1: Solomon the son of David established himself in
his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
2: Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of
hundreds, to the judges, and to all the leaders in all Israel, the heads of
3: And Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went
to the high place that was at Gibeon; for the tent of meeting of God, which
Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness, was there.
4: (But David had brought up the ark of God from Kir'iath-je'arim to
the place that David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in
5: Moreover the bronze altar that Bez'alel the son of
Uri, son of Hur, had made, was there before the tabernacle of the LORD. And
Solomon and the assembly sought the LORD.
6: And Solomon went up
there to the bronze altar before the LORD, which was at the tent of meeting, and
offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
7: In that night God
appeared to Solomon, and said to him, "Ask what I shall give you."
And Solomon said to God, "Thou hast shown great and steadfast love to David my
father, and hast made me king in his stead.
9: O LORD God, let thy
promise to David my father be now fulfilled, for thou hast made me king over a
people as many as the dust of the earth.
10: Give me now wisdom and
knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this thy
people, that is so great?"
11: God answered Solomon, "Because this
was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the
life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked
wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may rule my people over whom I have
made you king,
12: wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will
also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who
were before you, and none after you shall have the like."
Solomon came from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, to
Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel.
14: Solomon gathered together
chariots and horsemen; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand
horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in
15: And the king made silver and gold as common in
Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the
16: And Solomon's import of horses was from Egypt and
Ku'e, and the king's traders received them from Ku'e for a price.
They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a
horse for a hundred and fifty; likewise through them these were exported to all
the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.
1: Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the
name of the LORD, and a royal palace for himself.
2: And Solomon
assigned seventy thousand men to bear burdens and eighty thousand to quarry in
the hill country, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.
And Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre: "As you dealt with David my
father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me.
4: Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my
God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before
him, and for the continual offering of the showbread, and for burnt offerings
morning and evening, on the sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts
of the LORD our God, as ordained for ever for Israel.
5: The house
which I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods.
6: But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest
heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place
to burn incense before him?
7: So now send me a man skilled to work
in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics,
trained also in engraving, to be with the skilled workers who are with me in
Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided.
8: Send me also
cedar, cypress, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants
know how to cut timber in Lebanon. And my servants will be with your servants,
9: to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the house I am to build
will be great and wonderful.
10: I will give for your servants, the
hewers who cut timber, twenty thousand cors of crushed wheat, twenty thousand
cors of barley, twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of
11: Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in a letter which he
sent to Solomon, "Because the LORD loves his people he has made you king over
12: Huram also said, "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who
made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, endued with
discretion and understanding, who will build a temple for the LORD, and a royal
palace for himself.
13: "Now I have sent a skilled man, endued with
14: the son of a woman of the daughters of
Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre. He is trained to work in gold, silver,
bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine
linen, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be
assigned him, with your craftsmen, the craftsmen of my lord, David your father.
15: Now therefore the wheat and barley, oil and wine, of which my
lord has spoken, let him send to his servants;
16: and we will cut
whatever timber you need from Lebanon, and bring it to you in rafts by sea to
Joppa, so that you may take it up to Jerusalem."
17: Then Solomon
took a census of all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census
of them which David his father had taken; and there were found a hundred and
fifty-three thousand six hundred.
18: Seventy thousand of them he
assigned to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry in the hill country, and
three thousand six hundred as overseers to make the people work.
1: Then Solomon began to build the house of the
LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Mori'ah, where the LORD had appeared to David his
father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan
2: He began to build in the second month of the fourth
year of his reign.
3: These are Solomon's measurements for building
the house of God: the length, in cubits of the old standard, was sixty cubits,
and the breadth twenty cubits.
4: The vestibule in front of the nave
of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house; and its
height was a hundred and twenty cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure
5: The nave he lined with cypress, and covered it with fine
gold, and made palms and chains on it.
6: He adorned the house with
settings of precious stones. The gold was gold of Parva'im.
7: So he
lined the house with gold -- its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its
doors; and he carved cherubim on the walls.
8: And he made the most
holy place; its length, corresponding to the breadth of the house, was twenty
cubits, and its breadth was twenty cubits; he overlaid it with six hundred
talents of fine gold.
9: The weight of the nails was one shekel to
fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
10: In the most holy place he made two cherubim of wood and overlaid
them with gold.
11: The wings of the cherubim together extended
twenty cubits: one wing of the one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the
house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub;
12: and of this cherub, one wing, of five cubits, touched the wall of
the house, and the other wing, also of five cubits, was joined to the wing of
the first cherub.
13: The wings of these cherubim extended twenty
cubits; the cherubim stood on their feet, facing the nave.
14: And he
made the veil of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and worked
cherubim on it.
15: In front of the house he made two pillars
thirty-five cubits high, with a capital of five cubits on the top of each.
16: He made chains like a necklace and put them on the tops of the
pillars; and he made a hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
17: He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the south,
the other on the north; that on the south he called Jachin, and that on the
1: He made an altar of bronze, twenty cubits long,
and twenty cubits wide, and ten cubits high.
2: Then he made the
molten sea; it was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high,
and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.
3: Under it
were figures of gourds, for thirty cubits, compassing the sea round about; the
gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast.
4: It stood
upon twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and
three facing east; the sea was set upon them, and all their hinder parts were
5: Its thickness was a handbreadth; and its brim was made
like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily; it held over three thousand
6: He also made ten lavers in which to wash, and set five on
the south side, and five on the north side. In these they were to rinse off what
was used for the burnt offering, and the sea was for the priests to wash in.
7: And he made ten golden lampstands as prescribed, and set them in
the temple, five on the south side and five on the north.
8: He also
made ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five
on the north. And he made a hundred basins of gold.
9: He made the
court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid
their doors with bronze;
10: and he set the sea at the southeast
corner of the house.
11: Huram also made the pots, the shovels, and
the basins. So Huram finished the work that he did for King Solomon on the house
12: the two pillars, the bowls, and the two capitals on the
top of the pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals
that were on the top of the pillars;
13: and the four hundred
pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network, to
cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the pillars.
He made the stands also, and the lavers upon the stands,
15: and the
one sea, and the twelve oxen underneath it.
16: The pots, the
shovels, the forks, and all the equipment for these Huram-abi made of burnished
bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD.
17: In the plain
of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and
18: Solomon made all these things in great quantities, so
that the weight of the bronze was not ascertained.
19: So Solomon
made all the things that were in the house of God: the golden altar, the tables
for the bread of the Presence,
20: the lampstands and their lamps of
pure gold to burn before the inner sanctuary, as prescribed;
flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of purest gold;
22: the snuffers,
basins, dishes for incense, and firepans, of pure gold; and the sockets of the
temple, for the inner doors to the most holy place and for the doors of the nave
of the temple were of gold.
1: Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house
of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his
father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in
the treasuries of the house of God.
2: Then Solomon assembled the
elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers'
houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the
covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast which is in the
4: And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites
took up the ark.
5: And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting,
and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites
brought them up.
6: And King Solomon and all the congregation of
Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many
sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.
7: So the
priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner
sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the
8: For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place
of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles.
9: And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen
from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from
outside; and they are there to this day.
10: There was nothing in the
ark except the two tables which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a
covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
Now when the priests came out of the holy place (for all the priests who were
present had sanctified themselves, without regard to their divisions;
12: and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jedu'thun, their
sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood
east of the altar with a hundred and twenty priests who were trumpeters;
13: and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make
themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the
song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in
praise to the LORD, "For he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever,"
the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,
that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory
of the LORD filled the house of God.
1: Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he
would dwell in thick darkness.
2: I have built thee an exalted house,
a place for thee to dwell in for ever."
3: Then the king faced about,
and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood.
4: And he said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his
hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying,
5: `Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt,
I chose no city in all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my
name might be there, and I chose no man as prince over my people Israel;
6: but I have chosen Jerusalem that my name may be there and I have
chosen David to be over my people Israel.'
7: Now it was in the heart
of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
8: But the LORD said to David my father, `Whereas it was in your
heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart;
9: nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who shall
be born to you shall build the house for my name.'
10: Now the LORD
has fulfilled his promise which he made; for I have risen in the place of David
my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have
built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD which he made
with the people of Israel."
12: Then Solomon stood before the altar
of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his
13: Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five
cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court; and he stood
upon it. Then he knelt upon his knees in the presence of all the assembly of
Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven;
14: and said, "O
LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven or on earth, keeping
covenant and showing steadfast love to thy servants who walk before thee with
all their heart;
15: who hast kept with thy servant David my father
what thou didst declare to him; yea, thou didst speak with thy mouth, and with
thy hand hast fulfilled it this day.
16: Now therefore, O LORD, God
of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father what thou hast promised him,
saying, `There shall never fail you a man before me to sit upon the throne of
Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way, to walk in my law as you have
walked before me.'
17: Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, let thy
word be confirmed, which thou hast spoken to thy servant David.
"But will God dwell indeed with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest
heaven cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
19: Yet have regard to the prayer of thy servant and to his
supplication, O LORD my God, hearkening to the cry and to the prayer which thy
servant prays before thee;
20: that thy eyes may be open day and
night toward this house, the place where thou hast promised to set thy name,
that thou mayest hearken to the prayer which thy servant offers toward this
21: And hearken thou to the supplications of thy servant and
of thy people Israel, when they pray toward this place; yea, hear thou from
heaven thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest, forgive.
22: "If a
man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, and comes and swears
his oath before thy altar in this house,
23: then hear thou from
heaven, and act, and judge thy servants, requiting the guilty by bringing his
conduct upon his own head, and vindicating the righteous by rewarding him
according to his righteousness.
24: "If thy people Israel are
defeated before the enemy because they have sinned against thee, when they turn
again and acknowledge thy name, and pray and make supplication to thee in this
25: then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
people Israel, and bring them again to the land which thou gavest to them and to
26: "When heaven is shut up and there is no rain
because they have sinned against thee, if they pray toward this place, and
acknowledge thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them,
27: then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants,
thy people Israel, when thou dost teach them the good way in which they should
walk; and grant rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people as an
28: "If there is famine in the land, if there is
pestilence or blight or mildew or locust or caterpillar; if their enemies
besiege them in any of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there
29: whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by any man or
by all thy people Israel, each knowing his own affliction, and his own sorrow
and stretching out his hands toward this house;
30: then hear thou
from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render to each whose heart thou
knowest, according to all his ways (for thou, thou only, knowest the hearts of
the children of men);
31: that they may fear thee and walk in thy
ways all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest to our fathers.
32: "Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of thy people Israel,
comes from a far country for the sake of thy great name, and thy mighty hand,
and thy outstretched arm, when he comes and prays toward this house,
33: hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all
for which the foreigner calls to thee; in order that all the peoples of the
earth may know thy name and fear thee, as do thy people Israel, and that they
may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.
