Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered
him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for
my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the
king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom,
that my lord the king may get heat.
So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of
Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the
And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and
ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I
will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and
fifty men to run before him.
And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying,
Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and
his mother bare him after Absalom.
And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with
Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and
Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men
which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
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 servants:
But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and
Solomon his brother, he called not.
Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon,
saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith
doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel,
that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son
Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst
not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also
will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the
king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto
And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the
king said, What wouldest thou?
And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy
God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king,
thou knowest it not:
And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance,
and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the
priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy
servant hath he not called.
And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon
thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the
throne of my lord the king after him.
Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall
sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be
And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the
prophet also came in.
And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And
when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before
the king with his face to the ground.
And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat
cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest;
and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save
But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not
Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not
shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my
lord the king after him?
Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she
came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath
redeemed my soul out of all distress,
Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do
Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did
reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live
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 also said unto them, Take with you the servants of
your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own
mule, and bring him down to Gihon:
And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him
there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say,
God save king Solomon.
Then ye 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.
And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said,
Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.
As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he
with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of
my lord king David.
So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the
son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went
down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and
brought him to Gihon.
And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the
tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet;
and all the people said, God save king Solomon.
And all the people came up after him, and the people piped
with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth
rent with the sound of them.
And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as
they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound
of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city
being in an uproar?
And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar
the priest came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou
art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.
And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord
king David hath made Solomon king.
And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan
the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the
Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to
ride upon the king's mule:
And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him
king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so
that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have
11:001:046 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.
And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king
David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy
name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the
king bowed himself upon the bed.
And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of
Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day,
mine eyes even seeing it.
And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and
rose up, and went every man his way.
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went,
and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king
Solomon: for, lo, he hath 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.
And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there
shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness
shall be found in him, he shall die.
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 thine house.
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he
charged Solomon his son, saying,
I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and
shew thyself a man;
And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, 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 thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning
me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk
before me in truth with all their heart and with all their
soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne
Moreover thou knowest 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.
Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar
head go down to the grave in peace.
But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite,
and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they
came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.
And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a
Benjamite of Bahurim, which 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 sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not
put thee to death with the sword.
Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man,
and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar
head bring thou down to the grave with blood.
So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of
And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:
seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years
reigned he in Jerusalem.
Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his
kingdom was established greatly.
And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother
of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,
He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she
said, Say on.
And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that
all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit
the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for
it was his from the LORD.
And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said
unto him, Say on.
And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for
he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the
Shunammite to wife.
11:002:018 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.
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
Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray
thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my
mother: for I will not say thee nay.
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah
thy brother to wife.
And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why
dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him
the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him,
and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me,
and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against
his own life.
Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me,
and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made
me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to
Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death:
but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou
barest the ark of the LORD God before David my father, and
because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was
So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the
LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he
spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah,
though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the
And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then
Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall
And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto
him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I
will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again,
saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.
And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon
him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent
blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my
And the LORD 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.
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 the LORD.
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
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
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not
forth thence any whither.
For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest
over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou
shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord
the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt
in Jerusalem many days.
And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the
servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of
Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in
And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to
Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his
servants from Gath.
And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to
Gath, and was come again.
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto
thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out,
and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die?
and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the
commandment that I have charged thee with?
The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the
wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to
David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy
wickedness upon thine own head;
And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David
shall be established before the LORD for ever.
So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went
out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was
established in the hand of Solomon.
And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took
Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David,
until he had made an end of building his own house, and the
house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was
no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David
his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was
the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon
offer upon that altar.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:
and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my
father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in
truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that
thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this
And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king
instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I
know not how to go out or come in.
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast
chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy
people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is
able to judge this thy so great a people?
And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this
And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and
hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked
riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies;
but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given
thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none
like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like
And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked,
both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among
the kings like unto thee all thy days.
And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my
commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
lengthen thy days.
And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to
Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the
LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace
offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king,
and stood before him.
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 the
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
And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me,
while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid
her dead child in my bosom.
