1. And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and
Jehovah his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
2 And Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of
hundreds, and to the judges, and to every prince in all Israel, the heads
of the fathers' [houses].
3 So Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that
was at Gibeon; for there was the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the
servant of Jehovah had made in the wilderness.
4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kiriath-jearim to [the
place] that David had prepared for it; for he had pitched a tent for it at
5 Moreover the brazen altar, that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur,
had made, was there before the tabernacle of Jehovah: and Solomon and the
assembly sought unto it.
6 And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before Jehovah, which
was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt-offerings upon it.
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what
I shall give thee.
8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast showed great lovingkindness unto
David my father, and hast made me king in his stead.
9 Now, O Jehovah God, let thy promise unto David my father be
established; for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the
earth in multitude.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before
this people; for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thy heart, and thou hast
not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of them that hate thee,
neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for
thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
12 wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee
riches, and wealth, and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have
been before thee; neither shall there any after thee have the like.
13. So Solomon came from the high place that was at Gibeon, from before
the tent of meeting, unto Jerusalem; and he reigned over Israel.
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and
four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he placed in the
chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
15 And the king made silver and gold to be in Jerusalem as stones, and
cedars made he to be as the sycomore-trees that are in the lowland, for
16 And the horses which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt; the king's
merchants received them in droves, each drove at a price.
17 And they fetched up and brought out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred
[shekels] of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty: and so for all
the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of Syria, did they bring them out
by their means.
1. Now Solomon purposed to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a
house for his kingdom.
2 And Solomon counted out threescore and ten thousand men to bear
burdens, and fourscore thousand men that were hewers in the mountains, and
three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal
with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him a house to
dwell therein, [even so deal with me].
4 Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of Jehovah my God, to
dedicate it to him, and to burn before him incense of sweet spices, and for
the continual showbread, and for the burnt-offerings morning and evening,
on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the set feasts of Jehovah our
God. This is [an ordinance] for ever to Israel.
5 And the house which I build is great; for great is our God above all
6 But who is able to build him a house, seeing heaven and the heaven of
heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him a house,
save only to burn incense before him?
7 Now therefore send me a man skilful to work in gold, and in silver, and
in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that
knoweth how to grave [all manner of] gravings, [to be] with the skilful men
that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did
8 Send me also cedar-trees, fir-trees, and algum-trees, out of Lebanon;
for I know that thy servants know how to cut timber in Lebanon: and,
behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,
9 even to prepare me timber in abundance; for the house which I am about
to build shall be great and wonderful.
10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber,
twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of
barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of
11. Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to
Solomon, Because Jehovah loveth his people, he hath made thee king over
12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, that made
heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with
discretion and understanding, that should build a house for Jehovah, and a
house for his kingdom.
13 And now I have sent a skilful man, endued with understanding, of Huram
14 the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan; and his father was a man
of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in
stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in
crimson, also to grave any manner of graving, and to devise any device;
that there may be [a place] appointed unto him with thy skilful men, and
with the skilful men of my lord David thy father.
15 Now therefore the wheat and the barley, the oil and the wine, which my
lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
16 and we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need; and
we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it
up to Jerusalem.
17 And Solomon numbered all the sojourners that were in the land of
Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them;
and they were found a hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six
18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to bear burdens, and
fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains, and three thousand
and six hundred overseers to set the people at work.
1. Then Solomon began to build the house of Jehovah at Jerusalem on mount
Moriah, where [Jehovah] appeared unto David his father, which he made ready
in the place that David had appointed, in the threshing-floor of Ornan the
2 And he began to build in the second [day] of the second month, in the
fourth year of his reign.
3 Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for the building of
the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was
threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
4 And the porch that was before [the house], the length of it, according
to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the height a hundred
and twenty; and he overlaid it within with pure gold.
5 And the greater house he ceiled with fir-wood, which he overlaid with
fine gold, and wrought thereon palm-trees and chains.
6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the
gold was gold of Parvaim.
7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the thresholds, and the walls
thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubim on the
8 And he made the most holy house: the length thereof, according to the
breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty
cubits; and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred
9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid
the upper chambers with gold.
10. And in the most holy house he made two cherubim of image work; and
they overlaid them with gold.
11 And the wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits long: the wing of the
one [cherub] was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the
other wing was [likewise] five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other
12 And the wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall
of the house; and the other wing was five cubits [also], joining to the
wing of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubim spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and
they stood on their feet, and their faces were toward the house.
14 And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen,
and wrought cherubim thereon.
15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits
high, and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
16 And he made chains in the oracle, and put [them] on the tops of the
pillars; and he made a hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
17 And he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand,
and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand
Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.
1. Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof,
and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.
2 Also he made the molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in
compass; and the height thereof was five cubits; and a line of thirty
cubits compassed it round about.
3 And under it was the likeness of oxen, which did compass it round
about, for ten cubits, compassing the sea round about. The oxen were in two
rows, cast when it was cast.
4 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 upon them above, and all their
hinder parts were inward.
5 And it was a handbreadth thick; and the brim thereof was wrought like
the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it received and held three
6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on
the left, to wash in them; such things as belonged to the burnt-offering
they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.
7 And he made the ten candlesticks of gold according to the ordinance
concerning them; and he set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and
five on the left.
8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the
right side, and five on the left. And he made a hundred basins of gold.
9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and
doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.
10 And he set the sea on the right side [of the house] eastward, toward
11. And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. So Huram
made an end of doing the work that he wrought for king Solomon in the house
12 the two pillars, and the bowls, and the two capitals which were on the
top of the pillars, and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the
capitals that were on the top of the pillars,
13 and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks; two rows of
pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that
were upon the pillars.
14 He made also the bases, and the lavers made he upon the bases;
15 one sea, and the twelve oxen under it.
16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the flesh-hooks, and all the
vessels thereof, did Huram his father make for king Solomon for the house
of Jehovah of bright brass.
17 In the plain of the Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground
between Succoth and Zeredah.
18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight
of the brass could not be found out.
19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of God, the
golden altar also, and the tables whereon was the showbread;
20 and the candlesticks with their lamps, to burn according to the
ordinance before the oracle, of pure gold;
21 and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that
22 and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the firepans, of
pure gold: and as for the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for
the most holy place, and the doors of the house, [to wit], of the temple,
were of gold.
1. Thus all the work that Solomon wrought for the house of Jehovah was
finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had
dedicated, even the silver, and the gold, and all the vessels, and put them
in the treasuries of the house of God.
2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the
tribes, the princes of the fathers' [houses] of the children of Israel,
unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the
city of David, which is Zion.
3 nd all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king at the
feast, which was [in] the seventh month.
4 And all the elders of Israel came: and the Levites took up the ark;
5 and they brought up the ark, and the tent of meeting, and all the holy
vessels that were in the Tent; these did the priests the Levites bring up.
6 And king Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, that were
assembled unto him, were before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that
could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.
7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah unto its
place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the
wings of the cherubim.
8 For the cherubim spread forth their wings over the place of the ark,
and the cherubim covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
9 And the staves were so long that the ends of the staves were seen from
the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without: and there it is
unto this day.
10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put
[there] at Horeb, when Jehovah made a covenant with the children of Israel,
when they came out of Egypt.
11. And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place,
(for all the priests that were present had sanctified themselves, and did
not keep their courses;
12 also the Levites who were the singers, all of them, even Asaph, Heman,
Jeduthun, and their sons and their brethren, arrayed in fine linen, with
cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and
with them a hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets;)
13 it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make
one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Jehovah; and when they
lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of
music, and praised Jehovah, [saying], For he is good; for his
lovingkindness [endureth] for ever; that then the house was filled with a
cloud, even the house of Jehovah,
14 so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the
cloud: for the glory of Jehovah filled the house of God.
1. Then spake Solomon, Jehovah hath said that he would dwell in the thick
2 But I have built thee a house of habitation, and a place for thee to
dwell in for ever.
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed all the assembly of Israel:
and all the assembly of Israel stood.
4 And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who spake with his
mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hands fulfilled it, saying,
5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt,
I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house in, that
my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be prince over my people
6 but I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have
chosen David to be over my people Israel.
7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the
name of Jehovah, the God of Israel.
8 But Jehovah said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thy heart to
build a house for my name, thou didst well that it was in thy heart:
9 nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall
come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.