34: "If thy people go out to battle against their enemies, by
whatever way thou shalt send them, and they pray to thee toward this city which
thou hast chosen and the house which I have built for thy name,
then hear thou from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain
36: "If they sin against thee -- for there is no man who
does not sin -- and thou art angry with them, and dost give them to an enemy, so
that they are carried away captive to a land far or near;
37: yet if
they lay it to heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and
repent, and make supplication to thee in the land of their captivity, saying,
`We have sinned, and have acted perversely and wickedly';
38: if they
repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their
captivity, to which they were carried captive, and pray toward their land, which
thou gavest to their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house
which I have built for thy name,
39: then hear thou from heaven thy
dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause
and forgive thy people who have sinned against thee.
40: Now, O my
God, let thy eyes be open and thy ears attentive to a prayer of this place.
41: "And now arise, O LORD God, and go to thy resting place, thou and
the ark of thy might. Let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
and let thy saints rejoice in thy goodness.
42: O LORD God, do not
turn away the face of thy anointed one! Remember thy steadfast love for David
1: When Solomon had ended his prayer, fire came
down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the
glory of the LORD filled the temple.
2: And the priests could not
enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD's
3: When all the children of Israel saw the fire come down and
the glory of the LORD upon the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the
earth on the pavement, and worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, "For
he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever."
4: Then the
king and all the people offered sacrifice before the LORD.
Solomon offered as a sacrifice twenty-two thousand oxen and a hundred and twenty
thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
6: The priests stood at their posts; the Levites also, with the
instruments for music to the LORD which King David had made for giving thanks to
the LORD -- for his steadfast love endures for ever -- whenever David offered
praises by their ministry; opposite them the priests sounded trumpets; and all
7: And Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that
was before the house of the LORD; for there he offered the burnt offering and
the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar Solomon had made could
not hold the burnt offering and the cereal offering and the fat.
At that time Solomon held the feast for seven days, and all Israel with him, a
very great congregation, from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt.
9: And on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly; for they had
kept the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days.
10: On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people
away to their homes, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness that the LORD had
shown to David and to Solomon and to Israel his people.
Solomon finished the house of the LORD and the king's house; all that Solomon
had planned to do in the house of the LORD and in his own house he successfully
12: Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and
said to him: "I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for myself as
a house of sacrifice.
13: When I shut up the heavens so that there is
no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my
14: if my people who are called by my name humble themselves,
and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this
16: For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my
name may be there for ever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time.
17: And as for you, if you walk before me, as David your father
walked, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes
and my ordinances,
18: then I will establish your royal throne, as I
covenanted with David your father, saying, `There shall not fail you a man to
19: "But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and
my commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and
20: then I will pluck you up from the land which I have
given you; and this house, which I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out
of my sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
21: And at this house, which is exalted, every one passing by will be
astonished, and say, `Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this
22: Then they will say, `Because they forsook the LORD the
God of their fathers who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on
other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore he has brought all
this evil upon them'"
1: At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had
built the house of the LORD and his own house,
2: Solomon rebuilt the
cities which Huram had given to him, and settled the people of Israel in them.
3: And Solomon went to Ha'math-zo'bah, and took it.
built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the store-cities which he built in
5: He also built Upper Beth-hor'on and Lower Beth-hor'on,
fortified cities with walls, gates, and bars,
6: and Ba'alath, and
all the store-cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots, and
the cities for his horsemen, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem,
in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
7: All the people
who were left of the Hittites, the Amorites, the Per'izzites, the Hivites, and
the Jeb'usites, who were not of Israel,
8: from their descendants who
were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel had not destroyed --
these Solomon made a forced levy and so they are to this day.
of the people of Israel Solomon made no slaves for his work; they were soldiers,
and his officers, the commanders of his chariots, and his horsemen.
10: And these were the chief officers of King Solomon, two hundred
and fifty, who exercised authority over the people.
brought Pharaoh's daughter up from the city of David to the house which he had
built for her, for he said, "My wife shall not live in the house of David king
of Israel, for the places to which the ark of the LORD has come are holy."
12: Then Solomon offered up burnt offerings to the LORD upon the
altar of the LORD which he had built before the vestibule,
13: as the
duty of each day required, offering according to the commandment of Moses for
the sabbaths, the new moons, and the three annual feasts -- the feast of
unleavened bread, the feast of weeks, and the feast of tabernacles.
14: According to the ordinance of David his father, he appointed the
divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their offices of
praise and ministry before the priests as the duty of each day required, and the
gatekeepers in their divisions for the several gates; for so David the man of
God had commanded.
15: And they did not turn aside from what the king
had commanded the priests and Levites concerning any matter and concerning the
16: Thus was accomplished all the work of Solomon from
the day the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid until it was finished.
So the house of the LORD was completed.
17: Then Solomon went to
E'zion-ge'ber and Eloth on the shore of the sea, in the land of Edom.
18: And Huram sent him by his servants ships and servants familiar
with the sea, and they went to Ophir together with the servants of Solomon, and
fetched from there four hundred and fifty talents of gold and brought it to King
1: Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of
Solomon she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very
great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones.
When she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind.
And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from Solomon
which he could not explain to her.
3: And when the queen of Sheba had
seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
4: the food
of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants,
and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings
which he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her.
5: And she said to the king, "The report was true which I heard in my
own land of your affairs and of your wisdom,
6: but I did not believe
the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it; and behold, half the
greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the report which I heard.
7: Happy are your wives! Happy are these your servants, who
continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
8: Blessed be the
LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on his throne as king for
the LORD your God! Because your God loved Israel and would establish them for
ever, he has made you king over them, that you may execute justice and
9: Then she gave the king a hundred and twenty
talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones: there
were no spices such as those which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10: Moreover the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon, who
brought gold from Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones.
And the king made of the algum wood steps for the house of the LORD and for the
king's house, lyres also and harps for the singers; there never was seen the
like of them before in the land of Judah.
12: And King Solomon gave
to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked besides what she
had brought to the king. So she turned and went back to her own land, with her
13: Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year
was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,
14: besides that which
the traders and merchants brought; and all the kings of Arabia and the governors
of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15: King Solomon made
two hundred large shields of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of beaten gold
went into each shield.
16: And he made three hundred shields of
beaten gold; three hundred shekels of gold went into each shield; and the king
put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
17: The king also
made a great ivory throne, and overlaid it with pure gold.
throne had six steps and a footstool of gold, which were attached to the throne,
and on each side of the seat were arm rests and two lions standing beside the
19: while twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a
step on the six steps. The like of it was never made in any kingdom.
20: All King Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the
vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; silver was not
considered as anything in the days of Solomon.
21: For the king's
ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; once every three years the
ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
22: Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches
and in wisdom.
23: And all the kings of the earth sought the presence
of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind.
Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and of gold, garments,
myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.
Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in
26: And he ruled over all the kings from the Euphra'tes to
the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.
27: And the
king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and cedar as plentiful as the
sycamore of the Shephe'lah.
28: And horses were imported for Solomon
from Egypt and from all lands.
29: Now the rest of the acts of
Solomon, from first to last, are they not written in the history of Nathan the
prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahi'jah the Shi'lonite, and in the visions of
Iddo the seer concerning Jerobo'am the son of Nebat?
reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31: And Solomon
slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father; and
Rehobo'am his son reigned in his stead.
1: Rehobo'am went to Shechem, for all Israel had
come to Shechem to make him king.
2: And when Jerobo'am the son of
Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt, whither he had fled from King Solomon),
then Jerobo'am returned from Egypt.
3: And they sent and called him;
and Jerobo'am and all Israel came and said to Rehobo'am,
father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your
father and his heavy yoke upon us, and we will serve you."
5: He said
to them, "Come to me again in three days." So the people went away.
6: Then King Rehobo'am took counsel with the old men, who had stood
before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, "How do you advise me
to answer this people?"
7: And they said to him, "If you will be kind
to this people and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be
your servants for ever."
8: But he forsook the counsel which the old
men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and
stood before him.
9: And he said to them, "What do you advise that we
answer this people who have said to me, `Lighten the yoke that your father put
10: And the young men who had grown up with him said to
him, "Thus shall you speak to the people who said to you, `Your father made our
yoke heavy, but do you lighten it for us'; thus shall you say to them, `My
little finger is thicker than my father's loins.
11: And now, whereas
my father laid upon you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father
chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.'"
12: So Jerobo'am and all the people came to Rehobo'am the third day,
as the king said, "Come to me again the third day."
13: And the king
answered them harshly, and forsaking the counsel of the old men,
King Rehobo'am spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying,
"My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you
with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."
15: So the king
did not hearken to the people; for it was a turn of affairs brought about by God
that the LORD might fulfil his word, which he spoke by Ahi'jah the Shi'lonite to
Jerobo'am the son of Nebat.
16: And when all Israel saw that the king
did not hearken to them, the people answered the king, "What portion have we in
David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Each of you to your tents, O
Israel! Look now to your own house, David." So all Israel departed to their
17: But Rehobo'am reigned over the people of Israel who dwelt
in the cities of Judah.
18: Then King Rehobo'am sent Hador'am, who
was taskmaster over the forced labor, and the people of Israel stoned him to
death with stones. And King Rehobo'am made haste to mount his chariot, to flee
19: So Israel has been in rebellion against the house
of David to this day.
1: When Rehobo'am came to Jerusalem, he assembled
the house of Judah, and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen warriors,
to fight against Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehobo'am.
the word of the LORD came to Shemai'ah the man of God:
3: "Say to
Rehobo'am the son of Solomon king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and
4: `Thus says the LORD, You shall not go up or fight
against your brethren. Return every man to his home, for this thing is from
me.'" So they hearkened to the word of the LORD, and returned and did not go
5: Rehobo'am dwelt in Jerusalem, and he built
cities for defense in Judah.
6: He built Bethlehem, Etam, Teko'a,
7: Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,
8: Gath, Mare'shah, Ziph,
9: Adora'im, Lachish, Aze'kah,
10: Zorah, Ai'jalon, and
Hebron, fortified cities which are in Judah and in Benjamin.
made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil,
12: And he put shields and spears in all the cities, and
made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin.
13: And the
priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him from all places
where they lived.
14: For the Levites left their common lands and
their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jerobo'am and his sons
cast them out from serving as priests of the LORD,
15: and he
appointed his own priests for the high places, and for the satyrs, and for the
calves which he had made.
16: And those who had set their hearts to
seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to
Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
They strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they made Rehobo'am
the son of Solomon secure, for they walked for three years in the way of David
18: Rehobo'am took as wife Ma'halath the daughter of
Jer'imoth the son of David, and of Ab'ihail the daughter of Eli'ab the son of
19: and she bore him sons, Je'ush, Shemari'ah, and Zaham.
20: After her he took Ma'acah the daughter of Ab'salom, who bore him
Abi'jah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelo'mith.
