THE SECOND BOOK OF THE
1:1: And Solomon the son of David was strengthened
in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified
1:2: 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.
1:3: 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.
1:4: But the ark of God had David brought up from
Kirjath-jearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for
he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
1:5: Moreover the brasen 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.
1:6: And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar
before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation,
and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
1:7: In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and
said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
1:8: And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed
great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in
1:9: 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.
1:10: 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?
1:11: 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:
1:12: 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.
1:13: 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.
1:14: 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.
1:15: And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem
as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore
trees that are in the vale for abundance.
1:16: And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt,
and linen yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at
1:17: 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
2:1: And Solomon determined to build an house for
the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
2:2: 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.
2:3: 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
2:4: 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 shewbread, 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.
2:5: And the house which I build is great: for great
is our God above all gods.
2:6: 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
2:7: 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.
2:8: 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
2:9: Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for
the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great.
2:10: 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.
2:11: 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.
2:12: 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.
2:13: And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with
understanding, of Huram my father's,
2:14: 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.
2:15: Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the
oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send
unto his servants:
2:16: 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.
2:17: 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.
2:18: 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.
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.
3:2: And he began to build in the second day of the
second month, in the fourth year of his reign.
3:3: 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 twenty cubits.
3:4: 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.
3:5: And the greater house he cieled with fir tree,
which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and
3:6: And he garnished the house with precious stones
for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim.
3:7: 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.
3:8: 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.
3:9: And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels
of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
3:10: And in the most holy house he made two cherubims
of image work, and overlaid them with gold.
3:11: 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.
3:12: 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.
3:13: The wings of these cherubims spread themselves
forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces
3:14: And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and
crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.
3:15: 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.
3:16: 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.
3:17: 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.
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.
4:2: 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.
4:3: 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.
4:4: 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.
4:5: 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.
4:6: 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.
4:7: 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.
4:8: 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 basons of gold.
4:9: 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.
4:10: And he set the sea on the right side of the
east end, over against the south.
4:11: And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and
the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for
king Solomon for the house of God;
4:12: 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;
4:13: 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.
4:14: He made also bases, and lavers made he upon
4:15: One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
4:16: 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.
4:17: In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them,
in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.
4:18: Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great
abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.
4:19: And Solomon made all the vessels that were
for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon
the shewbread was set;
4:20: Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps,
that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure
4:21: And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs,
made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
4:22: And the snuffers, and the basons, 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.
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.
5:2: 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.
5:3: Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves
unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.
5:4: And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites
took up the ark.
5:5: 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.
5:6: 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 multitude.
5:7: 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:
5:8: For the cherubims spread forth their wings over
the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the
staves thereof above.
5:9: 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.
5:10: 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.
5:11: 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:
5:12: 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:)
5:13: 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 musick, 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
5:14: 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.
6:1: Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he
would dwell in the thick darkness.
6:2: But I have built an house of habitation for
thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
6:3: And the king turned his face, and blessed the
whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel
6:4: 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,
6:5: 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:
6:6: But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might
be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
6:7: Now it was in the heart of David my father to
build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
6:8: 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:
6:9: 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.
6:10: 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.
6:11: And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the
covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
6:12: And he stood before the altar of the LORD in
the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth
6:13: For Solomon had made a brasen 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,
6:14: And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no
God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant,
and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with
all their hearts:
6:15: 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
6:16: 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.
6:17: Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word
be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
6:18: 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!
6:19: 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:
6:20: 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.
6:21: 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.
6:22: 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;
6:23: 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.
6:24: 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;
6:25: 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.
6:26: 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;
6:27: 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.
6:28: If there be dearth in the land, if there be
pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers;
if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever
sore or whatsoever sickness there be:
6:29: 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:
6:30: 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:)
6:31: That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways,
so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
6:32: 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;
6:33: 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.
6:34: 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;
6:35: Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer
and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
6:36: 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;
6:37: 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;
6:38: 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, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:
6:39: 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
6:40: 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.
6:41: 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
6:42: O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine
anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.
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 house.
7:2: And the priests could not enter into the house
of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's
7:3: 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.
7:4: Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices
before the LORD.
7:5: 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.
7:6: And the priests waited on their offices: the
Levites also with instruments of musick 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.
7:7: 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
brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the
burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
7:8: 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.
7:9: 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.
7:10: 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 shewed unto David,
and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
7:11: 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 prosperously
7:12: 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.
7:13: 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;
7:14: 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.
7:15: Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears
attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
7:16: 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.
7:17: 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 judgments;
7:18: 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.
7:19: 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;
7:20: 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.
7:21: 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
7:22: 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
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,
8:2: That the cities which Huram had restored to
Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel
to dwell there.
8:3: And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and prevailed
8:4: And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all
the store cities, which he built in Hamath.
8:5: Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon
the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
8:6: 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.
8:7: 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,
8:8: 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.
8:9: 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.
8:10: And these were the chief of king Solomon's
officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the
8:11: 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.
8:12: Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the
LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,
8:13: 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 tabernacles.