10 And Jehovah hath performed his word that he spake; for I am risen up
in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah
promised, and have built the house for the name of Jehovah, the God of
11 And there have I set the ark, wherein is the covenant of Jehovah,
which he made with the children of Israel.
12. And he stood before the altar of Jehovah in the presence of all the
assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands;
13 (for Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, five cubits long, and five
cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the
court; and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the
assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven;)
14 and he said, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, there is no God like thee,
in heaven, or on earth; who keepest covenant and lovingkindness with thy
servants, that walk before thee with all their heart;
15 who hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou didst
promise him: yea, thou spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with
thy hand, as it is this day.
16 Now therefore, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, keep with thy servant
David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not
fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only thy
children take heed to their way, to walk in my law as thou hast walked
17 Now therefore, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, let thy word be verified,
which thou spakest unto thy servant David.
18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven
and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house
which I have builded!
19 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his
supplication, O Jehovah my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer
which thy servant prayeth before thee;
20 that thine eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even
toward the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name
there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall pray toward this
21 And hearken thou to the supplications of thy servant, and of thy
people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: yea, hear thou from
thy dwelling-place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest forgive.
22 If a man sin against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to
cause him to swear, and he come [and] swear before thine altar in this
23 then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, requiting
the wicked, to bring his way upon his own head; and justifying the
righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
24 And if thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because
they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again and confess thy name,
and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;
25 then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel,
and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their
26 When the heavens are 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 dost afflict them:
27 then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of
thy people Israel, when thou teachest them the good way wherein they should
walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for
28 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, if there be
blasting or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemies besiege them in
the land of their cities; whatsoever plague or whatsoever sickness there
29 what prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy
people Israel, who shall know every man his own plague and his own sorrow,
and shall spread forth his hands toward this house:
30 then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling-place and forgive, and render
unto every man according to all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for
thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of the children of men;)
31 that they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in
the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
32 Moreover concerning the foreigner, that is not of thy people Israel,
when he shall come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy
mighty hand, and thine outstrethed arm; when they shall come and pray
toward this house:
33 then hear thou from heaven, even from thy dwelling-place, and do
according to all that the foreigner calleth to thee for; that all the
peoples of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people
Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called
by thy name.
34 If thy people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatsoever
way thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which
thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;
35 then hear thou from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and
maintain their cause.
36 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 captive unto a land far off or near;
37 yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they are
carried captive, and turn again, and make supplication unto thee in the
land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done perversely,
and have dealt wickedly;
38 if they return unto thee with all their heart and with all their soul
in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captive, and
pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and the city
which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy
39 then hear thou from heaven, even from thy dwelling-place, their prayer
and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people
who have sinned against thee.
40 Now, O my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine
ears be attent, unto the prayer that is made in this place.
41 Now therefore arise, O Jehovah God, into thy resting-place, thou, and
the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Jehovah God, be clothed with
salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
42 O Jehovah God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember
[thy] lovingkindnesses to David thy servant.
1. Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from
heaven, and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices; and the glory
of Jehovah filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of Jehovah, because the
glory of Jehovah filled Jehovah's house.
3 And all the children of Israel looked on, when the fire came down, and
the glory of Jehovah was upon the house; and they bowed themselves with
their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and gave
thanks unto Jehovah, [saying], For he is good; for his lovingkindness
[endureth] for ever.
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before Jehovah.
5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen,
and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people
dedicated the house of God.
6 And the priests stood, according to their offices; the Levites also
with instruments of music of Jehovah, which David the king had made to give
thanks unto Jehovah, (for his lovingkindness [endureth] for ever,) when
David praised by their ministry: and the priests sounded trumpets before
them; and all Israel stood.
7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the
house of Jehovah; for there he offered the burnt-offerings, and the fat of
the peace-offerings, because the brazen altar which Solomon had made was
not able to receive the burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat.
8 So Solomon held the feast at that time seven days, and all Israel with
him, a very great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath unto the brook of
9 And on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly: for they kept the
dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the
people away unto their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness
that Jehovah had showed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his
11 Thus Solomon finished the house of Jehovah, and the king's house: and
all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of Jehovah, and in
his own house, he prosperously effected.
12. And Jehovah appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have
heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of
13 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the
locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and
pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent, unto the prayer
that is made in this place.
16 For now have I chosen and hallowed this house, that my name may be
there for ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me as David thy father
walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep
my statutes and mine ordinances;
18 then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I
covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man
to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments which
I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20 then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have
given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast
out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all
21 And this house, which is so high, every one that passeth by it shall
be astonished, and shall say, Why hath Jehovah done thus unto this land,
and to this house?
22 And they shall answer, Because they forsook Jehovah, the God of their
fathers, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on
other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought
all this evil upon them.
1. And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had
built the house of Jehovah, and his own house,
2 that the cities which Huram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them,
and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and prevailed against it.
4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store-cities, which
he built in Hamath.
5 Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nether,
fortified cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
6 and Baalath, and all the store-cities that Solomon had, and all the
cities for his chariots, and the cities for his horsemen, and all that
Solomon desired to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and
in all the land of his dominion.
7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites,
and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, that were not of
8 of their children that were left after them in the land, whom the
children of Israel consumed not, of them did Solomon raise a levy [of
bondservants] unto this day.
9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his
work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and rulers of
his chariots and of his horsemen.
10 And these were the chief officers of king Solomon, even two hundred
and fifty, that bare rule over the people.
11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of
David unto the house that he had built for her; for he said, My wife shall
not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are
holy, whereunto the ark of Jehovah hath come.
12. Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto Jehovah on the altar of
Jehovah, which he had built before the porch,
13 even as the duty of every day required, offering according to the
commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the set
feasts, three times in the year, [even] in the feast of unleavened bread,
and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.
14 And he appointed, according to the ordinance of David his father, the
courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their offices,
to praise, and to minister before the priests, as the duty of every day
required; the doorkeepers also by their courses at every gate: for so had
David the man of God commanded.
15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the
priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.
16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the
foundation of the house of Jehovah, and until it was finished. [So] the
house of Jehovah was completed.
17 Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to Eloth, on the seashore in the
land of Edom.
18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants
that had knowledge of the sea; and they came with the servants of Solomon
to Ophir, and fetched from thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold,
and brought them to king Solomon.
1. And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to
prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great train,
and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones:
and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in
2 And Solomon told her all her questions; and there was not anything hid
from Solomon which he told her not.
3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the
house that he had built,
4 and the food of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the
attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, his cupbearers also, and
their apparel, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of
Jehovah; there was no more spirit in her.
5 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own
land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom.
6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had
seen it; and, behold, the half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told
me: thou exceedest the fame that I heard.
7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, that stand
continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
8 Blessed be Jehovah thy God, who delighted in thee, to set thee on his
throne, to be king for Jehovah thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to
establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do
justice and righteousness.
9 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and spices
in great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice
as the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, that
brought gold from Ophir, brought algum-trees and precious stones.
11 And the king made of the algum-trees terraces for the house of
Jehovah, and for the king's house, and harps and psalteries for the
singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.
12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever
she asked, besides that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned,
and went to her own land, she and her servants.
13. Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six
hundred and threescore and six talents of gold,
14 besides that which the traders and merchants brought: and all the
kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to
15 And king Solomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold; six hundred
[shekels] of beaten gold went to one buckler.
16 And [he made] three hundred shields of beaten gold; three hundred
[shekels] of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of
the forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with
18 nd there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which
were fastened to the throne, and stays on either side by the place of the
seat, and two lions standing beside the stays.
19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the
six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.
20 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: silver was
nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
21 For the king had ships that went to Tarshish with the servants of
Huram; once every three years came the ships of Tarshish, bringing gold,
and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
22 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear
his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
24 And they brought every man his tribute, vessels of silver, and vessels
of gold, and raiment, armor, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by
25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and
twelve thousand horsemen, that he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with
the king at Jerusalem.
26 And he ruled 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 to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made
he to be as the sycomore-trees that are in the lowland, for abundance.
28 And they brought horses for Solomon out of Egypt, and out of all
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not
written in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah
the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning 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.
1. And Rehoboam went to Shechem; for all Israel were come to Shechem to
make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, (for
he was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of king Solomon,)
that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and
they spake to Rehoboam, saying,
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.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the
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, then they will be thy servants
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and
took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye, that we may return answer
to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy
father did put upon us lighter?