21: Rehobo'am loved Ma'acah the
daughter of Ab'salom above all his wives and concubines (he took eighteen wives
and sixty concubines, and had twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters);
22: and Rehobo'am appointed Abi'jah the son of Ma'acah as chief
prince among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.
he dealt wisely, and distributed some of his sons through all the districts of
Judah and Benjamin, in all the fortified cities; and he gave them abundant
provisions, and procured wives for them.
1: When the rule of Rehobo'am was established and
was strong, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.
2: In the fifth year of King Rehobo'am, because they had been
unfaithful to the LORD, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem
3: with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen. And the
people were without number who came with him from Egypt -- Libyans, Suk'ki-im,
4: And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came
as far as Jerusalem.
5: Then Shemai'ah the prophet came to Rehobo'am
and to the princes of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak,
and said to them, "Thus says the LORD, `You abandoned me, so I have abandoned
you to the hand of Shishak.'"
6: Then the princes of Israel and the
king humbled themselves and said, "The LORD is righteous."
the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to
Shemai'ah: "They have humbled themselves; I will not destroy them, but I will
grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem
by the hand of Shishak.
8: Nevertheless they shall be servants to
him, that they may know my service and the service of the kingdoms of the
9: So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; he
took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's
house; he took away everything. He also took away the shields of gold which
Solomon had made;
10: and King Rehobo'am made in their stead shields
of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who
kept the door of the king's house.
11: And as often as the king went
into the house of the LORD, the guard came and bore them, and brought them back
to the guardroom.
12: And when he humbled himself the wrath of the
LORD turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction; moreover,
conditions were good in Judah.
13: So King Rehobo'am established
himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Rehobo'am was forty-one years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the
LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. His
mother's name was Na'amah the Ammonitess.
14: And he did evil, for he
did not set his heart to seek the LORD.
15: Now the acts of
Rehobo'am, from first to last, are they not written in the chronicles of
Shemai'ah the prophet and of Iddo the seer? There were continual wars between
Rehobo'am and Jerobo'am.
16: And Rehobo'am slept with his fathers,
and was buried in the city of David; and Abi'jah his son reigned in his stead.
1: In the eighteenth year of King Jerobo'am Abi'jah
began to reign over Judah.
2: He reigned for three years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Micai'ah the daughter of U'riel of Gib'e-ah.
Now there was war between Abi'jah and Jerobo'am.
3: Abi'jah went out
to battle having an army of valiant men of war, four hundred thousand picked
men; and Jerobo'am drew up his line of battle against him with eight hundred
thousand picked mighty warriors.
4: Then Abi'jah stood up on Mount
Zemara'im which is in the hill country of E'phraim, and said, "Hear me, O
Jerobo'am and all Israel!
5: Ought you not to know that the LORD God
of Israel gave the kingship over Israel for ever to David and his sons by a
covenant of salt?
6: Yet Jerobo'am the son of Nebat, a servant of
Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord;
and certain worthless scoundrels gathered about him and defied Rehobo'am the son
of Solomon, when Rehobo'am was young and irresolute and could not withstand
8: "And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in
the hand of the sons of David, because you are a great multitude and have with
you the golden calves which Jerobo'am made you for gods.
9: Have you
not driven out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and
made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes to
consecrate himself with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are
10: But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not
forsaken him. We have priests ministering to the LORD who are sons of Aaron, and
Levites for their service.
11: They offer to the LORD every morning
and every evening burnt offerings and incense of sweet spices, set out the
showbread on the table of pure gold, and care for the golden lampstand that its
lamps may burn every evening; for we keep the charge of the LORD our God, but
you have forsaken him.
12: Behold, God is with us at our head, and
his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you.
O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers; for
you cannot succeed."
13: Jerobo'am had sent an ambush around to come
on them from behind; thus his troops were in front of Judah, and the ambush was
14: And when Judah looked, behold, the battle was before
and behind them; and they cried to the LORD, and the priests blew the trumpets.
15: Then the men of Judah raised the battle shout. And when the men
of Judah shouted, God defeated Jerobo'am and all Israel before Abi'jah and
16: The men of Israel fled before Judah, and God gave them
into their hand.
17: Abi'jah and his people slew them with a great
slaughter; so there fell slain of Israel five hundred thousand picked men.
18: Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of
Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD, the God of their fathers.
19: And Abi'jah pursued Jerobo'am, and took cities from him, Bethel
with its villages and Jesha'nah with its villages and Ephron with its villages.
20: Jerobo'am did not recover his power in the days of Abi'jah; and
the LORD smote him, and he died.
21: But Abi'jah grew mighty. And he
took fourteen wives, and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
22: The rest of the acts of Abi'jah, his ways and his sayings, are
written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
1: So Abi'jah slept with his fathers, and they
buried him in the city of David; and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his
days the land had rest for ten years.
2: And Asa did what was good
and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
3: He took away the
foreign altars and the high places, and broke down the pillars and hewed down
4: and commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of
their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.
5: He also
took out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars. And
the kingdom had rest under him.
6: He built fortified cities in
Judah, for the land had rest. He had no war in those years, for the LORD gave
7: And he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities, and
surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars; the land is still ours,
because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought him, and he has given us
peace on every side." So they built and prospered.
8: And Asa had an
army of three hundred thousand from Judah, armed with bucklers and spears, and
two hundred and eighty thousand men from Benjamin, that carried shields and drew
bows; all these were mighty men of valor.
9: Zerah the Ethiopian came
out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and
came as far as Mare'shah.
10: And Asa went out to meet him, and they
drew up their lines of battle in the valley of Zeph'athah at Mare'shah.
11: And Asa cried to the LORD his God, "O LORD, there is none like
thee to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we
rely on thee, and in thy name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, thou
art our God; let not man prevail against thee."
12: So the LORD
defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
13: Asa and the people that were with him pursued them as far as
Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive; for they were broken
before the LORD and his army. The men of Judah carried away very much booty.
14: And they smote all the cities round about Gerar, for the fear of
the LORD was upon them. They plundered all the cities, for there was much
plunder in them.
15: And they smote the tents of those who had
cattle, and carried away sheep in abundance and camels. Then they returned to
1: The Spirit of God came upon Azari'ah the son of
2: and he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, "Hear me, Asa,
and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you, while you are with him. If you
seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
3: For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a
teaching priest, and without law;
4: but when in their distress they
turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.
5: In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him
who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.
6: They were broken in pieces, nation against nation and city against
city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.
7: But you,
take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded."
8: When Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azari'ah the son of
Oded, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols from all the land of
Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the hill country of
E'phraim, and he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the
vestibule of the house of the LORD.
9: And he gathered all Judah and
Benjamin, and those from E'phraim, Manas'seh, and Simeon who were sojourning
with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that
the LORD his God was with him.
10: They were gathered at Jerusalem in
the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
sacrificed to the LORD on that day, from the spoil which they had brought, seven
hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
12: And they entered into a
covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and
with all their soul;
13: and that whoever would not seek the LORD,
the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.
14: They took oath to the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting,
and with trumpets, and with horns.
15: And all Judah rejoiced over
the oath; for they had sworn with all their heart, and had sought him with their
whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest round about.
16: Even Ma'acah, his mother, King Asa removed from being queen
mother because she had made an abominable image for Ashe'rah. Asa cut down her
image, crushed it, and burned it at the brook Kidron.
17: But the
high places were not taken out of Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was
blameless all his days.
18: And he brought into the house of God the
votive gifts of his father and his own votive gifts, silver, and gold, and
19: And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of
the reign of Asa.
1: In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa,
Ba'asha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might
permit no one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2: Then Asa
took silver and gold from the treasures of the house of the LORD and the king's
house, and sent them to Ben-ha'dad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,
3: "Let there be a league between me and you, as between my father
and your father; behold, I am sending to you silver and gold; go, break your
league with Ba'asha king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me."
And Ben-ha'dad hearkened to King Asa, and sent the commanders of his armies
against the cities of Israel, and they conquered I'jon, Dan, A'bel-ma'im, and
all the store-cities of Naph'tali.
5: And when Ba'asha heard of it,
he stopped building Ramah, and let his work cease.
6: Then King Asa
took all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, with
which Ba'asha had been building, and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.
7: At that time Hana'ni the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said
to him, "Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD
your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.
8: Were not
the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with exceedingly many chariots and
horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand.
9: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole
earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is blameless toward him.
You have done foolishly in this; for from now on you will have wars."
10: Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the stocks, in
prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted
cruelties upon some of the people at the same time.
11: The acts of
Asa, from first to last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and
12: In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in
his feet, and his disease became severe; yet even in his disease he did not seek
the LORD, but sought help from physicians.
13: And Asa slept with his
fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign.
14: They buried
him in the tomb which he had hewn out for himself in the city of David. They
laid him on a bier which had been filled with various kinds of spices prepared
by the perfumer's art; and they made a very great fire in his honor.
1: Jehosh'aphat his son reigned in his stead, and
strengthened himself against Israel.
2: He placed forces in all the
fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the
cities of E'phraim which Asa his father had taken.
3: The LORD was
with Jehosh'aphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father; he did
not seek the Ba'als,
4: but sought the God of his father and walked
in his commandments, and not according to the ways of Israel.
Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought
tribute to Jehosh'aphat; and he had great riches and honor.
heart was courageous in the ways of the LORD; and furthermore he took the high
places and the Ashe'rim out of Judah.
7: In the third year of his
reign he sent his princes, Ben-hail, Obadi'ah, Zechari'ah, Nethan'el, and
Micai'ah, to teach in the cities of Judah;
8: and with them the
Levites, Shemai'ah, Nethani'ah, Zebadi'ah, As'ahel, Shemi'ramoth, Jehon'athan,
Adoni'jah, Tobi'jah, and Tobadoni'jah; and with these Levites, the priests
Eli'shama and Jeho'ram.
9: And they taught in Judah, having the book
of the law of the LORD with them; they went about through all the cities of
Judah and taught among the people.
10: And the fear of the LORD fell
upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, and they made no
war against Jehosh'aphat.
11: Some of the Philistines brought
Jehosh'aphat presents, and silver for tribute; and the Arabs also brought him
seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred he-goats.
12: And Jehosh'aphat grew steadily greater. He built in Judah
fortresses and store-cities,
13: and he had great stores in the
cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
14: This was the muster of them by fathers' houses: Of Judah, the
commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, with three hundred thousand mighty
men of valor,
15: and next to him Jehoha'nan the commander, with two
hundred and eighty thousand,
16: and next to him Amasi'ah the son of
Zichri, a volunteer for the service of the LORD, with two hundred thousand
mighty men of valor.
17: Of Benjamin: Eli'ada, a mighty man of valor,
with two hundred thousand men armed with bow and shield,
18: and next
to him Jeho'zabad with a hundred and eighty thousand armed for war.
19: These were in the service of the king, besides those whom the
king had placed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.
