jeroboam son of Nabat.

Him that /-dies of Bases, in tile city the dogs shall devour, and him that dies of his in the field the bids of the sky shall devour.

6 Now the rest of the history of Baasa and all that he did, and his mighty acts behold, are not these written in the boos of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 6And Baasa alept with his fathers, and f they bury him in Thersa ; and Ela his son reigns in his stead.

7And the Lord spoke by nJu the son of Anani against Baasa, and against his house, even all the evil which he wrought before the Lord to provoke him to anger by the works of his hands in being like the house of Jeroboam; and ~ecause he smote him.

6pAnd Ela son of Baasa reigned over Israel two years in Thersa. s And Zambri, captain of half his cavalry, conspired against him, while he was in Tbersa drinking himself drunk in the house of Osa the:steward at Therea. IO And Zambri went in and

d Gr. is. y (?r . no breath. b For a similar use of wcpi, see Jer. 7. 22. r (3r. for. B For c. 82, see dppeadfx.' I A 6r. give. tt fir, has died. f Gr. he is buried. si Or, the hand of Jn. p Ke6. and Alex. ' in the 28th year of Ass king of Jnds, Ela; eta

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smote him and slew him, 35and reigned in his stead. 11And it came to pass when he reigned, when he sat upon his throne, 12that he smote all the house of Baasa, according to the word which the Lord spoke against the house of Baasa, and to Ju the prophet, 13for all the sins of Baasa and EIa his son, as he led Israel astray to sin, to provoke the Lord God of Israel with their vanities. 14And the rest of the 36deeds of Ela which he did, behold, are not these written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
15And Zambri reigned in Thersa seven days: and the army of Israel was encamped against Gabathon of the Philistines. 16And the people heard in the 37army, saying, Zambri has conspired and smitten the king: and the people 38of Israel made Ambri the captain of the host king in that day in the camp over Israel. 17And Ambri went up, and all Israel with him, out of Gabathon; and they besieged Thersa. 18And it came to pass when Zambri saw that his city was 39taken, that he goes into the 40inner chamber of the house of the king, and burnt the king's house over him, and died. 19Because of his sins which he committed, doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, so as to walk in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, and in his sins wherein he caused Israel to sin. 20And the rest of the history of Zambri, and his conspiracies wherein he conspired, behold, are not these written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
21Then the people of Israel divides; half the people goes after Thamni the son of Gonath to make him king; and half the people goes after Ambri. 22The people that 41followed Ambri overpowered the people that followed Thamni son of Gonath: and Thamni died and Joram his brother at that time, and Ambri reigned after Thamni.
23In the thirty-first year of king Asa, Ambri 42begins to reign over Israel twelve years: he reigns six years in Thersa. 24And Ambri bought the mount Semeron of Semer the lord of the mountain for two talents of silver; and he built upon the mountain, and they called the name of the mountain on which he built, after the name of Semer the lord of the mount, Semeron. 25And Ambri did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and wrought wickedly beyond all that were before him. 26And he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, and in his sins wherewith he caused Israel to sin, to provoke the Lord God of Israel by their vanities. 27And the rest of the acts of Ambri, and all that he did and all his might, behold are not these things written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
28And Ambri slept with his fathers, and is buried in Samaria; and Achaab his son reigns in his stead.
And in the eleventh 43year of Ambri Josaphat the son of Asa reigns, being thirty-five years old 44in the beginning of his reign, and

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he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Gazuba, daughter of Seli. And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and turned not from it even from doing right in the eyes of the Lord: only they removed not any of the high places; they sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places. Now the engagements which Josaphat made with the king of Israel, and all 45his is mighty deeds which he performed, and the enemies whom he fought against, behold, are not these written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Juda? and the remains of the prostitution 46 which they practised in the days of Asa his father, he removed out of the land: and there was no king in Syria but 47a deputy.
And king Josaphat made a ship 48at Tharsis to go to Sophir for gold; but it went not, for the ship was broken at Gasion Gaber. Then the king of Israel said to Josaphat, 49I will send forth thy servants and my servants in the ship: but Josaphat would not. And Josaphat slept with his fathers and is buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Joram his son reigned in his stead.
29 In the second year of Josaphat king of Juda Achaab son of Ambri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30And Achaab did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did more wickedly than all that were before him. 31And it was not enough for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, but he took to wife Jezabel the daughter of Jethebaal king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal, and worshiped him. 32And he set up an altar to Baal in the house of his 50Abominations,which he built in Samaria. 33And Achaab made a grove; and Achaab did, yet more abominably, to provoke the Lord God of Israel, and to sin against his own life so that he should be destroyed: he did evil above all the kings of Israel that were before him.
34 And Eliu the prophet, the Thesbite of Thesbae of Galaad, said to Achaab, As the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, 51there shall not be these years dew nor rain, except by the 52word of my mouth.
2 And the word of the Lord came to Eliu, saying 3Depart hence eastward, and hide thee 53by the brook of Chorrath, that is before Jordan. 4And it shall be that thou shalt drink water of the brook, and I will charge the ravens to feed thee there. 5And Eliu did according to the word of the Lord, and he sat by the brook of Chorrath before Jordan. 6And the ravens brought him loaves in the morning, and flesh in the evening, and he drank water of the brook. 7And it came to pass after 54some time, that the brook was dried up, because there had been no rain upon the earth. p- Heb. = p
rssfeotus. C Or, for.B Or, hot m& N Or, provocations. eta. p Gr. if.there shall be, eto. f Gr. mouth of my word. * Or. in.o Gr. days,

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III. KINGS XVI. 8-XVIII. 4.

