Restored King James Version Book of 1 Kings
Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized.
1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered
him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
2 Wherefore his servants said unto
him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her
stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in your bosom,
that my lord the king may get heat.
3 So they sought for a fair damsel
throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and
brought her to the king.
4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the
king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
5 Then Adonijah the
son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him
chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
6 And his father had
not displeased him at any time in saying, Why have you done so? and he also
was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.
7 And he
conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they
following Adonijah helped him.
8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son
of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men
who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
9 And Adonijah slew sheep
and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and
called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's
10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and
Solomon his brother, he called not.
11 Wherefore Nathan spoke unto Bathsheba
the mother of Solomon, saying, Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of
Haggith does reign, and David our lord knows it not?
12 Now therefore
come, let me, I pray you, give you counsel, that you may save your own
life, and the life of your son Solomon.
13 Go and get you in unto king
David, and say unto him, Did not you, my lord, O king, swear unto your
handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne? why then does Adonijah reign?
14 Behold, while you yet
talk there with the king, I also will come in after you, and confirm your
15 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king
was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.
Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What
17 And she said unto him, My lord, you swore by YHWH
your Elohim unto your handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign
after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
18 And now, behold, Adonijah
reigns; and now, my lord the king, you know it not:
19 And he has
slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and has called all the sons
of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but
Solomon your servant has he not called.
20 And you, my lord, O king, the
eyes of all Israel are upon you, that you should tell them who shall sit
on the throne of my lord the king after him.
21 Otherwise it shall come to
pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son
Solomon shall be counted offenders.
22 And, lo, while she yet talked with
the king, Nathan the prophet also came in.
23 And they told the king,
saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he
bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.
24 And Nathan
said, My lord, O king, have you said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he
shall sit upon my throne?
25 For he is gone down this day, and has slain
oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and has called all the king's
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they
eat and drink before him, and say, Elohim save king Adonijah.
26 But me, even
me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and your
servant Solomon, has he not called.
27 Is this thing done by my lord the
king, and you have not showed it unto your servant, who should sit on the
throne of my lord the king after him?
28 Then king David answered and said,
Call me Bathsheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the
29 And the king swore, and said, As YHWH lives, who has
redeemed my soul out of all distress,
30 Even as I swore unto you by YHWH Elohim of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me,
and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this
31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence
to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever.
32 And king
David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the
son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.
33 The king also said unto
them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to
ride upon my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:
34 And let Zadok the
priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow you
with the trumpet, and say, Elohim save king Solomon.
35 Then you shall come up
after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my
stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.
36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: YHWH Elohim of my lord the king say so too.
37 As YHWH has been with my
lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than
the throne of my lord king David.
38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the
prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the
Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and
brought him to Gihon.
39 And Zadok the priest took a horn of oil out of the
tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the
people said, Elohim save king Solomon.
40 And all the people came up after him,
and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the
earth rent with the sound of them.
41 And Adonijah and all the guests who
were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard
the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being
in an uproar?
42 And while he yet spoke, behold, Jonathan the son of
Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for you are a
valiant man, and bring good tidings.
43 And Jonathan answered and said to
Adonijah, Verily our lord king David has made Solomon king.
44 And the king
has sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the
son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused
him to ride upon the king's mule:
45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the
prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence
rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that you have heard.
46 And also Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom.
47 And moreover
the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, Elohim make the
name of Solomon better than your name, and make his throne greater than your
throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed.
48 And also thus said the
king, Blessed be YHWH Elohim of Israel, who has given one to sit on my
throne this day, my eyes even seeing it.
49 And all the guests who were
with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on
the horns of the altar.
51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah
fears king Solomon: for, lo, he has caught hold on the horns of the altar,
saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me today that he will not slay his
servant with the sword.
52 And Solomon said, If he will show himself a
worthy man, there shall not a hair of him fall to the earth: but if
wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
53 So king Solomon sent, and
they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king
Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to your house.
1 Now the days of
David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
2 I go the way of all the earth: be you strong therefore, and show yourself
3 And keep the charge of YHWH your Elohim, to walk in his ways, to
keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his
testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in
all that you do, and whithersoever you turn yourself:
4 That YHWH
may continue his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, If your children
take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and
with all their soul, there shall not fail you (said he) a man on the throne
5 Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to
me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the
son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood
of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his
loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.
6 Do therefore according to
your wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
show kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of
those who eat at your table: for so they came to me when I fled because of
Absalom your brother.
8 And, behold, you have with you Shimei the son of
Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in the day
when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I swore to
him by YHWH, saying, I will not put you to death with the sword.
therefore hold him not guiltless: for you are a wise man, and know what
you oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring you down to the grave
10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city
11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:
seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in
12 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his
kingdom was established greatly.
13 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to
Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Come you peaceably? And he
14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto you. And
she said, Say on.
15 And he said, You know that the kingdom was mine,
and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the
kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for it was his from YHWH.
16 And now I ask one petition of you, deny me not. And she said unto
him, Say on.
17 And he said, Speak, I pray you, unto Solomon the king,
(for he will not say you nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to
18 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for you unto the king.
19 Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for
Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and
sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and
she sat on his right hand.
20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of
you; I pray you, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my
mother: for I will not say you nay.
21 And she said, Let Abishag the
Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother to wife.
22 And king Solomon
answered and said unto his mother, And why do you ask Abishag the
Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is my elder
brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of
23 Then king Solomon swore by YHWH, saying, Elohim do so to me,
and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.
24 Now therefore, as YHWH lives, who has established me, and set me
on the throne of David my father, and who has made me a house, as he
promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.
25 And king Solomon sent
by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him who he died.
26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get you to Anathoth, unto
your own fields; for you are worthy of death: but I will not at this time
put you to death, because you bare the ark of Adonai YHWH before David my
father, and because you have been afflicted in all wherein my father was
27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto YHWH; that he might fulfil the word of YHWH, which he spoke concerning the
house of Eli in Shiloh.
28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned
after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the
tabernacle of YHWH, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
29 And it
was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of YHWH; and,
behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada,
saying, Go, fall upon him.
30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of YHWH, and said unto him, Thus said the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay;
but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus
said Joab, and thus he answered me.
31 And the king said unto him, Do as he
has said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that you may take away the
innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
32 And YHWH shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two
men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father
David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host
of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the
head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his
house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from YHWH.
34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him:
and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
35 And the king put
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest
did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
36 And the king sent and called
for Shimei, and said unto him, Build you a house in Jerusalem, and dwell
there, and go not forth thence any where.
37 For it shall be, that on the
day you go out, and pass over the brook Kidron, you shall know for
certain that you shall surely die: your blood shall be upon your own head.