10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying,
Thus shalt thou say unto the 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 is thicker than my father's loins.
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add
to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I [will chastise you]
12. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the
king bade, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the
counsel of the old men,
14 and spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My
father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised
you with whips, but I [will chastise you] with scorpions.
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people; for it was brought about of
God, that Jehovah might establish his word, which he spake by Ahijah the
Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And 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: every man to your tents, O Israel:
now see to thine own house, David. So all Israel departed unto their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah,
Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the men subject to
taskwork; and the children of Israel stoned him to death with stones. And
king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to
19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
1. And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of
Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, that were
warriors, to fight against Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2 But the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all
Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4 Thus saith Jehovah, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your
brethren: return every man to his house; for this thing is of me. So they
hearkened unto the words of Jehovah, and returned from going against
5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
6 He built Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
7 And Beth-zur, and Soco, and Adullam,
8 and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
9 and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
10 and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in
Benjamin, fortified cities.
11 And he fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores
of victuals, and oil and wine.
12 And in every city [he put] shields and spears, and made them exceeding
strong. And Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.
13. And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to
him out of all their border.
14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to
Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons cast them off, that they
should not execute the priest's office unto Jehovah;
15 and he appointed him priests for the high places, and for the
he-goats, and for the calves which he had made.
16 And after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their
hearts to seek Jehovah, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice
unto Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son
of Solomon strong, three years; for they walked three years in the way of
David and Solomon.
18 And Rehoboam took him a wife, Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the
son of David, [and of] Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;
19 and she bare him sons: Jeush, and Shemariah, and Zaham.
20 And after her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom; and she bare him
Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 And Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives
and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines,
and begat twenty and eight sons and threescore daughters.)
22 And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, [even]
the prince among his brethren; for [he was minded] to make him king.
23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his sons throughout all the
lands of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fortified city: and he gave them
victuals in abundance. And he sought [for them] many wives.
1. And it came to pass, when the kingdom of Rehoboam was established, and
he was strong, that he forsook the law of Jehovah, and all Israel with him.
2 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak
king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had trespassed
3 with twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen. And the
people were without number that came with him out of Egypt: the Lubim, the
Sukkiim, and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fortified cities which pertained to Judah, and came
5 Now Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah,
that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto
them, Thus saith Jehovah, Ye have forsaken me, therefore have I also left
you in the hand of Shishak.
6 Then the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they
said, Jehovah is righteous.
7 And when Jehovah saw that they humbled themselves, the word of Jehovah
came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves: I will not destroy
them; but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be
poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may know my service,
and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the
treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the king's house:
he took all away: he took away also the shields of gold which Solomon had
10 And king Rehoboam made in their stead shields of brass, and committed
them to the hands of the captains of the guard, that kept the door of the
11 And it was so, that, as oft as the king entered into the house of
Jehovah, the guard came and bare them, and brought them back into the
12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of Jehovah turned from him, so
as not to destroy him altogether: and moreover in Judah there were good
13. So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for
Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which Jehovah had chosen out of all
the tribes of Israel, to put his name there: and his mother's name was
Naamah the Ammonitess.
14 And he did that which was evil, because he set not his heart to seek
15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the
histories of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer, after the manner of
genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of
David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.
1. In the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over
2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Micaiah
the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and
3 And Abijah joined battle with an army of valiant men of war, even four
hundred thousand chosen men: and Jeroboam set the battle in array against
him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, who were mighty men of valor.
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in the hill-country
of Ephraim, and said, Hear me, O Jeroboam and all Israel:
5 Ought ye not to know that Jehovah, the God of Israel, gave the kingdom
over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David,
rose up, and rebelled against his lord.
7 And there were gathered unto him worthless men, base fellows, that
strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam
was young and tender-hearted, and could not withstand them.
8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of Jehovah in the hand of the
sons of David; and ye are a great multitude, and there are with you the
golden calves which Jeroboam made you for gods.
9 Have ye not driven out the priests of Jehovah, the sons of Aaron, and
the Levites, and made you priests after the manner of the peoples of
[other] lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young
bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of [them that are] no
10 But as for us, Jehovah is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and
[we have] priests ministering unto Jehovah, the sons of Aaron, and the
Levites in their work:
11 and they burn unto Jehovah every morning and every evening
burnt-offerings and sweet incense: the showbread also [set they] in order
upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to
burn every evening: for we keep the charge of Jehovah our God; but ye have
12 And, behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with the
trumpets of alarm to sound an alarm against you. O children of Israel,
fight ye not against Jehovah, the God of your fathers; for ye shall not
13. But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they
were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.
14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind
them; and they cried unto Jehovah, and the priests sounded with the
15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted,
it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and
16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah; and God delivered them
into their hand.
17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there
fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the
children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon Jehovah, the God of
19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Beth-el
with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephron
with the towns thereof.
20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and
Jehovah smote him, and he died.
21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and took unto himself fourteen wives, and
begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are
written in the commentary of the prophet Iddo.
1. So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of
David; and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet
2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of Jehovah his
3 for he took away the foreign altars, and the high places, and brake
down the pillars, and hewed down the Asherim,
4 and commanded Judah to seek Jehovah, the God of their fathers, and to
do the law and the commandment.
5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and
the sun-images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he built fortified cities in Judah; for the land was quiet, and he
had no war in those years, because Jehovah had given him rest.
7 For he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them
walls, and towers, gates, and bars; the land is yet before us, because we
have sought Jehovah our God; we have sought him, and he hath given us rest
on every side. So they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army that bare bucklers and spears, out of Judah three
hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two
hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valor.
9. And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an army of a
thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and he came unto Mareshah.
10 Then Asa went out to meet him, and they set the battle in array in the
valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried unto Jehovah his God, and said, Jehovah, there is none
besides thee to help, between the mighty and him that hath no strength:
help us, O Jehovah our God; for we rely on thee, and in thy name are we
come against this multitude. O Jehovah, thou art our God; let not man
prevail against thee.
12 So Jehovah smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the
13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and
there fell of the Ethiopians so many that they could not recover
themselves; for they were destroyed before Jehovah, and before his host;
and they carried away very much booty.
14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of
Jehovah came upon them: and they despoiled all the cities; for there was
much spoil in them.
15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep in
abundance, and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.
1. And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 and he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and
all Judah and Benjamin: Jehovah is with you, while ye are with him; and if
ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will
3 Now for a long season Israel was without the true God, and without a
teaching priest, and without law:
4 But when in their distress they turned unto Jehovah, the God of Israel,
and sought him, he was found of them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him
that came in; but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the
6 And they were broken in pieces, nation against nation, and city against
city; for God did vex them with all adversity.
7 But be ye strong, and let not your hands be slack; for your work shall
8. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet,
he took courage, and put away the abominations out of all the land of Judah
and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from the
hill-country of Ephraim; and he renewed the altar of Jehovah, that was
before the porch of Jehovah.
9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and them that sojourned with
them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him
out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that Jehovah his God was with
10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month,
in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they sacrificed unto Jehovah in that day, of the spoil which they
had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
12 And they entered into the covenant to seek Jehovah, the God of their
fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul;
13 and that whosoever would not seek Jehovah, the God of Israel, should
be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14 And they sware unto Jehovah with a loud voice, and with shouting, and
with trumpets, and with cornets.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath; for they had sworn with all their
heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them:
and Jehovah gave them rest round about.
16 And also Maacah, the mother of Asa the king, he removed from being
queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa cut
down her image, and made dust of it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless
the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had
dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and
19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the
reign of Asa.
1. In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of
Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suffer any
one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house
of Jehovah and of the king's house, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria,
that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
3 [There is] a league between me and thee, as [there was] between my
father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break
thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his
armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and
Abel-maim, and all the store-cities of Naphtali.
5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off
building Ramah, and let his work cease.
6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of
Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and he built
therewith Geba and Mizpah.
7. And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said
unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and hast not
relied on Jehovah thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria
escaped out of thy hand.
8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim a huge host, with chariots and
horsemen exceeding many? yet, because thou didst rely on Jehovah, he
delivered them into thy hand.
9 For the eyes of Jehovah run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to
show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward
him. Herein thou hast done foolishly; for from henceforth thou shalt have
10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in the prison-house; for
he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of
the people at the same time.