"And the word of tle Lord came to hliu, as ing, s Ariseand g) to Sarepta of the Sgoman land': behol , I have there commanded a widow-worn an to maintain thee. to And he arose and ent to Sarepta and came to the gate of t city: and, behold, a widow-woman was t ere gathering sticks, and Rliu cried after 1 er, and said to her, R Fetch me, I pray the a little water in a vessel, r that I may drink. 11 And. she went to fetch it; and Eliu cried after her, and said, Bring me, I .Pray ~thee, a morsel of the bred that is in th hand. " And the woman said, As the Lrd thy God lives, I have not a cake, but only a handful of meal in the pitcher, and a little oil yin a cruse, and, behold, I am-going to gather two sticks and I shall o in and dress it for myself and my children, and we,s eat it and die.

i3And Pin, said to her, Be of good courage, go in and do according to thy word: but make me thereof a little cake, and thou shalt bring it out to me first, and thou shalt make some for thyself nd thy children last. "For thus with the Lord, The pitcher of meal shall not fail, and he cruse of oil shall not a diminish, until t e day that the Lord gives rain ap on the ear "And the woman went and did so, and 'd eat she and he and her children. is ad tfie pitcher of meal failed not, and th cruse of oil was not diminished according;o the word of the Lord whicli he spoke by' the hand of Eliu.

17 And it came to pas afterward that the son of the woman the 'stress 9f the house was sick; and .his sic ess was very severe until there was no breat left in him. IsAnd she said to.Eliu .Wha have I to do with thee, O man of God? t thou come in to me to bring my.sins to remembrance; and to slay my son?

19 And Eliu said to the woman, Give me thy son. - And he took him out of her bosom, and took him to the chamber in which he himself lodg and C laid liim on the bed. 2° And Eliu 'ed aloud, and said, Alas, O Lord, the witne s of the widow with whom .I sojourn, thou h t wrought evil for her in slaying her son. 21 And he breathed on the child thrice, and called on the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, let, I pray thee the soul of this child return to him. 22And it was so and the child cried out, 23 and he brought 1im down fro the, upper chamber into the house, aand gave him to hismother; and Eliu said, ee thy s n lives. 24 And the woman said to Eliu, Behold, I know that thou curt a man of (hod, and the word of the Lord in thy mouth is tr e.

And it came to ss er many days, that the word of the Qr4 a to L~'liu in the third year, sayin~ ~, Go, and appear before Achaab, and .I will brin rain upon the face of the earth. 2And E 'u went to appear before Aohaab ·.' and th famine was severe in Samaria.

e And Achaab called bdiu the steward, Now Abdiu feared the lord greatly. 4And it came to pass when Jezebel smote. the prophets,of the Lord, that iAbdiu took a hun.

B Or. Take, etc. into. ~ Or. and I will, eto. b Or, be diminished, or fail of, eta., C Or. oansed I'm W sleep. 16

476

III. KINGS XVIII. 5-23. Bred pro hets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water. b And Achaab said to Abdiu, Come, and lez us go through the land, and to the foun tains of water, and to the brooks, if by any means we may find graas, and may save the horses and mules, an d so they will not perish from the tents. And they made a division of the way between them to ass through it: Achaab went one way and pAbdiu went by another way alone. ~ And Abdiu was alone in the way; and Eliu came alone to meet him: and Abdiu hasted and fell ap on his face and said, My lord E~u, Part Mon. indeed he? s And Eliu said to him, I dm: fo, say to thy master Behold, Eliu is here. And Abdiu said, What sin have I com mitted, that thou givest,thy servant into the hand of Achaab to slay me? 1°As the Lord thy God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom, whither my lord has not sent to seek thee and if they said, He is not here, then has fie set fire to the kingdom and its territories, because he has not found thee. '1 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Eliu is here. 19 And it shall come to pass when I shall have departed from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carr~ thee to a land which I know not, and I shall go in to tell the matter to Achaab, and he will not find thee and will slay me: yet thy servant fears the Lord from his youth. 13 Has it not been told to thee my lord, what I did when Jezabel slew the prophets of the Lord, that I hid a hundred men of the pro phets of V,e Lord, b fift in a cave and Fed them with brew any water? 1dAnd now thou sayest to me, Go, say to thy~mas ter, Behold, Eliu is here: and he shall slay me. 16 And Eliu said As the Lord of Hosts before whom I stand lives, to-day I will oppear before him. is And Abdiu went to meet Achaab, and told him: and Achaab Y hasted forth, and went to meet Eliu. i7And it came to pass when Acbaab saw Eliu, that Achaab said to Eliu, Art thou he that perverts Israel? '9 And Eliu said I do not pervert Israel; but it is thou and thy father's house, in that ye forsake the Lord your and and thou bast gone after Baelim 19 And' now send, gather to me all Israel to mount Carmel and the prophets of a shame four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, that eat at Jezebel s table. m And Achaab sent to all Israel, and gathered all the prophets to mount Carmel. a' And Eliu drew near to them all: and Eliu said to them, How long wilt ya~ halt on both S feet? if the Lord be Clod follow him; but if Baal, follow him. And the people answered not a word. 22And Eliu said to the peop )le, I am left, the o only one prop bet of the Lord; and the prophets of lBaal are four hundred and fifty men, and the pro. phets of the groves four hundred. 'Let them give us two oxen and let them choose one for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and d Gin if thou art, etc. T or. ran forth, 8 Sea. Baal. See Jer.11.13. Hoe. & 10. C Or. the 6ama, from -Vow, the knee. 0 Or, quite alone.