1: Now Jehosh'aphat had great riches and honor; and
he made a marriage alliance with Ahab.
2: After some years he went
down to Ahab in Sama'ria. And Ahab killed an abundance of sheep and oxen for him
and for the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against
3: Ahab king of Israel said to Jehosh'aphat king of
Judah, "Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead?" He answered him, "I am as you
are, my people as your people. We will be with you in the war."
And Jehosh'aphat said to the king of Israel, "Inquire first for the word of the
5: Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together,
four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall we go to battle against
Ramoth-gilead, or shall I forbear?" And they said, "Go up; for God will give it
into the hand of the king."
6: But Jehosh'aphat said, "Is there not
here another prophet of the LORD of whom we may inquire?"
7: And the
king of Israel said to Jehosh'aphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may
inquire of the LORD, Micai'ah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for he never
prophesies good concerning me, but always evil." And Jehosh'aphat said, "Let not
the king say so."
8: Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and
said, "Bring quickly Micai'ah the son of Imlah."
9: Now the king of
Israel and Jehosh'aphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed
in their robes; and they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of
the gate of Sama'ria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them.
10: And Zedeki'ah the son of Chena'anah made for himself horns of
iron, and said, "Thus says the LORD, `With these you shall push the Syrians
until they are destroyed.'"
11: And all the prophets prophesied so,
and said, "Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph; the LORD will give it into the
hand of the king."
12: And the messenger who went to summon Micai'ah
said to him, "Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to
the king; let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably."
13: But Micai'ah said, "As the LORD lives, what my God says, that I
14: And when he had come to the king, the king said to
him, "Micai'ah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear?" And
he answered, "Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand."
15: But the king said to him, "How many times shall I adjure you that
you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"
And he said, "I saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have
no shepherd; and the LORD said, `These have no master; let each return to his
home in peace.'"
17: And the king of Israel said to Jehosh'aphat,
"Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?"
18: And Micai'ah said, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw
the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right
hand and on his left;
19: and the LORD said, `Who will entice Ahab
the king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said
one thing, and another said another.
20: Then a spirit came forward
and stood before the LORD, saying, `I will entice him.' And the LORD said to
him, `By what means?'
21: And he said, `I will go forth, and will be
a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' And he said, `You are to
entice him, and you shall succeed; go forth and do so.'
therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your
prophets; the LORD has spoken evil concerning you."
Zedeki'ah the son of Chena'anah came near and struck Micai'ah on the cheek, and
said, "Which way did the Spirit of the LORD go from me to speak to you?"
24: And Micai'ah said, "Behold, you shall see on that day when you go
into an inner chamber to hide yourself."
25: And the king of Israel
said, "Seize Micai'ah, and take him back to Amon the governor of the city and to
Jo'ash the king's son;
26: and say, `Thus says the king, Put this
fellow in prison, and feed him with scant fare of bread and water, until I
return in peace.'"
27: And Micai'ah said, "If you return in peace,
the LORD has not spoken by me." And he said, "Hear, all you peoples!"
28: So the king of Israel and Jehosh'aphat the king of Judah went up
29: And the king of Israel said to Jehosh'aphat, "I
will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes." And the king
of Israel disguised himself; and they went into battle.
30: Now the
king of Syria had commanded the captains of his chariots, "Fight with neither
small nor great, but only with the king of Israel."
31: And when the
captains of the chariots saw Jehosh'aphat, they said, "It is the king of
Israel." So they turned to fight against him; and Jehosh'aphat cried out, and
the LORD helped him. God drew them away from him,
32: for when the
captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned
back from pursuing him.
33: But a certain man drew his bow at a
venture, and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the
breastplate; therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn about, and
carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded."
34: And the battle
grew hot that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot
facing the Syrians until evening; then at sunset he died.
1: Jehosh'aphat the king of Judah returned in
safety to his house in Jerusalem.
2: But Jehu the son of Hana'ni the
seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehosh'aphat, "Should you help the
wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, wrath has gone out
against you from the LORD.
3: Nevertheless some good is found in you,
for you destroyed the Ashe'rahs out of the land, and have set your heart to seek
4: Jehosh'aphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among
the people, from Beer-sheba to the hill country of E'phraim, and brought them
back to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
5: He appointed judges in
the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city,
said to the judges, "Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the
LORD; he is with you in giving judgment.
7: Now then, let the fear of
the LORD be upon you; take heed what you do, for there is no perversion of
justice with the LORD our God, or partiality, or taking bribes."
Moreover in Jerusalem Jehosh'aphat appointed certain Levites and priests and
heads of families of Israel, to give judgment for the LORD and to decide
disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem.
9: And he charged
them: "Thus you shall do in the fear of the LORD, in faithfulness, and with your
10: whenever a case comes to you from your brethren who
live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or
ordinances, then you shall instruct them, that they may not incur guilt before
the LORD and wrath may not come upon you and your brethren. Thus you shall do,
and you will not incur guilt.
11: And behold, Amari'ah the chief
priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadi'ah the son of
Ish'mael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all the king's matters; and the
Levites will serve you as officers. Deal courageously, and may the LORD be with
1: After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with
them some of the Me-u'nites, came against Jehosh'aphat for battle.
Some men came and told Jehosh'aphat, "A great multitude is coming against you
from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Haz'azon-ta'mar" (that
3: Then Jehosh'aphat feared, and set himself to seek
the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4: And Judah
assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the cities of Judah they came to
seek the LORD.
5: And Jehosh'aphat stood in the assembly of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
said, "O LORD, God of our fathers, art thou not God in heaven? Dost thou not
rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In thy hand are power and might, so
that none is able to withstand thee.
7: Didst thou not, O our God,
drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and give it for
ever to the descendants of Abraham thy friend?
8: And they have dwelt
in it, and have built thee in it a sanctuary for thy name, saying,
`If evil comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will
stand before this house, and before thee, for thy name is in this house, and cry
to thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save.'
10: And now
behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Se'ir, whom thou wouldest not let
Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and
did not destroy --
11: behold, they reward us by coming to drive us
out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12: O our
God, wilt thou not execute judgment upon them? For we are powerless against this
great multitude that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our
eyes are upon thee."
13: Meanwhile all the men of Judah stood before
the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14: And the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jaha'ziel the son of
Zechari'ah, son of Benai'ah, son of Je-i'el, son of Mattani'ah, a Levite of the
sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
15: And he said,
"Hearken, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehosh'aphat: Thus
says the LORD to you, `Fear not, and be not dismayed at this great multitude;
for the battle is not yours but God's.
16: Tomorrow go down against
them; behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz; you will find them at the
end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeru'el.
17: You will
not need to fight in this battle; take your position, stand still, and see the
victory of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Fear not, and be not
dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you."
18: Then Jehosh'aphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and
all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping
19: And the Levites, of the Ko'hathites and the Kor'ahites,
stood up to praise the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
20: And they rose early in the morning and went out into the
wilderness of Teko'a; and as they went out, Jehosh'aphat stood and said, "Hear
me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you
will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed."
And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to
sing to the LORD and praise him in holy array, as they went before the army, and
say, "Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures for ever."
22: And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush
against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Se'ir, who had come against Judah, so
that they were routed.
23: For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against
the inhabitants of Mount Se'ir, destroying them utterly, and when they had made
an end of the inhabitants of Se'ir, they all helped to destroy one another.
24: When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked
toward the multitude; and behold, they were dead bodies lying on the ground;
none had escaped.
25: When Jehosh'aphat and his people came to take
the spoil from them, they found cattle in great numbers, goods, clothing, and
precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more.
They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much.
26: On the
fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Bera'cah, for there they blessed the
LORD; therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Bera'cah to
27: Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem,
and Jehosh'aphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD
had made them rejoice over their enemies.
28: They came to Jerusalem,
with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the LORD.
the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that
the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.
30: So the realm
of Jehosh'aphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest round about.
Thus Jehosh'aphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was
Azu'bah the daughter of Shilhi.
32: He walked in the way of Asa his
father and did not turn aside from it; he did what was right in the sight of the
33: The high places, however, were not taken away; the people
had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their fathers.
the rest of the acts of Jehosh'aphat, from first to last, are written in the
chronicles of Jehu the son of Hana'ni, which are recorded in the Book of the
Kings of Israel.
35: After this Jehosh'aphat king of Judah joined
with Ahazi'ah king of Israel, who did wickedly.
36: He joined him in
building ships to go to Tarshish, and they built the ships in E'zion-ge'ber.
37: Then Elie'zer the son of Do-dav'ahu of Mare'shah prophesied
against Jehosh'aphat, saying, "Because you have joined with Ahazi'ah, the LORD
will destroy what you have made." And the ships were wrecked and were not able
to go to Tarshish.
1: Jehosh'aphat slept with his fathers, and was
buried with his fathers in the city of David; and Jeho'ram his son reigned in
2: He had brothers, the sons of Jehosh'aphat: Azari'ah,
Jehi'el, Zechari'ah, Azari'ah, Michael, and Shephati'ah; all these were the sons
of Jehosh'aphat king of Judah.
3: Their father gave them great gifts,
of silver, gold, and valuable possessions, together with fortified cities in
Judah; but he gave the kingdom to Jeho'ram, because he was the first-born.
4: When Jeho'ram had ascended the throne of his father and was
established, he slew all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the
princes of Israel.
5: Jeho'ram was thirty-two years old when he
became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6: And he
walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done; for the
daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the
7: Yet the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because
of the covenant which he had made with David, and since he had promised to give
a lamp to him and to his sons for ever.
8: In his days Edom revolted
from the rule of Judah, and set up a king of their own.
Jeho'ram passed over with his commanders and all his chariots, and he rose by
night and smote the E'domites who had surrounded him and his chariot commanders.
10: So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day. At that time
Libnah also revolted from his rule, because he had forsaken the LORD, the God of
11: Moreover he made high places in the hill country of
Judah, and led the inhabitants of Jerusalem into unfaithfulness, and made Judah
12: And a letter came to him from Eli'jah the prophet,
saying, "Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father, `Because you have not
walked in the ways of Jehosh'aphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of
13: but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and
have led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into unfaithfulness, as the
house of Ahab led Israel into unfaithfulness, and also you have killed your
brothers, of your father's house, who were better than yourself;
behold, the LORD will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your
wives, and all your possessions,
15: and you yourself will have a
severe sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out
because of the disease, day by day.'"
16: And the LORD stirred up
against Jeho'ram the anger of the Philistines and of the Arabs who are near the
17: and they came up against Judah, and invaded it, and
carried away all the possessions they found that belonged to the king's house,
and also his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except
Jeho'ahaz, his youngest son.
18: And after all this the LORD smote
him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
19: In course of time,
at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died
in great agony. His people made no fire in his honor, like the fires made for
20: He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem; and he departed with no one's regret.
They buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
1: And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahazi'ah
his youngest son king in his stead; for the band of men that came with the Arabs
to the camp had slain all the older sons. So Ahazi'ah the son of Jeho'ram king
of Judah reigned.
2: Ahazi'ah was forty-two years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athali'ah,
the granddaughter of Omri.
3: He also walked in the ways of the house
of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly.
did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done; for
after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing.
5: He even followed their counsel, and went with Jeho'ram the son of
Ahab king of Israel to make war against Haz'ael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead.
And the Syrians wounded Joram,
6: and he returned to be healed in
Jezreel of the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against
Haz'ael king of Syria. And Ahazi'ah the son of Jeho'ram king of Judah went down
to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahazi'ah should come about through
his going to visit Joram. For when he came there he went out with Jeho'ram to
meet Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to destroy the house of
8: And when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab,
he met the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahazi'ah's brothers, who attended
Ahazi'ah, and he killed them.
9: He searched for Ahazi'ah, and he was
captured while hiding in Sama'ria, and he was brought to Jehu and put to death.
They buried him, for they said, "He is the grandson of Jehosh'aphat, who sought
the LORD with all his heart." And the house of Ahazi'ah had no one able to rule
10: Now when Athali'ah the mother of Ahazi'ah saw that
her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family of the house of
11: But Jeho-shab'e-ath, the daughter of the king, took Jo'ash
the son of Ahazi'ah, and stole him away from among the king's sons who were
about to be slain, and she put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. Thus
Jeho-shab'e-ath, the daughter of King Jeho'ram and wife of Jehoi'ada the priest,
because she was a sister of Ahazi'ah, hid him from Athali'ah, so that she did
not slay him;
12: and he remained with them six years, hid in the
house of God, while Athali'ah reigned over the land.
1: But in the seventh year Jehoi'ada took courage,
and entered into a compact with the commanders of hundreds, Azari'ah the son of
Jero'ham, Ish'mael the son of Jehoha'nan, Azari'ah the son of Obed, Ma-asei'ah
the son of Adai'ah, and Elisha'phat the son of Zichri.
2: And they
went about through Judah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Judah,
and the heads of fathers' houses of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
3: And all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of
God. And Jehoi'ada said to them, "Behold, the king's son! Let him reign, as the
LORD spoke concerning the sons of David.
4: This is the thing that
you shall do: of you priests and Levites who come off duty on the sabbath, one
third shall be gatekeepers,
5: and one third shall be at the king's
house and one third at the Gate of the Foundation; and all the people shall be
in the courts of the house of the LORD.
6: Let no one enter the house
of the LORD except the priests and ministering Levites; they may enter, for they
are holy, but all the people shall keep the charge of the LORD.
The Levites shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand; and
whoever enters the house shall be slain. Be with the king when he comes in, and
when he goes out."
8: The Levites and all Judah did according to all
that Jehoi'ada the priest commanded. They each brought his men, who were to go
off duty on the sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the sabbath; for
Jehoi'ada the priest did not dismiss the divisions.
9: And Jehoi'ada
the priest delivered to the captains the spears and the large and small shields
that had been King David's, which were in the house of God;
he set all the people as a guard for the king, every man with his weapon in his
hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around
the altar and the house.
11: Then he brought out the king's son, and
put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they proclaimed him
king, and Jehoi'ada and his sons anointed him, and they said, "Long live the
12: When Athali'ah heard the noise of the people running and
praising the king, she went into the house of the LORD to the people;
13: and when she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at
the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the
people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with their
musical instruments leading in the celebration. And Athali'ah rent her clothes,
and cried, "Treason! Treason!"
14: Then Jehoi'ada the priest brought
out the captains who were set over the army, saying to them, "Bring her out
between the ranks; any one who follows her is to be slain with the sword." For
the priest said, "Do not slay her in the house of the LORD."
they laid hands on her; and she went into the entrance of the horse gate of the
king's house, and they slew her there.
16: And Jehoi'ada made a
covenant between himself and all the people and the king that they should be the
17: Then all the people went to the house of Ba'al,
and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they slew
Mattan the priest of Ba'al before the altars.
18: And Jehoi'ada
posted watchmen for the house of the LORD under the direction of the Levitical
priests and the Levites whom David had organized to be in charge of the house of
the LORD, to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, as it is written in the law of
Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, according to the order of David.
19: He stationed the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of the
LORD so that no one should enter who was in any way unclean.
he took the captains, the nobles, the governors of the people, and all the
people of the land; and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD,
marching through the upper gate to the king's house. And they set the king upon
the royal throne.
21: So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the
city was quiet, after Athali'ah had been slain with the sword.
1: Jo'ash was seven years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Zib'iah of
2: And Jo'ash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD
all the days of Jehoi'ada the priest.
3: Jehoi'ada got for him two
wives, and he had sons and daughters.
4: After this Jo'ash decided to
restore the house of the LORD.
5: And he gathered the priests and the
Levites, and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather from all
Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year; and see that you
hasten the matter." But the Levites did not hasten it.
6: So the king
summoned Jehoi'ada the chief, and said to him, "Why have you not required the
Levites to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem the tax levied by Moses, the
servant of the LORD, on the congregation of Israel for the tent of testimony?"
7: For the sons of Athali'ah, that wicked woman, had broken into the
house of God; and had also used all the dedicated things of the house of the
LORD for the Ba'als.
8: So the king commanded, and they made a chest,
and set it outside the gate of the house of the LORD.
proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in for the LORD
the tax that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10: And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their
tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished.
whenever the chest was brought to the king's officers by the Levites, when they
saw that there was much money in it, the king's secretary and the officer of the
chief priest would come and empty the chest and take it and return it to its
place. Thus they did day after day, and collected money in abundance.
12: And the king and Jehoi'ada gave it to those who had charge of the
work of the house of the LORD, and they hired masons and carpenters to restore
the house of the LORD, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the house
of the LORD.
13: So those who were engaged in the work labored, and
the repairing went forward in their hands, and they restored the house of God to
its proper condition and strengthened it.
14: And when they had
finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoi'ada, and
with it were made utensils for the house of the LORD, both for the service and
for the burnt offerings, and dishes for incense, and vessels of gold and silver.
And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the
days of Jehoi'ada.
15: But Jehoi'ada grew old and full of days, and
died; he was a hundred and thirty years old at his death.
they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good
in Israel, and toward God and his house.
17: Now after the death of
Jehoi'ada the princes of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king
hearkened to them.
18: And they forsook the house of the LORD, the
God of their fathers, and served the Ashe'rim and the idols. And wrath came upon
Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
19: Yet he sent prophets
among them to bring them back to the LORD; these testified against them, but
they would not give heed.
20: Then the Spirit of God took possession
of Zechari'ah the son of Jehoi'ada the priest; and he stood above the people,
and said to them, "Thus says God, `Why do you transgress the commandments of the
LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has
21: But they conspired against him, and by command of
the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
22: Thus Jo'ash the king did not remember the kindness which
Jehoi'ada, Zechari'ah's father, had shown him, but killed his son. And when he
was dying, he said, "May the LORD see and avenge!"
23: At the end of
the year the army of the Syrians came up against Jo'ash. They came to Judah and
Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people,
and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
24: Though the army
of the Syrians had come with few men, the LORD delivered into their hand a very
great army, because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus
they executed judgment on Jo'ash.
25: When they had departed from
him, leaving him severely wounded, his servants conspired against him because of
the blood of the son of Jehoi'ada the priest, and slew him on his bed. So he
died; and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the
tombs of the kings.
26: Those who conspired against him were Zabad
the son of Shim'e-ath the Ammonitess, and Jeho'zabad the son of Shimrith the
27: Accounts of his sons, and of the many oracles against
him, and of the rebuilding of the house of God are written in the Commentary on
the Book of the Kings. And Amazi'ah his son reigned in his stead.
1: Amazi'ah was twenty-five years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was
Jeho-ad'dan of Jerusalem.
2: And he did what was right in the eyes of
the LORD, yet not with a blameless heart.
3: And as soon as the royal
power was firmly in his hand he killed his servants who had slain the king his
4: But he did not put their children to death, according to
what is written in the law, in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, "The
fathers shall not be put to death for the children, or the children be put to
death for the fathers; but every man shall die for his own sin."
Then Amazi'ah assembled the men of Judah, and set them by fathers' houses under
commanders of thousands and of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He mustered
those twenty years old and upward, and found that they were three hundred
thousand picked men, fit for war, able to handle spear and shield.
He hired also a hundred thousand mighty men of valor from Israel for a hundred
talents of silver.
7: But a man of God came to him and said, "O king,
do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel, with
all these E'phraimites.
8: But if you suppose that in this way you
will be strong for war, God will cast you down before the enemy; for God has
power to help or to cast down."
9: And Amazi'ah said to the man of
God, "But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the
army of Israel?" The man of God answered, "The LORD is able to give you much
more than this."
10: Then Amazi'ah discharged the army that had come
to him from E'phraim, to go home again. And they became very angry with Judah,
and returned home in fierce anger.
11: But Amazi'ah took courage, and
led out his people, and went to the Valley of Salt and smote ten thousand men of
12: The men of Judah captured another ten thousand alive, and
took them to the top of a rock and threw them down from the top of the rock; and
they were all dashed to pieces.
13: But the men of the army whom
Amazi'ah sent back, not letting them go with him to battle, fell upon the cities
of Judah, from Sama'ria to Beth-hor'on, and killed three thousand people in
them, and took much spoil.
14: After Amazi'ah came from the slaughter
of the E'domites, he brought the gods of the men of Se'ir, and set them up as
his gods, and worshiped them, making offerings to them.
the LORD was angry with Amazi'ah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him,
"Why have you resorted to the gods of a people, which did not deliver their own
people from your hand?"
16: But as he was speaking the king said to
him, "Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be put to death?"
So the prophet stopped, but said, "I know that God has determined to destroy
you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel."
17: Then Amazi'ah king of Judah took counsel and sent to Jo'ash the
son of Jeho'ahaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us look one
another in the face."
18: And Jo'ash the king of Israel sent word to
Amazi'ah king of Judah, "A thistle on Lebanon sent to a cedar on Lebanon,
saying, `Give your daughter to my son for a wife'; and a wild beast of Lebanon
passed by and trampled down the thistle.
19: You say, `See, I have
smitten Edom,' and your heart has lifted you up in boastfulness. But now stay at
home; why should you provoke trouble so that you fall, you and Judah with you?"
20: But Amazi'ah would not listen; for it was of God, in order that
he might give them into the hand of their enemies, because they had sought the
gods of Edom.
21: So Jo'ash king of Israel went up; and he and
Amazi'ah king of Judah faced one another in battle at Beth-she'mesh, which
belongs to Judah.
22: And Judah was defeated by Israel, and every man
fled to his home.
