8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads
of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of
Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring
up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of
David, which is Zion.
8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king
Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the
8:3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the
8:4 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
8:5 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.
8:6 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.
8:7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place
of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves
8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were
seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were
not seen without: and there they are unto this day.
8:9 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
8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the
holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
8:11 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 LORD.
8:12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the
8:13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place
for thee to abide in for ever.
8:14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the
congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel
8:15 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,
8:16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of
Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to
build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose
David to be over my people Israel.
8:17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house
for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8:18 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.
8:19 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.
8:20 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.
8:21 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.
8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence
of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
8:23 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
8:24 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.
8:25 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.
8:26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be
verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
8:27 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?
8:28 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:
8:29 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.
8:30 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,
8:31 If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid
upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine
altar in this house:
8:32 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
8:33 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:
8:34 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.
8:35 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
8:36 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.
8:37 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;
8:38 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
8:39 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;)
8:40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the
land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
8:41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people
Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;
8:42 (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;
8:43 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.
8:44 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:
8:45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication,
and maintain their cause.
8:46 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;
8:47 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
8:48 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:
8:49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven
thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
8:50 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:
8:51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou
broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace
8:52 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.
8:53 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.
8:54 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.
8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with
a loud voice, saying,
8:56 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.
8:57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let
him not leave us, nor forsake us:
8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his
ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his
judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
8:59 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:
8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the
God, and that there is none else.
8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD
our God, to
walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this
8:62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice
before the LORD.
8:63 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.
8:64 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.
8:65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with
him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto
the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and
seven days, even fourteen days.
8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed
the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart
for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his
servant, and for Israel his people.
9:1 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,
9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had
appeared unto him at Gibeon.
9:3 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.
9:4 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
9:5 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.
9:6 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
9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given
them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will
I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a
byword among all people:
9:8 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?
9:9 And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD
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
9:10 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
9:11 (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.
9:12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon
had given him; and they pleased him not.
9:13 And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me,
my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this
9:14 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.
9:15 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
9:16 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
9:17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether,
9:18 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,
9:19 And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for
his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which
Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in
all the land of his dominion.
9:20 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites,
Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the
children of Israel,
9:21 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.
9:22 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but
they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and
his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.
9:23 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.
9:24 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
9:25 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.
9:26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is
beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of
9:27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had
knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
9:28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four
hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon
concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with
10:2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels
that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and
when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all
that was in her heart.
10:3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any
thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
10:4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and
the house that he had built,
10:5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants,
and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and
his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the
house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
10:6 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.
10:7 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.
10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand
continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
10:9 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
10:10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold,
and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there
came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen
of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
10:11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir,
brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and
10:12 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.
10:13 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.
10:14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was
six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
10:15 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.
10:16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six
hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
10:17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound
of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house
of the forest of Lebanon.
10:18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid
it with the best gold.
10:19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round
behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of
the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.
10:20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other
upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any
10:21 And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all
the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure
gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the
days of Solomon.
10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of
Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish,
bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
10:23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches
and for wisdom.
10:24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which
God had put in his heart.
10:25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and
vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses,
and mules, a rate year by year.
10:26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he
had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and
with the king at Jerusalem.
10:27 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.
10:28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn:
the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
10:29 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.
11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the
daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
11:2 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.
11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred
concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
11:4 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
11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,
and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not
fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
11:7 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.
11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt
incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto
11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should
not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
11:11 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.
11:12 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.
11:13 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.
11:14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the
Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.
11:15 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the
captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he
had smitten every male in Edom;
11:16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until
he had cut off every male in Edom:)
11:17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's
servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little
11:18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took
men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto
Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed
him victuals, and gave him land.
11:19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that
he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of
Tahpenes the queen.
11:20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom
Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in
Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pharaoh.
11:21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his
fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad
said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own
11:22 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.
11:23 And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of
Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:
11:24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band,
when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and
dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.
11:25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon,
beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel,
and reigned over Syria.
11:26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda,
Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow
woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.
11:27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the
king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the
city of David his father.