477

III. KINGS YV III. 24-38.

lay it on the wood, and put no fire on the wood: and .Iwill'dressthe,other.bullock, and put on no fire.- .?4 And: do-ye call loudly on the name of your gods; arid I will call on the. name of the Lord my (hod, and it shall come to pass that the God who shall answer by fire, he is (hod: And all the people answered. and said; The word which thou bast spoken is good.

25 And Eliu said to the prophets of shame, Choose to yourselves;one calf; and dress it first, for ye are many; and call ye on the name of our god; but apply no fire. 1BAnd they tool the cal' and drest it, And called on the name of Baal -from morning till noon, and said, Hear us, .0 Baal, hear us. And there was no voice, neither was there hearin~, ~and they ran up and down on the a'n they laud madeu :And`it was noon, and Eliu the Thesbite mocked them, and said; Call with a loud voice, for he is a god; for he is meditating, or else perha he is P engaged in business; or perhaps 9e ie asleep, and Y is to be awaked. 28And they cried with aloud voice, and out themselves according to their custom with knives and lancets until the & ,blood guAied out upon them. rssAnd they prop. euntil the evening came; and-:it came to pass as it was the time of the f offering of the sacrifice, thatEliu the Thesbite spoke to the prophets of the' abominations, saying, Stand bfor the present; and I will offer my-floe. saciAnd they stood aside, and departed,

30And Eliu said to the people; Coma near to me. And all the people came, near to him "And Eliu took twelve stnes,. se cording to the number of the tribes vF'Israei as the Lord spoke to him 'saying, Israel shelf be.thy name.';' 32 up.the stones in the name of the Lord, and a repaired the altar, that had been broken down; and he made a a trench that wou11 hold two mea. sores of seed round about the altar. -OAnd he pfled the cleft wood on the altar which he had made and divided the whole:burnt, offering, and laid it on the wood and laid it in order on ;the altar, and said, Fetch me foir pitchers' of water, and pour it on' the whole.burnt:offering, and- on the wood. And'tbey did so. -nAnd'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.. 35 And the water ran round about the altar, and, they filled the trench with water.

36And Eliu cried aloud to. heaven,,and said, Lord God of A bream and low, and Israel, *answer me; O Lord, answer me this day by fire, and let all this people, know that thou art the Lord, the (hod of- Israel, and I am, thy servant, and for thy sake I have wrugLt these works,; qHear me, O Lord, hear me, and let, thje.people know' that thou art the Lord God, ,.and thou hast turned back the heart of this people. . 38Then fire fell from the Lord,out of heaven, and devoured the wJiole, urnt.offerings, and.the wood and the water. that was in the ~ trench, and the fire licked .up the stones and the earth. .

Or, pleplilna an answer. y Or. will awake or arise. b Or. aheddins of blood-upon them. C Or. the eaerdfioe qoina up. B On healed. X (fir. sea. a Or, hearken unto me.

478

III. KirrGs XVIII. 39-XIX. 11.

"And all the people fell upon their faces, and said, Truly the ford is God; he is God. 4' And Eliu said to the people, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them; and Eliu brings them down to the brook gisson, and he slew them there.

't And Eliu said to Achaab, Go up, and eat and drink, for there is a sound of the P coming of rain. 42 And Achaab went up to eat and to drink and Eliu went up to Carmel, and stooped to the ground, and put his face between his knees ,'3 and said to his servant, Go up, and look toward the sea. And the servant looked, and said, There is nothing: and Min. said, Do thou then go again seven times. '4And the ser. vant went again seven times: and it came to pass at the seventh time, that, behold, a little cloud like the sole of a man's foot Y brought water; and he said, Go up, and say to Achaab, Make ready thy chariot, and go down, lest the rain overtake thee. 41 And it came o pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven grew black with clouds and wind and there was a great rain. And Achaali wept, and went to Jezrael. 4aAnd the hand of the Lord was upon Eliu, and he girt up his loins, and ran before Achaab to Jezrael.