8:14: 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
8:15: And they departed not from the commandment
of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter,
or concerning the treasures.
8:16: 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.
8:17: Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to Eloth,
at the sea side in the land of Edom.
8:18: 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.
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.
9:2: And Solomon told her all her questions: and
there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.
9:3: And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom
of Solomon, and the house that he had built,
9:4: 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
9:5: 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:
9:6: 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.
9:7: Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants,
which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
9:8: 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.
9:9: 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
9:10: And the servants also of Huram, and the servants
of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees
and precious stones.
9:11: 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.
9:12: 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.
9:13: Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon
in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of
9:14: Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought.
And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought
gold and silver to Solomon.
9:15: And king Solomon made two hundred targets of
beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target.
9:16: 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.
9:17: Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory,
and overlaid it with pure gold.
9:18: 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
9:19: 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.
9:20: 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.
9:21: 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.
9:22: And king Solomon passed all the kings of the
earth in riches and wisdom.
9:23: And all the kings of the earth sought the presence
of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
9:24: 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.
9:25: 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.
9:26: And he reigned over all the kings from the
river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border
9:27: And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones,
and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the
low plains in abundance.
9:28: And they brought unto Solomon horses out of
Egypt, and out of all lands.
9:29: 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?
9:30: And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel
9:31: 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.
10:1: And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem
were all Israel come to make him king.
10:2: 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.
10:3: And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam
and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
10:4: 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.
10:5: And he said unto them, Come again unto me after
three days. And the people departed.
10:6: 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?
10:7: 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.
10:8: 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.
10:9: 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
10:10: 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
10:11: 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.
10:12: 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.
10:13: And the king answered them roughly; and king
Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
10:14: 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 with scorpions.
10:15: 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.
10:16: 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.
10:17: But as for the children of Israel that dwelt
in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
10:18: 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.
10:19: And Israel rebelled against the house of David
unto this day.
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.
11:2: But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the
man of God, saying,
11:3: Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king
of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
11:4: 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.
11:5: And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built
cities for defence in Judah.
11:6: He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
11:7: And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
11:8: And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
11:9: And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
11:10: And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which
are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
11:11: And he fortified the strong holds, and put
captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
11:12: And in every several city he put shields and
spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin
on his side.
11:13: And the priests and the Levites that were
in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.
11:14: 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:
11:15: And he ordained him priests for the high places,
and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.
11:16: 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.
11:17: 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.
11:18: 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;
11:19: Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah,
11:20: And after her he took Maachah the daughter
of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
11:21: 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.)
11:22: And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah
the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make
11:23: 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.
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.
12:2: 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,
12:3: 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 Ethiopians.
12:4: And he took the fenced cities which pertained
to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
12:5: 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
12:6: Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king
humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous.
12:7: 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.
12:8: Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that
they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the
12:9: 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.
12:10: 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.
12:11: 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.
12:12: 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.
12:13: 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.
12:14: And he did evil, because he prepared not his
heart to seek the LORD.
12:15: 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.
12:16: And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was
buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his
13:1: Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam
began Abijah to reign over Judah.
13:2: 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.
13:3: 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.
13:4: And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which
is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all
13:5: 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?
13:6: Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant
of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against
13:7: 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.
13:8: 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
13:9: 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.
13:10: 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 business:
13:11: And they burn unto the LORD every morning
and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread
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.
13:12: 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.
13:13: But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come
about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment
was behind them.
13:14: 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.
13:15: 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.
13:16: And the children of Israel fled before Judah:
and God delivered them into their hand.
13:17: And Abijah and his people slew them with a
great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred
thousand chosen men.
13:18: 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.
13:19: And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took
cities from him, Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshnah with
the towns thereof, and Ephrain with the towns thereof.
13:20: Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again
in the days of Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and he died.
13:21: But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen
wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
13:22: And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his
ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet
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.
14:2: And Asa did that which was good and right in
the eyes of the LORD his God:
14:3: For he took away the altars of the strange
gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut
down the groves:
14:4: And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of
their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
14:5: Also he took away out of all the cities of
Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet
14:6: 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.
14:7: 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.
14:8: 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.
14:9: And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian
with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots;
and came unto Mareshah.
14:10: Then Asa went out against him, and they set
the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
14:11: 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.
14:12: So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa
and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
14:13: 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
14:14: 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.
14:15: They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried
away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
15:1: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the
son of Oded:
15:2: 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.
15:3: Now for a long season Israel hath been without
the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
15:4: But when they in their trouble did turn unto
the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
15:5: 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.
15:6: And nation was destroyed of nation, and city
of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.
15:7: Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands
be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
15:8: 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.
15:9: 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.
15:10: So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem
in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
15:11: And they offered unto the LORD the same time,
of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven
15:12: And they entered into a covenant to seek the
LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their
15:13: That whosoever would not seek the LORD God
of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether
man or woman.
15:14: And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice,
and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15:15: 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
15:16: 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.
15:17: But the high places were not taken away out
of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
15:18: 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.
15:19: And there was no more war unto the five and
thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.
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.
16:2: 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 Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
16:3: 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.
