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apparel; his cupbearers also, and || she had brought unto the king. So their apparel; and his ascent by she turned, and went away to her which he went up into the house of own land, she and her servants. the LORD; there was no more spi 13 Now the weight of gold that rit in her.

came to Solomon in one year was 5 And she said to the king, It was six hundred and threescore and six a true report which I heard in mine talents of gold; own land of thine acts, and of thy 14 Beside that which chapmen wisdom:

and merchants brought. And all the 6 Howbeit I believed not their kings of Arabia and governors of words, until I came, and mine eyes the country brought gold and silver had seen it: and, behold, the one to Solomon. half of the greatness of thy wisdom 15 And king Solomon made two was not told me: for thou exceedest hundred targets of beaten gold: six the fame that I heard.

hundred shekels of beaten gold went 7 Happy are thy men, and happy to one target. ure these thy servants, which stand 16 And three hundred shields continually before thee, and hear made he of beaten gold: three hunthy wisdom.

dred shekels of gold went to one 8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, shield. And the king put them in which delighted in thee to set thee the house of the forest of Lebanon. on his throne, to be king for the 17 Moreover the king made a LORD thy God: because thy God great throne of ivory, and overlaid loved Israel, to establish them for it with pure gold. ever, therefore made he thee king 18 And there were six steps to the over them, to do judgment and throne, with a footstool of gold, justice.

which were fastened to the throne, 9 And she gave the king an hun and stays on each side of the sitting dred and twenty talents of gold, and place, and two lions standing by the of spices great abundance, and pre stays: cious stones: neither was there any 19 And twelve lions stood there such spice as the queen of Sheba on the one side and on the other gave king Solomon.

upon the six steps. There was not 10 And the servants also of Hu the like made in any kingdom. ram, and the servants of Solomon, 20 And all the drinking vessels of which brought gold from Ophir, king Solomon were of gold, and all brought algum trees and precious the vessels of the house of the forest stones.

of Lebanon were of pure gold: none 11 And the king made of the al were of silver; it was not any thing acgum trees terraces to the house of counted of in the days of Solomon. the Lord, and to the king's palace, 21 For the king's ships went to and harps and psalteries for singers: Tarshish with the servants of Huand there were none such seen be ram: every three years once came fore in the land of Judah.

the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, 12 And king Solomon gave to the and silver, ivory, and apes, and peaqueen of Sheba all her desire, what cocks. soever she asked, beside that which 22 And king Solomon passed all

the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.

24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

25 And. Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.

27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.

28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?

30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,

4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him; saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them,



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AND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.

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| C H A P. XI. my father's loins. 11 For whereas my father put a

AND when Rehoboam was come heavy yoke upon you, I will put to Jerusalem, he gathered of the more to your yoke: my father chas house of Judah and Benjamin an tised you with whips, but I will chas hundred and fourscore thousand tise you with scorpions.

chosen men, which were warriors, to 12 So Jeroboam and all the peo fight against Israel, that he might ple came to Rehoboam on the third bring the kingdom again to Rehoday, as the king bade, saying, Come boam. again to me on the third day.

2 But the word of the LORD 13 And the king answered them came to Shemaiah the man of God, roughly; and king Rehoboam for saying, sook the counsel of the old men,

3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son 14 And answered them after the of Solomon, king of Judah, and to advice of the young men, saying, all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, My father made your yoke heavy, saying, but I will add thereto: my father 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall chastised you with whips, but I will not go up, nor fight against your chastise you with scorpions.

brethren: return every man to his 15 So the king hearkened not un house: for this thing is done of me. to the people: for the cause was of And they obeyed the words of the God, that the LORD might perform Lord, and returned from going his word, which he spake by the against Jeroboam. hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Je 5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jeruroboam the son of Nebat.

salem, and built cities for defence in 16 And when all Israel saw that Judah. the king would not hearken unto 6 He built even Beth-lehem, and them, the people answered the king, Etam, and Tekoa, saying, What portion have we in Da 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and vid? and we have none inheritance in Adullam, the son of Jesse: every man to your 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and tents, O Israel: and now, David, see Ziph, to thine own house. So all Israel 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and went to their tents.

Azekah, 17 But as for the children of Is 10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and rael that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Hebron, which are in Judah and in Rehoboam reigned over them.

Benjamin fenced cities. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent 11 And he fortified the strong Hadoram that was over the tribute; holds, and put captains in them, and the children of Israel stoned and store of victual, and of oil and him with stones, that he died. But wine. king Rehoboam made speed to get 12 And in every several city he him up to his chariot, to flee to Je put shields and spears, and made rusalem.

them exceeding strong, having Ju19 And Israel rebelled against the dah and Benjamin on his side. house of David unto this day.