And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold,
it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning,
behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and
the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy
son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the
Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth,
and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son
is the dead, and my son is the living.
And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword
before the king.
And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give
half to the one, and half to the other.
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king,
for her 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 thine, but divide it.
Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child,
and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had
judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom
of God was in him, to do judgment.
11:004:001 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of
Zadok the priest,
Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat
the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok
and Abiathar were the priests:
And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud
the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's
And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of
Abda was over the tribute.
And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which
provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his
month in a year made provision.
11:004:008 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh,
The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all
the land of Hepher:
The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had
Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
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
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 brasen bars:
11:004:014 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of
Solomon to wife:
11:004:016 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
11:004:017 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
11:004:018 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
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 which was in the land.
Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in
multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
And Solomon 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.
And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of
fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an
hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and
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.
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 Solomon.
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his
chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for
all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his
month: they lacked nothing.
Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought
they unto the place where the officers were, every man
according to his charge.
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much,
and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children
of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
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.
And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a
thousand and five.
And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon
even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake
also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of
And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he
had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his
father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
11:005:002 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house
unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were
about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the
soles of his feet.
But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so
that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the
LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying,
Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall
build an house unto my name.
Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of
Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto
thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that
thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among
us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians.
And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon,
that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this
day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great
And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the
things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy
desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of
My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea:
and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that
thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged
there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish
my desire, in giving food for my household.
So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to
all his desire.
And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for
food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus
gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.
And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy
was thirty thousand men.
And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses:
a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and
Adoniram was over the levy.
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,
and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the
work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the
people that wrought in the work.
And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly
stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.
And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and
the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build
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 the LORD.
And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the
length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof
twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits
was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house;
and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
11:006:004 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
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:
The 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.
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 axe nor any tool of iron heard in the
house, while it was in building.
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.
So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house
with beams and boards of cedar.
And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits
high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
11:006:011 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt
walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my
commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with
thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not
forsake my people Israel.
11:006:014 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
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.
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
And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits
And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and
open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there
the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
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.
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.
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.
And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree,
each ten cubits high.
And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five
cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part
of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten
And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were
of one measure and one size.
The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of
the other cherub.
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.
11:006:028 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
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.
And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and
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.
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.
So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive
tree, a fourth part of the wall.
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
And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open
flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved
And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone,
and a row of cedar beams.
In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD
laid, in the month Zif:
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.
But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he
finished all his house.
He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length
thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty
cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows
of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay
on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
And there were windows in three rows, and light was against
light in three ranks.
And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and
light was against light in three ranks.
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
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.
And his house where he dwelt had another court within the
porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house
for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto
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.
And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones,
stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed
stones, and cedars.
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 the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
11:007:013 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
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.
For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high
apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them
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 five cubits:
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.
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.
And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were
of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
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
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
And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work
of the pillars finished.
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 round about.
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.
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.
And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was
wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it
contained two thousand baths.
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.
And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had
borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
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.
And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass:
and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver
were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
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.
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.
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.
And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one
base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
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.
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.
After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one
casting, one measure, and one size.
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.
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.
And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So
Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king
Solomon for the house of the LORD:
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 the
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;
11:007:043 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;
11:007:044 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these
vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the
LORD, were of bright brass.
In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay
ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were
exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.
And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house
of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold,
whereupon the shewbread was,
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,
And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, 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.
So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house
of the LORD. 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 the
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 the LORD out of the city of
David, which is Zion.
And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king
Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the
And they brought up the ark of the LORD, 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
And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that
were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark,
sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor
numbered for multitude.
And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD
unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy
place, even under the wings of the cherubims.
For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place
of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves
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.
There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone,
which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant
with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the
holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the
cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the
Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the
I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place
for thee to abide in for ever.
And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the
congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake
with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand
fulfilled it, saying,
Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of
Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to
build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose
David to be over my people Israel.
And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house
for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in
thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well
that it was in thine heart.
Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that
shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house
unto my name.
And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am
risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne
of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for
the name of the LORD God of Israel.