And Achaab told Jezabel his wife all that Eliu load done, and how he had slain the prophets with the sword. 2 And Jezabel sent to Eliu and said If thou art Eliu and I am JezabeL God $ do so to me, and more also, if I do not make thy life by this time tomorrow as the life of one of them. sAnd Eliu feared, and rose, and departed for his life: and he comes to Bersabee to the land of Juda, and he left his servant there.

4And he himself went a da s journey in the wilderness, and came and sat under a juniper tree; and asked concerning his life that he might die, and said, Let it be enough now, O Lord, take, I prey thee, my life from me for I am no better than my fathers. i And he lay down and slept there under a tree; and behold, some one touched him, and said to him, Arise and eat. sAnd Eliu looked, and, behold, at his head there was a cake of meal and a cruse of water; and he arose, and ate and drank, and returned and lay down. T And the angel of the Lord returned again, and touched him, and said to him, Arise, and eat, for the journey is far from thee. 8 And he arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights to mount Choreb.

9 And he entered there into a cave, and rested there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him and he said, What doest thou here, Ehu 7 IO And Eliu said S I have been very jealous for the Lord Almighty, because the children of Israel have forsaken thee: they have digged down thine altars, and have slain thy propNets with the sword; and I only am left alone, and they seek my life to take it. It And he said, Thou shalt go forth to-morrow, and shalt stand before the Lord in the mount; behold, the Lord will pass by. And, behold, a great and strong wind rending the moun-

B Qr. feet of rain. 7 Or. bringing. 1 6 Lit. do these things to me, end add these things. r ROUL 11. &

479

III. KINGS XIX. 12-XX. 8.

tains, and crushing the. rocks before the Lord;.but the Lord eilas not in the wind; and after the wind anl, earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: hand after the earthquake a fire .but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire the voice of a gentle breeze.

1' And it came to pass when Eliu heard that he wrapt his face in his P. mantle, and went forth and stood' Yin the cave: and, behold, a voice came to him and said, What doest thou here, EliuF 19A,nd Eliu said, I have been very jealous for the Lord Al mighty ; for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant; and they have over thrown thine altars, and have slain th

prophets with the sword! and I am 18f~ entirely alone, and they seek my life to take it. 15 And the Lord said to him Go, S return, and thou shalt come into tie wa; of the wilderness of Damascus : and thou shalt go and anoint Azael to be king over Syria. 1s And Ju the son of Namessi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisaie the son of Saphat shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. '7 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapes from the sword of Azael Ju shall slay and him that escapes from the 'sword of Ju, Elisaie shall slay. 1sSAnd thou shalt leave in Israel seven thousand men, all the knees which had not bowed a themselves to Baal and every mouth= had not worshipped him.

19 And he departed thence, and finds Elisaie the son of Saphat, and he was ploughing with oxen there were twelve yoke before him and he A with the twelve, and he a passed. by to, him and cast his

Z tic ~ him. 2OAnd glisaie left the u"le,atir;~n after Eiiu and said, I will kiss my father, and follow after thee. And Eliu said, Return, for 1 have done a work for thee. al And he returned f from follow. ing him, and took *a,yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled them with the in. struments of the oxen, sind gave to the people, and they ate: and he arose, and went after Eliu and ministered to him.

And Na'buthai the Jezraelite bad a vineyard, near the threshingfioor of Achaab king of Samaria. sAnd Achaab spoke to Nabuthai saying, Give, me thy vineyard, and I wllf

have it for a garden of herbs, for it is near my house: and I will give thee another vineyard betteri, than it; or if Pit please thee, I will give thee movey, the price of this thy vineyard and I will have it for a garden of herbs. gAnd Nabuthai said to Achaab, My God forbid me that I should give thee the inheritance of my fathers.

' A nil the spirit of Achaab was troubled and he lay down upon his bed, and covered his face, and ate no brad. sAnd Jezabel his wife went in to him and spoke to him, saying, Why is thy spirit troubled, and why dolt thou eat no bread? s And he said to her, Because I spoke to Nabuthai the Jezraelite, saying, Give me thy vineyard for money; or if thou wilt, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he said I will not give thee the inheritance of my futliers,

B 44 ahcepakin, 7 (ir, under. b (fir. return to thy journey. ( $om.11. 4. B (fir. the knee. a (7r. in.w On departed. F or. from behind him. * Or. the yokes, p Or . it is pleasing beforg thee.