16:4: And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and
sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel;
and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store
cities of Naphtali.
16:5: And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it,
that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
16:6: 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.
16:7: 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.
16:8: 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.
16:9: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout
the whole earth, to shew 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.
16:10: 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.
16:11: And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last,
lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
16:12: 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
16:13: And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in
the one and fortieth year of his reign.
16:14: 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.
17:1: And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead,
and strengthened himself against Israel.
17:2: 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.
17:3: And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because
he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not
17:4: But sought to the LORD God of his father, and
walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
17:5: Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in
his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he
had riches and honour in abundance.
17:6: And his heart was lifted up in the ways of
the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out
17:7: Also in the third year of his reign he sent
to his princes, even to Ben-hail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah,
and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
17:8: And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah,
and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and
Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah, Levites;
and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
17:9: 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.
17:10: 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.
17:11: 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.
17:12: And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and
he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.
17:13: And he had much business in the cities of
Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
17:14: 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 hundred
17:15: And next to him was Jehohanan the captain,
and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
17:16: 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.
17:17: And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour,
and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
17:18: And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an
hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
17:19: These waited on the king, beside those whom
the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
18:1: Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance,
and joined affinity with Ahab.
18:2: 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 Ramoth-gilead.
18:3: And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat
king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he
answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and
we will be with thee in the war.
18:4: And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel,
Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
18:5: Therefore the king of Israel gathered together
of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go
to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said,
Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
18:6: But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet
of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
18:7: And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat,
There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire 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.
18:8: And the king of Israel called for one of his
officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
18:9: 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.
18:10: 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.
18:11: And all the prophets prophesied so, saying,
Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver
it into the hand of the king.
18:12: 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.
18:13: And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even
what my God saith, that will I speak.
18:14: And when he was come to the king, the king
said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle,
or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they
shall be delivered into your hand.
18:15: 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?
18:16: 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.
18:17: And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat,
Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but
18:18: 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.
18:19: And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king
of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one
spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that
18:20: Then there came out a spirit, and stood before
the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto
18:21: 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
18:22: 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.
18:23: 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?
18:24: And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on
that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
18:25: 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;
18:26: 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.
18:27: And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return
in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken,
all ye people.
18:28: So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the
king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
18:29: 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.
18:30: 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.
18:31: 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
18:32: 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.
18:33: 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.
18:34: 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
19:1: And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned
to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
19:2: And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out
to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help
the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath
upon thee from before the LORD.
19:3: Nevertheless there are good things found in
thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land,
and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
19:4: And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he
went out again through the people from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim,
and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
19:5: And he set judges in the land throughout all
the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
19:6: And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do:
for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in
19:7: Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon
you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD
our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
19:8: Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of
the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers
of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies,
when they returned to Jerusalem.
19:9: And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye
do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
19:10: And what cause soever shall come to you of
your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood,
between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall
even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so
wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall
19:11: And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over
you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael,
the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also
the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously,
and the LORD shall be with the good.
20:1: It came to pass after this also, that the children
of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside
the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
20:2: Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat,
saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond
the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be Hazazon-tamar,
which is En-gedi.
20:3: And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to
seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
20:4: And Judah gathered themselves together, to
ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they
came to seek the LORD.
20:5: And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of
Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new
20:6: And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not
thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms
of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might,
so that none is able to withstand thee?
20:7: Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the
inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest
it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
20:8: And they dwelt therein, and have built thee
a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
20:9: If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword,
judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house,
and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry
unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
20:10: And now, behold, the children of Ammon and
Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade,
when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from
them, and destroyed them not;
20:11: Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come
to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to
20:12: O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for
we have no might against this great company that cometh against
us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
20:13: And all Judah stood before the LORD, with
their little ones, their wives, and their children.
20:14: Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the
son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite
of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst
of the congregation;
20:15: And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith
the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this
great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
20:16: To morrow go ye down against them: behold,
they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the
end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
20:17: Ye shall not need to fight in this battle:
set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD
with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to
morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
20:18: And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face
to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
20:19: And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites,
and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD
God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20:20: And they rose early in the morning, and went
forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat
stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe
his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
20:21: And when he had consulted with the people,
he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the
beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say,
Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
20:22: And when they began to sing and to praise,
the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab,
and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
20:23: For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up
against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy
them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir,
every one helped to destroy another.
20:24: And when Judah came toward the watch tower
in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold,
they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
20:25: And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to
take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance
both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they
stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away:
and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so
20:26: And on the fourth day they assembled themselves
in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore
the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah,
unto this day.
20:27: Then they returned, every man of Judah and
Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again
to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over
20:28: And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries
and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
20:29: And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms
of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against
the enemies of Israel.
20:30: So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for
his God gave him rest round about.
20:31: And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was
thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was
Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
20:32: And he walked in the way of Asa his father,
and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight
of the LORD.
20:33: Howbeit the high places were not taken away:
for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God
of their fathers.
20:34: Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first
and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son
of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
20:35: And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah
join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
20:36: And he joined himself with him to make ships
to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
20:37: Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah
prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined
thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the
ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
21:1: Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and
was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram
his son reigned in his stead.