11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon
seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him
ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
11:29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of
Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in
the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they
two were alone in the field:
11:30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it
in twelve pieces:
11:31 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:
11:32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and
for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all
the tribes of Israel:)
11:33 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
11:34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but
I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my
servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments
and my statutes:
11:35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will
give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant
may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which
I have chosen me to put my name there.
11:37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all
that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
11:38 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.
11:39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for
11:40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose,
and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in
Egypt until the death of Solomon.
11:41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and
his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of
11:42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel
was forty years.
11:43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city
of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his
12:1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to
Shechem to make him king.
12:2 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;)
12:3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the
congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
12:4 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.
12:5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come
again to me. And the people departed.
12:6 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?
12:7 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.
12:8 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:
12:9 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?
12:10 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.
12:11 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.
12:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day,
as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third
12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old
men's counsel that they gave him;
12:14 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.
12:15 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.
12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them,
the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in
David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to
your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So
Israel departed unto their tents.
12:17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of
Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and
all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore
king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee
12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was
come again, that they sent and called him unto the
congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was
none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah
12:21 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.
12:22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
12:23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and
unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant
of the people, saying,
12:24 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.
12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt
therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return
to the house of David:
12:27 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.
12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold,
and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to
Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up
out of the land of Egypt.
12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship
before the one, even unto Dan.
12:31 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.
12:32 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.
12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the
fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he
had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the
children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt
13:1 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
13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the
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
13:3 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.
13:4 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.
13:5 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.
13:6 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.
13:7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and
refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
13:8 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:
13:9 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
13:10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he
came to Bethel.
13:11 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.
13:12 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
13:13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled
him the ass: and he rode thereon,
13:14 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.
13:15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
13:16 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
13:17 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.
13:18 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.
13:19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and
13:20 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:
13:21 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,
13:22 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.
13:23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he
had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the
prophet whom he had brought back.
13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him:
and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it,
the lion also stood by the carcase.
13:25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the
way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and
told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
13:26 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.
13:27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they
13:28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass
and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten
the carcase, nor torn the ass.
13:29 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.
13:30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned
over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
13:31 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:
13:32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the
the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high
places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come
13:33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but
made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high
places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one
of the priests of the high places.
13:34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to
cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.
14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
14:2 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.
14:3 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
14:4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and
came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his
eyes were set by reason of his age.
14:5 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
14:6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she
came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of
Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am
sent to thee with heavy tidings.
14:7 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,
14:8 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;
14:9 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:
14:10 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.
14:11 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.
14:12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when
thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
14:13 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.
14:14 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who
shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even
14:15 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.
14:16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam,
who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
14:17 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah:
and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child
14:18 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.
14:19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how
he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel.
14:20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years:
and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in
14:21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was
forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which 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.
14:22 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.
14:23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves,
on every high hill, and under every green tree.
14:24 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.
14:25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that
Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
14:26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the
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.
14:27 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.
14:28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the
that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard
14:29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
14:30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their
14:31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah
an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.
15:1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat
reigned Abijam over Judah.
15:2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was
Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
15:3 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.
15:4 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
15:5 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
15:6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days
of his life.
15:7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
15:8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the
city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.
15:9 And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned
Asa over Judah.
15:10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
15:11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the
did David his father.
15:12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed
all the idols that his fathers had made.
15:13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being
queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa
destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.
15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart
was perfect with the LORD all his days.
15:15 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.
15:16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
15:17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built
Ramah, that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to
Asa king of Judah.
15:18 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
15:19 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.
15:20 So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of
the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote
Ijon, and Dan, and Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with
all the land of Naphtali.
15:21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left
off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah.
15:22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none
was exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the
timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king Asa
built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
15:23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all
that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his
15:24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his
son reigned in his stead.
15:25 And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in
the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel
15:26 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
15:27 And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,
conspired against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon,
which belonged to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel
laid siege to Gibbethon.
15:28 Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay
him, and reigned in his stead.
15:29 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:
15:30 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.
15:31 Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
15:32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all
15:33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of
Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four
15:34 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