13 And the priests and the Levites

that were in all Israel resorted to him || jamin, unto every fenced city: and out of all their coasts.

he gave them victual in abundance. 14 For the Levites left their sub And he desired many wives. urbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jero

CHA P. XII. boam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office AND it came to pass, when Rehounto the LORD:

boam had established the kingdom, 15 And he ordained him priests and had strengthened bimself, he for the high places, and for the de forsook the law of the Lord, and vils, and for the calves which he had all Israel with him. made.

2 And it came to pass, that in the 16 And after them out of all the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak tribes of Israel such as set their king of Egypt came up against Jehearts to seek the LORD God of rusalem, because they had transIsrael came to Jerusalem, to sacri gressed against the LORD, fice unto the LORD God of their 3 With twelve hundred chariots, fathers.

and threescore thousand horsemen: 17 So they strengthened the king and the people were without numdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam ber that came with him out of Ethe son of Solomon strong, three gypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, years: for three years they walked and the Ethiopians. in the way of David and Solomon. 4 And he took the fenced cities

18 And Rehoboam took him Ma which pertained to Judah, and came halath the daughter of Jerimoth the to Jerusalem. son of David to wife, and Abihail the 5 Then came Shemaiah the prodaughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; phet to Rehoboam, and to the

19 Which bare him children; princes of Judah, that were gatherJeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. ed together to Jerusalem because of

20 And after her he took Maa Shishak, and said unto them, Thus chah the daughter of Absalom; saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken which bare him Abijah, and Attai, me, and therefore have I also left and Ziza, and Shelomith.

you in the hand of Shishak. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maa 6 Whereupon the princes of Ischah the daughter of Absalom a rael and the king humbled thembove all his wives and his concu selves; and they said, The Lord is bines: (for he took eighteen wives, righteous. and threescore concubines; and be 7 And when the LORD saw that gat twenty and eight sons, and they humbled themselves, the word threescore daughters.)

of the Lord came to Shemaiah, say22 And Rehoboam made Abijah ing, They have humbled themselves; the son of Maachah the chief, to be therefore I will not destroy them, but ruler among his brethren: for he I will grant them some deliverance; thought to make him king.

and my wrath shall not be poured 23 And he dealt wisely, and dis out upon Jerusalem by the hand of persed of all his children throughout Shishak. all the countries of Judah and Ben- | 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my I of David: and Abijah his son reignservice, and the service of the king ed in his stead. doms of the countries. 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came

CHAP. XIII. up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the

Now in the eighteenth year of LORD, and the treasures of the king Jeroboam began Abijah to king's house; he took all: he car reign over Judah. ried away also the shields of gold 2 He reigned three years in Jeruwhich Solomon had made.

salem. His mother's name also was 10 Instead of which king Reho Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of boam made shields of brass, and Gibeah. And there was war becommitted them to the hands of the tween Abijah and Jeroboam. chief of the guard, that kept the 3 And Abijah set the battle in entrance of the king's house.

array with an army of valiant men 11 And when the king entered of war, even four hundred thouinto the house of the LORD, the sand chosen men: Jeroboam also guard came and fetched them, and set the battle in array against him brought them again into the guard with eight hundred thousand chochamber.

sen men, being mighty men of 12 And when he humbled him valour. self, the wrath of the LORD turned 4 And Abijah stood up upon from him, that he would not destroy mount Zemaraim, which is in mount him altogether: and also in Judah Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou things went well.

Jeroboam, and all Israel; 13 So king Rehoboam strength 5 Ought ye not to know that the ened himself in Jerusalem, and reign LORD God of Israel gave the kinged: for Rehoboam was one and forty dom over Israel to David for ever, years old when he began to reign, even to him and to his sons by a coand he reigned seventeen years in venant of salt? Jerusalem, the city which the LORD 6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, had chosen out of all the tribes of the servant of Solomon the son of Israel, to put his name there. And David, is risen up, and hath rebelled his mother's name was Naamah an against his lord. Ammonitess.

And there are gathered unto 14 And he did evil, because he him vain men, the children of Beprepared not his heart to seek the lial, and have strengthened themLORD.

selves against Rehoboam the son 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, of Solomon, when Rehoboam was first and last, are they not written in young and tenderhearted, and could the book of Shemaiah the prophet, not withstand them. and of Iddo the seer concerning 8 And now ye think to withstand genealogies? And there were wars the kingdom of the LORD in the between Rehoboam and Jeroboam hand of the sons of David; and ye continually.

be a great multitude, and there are 16 And Rehoboam slept with his with you golden calves, which Jerofathers, and was buried in the city || boam made you for gods.

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