11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in
the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
12 And in the thirty and ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his
feet; his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to
Jehovah, but to the physicians.
13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year
of his reign.
14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had hewn out for
himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with
sweet odors and divers kinds [of spices] prepared by the perfumers' art:
and they made a very great burning for him.
1. And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself
2 And he placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set
garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his
father had taken.
3 And Jehovah was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways
of his father David, and sought not unto the Baalim,
4 but sought to the God of his father, and walked in his commandments,
and not after the doings of Israel.
5 Therefore Jehovah established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah
brought to Jehoshaphat tribute; and he had riches and honor in abundance.
6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of Jehovah: and furthermore he
took away the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes, even Ben-hail,
and Obadiah, and Zechariah, and Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the
cities of Judah;
8 and with them the Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah,
and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and
Tob-adonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.
9 And they taught in Judah, having the book of the law of Jehovah with
them; and they went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught
among the people.
10. And the fear of Jehovah fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that
were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
11 And some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and silver
for tribute; the Arabians also brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven
hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he-goats.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles
and cities of store.
13 And he had many works in the cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty
men of valor, in Jerusalem.
14 And this was the numbering of them according to their fathers' houses:
Of Judah, the captains of thousands: Adnah the captain, and with him mighty
men of valor three hundred thousand;
15 and next to him Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and
16 and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered
himself unto Jehovah; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of
17 And of Benjamin: Eliada a mighty man of valor, and with him two
hundred thousand armed with bow and shield;
18 and next to him Jehozabad and with him a hundred and fourscore
thousand ready prepared for war.
19 These were they that waited on the king, besides those whom the king
put in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.
1. Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and he joined
affinity with Ahab.
2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab
killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that were
with him, and moved him to go up [with him] to Ramoth-gilead.
3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou
go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my
people as thy people; and [we will be] with thee in the war.
4. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire first, I pray
thee, for the word of Jehovah.
5 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred
men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I
forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the hand of the
6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of Jehovah besides,
that we may inquire of him?
7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by
whom we may inquire of Jehovah: but I hate him; for he never prophesieth
good concerning me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla.
And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
8 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Fetch quickly
Micaiah the son of Imla.
9 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on
his throne, arrayed in their robes, and they were sitting in an open place
at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were
prophesying before them.
10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said,
Thus saith Jehovah, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until they be
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead,
and prosper; for Jehovah will deliver it into the hand of the king.
12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying,
Behold, the words of the prophets [declare] good to the king with one
mouth: let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and
speak thou good.
13 And Micaiah said, As Jehovah liveth, what my God saith, that will I
14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah,
shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go
ye up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand.
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou
speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of Jehovah?
16 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep
that have no shepherd: and Jehovah said, These have no master; let them
return every man to his house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that
he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?
18 And [Micaiah] said, Therefore hear ye the word of Jehovah: I saw
Jehovah sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his
right hand and on his left.
19 And Jehovah said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go
up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and
another saying after that manner.
20 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before Jehovah, and said, I
will entice him. And Jehovah said unto him, Wherewith?
21 And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth
of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt entice him, and shalt prevail
also: go forth, and do so.
22 Now therefore, behold, Jehovah hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of
these thy prophets; and Jehovah hath spoken evil concerning thee.
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon
the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of Jehovah from me to speak
24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day, when thou shalt
go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
25 And the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back unto
Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
26 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 return
27 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, Jehovah hath not
spoken by me. And he said, Hear, ye peoples, all of you.
28. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to
29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself,
and go into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel
disguised himself; and they went into the battle.
30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of his chariots,
saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of
31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they
turned about to fight against him: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and Jehovah
helped him; and God moved them [to depart] from him.
32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was
not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
33 And a certain man drew his bow at a venture, and smote the king of
Israel between the joints of the armor: wherefore he said to the driver of
the chariot, Turn thy hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am sore
34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed
himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even; and about the
time of the going down of the sun he died.
1. And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to
king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the wicked, and love them that hate
Jehovah? for this thing wrath is upon thee from before Jehovah.
3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast put
away the Asheroth out of the land, and hast set thy heart to seek God.
4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again among the
people from Beer-sheba to the hill-country of Ephraim, and brought them
back unto Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
5. And he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of
Judah, city by city,
6 and said to the judges, Consider what ye do: for ye judge not for man,
but for Jehovah; and [he is] with you in the judgment.
7 Now therefore let the fear of Jehovah be upon you; take heed and do it:
for there is no iniquity with Jehovah our God, nor respect of persons, nor
taking of bribes.
8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites and the
priests, and of the heads of the fathers' [houses] of Israel, for the
judgment of Jehovah, and for controversies. And they returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of Jehovah,
faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
10 And whensoever any controversy shall come to you from your brethren
that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and
commandment, statutes and ordinances, ye shall warn them, that they be not
guilty towards Jehovah, and so wrath come upon you and upon your brethren:
this do, and ye shall not be guilty.
11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of
Jehovah; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah,
in all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you.
Deal courageously, and Jehovah be with the good.
1. And it came to pass after this, that the children of Moab, and the
children of Ammon, and with them some of the Ammonites, came against
Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a
great multitude against thee from beyond the sea from Syria; and, behold,
they are in Hazazon-tamar (the same is En-gedi).
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek unto Jehovah; and he
proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to seek [help] of Jehovah: even
out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek Jehovah.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the
house of Jehovah, before the new court;
6 and he said, O Jehovah, the God of our fathers, art not thou God in
heaven? and art not thou ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? and in
thy hand is power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee.
7 Didst not thou, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land
before thy people Israel, and give it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy
9 If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we
will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is in this
house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom
thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of
Egypt, but they turned aside from them, and destroyed them not;
11 behold, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession,
which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this
great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but out
eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before Jehovah, with their little ones, their
wives, and their children.
14. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son
of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite, of the sons of Asaph, came the
Spirit of Jehovah in the midst of the assembly;
15 and he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and thou king Jehoshaphat: Thus saith Jehovah unto you, Fear not ye,
neither be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is
not yours, but God's.
16 To-morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the ascent
of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the valley, before the
wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye
still, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem;
fear not, nor be dismayed: to-morrow go out against them: for Jehovah is
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground; and all
Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before Jehovah,
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites and of the children
of the Korahites, stood up to praise Jehovah, the God of Israel, with an
exceeding loud voice.
20. And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness
of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O
Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in Jehovah your God, so
shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed them that
should sing unto Jehovah, and give praise in holy array, as they went out
before the army, and say, Give thanks unto Jehovah; for his lovingkindness
[endureth] for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, Jehovah set liers-in-wait
against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, that were come against
Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of
mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end
of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came to the watch-tower of the wilderness, they looked
upon the multitude; and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth,
and there were none that escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take the spoil of them,
they found among them in abundance both riches and dead bodies, and
precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they
could carry away: and they were three days in taking the spoil, it was so
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of
Beracah; for there they blessed Jehovah: therefore the name of that place
was called The valley of Beracah unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat
in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for Jehovah
had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto
the house of Jehovah.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of the countries, when
they heard that Jehovah fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet; for his God gave him rest round
31. And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he 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.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and turned not aside from
it, doing that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away; neither as yet had the
people set their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they
are written in the history of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is inserted in
the book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah
king of Israel; the same did very wickedly:
36 and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and
they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against
Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, Jehovah
hath destroyed thy works. And the ships were broken, so that they were not
able to go to Tarshish.
1. And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers
in the city of David: and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
2 And he had brethren, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, and Jehiel, and
Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the
sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
3 And their father gave them great gifts, of silver, and of gold, and of
precious things, with fortified cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to
Jehoram, because he was the first-born.
4 Now when Jehoram was risen up over the kingdom of his father, and had
strengthened himself, he slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers
also of the princes of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of
Ahab; for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he did that which was
evil in the sight of Jehovah.
7 Howbeit Jehovah would not destroy the house of David, because of the
covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a lamp to
him and to his children alway.
8 In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king
9 Then Jehoram passed over with his captains, and all his chariots with
him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites that compassed him
about, and the captains of the chariots.
10 So Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day: then did
Libnah revolt at the same time from under his hand, because he had forsaken
Jehovah, the God of his fathers.
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and made the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot, and led Judah astray.