23: And Jo'ash king of Israel captured Amazi'ah
king of Judah, the son of Jo'ash, son of Ahazi'ah, at Beth-she'mesh, and brought
him to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem for four hundred cubits,
from the E'phraim Gate to the Corner Gate.
24: And he seized all the
gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God, and
O'bed-e'dom with them; he seized also the treasuries of the king's house, and
hostages, and he returned to Sama'ria.
25: Amazi'ah the son of Jo'ash
king of Judah lived fifteen years after the death of Jo'ash the son of
Jeho'ahaz, king of Israel.
26: Now the rest of the deeds of Amazi'ah,
from first to last, are they not written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and
27: From the time when he turned away from the LORD they made
a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But they sent
after him to Lachish, and slew him there.
28: And they brought him
upon horses; and he was buried with his fathers in the city of David.
1: And all the people of Judah took Uzzi'ah, who
was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amazi'ah.
2: He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with
3: Uzzi'ah was sixteen years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecoli'ah of
4: And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD,
according to all that his father Amazi'ah had done.
5: He set himself
to seek God in the days of Zechari'ah, who instructed him in the fear of God;
and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.
6: He went
out and made war against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath and
the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities in the territory
of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.
7: God helped him
against the Philistines, and against the Arabs that dwelt in Gurba'al, and
against the Me-u'nites.
8: The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzzi'ah, and
his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong.
9: Moreover Uzzi'ah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and
at the Valley Gate and at the Angle, and fortified them.
10: And he
built towers in the wilderness, and hewed out many cisterns, for he had large
herds, both in the Shephe'lah and in the plain, and he had farmers and
vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
11: Moreover Uzzi'ah had an army of soldiers, fit for war, in
divisions according to the numbers in the muster made by Je-i'el the secretary
and Ma-asei'ah the officer, under the direction of Hanani'ah, one of the king's
12: The whole number of the heads of fathers' houses of
mighty men of valor was two thousand six hundred.
13: Under their
command was an army of three hundred and seven thousand five hundred, who could
make war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
And Uzzi'ah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail,
bows, and stones for slinging.
15: In Jerusalem he made engines,
invented by skilful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows
and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till
he was strong.
16: But when he was strong he grew proud, to his
destruction. For he was false to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the
LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
17: But Azari'ah the
priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the LORD who were men of valor;
18: and they withstood King Uzzi'ah, and said to him, "It is not for
you, Uzzi'ah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests the sons of
Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary; for you
have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the LORD God."
19: Then Uzzi'ah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn
incense, and when he became angry with the priests leprosy broke out on his
forehead, in the presence of the priests in the house of the LORD, by the altar
20: And Azari'ah the chief priest, and all the priests,
looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they thrust him
out quickly, and he himself hastened to go out, because the LORD had smitten
21: And King Uzzi'ah was a leper to the day of his death, and
being a leper dwelt in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of
the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's household, governing the people
of the land.
22: Now the rest of the acts of Uzzi'ah, from first to
last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote.
23: And Uzzi'ah slept
with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field which
belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper." And Jotham his son
reigned in his stead.
1: Jotham was twenty-five years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was
Jeru'shah the daughter of Zadok.
2: And he did what was right in the
eyes of the LORD according to all that his father Uzzi'ah had done -- only he
did not invade the temple of the LORD. But the people still followed corrupt
3: He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD, and
did much building on the wall of Ophel.
4: Moreover he built cities
in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills.
5: He fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against
them. And the Ammonites gave him that year a hundred talents of silver, and ten
thousand cors of wheat and ten thousand of barley. The Ammonites paid him the
same amount in the second and the third years.
6: So Jotham became
mighty, because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God.
the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, behold, they are
written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
8: He was
twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in
9: And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him
in the city of David; and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
1: Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was
right in the eyes of the LORD, like his father David,
2: but walked
in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made molten images for the Ba'als;
3: and he burned incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and
burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominable practices of the
nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel.
he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, and on the hills, and under
every green tree.
5: Therefore the LORD his God gave him into the
hand of the king of Syria, who defeated him and took captive a great number of
his people and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hand of the
king of Israel, who defeated him with great slaughter.
6: For Pekah
the son of Remali'ah slew a hundred and twenty thousand in Judah in one day, all
of them men of valor, because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their
7: And Zichri, a mighty man of E'phraim, slew Ma-asei'ah the
king's son and Azri'kam the commander of the palace and Elka'nah the next in
authority to the king.
8: The men of Israel took captive two hundred
thousand of their kinsfolk, women, sons, and daughters; they also took much
spoil from them and brought the spoil to Sama'ria.
9: But a prophet
of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out to meet the army
that came to Sama'ria, and said to them, "Behold, because the LORD, the God of
your fathers, was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand, but you have
slain them in a rage which has reached up to heaven.
10: And now you
intend to subjugate the people of Judah and Jerusalem, male and female, as your
slaves. Have you not sins of your own against the LORD your God?
Now hear me, and send back the captives from your kinsfolk whom you have taken,
for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you."
12: Certain chiefs
also of the men of E'phraim, Azari'ah the son of Joha'nan, Berechi'ah the son of
Meshil'lemoth, Jehizki'ah the son of Shallum, and Ama'sa the son of Hadlai,
stood up against those who were coming from the war,
13: and said to
them, "You shall not bring the captives in here, for you propose to bring upon
us guilt against the LORD in addition to our present sins and guilt. For our
guilt is already great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel."
14: So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the
princes and all the assembly.
15: And the men who have been mentioned
by name rose and took the captives, and with the spoil they clothed all that
were naked among them; they clothed them, gave them sandals, provided them with
food and drink, and anointed them; and carrying all the feeble among them on
asses, they brought them to their kinsfolk at Jericho, the city of palm trees.
Then they returned to Sama'ria.
16: At that time King Ahaz sent to
the king of Assyria for help.
17: For the E'domites had again invaded
and defeated Judah, and carried away captives.
18: And the
Philistines had made raids on the cities in the Shephe'lah and the Negeb of
Judah, and had taken Beth-she'mesh, Ai'jalon, Gede'roth, Soco with its villages,
Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages; and they settled there.
19: For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel,
for he had dealt wantonly in Judah and had been faithless to the LORD.
20: So Til'gath-pilne'ser king of Assyria came against him, and
afflicted him instead of strengthening him.
21: For Ahaz took from
the house of the LORD and the house of the king and of the princes, and gave
tribute to the king of Assyria; but it did not help him.
22: In the
time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the LORD -- this same King
23: For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had
defeated him, and said, "Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I
will sacrifice to them that they may help me." But they were the ruin of him,
and of all Israel.
24: And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the
house of God and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and he shut up
the doors of the house of the LORD; and he made himself altars in every corner
25: In every city of Judah he made high places to burn
incense to other gods, provoking to anger the LORD, the God of his fathers.
26: Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last,
behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
27: And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city,
in Jerusalem, for they did not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Israel.
And Hezeki'ah his son reigned in his stead.
1: Hezeki'ah began to reign when he was twenty-five
years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was
Abi'jah the daughter of Zechari'ah.
2: And he did what was right in
the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
3: In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the
doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.
4: He brought in
the priests and the Levites, and assembled them in the square on the east,
5: and said to them, "Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, and
sanctify the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth
from the holy place.
6: For our fathers have been unfaithful and have
done what was evil in the sight of the LORD our God; they have forsaken him, and
have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their
7: They also shut the doors of the vestibule and put out the
lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place
to the God of Israel.
8: Therefore the wrath of the LORD came on
Judah and Jerusalem, and he has made them an object of horror, of astonishment,
and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes.
9: For lo, our fathers
have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in
captivity for this.
10: Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with
the LORD, the God of Israel, that his fierce anger may turn away from us.
11: My sons, do not now be negligent, for the LORD has chosen you to
stand in his presence, to minister to him, and to be his ministers and burn
incense to him."
12: Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of
Ama'sai, and Jo'el the son of Azari'ah, of the sons of the Ko'hathites; and of
the sons of Merar'i, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azari'ah the son of Jehal'lelel;
and of the Gershonites, Jo'ah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Jo'ah;
13: and of the sons of Eli-za'phan, Shimri and Jeu'el; and of the
sons of Asaph, Zechari'ah and Mattani'ah;
14: and of the sons of
Heman, Jehu'el and Shim'e-i; and of the sons of Jedu'thun, Shemai'ah and
15: They gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves,
and went in as the king had commanded, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the
house of the LORD.
16: The priests went into the inner part of the
house of the LORD to cleanse it, and they brought out all the uncleanness that
they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD;
and the Levites took it and carried it out to the brook Kidron.
They began to sanctify on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth
day of the month they came to the vestibule of the LORD; then for eight days
they sanctified the house of the LORD, and on the sixteenth day of the first
month they finished.
18: Then they went in to Hezeki'ah the king and
said, "We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, the altar of burnt offering
and all its utensils, and the table for the showbread and all its utensils.
19: All the utensils which King Ahaz discarded in his reign when he
was faithless, we have made ready and sanctified; and behold, they are before
the altar of the LORD."
20: Then Hezeki'ah the king rose early and
gathered the officials of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
21: And they brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven
he-goats for a sin offering for the kingdom and for the sanctuary and for Judah.
And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the
22: So they killed the bulls, and the priests received the
blood and threw it against the altar; and they killed the rams and their blood
was thrown against the altar; and they killed the lambs and their blood was
thrown against the altar.
23: Then the he-goats for the sin offering
were brought to the king and the assembly, and they laid their hands upon them,
24: and the priests killed them and made a sin offering with their
blood on the altar, to make atonement for all Israel. For the king commanded
that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
25: And he stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with
cymbals, harps, and lyres, according to the commandment of David and of Gad the
king's seer and of Nathan the prophet; for the commandment was from the LORD
through his prophets.
26: The Levites stood with the instruments of
David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27: Then Hezeki'ah
commanded that the burnt offering be offered on the altar. And when the burnt
offering began, the song to the LORD began also, and the trumpets, accompanied
by the instruments of David king of Israel.
28: The whole assembly
worshiped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued
until the burnt offering was finished.
29: When the offering was
finished, the king and all who were present with him bowed themselves and
30: And Hezeki'ah the king and the princes commanded the
Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the
seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed down and worshiped.
31: Then Hezeki'ah said, "You have now consecrated yourselves to the
LORD; come near, bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the LORD."
And the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings; and all who were of a
willing heart brought burnt offerings.
32: The number of the burnt
offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls, a hundred rams, and two
hundred lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.
And the consecrated offerings were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep.
34: But the priests were too few and could not flay all the burnt
offerings, so until other priests had sanctified themselves their brethren the
Levites helped them, until the work was finished -- for the Levites were more
upright in heart than the priests in sanctifying themselves.
Besides the great number of burnt offerings there was the fat of the peace
offerings, and there were the libations for the burnt offerings. Thus the
service of the house of the LORD was restored.
36: And Hezeki'ah and
all the people rejoiced because of what God had done for the people; for the
thing came about suddenly.