38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king
has said, so will your servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants
of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told
Shimei, saying, Behold, your servants be in Gath.
40 And Shimei arose, and
saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei
went, and brought his servants from Gath.
41 And it was told Solomon that
Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
42 And the king
sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make you to swear by
YHWH, and protested unto you, saying, Know for a certain, on the day you
go out, and walk abroad any where, that you shall surely die? and
you said unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
43 Why then have
you not kept the oath of YHWH, and the commandment that I have charged
44 The king said moreover to Shimei, You know all the
wickedness which your heart is privy to, that you did to David my father:
therefore YHWH shall return your wickedness upon your own head;
king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established
before YHWH for ever.
46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada; who went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was
established in the hand of Solomon.
1 And Solomon made affinity with
Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the
city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the
house of YHWH, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
2 Only the people
sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of
YHWH, until those days.
3 And Solomon loved YHWH, walking in the
statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the
great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that
5 In Gibeon YHWH appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and Elohim
said, Ask what I shall give you.
6 And Solomon said, You have showed unto
your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in
truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you; and you
have kept for him this great kindness, that you have given him a son to sit
on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O YHWH my Elohim, you have made
your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I
know not how to go out or come in.
8 And your servant is in the midst of your
people whom you have chosen, a great people, who cannot be numbered nor
counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart
to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able
to judge this your so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased Adonai,
that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And Elohim said unto him, Because you
have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life; neither have
asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies; but have
asked for yourself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done
according to your words: lo, I have given you a wise and an understanding
heart; so that there was none like you before you, neither after you shall
any arise like unto you.
13 And I have also given you that which you have
not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the
kings like unto you all your days.
14 And if you will walk in my ways, to
keep my statutes and my commandments, as your father David did walk, then I
will lengthen your days.
15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream.
And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of YHWH, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a
feast to all his servants.
16 Then came there two women, who were harlots,
unto the king, and stood before him.
17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I
and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in
18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered,
that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no
stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19 And this woman's
child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
20 And she arose at
midnight, and took my son from beside me, while your handmaid slept, and laid
it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21 And when I rose in
the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had
considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, whom I did bear.
22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is
your son. And this said, No; but the dead is your son, and the living is my son.
Thus they spoke before the king.
23 Then said the king, The one said, This
is my son who lives, and your son is the dead: and the other said, Nay; but
your son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring
me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25 And the king said,
Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the
26 Then spoke the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for
her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living
child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor
yours, but divide it.
27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the
living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28 And all
Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the
king: for they saw that the wisdom of Elohim was in him, to do judgment.
king Solomon was king over all Israel.
2 And these were the princes whom he
had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest,
3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of
Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
4 And Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the
5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; and Zabud
the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend:
Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the
7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided
victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made
8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh, and
10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and
all the land of Hepher:
11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor;
who had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
12 Baana the son of
Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which is by
Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place
that is beyond Jokneam:
13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him
pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him
also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great
cities with walls and brazen bars:
14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to
16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
18 Shimei the son of Elah,
19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the
country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he was
the only officer who was in the land.
20 Judah and Israel were many, as
the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making
21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land
of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and
served Solomon all the days of his life.
22 And Solomon's provision for one
day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and a hundred sheep,
beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl.
24 For he had
dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to
Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all
sides round about him.
25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under
his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of
26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his
chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
27 And those officers provided
victual for king Solomon, and for all who came unto king Solomon's table,
every man in his month: they lacked nothing.
28 Barley also and straw for
the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers
were, every man according to his charge.
29 And Elohim gave Solomon wisdom and
understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is
on the sea shore.
30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the
children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was
wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and
Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.
32 And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and
33 And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even
unto the hyssop that springs out of the wall: he spoke also of beasts, and
of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
34 And there came of all
people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, who had
heard of his wisdom.
1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto
Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his
father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
2 And Solomon sent to Hiram,
3 You know how that David my father could not build a house
unto the name of YHWH his Elohim for the wars which were about him on every
side, until YHWH put them under the soles of his feet.
4 But now YHWH my Elohim has given me rest on every side, so that there is neither
adversary nor evil occurrent.
5 And, behold, I purpose to build a house
unto the name of YHWH my Elohim, as YHWH spoke unto David my father,
saying, Your son, whom I will set upon your throne in your room, he shall build
a house unto my name.
6 Now therefore command you that they hew me cedar
trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with your servants: and unto
you will I give hire for your servants according to all that you shall
appoint: for you know that there is not among us any who can skill to hew
timber like unto the Sidonians.
7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the
words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be YHWH this
day, who has given unto David a wise son over this great people.
Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which you sent
to me for: and I will do all your desire concerning timber of cedar, and
concerning timber of fir.
9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon
unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that you
shall appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and you shall
receive them: and you shall accomplish my desire, in giving food for my
10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to
all his desire.
11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat
for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon
to Hiram year by year.
12 And YHWH gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised
him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league
13 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy
was thirty thousand men.
14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a
month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and
Adoniram was over the levy.
15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand
who bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
the chief of Solomon's officers who were over the work, three thousand and
three hundred, who ruled over the people who wrought in the work.
the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed
stones, to lay the foundation of the house.
18 And Solomon's builders and
Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber
and stones to build the house.
1 And it came to pass in the four hundred
and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of
Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif,
which is the second month, that he began to build the house of YHWH.
2 And the house which king Solomon built for YHWH, the length thereof
was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height
thereof thirty cubits.
3 And the porch before the temple of the house,
twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house;
and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
4 And for the house
he made windows of narrow lights.
5 And against the wall of the house he
built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both
of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad,
and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he
made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the
walls of the house.
7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of
stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither
hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in
8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the
house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out
of the middle into the third.
9 So he built the house, and finished it; and
covered the house with beams and boards of cedar.
10 And then he built
chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house
with timber of cedar.
11 And the word of YHWH came to Solomon, saying,
12 Concerning this house which you are in building, if you will walk in my
statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in
them; then will I perform my word with you, which I spoke unto David your
13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not
forsake my people Israel.
14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the
floor of the house, and the walls of the ceiling: and he covered them on the
inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of fir.
16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and
the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them for it within, even for the
oracle, even for the most holy place.
17 And the house, that is, the temple
before it, was forty cubits long.
18 And the cedar of the house within was
carved with knops and open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of
the covenant of YHWH.
20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenty
cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the
height thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the altar
which was of cedar.
21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold:
and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he
overlaid it with gold.
22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until
he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he
overlaid with gold.
23 And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive
tree, each ten cubits high.
24 And five cubits was the one wing of the
cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part
of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and
26 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of
the other cherub.
27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and
they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one
touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall;
and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.
28 And he
overlaid the cherubims with gold.
29 And he carved all the walls of the
house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open
flowers, within and without.