480

111. KINGS XX. 7-a4.

7 And Jezabel his wife said to him, Dost thou now thus act the king over srael? arise, and eat bread, and be 9 tlune own master and I will give thee the vineyard of Nabuthai the Jezraelite.

s And she wrote a Y letter in the name of Achaab, and sealed it with his seal, and sent the letter to the elders, and to the s freemenwho dwelt with Nabuthai. 9And Sit was written in the letters, saying, Keep a fast, and set Naboth in a chief place among the people. "And set two men sons of transgressors, before him, and fet them testify against him, saying, He B blessod God and the king: and let them lead him forth, and stone him, and let him die.

u And the men of his city, the elders, and the nobles who dwelt in his cit did as Jezabel sent to them, and as it ~ been written in the letters which she sent to .them. J2 And they a proclaimed a fast, and set Nabuthai in a clnef place among the people. uAnd twomen, sonsof transgressors, came in, and sat opposite him, and bore witness against him, saying, Thou hast blessed God and the king. And they led him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, and he died. 14 And they sent to Jezabel, saying, Nabuthai is ston, and is dead.

'5 And it came to pass, when Jezabol heard et, that she said to Achaab, Arise w take possession of the vineyard of Nabuthai the Jezraelite who f would not sell it to thee: for Nabutliai is not alive, for he is dead. 's And it came to pass, when Aehaab heard that Nabuthai the Jezraelite was dead, that he rent his garments, and put on sackcloth. And it came to pass afterward, that Achaab arose and went down to the vineyard of Nabuthai the Jezraelite,-to take possession of it.

u And the Lord spoke to Eliu the Thes bite, saying, '$ Arise, and go down to meet Achaab king of Israel, who is in Samaria , for he is in the vineyard of Nabuthai, for he has Tone down thither to take possession of it. 9 And thou shalt speak to him, say ing, PThus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast slain and taken possession, there fore thus saith the Lord, In every place where the swine and the dogs have licked the blood of Nabuthai, there shall the dogs lick tliy blood; and the harlots shall wash themselves in thy blood. 99 And Achaah said to Eliu Hast thou found me, mine enemy? and he said, I have found thee: be cause thou hast awickedly sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord,, to pro voke him to anger ; a' behold I bring T evil upon thee: and I will kincl'le a fire after thee, and I will utterly destroy every male of Achaab, and him that is shut up and him that is left in Israel. 9" And I will Omake thy house as the house of Jeroboam the son of Nabat, and as the house of Baasa son of Aehia, because of the provocations where with thou hastprovoked me, and caused Israel to sin. And the Lord spoke x of Jezabel, saying, The dogs shall devour her,I,:g -.,. _ C, ...1-:R.,o*,nn n4' Tnvra.al94 Aim S Or. like thyself. t Or. book. d Possibly nobles is here meant. t Or. bad been written. 8 See Prat: Lee on the word r in Job 2: 9. Neb. Gram. p. 92. a Or. ealled. a Or. inbertt . F Or. said it not. a Gr. to inherit it. p Gr. these things. a Or. foolishly, or in vain. T Gr. evils. 0 Gr. give. x Or, to Jeeabei.y or. by.

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III. KINGS XIX. 25-XXI. 12.

that is deal of dchaa$ in the city shall the dogs eat, and him thad is dead of him in the field shal the birds o0he sky eat.

25 But Achaab did wickedly, pin that he sold himself to do th t which was evil in the sight of the Lord, s his wife Jezabel led him astray. E6 And edid very abominably in following after the Abominations, accord ~ I to all that the Amorite ctict, whom the

ord utter destroyed from before the children of Israel. .

27 And because of three word, Achaab was pierced with sorrow before Y the Lord, and he both went wee pin , and rent his garment and girt sackclot~ upon his body, and fasted; he put on sackploth also in the dap that he smote Nabuthai the Jezraelite and went his way. 28 And the word of the Lord - came by the hand of h~s servant Eliu concerning Aehaab, and t e Lord .said, 29 Hast thou seen how Achaab~ has been pricked to the heart before me? 1 will nut briog~ on the evil in his days, but in bas son's days will I bring on the evil.

And the son of Ad~r gathered all his foroes, and went up and besieged Samaria he and thirty-two kin with , and all his horse and a chariots and they went up and besieged°Samaria, and fought against it. =And he sent into'', the city to Achaab king of Iarae~, and said to him, Thus says the son of Ader 3 Thyilver and thy gold are mine, and thy wiv¢s and thy children are mine. ' And the king of Israel answered and said, As thou halt skid, my lord, O king, I am thine, and all mine, also.