1: Hezeki'ah sent to all Israel and Judah, and
wrote letters also to E'phraim and Manas'seh, that they should come to the house
of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover to the LORD the God of Israel.
2: For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had
taken counsel to keep the passover in the second month --
3: for they
could not keep it in its time because the priests had not sanctified themselves
in sufficient number, nor had the people assembled in Jerusalem --
and the plan seemed right to the king and all the assembly.
they decreed to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba to
Dan, that the people should come and keep the passover to the LORD the God of
Israel, at Jerusalem; for they had not kept it in great numbers as prescribed.
6: So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from
the king and his princes, as the king had commanded, saying, "O people of
Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may
turn again to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of
7: Do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who were
faithless to the LORD God of their fathers, so that he made them a desolation,
as you see.
8: Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but
yield yourselves to the LORD, and come to his sanctuary, which he has sanctified
for ever, and serve the LORD your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from
9: For if you return to the LORD, your brethren and your
children will find compassion with their captors, and return to this land. For
the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from
you, if you return to him."
10: So the couriers went from city to
city through the country of E'phraim and Manas'seh, and as far as Zeb'ulun; but
they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
11: Only a few men of
Asher, of Manas'seh, and of Zeb'ulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.
12: The hand of God was also upon Judah to give them one heart to do
what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the LORD.
And many people came together in Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread
in the second month, a very great assembly.
14: They set to work and
removed the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for burning
incense they took away and threw into the Kidron valley.
15: And they
killed the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. And the
priests and the Levites were put to shame, so that they sanctified themselves,
and brought burnt offerings into the house of the LORD.
16: They took
their accustomed posts according to the law of Moses the man of God; the priests
sprinkled the blood which they received from the hand of the Levites.
17: For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified
themselves; therefore the Levites had to kill the passover lamb for every one
who was not clean, to make it holy to the LORD.
18: For a multitude
of the people, many of them from E'phraim, Manas'seh, Is'sachar, and Zeb'ulun,
had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the passover otherwise than as
prescribed. For Hezeki'ah had prayed for them, saying, "The good LORD pardon
19: who sets his heart to seek God, the LORD the God of his
fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary's rules of cleanness."
20: And the LORD heard Hezeki'ah, and healed the people.
21: And the people of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the
feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and
the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with all their might to the
22: And Hezeki'ah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who
showed good skill in the service of the LORD. So the people ate the food of the
festival for seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and giving thanks to the
LORD the God of their fathers.
23: Then the whole assembly agreed
together to keep the feast for another seven days; so they kept it for another
seven days with gladness.
24: For Hezeki'ah king of Judah gave the
assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep for offerings, and the
princes gave the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep. And the
priests sanctified themselves in great numbers.
25: The whole
assembly of Judah, and the priests and the Levites, and the whole assembly that
came out of Israel, and the sojourners who came out of the land of Israel, and
the sojourners who dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
26: So there was great
joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel
there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
27: Then the priests
and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and
their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.
1: Now when all this was finished, all Israel who
were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and
hewed down the Ashe'rim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout
all Judah and Benjamin, and in E'phraim and Manas'seh, until they had destroyed
them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to
2: And Hezeki'ah appointed the divisions of the
priests and of the Levites, division by division, each according to his service,
the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to
minister in the gates of the camp of the LORD and to give thanks and praise.
3: The contribution of the king from his own possessions was for the
burnt offerings: the burnt offerings of morning and evening, and the burnt
offerings for the sabbaths, the new moons, and the appointed feasts, as it is
written in the law of the LORD.
4: And he commanded the people who
lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that
they might give themselves to the law of the LORD.
5: As soon as the
command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first
fruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they
brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
6: And the people of
Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of
cattle and sheep, and the dedicated things which had been consecrated to the
LORD their God, and laid them in heaps.
7: In the third month they
began to pile up the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
8: When Hezeki'ah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they
blessed the LORD and his people Israel.
9: And Hezeki'ah questioned
the priests and the Levites about the heaps.
10: Azari'ah the chief
priest, who was of the house of Zadok, answered him, "Since they began to bring
the contributions into the house of the LORD we have eaten and had enough and
have plenty left; for the LORD has blessed his people, so that we have this
great store left."
11: Then Hezeki'ah commanded them to prepare
chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them.
they faithfully brought in the contributions, the tithes and the dedicated
things. The chief officer in charge of them was Conani'ah the Levite, with
Shim'e-i his brother as second;
13: while Jehi'el, Azazi'ah, Nahath,
As'ahel, Jer'imoth, Jo'zabad, Eli'el, Ismachi'ah, Mahath, and Benai'ah were
overseers assisting Conani'ah and Shim'e-i his brother, by the appointment of
Hezeki'ah the king and Azari'ah the chief officer of the house of God.
14: And Ko're the son of Imnah the Levite, keeper of the east gate,
was over the freewill offerings to God, to apportion the contribution reserved
for the LORD and the most holy offerings.
15: Eden, Mini'amin,
Jeshua, Shemai'ah, Amari'ah, and Shecani'ah were faithfully assisting him in the
cities of the priests, to distribute the portions to their brethren, old and
young alike, by divisions,
16: except those enrolled by genealogy,
males from three years old and upwards, all who entered the house of the LORD as
the duty of each day required, for their service according to their offices, by
17: The enrollment of the priests was according to
their fathers' houses; that of the Levites from twenty years old and upwards was
according to their offices, by their divisions.
18: The priests were
enrolled with all their little children, their wives, their sons, and their
daughters, the whole multitude; for they were faithful in keeping themselves
19: And for the sons of Aaron, the priests, who were in the
fields of common land belonging to their cities, there were men in the several
cities who were designated by name to distribute portions to every male among
the priests and to every one among the Levites who was enrolled.
Thus Hezeki'ah did throughout all Judah; and he did what was good and right and
faithful before the LORD his God.
21: And every work that he
undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and
the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.
1: After these things and these acts of
faithfulness Sennach'erib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped
against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself.
And when Hezeki'ah saw that Sennach'erib had come and intended to fight against
3: he planned with his officers and his mighty men to stop
the water of the springs that were outside the city; and they helped him.
4: A great many people were gathered, and they stopped all the
springs and the brook that flowed through the land, saying, "Why should the
kings of Assyria come and find much water?"
5: He set to work
resolutely and built up all the wall that was broken down, and raised towers
upon it, and outside it he built another wall; and he strengthened the Millo in
the city of David. He also made weapons and shields in abundance.
And he set combat commanders over the people, and gathered them together to him
in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying,
7: "Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed
before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him; for there is one
greater with us than with him.
8: With him is an arm of flesh; but
with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles." And the
people took confidence from the words of Hezeki'ah king of Judah.
After this Sennach'erib king of Assyria, who was besieging Lachish with all his
forces, sent his servants to Jerusalem to Hezeki'ah king of Judah and to all the
people of Judah that were in Jerusalem, saying,
10: "Thus says
Sennach'erib king of Assyria, `On what are you relying, that you stand siege in
11: Is not Hezeki'ah misleading you, that he may give you
over to die by famine and by thirst, when he tells you, "The LORD our God will
deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria"?
12: Has not this
same Hezeki'ah taken away his high places and his altars and commanded Judah and
Jerusalem, "Before one altar you shall worship, and upon it you shall burn your
13: Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to
all the peoples of other lands? Were the gods of the nations of those lands at
all able to deliver their lands out of my hand?
14: Who among all the
gods of those nations which my fathers utterly destroyed was able to deliver his
people from my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you from my hand?
15: Now therefore do not let Hezeki'ah deceive you or mislead you in
this fashion, and do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has
been able to deliver his people from my hand or from the hand of my fathers. How
much less will your God deliver you out of my hand!'"
16: And his
servants said still more against the Lord GOD and against his servant Hezeki'ah.
17: And he wrote letters to cast contempt on the LORD the God of
Israel and to speak against him, saying, "Like the gods of the nations of the
lands who have not delivered their people from my hands, so the God of Hezeki'ah
will not deliver his people from my hand."
18: And they shouted it
with a loud voice in the language of Judah to the people of Jerusalem who were
upon the wall, to frighten and terrify them, in order that they might take the
19: And they spoke of the God of Jerusalem as they spoke of the
gods of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of men's hands.
20: Then Hezeki'ah the king and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz,
prayed because of this and cried to heaven.
21: And the LORD sent an
angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the
camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land.
And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons struck him down
there with the sword.
22: So the LORD saved Hezeki'ah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennach'erib king of Assyria and from
the hand of all his enemies; and he gave them rest on every side.
And many brought gifts to the LORD to Jerusalem and precious things to Hezeki'ah
king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations from that time
24: In those days Hezeki'ah became sick and was at the point
of death, and he prayed to the LORD; and he answered him and gave him a sign.
25: But Hezeki'ah did not make return according to the benefit done
to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and
26: But Hezeki'ah humbled himself for the pride of his
heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD
did not come upon them in the days of Hezeki'ah.
27: And Hezeki'ah
had very great riches and honor; and he made for himself treasuries for silver,
for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of
28: storehouses also for the yield of grain, wine,
and oil; and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and sheepfolds.
likewise provided cities for himself, and flocks and herds in abundance; for God
had given him very great possessions.
30: This same Hezeki'ah closed
the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side
of the city of David. And Hezeki'ah prospered in all his works.
And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent
to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to
himself, in order to try him and to know all that was in his heart.
32: Now the rest of the acts of Hezeki'ah, and his good deeds,
behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz, in
the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
33: And Hezeki'ah slept
with his fathers, and they buried him in the ascent of the tombs of the sons of
David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his
death. And Manas'seh his son reigned in his stead.
1: Manas'seh was twelve years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.
2: He did what
was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominable practices of the
nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel.
he rebuilt the high places which his father Hezeki'ah had broken down, and
erected altars to the Ba'als, and made Ashe'rahs, and worshiped all the host of
heaven, and served them.
4: And he built altars in the house of the
LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever."
5: And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts
of the house of the LORD.
6: And he burned his sons as an offering in
the valley of the son of Hinnom, and practiced soothsaying and augury and
sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight
of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
7: And the image of the idol
which he had made he set in the house of God, of which God said to David and to
Solomon his son, "In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of
all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name for ever;
8: and I will
no more remove the foot of Israel from the land which I appointed for your
fathers, if only they will be careful to do all that I have commanded them, all
the law, the statutes, and the ordinances given through Moses."
Manas'seh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that they did more
evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the people of Israel.
10: The LORD spoke to Manas'seh and to his people, but they gave no
11: Therefore the LORD brought upon them the commanders of the
army of the king of Assyria, who took Manas'seh with hooks and bound him with
fetters of bronze and brought him to Babylon.
12: And when he was in
distress he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly
before the God of his fathers.