30 And the floor of the house he overlaid with
gold, within and without.
31 And for the entering of the oracle he made
doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
32 The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings
of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and
spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.
33 So also made he
for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth part of the wall.
34 And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door were
folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.
35 And he carved
thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold
fitted upon the carved work.
36 And he built the inner court with three rows
of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.
37 In the fourth year was the
foundation of the house of YHWH laid, in the month Zif:
38 And in the
eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house
finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of
it. So was he seven years in building it.
1 But Solomon was building his
own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
2 He built also the
house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was a hundred cubits, and
the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon
four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
3 And it was
covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty five pillars,
fifteen in a row.
4 And there were windows in three rows, and light was
against light in three ranks.
5 And all the doors and posts were square,
with the windows: and light was against light in three ranks.
6 And he made
a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth
thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before them: and the other pillars
and the thick beam were before them.
7 Then he made a porch for the throne
where he might judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with
cedar from one side of the floor to the other.
8 And his house where he
dwelt had another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon
made also a house for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like
unto this porch.
9 All these were of costly stones, according to the
measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the
foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.
10 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten
cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
11 And above were costly stones, after
the measures of hewed stones, and cedars.
12 And the great court round about
was with three rows of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the
inner court of the house of YHWH, and for the porch of the house.
king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
14 He was a widow's son of
the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass:
and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all
works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a
line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.
16 And he made two
chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of
the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was
17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the
chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter,
and seven for the other chapiter.
18 And he made the pillars, and two rows
round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the
top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
19 And the
chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the
porch, four cubits.
20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had
pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and
the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.
21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the
right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left
pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
22 And upon the top of the pillars
was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
23 And he made a
molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about,
and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it
24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops
compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were
cast in two rows, when it was cast.
25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three
looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking
toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above
upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
26 And it was a hand
breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with
flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.
27 And he made ten bases
of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth
thereof, and three cubits the height of it.
28 And the work of the bases was
on this manner: they had borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and
cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions
and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.
30 And every base had
four brazen wheels, and plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had
undersetters: under the laver were undersetters molten, at the side of every
31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit:
but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with their borders,
foursquare, not round.
32 And under the borders were four wheels; and the
axletrees of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel was
a cubit and half a cubit.
33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of
a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and
their spokes, were all molten.
34 And there were four undersetters to the
four corners of one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
35 And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a cubit
high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and the borders thereof
were of the same.
36 For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the
borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the
proportion of every one, and additions round about.
37 After this manner he
made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.
38 Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and
every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.
39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the
left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house
eastward over against the south.
40 And Hiram made the lavers, and the
shovels, and the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he
made king Solomon for the house of YHWH:
41 The two pillars, and the two
bowls of the chapiters that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two
networks, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of
42 And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two
rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters
that were upon the pillars;
43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the
44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
45 And the pots, and
the shovels, and the basins: and all these vessels, which Hiram made to king
Solomon for the house of YHWH, were of bright brass.
46 In the plain of
Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding
many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.
48 And Solomon made all
the vessels that pertained unto the house of YHWH: the altar of gold, and
the table of gold, whereupon the showbread was,
49 And the candlesticks of
pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle,
with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,
50 And the bowls,
and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the censers of pure
gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most
holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.
51 So was
ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of YHWH. And
Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the
silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the
house of YHWH.
1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all
the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel,
unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the
covenant of YHWH out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2 And all the
men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month
Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
3 And all the elders of Israel came,
and the priests took up the ark.
4 And they brought up the ark of YHWH,
and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in
the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.
king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, who were assembled unto
him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not
be told nor numbered for multitude.
6 And the priests brought in the ark of
the covenant of YHWH unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the
most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.
7 For the cherubims
spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims
covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
8 And they drew out the
staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the
oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.
9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put
there at Horeb, when YHWH made a covenant with the children of Israel,
when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10 And it came to pass, when the
priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of
11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the
cloud: for the glory of YHWH had filled the house of YHWH.
spoke Solomon, YHWH said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
have surely built you a house to dwell in, a settled place for you to abide
in for ever.
14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the
congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)
he said, Blessed be YHWH Elohim of Israel, who spoke with his mouth unto
David my father, and has with his hand fulfilled it, saying,
16 Since the
day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of
all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be therein; but
I chose David to be over my people Israel.
17 And it was in the heart of
David my father to build a house for the name of YHWH Elohim of Israel.
18 And YHWH said unto David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to
build a house unto my name, you did well that it was in your heart.
19 Nevertheless you shall not build the house; but your son who shall come
forth out of your loins, he shall build the house unto my name.
20 And YHWH has performed his word that he spoke, and I am risen up in the room of
David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as YHWH promised, and
have built a house for the name of YHWH Elohim of Israel.
21 And I have
set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of YHWH, which he
made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
Solomon stood before the altar of YHWH in the presence of all the
congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
23 And he
said, YHWH Elohim of Israel, there is no Elohim like you, in heaven above, or on
earth beneath, who keeps covenant and mercy with your servants who walk
before you with all their heart:
24 Who have kept with your servant David my
father that which you promised him: you spoke also with your mouth, and have
fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day.
25 Therefore now, YHWH Elohim
of Israel, keep with your servant David my father that which you promised him,
saying, There shall not fail you a man in my sight to sit on the throne of
Israel; so that your children take heed to their way, that they walk before me
as you have walked before me.
26 And now, O Elohim of Israel, let your word, I
pray you, be verified, which you spoke unto your servant David my father.
27 But will Elohim indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of
heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built?
28 Yet have you respect unto the prayer of your servant, and to his
supplication, O YHWH my Elohim, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which
your servant prays before you today:
29 That your eyes may be open
toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which you have
said, My name shall be there: that you may hearken unto the prayer which
your servant shall make toward this place.
30 And hearken you to the
supplication of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray
toward this place: and hear you in heaven your dwelling place: and when you
31 If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath
be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before your altar
in this house:
32 Then hear you in heaven, and do, and judge your servants,
condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the
righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 When your people
Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against
you, and shall turn again to you, and confess your name, and pray, and make
supplication unto you in this house:
34 Then hear you in heaven, and
forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which
you gave unto their fathers.