6 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus saws the son of Ader, I sent to thee, saying, Mon shalt give me thy silver and taw old, and thy ives and thy children . Zor at this tun,e to-morrow I will send my servants to thlee,and they shall search t house and th houses of thy servants, d it shall be th t all the desirable objects of their eyes on which they shall lav their hands, they shall even take them. And the king of Israel called all.the elders of the land, and said, Take notice now and consider, that this man sees mischief: for he has sent to me concerning my wives, and concerning my sons, a concerning my daughters : I have not k;t back from him my silver and my gold, s And the elders and all the people said to him, Hearken not, and consent not. 9And a said to the messengers of the son of, der, Say to your master, All things that thou hast sent to thy servant about at fir t I will do; but tins thing I shall not b able to do. And the men departed, and carried back the answer to him.

tc And the son of Ader a nt to him, saying, So do God to me, and ino a also; if the dust of Samaria shall suffice fo Sfozes to all the peeple, even my infantry. if And the king of tarael answered and a 'd Let it be suffi. cient; let not the hump eked boast as he that is uptight. a And it a to pass when he returned him this ewer, he and al:

,B Gr. who sold, at*. y Or . the face, as it were, ofthe Lord. d Or. chariot.( The L%%. read p1*0lfor C'5M

482

III. KINGS XXI. 13-28.

the kings with him were drinking in tents: and he said to his servants, A Form a trench. And they made a trench against the city.

'3 And, behold, a prophet came to Achaab king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Bast thou seen this great multitude? behold, I give it this day into thine hands; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. "And Aehaab said, Whereby? And he said, Thus saith the Lord, By the young men of the heads of the districts. And Achaab said, Who shall -Y begin the battle? and he said, Thou.

a And Achaab s numbered the young men the heads of the districts, and they were two hundred and thirty: and afterwards he numbered the people, even every Cman fit for war, seven thousand. lfi And he went forth at noon, and the son of Ader was drinking and getting drunk in Socchoth, he and the kings, even thirty and two kings, his allies. '7 And the young men the heads of the districts went forth first; and they send and report to the king of Syria saying, There are men come forth out of Ramaria. Is And he said to them, If they come forth peaceably, Make them alive; and if they come forth to war, take them alive: 'y and let not the young men the heads of the-districts go forth of the city. And the force that was behind them m smote each one the man neat to him; and each one a second time smote the man nest to him: and Syria fled, and Israel pursued them; and the son of Ader, even the king of Syria, escapes on the horse of a horseman. li And the king of Israel went forth, and took all the horses and the chariots, and smote the enemy with a great slaughter in Syria. 22 And the pro&t came to the king of Israel, and said, Strengthen thyself', and observe, and see what thou shalt do; for at the return of the year the son of Ader king of Syria comes up aAannut thee.

2:' d the servants of the king of Syria, even they said, The God of Israel is a God of mountains, and not a God of valleys; therefore has he prevailed against us: but if we should fight against them in the plain, verily we shall pr~evail against them. '- And do thou this thing : Send away the kings, each one to his place, and set princes in their stead. And we ill Pgive thee another army according to the army that was destroyed, and cavalry according to the cavalry,

and chariots according to the chariots, and

we will fight against tliem in the plain, and we shall prevail against them. And he hearkened to t their voice, and did so.

And it came to pass'at the return of the year, that the son of Ader reviewed Syria, and went up to Apheca to war against Israel 27 And the children of Israel were numbered, and came to meet them : and Israel encamped before them as two little flocks of goats, but Syria filled the land.

28 And there came the man of God, and said to the king of Israel, Thus saith the Lord, Because Syria has said, The Lord God of Israel is a God of the hills, and he is not a God of the valleys, therefore will I give this great army into thy hand, and thou

(f Or. baUd a mound or fortification. y (fir. engage in the war. a o , reviewed . f, Or. son of strength. 6 ar. among the first. a 13r. iafin. for imper. ,u Gr change. f or. his.

483

III. KINQ9 XXI. 29-43:

shalt know that I am the Lord. 29And they encamp one over a 'nat the other before !s them seven days. d it came to pass on the seventh day t ha the battle drew on, and Israel smote Syri , even a hundred thousand footmen in one d p. 30And the rest fled to Apheca into the c t y; and the wall fell upon twenty-seven th usnd men that were left: and the son of der fled, and, entered into Yan inner chamber, into a closet.

31 And he said to hia', servants, I know that the kings of Israel a a merciful kings: .let us now put sackcloth upon our loins, and ropes upon our heads and let us go forth to the king of Israel, itt bay any means he will save our souls alive. So they girt sackcloth upon their loin ,and put ropes upon their heads, and eaid~to the king of Israel, Thy servant the son df Ader says, Let our S souls live, I pr~ay then; And he said, Does he yet live? He is m brother. 33And the men divined, and e o ere drink-offerings; and they caught the wprd out of his mouth and said, Th p brotlier he eon of rider. And he said, Gto ye in and fetch him. And the son of Ader went out ~o him, and they cause him to go up to him -Xi to the chariot. 34And he said to him, The c ties which my father took from thy father 7I will restore to thee,, and thou shalt make streets for thyself in Damascus, as my father made streets in Samaria; and I will 1 t thee go with a cove. nant. And he made covenant with him, and let him go.