21:2: And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat,
Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael,
and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of
21:3: And their father gave them great gifts of silver,
and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah:
but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.
21:4: Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom
of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren
with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
21:5: Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
21:6: And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel,
like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab
to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the
21:7: Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house
of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David,
and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for
21:8: In his days the Edomites revolted from under
the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.
21:9: Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and
all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and smote
the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.
21:10: So the Edomites revolted from under the hand
of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt
from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his
21:11: Moreover he made high places in the mountains
of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication,
and compelled Judah thereto.
21:12: And there came a writing to him from Elijah
the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father,
Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father,
nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
21:13: But hast walked in the way of the kings of
Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to
go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and
also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were
better than thyself:
21:14: Behold, with a great plague will the LORD
smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy
21:15: And thou shalt have great sickness by disease
of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness
day by day.
21:16: Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram
the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were
near the Ethiopians:
21:17: And they came up into Judah, and brake into
it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king's
house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never
a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
21:18: And after all this the LORD smote him in his
bowels with an incurable disease.
21:19: And it came to pass, that in process of time,
after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his
sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no
burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.
21:20: Thirty and two years old was he when he began
to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed
without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of
David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
22:1: And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah
his youngest son king in his stead: for the band of men that came
with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah
the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
22:2: Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he
began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's
name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
22:3: He also walked in the ways of the house of
Ahab: for his mother was his counseller to do wickedly.
22:4: Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD
like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellers after the
death of his father to his destruction.
22:5: He walked also after their counsel, and went
with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael
king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.
22:6: And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because
of the wounds which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with
Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of
Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because
he was sick.
22:7: And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by
coming to Joram: for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram
against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to
cut off the house of Ahab.
22:8: And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing
judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah,
and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah,
he slew them.
22:9: And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him,
(for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when
they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is
the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart.
So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.
22:10: But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw
that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal
of the house of Judah.
22:11: But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king,
took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's
sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber.
So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada
the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from
Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
22:12: And he was with them hid in the house of God
six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.
23:1: And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened
himself, and took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of
Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son
of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son
of Zichri, into covenant with him.
23:2: And they went about in Judah, and gathered
the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the
fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
23:3: And all the congregation made a covenant with
the king in the house of God. And he said unto them, Behold,
the king's son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons
23:4: This is the thing that ye shall do; A third
part of you entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the
Levites, shall be porters of the doors;
23:5: And a third part shall be at the king's house;
and a third part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people
shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD.
23:6: But let none come into the house of the LORD,
save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they
shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep
the watch of the LORD.
23:7: And the Levites shall compass the king round
about, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else
cometh into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with
the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
23:8: So the Levites and all Judah did according
to all things that Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took
every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them
that were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed
not the courses.
23:9: Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the
captains of hundreds spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had
been king David's, which were in the house of God.
23:10: And he set all the people, every man having
his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the
left side of the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by
the king round about.
23:11: Then they brought out the king's son, and
put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him
king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save
23:12: Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people
running and praising the king, she came to the people into the
house of the LORD:
23:13: And she looked, and, behold, the king stood
at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets
by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded
with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and
such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes,
and said, Treason, Treason.
23:14: Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains
of hundreds that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have
her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain
with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house
of the LORD.
23:15: So they laid hands on her; and when she was
come to the entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they
slew her there.
23:16: And Jehoiada made a covenant between him,
and between all the people, and between the king, that they should
be the LORD's people.
23:17: Then all the people went to the house of Baal,
and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces,
and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
23:18: Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the
house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom
David had distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt
offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with
rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.
23:19: And he set the porters at the gates of the
house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should
23:20: And he took the captains of hundreds, and
the nobles, and the governors of the people, and all the people
of the land, and brought down the king from the house of the LORD:
and they came through the high gate into the king's house, and
set the king upon the throne of the kingdom.
23:21: And all the people of the land rejoiced: and
the city was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the
24:1: Joash was seven years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's
name also was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
24:2: And Joash did that which was right in the sight
of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
24:3: And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he
begat sons and daughters.
24:4: And it came to pass after this, that Joash
was minded to repair the house of the LORD.
24:5: And he gathered together the priests and the
Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and
gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from
year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the
Levites hastened it not.
24:6: And the king called for Jehoiada the chief,
and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to
bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according
to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the
congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
24:7: For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman,
had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things
of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
24:8: And at the king's commandment they made a chest,
and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
24:9: And they made a proclamation through Judah
and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses
the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
24:10: And all the princes and all the people rejoiced,
and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an
24:11: Now it came to pass, that at what time the
chest was brought unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites,
and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe
and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and
took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day
by day, and gathered money in abundance.
24:12: And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such
as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired
masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also
such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
24:13: So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected
by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened
24:14: And when they had finished it, they brought
the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were
made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister,
and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver.
And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually
all the days of Jehoiada.
24:15: But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days
when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
24:16: And they buried him in the city of David among
the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God,
and toward his house.