12. And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus
saith Jehovah, the God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in
the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
13 but hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot, like as the house of
Ahab did, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, who were
better than thyself:
14 behold, Jehovah will smite with a great plague thy people, and thy
children, and thy wives, and all thy substance;
15 and thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy
bowels fall out by reason of the sickness, day by day.
16 And Jehovah stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines,
and of the Arabians that are beside the Ethiopians:
17 and they came up against Judah, and brake into it, and carried away
all the substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also,
and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the
youngest of his sons.
18 And after all this Jehovah smote him in his bowels with an incurable
19 And it came to pass, in process of time, at the end of two years, that
his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness, and he died of sore
diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his
20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned
in Jerusalem eight years: and he departed without being desired; and they
buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
1. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in
his stead; for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had
slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he
reigned one year in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Athaliah the
daughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab; for his mother was his
counsellor to do wickedly.
4 And he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, as did the
house of Ahab; for they were his counsellors after the death of his father,
to his destruction.
5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of
Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead:
and the Syrians wounded Joram.
6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which they had
given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And
Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son
of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
7 Now the destruction of Ahaziah was of God, in that he went unto Joram:
for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of
Nimshi, whom Jehovah had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.
8 And it came to pass, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of
Ahab, that he found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of
Ahaziah, ministering to Ahaziah, and slew them.
9 And he sought Ahaziah, and they caught him (now he was hiding in
Samaria), and they brought him to Jehu, and slew him; and they buried him,
for they said, He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought Jehovah with all
his heart. And the house of Ahaziah had no power to hold the kingdom.
10. Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she
arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of
Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king's sons that were slain, and
put him and his nurse in the bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of
king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of
Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah
reigned over the land.
1. And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the
captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of
Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and
Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him.
2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all the
cities of Judah, and the heads of fathers' [houses] of Israel, and they
came to Jerusalem.
3 And all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God.
And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son shall reign, as Jehovah hath
spoken concerning the sons of David.
4 This is the thing that ye shall do: a third part of you, that come in
on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of the
5 and a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third part at the
gate of the foundation: and all the people shall be in the courts of the
house of Jehovah.
6 But let none come into the house of Jehovah, save the priests, and they
that minister of the Levites; they shall come in, for they are holy: but
all the people shall keep the charge of Jehovah.
7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his
weapons in his hand; and whosoever cometh into the house, let him be slain:
and be ye with the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the
priest commanded: and they took every man his men, those that were to come
in on the sabbath; with those that were to go out on the sabbath; for
Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the courses.
9 And Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds the
spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king David's, which were
in the house of God.
10 And he set all the people, every man with his weapon in his hand, from
the right side of the house to the left side of the house, along by the
altar and the house, by the king round about.
11 Then they brought out the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and
[gave him] the testimony, and made him king: and Jehoiada and his sons
anointed him; and they said, [Long] live the king.
12. And when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising
the king, she came to the people into the house of Jehovah:
13 and she looked, and, behold, the king stood by his pillar at the
entrance, and the captains and the trumpets by the king; and all the people
of the land rejoiced, and blew trumpets; the singers also [played] on
instruments of music, and led the singing of praise. Then Athaliah rent her
clothes, and said, Treason! treason!
14 And Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were
set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth between the ranks;
and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword: for the priest
said, Slay her not in the house of Jehovah.
15 So they made way for her; and she went to the entrance of the horse
gate to the king's house: and they slew her there.
16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between himself, and all the people, and
the king, that they should be Jehovah's people.
17 And all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and
brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of
Baal before the altars.
18 And Jehoiada appointed the officers of the house of Jehovah under the
hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of
Jehovah, to offer the burnt-offerings of Jehovah, as it is written in the
law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, according to the order of
19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of Jehovah, that none
that was unclean in anything should enter in.
20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the
governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and brought down
the king from the house of Jehovah: and they came through the upper gate
unto the king's house, and set the king upon the throne of the kingdom.
21 So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet. And
Athaliah they had slain with the sword.
1. Joash was seven years old when he began to reign; and he reigned forty
years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Zibiah, of Beer-sheba.
2 And Joash did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah all the days
of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to restore the
house of Jehovah.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them,
Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair
the house of your God from year to year; and see that ye hasten the matter.
Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast
thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of
Jerusalem the tax of Moses the servant of Jehovah, and of the assembly of
Israel, for the tent of the testimony?
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of
God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of Jehovah did they
bestow upon the Baalim.
8 So the king commanded, and they made a chest, and set it without at the
gate of the house of Jehovah.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in
for Jehovah the tax that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and
cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
11 And it was so, that, at what time the chest was brought unto the
king's officers by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there
was much money, the king's scribe and the chief priest's officer came and
emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to its place again. Thus
they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the
service of the house of Jehovah; and they hired masons and carpenters to
restore the house of Jehovah, and also such as wrought iron and brass to
repair the house of Jehovah.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work of repairing went forward in
their hands, and they set up the house of God in its state, and
14 And when they had made an end, they brought the rest of the money
before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of
Jehovah, even vessels wherewith to minister and to offer, and spoons, and
vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt-offerings in the house
of Jehovah continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15. But Jehoiada waxed old and was full of days, and he died; a hundred
and thirty years old was he when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he
had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made
obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
18 And they forsook the house of Jehovah, the God of their fathers, and
served the Asherim and the idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem
for this their guiltiness.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto Jehovah; and
they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the
priest; and he stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God,
Why transgress ye the commandments of Jehovah, so that ye cannot prosper?
because ye have forsaken Jehovah, he hath also forsaken you.
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the
commandment of the king in the court of the house of Jehovah.
22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his
father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said,
Jehovah look upon it, and require it.
23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the army of the
Syrians came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and
destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all
the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men; and
Jehovah delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had
forsaken Jehovah, the God of their fathers. So they executed judgment upon
25 And when they were departed for him (for they left him very sick), his
own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada
the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died; and they buried him in
the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him: Zabad the son of
Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens [laid] upon
him, and the rebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in
the commentary of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his
1. Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was
Jehoaddan, of Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, but not with a
3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established unto him, that he
slew his servants that had killed the king his father.
4 But he put not their children to death, but did according to that which
is written in the law in the book of Moses, as Jehovah commanded, saying,
The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die
for the fathers; but every man shall die for his own sin.
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and ordered them according to
their fathers' houses, under captains of thousands and captains of
hundreds, even all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty
years old and upward, and found them three hundred thousand chosen men,
able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
6 He hired also a hundred thousand mighty men of valor out of Israel for
a hundred talents of silver.
7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of
Israel go with thee; for Jehovah is not with Israel, [to wit], with all the
children of Ephraim.
8 But if thou wilt go, do [valiantly], be strong for the battle: God will
cast thee down before the enemy; for God hath power to help, and to cast
9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the
hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of
God answered, Jehovah is able to give thee much more than this.
10 Then Amaziah separated them, [to wit], the army that was come to him
out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled
against Judah, and they returned home in fierce anger.
11 And Amaziah took courage, and led forth his people, and went to the
Valley of Salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.
12 And [other] ten thousand did the children of Judah carry away alive,
and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top
of the rock, so that they all were broken in pieces.
13 But the men of the army whom Amaziah sent back, that they should not
go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even
unto Beth-horon, and smote of them three thousand, and took much spoil.
14. Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of
the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set
them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned
incense unto them.
15 Wherefore the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Amaziah, and he
sent unto him a prophet, who said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the
gods of the people, which have not delivered their own people out of thy
16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that [the king] said unto
him, Have we made thee of the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou
be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath
determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not
hearkened unto my counsel.
17. Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of
Jehoahaz the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one
another in the face.
18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The
thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying,
Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that
was in Lebanon, and trod down the thistle.
19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten Edom; and thy heart lifteth thee up
to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to [thy] hurt, that
thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it was of God, that he might deliver
them into the hand [of their enemies], because they had sought after the
gods of Edom.
21 So Joash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah
looked one another in the face at Beth-shemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man
to his tent.
23 And Joash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash
the son of Jehoahaz, at Beth-shemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and
brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner
gate, four hundred cubits.
24 And [he took] all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were
found in the house of God with Obed-edom, and the treasures of the king's
house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.
25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of
Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they
not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
27 Now from the time that Amaziah did turn away from following Jehovah
they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish:
but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.
28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in
the city of Judah.