And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the
covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he
brought them out of the land of Egypt.
And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence
of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in
heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and
mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their
Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou
promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast
fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David
my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not
fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so
that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk
before me as thou hast walked before me.
And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be
verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and
heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this
house that I have builded?
Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to
his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and
to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day,
even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall
be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy
servant shall make toward this place.
And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of
thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and
hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest,
If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid
upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine
altar in this house:
Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants,
condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and
justifying the righteous, to give him according to his
When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy,
because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to
thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication
unto thee in this house:
Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people
Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest
unto their fathers.
When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they
have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and
confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou
Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants,
and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way
wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which
thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence,
blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their
enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever
plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by
all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague
of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this
Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and
do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart
thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of
all the children of men;)
That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the
land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people
Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;
(For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong
hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and
pray toward this house;
Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to
all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of
the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people
Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have
builded, is called by thy name.
If thy people go out to battle against their enemy,
whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the
LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the
house that I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication,
and maintain their cause.
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth
not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the
enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of
the enemy, far or near;
Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they
were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto
thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying,
We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed
And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all
their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away
captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou
gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen,
and the house which I have built for thy name:
Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven
thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all
their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against
thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them
captive, that they may have compassion on them:
For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou
broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace
That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy
servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to
hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.
For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the
earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of
Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of
Egypt, O LORD God.
And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying
all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from
before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with
his hands spread up to heaven.
And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with
a loud voice, saying,
Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people
Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not
failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by
the hand of Moses his servant.
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let
him not leave us, nor forsake us:
That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his
ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his
judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication
before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God 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:
That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is
God, and that there is none else.
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to
walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this
And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice
before the LORD.
And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he
offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an
hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the
children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.
The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that
was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt
offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace
offerings: because the brasen altar that was before the LORD
was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat
offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
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 the LORD our God, seven days and
seven days, even fourteen days.
On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed
the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart
for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his
servant, and for Israel his people.
And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of
the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all Solomon's
desire which he was pleased to do,
That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had
appeared unto him at Gibeon.
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy
supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed
this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for
ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked,
in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to
all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and
Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel
for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There
shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.
But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your
children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes
which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and
Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given
them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will
I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a
byword among all people:
And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it
shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why
hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?
And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their
God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt,
and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them,
and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all
And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon
had built the two houses, the house of the LORD, and the
(Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar
trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his
desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in
the land of Galilee.
And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon
had given him; and they pleased him not.
And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me,
my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this
11:009:014 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.
And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised;
for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and
Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and
For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and
burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the
city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's
11:009:017 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether,
11:009:018 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,
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.
And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites,
Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the
children of Israel,
Their children that 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.
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.
These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon's
work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people
that wrought in the work.
But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto
her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build
And three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt offerings
and peace offerings upon the altar which he built unto the
LORD, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the
LORD. So he finished the house.
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
And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had
knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four
hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon
concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with
And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels
that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and
when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all
that was in her heart.
And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any
thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and
the house that he had built,
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 the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in
mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes
had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom
and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand
continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set
thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel
for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and
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.
And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir,
brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and
And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of
the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries
for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen
unto this day.
And 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.
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was
six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of
the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of
the governors of the country.
And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six
hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
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.
Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid
it with the best gold.
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.
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
And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all
the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure
gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the
days of Solomon.
For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of
Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish,
bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches
and for wisdom.
And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which
God had put in his heart.
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.
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 Jerusalem.
And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and
cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the
vale, for abundance.
And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn:
the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred
shekels of silver, and an horse for an 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.
But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the
daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the
children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall
they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your
heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred
concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives
turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not
perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,
and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not
fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
Then did Solomon build an 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.
And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt
incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto
And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should
not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD
Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is
done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my
statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the
kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy
father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give
one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for
Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the
Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.
For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the
captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he
had smitten every male in Edom;
(For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until
he had cut off every male in Edom:)
That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's
servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little
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; which gave him an house, and appointed
him victuals, and gave him land.