35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no
rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place,
and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflictest them:
36 Then hear you in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and of your
people Israel, that you teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and
give rain upon your land, which you have given to your people for an
37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence,
blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpillar; if their enemy besiege
them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there
38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all your
people Israel, who shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and
spread forth his hands toward this house:
39 Then hear you in heaven your
dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his
ways, whose heart you know; (for you, even you only, know the hearts
of all the children of men;)
40 That they may fear you all the days that
they live in the land which you gave unto our fathers.
concerning a stranger, who is not of your people Israel, but comes out of a
far country for your name's sake;
42 (For they shall hear of your great name,
and of your strong hand, and of your stretched out arm;) when he shall come and
pray toward this house;
43 Hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and do
according to all that the stranger calls to you for: that all people of the
earth may know your name, to fear you, as do your people Israel; and that they
may know that this house, which I have built, is called by your name.
your people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever you shall send
them, and shall pray unto YHWH toward the city which you have chosen, and
toward the house that I have built for your name:
45 Then hear you in heaven
their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
46 If they
sin against you, (for there is no man who sins not,) and you be angry
with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away
captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;
47 Yet if they shall
bethink themselves in the land where they were carried captives, and repent,
and make supplication unto you in the land of them who carried them
captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed
48 And so return unto you with all their heart, and with all
their soul, in the land of their enemies, who led them away captive, and
pray unto you toward their land, which you gave unto their fathers, the
city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name:
49 Then hear you their prayer and their supplication in heaven your dwelling
place, and maintain their cause,
50 And forgive your people who have sinned
against you, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed
against you, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive,
that they may have compassion on them:
51 For they be your people, and your
inheritance, whom you brought forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the
furnace of iron:
52 That your eyes may be open unto the supplication of your
servant, and unto the supplication of your people Israel, to hearken unto them
in all that they call for unto you.
53 For you did separate them from
among all the people of the earth, to be your inheritance, as you spoke by
the hand of Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt,
O Adonai YHWH.
54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying
all this prayer and supplication unto YHWH, he arose from before the altar
of YHWH, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud
56 Blessed be YHWH, who has given rest unto his people
Israel, according to all that he promised: there has not failed one word of
all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
57 YHWH our Elohim be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not
leave us, nor forsake us:
58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to
walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his
judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
59 And let these my words,
wherewith I have made supplication before YHWH, be nigh unto YHWH our
Elohim day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of
his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:
60 That all the
people of the earth may know that YHWH is Elohim, and that there is none
61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with YHWH our Elohim, to walk
in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
62 And the
king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before YHWH.
Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto YHWH, twenty two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep.
So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of YHWH.
64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before
the house of YHWH for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat
offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brazen altar that
was before YHWH was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat
offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
65 And at that time Solomon
held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering
in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before YHWH our Elohim, seven days and
seven days, even fourteen days.
66 On the eighth day he sent the people
away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of
heart for all the goodness that YHWH had done for David his servant, and
for Israel his people.
1 And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished
the building of the house of YHWH, and the king's house, and all Solomon's
desire which he was pleased to do,
2 That YHWH appeared to Solomon the
second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
3 And YHWH said unto
him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before
me: I have hallowed this house, which you have built, to put my name there
for ever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.
4 And if
you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart,
and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and
will keep my statutes and my judgments:
5 Then I will establish the throne
of your kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David your father,
saying, There shall not fail you a man upon the throne of Israel.
6 But if
you shall at all turn from following me, you or your children, and will not keep
my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve
other elohim, and worship them:
7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land
which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name,
will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among
8 And at this house, which is high, every one who passes by it
shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why has YHWH
done thus unto this land, and to this house?
9 And they shall answer,
Because they forsook YHWH their Elohim, who brought forth their fathers out
of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other elohim, and have worshipped
them, and served them: therefore has YHWH brought upon them all this
10 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had
built the two houses, the house of YHWH, and the king's house,
Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees,
and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram
twenty cities in the land of Galilee.
12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see
the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not.
13 And he
said, What cities are these which you have given me, my brother? And he
called them the land of Cabul unto this day.
14 And Hiram sent to the king
sixscore talents of gold.
15 And this is the reason of the levy which king
Solomon raised; for to build the house of YHWH, and his own house, and
Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.
Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire,
and slain the Canaanites who dwelt in the city, and given it for a present
unto his daughter, Solomon's wife.
17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron
18 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,
19 And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his
chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build
in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
all the people who were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites,
and Jebusites, who were not of the children of Israel,
21 Their children
who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were
not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of
bondservice unto this day.
22 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make
no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and
his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.
23 These were
the chief of the officers who were over Solomon's work, five hundred and
fifty, who bare rule over the people who wrought in the work.
Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which
Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.
25 And three times in a
year did Solomon offer burnt offerings and peace offerings upon the altar
which he built unto YHWH, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was
before YHWH. So he finished the house.
26 And king Solomon made a navy
of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in
the land of Edom.
27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen who
had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
28 And they came to
Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and
brought it to king Solomon.
1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the
fame of Solomon concerning the name of YHWH, she came to prove him with
2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with
camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she
was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from
the king, which he told her not.
4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all
Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built,
5 And the meat of his
table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers,
and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto
the house of YHWH; there was no more spirit in her.
6 And she said to
the king, It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your acts and
of your wisdom.
7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and my
eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: your wisdom and
prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
8 Happy are your men, happy are
these your servants, who stand continually before you, and who hear your
9 Blessed be YHWH your Elohim, who delighted in you, to set you
on the throne of Israel: because YHWH loved Israel for ever, therefore
made he you king, to do judgment and justice.
10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and
precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which
the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
11 And the navy also of Hiram, that
brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees,
and precious stones.
12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the
house of YHWH, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for
singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.
king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she
asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned
and went to her own country, she and her servants.
14 Now the weight of gold
that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of
15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffic of the
spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the
16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six
hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
17 And he made three hundred
shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king
put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
18 Moreover the king made a
great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.
19 The throne had
six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on
either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.
20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the
six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.
21 And all king
Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of
the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing
accounted of in the days of Solomon.
22 For the king had at sea a navy of
Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of
Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which Elohim had
put in his heart.
25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of
silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and
mules, a rate year by year.
26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and
horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at
27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and
cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for
28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn:
the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
29 And a chariot
came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse
for a hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for
the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.
1 But king
Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women
of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
2 Of the
nations concerning which YHWH said unto the children of Israel, You shall
not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will
turn away your heart after their elohim: Solomon chopped unto these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines:
and his wives turned away his heart.
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was
old, that his wives turned away his heart after other elohim: and his heart was
not perfect with YHWH his Elohim, as was the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after
Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight
of YHWH, and went not fully after YHWH, as did David his father.
7 Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab,
in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the
children of Ammon.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, who
burnt incense and sacrificed unto their elohim.
9 And YHWH was angry with
Solomon, because his heart was turned from YHWH Elohim of Israel, who had
appeared unto him twice,
10 And had commanded him concerning this thing,
that he should not go after other elohim: but he kept not that which YHWH
11 Wherefore YHWH said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is
done of you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have
commanded you, I will surely rend the kingdom from you, and will give it to
12 Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it for David your
father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of your son.
