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Ghunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dolt thou alk Abifhag the Shunammite tor Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also} for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.

23 Then king Solomon fware by the Lo R D , faying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.

14. Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David iny father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah mall be put to death this day.

15 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee todeath,because thou barest the ark of the Lord Go D before David my father, and because thou haft been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.

27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the Lo R D; that he might tutsil the word of the Lord, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

18 ^f Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab lied unto the tabernacle of the Lo R D , and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

19 And it was told king Solomon that Joib was fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.

30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus faith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus laid Joab, and thus he answered me.

31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayell take away the innocent blood, which Joab flied, from me, and from the house of my father.

32 And the Lord flir.ll return hi* blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my fathcrDavid not knowingMfrra/*,/0tv/s, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host

os Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the holt of Judah.

33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his feed for ever: but upon David, and upon his feed, and upon hit house, and upon his throne, mail there be peace for ever from the Lord.

34. So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and flew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

35 And the king put Benaiah the fon of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.

36 fl And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build the* an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.

37 For it (hall be, that on the day thou goest out, and paslest over the brook Kidron, thou flialt know for certain that thou flialt surely die 1 thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. Ana Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.

39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achifh son of Msachah king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Beheld, thy servants */ in Gath.

40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achilh to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath.

41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.

42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou (halt surely die ? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard ;'/ good.

43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?

44'rhee king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heaTt is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the Lo R D (hall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;

45 And king %o\omon/hall be blesled, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.

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4.S So die king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and/ell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the haad of Solomon.

CHAP. III. i Solcmon marrietk Pharaoh's daughter. 5 His choice. 16 His judgement between the two harlots. AN D Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter,and broughther into the city of David, until he had made an end ot building his own house, and rhe house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until thole days.

3 And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father •. only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that •was the great hi^h place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

5 ff In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: atid God said, Alk what I shall give thee.

6 And Solomon said, Thou h^st shewed unto thy servant David mi father great mercy, according as he walked beiore thee in truth, and in righteousness, »nd in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

7 And now, O Lor D my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and lam but a little child: I know not honu to go out or come in.

8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be*numbered nor counted for multitude.

9 Give therefore thy servant an undeiilanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Io And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

Ii And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and halt not alked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hall asked the life of thine enemies; but halt asked for thyself understanding to discern judgement;

11 Behold, I have done accord ing to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wife and

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an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee (hall any arise like unto thee.

13 And I have also given thee that which thou halt not alked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

14. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

15 And Solomon awoke j and, behold, it ixias a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his lervants.

16 fl Then came there two women, that tuere harlots, unto the king, and stood before himJ

17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.

18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there •was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.

19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.

io And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her boson, and laid herdead child in my bosom.

11 Anil when I arose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it wu dead: but when I had considered it in the morninc;, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.

22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this ("aid, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.

23 Then said the king, The one faith, This /'/ my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other faith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.

24. And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.

25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.

26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yerned upon her son, and (he said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in np wise flay it. But tire

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tther said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.

27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise flay it: lhe is the mother thereof.

28 And all Ilrael heard of the judgement which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgement.

CHAP. IV. 1 Solomon's princes. 7 His twelve officers. 24 The peace and largeness of his kingdom. *9 His wisdom. SO king Solomon was king over all Israel.

2 And these were the princes which he liad; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest;

3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Sliistia, scribes; Jehofhaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.

4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada •was over <be host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:

5 And Azariah the son of Nathan •was over the officers: and Zabud the sou of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend:

6 And Ahilhar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda •was over the tribute.

7 f\ And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his houthold: each man his month in a year made provision.

t And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:

9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth-stiemesti, and Elon-beth-hanan:

10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all the land of Hepher:

11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:

12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Betb-ihean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezi eel, from Beth-mean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam:

13 The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manafseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which it in Bastian, threescore great cities with walls, and brascn bars:

14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:

15 Ahimaaz •was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wist:

16 Baanah the son of Hustiai was in Aslier and in Aloth:

17 Jehosliaphat the son of Paruah, in Islachar:

18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamini

19 Geber the Ion of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bastian; and he was the only officer which •was in the land.

20 Judah and Israel •were many, as tin sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.

21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents and served Solomon all the days of his life.