24:17: Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes
of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened
24:18: And they left the house of the LORD God of
their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon
Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
24:19: Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them
again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they
would not give ear.
24:20: And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah
the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people,
and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments
of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken
the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.
24:21: And they conspired against him, and stoned
him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of
the house of the LORD.
24:22: Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness
which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son.
And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require
24:23: And it came to pass at the end of the year,
that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah
and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from
among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king
24:24: For the army of the Syrians came with a small
company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into
their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
So they executed judgment against Joash.
24:25: And when they were departed from him, (for
they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against
him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew
him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of
David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
24:26: And these are they that conspired against
him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the
son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
24:27: Now concerning his sons, and the greatness
of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of
God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the
kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
25:1: Amaziah was twenty and five years old when
he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem.
And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
25:2: And he did that which was right in the sight
of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
25:3: Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established
to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his
25:4: But he slew not their children, but did as
it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD
commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children,
neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man
shall die for his own sin.
25:5: Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and
made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds,
according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah
and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above,
and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth
to war, that could handle spear and shield.
25:6: He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men
of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.
25:7: But there came a man of God to him, saying,
O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD
is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
25:8: But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the
battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath
power to help, and to cast down.
25:9: And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what
shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the
army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able
to give thee much more than this.
25:10: Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army
that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore
their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned
home in great anger.
25:11: And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led
forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of
the children of Seir ten thousand.
25:12: And other ten thousand left alive did the
children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the
top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock,
that they all were broken in pieces.
25:13: But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah
sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon
the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Beth-horon, and smote
three thousand of them, and took much spoil.
25:14: Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was
come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods
of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed
down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
25:15: Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled
against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto
him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which
could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
25:16: And it came to pass, as he talked with him,
that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel?
forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare,
and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because
thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.
25:17: Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and
sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel,
saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.
25:18: And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king
of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the
cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son
to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon,
and trode down the thistle.
25:19: Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites;
and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why
shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall,
even thou, and Judah with thee?
25:20: But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of
God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies,
because they sought after the gods of Edom.
25:21: So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they
saw one another in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah,
at Beth-shemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
25:22: And Judah was put to the worse before Israel,
and they fled every man to his tent.
25:23: And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah
king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Beth-shemesh,
and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem
from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
25:24: And he took all the gold and the silver, and
all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obed-edom,
and the treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and
returned to Samaria.
25:25: And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah
lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel
25:26: Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first
and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings
of Judah and Israel?
25:27: Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away
from following the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in
Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after
him, and slew him there.
25:28: And they brought him upon horses, and buried
him with his fathers in the city of Judah.
26:1: Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who
was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father
26:2: He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after
that the king slept with his fathers.
26:3: Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began
to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His
mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
26:4: And he did that which was right in the sight
of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
26:5: And he sought God in the days of Zechariah,
who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he
sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
26:6: And he went forth and warred against the Philistines,
and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the
wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
26:7: And God helped him against the Philistines,
and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Mehunims.
26:8: And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and
his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he
strengthened himself exceedingly.
26:9: Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at
the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of
the wall, and fortified them.
26:10: Also he built towers in the desert, and digged
many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and
in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains,
and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
26:11: Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men,
that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their
account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler,
under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.
26:12: The whole number of the chief of the fathers
of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
26:13: And under their hand was an army, three hundred
thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with
mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
26:14: And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all
the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and
bows, and slings to cast stones.
26:15: And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented
by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to
shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far
abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
26:16: But when he was strong, his heart was lifted
up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his
God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon
the altar of incense.
26:17: And Azariah the priest went in after him,
and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant
26:18: And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said
unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense
unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are
consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou
hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the
26:19: Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in
his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests,
the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in
the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
26:20: And Azariah the chief priest, and all the
priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead,
and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also
to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
26:21: And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day
of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for
he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son
was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
26:22: Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first
and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
26:23: So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they
buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged
to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son
reigned in his stead.
27:1: Jotham was twenty and five years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His
mother's name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
27:2: And he did that which was right in the sight
of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit
he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did
27:3: He built the high gate of the house of the
LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.
27:4: Moreover he built cities in the mountains of
Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.
27:5: He fought also with the king of the Ammonites,
and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him
the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures
of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children
of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.
27:6: So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared
his ways before the LORD his God.
27:7: Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all
his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written in the book of the
kings of Israel and Judah.
27:8: He was five and twenty years old when he began
to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
27:9: And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they
buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his
28:1: Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not
that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his
28:2: For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel,
and made also molten images for Baalim.
28:3: Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of
the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the
abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before
the children of Israel.
28:4: He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the
high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
28:5: Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into
the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried
away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus.
And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel,
who smote him with a great slaughter.
28:6: For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah
an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant
men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
28:7: And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah
the king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah
that was next to the king.
28:8: And the children of Israel carried away captive
of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters,
and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil
28:9: But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose
name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria,
and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers
was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and
ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.
28:10: And now ye purpose to keep under the children
of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but
are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your
28:11: Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives
again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce
wrath of the LORD is upon you.