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.
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.
And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his
fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad
said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own
Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me,
that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he
answered, Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.
And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of
Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:
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 in Damascus.
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 Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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:
And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it
in twelve pieces:
And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith
the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom
out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
(But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and
for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all
the tribes of Israel:)
Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped
Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the
Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and
have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine
eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David
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:
But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will
give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant
may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which
I have chosen me to put my name there.
And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all
that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command
thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my
sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my
servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure
house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for
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 Solomon.
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
And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel
was forty years.
And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city
of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to
Shechem to make him king.
And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was
yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence
of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the
congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the
grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he
put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come
again to me. And the people departed.
And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood
before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do
ye advise that I may answer this people?
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant
unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer
them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy
servants for ever.
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had
given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up
with him, and which stood before him:
And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer
this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke
which thy father did put upon us lighter?
And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him,
saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto
thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it
lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little
finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I
will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with
whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day,
as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third
And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old
men's counsel that they gave him;
And spake 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 scorpions.
Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the
cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying,
which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the
son of Nebat.
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 thine own house, David. So
Israel departed unto their tents.
But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of
Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
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
11:012:019 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
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 that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah
And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the
house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and
fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight
against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to
Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
11:012:022 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and
unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant
of the people, saying,
Thus saith the LORD, Ye 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 the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the
word of the LORD.
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt
therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return
to the house of David:
If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD
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.
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 thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up
out of the land of Egypt.
11:012:029 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship
before the one, even unto Dan.
And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the
lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the
fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in
Judah, and he 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.
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
And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word
of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to
And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and
said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child
shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and
upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that
burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign
which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent,
and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of
the man of God, which 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.
The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the
altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by
the word of the LORD.
And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat
now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my
hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the
LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became
as it was before.
And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and
refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me
half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I
eat bread nor drink water in this place:
For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat
no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that
So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he
came to Bethel.
Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came
and told him all the works that the man of God had done that
day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king,
them they told also to their father.
And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his
sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from
And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled
him the ass: and he rode thereon,
And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an
oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest
from Judah? And he said, I am.
11:013:015 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee:
neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this
For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat
no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the
way that thou camest.
He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an
angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him
back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and
drink water. But he lied unto him.
So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and
And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word
of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back:
And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying,
Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the
mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the
LORD thy God commanded thee,
But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the
place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread,
and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the
sepulchre of thy fathers.
And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he
had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the
prophet whom he had brought back.
And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him:
and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it,
the lion also stood by the carcase.
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.
And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard
thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient
unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered
him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him,
according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.
And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they
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 the ass.
And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and
laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet
came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.
And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned
over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to
his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the
sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones
beside his bones:
For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against
the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high
places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come
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.
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.
11:014:001 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and
disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of
Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the
prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.
And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of
honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of
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 his age.
And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick:
thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when
she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another
And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she
came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of
Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am
sent to thee with heavy tidings.
Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made
thee prince over my people Israel,
And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it
thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept
my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do
that only which was right in mine eyes;
But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou
hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to
provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:
Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of
Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth
against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a
man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.
Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and
him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat:
for the LORD hath spoken it.
Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when
thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only
of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is
found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the
house of Jeroboam.
Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who
shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even
For the LORD 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 the
LORD to anger.
And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam,
who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah:
and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child
And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according
to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his
servant Ahijah the prophet.
And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how
he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel.
And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years:
and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in
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 the LORD did
choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there.
And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked
him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed,
above all that their fathers had done.
For they also built them high places, and images, and groves,
on every high hill, and under every green tree.
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did
according to all the abominations of the nations which the
LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that
Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and
the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and
he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and
committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which
kept the door of the king's house.
And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD,
that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard
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
And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their
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.
Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat
reigned Abijam over Judah.
Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was
Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done
before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his
God, as the heart of David his father.
Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a
lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to
Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the
LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded
him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah
And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days
of his life.
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.
And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the
city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned
Asa over Judah.
