SECOND BOOK OF THE
And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD
his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what
I shall give thee.
And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father,
and hast made me to reign in his stead.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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
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.
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
And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's
merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred
shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought
they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of
Syria, by their means.
And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and
an house for his kingdom.
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.
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 with me.
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.
And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.
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 before him?
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.
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 thy servants,
Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about
to build shall be wonderful great.
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.
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.
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.
And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram
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.
Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my
lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
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.
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.
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.
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.
And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth
year of his reign.
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.
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.
And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine
gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.
And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold
was gold of Parvaim.
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.
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.
And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid
the upper chambers with gold.
And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid
them with gold.
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
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.
The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and
they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.
And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen,
and wrought cherubims thereon.
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.
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.
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.
Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and
twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the
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;
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;
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
He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;
One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
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
In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between
Succoth and Zeredathah.
Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight
of the brass could not be found out.
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;
Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after
the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that
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.
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.
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.
Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the
feast which was in the seventh month.
And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.
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.
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.
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:
For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and
the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
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.
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.
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:
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:)
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
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.
Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick
But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling
And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel:
and all the congregation of Israel stood.
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,
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
But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen
David to be over my people Israel.
Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name
of the LORD God of Israel.
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
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.
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.
And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that
he made with the children of Israel.
And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation
of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
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,
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:
Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast
promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine
hand, as it is this day.
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.
Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast
spoken unto thy servant David.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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;
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.
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;
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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.
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;
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.
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:
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:
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:)
That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the
land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
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;
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.
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;
Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and
maintain their cause.
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;
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;
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:
Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer
and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people
which have sinned against thee.
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.
Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the
ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies
of David thy servant.
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.
And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the
glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's house.
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.
Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 effected.
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.
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;
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.
Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that
is made in this place.
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.
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;
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
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;
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
And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that
passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this
land, and unto this house?
And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers,
which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other
gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all
this evil upon them.
And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built
the house of the LORD, and his own house,
That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them,
and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and prevailed against it.
And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which
he built in Hamath.
Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nether, fenced cities,
with walls, gates, and bars;
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
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
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
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.
And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and
fifty, that bare rule over the people.
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.
Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the
LORD, which he had built before the porch,
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.
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
And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests
and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.
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.
Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the
land of Edom.
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.
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
And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from
Solomon which he told her not.
And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house
that he had built,
And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance
of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel;
and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was
no more spirit in her.
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:
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.
Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually
before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
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.
And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices
great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice
as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.
And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought
gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.
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.
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.
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred
and threescore and six talents of gold;
Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia
and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.
And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels
of beaten gold went to one target.
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
Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure
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 stays:
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.
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.
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.
And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear
his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
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
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.
And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of
the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.
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.
And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.
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?
And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
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.
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make
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.
And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake
to Rehoboam, saying,
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.
And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people
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?
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.
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.
And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to
this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that
thy father did put upon us?
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
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
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.
And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel
of the old men,
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.
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.
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.
But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam
reigned over them.
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.
And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
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.
But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel
in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
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.
And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin
And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store
of victual, and of oil and wine.
And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding
strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him
out of all their coasts.
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:
And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and
for the calves which he had made.
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.
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.
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;
Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.
And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah,
and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
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.)
And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among
his brethren: for he thought to make him king.
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.
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
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
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.
And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah,
that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto
them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also
left you in the hand of Shishak.
Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they
said, The LORD is righteous.
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.
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service,
and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
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.
And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David:
and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.
Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over
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.
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.
And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and
said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;
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
Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David,
is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord.
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.
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 for gods.
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.
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:
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.
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.
But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were
before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.
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.
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
And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell
down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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.
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.
Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and
the LORD struck him, and he died.
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and
two sons, and sixteen daughters.
And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are
written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
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
And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and
brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the
law and the commandment.
Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the
images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
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.
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.
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.
And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand
thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.
Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the
valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
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.
So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah; and the Ethiopians
And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and
the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves;
for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they
carried away very much spoil.
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.
They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels
in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
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
Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without
a teaching priest, and without law.
But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and
sought him, he was found of them.
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
And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them
with all adversity.
Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall
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
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.
So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in
the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had
brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers
with all their heart and with all their soul;
That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death,
whether small or great, whether man or woman.
And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and
with trumpets, and with cornets.
And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart,
and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the
LORD gave them rest round about.
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.
But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the
heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
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.
And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign
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.
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,
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.
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.
And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of
Ramah, and let his work cease.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the
book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
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 physicians.
And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of
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.
And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself
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
And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways
of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments,
and not after the doings of Israel.
Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought
to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away
the high places and groves out of Judah.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles,
and cities of store.
And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty
men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
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 thousand.
And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and
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.
And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men
with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand
ready prepared for the war.
These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced
cities throughout all Judah.
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity
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.
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.
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at
the word of the LORD to day.
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
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides,
that we might enquire of him?
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.
And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch
quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
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
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.
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.
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
And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will
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.
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?
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.
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he
would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
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.
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 manner.
Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will
entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also
prevail: go out, and do even so.
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.
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
And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go
into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
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;
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
And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the
LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
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.
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.
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat,
that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about
him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God
moved them to depart from him.
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
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.