1. And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and
made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept
with his fathers.
3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign; and he reigned
fifty and two years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Jechiliah, of
4 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to
all that his father Amaziah had done.
5 And he set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had
understanding in the vision of God: and as long as he sought Jehovah, God
made him to prosper.
6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down
the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod; and he
built cities in [the country of] Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians
that dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Meunim.
8 And the Ammonites gave tribute to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad
even to the entrance of Egypt; for he waxed exceeding strong.
9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at
the valley gate, and at the turning [of the wall], and fortified them.
10 And he built towers in the wilderness, and hewed out many cisterns,
for he had much cattle; in the lowland also, and in the plain: [and he had]
husbandmen and vinedressers in the mountains and in the fruitful fields;
for he loved husbandry.
11 Moreover Uzziah had an army of fighting men, that went out to war by
bands, according to the number of their reckoning made by Jeiel the scribe
and Maaseiah the officer, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's
12 The whole number of the heads of fathers' [houses], even the mighty
men of valor, was two thousand and six hundred.
13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven
thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the
king against the enemy.
14 And Uzziah prepared for them, even for all the host, shields, and
spears, and helmets, and coats of mail, and bows, and stones for slinging.
15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by skilful men, to be on
the towers and upon the battlements, wherewith to shoot arrows and great
stones. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped,
till he was strong.
16. But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up, so that he did
corruptly, and he trespassed against Jehovah his God; for he went into the
temple of Jehovah to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore
priests of Jehovah, that were valiant men:
18 and they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It pertaineth
not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto Jehovah, but to the priests the
sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the
sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honor
from Jehovah God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth; and he had a censer in his hand to burn
incense; and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy brake forth
in his forehead before the priests in the house of Jehovah, beside the
altar of incense.
20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him,
and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out
quickly from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because Jehovah
had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt
in a separate house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of
Jehovah: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people
of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the
prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers
in the field of burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a
leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.
1. Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Jerushah the
daughter of Zadok.
2 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to
all that his father Uzziah had done: howbeit he entered not into the temple
of Jehovah. And the people did yet corruptly.
3 He built the upper gate of the house of Jehovah, and on the wall of
Ophel he built much.
4 Moreover he built cities in the hill-country of Judah, and in the
forests he built castles and towers.
5 He fought also with the king of the children of Ammon, and prevailed
against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year a hundred
talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of
barley. So much did the children of Ammon render unto him, in the second
year also, and in the third.
6 So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before Jehovah his
7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways,
behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned
sixteen years in Jerusalem.
9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of
David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
1. Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
sixteen years in Jerusalem: and he did not that which was right in the eyes
of Jehovah, like David his father;
2 but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten
images for the Baalim.
3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt
his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom
Jehovah cast out before the children of Israel.
4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the
hills, and under every green tree.
5 Wherefore Jehovah his God delivered him into the hand of the king of
Syria; and they smote him, and carried away of his a great multitude of
captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the
hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
6. For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah a hundred and twenty
thousand in one day, all of them valiant men; because they had forsaken
Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and
Azrikam the ruler of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.
8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two
hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil
from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9 But a prophet of Jehovah was there, whose name was Oded: and he went
out to meet the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold,
because Jehovah, the God of your fathers, was wroth with Judah, he hath
delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage which hath
reached up to heaven.
10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem
for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: [but] are there not even with you
trespasses of your own against Jehovah your God?
11 Now hear me therefore, and send back the captives, that ye have taken
captive of your brethren; for the fierce wrath of Jehovah is upon you.
12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son
of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of
Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from
13 and said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for ye
purpose that which will bring upon us a trespass against Jehovah, to add
unto our sins and to our trespass; for our trespass is great, and there is
fierce wrath against Israel.
14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes
and all the assembly.
15 And the men that have been mentioned by name rose up, and took the
captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and
arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and
anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought
them to Jericho, the city of palm-trees, unto their brethren: then they
returned to Samaria.
16. At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away
18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland, and of the
South of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, and Aijalon, and Gederoth, and
Soco with the towns thereof, and Timnah with the towns thereof, Gimzo also
and the towns thereof: and they dwelt there.
19 For Jehovah brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he
had dealt wantonly in Judah, and trespassed sore against Jehovah.
20 And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed
him, but strengthened him not.
21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of Jehovah, and out of
the house of the king and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of
Assyria: but it helped him not.
22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against
Jehovah, this same king Ahaz.
23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him; and he
said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, [therefore] will
I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him,
and of all Israel.
24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in
pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house
of Jehovah; and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in every city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto
other gods, and provoked to anger Jehovah, the God of his fathers.
26 Now the rest of his acts, and all his ways, first and last, behold,
they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even
in Jerusalem; for they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of
Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.
1. Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old; and he
reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was
Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to
all that David his father had done.
3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors
of the house of Jehovah, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them
together into the broad place on the east,
5 and said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites; now sanctify yourselves, and
sanctify the house of Jehovah, the God of your fathers, and carry forth the
filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the
sight of Jehovah our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their
faces from the habitation of Jehovah, and turned their backs.
7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps,
and have not burned incense nor offered burnt-offerings in the holy place
unto the God of Israel.
8 Wherefore the wrath of Jehovah was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he
hath delivered them to be tossed to and fro, to be an astonishment, and a
hissing, as ye see with your eyes.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our
daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with Jehovah, the God of
Israel, that his fierce anger may turn away from us.
11 My sons, be not now negligent; for Jehovah hath chosen you to stand
before him, to minister unto him, and that ye should be his ministers, and
12. Then the Levites arose, Mahath, the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of
Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites; and of the sons of Merari, Kish the
son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehallelel; and of the Gershonites,
Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah;
13 and of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeuel; and of the sons of
Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah;
14 and of the sons of Heman, Jehuel and Shimei; and of the sons of
Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.
15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and went
in, according to the commandment of the king by the words of Jehovah, to
cleanse the house of Jehovah.
16 And the priests went in unto the inner part of the house of Jehovah,
to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the
temple of Jehovah into the court of the house of Jehovah. And the Levites
took it, to carry it out abroad to the brook Kidron.
17 Now they began on the first [day] of the first month to sanctify, and
on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of Jehovah; and they
sanctified the house of Jehovah in eight days: and on the sixteenth day of
the first month they made an end.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king within [the palace], and said,
We have cleansed all the house of Jehovah, and the altar of burnt-offering,
with all the vessels thereof, and the table of showbread, with all the
19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away
when he trespassed, have we prepared and sanctified; and, behold, they are
before the altar of Jehovah.
20. Then Hezekiah the king arose early, and gathered the princes of the
city, and went up to the house of Jehovah.
21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and
seven he-goats, for a sin-offering for the kingdom and for the sanctuary
and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them
on the altar of Jehovah.
22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and
sprinkled it on the altar: and they killed the rams, and sprinkled the
blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and sprinkled the blood
upon the altar.
23 And they brought near the he-goats for the sin-offering before the
king and the assembly; and they laid their hands upon them:
24 and the priests killed them, and they made a sin-offering with their
blood upon the altar, to make atonement for all Israel; for the king
commanded [that] the burnt-offering and the sin-offering [should be made]
for all Israel.
25 And he set the Levites in the house of Jehovah with cymbals, with
psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of
Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet; for the commandment was of
Jehovah by his prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests
with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt-offering upon the altar. And
when the burnt-offering began, the song of Jehovah began also, and the
trumpets, together with the instruments of David king of Israel.
28 And all the assembly worshipped, and the singers sang, and the
trumpeters sounded; all this [continued] until the burnt-offering was
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were
present with him bowed themselves and worshipped.
30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to
sing praises unto Jehovah with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer.
And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves
unto Jehovah; come near and bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the
house of Jehovah. And the assembly brought in sacrifices and
thank-offerings; and as many as were of a willing heart [brought]
32 And the number of the burnt-offerings which the assembly brought was
threescore and ten bullocks, a hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all
these were for a burnt-offering to Jehovah.
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand
34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the
burnt-offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till
the work was ended, and until the priests had sanctified themselves; for
the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the
35 And also the burnt-offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the
peace-offerings, and with the drink-offerings for every burnt-offering. So
the service of the house of Jehovah was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, because of that which God
had prepared for the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
1. And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to
Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of Jehovah at
Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto Jehovah, the God of Israel.