And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as
did David his father.
And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed
all the idols that his fathers had made.
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.
But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart
was perfect with the LORD all his days.
And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated,
and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of
the LORD, silver, and gold, and vessels.
And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
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.
Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in
the treasures of the house of the LORD, 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, that dwelt at
There is a league between me and thee, and between my father
and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of
silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of
Israel, that he may depart from me.
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.
And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left
off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah.
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 builded; and king Asa
built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
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
And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his
son reigned in his stead.
And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in
the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the
way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to
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.
Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay
him, and reigned in his stead.
And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the
house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed,
until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the
LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite:
Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he
made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the
LORD God of Israel to anger.
Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
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
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the
way of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to
Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani
against Baasha, saying,
Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee
prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way
of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke
me to anger with their sins;
Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the
posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house
of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and
him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air
Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his
might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of Israel?
So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah:
and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani
came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his
house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the
LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in
being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.
In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah
the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years.
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.
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
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 that pisseth against a wall, neither of his
kinsfolks, nor of his friends.
Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to
the word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu
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 the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri
reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped
against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
And the people that were encamped heard say, Zimri hath
conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel
made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day
in the camp.
And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and
they besieged Tirzah.
And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken,
that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt
the king's house over him with fire, and died.
For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the
LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which
he did, to make Israel to sin.
Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he
wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of Israel?
Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of
the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king;
and half followed Omri.
But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people
that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri
In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri
to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in
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,
But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse
than all that were before him.
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 the
LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might
that he shewed, are they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel?
So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and
Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began
Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of
Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD
above all that were before him.
And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him
to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took
to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians,
and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which
he had built in Samaria.
And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD
God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were
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 the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead,
said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom
I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but
according to my word.
11:017:002 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by
the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I
have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he
went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and
bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up,
because there had been no rain in the land.
11:017:008 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and
dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to
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
thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said,
Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake,
but an 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
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast
said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it
unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal
shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until
the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and
she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of
oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by
And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the
woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness
was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou
man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to
remembrance, and to slay my son?
And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of
her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and
laid him upon his own bed.
And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou
also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by
slaying her son?
And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried
unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this
child's soul come into him again.
And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the
child came into him again, and he revived.
And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the
chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and
Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art
a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is
And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD
came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself
unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a
sore famine in Samaria.
And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house.
(Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:
For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD,
that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty
in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
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 beasts.
So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it:
Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by
And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he
knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my
And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah
And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver
thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom,
whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they
said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and
nation, that they found thee not.
And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee,
that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know
not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find
thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from
Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the
prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's
prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and
And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
here: and he shall slay me.
And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I
stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto
him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy
father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of
the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount
Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and
the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at
So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the
prophets together unto mount Carmel.
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt
ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but
if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a
Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a
prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and
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:
And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the
name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him
be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well
And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one
bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many;
and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
And they took the bullock which was given them, and they
dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even
until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice,
nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which
And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and
said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he
is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he
sleepeth, and must be awaked.
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner
with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
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 that
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 the LORD that was broken down.
And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the
tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD
came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD:
and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would
contain two measures of seed.
And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces,
and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with
water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second
time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the
And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the
trench also with water.
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening
sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD
God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day
that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and
that I have done all these things at thy word.
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou
art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back
Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt
sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and
licked up the water that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and
they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not
one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought
them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for
there is a sound of abundance of rain.
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the
top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and
put his face between his knees,
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.
And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold,
there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's
hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot,
and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.
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.
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his
loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how
he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the
gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the
life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and
came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his
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
LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an
angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
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.
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and
touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is
too great for thee.
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength
of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and,
behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto
him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant,
thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the
sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to
take it away.
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the
LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong
wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before
the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind
an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the
fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face
in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of
the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said,
What doest thou here, Elijah?
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy
covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets
with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my
life, to take it away.
And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the
wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to
be king over Syria:
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over
Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt
thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of
Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword
of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees
which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not
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.