And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself
up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time
of the sun going down he died.
And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
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.
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
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.
And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah,
city by city,
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 the judgment.
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.
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.
And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD,
faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
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 not trespass.
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.
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
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.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed
a fast throughout all Judah.
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.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the
house of the LORD, before the new court,
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?
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
And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy
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.
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;
Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession,
which thou hast given us to inherit.
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.
And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives,
and their children.
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;
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 much.
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.
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 their enemies.
And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto
the house of the LORD.
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.
So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round
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.
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.
Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had
not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
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.
And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah
king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they
made the ships in Ezion-geber.
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
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.
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 Israel.
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.
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.
Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
eight years in Jerusalem.
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 LORD.
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 ever.
In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and
made themselves a king.
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.
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 fathers.
Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.
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,
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:
Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children,
and thy wives, and all thy goods:
And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy
bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.
Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines,
and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:
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.
And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
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.
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.
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.
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
He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his
counseller to do wickedly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned
over the land.
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.
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.
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 of David.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 the king.
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:
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.
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.
And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and
between the king, that they should be the LORD's people.
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.
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
And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none
which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
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.
And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after
that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
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.
And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days
of Jehoiada the priest.
And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house
of the LORD.
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.
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?
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.
And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at
the gate of the house of the LORD.
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.
And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast
into the chest, until they had made an end.
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.
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.
So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set
the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
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.
But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and
thirty years old was he when he died.
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.
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance
to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
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.
Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they
testified against them: but they would not give ear.
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.
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.
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 it.
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 of Damascus.
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.
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.
And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath
an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
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.
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
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with
a perfect heart.
Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew
his servants that had killed the king his father.
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.
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.
He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for
an hundred talents of silver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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
And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to
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.
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.
And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash
son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
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?
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.
And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the
city of Judah.
Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and
made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with
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.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to
all that his father Amaziah did.
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.
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.
And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that
dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Mehunims.
And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even
to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
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.
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.
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.
The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour
were two thousand and six hundred.
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
And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears,
and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.
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
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.
And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests
of the LORD, that were valiant men:
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 LORD God.
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.
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.
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.
Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet,
the son of Amoz, write.
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.
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
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 yet corruptly.
He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel
he built much.
Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests
he built castles and towers.
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
So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his
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.
He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen
years in Jerusalem.
And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David:
and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
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 father:
For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten
images for Baalim.
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.
He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills,
and under every green tree.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Samaria.
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
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 God?
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.
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,
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.
So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and
all the congregation.
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.
At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.
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.
For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made
Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.
And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him,
but strengthened him not.
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.
And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD:
this is that king Ahaz.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to
all that David his father had done.
He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors
of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.
And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together
into the east street,
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.
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.
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.
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
For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters
and our wives are in captivity for this.
Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel,
that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
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.
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:
And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph;
Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun;
Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 LORD.
Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city,
and went up to the house of the LORD.
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.
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 the altar.
And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king
and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:
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.
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
And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with
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.
And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters
sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.
And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present
with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
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.
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.
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.
And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
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
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.
And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people:
for the thing was done suddenly.
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.
For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation
in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.
For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified
themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together
And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves,
and came to Jerusalem.
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.
And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened
bread in the second month, a very great congregation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
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.
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
And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they
kept other seven days with gladness.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished
them in the seventh month.
And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed
the LORD, and his people Israel.
Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the
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.
Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and
they prepared them,
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
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.
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.
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:
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;
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
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 in holiness:
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.
And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was
good and right and truth before the LORD his God.
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.
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 himself.
And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed
to fight against Jerusalem,
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.
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?
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.
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
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 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.
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,
Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide
in the siege in Jerusalem?
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?
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 it?
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 hand?
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?
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?
And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant
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.
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.
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.
And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of
Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
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.
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.
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
In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD:
and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.
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.
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 Hezekiah.
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;
Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls
for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in
abundance: for God had given him substance very much.
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 works.
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.
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.
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.
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty
and five years in Jerusalem:
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.
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 them.
Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said,
In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the
house of the LORD.
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.
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 for ever:
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.
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
And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
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.
And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled
himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto
the LORD their God only.
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.
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 the seers.
So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house:
and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two
years in Jerusalem.
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 served them;
And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled
himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.
And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
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.
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem
one and thirty years.
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.
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.
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.
And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even
unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.
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 to Jerusalem.
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 God.
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
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:
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
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.
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, and porters.
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
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
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.
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.
Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath
given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that
he rent his clothes.
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,
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
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.
And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man
that sent you to me,
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:
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
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;
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.
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 word again.
Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed
the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service
of the house of the LORD,
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and
the Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment.
And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from
their hands, and the Levites flayed them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Josiah.
And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that
time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.
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.
In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.
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
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.
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.
And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants,
Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
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 for Josiah.
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.
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that
which was written in the law of the LORD,
And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of
the kings of Israel and Judah.
Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him
king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned three months in Jerusalem.
And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land
in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
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.
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.
Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters,
to carry him to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to
Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
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.
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.
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 and Jerusalem.
Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned
eleven years in Jerusalem.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 hand.
And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures
of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes;
all these he brought to Babylon.
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
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
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 ten years.
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,
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.