13: He prayed to him, and God received
his entreaty and heard his supplication and brought him again to Jerusalem into
his kingdom. Then Manas'seh knew that the LORD was God.
Afterwards he built an outer wall for the city of David west of Gihon, in the
valley, and for the entrance into the Fish Gate, and carried it round Ophel, and
raised it to a very great height; he also put commanders of the army in all the
fortified cities in Judah.
15: And he took away the foreign gods and
the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built on the
mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside of
16: He also restored the altar of the LORD and offered upon
it sacrifices of peace offerings and of thanksgiving; and he commanded Judah to
serve the LORD the God of Israel.
17: Nevertheless the people still
sacrificed at the high places, but only to the LORD their God.
Now the rest of the acts of Manas'seh, and his prayer to his God, and the words
of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the LORD the God of Israel, behold,
they are in the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.
19: And his
prayer, and how God received his entreaty, and all his sin and his
faithlessness, and the sites on which he built high places and set up the
Ashe'rim and the images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in
the Chronicles of the Seers.
20: So Manas'seh slept with his fathers,
and they buried him in his house; and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
21: Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22: He did what was evil in the sight
of the LORD, as Manas'seh his father had done. Amon sacrificed to all the images
that Manas'seh his father had made, and served them.
23: And he did
not humble himself before the LORD, as Manas'seh his father had humbled himself,
but this Amon incurred guilt more and more.
24: And his servants
conspired against him and killed him in his house.
25: But the people
of the land slew all those who had conspired against King Amon; and the people
of the land made Josi'ah his son king in his stead.
1: Josi'ah was eight years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.
2: He did what
was right in the eyes of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father;
and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.
3: For in the
eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of
David his father; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem
of the high places, the Ashe'rim, and the graven and the molten images.
4: And they broke down the altars of the Ba'als in his presence; and
he hewed down the incense altars which stood above them; and he broke in pieces
the Ashe'rim and the graven and the molten images, and he made dust of them and
strewed it over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.
also burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and purged Judah and
6: And in the cities of Manas'seh, E'phraim, and Simeon,
and as far as Naph'tali, in their ruins round about,
7: he broke down
the altars, and beat the Ashe'rim and the images into powder, and hewed down all
the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel. Then he returned to
8: Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had
purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azali'ah, and
Ma-asei'ah the governor of the city, and Jo'ah the son of Jo'ahaz, the recorder,
to repair the house of the LORD his God.
9: They came to Hilki'ah the
high priest and delivered the money that had been brought into the house of God,
which the Levites, the keepers of the threshold, had collected from Manas'seh
and E'phraim and from all the remnant of Israel and from all Judah and Benjamin
and from the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10: They delivered it to the
workmen who had the oversight of the house of the LORD; and the workmen who were
working in the house of the LORD gave it for repairing and restoring the house.
11: They gave it to the carpenters and the builders to buy quarried
stone, and timber for binders and beams for the buildings which the kings of
Judah had let go to ruin.
12: And the men did the work faithfully.
Over them were set Jahath and Obadi'ah the Levites, of the sons of Merar'i, and
Zechari'ah and Meshul'lam, of the sons of the Ko'hathites, to have oversight.
The Levites, all who were skilful with instruments of music,
over the burden bearers and directed all who did work in every kind of service;
and some of the Levites were scribes, and officials, and gatekeepers.
14: While they were bringing out the money that had been brought into
the house of the LORD, Hilki'ah the priest found the book of the law of the LORD
given through Moses.
15: Then Hilki'ah said to Shaphan the secretary,
"I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD"; and Hilki'ah gave
the book to Shaphan.
16: Shaphan brought the book to the king, and
further reported to the king, "All that was committed to your servants they are
17: They have emptied out the money that was found in the
house of the LORD and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the
18: Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, "Hilki'ah the
priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it before the king.
When the king heard the words of the law he rent his clothes.
the king commanded Hilki'ah, Ahi'kam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah,
Shaphan the secretary, and Asai'ah the king's servant, saying,
"Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in
Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found; for great is the
wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept
the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book."
22: So Hilki'ah and those whom the king had sent went to Huldah the
prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the
wardrobe (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter) and spoke to her to
23: And she said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God
of Israel: `Tell the man who sent you to me,
24: Thus says the LORD,
Behold, I will bring evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the
curses that are written in the book which was read before the king of Judah.
25: Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense to other
gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands,
therefore my wrath will be poured out upon this place and will not be quenched.
26: But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD,
thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Regarding the
words which you have heard,
27: because your heart was penitent and
you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and
its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me, and have rent your
clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the LORD.
Behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your
grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon
this place and its inhabitants.'" And they brought back word to the king.
29: Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah
30: And the king went up to the house of the LORD,
with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and
the Levites, all the people both great and small; and he read in their hearing
all the words of the book of the covenant which had been found in the house of
31: And the king stood in his place and made a covenant
before the LORD, to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his
testimonies and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform
the words of the covenant that were written in this book.
32: Then he
made all who were present in Jerusalem and in Benjamin stand to it. And the
inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their
33: And Josi'ah took away all the abominations from all the
territory that belonged to the people of Israel, and made all who were in Israel
serve the LORD their God. All his days they did not turn away from following the
LORD the God of their fathers.
1: Josi'ah kept a passover to the LORD in
Jerusalem; and they killed the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first
2: He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged
them in the service of the house of the LORD.
3: And he said to the
Levites who taught all Israel and who were holy to the LORD, "Put the holy ark
in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built; you need no
longer carry it upon your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and his people
4: Prepare yourselves according to your fathers' houses by
your divisions, following the directions of David king of Israel and the
directions of Solomon his son.
5: And stand in the holy place
according to the groupings of the fathers' houses of your brethren the lay
people, and let there be for each a part of a father's house of the Levites.
6: And kill the passover lamb, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare
for your brethren, to do according to the word of the LORD by Moses."
7: Then Josi'ah contributed to the lay people, as passover offerings
for all that were present, lambs and kids from the flock to the number of thirty
thousand, and three thousand bulls; these were from the king's possessions.
8: And his princes contributed willingly to the people, to the
priests, and to the Levites. Hilki'ah, Zechari'ah, and Jehi'el, the chief
officers of the house of God, gave to the priests for the passover offerings two
thousand six hundred lambs and kids and three hundred bulls.
Conani'ah also, and Shemai'ah and Nethan'el his brothers, and Hashabi'ah and
Je-i'el and Jo'zabad, the chiefs of the Levites, gave to the Levites for the
passover offerings five thousand lambs and kids and five hundred bulls.
10: When the service had been prepared for, the priests stood in
their place, and the Levites in their divisions according to the king's command.
11: And they killed the passover lamb, and the priests sprinkled the
blood which they received from them while the Levites flayed the victims.
12: And they set aside the burnt offerings that they might distribute
them according to the groupings of the fathers' houses of the lay people, to
offer to the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so they did with
13: And they roasted the passover lamb with fire according
to the ordinance; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, in caldrons, and
in pans, and carried them quickly to all the lay people.
afterward they prepared for themselves and for the priests, because the priests
the sons of Aaron were busied in offering the burnt offerings and the fat parts
until night; so the Levites prepared for themselves and for the priests the sons
15: The singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their place
according to the command of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jedu'thun the
king's seer; and the gatekeepers were at each gate; they did not need to depart
from their service, for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
16: So all the service of the LORD was prepared that day, to keep the
passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of the LORD, according to the
command of King Josi'ah.
17: And the people of Israel who were
present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven
18: No passover like it had been kept in Israel since the days
of Samuel the prophet; none of the kings of Israel had kept such a passover as
was kept by Josi'ah, and the priests and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel
who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19: In the
eighteenth year of the reign of Josi'ah this passover was kept.
After all this, when Josi'ah had prepared the temple, Neco king of Egypt went up
to fight at Car'chemish on the Euphra'tes and Josi'ah went out against him.
21: But he sent envoys to him, saying, "What have we to do with each
other, king of Judah? I am not coming against you this day, but against the
house with which I am at war; and God has commanded me to make haste. Cease
opposing God, who is with me, lest he destroy you."
Josi'ah would not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight
with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but
joined battle in the plain of Megid'do.
23: And the archers shot King
Josi'ah; and the king said to his servants, "Take me away, for I am badly
24: So his servants took him out of the chariot and carried
him in his second chariot and brought him to Jerusalem. And he died, and was
buried in the tombs of his fathers. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josi'ah.
25: Jeremiah also uttered a lament for Josi'ah; and all the singing
men and singing women have spoken of Josi'ah in their laments to this day. They
made these an ordinance in Israel; behold, they are written in the Laments.
26: Now the rest of the acts of Josi'ah, and his good deeds according
to what is written in the law of the LORD,
27: and his acts, first
and last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
1: The people of the land took Jeho'ahaz the son of
Josi'ah and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
Jeho'ahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
three months in Jerusalem.
3: Then the king of Egypt deposed him in
Jerusalem and laid upon the land a tribute of a hundred talents of silver and a
talent of gold.
4: And the king of Egypt made Eli'akim his brother
king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoi'akim; but Neco took
Jeho'ahaz his brother and carried him to Egypt.
5: Jehoi'akim was
twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in
Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.
Against him came up Nebuchadnez'zar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters to
take him to Babylon.
7: Nebuchadnez'zar also carried part of the
vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon and put them in his palace in
8: Now the rest of the acts of Jehoi'akim, and the
abominations which he did, and what was found against him, behold, they are
written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah; and Jehoi'achin his son
reigned in his stead.
9: Jehoi'achin was eight years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did
what was evil in the sight of the LORD.
10: In the spring of the year
King Nebuchadnez'zar sent and brought him to Babylon, with the precious vessels
of the house of the LORD, and made his brother Zedeki'ah king over Judah and
11: Zedeki'ah was twenty-one years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
12: He did what was
evil in the sight of the LORD his God. He did not humble himself before Jeremiah
the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD.
13: He also
rebelled against King Nebuchadnez'zar, who had made him swear by God; he
stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD, the God
14: All the leading priests and the people likewise were
exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations; and they
polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
15: The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by
his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling
16: but they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his
words, and scoffing at his prophets, till the wrath of the LORD rose against his
people, till there was no remedy.
17: Therefore he brought up against
them the king of the Chalde'ans, who slew their young men with the sword in the
house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man
or aged; he gave them all into his hand.
18: And all the vessels of
the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD,
and the treasures of the king and of his princes, all these he brought to
19: And they burned the house of God, and broke down the
wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its
20: He took into exile in Babylon those who had
escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until
the establishment of the kingdom of Persia,
21: to fulfil the word of
the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All
the days that it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfil seventy years.
22: Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of
the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the
spirit of Cyrus king of Persia so that he made a proclamation throughout all his
kingdom and also put it in writing:
23: "Thus says Cyrus king of
Persia, `The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the
earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in
Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him.
Let him go up.'"