35 And wa, certain m~.n of the sons of the pro' Me( ts said to his neighbour by the word of Lord, Smite me, I pray. And the man would not smite) him. 35 And he said to him, Because thou ast not hearkened to the voice of the Lord therefore, behold, as thou departest from e, a lion shall smite thee: and he depart from him, and a lion found him, and smote him. 37 And he finds another man and says , Smite me, I pray thee. And the man mote him, nd fin smiting wounded him.

38And the prophet vent and stood before the king of Israel by the way and bound his eyes with a bandag,e ~Anf it came to pass as the kind passed by, that he cried aloud to the king, al~d said, Thy servant went out to ewar, nd, behold, a man brought another man o me, and said to me, Keep this man; and if he should by any means escape, then th~ P life shall go for his life, or thou shalt P~$y a talent of silver. 'And it came to pas, that thy servant looked round this wa and that way and

the man was gone. nd the king of Israel said to him, Behold, thou hast also Tde. stroyed snares set for e. " And he basted, and took away the bandage from his eyes; and the king of Israel recognised him, that he was one of the props ets. 's And. he said to him, Thus saith the Lord Because, thou halt sffered to escape ~ out of thine band a man appointed to destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his fit' , aneo people for his people. 43And,tle king of Israel de. parted confounded and discouraged, and came to Samaria. B pr. these. r GTr. the house of the chamber. d pr. kings of mercy. Or, eiDu1 B Or, poured libations, b4t a0me read Joasuiaw which answers ezaotly to the Heb. A fir. upon or to. a 13r. one man. 6 Or. having smitten. r Or. the army of war. p Gr. soul. o 17r. he was not. v Or. slain.

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III. KiNas XXIL 1-18. And he rested three years and there was no war between S Tia and Ysrael. 2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Josa phat king of Juda went down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said to his servants Know ye that Rommath Galaad is

=aa we are 13 slow to take it out of the 'Oftheld.gof`SyriaP · And the king of Israel said to Josaphat, Wilt thou go up with us to Remmath Galaad to battle? 6 And Josaphat said, As I am, so art thou also; as my people, so is thy people; as my horses, so are thy horses.

And Josaphat king of Juda said to the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee of the Lord to.day. s And the lung of Israel gathered all the prophets together, about four hundred men; and the king said to them, Shall I o up to Remmath Galaad to battle, or shall forbear? and they said, Go up, and the Lord will surely give it into the hands of the king.

7 And Josaphat said to the king of Israel, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, Y that we may enquire of the Lord by him? s And the king of Israel said to Josaphat There is one man here for us to enquire of the Lord a by; but I hate him for lie does not speak good of me, but o2y evil; Michaias son of Jemblaa. And Josaphat king of Juda said, Let not the king say so.

'And the king of Israel called a eunuch and said Bring hither quickly Michaias son of Jemb, Iaa. lc And the king of Israel and Josaphat king of Juda Cast, each on his throne, armed in the gates of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them. 11 And Sedekias son of Chanaan made for himself iron horns, and said, Thus with the Lord, With these thou shalt 8push Syria, until it be consumed. 12 And all the prophets pr~ophesied in like manner, saying Go up to Hemmath Galaad, and the thing stall prosper, and the Lord shall deliver it and the king of Syria into thine hands.

13 And the messenger that went to call Miehaias spoke to him, as Behold now all the prophets speak with one mouth good concerning the king, let now thy words be like the words of one of them, and speak good things. 14 And Michaias said, As the Lord lives, whatsoever the Lord shall say to me, A tht will I speak.

15 And he came to the king: and the king said to him, Michaias, shall I go up to Remmath Galaad to battle f, or shall Iforbear? and he said, Go up, anQ the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. 18 And the king said to him, How often shall I adjure thee that thou speak to me truth in the name off' the Lord? 17 And he said, Not so. I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains as a flock I without a shepherd: and the Lord said, Is not God lord of these? let each one return to his home in peace.

Is And the king of Israel said to Josaphat king of Juda, Did I not say to thee that this

S pr. silent. q Or. and we will enquire. d (7r. by him. ( See Neb. B Qr. gore. 7t Or. these things. N Or. prosper the work, etc. f C7r. which has nn shepherd.

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III. KINGS. XXII. 19-88. man does not prophesy good to me for he speaks nothing but evil? '9 And Afichaias said, Not so, it is not I: hear the word of the Lord I it is not so. I saw the God of Israel sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven stood about him on his right hand and on his left: 2D And the Lord said Who will deceive Achaab kin~ of Israel, R that he may go up and fall in li~emmath Galaad? an one spoke one way, and another another way. s'Xnd there came forth a. spirit and stood before the Lord, and said= will de ceive him. 22And the Lord said. to him, Whereby? And he said, I will go forth and will be a false spirit in the mouth ofl all his prophets, Axld he said, Thou ehalt deceive, us, and shalt prevail: go forth and do so. And now, behold, the Lord has put a false spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord has spoken 24 evil against th And Sedekias the son of Chanaan came near and smote Michaias on the cheek, and said, What sort of a spirit of the Lord has spoken in thee? 25And Michaias said, Be. hold, then shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an innermost chamber to hide thyself there, 2SAnd the king of Israel said, Take Michaias, and convey him 27 and tell Semer the /keeper of the city;