13 Howbeit I
will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to your son for
David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
14 And YHWH stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he
was of the king's seed in Edom.
15 For it came to pass, when David was in
Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he
had smitten every male in Edom;
16 (For six months did Joab remain there
with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:)
17 That Hadad
fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into
Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.
18 And they arose out of Midian, and
came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to
Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; who gave him a house, and appointed him
victuals, and gave him land.
19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of
Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of
Tahpenes the queen.
20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son,
whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh's
household among the sons of Pharaoh.
21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that
David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead,
Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to my own country.
22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what have you lacked with me, that,
behold, you seek to go to your own country? And he answered, Nothing:
howbeit let me go in any wise.
23 And Elohim stirred him up another adversary,
Rezon the son of Eliadah, who fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:
24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David
slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned
25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon,
beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over
26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's
servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his
hand against the king.
27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand
against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city
of David his father.
28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and
Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over
all the charge of the house of Joseph.
29 And it came to pass at that time
when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite
found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two
were alone in the field:
30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on
him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take you ten
pieces: for thus said YHWH, the Elohim of Israel, Behold, I will rend the
kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to you:
32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and for
Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of
33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped
Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the elohim of the Moabites, and
Milcom the elohim of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do
that which is right in my eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as
did David his father.
34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of
his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my
servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:
35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it unto
you, even ten tribes.
36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David
my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I
have chosen me to put my name there.
37 And I will take you, and you shall
reign according to all that your soul desires, and shall be king over Israel.
38 And it shall be, if you will hearken unto all that I command you, and
will walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes
and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with you, and
build you a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto you.
39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.
40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled
into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of
41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and
his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?
the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.
43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David
his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.
1 And Rehoboam
went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard
of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt
3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the
congregation of Israel came, and spoke unto Rehoboam, saying,
4 Your father
made our yoke grievous: now therefore make you the grievous service of your
father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve
5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to
me. And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men,
who stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do you
advise that I may answer this people?
7 And they spoke unto him, saying, If
you will be a servant unto this people this day, and will serve them, and
answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants for
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him,
and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him, and who stood
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give you that we may answer
this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which your father did
put upon us lighter?
10 And the young men who had grown up with him spoke
unto him, saying, Thus shall you speak unto this people who spoke unto you,
saying, Your father made our yoke heavy, but make you it lighter unto us; thus
shall you say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will
add to your yoke: my father has chastised you with whips, but I will chastise
you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the
third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's
counsel that they gave him;
14 And spoke to them after the counsel of the
young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your
yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the
cause was from YHWH, that he might perform his saying, which YHWH
spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 So when all
Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the
king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in
the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to your own house, David.
So Israel departed unto their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel
who dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king
Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with
stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his
chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 So Israel rebelled against the house of
David unto this day.
20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that
Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation,
and made him king over all Israel: there was none who followed the house of
David, but the tribe of Judah only.
21 And when Rehoboam was come to
Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, one
hundred and eighty thousand chosen men, who were warriors, to fight
against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of
22 But the word of Elohim came unto Shemaiah the man of Elohim, saying,
23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the
house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
24 Thus said YHWH, You shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren
the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from
me. They hearkened therefore to the word of YHWH, and returned to depart,
according to the word of YHWH.
25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount
Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house
27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of YHWH
at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord,
even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to
Rehoboam king of Judah.
28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two
calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to
Jerusalem: behold your elohim, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of
29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the
one, even unto Dan.
31 And he made a house of high places, and made priests
of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.
Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the
month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So
did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed
in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
33 So he offered
upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth
month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a
feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt
1 And, behold, there came a man of Elohim out of Judah by the word
of YHWH unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
2 And he cried against the altar in the word of YHWH, and said, O altar,
altar, thus said YHWH; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of
David, Josiah by name; and upon you shall he offer the priests of the high
places that burn incense upon you, and men's bones shall be burnt upon you.
3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which YHWH
has spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it
shall be poured out.
4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the
saying of the man of Elohim, who had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he
put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand,
which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in
again to him.
5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the
altar, according to the sign which the man of Elohim had given by the word of YHWH.
6 And the king answered and said unto the man of Elohim, Entreat now the
face of YHWH your Elohim, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me
again. And the man of Elohim besought YHWH, and the king's hand was restored
him again, and became as it was before.
7 And the king said unto the man of
Elohim, Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.
8 And the man of Elohim said unto the king, If you will give me half your
house, I will not go in with you, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in
9 For so was it charged me by the word of YHWH, saying, Eat
no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that you came.
10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to
11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and
told him all the works that the man of Elohim had done that day in Bethel: the
words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.
12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen
what way the man of Elohim went, who came from Judah.
13 And he said unto his
sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,
14 And went after the man of Elohim, and found him sitting under an oak: and he
said unto him, Are you the man of Elohim who came from Judah? And he said, I
15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
16 And he
said, I may not return with you, nor go in with you: neither will I eat
bread nor drink water with you in this place:
17 For it was said to me by
the word of YHWH, You shall eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn
again to go by the way that you came.
18 He said unto him, I am a prophet
also as you are; and an angel spoke unto me by the word of YHWH, saying,
Bring him back with you into your house, that he may eat bread and drink
water. But he lied unto him.
19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread
in his house, and drank water.
20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the
table, that the word of YHWH came unto the prophet who brought him back:
21 And he cried unto the man of Elohim who came from Judah, saying, Thus said
YHWH, Forasmuch as you have disobeyed the mouth of YHWH, and have not
kept the commandment which YHWH your Elohim commanded you,
22 But came
back, and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of which YHWH
did say to you, Eat no bread, and drink no water; your carcase shall not come
unto the sepulchre of your fathers.
23 And it came to pass, after he had
eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit,
for the prophet whom he had brought back.
24 And when he was gone, a lion
met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the
ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.
25 And, behold, men
passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the
carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
26 And when the prophet who brought him back from the way heard thereof, he
said, It is the man of Elohim, who was disobedient unto the word of YHWH:
therefore YHWH has delivered him unto the lion, which has torn him, and
slain him, according to the word of YHWH, which he spoke unto him.
27 And he spoke to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled
28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and
the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn
29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of Elohim, and laid
it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to
mourn and to bury him.
30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they
mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
31 And it came to pass, after he
had buried him, that he spoke to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury
me in the sepulchre wherein the man of Elohim is buried; lay my bones beside his
32 For the saying which he cried by the word of YHWH against the
altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in
the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.
33 After this thing
Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the
people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he
became one of the priests of the high places.
34 And this thing became sin
unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the
face of the earth.
1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray you, and disguise yourself,
that you be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get you to Shiloh:
behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, who told me that I should be king over
3 And take with you ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of
honey, and go to him: he shall tell you what shall become of the child.