28:12: Then certain of the heads of the children
of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth,
and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai,
stood up against them that came from the war,
28:13: And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in
the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the
LORD already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass:
for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
28:14: So the armed men left the captives and the
spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
28:15: And the men which were expressed by name rose
up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that
were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave
them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the
feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city
of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
28:16: At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings
of Assyria to help him.
28:17: For again the Edomites had come and smitten
Judah, and carried away captives.
28:18: The Philistines also had invaded the cities
of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh,
and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof,
and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages
thereof: and they dwelt there.
28:19: For the LORD brought Judah low because of
Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed
sore against the LORD.
28:20: And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came
unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.
28:21: For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house
of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes,
and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.
28:22: And in the time of his distress did he trespass
yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.
28:23: For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus,
which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of
Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they
may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
28:24: And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of
the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of
God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made
him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
28:25: And in every several city of Judah he made
high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger
the LORD God of his fathers.
28:26: Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways,
first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings
of Judah and Israel.
28:27: And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they
buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him
not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his
son reigned in his stead.
29:1: Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and
twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem.
And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
29:2: And he did that which was right in the sight
of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
29:3: He in the first year of his reign, in the first
month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired
29:4: And he brought in the priests and the Levites,
and gathered them together into the east street,
29:5: And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify
now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your
fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
29:6: For our fathers have trespassed, and done that
which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken
him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the
LORD, and turned their backs.
29:7: Also they have shut up the doors of the porch,
and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered
burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
29:8: Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah
and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment,
and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.
29:9: For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword,
and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity
29:10: Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant
with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away
29:11: My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD
hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye
should minister unto him, and burn incense.
29:12: Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of
Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites:
and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the
son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah,
and Eden the son of Joah:
29:13: And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and
Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
29:14: And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei:
and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
29:15: And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified
themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king,
by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.
29:16: And the priests went into the inner part of
the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and 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, to carry
it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
29:17: Now they began on the first day of the first
month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they
to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the
LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month
they made an end.
29:18: Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and
said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar
of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread
table, with all the vessels thereof.
29:19: Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz
in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared
and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the
29:20: Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered
the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
29:21: And they brought seven bullocks, and seven
rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering
for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he
commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar
of the LORD.
29:22: So they killed the bullocks, and the priests
received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when
they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar:
they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon
29:23: And they brought forth the he goats for the
sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid
their hands upon them:
29:24: And the priests killed them, and they made
reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement
for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering
and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
29:25: And he set the Levites in the house of the
LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according
to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan
the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
29:26: And the Levites stood with the instruments
of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
29:27: And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt
offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the
song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments
ordained by David king of Israel.
29:28: And all the congregation worshipped, and the
singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued
until the burnt offering was finished.
29:29: And when they had made an end of offering,
the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves,
29:30: Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes
commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words
of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness,
and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
29:31: Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have
consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices
and thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the congregation
brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were
of a free heart burnt offerings.
29:32: And the number of the burnt offerings, which
the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an
hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt
offering to the LORD.
29:33: And the consecrated things were six hundred
oxen and three thousand sheep.
29:34: But the priests were too few, so that they
could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren
the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until
the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were
more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
29:35: And also the burnt offerings were in abundance,
with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for
every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD
was set in order.
29:36: And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people,
that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
30:1: And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah,
and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should
come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover
unto the LORD God of Israel.
30:2: For the king had taken counsel, and his princes,
and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in
the second month.
30:3: For they could not keep it at that time, because
the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither
had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
30:4: And the thing pleased the king and all the
30:5: So they established a decree to make proclamation
throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they
should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at
Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort
as it was written.
30:6: So the posts went with the letters from the
king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according
to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel,
turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and
he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of
the hand of the kings of Assyria.
30:7: And be not ye like your fathers, and like your
brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers,
who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
30:8: Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers
were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary,
which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God,
that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
30:9: For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren
and your children shall find compassion before them that lead
them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for
the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn
away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
30:10: So the posts passed from city to city through
the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they
laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
30:11: Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh
and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
30:12: Also in Judah the hand of God was to give
them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes,
by the word of the LORD.
30:13: And there assembled at Jerusalem much people
to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very
30:14: And they arose and took away the altars that
were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away,
and cast them into the brook Kidron.
30:15: Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth
day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were
ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings
into the house of the LORD.
30:16: And they stood in their place after their
manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests
sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.
30:17: For there were many in the congregation that
were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the
killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to
sanctify them unto the LORD.
30:18: For a multitude of the people, even many of
Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed
themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was
written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD
pardon every one
30:19: That prepareth his heart to seek God, the
LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to
the purification of the sanctuary.
30:20: And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed
30:21: And the children of Israel that were present
at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with
great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD
day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.
30:22: And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the
Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did
eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings,
and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.
30:23: And the whole assembly took counsel to keep
other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.
30:24: For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the
congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and
the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten
thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
30:25: And all the congregation of Judah, with the
priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out
of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel,
and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
30:26: So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since
the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was
not the like in Jerusalem.