Joas the king's son to put this .fellow) in prison, and to feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction until I return in peace. 28 And Michaias said; If thou return at all in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me. -

29 So the king of Israel went up, and Josa e at king of Juda 'with him to Remmath

alaad. 3DAnd the king of Israel said to Josaphat king of Juda, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle' and do then

put on my raiment. So the my- , TI

of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle. sl And the king of Syria had charged the thirty-two captains of his chariots, saying, Fight not against small $ or great, but against the king of Israel only. 32And it came to pass, when the captains of the cha. riots saw Josaphat king of Juda, that they said This seems to he the king of Israel. And they compassed him about to fight against him; and Josaphat cried out. 33And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw that this was not the king of Israel, that they returned from him.

34 And one drew a bow with a good aim, and smote the king of Israel between the lungs and the breast-plate : and he said to his charioteer, Turn thine hands, and carry me away out of the battle, for I am wounded. 11 And the war was turned in that dap, and the. king was Catanding on the chariot aganst yr~a from morning till evening; and he shed the blood out of his wound, into the B bottom of the chariot, and died at even, and the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the chariot. 36And the herald of the army stood at sunset, say~ng Let every man go to his own city and lu., own land, 37 for the king is dead. And they came to Samaria, and buried the king in Samaria. 39 And they washed the chariot at

R Or. and he shall, ete. y (#r. king. d ar. and. C Lit. remaining. 0 Or. bosom.

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III. KINGS XXII. 39-54. the fountain of Samaria; and the swine and the dogs licked up the blood and the harlots washed themselves in the blood, according to the word of the Lord which he spoke.

39And the rest of the acts of Achaab, and all that he did and the ivory house which he built, and alI the cities which he built, behold, are not these things written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 40And Achaab slept with his fathers, and Ochozias his son reigned in his stead.

41And Josaphat the son of Asa reigned over Juda: in the fourth year of Achaab king of Israel began Josaphat to reign. 42Thirty and five years old was he when he began to reign and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Azuba daughter of Salai. 43And he walked in all the way of Asa his father: he turned not from it, even from doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. 44Only he took not away any of the high places: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places. 45And Josaphat was at peace with the king of Israel.

46And the rest of the acts of Josaphat, and his mighty deeds, whatever he did, behold, are not these things written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Juda? 51And Josaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried by his fathers in the ciy of David his father, and Joram his son reigned in his stead.

52And Ochozias son of Aehaab reigned over Israel in Samaria: in the seventeenth year of Josaphat king of Juda, Ochozias son of Achaab reigned over Israel in Samaria two years. 53 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of Achaab his father, and in way of Jezabel his mother, and in the sins of the house of Jeroboam the son of Nabat who caused Israel to sin. 54And he served Baalim, and worshipped them, and provoked the Lord God of Israel, according to all that had been done before him.

b O . made. Y Or. reigned. 3 Gr. a eon of thirty and five years in his reigning. ( O, wards

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1 Gr. from the face of. Hebraism.

2 Or, steps.

3 Alex. apantyma. See svnantimata, Ex. 9.14.

4 Lv. shake them off.

5 Some read mayal, or maxath, as if from cibus.

6 Gr. spoke to him.

7 Gr. tribute, etc.

8 Heb. 800. Alex. 500.

9 Heb. and Alex. overseers of the people.

10 See Appendix.

11 Gr. of Solomon reigning.

12 Gr. its length fouty in cubit, etc.

13 Heb. and Alex. 60 cubit.

14 Heb. and Alex. 50 cubits.

15 Gr. upon.

16 Heb. or Alex. with (or against) the walls of the house round about.

17 Gr. and.

18 Gr. and.

19 Or. shrine.

20 Gr. give.

21 Gr. and Heb. shut up.

22 Gr. to the finishing of the whole house.

23 Gr. from the tip of his wing to the tip of his wing.

24 See ch. 10.12.

25 See Appendix.

26 Or, embossed or hollow work.

27 Gr. give.

28 Gr. nets.

29 Gr. chapiter.

30 q. d. netted.

31 Gr. round in a circle.

32 Gr. by way of.

33 Gr. give them to oompassions.

34 Gr. Lord, Lord, i.e. according to the Heb. Lord Jehovah.

35 Heb. and Alex. insert 'in the 37th year of Asa king of Juda.'

36 Gr. words.

37 Or, camp.

38 Gr. in Israel.

39 Or, surprised.

40 Gr. the cave of the house.

41 Gr. was after.

42 Gr. reigns.

43 The word is redundant

44 Gr: In his kingdom

45 Gr. might

46 See 1 Kings 22. 46.50. A.V.

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