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the assembly
in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.
3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not
sanctified themselves in sufficient number, neither had the people gathered
themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the thing was right in the eyes of the king and of all the
5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all
Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the
passover unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem: for they had not
kept it in great numbers in such sort as it is written.
6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes
throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the
king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto Jehovah, the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may return to the remnant that are
escaped of you out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, who trespassed
against Jehovah, the God of their fathers, so that he gave them up to
desolation, as ye see.
8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were; but yield yourselves
unto Jehovah, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for
ever, and serve Jehovah your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from
9 For if ye turn again unto Jehovah, your brethren and your children
shall find compassion before them that led them captive, and shall come
again into this land: for Jehovah your God is gracious and merciful, and
will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim
and Manasseh, even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked
11 Nevertheless certain men of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled
themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
12 Also upon Judah came the hand of God to give them one heart, to do the
commandment of the king and of the princes by the word of Jehovah.
13. And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of
unleavened bread in the second month, a very great assembly.
14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and
all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook
15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth [day] of the second
month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified
themselves, and brought burnt-offerings into the house of Jehovah.
16 And they stood in their place after their order, according to the law
of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood [which they
received] of the hand of the Levites.
17 For there were many in the assembly that had not sanctified
themselves: therefore the Levites had the charge of killing the passovers
for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto Jehovah.
18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim and Manasseh,
Issachar and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the
passover otherwise than it is written. For Hezekiah had prayed for them,
saying, The good Jehovah pardon every one
19 that setteth his heart to seek God, Jehovah, the God of his fathers,
though [he be] not [cleansed] according to the purification of the
20 And Jehovah hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21. And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the
feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites
and the priests praised Jehovah day by day, [singing] with loud instruments
22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that had good
understanding [in the service] of Jehovah. So they did eat throughout the
feast for the seven days, offering sacrifices of peace-offerings, and
making confession to Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days; and they
kept [other] seven days with gladness.
24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the assembly for offerings a
thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the
assembly a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of
priests sanctified themselves.
25 And all the assembly of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and
all the assembly that came out of Israel, and the sojourners that came out
of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem; for since the time of Solomon the
son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.
27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their
voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy habitation, even unto
1. Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out
to the cities of Judah, and brake in pieces the pillars, and hewed down the
Asherim, and brake down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and
Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all.
Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into
their own cities.
2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after
their courses, every man according to his service, both the priests and the
Levites, for burnt-offerings and for peace-offerings, to minister, and to
give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of Jehovah.
3 [He appointed] also the king's portion of his substance for the
burnt-offerings, [to wit], for the morning and evening burnt-offerings, and
the burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the
set feasts, as it is written in the law of Jehovah.
4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the
portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to
the law of Jehovah.
5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel gave
in abundance the first-fruits of grain, new wine, and oil, and honey, and
of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they
6 And the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of
Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of
dedicated things which were consecrated unto Jehovah their God, and laid
them by heaps.
7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and
finished them in the seventh month.
8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed
Jehovah, and his people Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the
10 And Azariah the chief priest, of the house of Zadok, answered him and
said, Since [the people] began to bring the oblations into the house of
Jehovah, we have eaten and had enough, and have left plenty: for Jehovah
hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.
11. Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of Jehovah;
and they prepared them.
12 And they brought in the oblations and the tithes and the dedicated
things faithfully: and over them Conaniah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei
his brother was second.
13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and
Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, were overseers
under the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the appointment of
Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter at the east [gate],
was over the freewill-offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of
Jehovah, and the most holy things.
15 And under him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah,
Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in their office of
trust, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the
16 besides them that were reckoned by genealogy of males, from three
years old and upward, even every one that entered into the house of
Jehovah, as the duty of every day required, for their service in their
offices according to their courses;
17 and them that were reckoned by genealogy of the priests by their
fathers' houses, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their
offices by their courses;
18 and them that were reckoned by genealogy of all their little ones,
their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the
congregation: for in their office of trust they sanctified themselves in
19 Also for the sons of Aaron the priests, that were in the fields of the
suburbs of their cities, in every city, there were men that were mentioned
by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all
that were reckoned by genealogy among the Levites.
20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah; and he wrought that which
was good and right and faithful before Jehovah his God.
21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God,
and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with
all his heart, and prospered.
1. After these things, and this faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria
came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fortified cities,
and thought to win them for himself.
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was
purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
3 he took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters
of the fountains which were without the city; and they helped him.
4 So there was gathered much people together, and they stopped all the
fountains, and the brook that flowed through the midst of the land, saying,
Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?
5 And he took courage, and built up all the wall that was broken down,
and raised [it] up to the towers, and the other wall without, and
strengthened Millo [in] the city of David, and made weapons and shields in
6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together
to him in the broad place at the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to
7 Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king
of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him; for there is a
greater with us than with him:
8 with him is an arm of flesh; but with us is Jehovah our God to help us,
and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words
of Hezekiah king of Judah.
9. After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to
Jerusalem, (now he was before Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto
Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye
abide the siege in Jerusalem?
11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you, to give you over to die by famine and
by thirst, saying, Jehovah our God will deliver us out of the hand of the
king of Assyria?
12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars,
and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one
altar, and upon it shall ye burn incense?
13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the peoples of
the lands? Were the gods of the nations of the lands in any wise able to
deliver their land out of my hand?
14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations which my fathers
utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of my hand, that your
God should be able to deliver you out of my hand?
15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you after
this manner, neither believe ye him; for no god of any nation or kingdom
was able to deliver his people out of my hand, and out of the hand of my
fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of my hand?
16 And his servants spake yet more against Jehovah God, and against his
17 He wrote also letters, to rail on Jehovah, the God of Israel, and to
speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of the lands, which
have not delivered their people out of my hand, so shall not the God of
Hezekiah deliver his people out of my hand.
18 And they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language unto the people
of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them;
that they might take the city.
19 And they spake of the God of Jerusalem, as of the gods of the peoples
of the earth, which are the work of men's hands.
20 And Hezekiah the king, and Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz, prayed
because of this, and cried to heaven.
21 And Jehovah sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty men of valor,
and the leaders and captains, in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he
returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the
house of his god, they that came forth from his own bowels slew him there
with the sword.
22 Thus Jehovah saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the
hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all [others],
and guided them on every side.
23 And many brought gifts unto Jehovah to Jerusalem, and precious things
to Hezekiah king of Judah; so that he was exalted in the sight of all
nations from thenceforth.
24. In those days Hezekiah was sick even unto death: and he prayed unto
Jehovah; and he spake unto him, and gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto
him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and
upon Judah and Jerusalem.
26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart,
both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of Jehovah came
not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honor: and he provided him
treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for
spices, and for shields, and for all manner of goodly vessels;
28 store-houses also for the increase of grain and new wine and oil; and
stalls for all manner of beasts, and flocks in folds.
29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds
in abundance; for God had given him very much substance.
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper spring of the waters of
Gihon, and brought them straight down on the west side of the city of
David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
31 Howbeit in [the business of] the ambassadors of the princes of
Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the
land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his good deeds, behold, they
are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz, in the
book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the ascent
of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem did him honor at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in
1. Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
fifty and five years in Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, after the
abominations of the nations whom Jehovah cast out before the children of
3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken
down; and he reared up altars for the Baalim, and made Asheroth, and
worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 And he built altars in the house of Jehovah, whereof Jehovah said, In
Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the
house of Jehovah.
6 He also made his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the
son of Hinnom; and he practised augury, and used enchantments, and
practised sorcery, and dealt with them that had familiar spirits, and with
wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to
7 And he set the graven image of the idol, which he had made, in the
house of God, of which God said to David and to Solomon his son, In this
house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of
Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from off the land
which I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will observe to do
all that I have commanded them, even all the law and the statutes and the
ordinances [given] by Moses.
9 And Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that
they did evil more than did the nations whom Jehovah destroyed before the
children of Israel.
10 And Jehovah spake to Manasseh, and to his people; but they gave no
11. Wherefore Jehovah brought upon them the captains of the host of the
king of Assyria, who took Manasseh in chains, and bound him with fetters,
and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in distress, he besought Jehovah his God, and humbled
himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
13 And he prayed unto him; and he was entreated of him, and heard his
supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then
Manasseh knew that Jehovah he was God.
