- 2 Chronicles 1-18
- Chapter 1
- 1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God
was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to
the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at
Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant
of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had
prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
5 Moreover the brazen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he
put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.
6 And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before the LORD, which was at the
tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give
8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast showed great mercy unto David my father, and hast
made me to reign in his stead.
9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made
me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for
who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked
riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long
life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself,
- that thou mayest judge my people,
over whom I have made thee king:
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and
honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there
any after thee have the like.
13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem,
from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred
chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities, and with
the king at Jerusalem.
15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees
made he as the sycamore trees that are in the vale for abundance.
16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants
received the linen yarn at a price.
17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels
of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all
the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.
- Chapter 2
- 1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for
2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore
thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with David my
father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal
4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to
burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual showbread, and for the burnt
offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons,
- and on the solemn
feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.
5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.
6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot
contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice
7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in
iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning
men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.
8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that
thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with
9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be
10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand
measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand
baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the
LORD hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.
12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who
hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that
might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,
14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful
to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in
blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving,
- and to find
out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men
of my lord David thy father.
15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath
spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it
to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.
17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the
numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and
fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.
18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore
thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set
the people a work.
- Chapter 3
- 1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where
the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the
threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his
3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of
God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth
4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the
breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he
overlaid it within with pure gold.
5 And the greater house he ceiled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set
thereon palm trees and chains.
6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of
7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors
thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.
8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the
house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine
gold, amounting to six hundred talents.
9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper
chambers with gold.
10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with
11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was
five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was likewise five
cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.
12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house:
and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on
their feet, and their faces were inward.
14 And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought
15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the
chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and
made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on
the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on
the left Boaz.
- Chapter 4
- 1 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty
cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.
2 Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five
cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
3 And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a
cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.
4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the
west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea
was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim
of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.
6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash
in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the
sea was for the priests to wash in.
7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the
temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.
8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five
on the left. And he made an hundred basins of gold.
9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the
court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.
10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.
11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. And Huram finished the work
that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;
12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of
the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were
on the top of the pillars;
13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each
wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars.
14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;
15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did
Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass.
17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and
18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass
could not be found out.
19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also,
and the tables whereon the showbread was set;
20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner
before the oracle, of pure gold;
21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
22 And the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and
the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of
the house of the temple, were of gold.
- Chapter 5
- 1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and
Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and
the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.
2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief
of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the
covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which
was in the seventh month.
4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.
5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy
vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him
before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for
7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the
oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:
8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims
covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the
ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.
10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when
the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the
priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:
12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun,
with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and
psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar,
- and with them an hundred and
twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to
be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the
trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD,
- saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even
the house of the LORD;
14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory
of the LORD had filled the house of God.
- Chapter 6
- 1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the
congregation of Israel stood.
4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that
which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,
5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city
among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither
chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be
over my people Israel.
7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD
God of Israel.
8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an
house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:
9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out
of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.
10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in
the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and
have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with
the children of Israel.
12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of
Israel, and spread forth his hands:
13 For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and
three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and
kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel,
- and spread forth his
hands toward heaven,
14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the
earth; which keepest covenant, and showest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee
with all their hearts:
15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised
him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which
thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon
the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law,
as thou hast walked before me.
17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto
thy servant David.
18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of
heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my
God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:
20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou
hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy
servant prayeth toward this place.
21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel,
which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from
heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and
the oath come before thine altar in this house;
23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by
recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him
according to his righteousness.
24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned
against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before
thee in this house;
25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring
them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against
thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin,
when thou dost afflict them;
27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people
Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain
upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or
mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their
land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:
29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy
people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread
forth his hands in this house:
30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man
according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts
of the children of men:)
31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which
thou gavest unto our fathers.
32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a
far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if
they come and pray in this house;
33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all
that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and
fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house
- which I have built is
called by thy name.
34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them,
and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I
have built for thy name;
35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their
36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry
with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives
unto a land far off or near;
37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn
and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done
amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of
their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land,
which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen,
toward the house which I have built for thy name:
39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their
supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against
40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto
the prayer that is made in this place.
41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy
strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints
rejoice in goodness.
42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy
- Chapter 7
- 1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and
consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the
LORD had filled the LORD'S house.
3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the
LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the
pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying,
- For he is good; for his mercy
endureth for ever.
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.
5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and
twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of music of
the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for
ever, when David praised by their ministry;
- and the priests sounded trumpets before them,
and all Israel stood.
7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD:
for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the
brazen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings,
- and the meat offerings, and the fat.
8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very
great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.
9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the
altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into
their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had showed unto David,
and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came
into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he
12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer,
and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the
land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek
my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this
16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever:
and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do
according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my
18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with
David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set
before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this
house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it
to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by
it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which
brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped
them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
- Chapter 8
- 1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house
of the LORD, and his own house,
2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the
children of Israel to dwell there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.
4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in
5 Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls,
gates, and bars;
6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and
the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in
Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.
7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the
Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel,
8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel
consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.
9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were
men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen.
10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and fifty, that
bare rule over the people.
11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house
that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king
of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.
12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he
had built before the porch,
13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on
the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year,
even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks,
- and in the feast of
14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the
priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before
the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also
- by their courses at every
gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.
15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites
concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.
16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of
the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was perfected.
17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom.
18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge
of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four
hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought
- them to king Solomon.
