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