14 Now after this he built an outer wall to the city of David, on the
west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance at the fish gate;
and he compassed Ophel about [with it], and raised it up to a very great
height: and he put valiant captains in all the fortified cities of Judah.
15 And he took away the foreign gods, and the idol out of the house of
Jehovah, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of
Jehovah, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
16 And he built up the altar of Jehovah, and offered thereon sacrifices
of peace-offerings and of thanksgiving, and commanded Judah to serve
Jehovah, the God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people sacrificed still in the high places, but only
unto Jehovah their God.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and
the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of Jehovah, the God of
Israel, behold, they are written among the acts of the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how [God] was entreated of him, and all his sin
and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up
the Asherim and the graven images, before he humbled himself: behold, they
are written in the history of Hozai.
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own
house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
21. Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 And he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, as did
Manasseh his father; and Amon sacrificed unto all the graven images which
Manasseh his father had made, and served them.
23 And he humbled not himself before Jehovah, as Manasseh his father had
humbled himself; but this same Amon trespassed more and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and put him to death in his
25 But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against
king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his
1. Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
thirty and one years in Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in
the ways of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to
3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began
to seek after the God of David his father; and in the twelfth year he began
to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the Asherim, and the
graven images, and the molten images.
4 And they brake down the altars of the Baalim in his presence; and the
sun-images that were on high above them he hewed down; and the Asherim, and
the graven images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust
of them, and strewed it upon the graves [of them] that had sacrificed unto
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and purged
Judah and Jerusalem.
6 And [so did he] in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even
unto Naphtali, in their ruins round about.
7 And he brake down the altars, and beat the Asherim and the graven
images into powder, and hewed down all the sun-images throughout all the
land of Israel, and returned to Jerusalem.
8. Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land
and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the
governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair
the house of Jehovah his God.
9 And they came to Hilkiah the high priest, and delivered the money that
was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the keepers of the
threshold, had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the
remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin, and of the inhabitants of
10 And they delivered it into the hand of the workmen that had the
oversight of the house of Jehovah; and the workmen that wrought in the
house of Jehovah gave it to mend and repair the house;
11 even to the carpenters and to the builders gave they it, to buy hewn
stone, and timber for couplings, and to make beams for the houses which the
kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were
Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and
Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and [others
of] the Levites, all that were skilful with instruments of music.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and set forward all that
did the work in every manner of service: and of the Levites there were
scribes, and officers, and porters.
14. And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of
Jehovah, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law of Jehovah [given] by
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the
book of the law in the house of Jehovah. And Hilkiah delivered the book to
16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and moreover brought back
word to the king, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they are
17 And they have emptied out the money that was found in the house of
Jehovah, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and into the
hand of the workmen.
18 And Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath
delivered me a book. And Shaphan read therein before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law,
that he rent his clothes.
20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and
Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's
21 Go ye, inquire of Jehovah for me, and for them that are left in Israel
and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is
the wrath of Jehovah that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have
not kept the word of Jehovah, to do according unto all that is written in
22 So Hilkiah, and they whom the king [had commanded], went to Huldah the
prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah,
keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quarter;)
and they spake to her to that effect.
23 And she said unto them, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel: Tell ye
the man that sent you unto me,
24 Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and
upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the
book which they have read before the king of Judah.
25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other
gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their
hands; therefore is my wrath poured out upon this place, and it shall not
26 But unto the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Jehovah, thus
shall ye say to him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel: As touching the
words which thou hast heard,
27 because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before
God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the
inhabitants thereof, and hast humbled thyself before me, and hast rent thy
clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith Jehovah.
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered
to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I
will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof. And they
brought back word to the king.
29. Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and
30 And the king went up to the house of Jehovah, and all the men of Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all
the people, both great and small: and he read in their ears all the words
of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of Jehovah.
31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before Jehovah,
to walk after Jehovah, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies,
and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the
words of the covenant that were written in this book.
32 And he caused all that were found in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand
[to it]. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of
God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries
that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were found in
Israel to serve, even to serve Jehovah their God. All his days they
departed not from following Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
1. And Josiah kept a passover unto Jehovah in Jerusalem: and they killed
the passover on the fourteenth [day] of the first month.
2 And he set the priests in their offices, and encouraged them to the
service of the house of Jehovah.
3 And he said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, that were holy
unto Jehovah, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David
king of Israel did build; there shall no more be a burden upon your
shoulders: now serve Jehovah your God, and his people Israel.
4 And prepare yourselves after your fathers' houses by your courses,
according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the
writing of Solomon his son.
5 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the fathers'
houses of your brethren the children of the people, and [let there be for
each] a portion of a fathers' house of the Levites.
6 And kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare for your
brethren, to do according to the word of Jehovah by Moses.
7 And Josiah gave to the children of the people, of the flock, lambs and
kids, all of them for the passover-offerings, unto all that were present,
to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were
of the king's substance.
8 And his princes gave for a freewill-offering unto the people, to the
priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, the rulers
of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover-offerings two
thousand and six hundred [small cattle], and three hundred oxen.
9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brethren, and Hashabiah
and Jeiel and Jozabad, the chiefs of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for
the passover-offerings five thousand [small cattle], and five hundred oxen.
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and
the Levites by their courses, according to the king's commandment.
11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled [the blood
which they received] of their hand, and the Levites flayed them.
12 And they removed the burnt-offerings, that they might give them
according to the divisions of the fathers' houses of the children of the
people, to offer unto Jehovah, as it is written in the book of Moses. And
so did they with the oxen.
13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance:
and the holy offerings boiled they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans,
and carried them quickly to all the children of the people.
14 And afterward they prepared for themselves, and for the priests,
because the priests the sons of Aaron [were busied] in offering the
burnt-offerings and the fat until night: therefore the Levites prepared for
themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.
15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to
the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's
seer; and the porters were at every gate: they needed not to depart from
their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
16 So all the service of Jehovah was prepared the same day, to keep the
passover, and to offer burnt-offerings upon the altar of Jehovah, according
to the commandment of king Josiah.
17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that
time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.
18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of
Samuel the prophet; neither did any of the kings of Israel keep such a
passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah
and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.
20. After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Neco king of
Egypt went up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates: and Josiah went
out against him.
21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee,
thou king of Judah? [I come] not against thee this day, but against the
house wherewith I have war; and God hath commanded me to make haste:
forbear thee from [meddling with] God, who is with me, that he destroy thee
22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised
himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of
Neco from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his
servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
24 So his servants took him out of the chariot, and put him in the second
chariot that he had, and brought him to Jerusalem; and he died, and was
buried in the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem
mourned for Josiah.
25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and singing
women spake of Josiah in their lamentations unto this day; and they made
them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his good deeds, according to
that which is written in the law of Jehovah,
27 and his acts, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of
the kings of Israel and Judah.
1. Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made
him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
2 Joahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned three months in Jerusalem.
3 And the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem, and fined the land a
hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and
Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Neco took Joahaz his
brother, and carried him to Egypt.
5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the
sight of Jehovah his God.
6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in
fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of Jehovah to
Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he
did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book
of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his
9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in
the sight of Jehovah.
10 And at the return of the year king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought
him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of Jehovah, and made
Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11. Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign; and he
reigned eleven years in Jerusalem:
12 and he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah his God; he
humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet [speaking] from the mouth
13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him
swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart against
turning unto Jehovah, the God of Israel.
14 Moreover all the chiefs of the priests, and the people, trespassed
very greatly after all the abominations of the nations; and they polluted
the house of Jehovah which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
15 And Jehovah, the God of their fathers, sent to them by his messengers,
rising up early and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and
on his dwelling-place:
16 but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and
scoffed at his prophets, until the wrath of Jehovah arose against his
people, till there was no remedy.
17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew
their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no
compassion upon young man or virgin, old man or hoary-headed: he gave them
all into his hand.
18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the
treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the king, and of
his princes, all these he brought to Babylon.
19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem,
and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly
20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon;
and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom
21 to fulfil the word of Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land
had enjoyed its sabbaths: [for] as long as it lay desolate it kept sabbath,
to fulfil threescore and ten years.
22. Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of
Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, Jehovah stirred up
the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation
throughout all his kingdom, and [put it] also in writing, saying,
23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath
Jehovah, the God of heaven, given me; and he hath charged me to build him a
house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whosoever there is among you of all
his people, Jehovah his God be with him, and let him go up.
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