4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the
house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of
5 And YHWH said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
comes to ask a thing of you for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shall
you say unto her: for it shall be, when she comes in, that she shall feign
herself to be another woman.
6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of
her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, you wife of
Jeroboam; why feignest you yourself to be another? for I am sent to you with
7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus said YHWH Elohim of Israel,
Forasmuch as I exalted you from among the people, and made you prince over
my people Israel,
8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and
gave it you: and yet you have not been as my servant David, who kept my
commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which
was right in my eyes;
9 But have done evil above all who were before
you: for you have gone and made you other elohim, and molten images, to
provoke me to anger, and have cast me behind your back:
10 Therefore, behold,
I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam
him who prinates against the wall, and him who is shut up and left in Israel,
and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man takes away
dung, till it be all gone.
11 Him who dies of Jeroboam in the city shall
the dogs eat; and him who dies in the field shall the fowls of the air eat:
for YHWH has spoken it.
12 Arise you therefore, get you to your own
house: and when your feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall
come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward YHWH Elohim of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
14 Moreover YHWH shall
raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that
day: but what? even now.
15 For YHWH shall smite Israel, as a reed is
shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which
he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because
they have made their groves, provoking YHWH to anger.
16 And he shall
give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made
Israel to sin.
17 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to
Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;
18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the
word of YHWH, which he spoke by the hand of his servant Ahijah the
19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he
reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years:
and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.
21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and
one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in
Jerusalem, the city which YHWH did choose out of all the tribes of Israel,
to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
22 And Judah did evil in the sight of YHWH, and they provoked him to
jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their
fathers had done.
23 For they also built them high places, and images, and
groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
24 And there were
also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of
the nations which YHWH cast out before the children of Israel.
25 And it
came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt
came up against Jerusalem:
26 And he took away the treasures of the house of
YHWH, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he
took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
27 And king
Rehoboam made in their stead brazen shields, and committed them unto the hands
of the chief of the guard, who kept the door of the king's house.
it was so, when the king went into the house of YHWH, that the guard bare
them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.
29 Now the rest of the
acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Judah?
30 And there was war between Rehoboam and
Jeroboam all their days.
31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was
buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah
an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.
1 Now in the
eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.
2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah,
the daughter of Abishalom.
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father,
which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with YHWH his
Elohim, as the heart of David his father.
4 Nevertheless for David's sake did
YHWH his Elohim give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him,
and to establish Jerusalem:
5 Because David did that which was right in the
eyes of YHWH, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him
all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And there was war
between Abijam and Jeroboam.
8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they
buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah.
10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
11 And Asa did that which was right
in the eyes of YHWH, as did David his father.
12 And he took away the
sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had
13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen,
because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt
it by the brook Kidron.
14 But the high places were not removed:
nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with YHWH all his days.
15 And he
brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which
himself had dedicated, into the house of YHWH, silver, and gold, and
16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built
Ramah, that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures
of the house of YHWH, and the treasures of the king's house, and delivered
them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the
son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt at Damascus,
19 There is a league between me and you, and between my father and
your father: behold, I have sent unto you a present of silver and gold; come
and break your league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
20 So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosts
which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and
Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali.
21 And it
came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off building of Ramah,
and dwelt in Tirzah.
22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all
Judah; none was exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the
timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had built; and king Asa built with them
Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all
his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in
the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.
24 And Asa slept with
his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father:
and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead.
25 And Nadab the son of
Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah,
and reigned over Israel two years.
26 And he did evil in the sight of YHWH, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made
Israel to sin.
27 And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,
conspired against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to
the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon.
in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay him, and reigned in his
29 And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house
of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any who breathed, until he had destroyed
him, according unto the saying of YHWH, which he spoke by his servant
Ahijah the Shilonite:
30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned,
and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked YHWH Elohim of Israel to anger.
31 Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all
that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son
of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years.
he did evil in the sight of YHWH, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and
in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.
1 Then the word of YHWH
came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
2 Forasmuch as I
exalted you out of the dust, and made you prince over my people Israel; and
you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made my people Israel to
sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
3 Behold, I will take away the
posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make your house
like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
4 Him who dies of Baasha in
the city shall the dogs eat; and him who dies of his in the fields shall the
fowls of the air eat.
5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did,
and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and
Elah his son reigned in his stead.
7 And also by the hand of the prophet
Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of YHWH against Baasha, and against
his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of YHWH, in
provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of
Jeroboam; and because he killed him.
8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa
king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two
9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired
against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza
steward of his house in Tirzah.
10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and
killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned
in his stead.
11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he
sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one
who prinates against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends.
12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of
YHWH, which he spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet,
13 For all the
sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by
which they made Israel to sin, in provoking YHWH Elohim of Israel to anger
with their vanities.
14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he
did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri
reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon,
which belonged to the Philistines.
16 And the people who were encamped
heard say, Zimri has conspired, and has also slain the king: wherefore all
Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the
17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they
18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was
taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's
house over him with fire, and died,
19 For his sins which he sinned in doing
evil in the sight of YHWH, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his
sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
20 Now the rest of the acts of
Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
21 Then were the people of Israel
divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath,
to make him king; and half followed Omri.
22 But the people who followed
Omri prevailed against the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so
Tibni died, and Omri reigned.
23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of
Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in
24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of
silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built,
after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.
25 But Omri wrought
evil in the eyes of YHWH, and did worse than all who were before him.
26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin
wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke YHWH Elohim of Israel to anger
with their vanities.
27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and
his might that he showed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Israel?
28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in
Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
29 And in the thirty and
eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over
Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two
30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of YHWH above
all who were before him.
31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light
thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took
to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and
served Baal, and worshipped him.
32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in
the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
33 And Ahab made a grove;
and Ahab did more to provoke YHWH Elohim of Israel to anger than all the
kings of Israel who were before him.
34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite
build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set
up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of YHWH, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.
1 And Elijah the Tishbite,
who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As YHWH Elohim of
Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these
years, but according to my word.
2 And the word of YHWH came unto him,
3 Get you hence, and turn you eastward, and hide yourself by the
brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4 And it shall be, that you shall
drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.
he went and did according unto the word of YHWH: for he went and dwelt by
the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
6 And the ravens brought him bread
and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of
7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up,
because there had been no rain in the land.
8 And the word of YHWH came
unto him, saying,
9 Arise, get you to Zarephath, which belongs to Zidon,
and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain you.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the
city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to
her, and said, Fetch me, I pray you, a little water in a vessel, that I may
11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said,
Bring me, I pray you, a morsel of bread in your hand.
12 And she said, As
YHWH your Elohim lives, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in a
barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks,
that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as you have said: but make
me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for you
and for your son.