22 And Solomon's provision for ona day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,

2 3 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred iheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl.

24 «J For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all tha kings on this fide the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him.

25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every rrfcm under his vine and under his ■fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-stieba, all the day3 of Solomon.

26. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of hoiles for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, ;\r.d for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they l;:cked nothing.

, 28 Barley also and straw for the horscl and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge.

29 «J And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the cast country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.

32 And be spake three thousand proverbs: and bis songs were a thousand and five.

33 And ho spake of trees, from the cedar tree that u in Lebanon even unto

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the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: hi spike also of benits, and of fowl, and oi'creeping things, aud of fishes.

34 And there came of all people to bear the wisdom of Solomon, from all lungs of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

CHAP. V. i Hiram sendilh to congratulate Soloman; 7 anJfursijhet/i timher to build the temple. 13 Solomon1 nvortmenandlabourcrs. AND Hiram king of Tyre sent hi? servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king ia the room of hi? father: for Hiram vu ever a lover of David.

2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,

3 Thou knovvest how that David rny father could not build an house unto the mine os the Lo R D his God for the wars which were about him on every fide, until the Lo R D put them under the soles of his feet.

♦ But now the Lord my God hath giren me rest: on every side,/o that there v neither adversary nor evil occurrent.

5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lo R D spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he (hall build an house unto my name.

6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon j iJidmyservants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou (halt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can (kill to hew timber lite unto the Sidonians.

7 fl And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people. , t And Hiram sent to Solomon, (ay■ng, 1 have considered the things which thousenteit to me for; and I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, «nd concerning timber of fir.

9 My servants (hall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou (halt appoint me, and •ill cause them to be discharged there, and thou (halt receive the Ot.-'and thou malt accomplish my desire, in giving "od for my houfliold.

10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees "•d fir trees according to all his desire.

"And Solomon gave Hiram twenty ihoiiiiiid measure* of wheat for food to

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his houlhold, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.

1* And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.

r j fl And king SolomonVaifed a levr out of all Israel; and the levy Wa$ thirty thousand men.

14. And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home : and Adoniramiucr over the levy.

15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;

i6Beside the chiefof Solomon's officers which iutre over the work, three thousand and three hundred which ruled over the people that wrought in the work.

17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stone squarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.

CHAP. VI. 1 The building of Solomon'1 temple. 11 God'e promise unto it. 37 The time ofbuiidingit.

AND it cams to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after tha 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 u the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lor D.

1 And the house which king Solomon built for the Lord, tho length thereof •was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.

I And the porch before-the temple of the house, twenty cubits <waj the length thereof, according to the breadtli of the house; and ten cubits -was the breadth thereof before the house.

4. And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

$ And against the wall of the house he built chambers round, about, against the walls of the house round about? both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:

6 The nethermost clumber <r«w fivs cubits broad, and the middle iuas (ix cubits broad, and the third Iuus (even cubits broad: fqr without in the <wa/l of the house lie made narrowed rests round about, that the b.m.i, ;hould not

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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 thither: so that there Was neither hammer nor ax aar any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

% The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.

g So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the houie with beams and boards of cedar.

10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the houie with timber of cedar.

Ii % And tiie word of the Lo R. D came to Solomon, saying,

12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, is thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgements, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:

13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.

1+ So Solomon built the house, and finished it.

1 5 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the sioor of the houie, and the walls of the tiding: 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 o bits on the fides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them far it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.

17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was s»rty 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 in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lo R D .

20 And the oracle in tiie forepart iiw twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overbid it with pure gold; and Jo 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.

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ai And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the bouse: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

23 And within the oracle he madetwo cherubims of olive tree, each ten

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24 And five cubits ivat the one wing1 of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost: part of the other tuere ten cubits.

25 And the other cherub -was ten cubits: both the cherubims ivere of one measure and one size.

26 The height of the one cherub tutu ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub.

27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: aud they stretched, forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the en; 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, within and without.

30 And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without.

31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors a/olive tree: the lintel and side posts ivere a fifth part of the wall.

32 The two doors also ivere 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 made he for the door os the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth part of the ivall.

3+ And the two doors were ofr\v tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door ivere 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 f In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the Lord laid, in the month Zif;

38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bui, which it the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all

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