And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me,
I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will
follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what
have I done to thee?
And he returned 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 unto him.
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
And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city,
and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy
children, even the goodliest, are mine.
And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king,
according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.
And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh
Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou
shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and
Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this
time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy
servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in
thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and
said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief:
for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for
my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.
And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken
not unto him, nor consent.
Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Benhadad, Tell my
lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at
the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the
messengers departed, and brought him word again.
And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me,
and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for
handfuls for all the people that follow me.
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not
him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that
putteth it off.
And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad heard this message, as he
was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said
unto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set
themselves in array against the city.
And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel,
saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great
multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day;
and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Even
by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he
said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.
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 seven thousand.
And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking himself
drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two
kings that helped him.
And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out
first; and Benhadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There
are men come out of Samaria.
And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them
alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.
So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of
the city, and the army which followed them.
And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and
Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on
an horse with the horsemen.
And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and
chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him,
Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for
at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up
And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their
gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than
we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we
shall be stronger than they.
And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his
place, and put captains in their rooms:
And number thee an army, like the army that thou hast lost,
horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will fight
against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger
than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.
And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad
numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against
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.
And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of
Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians
have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of
the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude
into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
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 an hundred thousand
footmen in one day.
But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall
fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left.
And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner
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 thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our
heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will
save thy life.
So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on
their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy
servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said,
Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would
come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy
brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then
Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into
And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took
from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets
for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said
Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a
covenant with him, and sent him away.
And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his
neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And
the man refused to smite him.
Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice
of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a
lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him,
a lion found him, and slew him.
Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee.
And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way,
and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.
And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he
said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and,
behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and
said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall
thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of
And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And
the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be;
thyself hast decided it.
And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the
king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.
And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast
let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter
destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy
people for his people.
And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased,
and came to Samaria.
And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the
Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the
palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that
I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto
my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than
it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of
it in money.
And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should
give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of
the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he
had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers.
And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face,
and would eat no bread.
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is
thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the
Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money;
or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard
for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the
kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart
be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his
seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles
that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set
Naboth on high among the people:
And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness
against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king.
And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
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
They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the
And 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 God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of
the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is
And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was
stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take
possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he
refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead,
that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the
Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
11:021:017 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in
Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he
is gone down to possess it.
And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD,
Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt
speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place
where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy
blood, even thine.
And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And
he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself
to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy
posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against
the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son
of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for
the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and
made Israel to sin.
And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat
Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him
that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to
work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his
wife stirred up.
And he did very abominably in following idols, according to
all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before
the children of Israel.
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent
his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and
lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
11:021:028 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he
humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his
days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his
And they continued three years without war between Syria and
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the
king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that
Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out
of the hand of the king of Syria?
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle
to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I
am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
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 the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
besides, that we might enquire of him?
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one
man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the
LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning
me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten
hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
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.
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and
he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the
Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into
the king's hand.
And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto
him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare
good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee,
be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto
me, that will I speak.
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 the LORD
shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee
that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name
of the LORD?
And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as
sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have
no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw
the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up
and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and
another said on that manner.
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and
said, I will persuade him.
And the LORD 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, Thou shalt persude him, and prevail
also: go forth, and do so.
Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the
mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil
But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah
on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD
from me to speak unto thee?
And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when
thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back
unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's
And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison,
and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of
affliction, until I come in peace.
And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD
hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every
one of you.
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramothgilead.
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes.
And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the
But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains
that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with
small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel.
And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat
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.
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 thine hand, and carry me
out of the host; for I am wounded.
And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up
in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the
blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
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 country.
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried
the king in Samaria.
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 the LORD which he spake.
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 of Israel?
So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in
And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in
the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not
aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the
LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for
the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
11:022:044 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he
shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days
of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
11:022:047 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold:
but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my
servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat
And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his
son reigned in his stead.
Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria
the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned
two years over Israel.
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, 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:
For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger
the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had
END OF THE BIBLE, KING JAMES, BOOK 11