30:27: Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed
the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up
to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.
31:1: Now when all this was finished, all Israel
that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the
images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the
high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim
also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all.
Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession,
into their own cities.
31:2: And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests
and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his
service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace
offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the
gates of the tents of the LORD.
31:3: He appointed also the king's portion of his
substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and
evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths,
and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written
in the law of the LORD.
31:4: Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt
in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites,
that they might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.
31:5: And as soon as the commandment came abroad,
the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of
corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the
fields; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
31:6: And concerning the children of Israel and Judah,
that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe
of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated
unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.
31:7: In the third month they began to lay the foundation
of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
31:8: And when Hezekiah and the princes came and
saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
31:9: Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and
the Levites concerning the heaps.
31:10: And Azariah the chief priest of the house
of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring
the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to
eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people;
and that which is left is this great store.
31:11: Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers
in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them,
31:12: And brought in the offerings and the tithes
and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite
was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.
31:13: And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel,
and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath,
and Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei
his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah
the ruler of the house of God.
31:14: And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the
porter toward the east, was over the freewill offerings of God,
to distribute the oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things.
31:15: And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and
Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of
the priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by
courses, as well to the great as to the small:
31:16: Beside their genealogy of males, from three
years old and upward, even unto every one that entereth into the
house of the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their
charges according to their courses;
31:17: Both to the genealogy of the priests by the
house of their fathers, and the Levites from twenty years old
and upward, in their charges by their courses;
31:18: And to the genealogy of all their little ones,
their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all
the congregation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves
31:19: Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which
were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several
city, the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to
all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned
by genealogies among the Levites.
31:20: And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah,
and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the
LORD his God.
31:21: And in every work that he began in the service
of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments,
to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
32:1: After these things, and the establishment thereof,
Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and
encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for
32:2: And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was
come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
32:3: He took counsel with his princes and his mighty
men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the
city: and they did help him.
32:4: So there was gathered much people together,
who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through
the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria
come, and find much water?
32:5: Also he strengthened himself, and built up
all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers,
and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David,
and made darts and shields in abundance.
32:6: And he set captains of war over the people,
and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of
the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
32:7: Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor
dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that
is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
32:8: 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 rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
32:9: After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria
send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against
Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah,
and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,
32:10: Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon
do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
32:11: Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over
yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our
God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
32:12: Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his
high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem,
saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon
32:13: Know ye not what I and my fathers have done
unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations
of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine
32:14: Who was there among all the gods of those
nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver
his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver
you out of mine hand?
32:15: Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you,
nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for
no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people
out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much
less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?
32:16: And his servants spake yet more against the
LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.
32:17: He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD
God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of
the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out
of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people
out of mine hand.
32:18: Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews'
speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to
affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city.
32:19: And they spake against the God of Jerusalem,
as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the
work of the hands of man.
32:20: And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and
the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
32:21: And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off
all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in
the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of
face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of
his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there
with the sword.
32:22: Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria,
and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.
32:23: And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem,
and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified
in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.
32:24: In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death,
and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him
32:25: But Hezekiah rendered not again according
to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore
there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
32:26: Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for
the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of
32:27: And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and
honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold,
and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and
for all manner of pleasant jewels;
32:28: Storehouses also for the increase of corn,
and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes
32:29: Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions
of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance
32:30: This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper
watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west
side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his
32:31: Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors
of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the
wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that
he might know all that was in his heart.
32:32: Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and
his goodness, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah
the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of
Judah and Israel.
32:33: And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they
buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David:
and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour
at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
33:1: Manasseh was twelve years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
33:2: But did that which was evil in the sight of
the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the
LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
33:3: For he built again the high places which Hezekiah
his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim,
and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served
33:4: Also he built altars in the house of the LORD,
whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
33:5: And he built altars for all the host of heaven
in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
33:6: And he caused his children to pass through
the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed
times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with
a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the
sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
33:7: And he set a carved image, the idol which he
had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David
and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which
I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name
33:8: Neither will I any more remove the foot of
Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers;
so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them,
according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances
by the hand of Moses.
33:9: So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the
LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
33:10: And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his
people: but they would not hearken.
33:11: Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains
of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among
the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
33:12: And when he was in affliction, he besought
the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of
33:13: And prayed unto him: and he was intreated
of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem
into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
33:14: Now after this he built a wall without the
city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even
to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel,
and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war
in all the fenced cities of Judah.
33:15: And he took away the strange gods, and the
idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he
had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem,
and cast them out of the city.
33:16: And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and
sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded
Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
33:17: Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still
in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only.
33:18: Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and
his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake
to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are
written in the book of the kings of Israel.
33:19: His prayer also, and how God was intreated
of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein
he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before
he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of
33:20: So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they
buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
33:21: Amon was two and twenty years old when he
began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem.
33:22: But he did that which was evil in the sight
of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto
all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and
33:23: And humbled not himself before the LORD, as
Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more
33:24: And his servants conspired against him, and
slew him in his own house.