14 For thus said YHWH Elohim of Israel, The barrel of
meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that
YHWH sends rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to
the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail,
according to the word of YHWH, which he spoke by Elijah.
17 And it came
to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the
house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left
18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man
of Elohim? are you come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my
19 And he said unto her, Give me your son. And he took him out of her
bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his
20 And he cried unto YHWH, and said, O YHWH my Elohim, have you
also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto YHWH, and said, O YHWH my Elohim, I pray you, let this child's soul come into
22 And YHWH heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the
child came into him again, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child, and
brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his
mother: and Elijah said, See, your son lives.
24 And the woman said to
Elijah, Now by this I know that you are a man of Elohim, and that the word of
YHWH in your mouth is truth.
1 And it came to pass after many days,
that the word of YHWH came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show
yourself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
2 And Elijah went to
show himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
3 And Ahab
called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared YHWH greatly:
4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of YHWH, that Obadiah took a hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave,
and fed them with bread and water.)
5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into
the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we
may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the
6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab
went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 And as
Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on
his face, and said, Are you that my lord Elijah?
8 And he answered him, I
am: go, tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
9 And he said, What have I
sinned, that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay
10 As YHWH your Elohim lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my
lord has not sent to seek you: and when they said, He is not there; he took
an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found you not.
11 And now you
say, Go, tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
12 And it shall come to
pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the spirit of YHWH shall carry
you where I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find
you, he shall slay me: but I your servant fear YHWH from my youth.
13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of YHWH, how I hid a hundred men of YHWH's prophets by fifty in a cave, and
fed them with bread and water?
14 And now you say, Go, tell your lord,
Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.
15 And Elijah said, As YHWH of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet
17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto
him, Are you he who troubles Israel?
18 And he answered, I have not
troubled Israel; but you, and your father's house, in that you have forsaken
the commandments of YHWH, and you have followed Baalim.
therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the
prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four
hundred, who eat at Jezebel's table.
20 So Ahab sent unto all the children
of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt you between two
opinions? if YHWH be Elohim, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And
the people answered him not a word.
22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I,
even I only, remain a prophet of YHWH; but Baal's prophets are four
hundred and fifty men.
23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let
them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on
wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on
wood, and put no fire under:
24 And call you on the name of your elohim, and I
will call on the name of YHWH: and the Elohim who answers by fire, let him
be Elohim. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves,
and dress it first; for you are many; and call on the name of your elohim, but
put no fire under.
26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and
they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon,
saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And
they leaped upon the altar which was made.
27 And it came to pass at noon,
that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a elohim; either he is
talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he
sleeps, and must be awoke.
28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves
after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon
29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied
until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was
neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any who regarded.
30 And Elijah said
unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him.
And he repaired the altar of YHWH that was broken down.
31 And Elijah
took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of
Jacob, unto whom the word of YHWH came, saying, Israel shall be your name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of YHWH: and he
made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him
on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt
sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they
did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the
trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering
of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, YHWH
Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are
Elohim in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these
things at your word.
37 Hear me, O YHWH, hear me, that this people may know
that you are YHWH Elohim, and that you have turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of YHWH fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the
wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and
they said, YHWH, he is the Elohim; YHWH, he is the Elohim.
40 And Elijah
said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And
they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew
41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get you up, eat and drink; for
there is a sound of abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to
drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon
the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant,
Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is
nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the
seventh time, that he said, Behold, there arises a little cloud out of the
sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare your
chariot, and get you down, that the rain stop you not.
45 And it came to
pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and
there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
46 And the hand
of YHWH was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to
the entrance of Jezreel.
1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had
done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the elohim do to me, and
more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by to morrow
about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life,
and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat
down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and
said, It is enough; now, O YHWH, take away my life; for I am not better than
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an
angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and,
behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head.
And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of YHWH came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat;
because the journey is too great for you.
8 And he arose, and did eat and
drink, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights unto
Horeb the mount of Elohim.
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there;
and, behold, the word of YHWH came to him, and he said unto him, What
do you here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for YHWH Elohim of Hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant,
thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I
only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And he said, Go
forth, and stand upon the mount before YHWH. And, behold, YHWH passed
by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the
rocks before YHWH; but YHWH was not in the wind: and after the wind an
earthquake; but YHWH was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the
earthquake a fire; but YHWH was not in the fire: and after the fire a
still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it that he wrapped
his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the
cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What do you
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for YHWH Elohim of
hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down
your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am
left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And YHWH said unto him,
Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when you come,
anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shall
you anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of
Abelmeholah shall you anoint to be prophet in your room.
17 And it shall
come to pass, that him who escapes the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and
him who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
18 Yet I have
left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto
Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.
19 So he departed thence,
and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen
before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his
mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said,
Let me, I pray you, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow
you. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to you?
21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them,
and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the
people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered
1 And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host
together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and
chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.
he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him,
Thus said Benhadad,
3 Your silver and your gold is mine; your wives also and
your children, even the goodliest, are mine.
4 And the king of Israel
answered and said, My lord, O king, according to your saying, I am yours, and
all that I have.
5 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaks
Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto you, saying, You shall deliver
me your silver, and your gold, and your wives, and your children;
6 Yet I will
send my servants unto you to morrow about this time, and they shall search
your house, and the houses of your servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever
is pleasant in your eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark,
I pray you, and see how this man seeks mischief: for he sent unto me for my
wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I denied
8 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not
unto him, nor consent.
9 Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Benhadad,
Tell my lord the king, All that you did send for to your servant at the
first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers departed, and
brought him word again.
10 And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The elohim do
so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls
for all the people who follow me.
11 And the king of Israel answered and
said, Tell him, Let not him who girds on his harness boast himself as he
who puts it off.
12 And it came to pass, when Benhadad heard this
message, as he was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said
unto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set themselves in array
against the city.
13 And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of
Israel, saying, Thus said YHWH, Have you seen all this great multitude?
behold, I will deliver it into your hand this day; and you shall know that I
14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus said YHWH,
Even by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he said, Who shall
order the battle? And he answered, You.
15 Then he numbered the young men
of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and
after them he numbered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being
16 And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking
himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings
who helped him.
17 And the young men of the princes of the provinces went
out first; and Benhadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men
come out of Samaria.
18 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace,
take them alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.
these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of the city, and the
army which followed them.
20 And they slew every one his man: and the
Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped
on a horse with the horsemen.
21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote
the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen
yourself, and mark, and see what you do: for at the return of the year the
king of Syria will come up against you.
23 And the servants of the king of
Syria said unto him, Their elohim are elohim of the hills; therefore they were
stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we
shall be stronger than they.