- Chapter 9
- 1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon
with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices,
and gold in abundance, and precious stones:
- and when she was come to Solomon, she communed
with him of all that was in her heart.
2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he
told her not.
3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had
4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his
ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by
which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine
acts, and of thy wisdom:
6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and,
behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest
the fame that I heard.
7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before
thee, and hear thy wisdom.
8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be
king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever,
therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.
9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great
abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba
gave king Solomon.
10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from
Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.
11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the
king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before
in the land of Judah.
12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked,
beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own
land, she and her servants.
13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore
and six talents of gold;
14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and
governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten
gold went to one target.
16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to
one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.
18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened
to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the
19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There
was not the like made in any kingdom.
20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the
house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any
thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years
once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that
God had put in his heart.
24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and
raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.
25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines,
and to the border of Egypt.
27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the
sycamore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.
28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book
of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of
Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father:
and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 10
- 1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had
fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous
servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father
while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and
speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young
men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people,
which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou
answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make
thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them,
- My little finger shall be
thicker than my father's loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my
father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade,
saying, Come again to me on the third day.
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke
heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD
might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the
son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered
the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son
of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now,
- David, see to thine own house. So
all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel
stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his
chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
- Chapter 11
- 1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and
Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight
against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and
4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every
man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and
returned from going against Jeroboam.
5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and
of oil and wine.
12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong,
having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all
14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and
Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office
unto the LORD:
15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves
which he had made.
16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the
LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.
17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong,
three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.
18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and
Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;
19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.
20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and
Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his
concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and
eight sons, and threescore daughters.)
22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren:
for he thought to make him king.
23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of
Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he
desired many wives.
- Chapter 12
- 1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened
himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.
2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came
up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD,
3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were
without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the
4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were
gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the
LORD, Ye have forsaken me,
- and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.
6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD
7 And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to
Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I
will grant them some deliverance;
- and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by
the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service
of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the
house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away
also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands
of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them,
and brought them again into the guard chamber.
12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not
destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.
13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one
and forty 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.
And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah
the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between
Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah
his son reigned in his stead.
- Chapter 13
- 1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.
2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter of
Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred
thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred
thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour.
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me,
thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;
5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David
for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and
hath rebelled against his lord.
7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened
themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted,
and could not withstand them.
8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David;
and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you
9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and
have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever
cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams,
- the same may be a priest
of them that are no gods.
10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests,
which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their
11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet
incense: the showbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of
gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we
- keep the charge of the LORD our
God; but ye have forsaken him.
12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding
trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God
of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah,
and the ambushment was behind them.
14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried
unto the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.
15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass,
that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into their hand.
17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of
Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah
prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers.
19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Bethel with the towns
thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephrain with the towns thereof.
20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and the LORD struck
him, and he died.
21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and
22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the
story of the prophet Iddo.
- Chapter 14
- 1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa
his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.
2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the
images, and cut down the groves:
4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the
5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the
kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those
years; because the LORD had given him rest.
7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and
towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD
our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side.
- So they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred
thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore
thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.
9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand,
and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.
10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of
Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help,
whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest
on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD,
- thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians
were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before
the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.
14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon
them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them.
15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance,
and returned to Jerusalem.
- Chapter 15
- 1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and
Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found
of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching
priest, and without law.
4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he
was found of them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but
great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.
6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all
7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage,
and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of
the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim,
- and renewed the altar of the LORD, that
was before the porch of the LORD.
9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and
Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they
saw that the LORD his God was with him.
10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth
year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought,
seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their
heart and with all their soul;
13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether
small or great, whether man or woman.
14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets,
and with cornets.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought
him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round
16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being
queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it,
and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa
was perfect all his days.
18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that
he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.
19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.
- Chapter 16
- 1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up
against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and
of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father:
behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel,
that he may depart from me.
4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the
cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of
5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let
his work cease.
6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the
timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because
thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is
the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and
horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself
strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done
foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage
with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the
kings of Judah and Israel.
12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his
disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the
13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of
David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of
spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.
- Chapter 17
- 1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against
2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of
Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.
3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father
David, and sought not unto Baalim;
4 But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after
the doings of Israel.
5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to
Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high
places and groves out of Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to
Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of
8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel,
and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and
with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went
about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.
10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about
Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the
Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and
seven hundred he goats.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of
13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of
valour, were in Jerusalem.
14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah,
the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three
15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore
16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the
LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.
17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and
shield two hundred thousand.
18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready
prepared for the war.
19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities
throughout all Judah.
- Chapter 18
- 1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen
for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up
with him to Ramothgilead.
3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to
Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we
will be with thee in the war.
4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the
LORD to day.
5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said
unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go
up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might
inquire of him?
7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may
inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always
evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said,
- Let not the king say so.
8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah
the son of Imla.
9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne,
clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of
Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the
LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed.
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the
LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of
the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray
thee, be like one of theirs, and speak thou good.
13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.
14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to
Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they
shall be delivered into your hand.
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but
the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no
shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to
his house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not
prophesy good unto me, but evil?
18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his
throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at
Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that
20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him.
And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And
the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy
prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and
said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner
chamber to hide thyself.
25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor
of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of
affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace.
27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by
me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to
the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they
went to the battle.
30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him,
saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel.
31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said,
It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat
cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.
32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not
the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.
33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the
joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou
mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his
chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he