33:25: But the people of the land slew all them that
had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made
Josiah his son king in his stead.
34:1: Josiah was eight years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
34:2: And he did that which was right in the sight
of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined
neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
34:3: For in the eighth year of his reign, while
he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his
father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem
from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and
the molten images.
34:4: And they brake down the altars of Baalim in
his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he
cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten
images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed
it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.
34:5: And he burnt the bones of the priests upon
their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
34:6: And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and
Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round
34:7: And when he had broken down the altars and
the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and
cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned
34:8: Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when
he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son
of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the
son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his
34:9: And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest,
they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God,
which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand
of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and
of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
34:10: And they put it in the hand of the workmen
that had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave
it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair
and amend the house:
34:11: Even to the artificers and builders gave they
it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor
the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
34:12: And the men did the work faithfully: and the
overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the
sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the
Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that
could skill of instruments of musick.
34:13: Also they were over the bearers of burdens,
and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner
of service: and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers,
34:14: And when they brought out the money that was
brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a
book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.
34:15: And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the
scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD.
And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
34:16: And Shaphan carried the book to the king,
and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed
to thy servants, they do it.
34:17: And they have gathered together the money
that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it
into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
34:18: Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying,
Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it
before the king.
34:19: And it came to pass, when the king had heard
the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
34:20: And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam
the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the
scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
34:21: Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them
that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of
the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that
is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word
of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
34:22: And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed,
went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of
Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt
in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.
34:23: And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD
God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
34:24: Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring
evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all
the curses that are written in the book which they have read before
the king of Judah:
34:25: Because they have forsaken me, and have burned
incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with
all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured
out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
34:26: And as for the king of Judah, who sent you
to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the
LORD God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
34:27: Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst
humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against
this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst
thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before
me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
34:28: Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers,
and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall
thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place,
and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king
34:29: Then the king sent and gathered together all
the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
34:30: And the king went up into the house of the
LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and
small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of
the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.
34:31: 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 with all his soul, to perform the words of
the covenant which are written in this book.
34:32: And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem
and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem
did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
34:33: And Josiah took away all the abominations
out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel,
and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve
the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following
the LORD, the God of their fathers.
35:1: Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD
in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day
of the first month.
35:2: And he set the priests in their charges, and
encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD,
35:3: And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel,
which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which
Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not
be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God,
and his people Israel,
35:4: And prepare yourselves by the houses of your
fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David
king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.
35:5: And stand in the holy place according to the
divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the
people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.
35:6: So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves,
and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word
of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
35:7: And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock,
lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were
present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand
bullocks: these were of the king's substance.
35:8: And his princes gave willingly unto the people,
to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and
Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for
the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle,
and three hundred oxen.
35:9: Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel,
his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the
Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand
small cattle, and five hundred oxen.
35:10: So the service was prepared, and the priests
stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according
to the king's commandment.
35:11: And they killed the passover, and the priests
sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.
35:12: And they removed the burnt offerings, that
they might give according to the divisions of the families of
the people, to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book
of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.
35:13: And they roasted the passover with fire according
to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots,
and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among
all the people.
35:14: And afterward they made ready for themselves,
and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were
busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night;
therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests
the sons of Aaron.
35:15: And the singers the sons of Asaph were in
their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph,
and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited
at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their
brethren the Levites prepared for them.
35:16: So all the service of the LORD was prepared
the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings
upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of king
35:17: And the children of Israel that were present
kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread
35:18: And there was no passover like to that kept
in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all
the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the
priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present,
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
35:19: In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah
was this passover kept.
35:20: After all this, when Josiah had prepared the
temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish
by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.
35:21: But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What
have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against
thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for
God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with
God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
35:22: Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face
from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him,
and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God,
and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
35:23: And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the
king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
35:24: His servants therefore took him out of that
chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they
brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of
the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned
35:25: And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all
the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their
lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel:
and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.
35:26: Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his
goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the
35:27: And his deeds, first and last, behold, they
are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
36:1: Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the
son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
36:2: Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when
he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
36:3: And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem,
and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent
36:4: And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother
king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim.
And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.
36:5: Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when
he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and
he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.
36:6: Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
36:7: Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels
of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple
36:8: Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and
his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him,
behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and
Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
36:9: Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem:
and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
36:10: And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar
sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the
house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah
36:11: Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when
he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
36:12: And he did that which was evil in the sight
of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the
prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.
36:13: And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar,
who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and
hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.
36:14: Moreover all the chief of the priests, and
the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations
of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had
hallowed in Jerusalem.
36:15: And the LORD God of their fathers sent to
them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because
he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
36:16: But they mocked the messengers of God, and
despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath
of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
36:17: Therefore he brought upon them the king of
the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house
of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden,
old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his
36:18: 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
36:19: And they burnt the house of God, and brake
down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof
with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
36:20: And them that had escaped from the sword carried
he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons
until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
36:21: To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth
of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long
as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and
36:22: Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,
that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might
be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king
of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom,
and put it also in writing, saying,
36:23: Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms
of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath
charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be
with him, and let him go up.