24 And do this thing, Take the kings away,
every man out of his place, and put captains in their rooms:
25 And number
you an army, like the army that you have lost, horse for horse, and chariot
for chariot: and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall
be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.
it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad numbered the Syrians,
and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.
27 And the children of Israel
were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children
of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians
filled the country.
28 And there came a man of Elohim, and spoke unto the king
of Israel, and said, Thus said YHWH, Because the Syrians have said, YHWH is Elohim of the hills, but he is not Elohim of the valleys, therefore will I
deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am
29 And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so
it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of
Israel slew of the Syrians a hundred thousand footmen in one day.
the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and
seven thousand of the men who were left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the
city, into an inner chamber.
31 And his servants said unto him, Behold now,
we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let
us, I pray you, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go
out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save your life.
32 So they
girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the
king of Israel, and said, Your servant Benhadad said, I pray you, let me
live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
33 Now the men did
diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily
catch it: and they said, Your brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go you, bring him.
Then Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the
34 And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took
from your father, I will restore; and you shall make streets for you in
Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send you away
with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.
35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in
the word of YHWH, Smite me, I pray you. And the man refused to smite him.
36 Then said he unto him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of YHWH, behold, as soon as you are departed from me, a lion shall slay you.
And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.
37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray you. And the man
smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.
38 So the prophet departed,
and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his
39 And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Your
servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned
aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he
be missing, then shall your life be for his life, or else you shall pay a
talent of silver.
40 And as your servant was busy here and there, he was
gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall your judgment be; yourself
have decided it.
41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face;
and the king of Israel discerned him who he was of the prophets.
42 And he
said unto him, Thus said YHWH, Because you have let go out of your hand a
man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his
life, and your people for his people.
43 And the king of Israel went to his
house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.
1 And it came to pass
after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in
Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
2 And Ahab spoke unto
Naboth, saying, Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of
herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give you for it a better
vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to you, I will give you the worth of
it in money.
3 And Naboth said to Ahab, YHWH forbid it me, that I should
give the inheritance of my fathers unto you.
4 And Ahab came into his house
heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had
spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give you the inheritance of my
fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and
would eat no bread.
5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him,
Why is your spirit so sad, that you eats no bread?
6 And he said unto her,
Because I spoke unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me your
vineyard for money; or else, if it please you, I will give you another
vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give you my vineyard.
Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost you now govern the kingdom of Israel?
arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry: I will give you the
vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name,
and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the
nobles who were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
9 And she wrote in the
letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him,
saying, You did blaspheme Elohim and the king. And then carry him out, and
stone him, that he may die.
11 And the men of his city, even the elders and
the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto
them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of
Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the
people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme Elohim and the king. Then they carried him
forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
15 And it came
to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel
said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
which he refused to give you for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose
up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of
17 And the word of YHWH came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria: behold,
he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he is gone down to possess it.
19 And you shall speak unto him, saying, Thus said YHWH, Have you
killed, and also taken possession? And you shall speak unto him, saying, Thus
said YHWH, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs
lick your blood, even yours.
20 And Ahab said to Elijah, have you found me,
O my enemy? And he answered, I have found you; because you have sold
yourself to work evil in the sight of YHWH.
21 Behold, I will bring evil
upon you, and will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him
who prinates against the wall, and him who is shut up and left in Israel,
22 And will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith
you have provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
23 And of Jezebel
also spoke YHWH, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of
24 Him who dies of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him
who dies in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
25 But there was
none like unto Ahab, who did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of
YHWH, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
26 And he did very abominably in
following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom YHWH
cast out before the children of Israel.
27 And it came to pass, when Ahab
heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh,
and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
28 And the word of YHWH came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
29 See you how Ahab humbles
himself before me? because he humbles himself before me, I will not bring the
evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.
1 And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.
2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
came down to the king of Israel.
3 And the king of Israel said unto his
servants, Know you that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it
not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat,
Will you go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the
king of Israel, I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your
5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray
you, at the word of YHWH today.
6 Then the king of Israel gathered the
prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go
against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for
Adonai shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
7 And Jehoshaphat said,
Is there not here a prophet of YHWH besides, that we might inquire of him?
8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man,
Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of YHWH: but I hate him;
for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said,
Let not the king say so.
9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and
said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
10 And the king of Israel and
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their
robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the
prophets prophesied before them.
11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made
him horns of iron: and he said, Thus said YHWH, With these shall you
push the Syrians, until you have consumed them.
12 And all the prophets
prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for YHWH shall
deliver it into the king's hand.
13 And the messenger who was gone to call
Micaiah spoke unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare
good unto the king with one mouth: let your word, I pray you, be like the word
of one of them, and speak that which is good.
14 And Micaiah said, As YHWH lives, what YHWH said unto me, that will I speak.
15 So he came
to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against
Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and
prosper: for YHWH shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
16 And the
king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure you that you tell me
nothing but that which is true in the name of YHWH?
17 And he said, I
saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd:
and YHWH said, These have no master: let them return every man to his
house in peace.
18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not
tell you that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
19 And he
said, Hear you therefore the word of YHWH: I saw YHWH sitting on his
throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on
20 And YHWH said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up
and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on
21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before YHWH,
and said, I will persuade him.
22 And YHWH said unto him, Wherewith? And
he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets. And he said, You shall persuade him, and prevail also: go forth,
and do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, YHWH has put a lying spirit in the
mouth of all these your prophets, and YHWH has spoken evil concerning
24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on
the cheek, and said, Which way went the spirit of YHWH from me to speak
25 And Micaiah said, Behold, you shall see in that day, when
you shall go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.
26 And the king of
Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the
city, and to Joash the king's son;
27 And say, Thus said the king, Put this
fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of
affliction, until I come in peace.
28 And Micaiah said, If you return at
all in peace, YHWH has not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people,
every one of you.
29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
went up to Ramothgilead.
30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I
will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put you on your robes.
And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.
the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains who had rule over his
chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king
32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned
aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out.
33 And it came to
pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of
Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
34 And a certain man drew a
bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the
harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn your hand,
and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
35 And the battle increased
that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and
died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the
36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the
going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own
37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried
the king in Samaria.
38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria;
and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto
the word of YHWH which he spoke.
39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab,
and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities
that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in
41 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in
the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five
years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in
Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it,
doing that which was right in the eyes of YHWH: nevertheless the high
places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in
the high places.
44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he showed,
and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Judah?
46 And the remnant of the sodomites, who remained in the
days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
47 There was then no king
in Edom: a deputy was king.
48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to
Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go
with your servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not.
Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the
city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the
seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over
52 And he did evil in the sight of YHWH, and walked in the way
of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the
son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
53 For he served Baal, and worshipped
him, and provoked to anger YHWH Elohim of Israel, according to all that his
father had done.
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